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
The Vedanta Center’s new temple was inaugurated on April 19-21, 2013. Our gratitude and appreciation to all those whose hard work and support made the function a success.
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…)
Annual Labor Day Weekend Retreat:
Our annual Labor Day Weekend Retreat will be held on August 30-31. Swami Nishpapananda will be our special guest speaker, and the topic will be “Spiritual Practice.” Registration forms are available at the center as well as on our Web site. Please fill out the forms and return them to us before the end of July. Room availability will be on a first come first serve basis.
Flood Relief: The Vedanta Center is accepting donations for relief for the recent devastating floods in Uttarakhand. See an initial photo-report of relief activity here.
Mammogram Machine: We are collecting funds for our second project in conjunction with Swami Vivekananda’s 150th Birth Anniversary, the purchase of a mammogram machine for the Ramakrishna Mission Hospital in Kolkata, Seva Pratishthan. Please see the flier.
Some Recent Photos