Commencing of Session 2023-2024
Regular services of The Vedanta Center of St. Petersburg for the year 2023-2024 shall begin with the opening service on Sunday, September 10, 2023, at 11 am. We welcome everyone back after the summer recess.
The activities of the Center return back to pre-pandemic routine – Sunday service at 11 am, Chanting class on Mondays at 7 pm, and Scripture classes on Wednesdays at 7 pm. There shall be classes on Vedanta text books, which is continuation of Bhagavad Gita at present, on all Wednesdays except on the last Wednesday each month when Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna shall be studied.
Monday evening chanting class on hymns and prayers will be held in Mother’s House located at 176 – 19th Avenue SE, St. Petersburg. Sunday services and the Classes on Wednesdays shall be held in the Chapel and shall be available live via zoom platform.
|Dec. 3||Prayer Techniques|
||Purity of Heart
|Dec. 24||Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men|
|Dec. 31||Holy Mother Sarada Devi|
Monday: 7:00 PM: Chanting Class
Wednesday: 7:00 PM: Scripture Class
I may not find it when I try to grasp it, to sense it, and to actualize it, yet I know for certain that it is there. If I am sure of anything, it is of this humanity which is common to us all. It is through this generalized entity that I see you as a man or a woman. So it is with this universal religion, which runs through all the various religions of the world in the form of God; it must and does exist through eternity. “I am the thread that runs through all these pearls,” and each pearl is a religion or even a sect thereof. Such are the different pearls, and the Lord is the thread that runs through all of them; only the majority of mankind are entirely unconscious of it.
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The ideal of Vedanta is that all wisdom and all purity are in the soul already, dimly expressed or better expressed – that is all the difference. The difference between man and man, and all things in the whole creation, is not in kind but only in degree. The background, the reality, of everyone is that same Eternal, Ever Blessed, Ever Pure, and Ever Perfect One. It is the Atman, the Soul, in the saint and the sinner, in the happy and the miserable, in the beautiful and the ugly in men and in animals; it is the same throughout. It is the shining One. The difference is caused by the power of expression. In some It is expressed more, in others less, but this difference of expression has no effect upon the Atman.
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If there is ever going to be an ideal religion, it must be broad and large enough to supply food for all these minds. It must supply the strength of philosophy to the philosopher, the devotee’s heart to the worshiper, to the ritualist, it will give all that the most marvelous symbolism can convey; to the poet, it will give as much of heart as he can take in, and other things besides. To make such a broad religion, we shall have to go back to the time when religions began and take them all in. Our watchword, then, will be acceptance, and not exclusion. Not only toleration, for so-called toleration is often blasphemy, and I do not believe in it. I believe in acceptance.
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Believe, therefore, in yourselves, and if you want material wealth, work it out; it will come to you. If you want to be intellectual, work it out on the intellectual plane, and intellectual giants you shall be. And if you want to attain to freedom, work it out on the spiritual plane, and free you shall be.