If you love people and help them, God will love you.– Bhagavan
International Vedanta Society
International Vedanta Society provides a platform for men and women of all ages, ethnicities and cultures to celebrate the diversity of life by understanding the oneness of existence.Realization of the Self is the key note of IVS. Spearheaded by Bhagavan, the movement was carried forward by six of His disciples who went on to embrace sannyasa later on in their lives.
The Society was the result of the manifestation of divine will in Bhagavan, its core and founder, and had its humble beginning in the small chamber of a railway quarter in Guwahati. Bhagavan, who was then working for the North Eastern Railways, used to inculcate the essence of Vedanta amongst men and women, young and old ,who would gather around Him, whenever He was at home. Listening intently to His discourses many of them would often lose consciousness of the outer world and enter into varying depths of spiritual realizations. One day, after one such discourse, an old woman offered a ten rupees note to Bhagavan as the customary guru dakshina. Bhagavan did not know what to do with it, since Hewoud not use the money for any personal purpose. It was then that Bhagavan, by some divine intervention, decided that all money given to Him would henceforth be used as common fund for the formation of a Society that would help the whole of mankind to realize the essence of Vedanta.The International Vedanta Society was thus formedon the 19th of November, 1989. It was much later that a permanent ashram was acquired in Amingaon, Assam, which now serves as the headquarters of IVS.