Spiritual unfoldment is attained by proper guidance from a spiritual teacher and sustained effort by the spiritual student. Through gradual flowering of the inner personality one reaches the goal, knowledge of the Self, realization of God, peace eternal.
Truly interested & sincere seekers of spirituality may contact Swami Ishatmananda, President, Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago to receive guidance from him.
The Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago, established in 1930, is dedicated to bringing home the eternal message of Vedanta to humanity without discriminating about caste, culture, gender, language, nationality, or religion.
Through personal interviews, talks, lectures, seminars, inter-faith meetings, spiritual retreats, and religious celebrations we aim to translate into action the lofty philosophy of Swami Vivekananda — to make people aware of their inner divinity and to help them to manifest it in every moment of life.
Vedanta states that the underlying substance
behind all phenomena, names, and forms is one. A few
thousand years ago, the scriptures of India affirmed
Truth is one. The wise call it by different
Vedanta asserts that we are in essence divine — that our Real Self is that One, Eternal, Divine Spirit. In the words of Swami Vivekananda,
Each soul is potentially
divine.The goal is to manifest this divinity...
Vedanta does not ask us to believe in any
particular form or idea of God, or subscribe to any
particular religion — it only asks that we be bold
and sincere in our search for the Truth. It says that
religion is not dogma or doctrine, but must be
verified and experienced and that this experience of
the Truth, of one's real Self, is the ultimate goal
Spread over 100 acres, the Vivekananda Retreat located in Ganges, Michigan, was established in 1971 as a retreat facility - a place for spiritual seekers who wish to withdraw into solitude and engage in prayer, study, and meditation.
Each month there are lectures by Swami
Ishatmananda. In addition, between the months of May
and October, there are spiritual retreats on
various topics by monks from
other Vedanta centers. The facility is also
available to those who wish to organize their own
"Is man an insignificant thing? He can think of God, he can think of the Infinite, while other living beings cannot." -
"The Kingdom of Heaven is within you." -
"The Kingdom of Heaven is within us. God is within us. He is the Soul of our souls. See Him in your own soul. That is practical religion. That is freedom." -
A new issue of our e-zine Chicago Calling has been published. This month's issue has an editorial “The Parliament of Religions” ‐ on the historic first Parliament of Religions held in Chicago in 1893 and Swami Vivekananda's impact on the West. The issue also contains enlightening articles by Swami Ishtananda on “Swami Vivekananda: The Embodiment of Concentration”, and by Swami Yuktatmananda on “Swami Vivekananda: A Bridge Between The East And The West”. The inspiring, festive and memorable atmosphere of “Chicago Calling” is captured in vivid detail in an article by an attendee who recounts her experience. In the regular section there is an article for students on overcoming distractions. And, finally an inspiring story of an award-winning chef who decided to dedicate himself to feeding the homeless and disabled.
The printed version of all issues (1 to 7) are now available for pickup from our bookstore for only $3 each.
“Help and not fight. Assimilation and not destruction. Harmony and Peace and not dissension.”
It was 120 years ago that Swami Vivekananda gave this call to humanity from the platform of the World's Parliament of Religions held in Chicago in 1893. His 150th birth anniversary in 2013 was celebrated in a grand manner from November 6th to 11th.
Now, the DVDs of the historic “Chicago Calling” are available for order! Please visit the DVD release page for details and ordering information.
Our history is inextricably tied with the history
of Chicago and the World's Columbian Exposition of
1893. It was the 1893 Columbian Exposition's Parliament of Religions that a young
monk named Vivekananda burst upon the Western world
and it was given to Chicago to first receive his
..message to the West as Buddha had a message to
the East. Numerous places in and around Chicago
are filled with his memories and footprints. Read
here about places
and people associated with Swami Vivekananda in