Each soul is poten­tial­ly divine. The goal is to man­i­fest this divin­i­ty with­in by con­trol­ling nature, exter­nal and inter­nal. Do this either by work, or wor­ship, or psy­chic con­trol, or philosophy—by one or more or all of these—and be free. This is the whole of reli­gion. Doc­trines, or dog­mas, or rit­u­als, or books, or tem­ples, or forms, are but sec­ondary details.
—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…)

November 2020 Program

We sin­cere­ly hope that it will not be too long before we can start hav­ing pub­lic pro­grams as before. In the mean­time we will con­tin­ue with our on-line lec­tures and class­es. Our sched­ule for Novem­ber will be:

A. Sun­day Lec­trure
1 Swa­mi Brahma­rupa­nanda: Five Steps Toward Yoga
8 Swa­mi Chid­brah­manan­da: Of Birds and Fish
15 Swa­mi Atma­jna­na­nanda: “My Play is Done” I
22 Swa­mi Atma­jna­na­nanda: “My Play is Done” II
29 Swa­mi Chid­brah­manan­da: Div­ing Prepa­ra­tion

Week­ly Lec­ture with Sw. A, B, or C: (Youtube)

14  Novem­ber Kali Puja Cel­e­bra­tion: 

Kali Puja will be per­formed at the cen­ter on Sat­ur­day night, Novem­ber 14 and shown via YouTube. Unfor­tu­nate­ly we will not be able to invite devo­tees to attend in per­son.
Evening arati 6:30
Kali Puja 7:30

B. Class­es

Mon­day @ 8pm  (New class)

Man­dukya Upan­ishad with Swa­mi 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.

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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