1337 Mission Avenue, Carmichael, CA 95608
Phone: (916) 489-5137, www.vedantasacto.org
Swami Prapannananda: Minister and Teacher
Swami Ishadhyanananda: Assistant Minister
Ramakrishna Order of India
Sunday Morning Service: 9:30 am
Meditation and Worship 9:30 am to 10:30 am.
Booklets containing the lyrics to the songs sung at Sunday morning worship and vesper services are available at the foyer.
Sunday Lectures: 11:00 am
November 5:The Chariot of Life by Swami Prapannananda
November 12: Mental Worship by Swami Ishadhyanananda
November 19: The Light of Lights by Swami Prapannananda
November 26: Listen, Reflect, Meditate by Swami Ishadhyanananda
Sunday Evening Vesper Service: 6:00 pm
Group Meditation: 6:00 am and 7:30 pm
Daily, except on class nights.
When in residence, the Swamis join.
Wednesday Evening Class: 7:30 pm On Vedanta Scriptures
Raja Yoga by Swami Prapannananda,
November 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.
Saturday Evening Discourse: 7:30 pm
On Ramakrishna -Vivekananda Literature
Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna by Swami Prapannananda,
November 11 and 18.
Nodiscourse on November 4 and 25.
Interviews and Practical Instructions
Swami Prapannananda will be happy to give interviews to those who want to know more about Vedanta, Hinduism, and meditation. He will also be happy to give guidance to sincere seekers with necessary practical instructions with regard to personal prayers and meditation.
Tuesday: 11 am to 2 pm,
Wednesday: 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm,
Thursday: 2 pm to 5 pm, and
Sunday: 12 pm to 2 pm.
The bookstore is closed Monday, Friday and Saturday.
After lectures and classes, the Library is open for borrowing and returning of books. Non-members wishing to borrow books should request permission from the Swami.
Swami Prapannananda conducts meditation, worship, and talks for devotees at Davis, California.
Maya and Freedom
“Here Vedanta begins, where these monotheistic ideas first appear. But the Vedanta philosophy wants further explanation. This explanation — that there is a Being beyond all these manifestations of Maya, who is superior to and independent of Maya, and who is attracting us towards Himself, and that we are all going towards Him — is very good, says the Vedanta, but yet the perception is not clear, the vision is dim and hazy, although it does not directly contradict reason. Just as in your hymn it is said, “Nearer my God to Thee,” the same hymn would be very good to the Vedantin, only he would change a word, and make it, “Nearer my God to me.” The idea that the goal is far off, far beyond nature, attracting us all towards it, has to be brought nearer and nearer, without degrading or degenerating it. The God of heaven becomes the God in nature, and the God in nature becomes the God who is nature, and the God who is nature becomes the God within this temple of the body, and the God dwelling in the temple of the body at last becomes the temple itself, becomes the soul and man — and there it reaches the last words it can teach. He whom the sages have been seeking in all these places is in our own hearts; the voice that you heard was right, says the Vedanta, but the direction you gave to the voice was wrong. That ideal of freedom that you perceived was correct, but you projected it outside yourself, and that was your mistake. Bring it nearer and nearer, until you find that it was all the time within you, it was the Self of your own self.
–From the lecture “Maya and Freedom”, delivered by Swami Vivekananda, London, 22nd October 1896