About Rakesh Nair
Rakesh Nair is a Vedic teacher and life mentor. He teaches the timeless Vedic wisdom of Advaita Vedanta and Yoga – the quintessential spiritual, philosophical and life teachings of the Sanathana Dharma. Rakesh was born in 1980, and grew up mainly in Kuala Lumpur. Since childhood, he was very studious and inquisitive in school, as well as in philosophy and spirituality, which he loves spending time researching and reading about. From early on, he started incorporating vegetarianism, meditation, chanting, self-study of the Bhagavad Gita and other yogic practices into his lifestyle.
Later on, he became acquainted with the writings of Swami Sivananda, and it was then his yoga practices begin to deepen extensively. Soon he started conducting Hatha-yoga classes and lecturing in various spiritual-study classes. Over the years, increasingly he pondered and aspired, to dedicate fulltime for an in-depth study of the Advaita Vedanta philosophy, as the urge for self-knowledge and spiritual seeking surged. He went on to graduate with first-class honours in Computer Science with a Software Engineering major, and pursued a career as a senior executive at the Central Bank of Malaysia for some years, until finally, he made a life-altering decision to resign from his corporate job, and to set off for studies in India.
He attended the reputed Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in Mumbai, Maharashtra; a gurukula – based Vedic learning institution founded by Swami Chinmayananda. There he underwent a strict regime of scriptural study, austerity and service, with the chief guidance of Swami Advaitananda, and a few other teachers. Later on, Rakesh decided to continue his pursuit as a travelling student and practitioner. He lived in Varanasi for some time, facilitated by Swami Chidananda (teacher of Fowai Mission), with whom he studied and discussed the Bhagavad Gita. Also in Varanasi, he took lessons from Shri Prithviraj Singh in the Sanskrit language.
After travelling to various places and meeting scholars and teachers – mostly in the states of Kerala and Karnataka, Rakesh settled in Mysore to study under Shri Jagannatha Acharya – who himself is a roaming sadhu and scholar from Nepal. In Mysore, Rakesh furthered his knowledge in advanced Sanskrit grammar. He also stayed in Puducherry for a short while to take lessons from Dr. Sampadananda Mishra (SAFIC) in the science of Sanskrit sound and metrics. Having completed what he had intended for in India, he retreated to the Sri Ramana Ashram, in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, for a period of mediation, before returning to Malaysia. Later in 2012, he earned a Master’s Degree (M.A.) in Sanskrit (language and literature) from the Karnataka State Open University in India.
The thoughts underlying Rakesh’s work have evolved from the teachings of the ancient Hindu scriptures supported with the inspiration and guidance of many spiritual teachers and philosophers. However, in particular, the teachings of Swami Chinmayananda, Shri Ramana Maharshi and Shri Nisargadatta Maharaj continue to prominently influence his life and work today.