Swami Prapannananda: Minister and Teacher

Swami Ishadhyanananda: Assistant Minister

Ramakrishna Order of India

Bulletin: January 2018

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

January 7:     No Lecture (Celebration of Birthday of Swami Vivekananda)

January 14: “Bhagavad Gita: Four Preliminary Questions” —Swami Ishadhyanananda

January 21 : “Meditation and Swami Vivekananda” —Swami Prapannananda

January 28: “To Do or Not to Do” Swami Ishadhyanananda

Sunday Evening Vesper Service: 6:00 pm

(No Vesper Service on 7 and 21 January)

Sunday, 31 December: 10 pm to 12:30 am

New Year’s Eve will be observed from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 31 with a variety program of meditation, video/DVD show and vesper service, held partly in the auditorium and partly in the library.

Sunday, 7 January: 10:30 am

The birthday of Swami Vivekananda will be celebrated on Sunday, January 7 at 10:30 a.m. with a program of meditation, worship, devotional singing and prasad lunch.

Read about Swami Vivekananda.

Friday, 19 January: 7:30 pmThe birthday of Swami Brahmananda, the first president of the Ramakrishna Order, will be celebrated on Friday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m. with meditation, simple worship and prasad.

Read about Swami Brahmananda.

Winter Recess

Following the Christmas service there will be no Sunday Services through January 6, 2018.
Services will resume January 7.

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 PrapannanandaOn January 10, 17, 24 and 31. No class on January 3.

Saturday Evening Discourse: 7:30 pm
On Ramakrishna -Vivekananda Literature
Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
by Swami PrapannanandaJanuary 13 and 27. No discourse on January 6 and 20.

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,
Thursday: 2 pm to 5 pm, and
Sunday: 12 pm to 2 pm.

The bookstore is closed Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Telephone: 916-489-2116;
E-mail: vedantabookstore@zoho.com.


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.

Davis Meeting

Swami Prapannananda conducts meditation, worship, and talks for devotees at Davis, California.

Good Wishes

We wish our members and friends a joyful Christmas and a happy and peaceful New Year.


The mind cannot be easily conquered. Minds that rise into waves at the approach of every little thing, at the slightest provocation or danger, in what a state they must be! What to talk of greatness or spirituality, when these changes come over the mind? This unstable condition of the mind must be changed. We must ask ourselves how far we can be acted upon by the external world, and how far we can stand on our own feet, in spite of all the forces outside us. When we have succeeded in preventing all the forces in the world from throwing us off our balance, then alone we have attained to freedom, and not before. That is salvation. It is here and nowhere else; it is this moment. 

—Swami Vivekananda, Complete Works, Volume I, “Vedanta and Privilege”, London.