Truth, puri­ty, and unselfish­ness – when­ev­er these are present, there is no pow­er below or above the sun to crush the pos­ses­sor there­of. Equipped with these, one indi­vid­ual is able to face the whole uni­verse in oppo­si­tion.
—Swa­mi Vivek­a­nanda

 Arise, Awake!

Ded­i­cat­ed to “One’s own lib­er­a­tion and the wel­fare of the world,” the Vedan­ta Cen­ter of Greater Wash­ing­ton, DC is a branch of the Rama­kri­shna Order of India. Though found­ed in 1997, its roots draw from Swa­mi Vivekananda’s vis­its to the USA in the 1890s, and from the immemo­r­i­al wis­dom of the Upan­ishadic sages. (more…)

Vedan­ta: A phi­los­o­phy, a reli­gion, a way of life. “I am the Self of the uni­verse, I am eter­nal­ly blessed, eter­nal­ly free”—this is the mes­sage of Vedan­ta. (more…)

Opening Status of  the Vedanta Center (July 2020 Programs)

We at the Vedan­ta Cen­ter hope all of you are well and enjoy­ing the class­es and lec­tures on YouTube while we are wait­ing for a safe time to reopen the cen­ter. We plan on con­tin­u­ing the same for­mat for the month of July as before with all class­es and lec­tures online. We have list­ed below all of the per­ti­nent infor­ma­tion. You can also go direct­ly to our Web­site and click on the link on the Home Page to get to the YouTube talks. 
Our Fourth of July cel­e­bra­tion will be avail­able via live stream­ing. We hope to have a spe­cial video pre­sen­ta­tion by the sum­mer camp kids as well as Puja.
July 5 is Guru Purn­i­ma. We will be show­ing a lec­ture by Swa­mi Sar­vade­vanan­da­ji, Spir­i­tu­al Head of the Vedan­ta Soci­ety of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, on Youtube at 11 am: 
We will con­tin­ue to keep the tem­ple doors open through­out the day for those who would like to attend morn­ing wor­ship or evening arati, or would like to sit in the tem­ple dur­ing the day. We encour­age all of  you to fol­low all of the guide­lines regard­ing safe dis­tanc­ing, wear­ing masks, hand-wash­ing, etc.
Our 11 am Sun­day lec­tures and pro­grams in July will be:
4 Fourth of July Cel­e­bra­tion: 11 am children’s pro­gram; noon Puja
5 Swa­mi Sar­vade­vanan­da: The Guru’s Role in our Lives 
12 Swa­mi Brahma­rupa­nanda: Wor­ship of the Virat
19 Swa­mi Atma­jna­na­nanda: Swa­mi Ramakr­ish­nanan­da: The Ide­al of Devot­ed Ser­vice
26 Swa­mi Chid­brah­manan­da: Beginner’s Mind
Links for all pro­grams, lec­tures, and class­es:
Mon­day @ 8pm
     Vivekacu­d­amani with Sw. A.
Tues­day @ 11am
     Teach­ings of Swa­mi Vivek­a­nanda with Sw. A.
Wednes­day @ 8pm
     Bha­gavad Gita with Sw. B.
Thurs­day @ 11am 
     Inte­ri­or Cas­tles - St. Tere­sa of Avi­la with Sw. C.
Fri­day @ 8pm
     Gospel of Sri Rama­kri­shna with Sw. A.
Sun­day @ 11 am
     Swa­mi Sarvadevananda’s lec­ture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAAXOy_qX3Q
     Week­ly Lec­ture with Sw. A, B, or C:
July 4 11 am

Vedan­ta Med­ical Clin­ic 
Vedan­ta Med­ical Clin­ic is now open and pro­vid­ing free med­ical ser­vice.  See the clin­ic fli­er.

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Food Dri­ve: We are accept­ing dona­tions of non-per­ish­able food items, in con­junc­tion with Man­na Food Cen­ter, for an unex­pect­ed­ly large increase in need. (more…)                                                   

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