(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.
- 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.
Upcoming Special Programs
Monday • December 25 • 11 a.m.
“A Christmas Message” by Swami Tattwamayananda
On Christmas morning a special lecture in honor of the birth of Jesus Christ will be given by Swami Tattwamayananda. Preceding the lecture, an account of Christ’s nativity, as recorded in the New Testament, will be read.
Sunday • December 31 • 11:30 p.m.
SRI SARADA DEVI'S BIRTHDAY
• SRI SARADA DEVI’S BIRTHDAY • NEW YEAR’S DAY & KALPATARU DAY
Monday • January 1, 2024 • 10 a.m.
New Temple Auditorium
W I N T E R R E T R E A T
Saturday, January 6 – Sunday, January 7, 2024
10 a.m. • Vivekananda Hall • New Temple
“The Nature of Consciousness
And Its Application in Spiritual Life”
by Swami Tattwamayananda
Saturday, January 6: Morning & Afternoon Sessions
Sunday, January 7: Morning Session
Talks • Q&A • Meditation
All Are Welcome!
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.