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. 

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…)

• 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 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