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

Durga Puja 2016


Durga Puja will be held at the Center on Sunday, October 9 at 10:30 AM. Prasad will be served to all after the Puja and Cultural Program.

10:30 am: Puja
11:30 am: Flower offering and Arati
Noon: Vocal Concert by Sonali Ray
1:00 pm: Prasad

(Please see the Profile of Sonali Ray)

 Musical Program (see flier)

Wednesday, October 19 at 7:30 PM
(Dinner will be served to all at the conclusion of the program)

A musical program featuring recorded selections from two oratorios based on the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna and the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda with live commentary from the composer, Swami Atmavidyananda,

Vedanta Medical Clinic

Vedanta Medical Clinic is now open and providing free medical service.  See the clinic flier.

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 October 2016  bulletin)

 Contact us or get directions.

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…)




  • Meditation Retreat this Sunday

    23 Meditation Retreat
    10-10:45 am: 1. Readings and meditation
    10:45-11 am: Tea and coffee break
    11-11:45 am: 2. Readings and meditation
    11:45 am-12:30 pm: Reflection/ reading
    12:30-1 pm: Lunch
    1-1:45 pm: 3. Readings and meditation

  • Swami Vivekananda

    in the News:
    Swamiji is making his way into American newspapers—see the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Huffington Post. Now also in the BBC.

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