216 19th Avenue South East St. Petersburg, Fl 33705
Are You a Believer?
|Nov. 10||The Omnipresent God|
|Nov. 17*||The Eternal Self|
|Nov. 24||Voice of Wisdom|
Ma Sarada Fund
Wednesdays 7:00 To 8:00 P.M.
By Swami Ishtananda
Mondays 7:00 To 8:00 P.M.
*Monthly practice "Sing Along" after the service.
Yoga class is being held on Tuesday, October 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 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 November 4, 11 & 25, 2019. Class is held at the Swami Swahananda Cottage at 1900 - 1st Street SE. Music practice will be held in the chapel on Monday, November 18, 2019. The monthly practice "Sing Along" is after the Sunday service on November 17, 2019. All are welcome.
Prayer, study, and interaction with Swami Ishtananda. November 6, 20 & 27, 2019 the text will be Vivekachudamani of Sri Sankarachary (Crest Jewel of Discrimination). November 13 The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. Study class is being held at Mother’s House at 176 -19th Avenue SE. All are welcome.
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.
How does the Vedanta explain individuality and ethics? The real individual is the Absolute; this personalization is through maya. It is only apparent; in reality it is always the Absolute. In reality there is one, but in maya it is appearing as many. In maya there is this variation. Yet even in this maya there is always the tendency to get back to the One, as expressed in all ethics and all morality of every nation, because it is the constitutional necessity of the soul. It is finding its oneness; and this struggle to find this oneness is what we call ethics and morality. Therefore we must always practice them.
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Our best work is done, our greatest influence is exerted, when we are without thought of self. All great geniuses know this. Let us open ourselves to the one Divine Actor, and let Him act, and do nothing ourselves.
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Realization of the truth is the essential thing. Whether you bathe in the Ganga for a thousand years or live on vegetable food for a like period, unless it helps toward the manifestation of the Self, know that it is all of no use. If, on the other hand, anyone can realize the Atman without the observance of outward forms, then that very nonobservance of forms is the best means.
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It is a degradation to worship God through fear of punishment; such worship is, if worship at all, the crudest form of the worship of love. So long as there is any fear in the heart, how can there be love also? Love conquers naturally all fear.