The Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York
is an accredited branch of the Ramakrishna Order of India. It was incorporated in 1933 as
a non-profit religious organization under the laws of New York State. It maintains a
temple in New York City and the summer cottage at Thousand Island Park, New York, in which
Swami Vivekananda lived and taught in the summer of 1895. Like the other branches in the
United States, South America and Europe, the Center is a self-sustaining unit that looks
to the Ramakrishna Order for spiritual guidance. Its Minister,
or Swami, is a monk of the Order. The Center bases its teachings on the System of Vedanta, which combines both the religion and philosophy
of the Hindus, especially as explained by Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886),
his wife and spiritual companion Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi
(1853-1920) and his disciple Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) and
demonstrated in their lives. Vedanta teaches that every soul is potentially divine, and
that its divinity may be manifested through worship, contemplation, unselfish work, and
philosophical discrimination. According to Vedanta, Truth is universal and all humankind
and all existence are one. It preaches the unity of the Godhead, or ultimate Reality, and
accepts every faith as a valid means for its own followers to realize the Truth.
The Center seeks to stimulate the
growth of the individual's innate spirituality through lectures, discourses, publications,
and individual guidance. The disciplines the Center provides are suited to individual
needs and temperaments. It does not deal with the occult or the sensational and offers no
You can learn more about the activities of the
Center by clicking here. Further inquiries regarding the Center
can be made by telephone between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. EST Monday through Saturday.
Telephone: (212) 534-9445
Fax: (212) 828-1618
Postal Address: 17 East 94th Street, New York, NY 10128.
The Sacred Word OM
Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York.