Monthly Schedule: March 2017

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Our special guest this month will be Swami Sarvapriyanandaji, recently transferred to the Vedanta Society of New York as head. He will be speaking at the center on Wednesday night, March 8, at 7:30, following our evening arati and meditation. Potluck dinner will be served to all after his talk. He is coming to our area to participate in a program on Dharma in Baltimore on Thursday night, March 9. Please see details in this link. All are welcome to that program as well and are requested to RSVP by email.

The main programs for the month will be:

Sunday Lecture: 11 AM

5 Swami Brahmarupananda :       The Sage of Steady Wisdom I
12 Swami Atmajnanananda:          The Holy Name of God II
19 Swami Chidbrahmananda:       The Bewildering Play of Mother

26 Meditation Retreat at the Center
 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


4 Ram Nam Sankir­tan:
 7:30 PM: Chanting of Ram Nam Sankirtan will begin after evening arati and med­i­ta­tion. All are invited to stay for pot-luck din­ner following the program.

Wednesday Class 8:00 PM

March 8 (Wednesday)
7:30  PM Self-Enquiry
Lecture by Swami Sarvapriyananda of the Vedanta Society of New York


Friday Class 8:00 PM

3 Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
 10 Bhagavadgita
 17 Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
 24 Life of Holy Mother
 31 Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Monthly Schedule: April 2017

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We have a very special month ahead of us, starting with the celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the Vedanta Center of GWDC, which was founded on Ramnavami Day, 1997. The celebration will begin with a day retreat with Swami Sarvadevanandaji, head of the Vedanta Society of Southern California, on Saturday April 8. (Swami Sarvadevananda will be with us from April 7 to 14 and we will have satsang and potluck dinner each night following our evening arati and meditation.) That same night, Dr. Subhadra Desai, making her third visit to our center, will give a concert of Classical Hindustani Music. On Sunday, April 9, we will continue the weekend celebration with Puja, Bhajans, Prasad, and a video presentation on “The First Twenty Years of the Center.” The following weekend, Subhadra will conduct a workshop retreat on Saturday, April 15, and a lecture/concert on “Songs of India Women Seers” on Sunday, the 16th.


Other programs for the month will be:

2 Swami Brahmarupananda :        The Sage of Steady Wisdom II

8 Day Retreat with Swami Sarvadevananda*
          “Vasistha’s Instructions to Rama”

  11 am: Opening song by Subhadra Desai
            11:15 am: Meditation
            11:30 am: Session I of Retreat
            12:30 pm: Question and Answer
            1 pm: Lunch
            2 pm: Song by Subhadra Desai
            2:15 pm: Meditation
            2:30 pm: Session II of Retreat
            3:30 pm: Question and Answer


8 Classical Hindustani Vocal Concert by 
            Dr. Subhadra Desai
            Krishna Ramdas: Tabla
Namita Kundu: Harmonium
7:30 pm: Concert
9 pm: Refreshments


9 Ramnavami & Foundation Day Celebration

   11 am: Welcome by Swami Sarvadevananda
11:30 am: Puja
12:30 pm: Bhajans by Subhadra Desai
1 pm: Prasad lunch and video presentation:
“The First Twenty Years of the Center”


15 Workshop Retreat with Subhadra Desai
11 am: Forms of Tarana : Khayalnuma,
Tarana, Trivat and Chaturang
12:30 pm: Lunch
1:30 pm: Devotional Aspect in Composition Forms

16 Dr. Subhadra Desai*
       Songs of Indian Women Seers

23 Swami Chidbrahmananda :             Active Tranquility
 30 Swami Atmajnanananda:                The Holy Name of God III


1 Ram Nam Sankir­tan:
         7:30 PM: Chanting of Ram Nam Sankirtan will begin after evening arati and med­i­ta­tion. All are invited to stay for pot-luck din­ner following the program.

Wednesday Class 8:00 PM

Friday Class 8:00 PM
7 Satsang with Swami Sarvadevananda
14 Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
21 Bhagavad Gita
28 Life of Holy Mother

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 .