Sri Ramakrishna "He is born in vain who, having attained the human birth, so difficult to get, does not attempt to realize God in this very life."
(1836 - 1886)
Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi "I tell you one thing – if you want peace, do not find fault with others.
Rather see your own faults. Learn to make the whole world your own.
No one is a stranger, my child; the whole world is your own."
Swami Vivekananda "My ideal, indeed, can be put into a few words, and that is: to preach unto mankind their divinity, and how to make it manifest in every movement of life."
(1863 - 1902)
The First Hindu Temple
in the West, Built in 1905

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.

Our Temple is Open

We have reopened the temple for visitors.

Visitors must be fully vaccinated against COVID, and able to show proof of vaccination. A mask must be worn over the mouth and nose while on the Temple premises, and social distancing is enforced. We sanitize all public spaces carefully to help ensure your safety. We regret that unvaccinated children may not enter the temple.

Vaccination: you will be required to show your vaccination card at the door confirming that you are fully vaccinated and booster shot within 6 months.

  • New Temple is open to visitors all weekdays except for Tuesdays from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
  • We plan to resume these activities in several phases. Effective September 11, 2022, the following in-person services will be resumed under Phase I of the Temple Re-opening Plans:
    • Sunday Lectures and Question-Answer (Q&A) Sessions
    • Vedanta Scripture  Classes
    • Bookshop
    • Sunday School
    • Re-Opening of Child-Care Services 

    Please contact the Vedanta Society office at 415-922-2323 for additional details concerning all of our services.

Sri Ramakrishna’s Birthday Celebration


On Saturday, February 25, a special worship will be performed in honor  of Sri Ramakrishna’s birthday at 10 o’clock in the morning. The program will also include meditation, chanting, devotional singing, readings from the life and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, flower offerings by devotees, and takeout prasad.

 We hope that you will be able to join us on this most auspicious occasion either in person or online.
 Note: Child care will be provided.

You can also watch the event online:
• YouTube   Facebook    Livestream

Upcoming Special Programs


On Sunday, February 19, we will celebrate Shivaratri, the night dedicated to Lord Shiva, with a worship at 7:30 p.m. at the New Temple. After refreshments there will be chanting, reading, and meditation in the auditorium from 9 till 10:30 p.m.

There will be no morning lecture that Sunday.





From The Lectures Of Swami Tattwamayananda, Minister-in-Charge

The Yoga Sutras give a comprehensive guide to the mind and how to befriend the mind. Swami Tattwamayananda emphasizes the importance of Yamas and Niyamas

May 1, 2020 Watch

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2 Verses 49-54. The lecture was given by Swami Tattwamayananda on May 17, 2019. - Why does the mind refuse to cooperate?  

January 3, 2016 Watch



Bookshop at the Vedanta Society of Northern California

We carry a selection of the best in all the major religious traditions and contemporary spirituality; translations of Sanskrit religious classics; and many children’s books that are both attractive and meaningful.

A partial listing is given here for online ordering and many more are available in the bookshop itself. Inquiries are welcome.

Explore the Monastic Life

“For One’s own enlightenment and for the good of the world.”
– atmanamokshartham jagad hitaya ca

The Motto of the Ramakrishna Order (a traditional monastic order founded by Sri Ramakrishna in 1896; Organized by Swami Vivekananda in 1897).

In pursuit of this ideal, monastic life includes a variety of spiritual practices, such as meditation, worship, and scriptural study, as well as routine tasks of maintenance and service. For those interested and qualified, the monastic path may be meaningful and fulfilling. A monastery and convent are maintained by the Society, giving an opportunity to qualified young men and women to devote themselves exclusively to spiritual life.

Please write to the Minister-in-charge at [email protected] to inquire.