Monthly Bulletin: December 2019

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The month of Decem­ber will be filled with pro­grams, Pujas, and cel­e­bra­tions. We begin the month with a Med­i­ta­tion Retreat at the Cen­ter on Decem­ber 1, fol­lowed by a week­end pro­gram of chant­i­ng and Puja for Holy Mother’s birth­day on Decem­ber 21 and 22. As usu­al we will cel­e­brate Christ­mas Eve on the 24th and New Year’s Eve on the 31st. We will then begin the New Year with our Kalpataru Day wor­ship on Jan­u­ary 1.  Please see the sched­ule belo

1 Med­i­ta­tion Retreat

10:15-11:00 am: 1. Read­ings and med­i­ta­tion
11:00-11:15 am: Tea and cof­fee break
11:15-12 noon: 2. Read­ings and med­i­ta­tion
12 noon-12:30 pm: Reflection/ read­ing
12:30-1:15 pm: Lunch
1:15-2:00 pm: 3. Read­ings and med­i­ta­tion

8 Swa­mi Chid­brah­manan­da
              Secrets of Being

15 Swa­mi Atma­jna­na­nanda
          From the Lips of Holy Moth­er

21 Chant­i­ng of 108 Names of Sri Sara­da Devi
       6:30 pm: Evening Arar­ti
       7:30 pm: Chant­i­ng

22 Holy Moth­er Puja
       11 am: Puja
12 noon: Flower offer­ing and bha­jans
12:30 pm: Prasad lunch

24   Christ­mas Eve
7:30 pm: Christ­mas Car­ols and Read­ings
8:30 pm: Refresh­ments

29 Swa­mi Brahma­rupa­nanda
             Vale­dic­to­ry Address    

31    New Year’s Eve
         11 pm: Read­ing from
           Sri Rama­kri­shna the Great Mas­ter
11:20 pm: Med­i­ta­tion
12 Mid­night: Arati

1 Jan­u­ary Kalpataru Day Puja
11 am: Puja
12 noon: Flower offer­ing and bha­jans
12:30 pm: Prasad lunch

Tues­day Dis­cus­sion Group 10 AM
Talks with Swami­ji

Wednes­day Dis­cus­sion Group 11 AM
Prac­tice of the Pres­ence of God

Wednes­day Night Class 8 PM

Thurs­day Dis­cus­sion Group 10 AM
Bha­gavad Gita

Fri­day Night Class 8:00 PM
6 Gospel of Sri Rama­kri­shna
13 Bha­gavad Gita
20 Gospel of Sri Rama­kri­shna
27 Life of Holy Moth­er

7 Ram Nam 
Ram Nam will be held at the Cen­ter on Decem­ber 7 at 7:30 pm, imme­di­ate­ly after evening arati and med­i­ta­tion. All are invit­ed to stay for a veg­e­tar­i­an potluck din­ner fol­low­ing the pro­gram

Vedan­ta Med­ical Clin­ic
The Vedan­ta Med­ical Clin­ic offers free med­ical ser­vices to all, regard­less of income lev­el, insur­ance cov­er­age, or immi­gra­tion sta­tus. To make an appoint­ment, please call 240-516-6726.

Kar­ma Yoga: We invite you to join us Sat­ur­day morn­ings from 9 am to 1 pm in per­form­ing var­i­ous week­ly chores of the cen­ter: main­te­nance, gar­den­ing and land­scap­ing, clean­ing, office work, etc. With the com­ple­tion of the new tem­ple, the need for vol­un­teer help is greater than ever. Please con­sid­er becom­ing a reg­u­lar mem­ber of our kar­ma yoga team. Also, we need vol­un­teers to help with set­up and cleanup before and after the Sun­day lec­ture.

Tem­ple Hours: The shrine room in the new tem­ple will be open for morn­ing med­i­ta­tion at 5 am and dai­ly Puja at 7:45 am, and will remain open through­out the day until the close of evening med­i­ta­tion at 8 pm. Evening arati begins at 6:30 pm. Devo­tees may enter through the dou­ble doors at the main entrance to the tem­ple or through the front door entrance to the Cen­ter. All are wel­come.

Par­ents with small chil­dren are wel­come to watch the Sun­day lec­ture on the movie screen in the low­er lev­el of the tem­ple while their child­ren are free to qui­et­ly play.

Gro­cery Gift Cards: We urge all of you to take part in our gift card pro­gram. Gift cards for Giant and Gift cer­tifi­cates for Lotte/Assi Plaza may be pur­chased at the Cen­ter fol­low­ing the Sun­day lec­ture or dur­ing vis­it­ing hours, and are used just like a deb­it card when pur­chas­ing gro­ceries. This is an impor­tant part of our month­ly income and a way to sup­port the Cen­ter at no cost to you. Those who would like to help in the sale of cards may con­tact Rana­jit Pal at (301) 330-1634.

Audio record­ings:  Please go to our web­site for the lat­est  lec­ture record­ings .