2017 Upcoming Lecture Events:
Lectures by : Swami Ishatmananda
Minister-in-charge of the Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago
Topic: “How to be Happy”
Location : 1341 Adelaide Street, Westlake OH 44145
Date: Friday, September 8th , 2017
I am other than name, form and action.
My nature is ever free!
I am Self, the supreme unconditioned Brahman.
I am pure Awareness, always non-dual.
2017 Upcoming Lectures Summary:
“How to be Happy”: What ever we do, at the back of our mind always remain to get Joy, Happiness ( Sukha), out of that action. Most of the time the happiness we receive is short lived or temporary as a result we go back to unhappiness. How to go out of it and get eternal peace, Joy and Happiness.
“Sri Ramakrishna and Spirituality”: Religion is the process and spirituality is the goal. In the life of Sri Ramakrishna we find this two personified-the process and culmination vividly.
“Heart of Buddha and Intellect of Shankara” : The Heart of Buddha and Intellect of Shankara will discuss lives and teachings of these two great souls from the point of view of Swami Vivekananda. It was Swamiji’s view that the ideal person would represent the very best of intellectual understanding of Shankara and Vedanta Philosophy with the love and compassion found in the life of Buddha.
Each is Good in its own Place is a talk on Karma Yoga based on one of Swami Vivekananda’s lectures with the same title. It emphasized Swamiji’s ideal that work is worship, no matter what form it takes, and there is no such thing as high or low when it comes to the performance of duty. All can realize the highest goal through the motiveless performance of duty.
“Reflection, Resolution and Change” : Resolution, Reflection, and Change is a talk on the practice of self-development and the need to analyze our present condition, goals, priorities, etc. and then dedicate ourselves to self-improvement. The talk is based on some of the vows that the monks of the Ramakrishna Order take at the time of Brahmacharya. It includes some practical advice regarding our spiritual practices as well as our attitude toward others
Annual Celebration Events:
17 January 2016, Swami Vivekananda Birthday celebration
Venue: 1341 Adelaide Street, Westlake, OH 44145
13 March 2016, Ramakrishna Dev Birthday celebration
9 October 2016, DurgaPuja
Biographies of the Speakers
Swami Ishatmananda :
Swami Ishatmananda, a monk of the Ramakrishna Mission, got associated with the holy order at the Ramakrishna Mission, Cherrapunji, Meghalaya. The 10th President of the Order, Srimat Swami Vireshwaranandaji Maharaj blessed him by initiation.He was attached with Advaita Ashrama (Kolkata) an English publication center of the Ramakrishna order for 12 years and was bestowed with Sanyasa in 1986 by Srimat Swami Gambhiranandaji Maharaj, the 11th President of the Order.
He has worked at the well-known educational institution of the Ramakrishna Mission in Purulia, West-Bengal. He has redered his services at time of natural calamities in Assam, West Bengal, and Orissa.
Swami Ishatmananda came to Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago on 28th February and took charge as the President on March 4th 2013. Under his leadership the society observed 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda through differentprograms held from August through November 2013.In December 2014, he was appointed the Religious Adviser at the University of Chicago.Apart from discoursing on various topics at different parlors of the devotees at different places in Illinois, he conducts spiritual retreats and attends various programs across the United States at the invitation of devotees and other organizations.
More information regarding Swamiji can be found in this link:
Minister, Vedanta Center of Greater Washington, DC
Swami Atmajnanananda (born Stuart Elkman) is a swami (monk) of the Ramakrishna Order, which he joined in 1981. He earned BA in philosophy from Northwestern University and PhD in Indian philosophy from University of Pennsylvania. He joined the Ramakrishna Order in 1981 at the Vedanta Society of Southern California; took first vows of brahmacharya in India in 1992 and sannyasa in India in 1996; transferred to the Vedanta Center of Greater Washington, DC in 1997. He is a scholar in Indian philosophy and traveled extensively throughout India and Bangladesh; contributed various articles and translations to some of the books and magazines of the Ramkrishna order. One of his articles was published in Living Wisdom: Vedanta in the West. He also authored Jiva Gosvamin’s Tattvasandarbha: A Study on the Philosophical and Sectarian Development of the Gaudiya Vaisnava Movement, published by Motilal Banarsidass in 1986 under his pre-monastic name. He envisions that with the help of a healthy imagination and a smattering of devotion, all action can be converted into acts of worship. All activities can be spiritualized until the line of demarcation between sacred and secular, spiritual practice and worldly duties, begins to gradually melt away.
Minister, Vedanta Center of Greater Washington, DC
Swami Brahmarupananda joined the Vivekananda Monastery and Retreat in Ganges, Mi., in 1984 and studied under the guidance of Swami Bhashyanandaji. He took his monastic vows (Sanyasa deeksha), in 1987. He has lectured on Vedanta, Upanishads and Bhagavad Geeta, and conducted spiritual retreats in the United States, Canada and Trinidad.
Swamiji is with Vedanta Center of Greater Washington, DC where he speaks on various spiritual topics.
Also, he leads study groups on The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, the Bhagawad Geeta and the teachings of Vivekananda.
Minister, Vedanta Center of Southern California
Swami Sarvadevananda, the minister and spiritual leader of the Vedanta Society of Southern California, is a monk of the Ramakrishna Order of India. The Order is one of the largest and most respected religious orders in India today. Inspired by the great Bengali saint, Ramakrishna, the Order was formed in 1897 with two goals in mind: spiritual enlightenment and service to God in human form. As a result, it has its own hospitals, clinics, orphanages, homes for the elderly, schools, and training institutes. Whenever disaster has struck, the Ramakrishna Mission has been there to offer relief from famine, epidemic, fire, flood, earthquake, cyclone, and communal disturbances.
Swami was initiated by Swami Shankarananda, the 7th President of the Order, in 1961. He joined the monastery at Belur Math, the Order’s headquarters in Kolkata in 1965 and completed his monastic training while serving in various capacities, including working in a camp for refugees who barely escaped with their lives during the Bangladesh war in 1971. The Swami lived near Belur Math from 1960 onward and thus had the opportunity to come in contact with many monks who were initiated by Holy Mother (Sri Sarada Devi), Swami Brahmananda, Swami Shivananda, and other direct disciples of Ramakrishna.
He spent the next two decades at Saradapitha, a major educational and technical training institution in Kolkata, imparting Vedantic spiritual values as part of the high school and university level curriculum.
Swami became the head of the Ramakrishna Mission of Sikra in 1988. While there, he initiated literacy and health programs for hundreds of underprivileged villagers and performed relief and rehabilitation work for the homeless.
In 1993, Swami Sarvadevananda was posted to the Vedanta Society of Southern California in Hollywood where he served as assistant minister until 2012. When his predecessor, Swami Swahananda, passed away in October, 2012, he became the minister and spiritual leader of the Vedanta Society.
In addition to regular lectures and classes, he addresses schools, colleges and other religious groups throughout Southern California and other parts of the United States whenever called upon. He represents the Vedanta Society as a delegate on the Interreligious Council of Southern California and the Hindu-Catholic and Hindu-Episcopal Dialogue of Los Angeles and serves as one of the directors of the Hindu Students’ Organization at USC. Swami’s enthusiasm for spiritual life and large-heartedness toward all who cross his path is unending and is greatly cherished in the United States.
Minister, Vedanta Society of Boston
Swami Tyagananda is a Hindu monk (sannyasi) of the Ramakrishna Order and presently head of the Order’s branch in Boston. He became a monk in 1976, soon after graduating from the University of Bombay, India. He was assigned to the Vedanta Society in Boston in 1998.
Not surprisingly, most people in the West find his name unusual, unintelligible, and difficult to pronounce. This is how he explains what his name means: “’Swami’ is the epithet used for Hindu monks and the word means ‘master.’ It points to the ideal of being a master of oneself or being in control of oneself. The second part of my name is my actual name, given to me when I received my final monastic vows. Tyagananda is a combination of two words, tyâga and ânanda: tyâga means detachment or letting go; ânanda means joy. Taken together, the word means ‘the joy of detachment.’ It points to the ideal of letting go of all the nonessentials in order to focus on and hold on to the essentials. My name, thus, serves me as a reminder of two ideals, self-mastery and letting go.”
Pravrajika Sevaprana has been a nun in the Ramakrishna Order of India for almost 40 years. She first joined in San Francisco where she spent 26 years. She then went to Varanasi, India, where she served as a sannyasini nurse in the Ramakrishna Sevashram Charitable Hospital for several years. Sevaprana is currently a member of the Vedanta Society of Southern California.
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