VEDANTA SOCIETY OF
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
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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)
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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."
(1853-1920)
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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)
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The First Hindu Temple
in the West, Built in 1905
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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

  • The New Temple is open for meditation every day from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m., except on Tuesdays, when the temple is closed. 
  • Child care is available during Sunday lectures and on special occasions.
  • Sunday school is held in person at the Old Temple. An option to attend online is also available.
  • The bookshop is open on Sundays after the lecture until 4 p.m. as well as on Saturdays from 1 – 4 p.m. Bookshop orders may be placed online and by phone.
  • Please contact the Vedanta Society office at 415-922-2323 for additional details concerning all of our services.

Weekly Regular Events

Wednesday Vespers Service

On Wednesdays at 7:30 PM, there is a vespers service that consists of the singing of five traditional hymns and followed by a short meditation.
Time:  7:30 pm  to  8:15 pm
Location: 2323 Vallejo St., San Francisco, CA 94123, USA

Sunday Lectures

Every Sunday morning at 11 AM, except during the summer and winter recesses, a lecture is held in the New Temple auditorium.
The lecture will be given live in the New Temple, 2323 Vallejo, and live-streamed on below
Links: YouTubeFacebook and Livestream.

Bhagavad Gita Class

There will be No Bhagavad Gita Class until May 3rd, 2024.
The YouTube archive of previous Bhagavad Gita classes can be found at: Bhagavad Gita Archive.

The Foundational Texts of Indian Philosophy

There will be No Indian Philosophy class until May 5th
The YouTube archive of previous Foundational Texts of Indian Philosophy classes can be found at:  Indian Philosophy Archive.

For a full schedule of  January, please check out the Monthly Bulletin.

SHIVARATRI CELEBRATION

SHIVARATRI CELEBRATION
Friday • March 8 • 7:30 p.m.
New Temple Auditorium
We will celebrate Shivaratri, the night dedicated to Lord Shiva, with a worship (puja) on Friday evening, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. After the puja and refreshments, there will be chanting, reading, and meditation in the auditorium from 9:00 until 10:30 p.m. We hope that you can join us on this special occasion.
LordShiva

UPCOMING EVENTS

REGULAR EVENTS

MONTHLY BULLETIN

OFF-CAMPUS LECTURES

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

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Bookshop

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.