The Ramakrishna Vedanta Society
of the Philippines Inc.
After taking a degree in chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1943, he joined the Vedanta Society
Monastery where he became a monk of the Ramakrishna Order, his main role there, being to reconcile astronomy with the teachings of Vedanta.
Nevada (US), Sept 14 (ANI): The Vedanta Society
of Greater Houston (VSGH) is consecrating a new Temple on September 24 in Houston (Texas, USA).
The urbane, Hindu representative Vivekananda made a big hit, and he returned to India triumphant and ready to establish the Ramakrishna Mission and the Vedanta Society
, extending the reach of neo-Vedanta into the white, well-heeled West.
They in turn introduced Isherwood, then an atheist, to Swami Prabhavananda, head of the Vedanta Society
of Southern California and a swami in the Ramakrishna Order.
Although the famed Hindu yogi Swami Vivekananda had established his Vedanta Society
outreach centers in California and New York by the tuna of the century, Asian practices such as yoga and meditation were regarded as heretical and indecent by all but cosmopolitan elites.
Swami Akhilananda, for many years leader of the Vedanta Society
in Boston and Providence, elaborates with these words: "When he [the guru] tries to impart suitable methods for spiritual practices and training to the disciple, he makes his mind completely free from all preconceived thoughts and ideas: and, consequently, he can immediately understand the very nature of the disciple.
I was raised in the Bay Area where there was a Vedanta Society
Center in Berkeley and I attended worship services there once.
The image is a reproduction of a painting displayed in San Francisco in the Old Temple of the Vedanta Society
of Northern California (the society aims to spread awareness of Hinduism in the West).
Nancy Kenny, representing the Vedanta Society
, wrote that the society's membership had grown slowly but steadily.
There he became profoundly interested in the Vedanta Society
, editing several anthologies on Vedanta, and for a time lectured at the Los Angeles State College.