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January events at Vedanta Center of Atlanta

1/10/2021 11:00 AM

January events at Vedanta Center of Atlanta

Dear Devotees and Friends,

Your Center's Chapel (the building closest to the parking lot) is open for private meditation, and to visit the self-serve Bookshop. Otherwise, your Center remains closed to visitors due to the coronavirus. Thank you for helping us keep our congregation, friends, and residents of the Center safe and healthy. Do join us online for classes, talks, discussion and the sweetness of continuing fellowship that is such a balm during this challenging time of great transition.

    Announcements

    You can now join us for evening Arati via Zoom, at 7pm, Monday through Saturday evenings (no Arati on Sunday). Join us via Zoom at  https://tinyurl.com/yylpqxmp
    Holy Mother's Helping Hands, your Center’s annual effort to provide food and warm clothing for the less fortunate, is ongoing. Our Food Drive is in cooperation with the Atlanta Community Food Bank. This year we will NOT be collecting food here at the Center. Instead, you may support this effort with a monetary donation here: https://tinyurl.com/y9ozyadd

    With regard to your donations of warm winter clothing, there WILL BE a clothes rack on the Monastery sunporch. As we have done every year, the gifts you leave with us will be passed on to a local church. They have a large “clothes closet,” and invite the homeless to drop by and find things they like and need.
    Sunday's Online Talk & Discussion
    Great Inconceivable Penances
    with Br. Shankara
    Jan. 10, 11am to 12noon


    Join us via Zoom at https://tinyurl.com/y7veshzt
     

    January is a month for study of Bhakti Yoga. A bhakti yogi (bhakta) has a devotional relationship with God . This is developed over time by study, prayer, ritual, and worship. As a bhakta, you practice giving every action, thought, emotion, perception and tendency “a Godward turn.” Everything you are, both positive and negative, is offered to the Divine Presence. Your prayer is for the carefree self-surrender of a child in its Mother or Father’s arms and, ultimately, union with your Belovèd.

    In the Devi Mahatmayam (Chandi, Chapter 4, verse 9), we read:

    “O Devi, you are Bhagavati, the supreme Vidya which is the cause of liberation, and great inconceivable penance are the means for your realization. You, the supreme knowledge, are cultivated by sages desiring liberation, whose senses are well restrained, who are devoted to Reality, and have shed all the blemishes.”

    St_John_of_the_Cross_As we study the lives of the Divine Incarnations, we find their spiritual unfoldment is described by this verse. They, and some of the saints who become their perfect reflections, are capable of great inconceivable penances. Yet, we discover that as they struggle and suffer over may years, they are not doing it for themselves. Sages, saints and avatars endure these trials so that they can share their spiritual treasures with us.

    Swami Vivekananda wrote of Sri Ramakrishna, “… all Thine austerities were practiced for our sake. How great was Thy sacrifice, freely choosing Thy birth in this prison, our Iron Age, to unchain us and set us free …”  On Sunday morning we will review and discuss the Master’s sadhana, and the spiritual journey of the Roman Catholic mystic, St. John of the Cross.

    January Activities & Events

    Sunday Talks and Discussion - 11am to 12noon EST
    - Join us online via Zoom at https://tinyurl.com/y7veshzt

    January is a month for study of Bhakti Yoga. A bhakti yogi (bhakta) has a devotional relationship with God. This is developed over time by study, prayer, ritual, and worship. As a bhakta, you practice giving every action, thought, emotion, perception and tendency “a Godward turn.” Everything you are, both positive and negative, is offered to the Divine Presence. Your prayer is for the carefree self-surrender of a child in its Mother or Father’s arms and, ultimately, union with your Belovèd.

    1/10 - Great Inconceivable Penances - Br. Shankara

    1/17 - Itty-bitty Austerities - Br. Shankara

    1/24 - Open Forum on Bhakti Yoga 

    1/31 - Swami Vivekananda’s Bhakti Yoga - Br. Shankara

    Special Events / Activities

    1/1 (Friday), 2:30-3:30pm - Kalpataru Day Observance 
    Reading and discussion (on Zoom), followed by online fellowship until 4:30pm. 
    - Join us via Zoom at https://tinyurl.com/yyl9hspj

    1/3 (Sunday), 11am-12pm - Holy Mother’s Birthday
    Celebration will start with a short talk on Sri Sarada Devi, followed by Her Puja (online via Zoom and Facebook). 



    Saturday Chandi Readings
    Every 1st and 2nd Saturday

    1/2, 9-10am - Chandi reading in Sanskrit
    - Join us online via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/511355102
    pw: Jai Ma

    1/9, 10-10:30am - Chandi reading in English
    - Join us online via Zoom at https://tinyurl.com/y9lftqvd
    Ongoing Activities

    Weekly Classes (online via Zoom)

    Mondays, 8-9pm - Love Poems from God
    - Join us via Zoom at https://tinyurl.com/y653onro

    Tuesdays, 8-9pm - Sri Sarada Devi and Her Divine Play
    - Join us via Zoom at https://tinyurl.com/ybe4ytz3

    Wednesdays, 8-9pm - Jnana Yoga by Swami Vivekananda
    - Join us via Zoom at https://tinyurl.com/ybq6r89p

    Saturdays, 11am-12noon - Swami Prabhavananda's Realizing God
    - Join us via Zoom at https://tinyurl.com/ydebaoog


    Evening Arati
    Daily except Sunday, at 7pm
    - Join us via Zoom at  https://tinyurl.com/yylpqxmp


    Other

    Nisargadatta and Jnana Yoga Online Group
    Sundays at 5pm Eastern, via Zoom at https://tinyurl.com/yb2p6lp6 

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