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Every­thing can be sac­ri­ficed for truth, but truth can­not be sac­ri­ficed for any­thing. Strength is the sign of vigour, the sign of life, the sign of hope, the sign of health, and the sign of every­thing that is good. As long as the body lives, there must be strength in the body, strength in the mind, strength in the hand.
—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 August 2014  bul­letin)   (Down­load Sep­tem­ber 2014  bulletin)

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.

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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