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…)

• 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…)


Durga Puja Celebration  

Sunday, September 24

10:30 am: Puja
11:30 am: Flower offering and Arati
Noon: Indian Classical Vocal Concert
Esha Bandyopadhyay on Vocals
Jakir Hossain on Tabla
Namita Kundu on Harmonium
1:00 pm: Prasad

Esha Bandyopadhyay, based in Kolkata, India, has emerged as one of the well known performers of Indian Classical Vocal Music. Born and raised in a family noted for its contribution to the world of art, Esha, even as a child of nine, showed a natural inclination to Music. A creative family atmosphere and a melodious voice found Esha effortlessly assimilating initial lessons from her mother painter Maitreyi Banerji. Later, intensive training under reputed masters moulded Esha’s musical personality. Ms Krishna Dasgupta–the leading disciple of Sangeetacharya Tarapada Chakrabarty and Ustad Ameer Khan –grafted on her the subtle nuances of Khayal, Thumri and Bhajan. Esha’s musical pursuits are not merely confined to classical music. Training in Nazrulgeeti and Ragpradhan under Shri Biman Mukherjee has enriched her repertoire.


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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…)