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A man may be the great­est philoso­pher in the world, but a child in reli­gion. When a man has devel­oped a high state of spir­i­tu­al­ity he can under­stand that the king­dom of heaven is within him.
—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. 

The tem­ple reflects the archi­tec­ture of the Rama­kri­shna Tem­ple at Belur Math.(See the inau­gu­ra­tion pho­tos here.) Video from the inau­gu­ra­tion pro­gram can be watched in youtube. More…

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…)

Activ­i­ties:
• 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…)

(Down­load Octo­ber 2014  bulletin)

bhavatarinini-bust of maKali Puja  will be cel­e­brated at the Cen­ter on Thurs­day, Octo­ber 23, start­ing at 7:30 pm. Fol­low­ing Puja and flower offer­ings, Prasad will be served to all.

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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.

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…)

Some Recent Pho­tos