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." -
150th Birth Anniversary of Sister Nivedita
A new issue of our e-zine Chicago Calling has been published. This issue has an editorial on Sister Nivedita's remarkable life of dedication and sacrifice. Also in this issue are several articles on Sister Nivedita, encompassing diverse views and aspects of her life and personality — by Swami Kripamayananda on “Margaret Noble: The Spiritual Daughter of Swami Vivekananda”, another by Swami Sunirmalananda on “Sister Nivedita's Contribution to Indian Women's Education”, by Octavia Harriston on “Sister Nivedita: A Perspective of an African-American Woman”, by Runa Bhaumik on “A Tribute to Sister Nivedita”, and by Swami Ishatmananda on “Sister Nivedita and Her Times.” The cover of this issue contains pictures of Sister Nivedita with Swamiji and Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi as well as images inspired by her. Inside, you will find an article on the significance of the cover imagery and how they are unified in and personified by Nivedita's life. And finally, our regular feature “Arise, Awake & Stop Not” brings the inspirational story of a woman who turned a personal tragedy into a life of caring for neglected and orphaned girls.
The printed version of all issues (1 to 15) are now available for pickup from our bookstore for only $3 each.
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