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Ramakrishna Vivekananda – Vedanta Society of Portland

Ramakrishna Vivekananda

Vedanta Society of Portland

Founder: Swami Prabhavananda (1893 – 1976)

Minister & Spiritual Leader: Swami Shantarupananda
  The wavy waters in the picture are symbolic of Karma, the lotus of Bhakti and the rising-sun, of Jnana. The encircling serpent is indicative of Yoga and the awakened Kundalini Shakti, while the swan in the picture stands for the Paramatman. Therefore, the idea of the picture is that by the union of Karma, Jnana, Bhakti and Yoga, the vision of the Paramatman is obtained. — Swami Vivekananda  

“ekam sat viprah bahudha vadanti” – Rig-Veda

“Truth is One. Sages call it by many names.”

The Vedanta Society of Portland is an accredited branch of the Ramakrishna Order of India. Its Minister, Swami Shantarupananda, is a monk of the Order. Vedanta is a Sanskrit word which literally means “the end of the Vedas”- the Vedas being the scriptures of the Hindus. The Center teaches the religion and philosophy of Vedanta as it was taught and demonstrated by Sri Ramakrishna(1836-1886), his wife and spiritual companion Sri Sarada Devi (1853-1920), and his disciple Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902.) Vedanta teaches that every soul is potentially divine, and can realize that divinity through the yogas of devotion, meditation, selfless work, and philosophical discrimination. According to Vedanta, Truth is universal and all humankind and all existence are one. It accepts every faith as a valid means for its own followers to realize the Truth.

The Center offers encouragement and guidance to spiritual seekers through lectures, readings, discussions, publications, and personal guidance.

Vedanta Society of Portland

1157 SE 55th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97215

For information, please call or fax: + 1 (503) 235 3919


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