Hinduism 101

Swami Sarvadevananda’s smile lights up
everything he says. He speaks about the
ancient scriptures of the Indian continent, “The
Vedas,” and the philosophy they teach about
the true nature of all things being one and
divine. God, the underlying reality, exists in
every being.

Hindu Sacred Texts
in Sacred Places
The Upanishads

Vedanta is one of the world’s most ancient religious
philosophies and one of its broadest. Based on the
Vedas, the sacred scriptures of India, Vedanta affirms
the oneness of existence, the divinity of the soul, and
the harmony of religions.

Decoding Rituals and
Symbols of Hinduism

Hinduism is rich with ritual and symbolic depictions and gestures. The swamis at the Vedanta Society prepared two handouts to help  our understanding. Click below to access the handouts and photos of this beautiful day.

“How Indian Spirituality Changed the West”

With Author Philip Goldberg

AMERICAN VEDA: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West, chronicles the history and influence of India’s spiritual teachings in America.

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Sangita Yoga

at Historic St. John’s Cathedral

An afternoon of sacred music with Naren K. Schreiner and Sangita Yoga.
Learn how this sacred music can be an effective form of yoga or spiritual discipline,
as Naren shares his understanding of the true meaning of sacred music
and how it enhances one’s yoga practice.

Dual Belonging

with Dr. James Fredericks, the Rev. Karen MacQueen, moderated by Ryan Bell

Trailblazers in religious pluralism, these
panelists share their personal Journey of
faith that embraces the essence of two
traditions on a path toward understanding
the Holy with integrity of participation in
each tradition.

Dr. Gwynne Guibord Interviews
Swami Kriyananda

In late 2012, at the Swami’s request, the Rev. Dr. Gwynne Guibord sat down with Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of the yogi Paramahansa Yogananda and the founder of Ananda, a worldwide movement of spiritual intentional communities based on Yogananda’s World Brotherhood Colonies ideal. The author of over 140 books on yoga and related subjects, which have been translated into 35 languages, he composed over 400 pieces of music and founded ten cooperative communities on three continents. About 1,000 people live in these communities, called “Ananda” communities. Swami Kriyananda brought Yogananda’s universal teachings to hundreds of thousands of people, serving a crucial role in carrying on his guru’s legacy. At the age of 87, Swami Kriyananda left his body and merged into the Infinite on the morning of April 21, 2013. This interview became his last in public.

Hindu Festivals

Hinduism almost certainly has a longer list of festivals than any
other religious tradition, and there are considerable regional and
denominational variations. Explore nine of the more popular and
widely celebrated events.


Paramahansa Yogananda

is revered throughout the world for his Autobiography of a Yogi,
the most widely-read spiritual autobiography of all time.
Yogananda was the first Indian master to settle in America;
he brought yoga to millions.



Rabindranath Tagore

A native of Calcutta, India, Rabindranath Tagore
wrote in Bengali and often translated his own work
into English. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature
in 1913 — the first Asian to receive the honor.

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