The Vedanta Society of Sacramento is located on approximately 8 acres in suburban Sacramento. In addition to the temple and the living quarters, society have several acres of gardens which they call the Santodyan (Garden of saints). In addition to a lily and a lotus pond the garden is graced with statues of some of the world’s most beloved saints. The garden is open 365 days a year from 6 am until 8:30 pm or dusk, whichever comes first. The Vedanta Society of Sacramento is a nonprofit religious organization that promotes the practice, study and teaching of the philosophy and religion of Vedanta – the ancient spiritual wisdom of India.
Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) was the foremost disciple of Sri Ramakrishna and a world spokesperson for Vedanta. After his first visit to the West, Swami Vivekananda returned to India and founded the Ramakrishna Order in 1898. His lectures, writings, letters, and poems are published as The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda.
Vedanta is one of the world’s most ancient religious philosophies and one of its broadest. Based on the Vedas, the sacred scriptures of India, Vedanta affirms the oneness of existence, the divinity of the soul, and the harmony of religions. Vedanta is the philosophical foundation of Hinduism; but while Hinduism includes aspects of Indian culture, Vedanta is universal in its application and is equally relevant to all countries, all cultures, and all religious backgrounds.