Vedanta Society

The Vedanta Society is affiliated with the Ramakrishna Order, headquartered at Belur Math in Calcutta. The first Vedanta Society in the United States was founded in New York in 1894 by Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902). Vivekananda emphasized both Vedanta philosophy and the practice of yoga. Although the Vedanta Society has remained small, it has played an important role as the earliest organization to introduce Americans to Hinduism and yoga.