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.
We are free if we would only believe it, only have faith enough. You are the soul, free and eternal, ever free, ever blessed. Have faith enough and you will be free in a minute.
Over the last forty-four years, he contributed enormously to the growth of the Society. Most notable among his many accomplishments are: the establishment of both men’s and women’s retreat houses at the Vedanta Retreat at Olema, Marin County, open to spiritual seekers of any faith or path; the tradition for over thirty-five years of holding an annual Memorial Day interfaith program at the Vedanta Retreat open to the public; the building of a new addition to the San Francisco temple which doubled its original size adding much-needed facilities, including a spacious multipurpose room, many offices, rooms for worship preparation, as well as a beautiful library; and the establishment of a bookshop with a comprehensive collection on Eastern and Western religions and philosophies. Recently, he approved an extensive renovation of the historic Old Temple built in 1905, which has begun.
Highly regarded in the spiritual community, he was active in interfaith activities and spoke at various schools and colleges, as well as at the temple to various classes, some coming annually from as far away as Oregon and Mississippi.
In addition to conducting weekly services, the swami untiringly counseled innumerable spiritual seekers enriching their spiritual lives by his wise and deeply insightful guidance and calm presence.
A visitation was held at the Vedanta Society temple on July 5, and on July 14, there was a special worship program in his honor. In order to facilitate the participation of many friends from other Vedanta centers nationwide, a memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014.