Vedanta Society Berkeley

Founded in 1939 by Swami Ashokananda (Ramakrishna order, India)
Swami Prasannatmananda is the current Swami-in-Charge

VidyalayaThe Vedanta Society Berkeley traces its roots to a dedicated group of devotees, who were inspired by Swami Vivekananda’s powerful lectures during his visit to the Bay Area in 1900. Among the ardent devotees, Sarah Fox (Premika), her sister Rebecca Fox (Radhika), Frank Rhodehamel, Mrs. Huey and others formed a regular Vedanta study and discussion group in Oakland, California under the tutelage of Cornelius Heijblon (later Swami Atulananda). This convivial intellectual group was instrumental in cultivating the Vedantic movement in the East Bay. In 1939, Swami Ashokananada established the Vedanta Society Berkeley under the auspices of the Vedanta Society of Northern California with the commitment and generous financial support provided by Sarah Fox, Rebecca Fox and other East Bay devotees. In 1970, Vedanta Society Berkeley became an independent center of the Ramakrishna Order. Thus, the visceral calling of the Vedantic spirit, ignited by Swami Vivekananda’s soul-stirring lectures of 1900, found a permanent abode in the Vedanta Society Berkeley. The Society today is active in a variety of intellectual, spiritual and devotional programs: spiritual retreats, meditation camps, prominent interfaith guest lectures, classes on Vedanta, ancient scriptures, Holy Trio and world religions, and other religious and spiritual celebrations. Swami Prasannatmananda, the Swami-in-Charge, welcomes all who would like to discuss their own spiritual quests or interested in knowing more about Vedanta.

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Vedanta : Oneness of Existence

The Vedantic idea is the infinite principle of God embodied in every one of us. God sitting up on a cloud! Think of the utter blasphemy of it! It is materialism — downright materialism.

What is Vedanta? Vedanta is a religious philosophy based on the Upanishads, the ‘knowledge’ portion of the Vedas, that teaches that man’s real nature is divine … more>

Ramakrishna Order

What is the Ramakrishna Order? The Ramakrishna Order, named after Sri Ramakrishna, the Prophet of Modern India, consists of the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission … more>

Vedanta Society

Why is your Centre named the Vedanta Society? Our parent organization, familiar as the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission in India, is known as Vedanta Society in many foreign countries… more>

religion and spirituality

What is the difference between religion and spirituality? In Indian tradition, Religion includes ritualism, customs, theology, mythology and Spirituality is the philosophy of life, transformation of life, wisdom and freedom… more>


Holy Trio: Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Ma Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda
Sri Ramakrishna
Sri Ramakrishna
The goal of human life is the realization of the Ultimate Reality which alone can give man supreme fulfilment and everlasting peace. This is the essence of all religions. more…
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I tell you one thing – if you want peace, do not find fault with others. 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. more…
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Swami Vivekananda
Swami Vivekananda
My ideal, indeed, can be put into a few words, and that is: to preach unto mankind their divinity, and how to make it manifest in every movement of life. more..
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We have five annual Puja
Sri Ramakrishna’s birthday
Sri Ma Sarada Devi’s Birthday
Swami Vivekananda’s Birthday
Sri Sri Durga Puja

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