Vedanta Society of Northern California

Founded in 1900 by Swami Vivekananda, the Society is dedicated to the principle that all religions lead to the same Truth—“Truth is one; sages call it by various names” (Rig Veda).

Vedanta teaches that the essence of all beings and all things is Spirit, infinite and eternal, unchanging and indivisible. It emphasizes that a person’s true nature is this divine Spirit, identical with the inmost being and reality of the universe and that the goal is to actualize this truth in one’s life.

The Society is spiritually affiliated with the Ramakrishna Order, which is considered to be one of the foremost spiritual institutions in India. The Society is guided by swamis (monks) of the Order, who serve as its ministers.  We offer a variety of programs to the public free of charge.