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Vedanta Society of Southern California

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History, Tradition, Aims, and ideals

Vivekananda’s visit to Los Angeles in the late 1890s when he stayed with the Mead sisters in their South Pasadena home. Thirty years later, one of the sisters, Mrs. Carrie Mead Wyckoff, became acquainted with Swami Prabhavananda, a young monk sent to America by the Ramakrishna Order of India. During that time, Mrs. Wyckoff had a house tucked away in the Hollywood hills which she offered to the swami as a gift. Soon afterward, in 1929, Swami Prabhavananda moved to Hollywood from Portland to establish the Vedanta Society of Southern California. In 1934, the Vedanta Society of Southern California was officially established as a non-profit organization “to promote harmony between Eastern and Western thought, and recognition of the truth in all the great religions of the world.” Over the years, branch centers of the main Hollywood Temple were started in Santa Barbara, Trabuco Canyon, San Diego, and South Pasadena.

About the present Head/Leadership of the organization

Swami Sarvadevananda, the present Minister and Spiritual Leader of the Vedanta Society of Southern California (VSSC), is a monk of the Ramakrishna Order of India. Posted to the VSSC in 1993, to serve as Assistant Minister under Swami Swahananda, he was appointed the Minister and Spiritual Leader of the Vedanta Society in 2012.

The Vedanta Society of Southern California (VSSC), founded in 1930 in Los Angeles, California, USA., is under the spiritual leadership of the Ramakrishna Order of India. The Society’s headquarters are in Hollywood, California, and it maintains branch centers in Santa Barbara, San Diego, South Pasadena and Trabuco Canyon in Orange County. The historical roots of the VSSC can be traced back to Swami

 

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