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 Tyagananda (starts at 19:05)
  • Benedictory Address: Swami Tathagatananda (starts at 40:20)

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Temple Inauguration Opening Night (right-click to download: 31 MB)

Saturday April 20

Session 1: Swami Vivekananda’s Practical Vedanta

Unfortunately, the first half of this session was not recorded. The recording begins in the middle of Swami Yuktatmananda’s presentation, and includes the question-answer period. Moderator: Swami Harinamananda

  • Swami Ishtananda: The Secret of Work
  • Swami Kripamayananda: The Living God
  • Swami Yuktatmananda: Ātmano moksārtham jagad hitāya ca

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First Session (right-click to download: 13 MB)

Session 2: Science and Religion
Moderator: Swami Harinamananda

  • Swami Chetanananda: Vivekananda’s Scientific Approach to Religion (Starts at 0:56)
  • Swami Yogatmananda: Science Meets Religion—Harmony of Vedanta and Science (Starts at 14:25)
  • Pravrajika Brahmaprana: Raja Yoga—The Mind is the Laboratory (Starts at 28:00)
  • Question-answer session (starts at 39:45)

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Science and Religion panel (right-click to download: 26 MB)

Sunday April 21

 Session 3: Vedanta, Vivekananda, and the West
Moderator: Swami Yogatmananda

  • Swami Shantarupananda: Vedanta as Universal Religion
  • Swami Nirmalatmananda: Spiritual Help and Material Help: the role of the Ramakrishna Mission in the West (starts at 12:45)
  • Pravrajika Krishnaprana: Vivekananda’s Appreciation of American Ingenuity, Opportunity, Equality (starts at 26:08)
  • Swami Nishpapananda: The Future of Vedanta in the West (starts at 35:45)
  • Question-answer session (starts at 48:07)

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Vedanta, Vivekananda, and the West (right-click to download: 24 MB)

Session 4: Bhakti Yoga: The Path of Devotion
Moderator: Swami Yogatmananda

  • Swami Prapannananda: Vedanta and the role of Rites and Rituals
  • Swami Ishatmananda: Vivekananda’s Advaitic Bhakti
  • Pr. Prabuddhaprana: Preparatory Bhakti and Parā Bhakti
  • Br. Shankara: Vivekananda and the Mother

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Bhakti Yoga: the Path of Devotion (right-click to download: 26 MB)

Session 5: Swami Vivekananda and Sri Ramakrishna
The first minutes of this session were not recorded. The recording starts just after Swami Aparananda begins his presentation.

  • Swami Aparananda: Vivekananda’s Ramakrishna – Ramakrishna as seen by Vivekananda
  • Swami Tattwamayananda: Vivekananda, the Bhashya; Ramakrishna, the Sutra (Starts at 14:50)
  • Pr. Shuddhatmaprana: Reconciling Vivekananda and Ramakrishna (Starts at 29:35)
  • Swami Avikarananda: Vivekananda and Great Prophets of the World (Starts at 41:55)

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Swami Vivekananda and Sri Ramakrishna (right-click to download: 27 MB)

Interfaith Panel 
Moderator: Swami Yogatmananda

  • Sister Rose Mary Dougherty (Starts at 2:20)
  • Imam Faizul Khan (Starts at 10:40)
  • Bhante Pannawansa (Starts at 31:05)
  • Rabbi Ethan Seidel (Starts at 43:55)
  • Swami Yogatmananda (Starts at 56:50)

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Interfaith Panel (right-click to download: 30 MB)

Puja

A three minute excerpt from the puja on Saturday morning: The meditation verses on Sri Ramakrishna and the Manasa-puja or mental worship, chanted by Swami Tyagananda.

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Dhyanam & Manasa-puja (right-click to download)

Sitar Concert

We present here the final number played by Anupama Bhagwat and Supreet Deshpande, a brief rendition of the popular bhajan Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram. Also included are Swami Yogatmananda’s words of thanks for the wonderful concert.

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Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram, and vote of thanks (right-click to download)

Songs

Some songs sung during the programs:

Pranama Mantras and Prabhu, mere ava guna chita na karo
sung by Sanchari Ghosh (Song starts at 2 minutes)

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Prabhu, mere ava guna chita na karo (right-click to download)

Thakur elen e dharai sung by Namita Kundu

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Thakur Elen E Dharai (right-click to download)

Bolo Go Thakur sung by Debalina Chatterjee (with puja mantras in the background)

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Bolo Go Thakur (right-click to download)

Viśvasya dhātā sung by Sridhara and Rajeswari

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Viśvasya dhātā (right-click to download)

Ācaṇḍālā sung by Swami Mahayogananda

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Ācaṇḍālā (right-click to download)

Stimita Chit-sindhu sung by Prithwis Dasgupta

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Stimita Chit-sindhu (right-click to download)

Ke Tumi Tama-nashana sung by Debarati Datta

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Ke Tumi Tama-nashana (right-click to download)

Sitapati Ramachandra sung by Sridhara and Rajeswari

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Sitapati Ramachandra (right-click to download)