Vedanta Society Santa Barbara

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The Vedanta Society always joins the Santa Barbara Clergy Association's annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, which is always the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. It's always a joyful, inspiring occasion but this year we can't do it in person. It's online only. Here's the online version and many thanks to the Santa Barbara Greater Clergy Association for making it happen!
We had a beautiful Durga Puja that Swami Sarvadevanandaji came up to Santa Barbara to do. We also had some lovely music that was Zoomed in and there was magnificent prasad..... just not the joyful big Durga Puja crowds that we enjoy having here. Well, Mayer icchā! Divine Mother's will. Here are some photos from it:
10:30 am Durga Puja from Santa Barbara (online only; no in-person attendance) On Zoom and YouTube. Zoom Meeting ID: 880 5673 1983 · Passcode: JaiMa
To join us for Durga Puja on Saturday, Oct 24th, join us on Zoom or Youtube at 10:30 am. Here's the link: Durga Puja Saturday October 24, 10:30 am PDT (find your local time) Streamed live from Santa Barbara on Zoom and YouTube (No in-person attendance)
Sandhi Puja Group chanting of “Jai Sri Durga” Saturday October 24, 6:35–7:23 am PDT (find your local time) Streamed from Hollywood and Santa Barbara Hollywood chanting followed by guided meditation, music, and discussion of Durga Puja on Zoom and YouTube. Durga Puja Saturday October 24, 10:30 am PDT (find your local time) Streamed live from Santa Barbara on Zoom and YouTube (No in-person attendance)
Sankara and Sri Jiddu Krishnamurti I
Photo of my beloved guru, Swami Swahananda, taken on my initiation day (late 70's? Sorry, old brain...). Please enjoy, friends.

The Vedanta Temple in Santa Barbara is part of the Vedanta Society of Southern California and is a Western branch of the Ramakrishna Order of India.

Mission: In the words of Swami Vivekananda the mission of Vedanta is "to preach unto mankind their divinity, and how to make it manifest in every movement of life." This can be done through work, through worship, through meditation and service to all beings as manifestations of divinity.

Operating as usual

[11/17/20]   Sadly, Santa Barbara County has moved back into Purple in the State's reopening plan, so the temple will be temporarily closed again.

You can still join our classes and talks digitally on Zoom and YouTube.

We have loved having some of you back and hope that everyone will stay safe, and stay in touch while California tries to flatten the curve again.

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Pico Iyer: ‘We gain nothing by cursing the people we dislike. We gain everything by thinking about the world we want to create’

NPR asked Pico Iyer and Vrajaprana to have a conversation on Empathy, which they wanted to air BEFORE the US election! It's now on podcast form here:
https://www.kcrw.com/culture/shows/life-examined/how-to-discuss-political-election-differences/pico-iyer-interview-election-rage?fbclid=IwAR15eAJXli_pmUNc4yVqSh1AtD1faFoDNFLvjUg3tut3TT5l8l9yF4VIG3o

kcrw.com As politics pits family, friends and colleagues against each other, how do we gain empathy and understanding with those with whom we disagree?

Labor Day weekend greetings. Stay cool and stay safe! #vedanta #vedantalife #yogasantabarbara #santabarbaracounty

No fire threat here but definitely in No California. Pray for California!🙏#vedanta #vedantalife #santabarbaracounty

Vedanta temple garden and yes temple is still closed....
#vedanta

Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

And here's the Zoom link to Sunday's 11:00 am lecture on "Krishna and Us" with Pravrajika Vrajaprana: Zoom link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82633009667?pwd=YWZ2bnRONVVDZExVUTdhMVY5aWs5dz09

Meeting ID: 826 3300 9667
Passcode: Krishna

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Here's the link for today's 5pm Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna reading: Zoom link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/678830603?pwd=eGJUQnJEZVNMQ04zMHJOb1phMjVkdz09

Meeting ID: 678 830 603
Password: 2xTyyx

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There will be a Zoom lecture on "Krishna and Us" by Pravrajika Vrajaprana this Sunday, August 2nd. Here's the Zoom link: Join Zoom Meeting
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Tomorrow afternoon we will have a Zoom class on the Gospel of Holy Mother with Swami Sarvadevananda Maharaj. Please feel free to join us at 4:30 pm PDT!

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 856 2229 3052
Password: 354749

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[07/04/20]   Tomorrow morning at the Santa Barbara temple, Sunday, July 5, at 11:00 am, Pravrajika Vrajaprana will give the spiritual talk "Belief, Faith, and Experience," which will be available on zoom. (Link, Meeting ID: 842 0105 9194 Password: 958853)

[07/04/20]   Happy Guru Purnima day on July 5th! A blessed and sacred day to remember the guru who brought us to the feet of the Lord.

[07/04/20]   Happy 4th of July! We celebrate the innate freedom of the soul on this glorious day. Swami Vivekananda was freed from his body on this day that he loved so much—see his poem on the Fourth of July below. And many of you know that the founder of our Vedanta Society of Southern California, Swami Prabhavananda, also chose to leave his body on this day. Enjoy this inspiring day, remembering that spiritually and socially much has to be done to attain the freedom we all seek.

Behold, the dark clouds melt away,
That gathered thick at night, and hung
So like a gloomy pall above the earth!
Before thy magic touch, the world
Awakes. The birds in chorus sing.
The flowers raise their star-like crowns —
Dew-set, and wave thee welcome fair.
The lakes are opening wide in love
Their hundred thousand lotus-eyes
To welcome thee, with all their depth.
All hail to thee, thou Lord of Light!
A welcome new to thee, today,
O Sun! Today thou sheddest Liberty!

Bethink thee how the world did wait,
And search for thee, through time and clime.
Some gave up home and love of friends,
And went in quest of thee, self-banished,
Through dreary oceans, through primeval forests,
Each step a struggle for their life or death;
Then came the day when work bore fruit,
And worship, love, and sacrifice,
Fulfilled, accepted, and complete.
Then thou, propitious, rose to shed
The light of Freedom on mankind.

Move on, O Lord, in thy resistless path!
Till thy high noon o’erspreads the world.
Till every land reflects thy light,
Till men and women, with uplifted head,
Behold their shackles broken, and
Know, in springing joy, their life renewed!

Happy July 4 weekend!
#vedanta

Sun came out! Temple is still closed, bookstore open this weekend ONLY on Friday, July 3rd. #vedantalife #vedantasociety #vedantasocietyofsoutherncalifornia #hindutemple #santabarbaracounty

Sri Ramakrishna in the temple today. We miss you all here!

Celebrating Juneteenth!
Freedom is the song of the soul, said Swami Vivekananda. #vedanta #vedantalife #vivekananda #santabarbarastyle #santabarbaracounty

At the Bookstore at the Vedanta Temple. #vedanta #vedantalife #santabarbaracounty #santabarbarastyle #hinduspirituality

Good morning from Vedanta Temple. #vedanta #divinemother

Bookstore will be open Friday and Saturday 11-5! Wear your mask, we have hand sanitizer and we hope to see you. #vedanta #santabarbaracounty #santabarbarastyle #montecitostrong #montecitomoments

Bookstore open Saturday!

Early morning Vedanta birds.#vedanta #santabarbaracounty #santabarbarastyle #93108

Temple still closed but BOOKSTORE open Saturday 11-5 #vedanta #santabarbaracounty #santabarbarastyle #93108strong

Sunday afternoon at the Vedanta Temple....quiet! #vedanta #santabarbarastyle

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Buddha and Us · Pravrajika Vrajaprana, Santa Barbara · May 10, 2020, 11 am Pacific Time

Here is a perfect talk for May, the month of Buddha's thrice-blessed day. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qugXZ5Hfzgo&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR14XRNye9uXkvmE-EpNHR-MtElQtDsO6W4qKeBrmy7TENrGr906KfyCLnE

Pravrajika Vrajaprana of the Sarada Convent, Santa Barbara, discusses the relevance of Buddha's life and teachings for our times. We're grateful for your don...

Happy Mother’s Day from the Vedanta Temple! #vedanta#divinemother

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San Diego Monastery

From Swami Harinamananda at our San Diego Monastery re: the Online Vedanta course:
Dear Friends,

We have decided to re-open registration to the Introductory Vedanta Online Course to those who were unable to register during the previous registration period. If you are receiving this email you have already registered for the course.

When the San Diego Vedanta Monastery initially offered the Vedanta Online Course we had almost he1000 unique registrants. Our online participant space quickly reached its maximum capacity.
However, we've found that many of those who had registered are not attending.

As a result, we are re-opening registration to the Introductory Vedanta Online Course to those who are interested and would like to benefit from the rest of the course.

If you know anyone that would benefit from attending these classes, please have them email [email protected] with the following information.

1. Name
2. Email
3. City, State and Country you are joining from.
4. Subject Heading: Request to join the Introductory Vedanta Online Course

We are always eager to include sincere spiritual aspirants.

Session 1 and 2 are now available to view at http://vedantavideo.com/SD.htm.

If you'd like to help support the Vedanta Online Course, please donate here.

For full course details see below or click here.

Yours in the Divine,
Swami Harinamananda
___________________________
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://sandiegovedanta.org

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Happy May 5th! Celebrate!
#vedanta #santabarbaracounty #santabarbarastyle #93108strong

Happy roses #vedanta #santabarbaraliving

Foggy morning at the Vedanta Temple #vedanta #vivekanandavidyapith #vivekananda #santabarbaracounty #montecito #93108

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Explaining the Meaning & Essence of Vedanta - Pravrajika Vrajaprana

Here is the first installment of the 7-week online Vedanta course. This is entitled "The Meaning and Essence of Vedanta" with Pravrajika Vrajaprana. Questions and answers are also included at the end. Somewhat scary photo....

Learn the basic principles and practices of Vedanta philosophy with this seven-session, introductory online course.Each week, a Pravajika/Swami will conduct ...

Garden [email protected]!#vedanta #santabarbarastyle

Errrr, sorry! Should have posted this earlier. Oopsie. The deadline for registration is midnight TONIGHT, April 18th. It's a free course on Vedanta, take a look. Some of the Vedanta heavyweights are here.

Beautiful warm spring day at the Vedanta Temple.#vedanta #vedantalife #93108 #santabárbara

Happy Easter everyone! We miss you. A great day to garden.#vedanta

From the Easter morning puja in our convent shrine.

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