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Who is Masetti, engineer praised by PM Modi for teaching Vedanta in Brazil?


Team Udayavani, Nov 29, 2020, 6:15 PM IST

PM Narendra Modi during ‘Mann Ki Baat’ address praised Jonas Masetti, a Brazilian who worked for his stock market company after completing mechanical engineering.

Also known as ‘Vishvanath’, Masetti teaches Vedanta and Geeta to people in Brazil and runs an institution named Vishva Vidya.

Vishva Vidya is located in the hills of Petrópolis, about an hour away from Rio de Janeiro. It is here that he teaches hundreds of his students about ancient Indian sacred texts, including the Bhagavad Gita and Vedanta. He also teaches Sanskrit, mantras and Vedic culture.

Modi said  that after completing mechanical engineering, Jonas worked for his stock market company. Later he was attracted towards Indian culture, especially towards Vedanta. He studied Vedanta Philosophy in India, staying at Arsha Vidya Gurukulam in Coimbatore for four years.

As mentioned in his website,  he began to follow his spiritual path while still working in the financial market. As he worked, he struggled with the question – How could I have everything in life: family, girlfriend, money, professional success and at the same time not being full and satisfied? Also seeing that other people who were also “successful” lacked clarity and peace, he went looking for answers

According to the website description, “At the end of his quest he became part of the Vedanta tradition, ancient knowledge that comes from India that helps people to find peace and inner balance independent of the outside world”

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