Founded in 1939 by Swami Ashokananda (Ramakrishna Order, India)

Swami Prasannatmananda (current Swami-in-Charge/ President)

Report: Thanksgiving Day Spiritual Retreat – 2020

Every year, Swami Prasannatmananda, Swami-In-Charge of Vedanta Society Berkeley, conducts a special event with worship, dinner, and Bhagavad Gita chanting in San Jose House of Vedanta Society Berkeley on Thanksgiving Day. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, a virtual Thanksgiving Day Spiritual Retreat 2020 was conducted on Thursday Nov. 26 from 11am – 1pm, titled “Karma Yoga and Jnana Yoga as taught by Sri Krishna”. Fifty participants from diverse backgrounds registered and took part in the retreat. The role of karma and karma yoga as the means for getting out of bondage was explained. Sri Krishna’s expanded concept of yajna, secular work classified as karma yoga, and equating selfless work with renunciation were highlighted. President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation was read at the retreat to celebrate the spirit of Thanksgiving. There were two Q & A sessions. Many expressed very positive feedback on the retreat.

We have five annual Puja
Sri Ramakrishna’s birthday
Sri Ma Sarada Devi’s Birthday
Swami Vivekananda’s Birthday
Sri Sri Durga Puja
Mahashivaratri

Sponsorships opportunities are available for the following:
Entire Puja event
Flowers and garland
Food for offering (Naivedya)
Dinner for devotees (Prasad)

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