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Inspirational Thoughts


Be free; hope for nothing from anyone. I am sure if you look back upon your lives you will find that you were always vainly trying to get help from others which never came. All the help that has come was from within yourselves.

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Whose meditation is real and effective? Who can really resign himself to the will of God? Who can utter with power irresistible like that of a thunderbolt, the name of the Lord? It is he…whose mind has been purified by work…. Every individual is a center for the manifestation of a certain force. This force has been stored up as the resultant of our previous works, and each one of us is born with this force at his back. So long as this force has not worked itself out, who can possibly remain quiet and give up work? Until then, he will have to enjoy or suffer according to the fruition of his good or bad work and will be irresistibly impelled to work. Since enjoyment and work cannot be given up til then, is it not better to do good rather than bad works – to enjoy happiness rather than suffer misery?

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Those who are always downhearted and dispirited in this life can do no work; from life to life they come and go wailing and moaning. “The earth is enjoyed by heroes” – this is the unfailing truth. Be a hero. Always say, “I have no fear.” Tell this to everybody – “Have no fear.” Fear is death, fear is sin, fear is hell, fear is unrighteousness, fear is wrong life. All the negative thoughts and ideas that are in this world have proceeded from this evil spirit of fear.

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Stand up, be bold, be strong. Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulders, and know that you are the creator of your own destiny. All the strength and succor you want is within yourselves. Therefore, make your own future.

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One word of truth can never be lost; for ages it may be hidden under rubbish, but it will show itself sooner or later. Truth is indestructible, virtue is indestructible, purity is indestructible.​

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Dear Friends:

The Vedanta Center of St. Petersburg has commenced the 2021/2022 season with the opening service on Sunday, September 12, 2021, at 11:00 AM.

There are evening classes given twice per week as follows:

Wednesday, 7:00 PM – Bhagavat Gita (Commentary by Sridhara Swami) - translated by Swami Vireswarananda

Friday, 7:00 PM – The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Sunday service and the weeknight classes are held in the Chapel.

The Chapel is opened for in-person service under the following conditions:

  1. You should be fully vaccinated to enter the chapel;
  2. To put on mask while sitting in the chapel is advised;
  3. Please occupy the same bench only with your family members;
  4. Please don’t expect the Swami to personally meet and greet you at the end of  the service. Also, we shall not have informal get-together with tea and coffee, etc., for the time being;
  5. The live choir and sing-along remains suspended for the time being;
  6. The service will be broadcast via Zoom platform also. Please let us know if you are interested to receive notification link.