Vedanta is the oldest of the major living religions of the world. It affirms that all religions lead to the same Truth—“Truth is one; sages call it by various names” (Rig Veda). Vedanta teaches that the essence of all beings and all things is Spirit, infinite and eternal, unchanging and indivisible. It emphasizes that a person’s true nature is this divine Spirit, identical with the inmost being and reality of the universe and that the goal is to actualize this truth in one’s life.
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“The first Hindu temple in the whole Western world . . . dedicated to the cause of humanity”
—proclaimed Swami Trigunatitananda, in the interest of interfaith harmony, at the temple's dedication on January 7, 1906.
Three months later the temple miraculously survived the San Francisco earthquake and fire of April 1906. It was the first permanent home of the Vedanta Society, which was founded in 1900 by Swami Vivekananda and was led successively by two other direct disciples of Sri Ramakrishna.
Now, one hundred and ten years later, this beautiful, historic building is in need of extensive seismic upgrades and repairs. From foundation to rooftop, a complete renovation has become necessary. The seismic retrofit has required that a deep foundation be constructed; plumbing, wiring, a fire-sprinkler system, energy efficiency, roofing—all are being upgraded and the work should be completed sometime in the spring.
The historic character of the building is of utmost importance and is not being compromised in bringing it up to current standards.
If you wish to be a part of this costly, historic preservation effort, please contribute by credit card or by sending a check:
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Vedanta Society of Northern California
2323 Vallejo Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
Thank you for your support!