What we're about

Welcome to our new and growing family here in New York City! We are so excited to be starting talk events, group sessions, and meditations across in the city. All emanating from the truth, knowledge and love of the universal spiritual tradition of Vedanta. We will explore how the mind works, learn to purify our hearts, and finally realize our True Self - the Supreme Consciousness behind it all. Establishing ourselves in this state we become free from the ego and all its associated suffering and despair.

This group will have both general public and yoga focused events. The former will take place in public libraries and community centers, approaching spirituality from a universal and interfaith manner, integrating psychology, social work and common faith traditions to make this knowledge accessible to all and non-sectarian. The latter will be at yoga studios and other such designated places where the full spectrum of the Vedanta yoga philosophy will be explored, understanding and learning the traditional ways to realize the Self and become liberated from all suffering. These will include the dualistic as well as the non-dualistic understandings, and the four historical yogas practiced to get there (knowledge, action, love and devotion, and meditation.)

What is Vedanta? Vedanta means the culmination of knowledge, ultimate knowledge. It is where all the spiritual paths and religions end up when sought all the way through, seeking the direct realization of our True Self (also called Brahman, Supreme Consciousness or God) that is in all of us and around us; the very nature of our existence, the awareness that sees through our eyes and the hearer that hears through our ears, the vitality that makes us alive and animated in this world. That Self is the "meeting point of everything" says Sri Sri Bhagavan, and it must be realized.

Our Website: https://www.ivs-vedanta.org/

Our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nyc.vedanta.ivs/

Upcoming events (5+)

A Spirituality, Psychology and Meditation Group at the Library

Midwood Branch Library

Everyone is welcome to this community spirituality and meditation group. We will come together to learn about the nature of mind, settle into our hearts, meditate together, and discover the universal presence of peace, joy and inner strength already within us. This group is non-denominational, so people from all religious and secular backgrounds are welcome. You will find yourselves speaking the same language of love, harmony and interconnectedness that unites us all. Note: meetings start promptly at 1:30pm, arrive 10 mins early to check in and find a seat. Participation is free of cost.

Psychology and Healing Power of Yoga Vedanta: Spiritual Practice for Modern Life

In this five-week workshop, we will learn the system of Vedanta that when contemplated and practiced in daily life, will take us across the river of sorrow and suffering; permanently establishing ourselves in the True Self - the pure consciousness behind it all. Through Vedanta, we transform our lives into ones of love, peace, connection, understanding, and unshakeable inner strength and dignity, allowing suffering to dissolve like a mirage. These teachings have been practiced and passed down in India in their pure form for over 7000 years, creating enlightened souls like the Buddha, Sri Ramakrishna, Ramana Maharshi, Sri Nisargadatta, Michael Langford, and Sri Sri Bhagavan. Our presenter Yuriy has been traveling to India to study with Bhagavan and is offering this unique opportunity to learn how to apply these amazing practices for a more peaceful life. Four spiritual yogas will be discussed in this workshop: Jnana Yoga (embodying discernment and truth), Bhakti Yoga (growing with love and devotion), Karma Yoga (purifying our daily actions in service), and Raja/Ashtanga Yoga (meditating and exploring the inner world). The four yogas are complimentary pieces of a jig-saw puzzle that when combined in consistent practice, create total healing and liberation of the soul. Join us in learning more about the history of yoga philosophy and how you can apply these practices in your life to feel more love! Note: Attendance of all sessions is recommended to get the full benefit, but it is okay to drop in to one or more of the sessions as your schedule allows. Meetings will start promptly at 12, please arrive 10mins early so you have time to check in at the front desk and set up a comfortable seat for yourself in the studio room. Price: Free admission. Voluntary donations of any amount will be accepted at the front desk for continued support of these offerings.

Adults 60+: Heart, Mind & Community; Practical Spirituality and Meditation Group

Our individual mind, the inner spirit or Self, our health, and the surrounding social community are very much connected and interrelated. This group will help lift the spirits of the attendees by learning about our inner nature, practice mindfulness, expand the heart, and sit for meditation together. Members will understand the relationship between the mind and body, practice calming the mind and growing the heart, and feel an increased connection with one other in the spirit of oneness and community. Attendees must be 60 or older to participate, and must first register with the community center as members (free). So arrive early to register first. The center is run by NY Dept for the Aging.

A Spirituality, Psychology and Meditation Group at the Library

Everyone is welcome to this community spirituality and meditation group. We will come together to learn about the nature of mind, settle into our hearts, meditate together, and discover the universal presence of peace, joy and inner strength already within us. This group is non-denominational, so people from all religious and secular backgrounds are welcome. You will find yourselves speaking the same language of love, harmony and interconnectedness that unites us all. Note: meetings start promptly at 1:30pm, arrive 10 mins early to check in and find a seat. Participation is free of cost.

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