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Devotional Songs

The winds of God's grace are always blowing, it is for us to raise our sails.

- Sri Ramakrishna


Vedanta Society of New York History


The Vedanta Society of New York (VSNY) is affiliated with the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission. In fact, VSNY is the Order's first Center started by Swami Vivekananda, in 1894. It was an historical event for the Order, for the seed of the world-wide Ramakrishna Movement was sown here in New York over a century ago.

Vivekananda was the first teacher of Vedanta to come to the West, who drew wide acclaim by his historic addresses at the World Parliament of Religions held in Chicago in 1893. After the conclusion of the Parliament, a group of American students interested to learn more about Vedanta gathered about the Swami, and the first Vedanta Center in the West started in New York City.

It was an humble beginning in two rented rooms at 54 West 33rd Street in Manhattan.

The Vedanta Society, 34 West 71st Street, New York

After moving to different rented houses in Manhattan several times between 1894 and 1921 (see details), VSNY finally settled down at its current and permanent address (34 West 71st Street) on the west side of Central park, a few blocks south of the Museum of Natural History.

For over a century now, the society has been serving the spiritual seekers of all faiths, age, nationality, cast,and creed by offering Sunday services and weekly classes on Vedanta as propounded in the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna.


Swami Tathagatananda, Minister

Swami Tathagatananda, a senior monk of the Ramakrishna Order, is the resident spiritual leader of the VSNY since 1976. The Swami is a disciple of Swami Virajananda (the sixth President of the Ramakrishna Order and a disciple of Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi).

Swami Tathagatananda continues the rich tradition of the Society in public work that includes Sunday morning services at 11:00. (see this Month's Bulletin). In keeping with the Society's historical role of publishing, the Swami, a prolific writer, continues to publish valuable contributions to Vedantic literature (see Articles).