(1836 - 1886)
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."
(1863 - 1902)
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
- 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
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: YouTube, Facebook and L
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.
Friday • March 8 • 7:30 p.m.
New Temple Auditorium
My child, you have been extremely fortunate in getting this human birth. Have intense devotion to God. One must work hard. How can one achieve anything without effort?
Rely on Him, be like the dry leaf at the mercy of the wind.
Only he who loves, can rule.
Vedanta Society of Northern California
Vedanta Society of Northern California (sfvedanta.org) was founded in 1900 by Swami Vivekananda. Swami Vivekananda, along with his brother disciples of Sri Ramakrishna, also founded the Ramakrishna Mission in India. Sri Ramakrishna was Swami Vivekananda's Guru and learned Advaita Vedanta from Tota Puri. Puri is one of the 10 monastic orders founded by Adi Shankara Acharya.
Swami Tattwamayananda, the ex-Acharya of Belur Math, is the minister in charge of the society.
Shanti Ashrama Pilgrimage Lectures: Once a year, members from nearby Vedanta Societies, including those from San Francisco, San Jose, Berkeley, Sacramento, and Portland visit the Shanti Ashrama. Discourses by Swami Prasannatmananda (BerkeleyVedanta.org) and Swami Tattwamayananda (SFVedanta.org) delivered in 2014 are also available on this channel.
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.