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E-mail security

We probably all have noticed that many e-mail accounts are getting hacked. At the minimum this is an embarrassing annoyance; it can also be catastrophic, as when hackers delete all mails and contacts, or manage to extract information about bank accounts etc. So we strongly encourage all of us to take a very simple step […]


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Annual Retreat 2013

Our annual Labor Day Weekend retreat falls this year on August 31 to September 1. This year’s retreat will be in honor of Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birth anniversary and will be an interactive reflection/meditation/discussion retreat led by the local swamis of the Vedanta Center. The deadline for registration is July 31, so please book your […]

Waking Up
Swami Mahayogananda

The seers posit that our waking existence is but a dream relative to the Truth, the True Existence, Brahman. We are all sleepwalking through life. How can we wake up? is the question addressed in this lecture, delivered on June 9, 2013. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Waking Up (right-click to download: 22 […]

The Thrice-blessed Day
Swami Mahayogananda

The full moon day in the month of Vaishakh is the Thrice-blessed Day, when the Buddha took birth, attained illumination, and again left his body. Swami Mahayogananda discusses various aspects of Buddha’s life and teachings in this talk delivered on May 26, 2013. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] The Thrice-blessed Day (right-click to […]

Vedanta, Ecology, and Evolution
Swami Mahayogananda

The earth now supports over seven billion human beings. We are pushing up against the limits of the biosphere’s ability to sustain us. Swami Mahayogananda discusses the ecological crisis from the Vedantic viewpoint, and suggests that the solution must come through the spiritual evolution of humanity. Delivered on May 20, 2013. [Audio clip: view full […]

“The Song of the Sannyasin” 1 – 3
Swami Atmajnanananda

In this series of talks, Swami Atmajnanananda examines the profound meaning and implications of Swami Vivekananda’s fiery poem “Song of the Sannyasin”, written in Thousand Island Park in July, 1895. The swami spent seven weeks there with a small group of students, giving to them his very highest teachings. His disciple Mary Funke remembers: There […]

New Temple Inauguration

The new temple of the Vedanta Center was inaugurated over the weekend of April 19 to 21, 2013. We present here some of the addresses, discussions, and songs. The full program schedule can be seen here. Friday April 19 Introduction: Swami Atmajnanananda Welcome Address: Swami Sarvadevananda (starts at 7:38) Talk: Swami Vivekananda—150 years and count­ing—Swami […]

Vedanta and the Near Death Experience
Swami Mahayogananda

Medical science, specifically the field of Resuscitation Medicine, is discovering a widespread phenomenon: some people who have died and been resuscitated recall extraordinary experiences, during which they floated above their bodies, or entered an infinite light, or met deceased relatives. This phenomenon was first called the “Near Death Experience” by Dr Raymond Moody. In this […]

A Song on Samadhi
Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda composed this hymn in an attempt to express the inexpressible experience of nirvikalpa samadhi. An English Translation (from the Complete Works) Lo! The sun is not, nor the comely moon, All light extinct; in the great void of space Floats shadow-like the image-universe. In the void of mind involute, there floats The fleeting […]