The Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Carolina was incorporated the state of North Carolina in January, 2008. The spiritual Head of the Society is Swami Swahananda, a senior monk of the Ramakrishna Order. The Society has members and is governed by an Executive Committee and a Board of Trustees. It is a part of the Ramakrishna Movement, following the ideals set forth by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi, and Swami Vivekananda.
- Disseminate the teachings of the Vedanta to the younger generation to help develop a future brand of service-oriented community and national leaders with broad values of inclusivity.
- Provide an environment and facilities for appreciating, understanding, and practicing the philosophy of the Vedanta as taught and interpreted by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi, and Swami Vivekananda.
- Engage in activities including public education and community service to practice and spread the message of “Practical Vedanta”.
- Encourage members to pursue spiritual growth through prayer, meditation, worship, readings, discourses, and retreats conducted by monks associated with the Ramakrishna Order.
Members of the Society conduct daily evening worship (Aratrikam), and Sunday study, as well as run the “Pupils of Practical Vedanta”, introducing and training our youth in the ideals of Practical Vedanta.
Regular visits by swamis of the Ramakrishna Order help to inspire members and friends in practicing the ideals of Vedanta in their daily lives.
- Daily 7 pm: Aratrikam and singing of daily hymns
- Tuesdays 6-7 pm: Guided meditation
- Sundays 11.30 am: Lecture by resident swami (if in residence) or lecture video
- Wednesdays 7.30 pm: Bhajans
- Fridays 7.30 pm: Study of the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna