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

Sunday Services

February 2019

11:00 A.M.
By Swami Ishtananda

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

​​​A weekend retreat focusing on "Judaism" will be held at the Vedanta Center featuring Rabbi Adir Glick. Please check the Future Activities page for further information.


​​Chanting class will be held on February 4, 18 & 25, 2019.  Class is held at the Swami Swahananda Cottage at 1900 - 1st Street SE.   All are welcome. 

Note: Chanting class will be suspended February 11, 2019.


Prayer, study, and interaction with Swami Ishtananda. Study class is being held at Mother’s House at 176 -19th Avenue SE. All are welcome.                                   

February 6, 2019 the text will be Vivekachudamani of Sri Sankaracharya ((Crest Jewel of Discrimination).  February 13, 20 & 17, 2019 the text will be Karma Yoga (Swami Vivekananda) conducted by Pravrajika Gitaprana.                                                                                 


​​​​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.

Celebration of Universal Religion

March 16 & 17, 2019

If there is ever going to be an ideal religion, it must be broad and large enough to supply food for all these minds. It must supply the strength of philosophy to the philosopher, the devotee’s heart to the worshiper, to the ritualist, it will give all that the most marvelous symbolism can convey; to the poet, it will give as much of heart as he can take in, and other things besides. To make such a broad religion, we shall have to go back to the time when religions began and take them all in. Our watchword, then, will be acceptance, and not exclusion. Not only toleration, for so-called toleration is often blasphemy, and I do not believe in it. I believe in acceptance. 

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The misery that we suffer comes from ignorance, from nondiscrimination between the real and the unreal. We all take the bad for the good, the dream for the reality. Soul is the only reality, and we have forgotten it. Body is an unreal dream, and we think we are all bodies. This nondiscrimination is the cause of misery. It is caused by ignorance. When discrimination comes, it brings strength, and then alone can we avoid all these various ideas of body, heavens, and gods.

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Believe, therefore, in yourselves, and if you want material wealth, work it out; it will come to you. If you want to be intellectual, work it out on the intellectual plane, and intellectual giants you shall be. And if you want to attain to freedom, work it out on the spiritual plane, and free you shall be.

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My ideal can be put into a few words and that is to preach unto mankind their divinity, and how to make it manifest in every movement of life.
                                                           -Swami Vivekananda

Ma Sarada Fund

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

Feb. 3

Progress in Dharma

Feb. 10

God is the Doer

Feb. 17

Meditation and Other Spiritual Practices - I

Guest Speaker: Pravrajika Gitaprana

Vivekananda Retreat Ridgely, New York

Feb. 24 

Meditation and Other Spiritual Practices - II

Guest Speaker: Pravrajika Gitaprana