Author Archives: SM

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 […]