(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.
The First Hindu Temple in the West,
Built in 1905, Expanded in 1908
New Temple, Built in 1959, Expanded in 1996
Three eminent direct disciples of Sri Ramakrishna have been associated with the Vedanta Society of Northern California.
Our Temple is Open
We have reopened the temple for in-person attendance for Sunday lectures, Friday evening classes, and meditation.
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.
- Sunday Lectures at 11:00 AM at the New Temple
- Friday classes Bhagavad Gita at 7:30 PM at the Old Temple
- New Temple is open to visitors all weekdays except for Tuesdays from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
In-person lectures and services are also available online. Please check the website or monthly bulletin for updates. Childcare during events is not available.
- Patanjali Yoga Sutra classes at 6 PM on Sundays.
- Sunday School for children at 10:00 AM.
The bookshop and library remain closed. Please visit our bookshop online.
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.