Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.
—Swami Vivekananda

 The center will be closed on Sunday and Monday morning the 3rd and 4th due to the Labor Day Weekend Retreat at the Pearlstone Center in Reisterstown, MD.

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…)

• Public lectures on Sundays at 11:00 am
• Scripture classes on Wednesday and Friday evenings at 8:00 pm
• Evening worship (Arati) daily at 6:30 pm (more…)

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Labor day Weekend Retreat 2017

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Date:   Sunday, September 3 to Monday, September 4

Time:   9:00 AM Sunday to 3:30 PM Monday

Place:   Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center, 5425 Mt Gilead Rd, Reisterstown, MD 21136,.

This year’s retreat will follow the same format as last year’s with more participation from the devotees as well as more time for meditation and reflection. Our special guest will be Pravrajika Satchitpranaji, a senior monastic member of Sri Sarada Math, Dakshineswar, India. She will be speaking on the Divine Mother Kali and her relationship with Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother, and Swami Vivekananda.

The Pearlstone Center is designed for shared accommodations, and the main Lodge rooms are quite spacious with two double beds and a beautiful view of the woods all around. For more information regarding the retreat, please contact the Vedanta Center. For information about the Pearlstone Conference and Retreat center, please visit their web site at: www.pearlstonecenter.org.

 Registration fees per person (including retreat, rooms, meals, tea and coffee, etc.):

Double room at the Lodge*:   $169   Single room at the Lodge:       $226
Saturday night shared room (plus breakfast Sunday morning)      $62
Saturday night single room (plus breakfast Sunday morning)       $122
Non-lodging Retreat (lunch but no room) Sunday                                 $55
Non-lodging Retreat (breakfast and lunch but no room) Monday  $50


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…)