Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, mus­cles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every oth­er idea alone. This is the way to suc­cess.
—Swa­mi Vivek­a­nanda

 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…)

September 2020 Program

We begin anoth­er month with a con­tin­u­a­tion of the same poli­cies regard­ing class­es, lec­tures, vis­its, etc. as the past few months. All pro­grams will be via Zoom or YouTube. Vis­its will be on an indi­vid­ual basis with a lim­it­ed num­ber of devo­tees at one time. All will be request­ed to wear masks, wash hands, observe social dis­tanc­ing, etc.

Our usu­al Labor Day Week­end Retreat will be replaced by a one day ses­sion on Sun­day Sep­tem­ber 6 via Zoom with Swa­mi Prasan­nat­manan­da, spir­i­tu­al head of our Vedan­ta Soci­ety of Berke­ley. He will speak for rough­ly one hour, fol­lowed by a half hour or so of dis­cus­sion. His top­ic will be: Prayer as a Spir­i­tu­al Dis­ci­pline and Way for Med­i­ta­tion. The Zoom link is:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89055088425 . We encour­age all of you attend.

Our Sun­day lec­tures at 11:00 AM will be:
6 Swa­mi Prasan­nat­manan­da:  Prayer as a Spir­i­tu­al Dis­ci­pline and Way for Med­i­ta­tion.

13 Swa­mi Atma­jna­na­nanda: Be Fear­less!
20 Swa­mi Brahma­rupa­nanda: Sri Krish­na Speaks to Us Part II
27 Swa­mi Chid­brah­manan­da: Mother’s Riffraff

Week­ly Lec­ture with Sw. A, B, or C: (Youtube)

Mon­day @ 8pm  (New class)

Man­dukya Upan­ishad with Swa­mi A
Tues­day @ 11am
     Teach­ings of Swa­mi Vivek­a­nanda with Sw. A.
Wednes­day @ 8pm
     Bha­gavad Gita with Sw. B.
Thurs­day @ 11am 
     Inte­ri­or Cas­tles - St. Tere­sa of Avi­la with Sw. C.
Fri­day @ 8pm
     Gospel of Sri Rama­kri­shna with Sw. A.
RKM Foun­da­tion Fund Rais­ing Cul­tur­al Pro­gram
Swa­mi Vivek­a­nanda pro­claimed “Ser­vice to man is ser­vice to God” and “Edu­ca­tion is  panacea of all evils”.  Inspired by his mes­sages, for over two decades the Rama­kri­shna Edu­ca­tion Fund has been sup­port­ing access to edu­ca­tion in rur­al India. Our annu­al appre­ci­a­tion event in this excep­tion­al year focus­es on the cri­sis we face and the rel­e­vant inspi­ra­tional teach­ings of the Holy Trio.
It fea­tures inspi­ra­tional talks by dis­tin­guished speak­ers, and a COVID-respon­si­bly pro­duced pro­gram of songs and plays. Please join us for the broad­cast on Sept 26. Details & RSVPrkmef.org/
Event trail­er link : https://youtu.be/3x9feC2KYw0

Vedan­ta Med­ical Clin­ic 

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

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