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

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.

  • New Temple is open to visitors all weekdays except for Tuesdays from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
  • Please note for the next two weeks, Friday and Sunday lectures will be online till Jan. 24th, 2022.

Please check the website or monthly bulletin for updates.

The bookshop and library remain closed. Please visit our bookshop online.

 Change in Lecture Programs

 Please note the Sunday lectures on 23rd, and the Friday evening class on January 21st, will now be held only ONLINE due to the Omicron variant surge in the Bay Area.

The Sunday and Friday Lectures will continue to be live-streamed on YouTube and Facebook.

Christmas Recess:
December 26, 2021   –  January 15, 2022

No lectures or classes, either in-person or online, during the recess.
Lectures and classes resume on Sunday, January 16, 2022.

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.