Saturday, Oct. 4 Durga Puja 10:30am We will be performing Durga Puja at the Macleod House/women’s retreat house. There will be a small puja and homa fire, followed by a prasad meal. Thursday, Oct. 23 10pm Kali Puja This is our all-night elaborate Kali Puja. There will be a traditional worship, homa […]
We are very happy to announce that Swami Ishtananda, Head Minister of the Vedanta Society of St. Petersburg FL, will be visiting Ridgely along with a group of devotees from that center. We love it when swamis organize group pilgrimages to Ridgely. It gives us a chance to meet many new people( or reconnect with […]
AUGUST 30-31 RETREAT WITH SWAMI YOGATMANANDA VEDANTA AND KABBALAH We are happy to have Swami Yogatmananda, Head Minister of the Vedanta Society of Providence, return for our Labor Day weekend retreat. We are really looking forward to his topic:Vedanta and Kabbalah. Kabbalah is one of the main esoteric, contemplative and mystical teachings of Judaism. Vedanta […]
SCHEDULE: Friday, Aug. 1 7pm Introduction Sat., Aug. 2 10:30-1 first session 1-2:30 lunch 2:30-5 second session Sun. Aug. 3 10:30-1 final session 1pm lunch The Yoga Vasistha is an enormous text filled with amazing and mind-bending stories which are intended to illustrate to nature of reality and […]
June 21 7pm Movies With Spirit – “The Life of Pi” Film followed by discussion July 4 12-5 Vedanta Society of NY July 4 retreat July 18-21 Pravrajika Satchitprana, Sri Sarada Math Retreat on Bhagavad Gita chapter 7-9 August 1-3 Swami Sarvadevananda Retreat on Yoga Vasistha Aug. 30-31 Swami Yogatmananda Retreat on Vedanta and Kabbalah […]
Our April retreat will focus on the arts as spiritual practice. Even though the spellchecker tells me that “unaustere” is not grammatically correct, I like it. This word is exactly what I want to convey about the worship of the Divine through visual arts and crafts, music, poetry, and journaling. During this weekend we shall […]
Dear Friends, Because of the snow and ice, Vivekananda Retreat will remain closed to all visitors until March 15 when we HOPE some of the snow will be melted and there will be places to park. We have moved the weekend retreat in honor of Sri Ramakrishna to the end of March, Saturday 3/22 and […]
This winter has been cold and snowy here at Vivekananda Retreat. There is so much snow piled up that we don’t have any place for cars. Ice is making it treacherous to drive or walk. For this reason we will be closed to all visitors until March. Hope to see you after the snow melts!
The word ‘sadhana’ here means a practice which focuses body,heart and mind on Divine Consciousness/God/ Brahman. There are many traditional forms of sadhana such as meditation, self-inquiry, mantra recitation, scriptural study, devotional singing, etc. Ultimately the goal is to transform all our actions in life into sadhana. This can only be accomplished if we take […]
In January of this year BBC Magazine published a feature on Ridgely, complete with video. Click below to see it.