Acharya Dhiren Khatri was born and raised in Mumbai, India. He came to the U.S. as a child with his family and completed his high school and university studies here. After working for three years, he experienced a sense of discontentment that led him to seek a higher, more fulfilling purpose than a routine life of labor. With an intensified longing to know more about God, Hindu scriptures, and Vedantic philosophy, he soon learned of an opportunity to fulfill all these needs. And so he left to join the two-year course of study at 'Sandeepany Sadhanalaya' in Mumbai, India. There, under the guidance of Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda, he studied under Swami Advayananda, the resident course acharya, and Swami Sharadananda, the resident upacharya. On the successful completion of the Vedanta Course in 2013, he became an acharya of Chinmaya Mission and was posted to CM Chicago, where he currently conducts Vedanta classes.