Vedanta is the philosophy taught by the Vedas, the most ancient scriptures of India. Its basic teaching is that “every being is potentially divine”.
Vedanta literally means the end (‘anta’) of the Vedas. Vedanta philosophy is based on the Upanishads, the ‘knowledge’ portion of the Vedas, that teaches that man’s real nature is divine and that the true object of human life is to unfold and manifest this divinity.
Meditation and Yoga are also integral part of every being's pursuit to realise the inner Self. Together, they help to channelise the human mind to a state of higher consciousness.
Vedanta, Meditation and Yoga are at the core of all the principles, practices and teachings of Éire Vedanta Society (EVS) in Ireland. EVS strives to propagate the message of Vedanta (Spirituality) in line with the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.
The main objectives of Éire Vedanta Society are as listed below:
- To spread the idea of the potential divinity of every being and how to manifest it through every action and thought.
To spread the idea of harmony of religions based on Sri Ramakrishna's experience that all religions lead to the realization of the same Reality known by different names in different religions.
To treat all work as worship and service to man as service to God.
To develop a harmonious personality through the combined practice of Bhakti, Jnana, Karma and Raja Yoga.
Dissemination, education and enactment of the eternal message of Vedanta principles to humanity without discrimination of race, culture, gender, language, nationality, or religion.
The Society strives to create national awareness of Irish born Sister Nivedita (Margaret Elizabeth Noble) and to promote Her life and teachings in line with the above Vedantic principles.
The Centre bases its teachings on the System of Vedanta, which combines both religion and philosophy, especially as propounded and practised by Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa (1836-1886), his spiritual consort Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi (1853-1920) and his chief disciple Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902).
Scope of Services:
Éire Vedanta Society's scope of services include the following:
- Study consists of reading or hearing, reflecting on and meditating on Vedanta texts; this is facilitated through study groups, workshops, retreats and consultations with competent teachers.
Practice consists of employing individual approaches and methodologies and recognising and serving the Divinity in others. Selfless service to others is facilitated through charitable works and monetary donations to selected educational and charitable organisations.
The service model attends to the practical needs of people in Ireland for mental and spiritual counselling & guidance, upliftment, as well as solutions to varying personal problems.
Teaching & propagation consists of providing literature, talks and lectures, organising seminars, workshops and courses and engaging in constructive intercultural dialogue and inter-faith activities, spiritual retreats and religious celebrations.
When possible, the Éire Vedanta Society offers financial support to those locals in need and carries out a lot of social charitable work, in accordance with the Society's own financial ability.