In addition to being an accomplished spiritual practitioner and a globally recognized Vedic guru, Sri Acharyaji coupled his personal spiritual practice and realization with a formal regimen of rigorous academic training. Sri Acharyaji earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Theology, magna cum laude, from Loyola University Chicago in 1994. While there, he studied the theological, intellectual and philosophical foundations of Western civilization under the brilliant tutelage of Catholic priests and professors. While at Loyola, Sri Acharyaji was inducted into five national academic honor societies. In May of 1999, Sri Acharyaji earned a Master of Arts degree in South Asian Languages and Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In December of 2002, Sri Acharyaji earned a Ph.D., summa cum laude, in Languages and Cultures of Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a focus on Religious Studies and Philosophy of Religion. His entire academic career from start to finish was financially secured by a variety of academic scholarships and fellowships that recognized and rewarded his academic genius. As a scholar, Sri Acharyaji specializes in Philosophy of Religion, Sanskrit, Vedic Studies, and South Asian Affairs. He served briefly as an Adjunct Professor with Antioch University.
He has written for numerous academic journals, magazines and anthologies, as well as presented talks at many formal academic conferences, including the American Academy of Religion (AAR), the largest society of religious studies scholars in the world. Sri Acharyaji has guest lectured at many dozens of major universities, including such prestigious institutions as Harvard, Columbia, Rutgers, Cornell, Northwestern, and the University of Virginia. He has also served as a religions consultant for many Fortune 500 corporations, including Ford Motor Company, Global Health Corporation and Lucent Technology. In early 2002, just a few short months after the 911 terrorist attacks, for example, Sri Acharyaji was commissioned by Ford Motor Company to address over 1000 of its employees as the representative of the Hindu religion at a company organized interfaith conference.
He has been a professional consultant and advisor to many important individuals, including three billionaires, as well as many important politicians (including one Prime Minister) throughout the world.
Explaining very early on at his first meeting with his doctoral adviser in 1995 that "I don't want to just study the history of religion…My ultimate aim is to make religious history", Sri Acharyaji eventually left academia to devote himself exclusively to spiritual teaching and to the preservation of the great tradition of Sanatana Dharma.