“Dare to be free, dare to go as far as your thought leads, and dare to carry that out in your life. ”
“God is everywhere but He is most manifest in man. So serve man as God. That is as good as worshipping God.”
"As clouds are blown away by the wind, the thirst for material pleasures will be driven away by the utterance of the Lord's name."
The Vedanta Society of Portland, Oregon is an affiliated branch of the Ramakrishna Math, Belur Math, Howrah, India. The Center offers encouragement and guidance to spiritual seekers through lectures, readings, discussions, publications, rituals, Karma yoga, and personal guidance based on Universal teachings of various scriptures and teachers by cultivating Self-knowledge building character.
Based on CDC Recommendations
The VEDANTA TEMPLE and the RETREAT TEMPLE are CLOSED TO VISITORS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Please comply with CDC guidance for COVID 19
At the Vedanta Temple, 1157 SE 55th Ave, Portland
Guru Purnima: Saturday, July 24, 2021
All the following programs are online.
Sundays at 11 a.m. : Bhagavad Gita (simple version)
Mondays at 7:35 p.m. : Sanskrit (limited)
Tuesdays at 7:35 p.m. : Inspired Talks
Thursdays at 7:35 p.m.: Yoga-Sutras of Patanjali
Fridays at 7:35 p.m. : Sri Ramakrishna and His Divine Play
Saturdays at 7:35 p.m. : Vivekachudamani
Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. : Chanting and Bhajan
Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. : Youth Program
Vedanta Retreat, 23000 Gilkison Rd, Scappoose
At the Retreat Temple
Midday service has been started on an experimental basis
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Interfaith Freedom Fest: Sunday, July 4, 2021
The Vedanta Retreat is open from dawn to dusk.
There is no need to obtain prior permission to visit it.
Please park your vehicle in
Gilkison Road if you are visiting the Retreat.
Please do not block the two gated fire lanes at any time.
Please be contemplative and not to bring pets.
Please browse the Retreat section for your other questions and important information.
Daily Hours :
8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Morning Worship and Meditation
On all days from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Daily Evening prayers
On all days from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Singing songs, readings from the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, and meditation)
Weekly (check monthly calendar for exceptions)
Lecture Service 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Sundays Bhagavad Gita 11 a.m.
Rama-Nama after Vesper singing
Sanskrit Class for Beginners 7:35 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Class on Yogasutras 7:35 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Wednesdays (now suspended)
Free Yoga Classes 7:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Class on Raja Yoga 7:35 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sri Ramakrishna and His 7:35 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Class on Vedanta scripture 7:35 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
1st Sunday - Japa Yajna 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
1st Saturday - Karma Yoga by the Friends of Vedanta Retreat (April - October)*
2nd Saturday - Karma Yoga - in Main Temple*
3rd Saturday - Antar Yoga 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (TBA)
4th Saturday - Other Programs (TBA)
5th Saturday* - Open Devotional Music session in Holy Mother's House from 5 -6 p.m. and other functions (TBA)
* occasional/to be announced
* From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
All sincere seekers are cordially welcome to participate in our programs. There is no need of obtaining prior permission to attend our programs. A newcomer who is interested to know more about Vedantic way of life should seek an appointment with the minister between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or between 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. Please give 2/3 options. Please park your vehicle at the SW side of the Vedanta Temple.
Please visit the following websites
For Audio lectures of Swami Aseshanandaji Maharaj
For Videos https://www.vedanta-portland.org/video
What is Vedanta?
Vedanta is the essence or the gist of knowledge enshrined in the Vedas, the sacred and the most ancient scriptures of India. These scriptures were revealed to pure hearted seers (Rishis). It is the broadest religious philosophy and universal way of living.
Method: Whatever we are today it is due to the effect of our past actions and accumulated impressions about us. Our actions were inspired by our thoughts and beliefs.
Swami Chandrashekharananda and Swami Aparananda