Acharya Prashant

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Acharya Prashant
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Prashant Tripathi

Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
Alma materIndian Institute of Technology Delhi
Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad
  • Advaita Teacher
  • Author
OrganizationPrashantAdvait Foundation
Notable work
Karma: Why Everything You Know About It Is Wrong
YouTube information
Years active2006–present
Subscribers4.37 million[1]
Total views963.53 million[1]

Last updated: 10 Jul 2022

Prashant Tripathi, known as Acharya Prashant, is an Indian author, and an Advaita teacher.[2] He teaches seventeen forms of Gita and sixty forms of Upanishads.[3] He is the founder of a non-profit organization named PrashantAdvait Foundation,[4] and is a vegan activist.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Prashant Tripathi received his bachelor's degree in engineering from IIT Delhi and later did post graduation in management from IIM Ahmedabad. He worked for Indian Civil Services briefly before starting as a Vedanta teacher and an author.[6]


The Times of India, in their review of Acharya's Karma: Why Everything You Know About It Is Wrong, remarked that while the book "presents the cryptic teachings of the Upanishads in a contemporary and relatable manner", its usage of terms from Advaita Vedanta makes it a difficult read for a layman.[7] The Financial Express wrote that the four sections of Karma mirror the four stages in the life of a seeker, and that the book "is not a classic case of prolific and bestselling authors in self-help segment repackaging and remarketing their existing body of work."[8] Dainik Bhaskar observed that the author has quoted from the Vedas and spiritual texts like the Bhagavad Gita and Ramcharitmanas to substantiate his perspective on the concept of Karma.[9] A "micro review" of Karma in The Times of India called it a book which helped the reader understand their Karma better.[10] In August 2021, the book topped the Nielsen Bookscan's bestseller list,[11] and in October 2021, secured eighth position in the bestseller list released by The Asian Age.[12]

Dainik Jagran wrote about Acharya's Sambandh that "the best part about the book is that it has been written in the everyday spoken language and contains examples that are easy to understand. It is, however, difficult to keep the pace with his [author's] thoughts and writings."[13] Punjab Kesari called Sambandh "a mirror to human relationships"; and highlighted the need for better structuring of the book.[14]

In an article titled New Light on Ancient Texts: Illumination or Nebulation published in The North East Times, Acharya Prashant was criticized for his interpretation of some central Indic concepts like reincarnation (punarjanma), enlightenment (moksha), liberation (mukti) and action (karma). Some of his interpretations were reported to be strikingly at odds with the ones provided by some of the ancient and acclaimed commentators, forming the core of the common Indic identity. Shubham Ahuja concluded his article by the comment, It is hard to believe that many of the well-known gurus and commentators whose interpretations are openly and strongly refuted by Acharya were fundamentally mistaken.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "About आचार्य प्रशांत". YouTube.
  2. ^ "सिविल की नौकरी छोड़ आचार्य प्रशांत बने कर्मयोगी, युवाओं में जगा रहे अध्यात्म की अलख". Navbharat Times (in Hindi). Retrieved 2020-08-23.
  3. ^ "Reviving Vedanta, this Acharya teaches 17 different Gitas". News24 English. 2021-04-01. Retrieved 2021-05-15.
  4. ^ "प्रशांत अद्वैत फाउंडेशन के संस्थापक पहुंचे मैक्लोडगंज". Dainik Jagran (in Hindi). Retrieved 2022-02-14.
  5. ^ "वैश्विक महामारियों का मुख्य कारण मांसाहार को लेकर हमारी चुप्पी, वीगनिज्म के असली मायने सीखना अभी बाकी". Dainik Bhaskar (In Hindi). 2020-07-17.
  6. ^ "This guru has been to IIT and IIM but wants to connect with his students spiritually". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  7. ^ Times of India (2021), TOI review, retrieved 2022-01-09
  8. ^ "Book Review | Courses and discourses – Acharya's new book is another look at Karma". The Financial Express. Retrieved 2022-01-09.
  9. ^ "Clipping of Dainik Bhaskar Jabalpur Nagpur Group - जबलपुर मधुरिमा". Retrieved 2022-01-09.
  10. ^ "Micro review: 'Karma: Why Everything You Know About It Is Wrong' by Acharya Prashant - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2022-02-14.
  11. ^ "Book Review | Courses and discourses – Acharya's new book is another look at Karma". The Financial Express. Retrieved 2022-01-09.
  12. ^ Asian Age Bestsellers, 2021-10-10, retrieved 2022-01-09
  13. ^ "ज़िम्मेदारी, संवेदनशीलता और स्त्रीवाद के बारे में बात करती है सम्बन्ध". (in Hindi). Retrieved 2022-01-09.
  14. ^ "मानव सम्बन्धों को आईना दिखाती सम्बन्ध, मिल सकते हैं इन प्रश्नों के उत्तर". punjabkesari. 2022-02-02. Retrieved 2022-02-14.
  15. ^ newlightonvedictexts, retrieved 2021-08-10