Swami Chandrashekharananda is the Minister and Head of the Vedanta Society of Portland, Oregon since December 2015.  He came in contact with some highly venerated monks of the Ramakrishna Order early in his life.  He joined the monastic order of Ramakrishna Mission in 1977 at its Lucknow branch of North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh where he served for 24 years sans a 2 year period of monastic training at the Belur Math. He had the opportunity to study scriptures under late Swami Shantaswarupananda, ex-President of Berkeley Vedanta Society, Swami Sridharananda of Sydney Vedanta Society and Pundit Ananda Jha, a renowned Pundit of last century India.

Swami Chandrashekharananda received initiation from Swami Vireswarananda Maharaj, the 10th President of Ramakrishna Mission. He received the final monastic vows in 1988 from Swami Gambhirananda Maharaj, the 11th President.

Apart from serving his joining center the Swami has had the privilege of also serving the Order at the Ramakrishna Mission Seva Pratishthan, and at the Swami Vivekananda Ancestral Home, both at Calcutta, briefly.  He was posted at the Vedanta Society Sydney, Australia where he worked for 10 years before being sent to Portland, Oregon in 2015 after the passing away of its then Minister-in-Charge Swami Shantarupananda.

Swami Chandrashekharananda Maharaj is well conversant in the skills of formal worship, singing and chanting of Sanskrit hymns. He is loved by all those who came in contact with him for his simple and affectionate demeanor.    

Swami will be visiting the Vedanta Center of St. Petersburg the weekend of August 28-30, 2017. A reception to welcome the Swami will be held on Saturday, October 28th at 6:00 PM in the Panton House. Swami will give a lecture Sunday morning in the chapel at 11:00 AM. The title of the lecture is “The Divine Mother is Our Only Refuge”.

A reception to welcome Swami Chandrashekharananda, Minister of Vedanta Society of Portland, Oregon, will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 6:00 PM in the Panton House.  This will be followed by vespers at 7:00 PM. 

Oct. 1

Worshiping God as Mother

Oct. 8

Isha Upanishad - I

Oct. 15*

Isha Upanishad - II

Oct. 22

Isha Upanishad - III

Oct. 29

The Divine Mother is Our Only Refuge

​Guest Speaker: Swami Chandrashekharananda
Vedanta Society of Portland, OR

Ma Sarada Fund

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

Sunday Services

October 2017

11:00 A.M.
By Swami Ishtananda

*Monthly practice "Sing Along" after the service. 

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

​Chanting class will be held on Oct. 2, 16, & 23, 2017.  Class is held at the Swami Swahananda Cottage at 1900 - 1st Street SE.  Music practice will be held in the chapel on Oct. 9th.  The monthly practice "Sing Along" is after the Sunday service on Oct. 15, 2017.  All are welcome. 
Chanting class is suspended on October 30, 2017.


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

Oct. 4, 18 & 25, 2017 - Vivekachudamani of Sri Sankaracharya (Crest Jewel of Discrimination). 
Oct. 11, 2017 - The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

​​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.

Wherever there is attachment, the clinging to things of the world, you must know that it is all physical attraction between sets of particles of matter—something that attracts two bodies nearer and nearer all the time and, if they cannot get near enough, produces pain; but where there is real love, it does not rest on physical attachment at all.  Such lovers may be a thousand miles away from one another, but their love will be all the same; it does not die, and will never produce any painful reaction.

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Great men are those who build highways for others with their heart’s blood. This has been taking place through eternity, that one builds a bridge by laying down his own body, and thousands of others cross the river through its help.

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That is the highest when the subject and the object become one. When I am the listener and I am the speaker, when I am the teacher and I am the taught, when I am the creator and I am the created—then alone fear ceases; there is not another to make us afraid. There is nothing but myself, what can frighten me? This is to be heard day after day. Get rid of all other thoughts. Everything else must be thrown aside, and this is to be repeated continually, poured through the ears until it reaches the heart, until every nerve and muscle, every drop of blood tingles with the idea that I am He. I am He. Even at the gate of death say, “I am He.”  

                                                          -Swami Vivekananda

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