Dear Friends:

The Vedanta Center of St. Petersburg will be opening the 2022-2023 season with the Sunday service on September 11, 2022. We are happy to welcome everyone back after the summer recess. We will be having in person services, including evening classes on Wednesday and Friday. All events shall also be made available live via Zoom platform.

Sunday services begin at 11:00 am and the evening classes at 7:00 pm. All services shall be held in the Chapel as before.

All are welcome.

Sunday Lectures

March 5  Avatar: Doctrine and Impact
 Guest Speaker: Swami Satyamayananda, Asst. Minister Vedanta Society of W. Washington, Seattle
March 12
Gita, the Grand Legacy of Sri Krishna
March 19
Taming the Mind
 March 26 Incarnation of Sri Rama

Weekly Classes

Wednesday: 7:00 PM: Introduction to Bhagavat Gita

Friday: 7:00 PM: The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Inspirational Thoughts

The highest demonstration of reasoning that we have in any branch of knowledge can only make a fact probable, and nothing further. The most demonstrable facts of physical science are only probabilities, not facts yet. Facts are only in the senses. Facts have to be perceived, and we have to perceive religion to demonstrate it to ourselves. We have to sense God to be convinced that there is a God. We must sense the facts of religion to know that they are fact. Nothing else, and no amount of reasoning, but our own perception can make these things real to us, can make my belief firm as a rock.

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Relative knowledge is good, because it leads to absolute knowledge; but neither the knowledge of the senses, nor of the mind, nor even of the Vedas is true, since they are all within the realm of relative knowledge. First get rid of the delusion “I am the body,” then only can we want real knowledge. Man’s knowledge is only a higher degree of brute knowledge.

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There is no help for you outside of yourself; you are the creator of the universe. Like the silkworm you have built a cocoon around yourself. Who will save you? Burst your own cocoon and come out as the beautiful butterfly, as the free soul. Then alone you will see Truth.

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The spirit is the goal, and not matter. Forms, images, bells, candles, books, churches, temples, and all holy symbols are very good, very helpful to the growing plant of spirituality, but thus far and no farther. In the vast majority of cases, we find that the plant does not grow. It is very good to be born in a church, but it is very bad to die in a church. It is very good to be born within the limits of certain forms that help the little plant of spirituality, but if a man dies within the bounds of these forms, it shows that he has not grown, that there has been no development of the soul.

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Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this divinity within, by controlling nature, external and internal. Do this either by work, or worship, or psychic control, or philosophy—by one or all of these—and be free. This is the whole of religion. Doctrines, or dogmas, or rituals, or books, or temples, or forms, are but secondary details.

-Swami Vivekananda