In whom is the universe, who is in the universe, who is the universe; in whom is the soul, who is in the soul, who is the soul; knowing that Truth--and therefore the universe--as our Self, alone extinguishes all fear, brings an end to misery, and leads to infinite freedom.

— Swami Vivekananda

What is Vedanta?

  • Vedanta is a way of life based on a higher view of Reality as pure consciousness both transcendent and immanent.
  • Vedanta is the “Integral Science of Consciousness."
  • Vedanta is the “Science of Spirituality” based on the eternal, universal truths and laws of the spiritual world.

The Traditional Concept of Vedanta

  • Vedanta means the Upanishads, which form the end of the Vedas.
  • Vedanta also refers to Vedanta Darshana, one of the six systems of Hindu philosophy based on Badarayana’s Brahma Sutras.
  • Brahma-vidya, the sum total of all the truths and laws of the spiritual world, is revealed through the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, and other scriptures.



Living in Spirit lecture: In the special lecture series, "Living in Spirit", Prof. Michael Nagler, Professor Emeritus of Classics and Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley, will speak on "Nonviolence, the Bridge Between Spiritual Practice and Social Change" in the sanctuary of Vedanta Society Berkeley, on Friday, April 21, at 8:00 pm. All are welcome

Guest Lecture: Br.Buddhachaitanya from Vivekananda University, India will speak on "Sri Ramakrishna's Doctrine of the Harmony of All Religions", in the sanctuary of Vedanta Society Berkeley, on Sunday, April 23, at 11:00 am. and at San Jose House at 7:30 pm after vesper services. All are welcome.