Hari Om !
Chicago holds a special place in the field of spirituality because it is here that Swami Vivekananda gave his historical speech of “Dear Brothers and Sisters of America…” with the message that each and everyone is potentially Divine, in the World’s Parliament of Religions on 11th September, 1893.
The Vivekananda Vedanta Center was first established in Chicago by Swami Gnaneswarananda of the Ramakrishna Order in the year 1930, who was then succeeded by Swami Vishwananda. Swami Bhashyananda later succeeded him and it was he who bought the present quarters at 5423 South Hyde Park Boulevard in Chicago with the assistance of a staunch devotee from New York, Chester Carlson, the inventor of the Xerox. The new temple, which was located near the University of Chicago, was dedicated on September 7, 1966.
For over 40 years, the Ramakrishna Mission and Vivekananda Vedanta Society in South Hyde Park has been very active and dynamic in disseminating the gems of wisdom and pearls of Vedant and Upanisads. Swami Chidananda is now the current In-charge and Head of this Center.
Under his tireless work and guidance, the concept of Universal Temple has materialized. Land was bought in the Homer Glen village in IL, near Lemont’s Sri Rama temple and construction work had started three years ago. The Universal Temple is now ready to accommodate the gamut of activities of Ramakrishna Mission and it is being consecrated with the installation of the idols on September 21, 2008.
After 35 years of operations from the Hyde Park location, in order to accommodate the expanding activities and outreach programs to spread the message of the ancient Vedas, the Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago will be moving to 14630 S. Lemont Road, Homer Glen, IL 60491 from September 21, 2008.
Event details on the opening of Universal Temple in Homer Glen, IL:
DATE: Sunday, September 21, 2008
TIME: 11:00 AM–2:00 PM
VENUE: Sri Ramakrishna Universal Temple
14630 South Lemont Road
Homer Glen, IL 60491
The Vivekananda Vedanta Society will begin all services from the new temple from September 21, 2008.
Please try your best to attend this ceremony and get Sri Ramakrishna’s and Holy Mother’s blessings.
Yours, In Service of the Lord and Gurudev,