Acharya Dr. Suryanarayan Nanda
Dr. Suryanarayana Nanda is an eminent scholar of Vedas and Upanishads, a lifelong student of Vedic philosophy and Sanskrit literature. With a Ph.D. in Sanskrit from Utkal University in Bhubaneswar and a Masters from Delhi University, Acharya ji brings with him an expertise and working knowledge of Sanskrit languages.
Acharya Ji is an eminent scholar and spiritual guide with a deep knowledge of Vedas, and other Vedic and Sanskrit Literature. He is very dedicated to promotion of the Vedic philosophy and teachings of Arya Samaj.
Acharya ji was a teacher of Vedas and Vedic philosophy to graduate and postgraduate students at Gurukul in Gautam Nagar, New Delhi until 2009. He also worked as a full time volunteer promoting Sanskrit language as a spoken languagefor more than 11 years. With several publications in Sanskrit to his name, including a collection of short plays, and a poet, he brings together a rare combination of academic rigor and Vedic knowledge.
His reputation as a scholar and great orator preceded him to Houston. Prior to his move to Houston to assume the position of the Acharya at Arya Samaj, he was an Associate Professor of Sanskrit at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, and since 2001, he has been a TV & Radio broadcaster of news in Sanskrit, serving at both iconic institutions - the All India Radio and Door Darshan in Delhi.
For further information, please contact him at the Arya Samaj of Greater Houston (281) 752-0100 or (832) 867-4126.
Acharya Bramdeo Mokoonlall
Acharya Bramdeo Mokoonlall comes to Arya Samaj Greater Houston from Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa. Born and raised in an Arya Samaj family, he earned degree in Banking from University of Mauritius, and credentials in Management from ABE UK.
After an extensive career in financial industry, he returned to Darshan Yog Mahavidyalaya, Gujarat, India for studies in Vedic Philosophy. That led to a dedication to the development of a large number of educational projects and programs of the Arya Sabha of Mauritius. He has been a key resource person for Arya Sabha Mauritius, Mauritius Council of Religions, Arya Pratinidhi Sabha America, Greater Atlanta Vedic Temple and Hindu Center of Atlanta, Arya Samaj Markham, and Toronto Arya Samaj, Canada.
Acharya Bramdeo is author, in English and French, of numerous insightful articles on Vedic philosophy, spirituality and contemporary issues. He is very active on social media sharing philosophical and spiritual thoughts. He is a co-author of a bilingual book on Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue (from the viewpoint of Sanatan Dharma), and a book in French entitled ‘Enceinte, je sème le sacré’, explaining pregnancy and childbirth related Vedic sanskars.
At Arya Samaj Greater Houston, he is the school Acharya. His immediate responsibility will be to take charge of DAVSS as coordinator and organize the next in person session and the VSS Global virtual program. He will also do curriculum development for both the schools. He is capable of much more and will be an asset to us for many other projects of the Arya Samaj.