How is the Vedanta society faring in modern America?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that the modern Vedanta society is faring well in modern America.  There are quite a few Vedanta societies throughout the United States in different regions of the country.  These societies offer classes on Vedanta, and its different aspects, as well as serve as houses of meditation and worship.  They serve as homes for those who are well associated with Vedanta.  What also distinguishes them is that they also welcome the pilgrim new to Vedantic worship.  In this, one sees an invocation of Swami Vivekananda's idea of "Sisters and Brothers of America" call to his speech at the Parliament of Religions in 1893.  These Vedanta Societies are extremely welcoming, with this process meaning expansion of existing facilities and the creation and sustaining of websites that help to spread the word to more people through cyberspace.  In this, one can see that the word of Vedanta is finding more people, and reaching more people than at any other time in modern American History.

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