Pravrajika Anandaprana (Ursula Bond) was born to a wealthy Jewish family of great culture in Berlin. Fleeing the Nazis, the family emigrated to the United States and settled in San Francisco. Extremely intelligent and highly motivated, fluent in multiple languages, she graduated with honors in English literature at UC Berkeley. After graduation, she married Robert Bond and they moved to Pasadena where she worked at the Huntington Library.
The retreat will focus on: Meditation on Holy Other and Singing Click on flyer below for detailed information – Contact Pravrajika Dayaprana before December 18th. for reservation and questions, including car-pooling and directions (323) 960-1729 Ext. 88 Please put your information slowly twice on your message. This retreat is by reservation only.
Where: Santa Barbara Temple
When: Saturday, October 4, 2014
Schedule of Events:
2:30pm—Vivekananda Oratorio composed by Swami Atmavidyananda
All are welcome to attend.
Other Durga Puja Events:
Navaratri Chanting: September 24-October 4
Sandhi Puja: Chanting of “Jai Sri Durga”
October 2, 11:44am-12:32pm
The Vedanta Society is a sponsoring organization for the Peace Sunday Festival 2014 (www.peacesunday.org). The Festival will be from 9am-6pm at the IMAN Cultural Center 3376 Motor Ave, LA, CA 90034. For more information, please see the flyer below.
Join us for the Annual Open House, July 12th, at the Vivekanda House in South Pasadena starting at 4pm. There will be a special worship service, readings and light refreshments. All are welcome! Please click the link below for directions: http://vedanta.org/about-the-vedanta-society/vivekananda-house-south-pasadena/
Please join us for our wonderful ANNUAL 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION! We will be honoring Swami Vivekananda and enjoying spiritual camaraderie. 12 Noon Worship 1:20 PM Lunch 2:30 PM Special Talk, Swami Nikhilatmananda, Allahabad, India Click here for directions and details of the Monastery – http://vedanta.org/about-the-vedanta-society/ramakrishna-monastery-trabuco-canyon/
This month’s Antaryoga Retreat at our Pinon Hills location continues from May with a focus on Buddhist meditation and readings from Thich Nhat Hanh. This retreat is by reservation only for those who already practice meditation. Call Pravrajika Dayaprana at (323) 960-1729, ext. 88 to reserve a spot or to ask questions. Click below forREAD MORE
Come experience the peace and beauty of the desert, spiritually uplifting readings, meditation and the company of devotees and monastics, as we experience joy and invigoration from service at our Pinon Hills Retreat House. When: Saturday May 31st, from 9 to 4pm Where : 720 Sage Rd, Pinon Hills, CA What: Karma Yoga Retreat DayREAD MORE
Please join us in worshiping the Divine Mother through serving her embodiments in women of the Los Angeles area. In the West, May is traditionally the month of Mary, Christ’s Mother, and it is the time we celebrate Mother’s day. For the Vedantin, every day is Mother’s day. Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda particularly stressedREAD MORE
7:00 pm Opening Chanting “Prajna-Paramita-Hrdaya-Sutram” (in Japanese) Slide Presentation “The Life of Gotama Buddha” (Till His enlightenment —– by computer arts and photos in the forest) STORY: Based on the book, “Gotama Buddha” by Hajime Nakamura ”The Life of Shakyamuni” by Hidetomo Kanaoka 8:00 pm Reading from “Present Moment, Wonderful Moment” (By Thich NhatREAD MORE
We invite you to attend the annual Ramakrishna Public Dinner in Hollywood on Sunday May 11. Our special guest is Swami Divyananda, who will be visiting from India. Swami Divyananda is a senior monk and Trustee of the Ramakrishna Order, of which the Vedanta Society is a branch. He is also the head of Saradapitha, the Order’sREAD MORE
Antaryoga Retreat RETREAT FOR INNER COMMUNION Meditation on “The Sermon on the Mount” Saturday April 19, 2014 9:30 am – 4:00 pm Vedanta Retreat, Piñon Hills “Religion is a continuing fact in human life. The prescriptions of the Sermon on the Mount can be and are lived today.” This retreat provides the chance to do ourREAD MORE
Join Buddhist Nun Karma Lekshe Tsomo and Vedanta Nun Pravrajika Saradeshaprana for retreat at the San Diego Monastery on Sunday April 6. During this retreat the presenters will explore methods through which we can bring our spiritual practices into the work environment. Retreat Schedule 10:00 AM to 11:20 AM – Session 1: Practicing Buddhism inREAD MORE
ANTARYOGA RETREAT RETREAT FOR INNER COMMUNION Meditation on The Life of Sri Ramakrishna and Singing March 22 (Saturday) 2014 9:30 ~ 4:00 PM Vedanta Retreat, Piñon Hills This retreat provides the chance to do our own Sadhana through silence. We try to contemplate on the episodes in the life of Sri Ramakrishna. In this Retreat,READ MORE
The nuns of the Vedanta Society Sarada Convent in Hollywood have installed solar panels on the roof to help provide electric power for the convent. Read more about it in this report.
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.