May 5

From the Baal Shem Tov to Ramakrishna:

My Personal Journey into Jewish and Hindu Mysticism

Guest Speaker: Rabbi Adir Glick

May 12"Sun Rises Out of Fear"
May 19The Real Shankaracharya
May 26*Gautama Buddha

Ma Sarada Fund

Study Group
Wednesdays 7:00 To 8:00 P.M.

Sunday Services

May 2019

11:00 A.M.
By Swami Ishtananda

The Vedanta Center of St. Petersburg
216 – 19th Ave. SE, St. Petersburg, FL 33705

Celebration of

Universal Religion

Weekend retreat focusing on “Judaism”

​SATURDAY, May 4, 2019

Daylong Seminar starting at 9:30 AM


Swami Ishtananda

Session I: 
Rabbi Adir Glick

TopicProphets, Priests & Temple: Ancient Israel and Biblical Times

Break (15 minutes)

Session IIRabbi Adir Glick

TopicRabbis, Sages & Mystics: The Judaism of the Rabbinic Era to Today

Lunch Break (45 minutes)

Session IIIRabbi Adir Glick

TopicTwo Great Ancient Religions: Points of Intersection and Opportunity

Concluding RemarksSwami Ishtananda

Musical offering by Vedanta Choir during the program led by Jay Traylor.

Please email or call The Vedanta Center for registering.

Email:    Phone: 727/896-9840

SUNDAY, May 5, 2019 – 11:00 AM

Invocation and Meditation

IntroductionSwami Ishtananda

LectureRabbi Adir Glick

Topic: From the Baal Shem Tov to Ramakrishna: My Personal Journey into Jewish and Hindu Mysticism

Closing Remarks and ThanksSwami Ishtananda

Music: Vedanta Choir led by Jay Traylor

Freewill donation welcome at the end of service.
About Speakers

Chanting Class
Mondays 7:00 To 8:00 P.M.

Yoga Class

Swami Ishtananda is the Spiritual leader and Minister of The Vedanta Center of St. Petersburg in Saint Petersburg, Florida which is a branch of Ramakrishna Mission of India headquarter at Belur Math, West Bengal, India.
He came in contact with a North Indian monastery of the Mission at an impressionable age in 1967. He joined the monastery at its main temple in 1976 where he obtained the traditional monastic training, and also the final monastic vows in 1986. Living at the heart of the organization he benefited from closely coming in contact with many disciples of Holy Mother Sarada Devi and of other direct disciples of Sri Ramakrishna. He served the Mission in India at three educational centers from High School to Graduate College levels spanning activities from academic to administrative responsibilities. He joined the Vedanta Society of Southern California branch as Asst. Minister in charge of its San Diego branch in February 2000. He was very active in the Inter-Religious community there.
He came to Florida in December 2007 about one year after the formal start of a branch of the Mission in St. Petersburg. 

*Monthly practice "Sing Along" after the service. 

​Yoga class is being held on Tuesday May 7, 14 & 21, 2019 at 4:15 PM. This class is targeted for men and women of 50 years age and older, and conducted by a professional Yoga instructress. Please contact the office for information regarding fees and enrollment.

​​Chanting class will be held on May 6, 13 and 27. Class is held at the Swami Swahananda Cottage at 1900 - 1st Street SE.  Music practice will be in the chapel on May 20, 2019. The monthly practice "Sing Along" is after the Sunday service on May 26, 2019.  All are welcome. 

​Prayer, study, and interaction with Swami Ishtananda. May 1, 15, 22 & 29, 2019, the text will be Vivekachudamani of Sri Sankaracharya (Crest Jewel of Discrimination).  Study class is being held at Mother’s House at 176 -19th Avenue SE. All are welcome.

Note: Study class is suspended on May 8, 2019.                                  



All are welcome to donate for the poor money and other items necessary for daily living. You may bring boxed and canned food to the Center and place them in the designated containers. Food and other articles thus collected is donated to a local, reputed charitable organization.

Rabbi Adir Glick is the spiritual leader of congregation West Suburban Temple Har Zion in River Forest, IL.
He is a native of Israel, and grew up in the Old City of Jerusalem and in the South of France. He has also lived in England, Canada and India. He was ordained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic studies in Los Angeles in 2015. In addition to an M.A. in Rabbinic Studies, Rabbi Glick holds a B.A. in Creative Writing, and a Graduate Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. He has served synagogues in Orange County, California, Marseilles, France, and Reno, Nevada. He is active in interfaith initiatives in the Chicago area and has a lifelong connection to the Ramakrishna movement. He has spoken at a number of Ramakrishna Vedanta Centers, including in Trabuco Canyon, and in Chicago.
Rabbi Glick lived in Calcutta as a teenager, has visited Belur Math, and has also lived in Kathmandu, Nepal for a year of doing social justice work. He is an avid student of Western and Eastern thought and spirituality.

The word toleration has acquired an unpleasant association with the conceited man who, thinking himself in a high position, looks down on his fellow creatures with pity. This is a horrible state of mind. We are all traveling the same way, toward the same goal, but by different paths made by the necessities of the case to suit diverse minds. We must become many-sided, indeed we must become protean in character, so as not only to tolerate, but to do what is much more difficult, to sympathize, to enter into another’s path, and feel with him in his aspirations and seeking after God.

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This is the basis of all ignorance that we, the immortal, the ever pure, the perfect Spirit, think that we are little minds, that we are little bodies; it is the mother of all selfishness. As soon as I think that I am a little body, I want to preserve it, to protect it, to keep it nice, at the expense of other bodies; then you and I become separate. As soon as this idea of separation comes, it opens the door to all mischief and leads to all misery.

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Knowledge can only be got in one way, the way of experience; there is no other way to know. If we have not experienced it in this life, we must have experienced it in other lives.

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In perfect concentration the soul becomes actually free from the bonds of the gross body and knows itself as it is.

                                                           -Swami Vivekananda

216 19th Avenue South East St. Petersburg, Fl 33705