(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
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.
- 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.
Bhagavad Gita Class
Swami Tattwamayananda gives a weekly class on the Bhagavad Gita on Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Temple. We are currently studying Chapter 15 of the Gita. There will be no class on June 30.
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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
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The Foundational Texts of Indian Philosophy
Swami Tattwamayanandaji will be conducting The Foundational Texts of Indian Philosophy Classes will be held online each Sunday evening at 6 pm PST.(Hosted by the Stanford Hindu Students Association)Please join us online at either Zoom, YouTube, or Facebook.
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For a full schedule of May, please check out the Monthly Bulletin.
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.
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.