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)