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The Vedanta Center will be closed for the summer recess during the months of July and August 2024. Classes and services are suspended and will resume in September after Labor Day. We offer our best wishes for a spiritually invigorating summer to all our friends and well wishers.


Sunday Lectures

We will be closed through August 2024
We will be closed through August 2024
September 9
To be Announced
September 16
To be Announced
September 23
​To be Announced
 September 30
 To be Announced

Weekly Classes

Monday: 7:00 PM: Chanting Class

Wednesday: 7:00 PM: Scripture Class

Inspirational Thoughts

The work of ethics has been, and will be in the future, not the destruction of variation and the establishment of sameness in the external world—which is impossible for it would bring death and annihilation—but to recognize the unity in spite of all these variations, to recognize the God within, in spite of everything that frightens us, to recognize that infinite strength as the property of everyone in spite of all apparent weakness, and to recognize the eternal, infinite, essential purity of the soul in spite of everything to the contrary that appears on the surface.

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Each soul is a star, and all stars are set in that infinite azure, that eternal sky, the Lord. Thee is the root, the reality, and real individuality of each and ll. Religion began with the search after some of these stars that had passed beyond our horizon, and ended in finding them all in God, and ourselves in the same place.

 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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All souls are playing, some consciously, some unconsciously. Religion is learning to play consciously.

-Swami Vivekananda

Vedanta Center of St.Petersburg

216 19th Avenue South East
St.Petersburg, FL 33705


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