Shiva Ratri, the “Night of Shiva”, will be celebrated in the Hollywood Temple on Thursday, February 27, beginning at 6 pm. Vigil is kept on this holy night through four separate worships and intervening watches. Worshippers fast, meditate, pray and sing throughout the night. The holy mantra “Om Namah Shivaya” is repeated and hymns ofREAD MORE
Please join us for an evening of devotional chanting and camaraderie. Kirtan will be followed by refreshments. Vedanta Kirtan—A Donation-Free Spiritual Camaraderie Initiative Free Parking in Vedanta Society Parking Lot. Free street parking around the center but please watch for parking restrictions.
Join us for Karma Yoga Saturday, February 15th for Temple Cleaning and Maintenance Please volunteer for the Karma Yoga Group at the Hollywood Temple from 9:30 am to 4 pm. We accomplished so much during our January Garden project and the group had a great time together as well. On this upcoming Saturday, we’ll beREAD MORE
Swami Vivekananda taught that our worship of God may start in the temple, but it should not be confined there; it should radiate out into every activity of our life and manifest itself in loving service to all human beings, especially those who are sick, or hungry. For the past few years, to honor thisREAD MORE
Varadaprana was born Doris Ludwig in Los Angeles in 1923. She was born with an innate musical talent, which she used and enjoyed her entire life. She began piano at the age of five and soon progressed to violin, organ, voice, harmonium and tabla. Her exquisite and original musical compositions were her greatest gift and are widely performed in Vedanta Societies throughout the country. While still a teenager, Doris discovered The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna at the Los Angeles Public Library and that discovery changed her life. When she turned 21, she became one of the original nuns of the Vedanta Society, joining its convent in Hollywood in 1944. She moved to the Santa Barbara convent in 1947 and remained in here until her passing.
Let the year gone by usher in many moments of self-discovery and bliss streaming into our lives…. 8 PM – 10:30 PM – Kirtan – Chant joyfully with Vedanta Singers and Tim Jordan. www.timjordankirtan.com 10:30 PM – 11:30 PM – Refreshments 11:30 PM – 12 AM – Midnight Meditation to bring in the New Year Refreshments/meetREAD MORE
Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi’s Birthday & Christmas Eve fall on the same day this year. Program for the day at the Hollywood temple: 10 am: Puja for Holy Mother 1 pm: Homa fire followed by prasad 2:30 pm: Christmas readings and Carols 4:15 pm: Readings on Holy Mother 5:30 pm: Talk by Swami SarvadevanandaREAD MORE
Swami Sarvadevananda addressed a group of students and faculty at the Claremont McKenna College on November 7. A nice write-up was placed on their website.
The Vedanta International Cultural Center will hold a special program called Gitanjali and Beyond…A Tribute to Swami Vivekananda on Sunday October 27th at 4:30pm at the Redondo Beach Center for Spiritual Living. Tickets $20 & 25 dinner included. Please see the attached flyer for event details and address: Contact: Rini Ghosh with further questions 310.791.6631
Retreat Topic: Purusha Suktam - Chanting & Contemplation This retreat provides the chance to do our own Sadhana through silence. This time, we will meditate on this “Purusha Suktam” with Shvetashvatara Upanishad. And in the afternoon, we will talk on “Purusha Suktam” Verse 17 ~ 24. There will be meditation in the morning to think of our realREAD MORE
It seems that Swami Atmavidyananda’s Vivekananda Oratorio has attracted attention in high places. Early in September he received a call from the Indian Ambassador to the United States. Ambassador Rao was looking for Vivekananda material on You Tube and came across the “Arise, Awake” music video from the Vivekananda Oratorio that was created and posted by Tara. TheREAD MORE
On Saturday, September 28th from 9:30am-4pm, there will be a Vedanta Retreat in Pinon Hills. This retreat provides the chance to do our own Sadhana through silence. This time, we will talk on this “Purusha Suktam” every 30 minutes and meditate on these verses every 30 minutes. There will be six meditation sessions to think of ourREAD MORE
“Sahasranama is perhaps the most extensive elaboration of the Divine Name. This is a special feature of Hindu devotional practice, unknown to other religions which invoke the Supreme Being by one name only” This retreat provides the chance to do our own Sadhana through silence. We will use our voice only for “Vishnu Sahasra-nama” andREAD MORE
In the wake of the unprecedented devastation caused by cloud-burst and flash floods in a major portion of Uttarakhand, Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math has undertaken relief work in the affected areas through its Kankhal (Haridwar) centre. A relief camp has been established at a place called Agastya Muni, about 25 kms from Rudra Prayag. DryREAD MORE
Please join us for our Annual 4th of July Celebration, honoring Swami Vivekananda at the beautiful Ramakrishna Monastery in Trabuco Canyon. 12pm Noon Worship 1:20pm Lunch 2:30pm Special Program All are welcome!
On Saturday June 1st at the Pinon Hills Retreat Center, Swami Atmavidyananda will hold a retreat on Karma Yoga, from 9:30am-4pm. Please RSVP to Atmavidyananda email@example.com if you are planning to attend and for directions. Retreat Schedule: 9:30-10 Reading from Karma Yoga 10-12 Karma Yoga Assignments – Work session I 12 – 12:45 Chanting Meditation BreakREAD MORE
In this Retreat, the focus will be Meditation on the Teachings of Buddha and Singing. The retreat will be held Saturday May 18th from 9:30am-4pm a the Vedanta Retreat House, Pinon Hills, CA. This retreat provides the chance to do our own Sadhana through silence. If we stop talking, we become aware of our actions, what weREAD MORE
Come Celebrate Hanuman’s Birthday at the Hollywood Temple on Saturday, April 27th 4am-5pm For further information see Hollywood Temple News
All Vedanta Society of Southern California members are encouraged to attend the Annual Members meeting at the Hollywood Temple on Thursday, April 25th at 8pm. Your attendance is needed to vote on issues related to the VSSC and to keep you connected to events and updates of the Society.
The retreat will be held Saturday January 26 from 9:15am-4:30pm at the Vedanta Retreat House, Pinon Hills, CA. The day will focus on Swami Vivekananda His Experiences & Wisdom (Part 3). The retreat is for those who already practice meditation and a reservation is required. This is the final retreat to be held commemorating Swami-Ji’sREAD MORE