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Vedanta Societies,

first and most influential Hindu organization in the West, founded by Swami Vivekananda (1863–1902), a disciple of Indian mystic Ramakrishna (1836–86). Vivekananda attended an international religious conference in Chicago (1893), and later established the Vedanta Society of New York (1894), an organization devoted to service and mysticism. Vivekananda returned to India and founded the Ramakrishna Order (1897) to administer the network of Vedanta societies and humanitarian and religious activities. There are 20 centers in the United States.


See J. Damrell, Seeking Spiritual Meaning (1977); C. Isherwood, My Guru and His Disciple (1988); C. T. Jackson, The Ramakrishna Movement in the United States (1994).

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The Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of the Philippines Inc.
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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.