Vedanta Center of Atlanta: July events
Time: There is silent meditation in the Chapel from 10:30-11am, before each Sunday’s talk. After the talk, devotees and friends meet in the Monastery from noon to 1:30pm, for tea, coffee, snacks and a continuation of our spiritual fellowship. Please join us!
PS: Please be on time. The service starts promptly at 11AM.
Venue: 2331 Brockett Rd, Tucker, GA 30084
Contact: (770) 938-6673 ; http://vedantaatlanta.org, http://vedantaatlanta.org/calendar-of-activities-events/
See Calendar for details about any particular Sunday.
7/4 - 2pm
Please join us at the Center to celebrate our nation’s birth, and the contribution of two Swamis who helped lift our country's thought current. Both of these Swamis quite deliberately left the body on July 4th!
Fourth of July Schedule:
2-3pm Readings, Reflections, and Songs in the Chapel (Please keep your choice of reading to no longer than 3 minutes!)
3-3:20pm Break for preparations
3:20-5:30pm Festivities and Food in the Monastery
7/5 - 11am-noon,
This Sunday's Talk
July 5th at 11am
“Do You Want Your Freedom?”
Sat 7/11 -
is Seva Saturday!
"Many Hands Make Light Work!"
Come spend a few hours with fellow devotees and friends as we all work together to make our Center sparkle and shine!
Because of the hot July weather and nature of work most needed, most jobs will be INDOORS . There will be a detailed list of things to do… so you can pick what suits you!
A yummy lunch will be provided… drink, chips, and a sandwich or salad made to order from RolyPoly. Free food, free fun, priceless fellowship and invaluable seva service to your Center… all at the same time. Can’t beat that with a stick!
If you can’t be with us the entire time, please come and stay as long as you are able. See you!
Please note the so that members who wish to can participate in Seva Saturday. Saturday Morning Class is suspended
7/12 - 11am
“I Will Tell You a Secret”
Swami Brahmananda, the spiritual son of
Sri Ramakrishna and Sri Sarada Devi, said:
“I will tell you a secret. You may not fully understand its meaning now, but in time its truth will dawn on you. And this truth is that every man’s will and mind lead him progressively toward good. Some are led along thorny paths and some are led along smooth paths, but all reach the same goal.” An inspiring assurance, since the goal is Self-realization — liberation from all bondage! Brahmananda also insisted that we can accelerate the process by our own efforts, by our spiritual practice.
Swami Shivananda, another of Ramakrishna’s direct disciples, said: “All that one has to do is establish God in one’s heart by any means. Then, one need make no separate effort to build up a moral character. All such divine qualities as truthfulness, kindness, love, etc., then come to one as a matter of course.”
Shivananda was echoing Sri Krishna’s promise: “Though a man be soiled with the sins of a lifetime, let him but love me, rightly resolved, in utter devotion: I see no sinner, that man is holy. Holiness soon shall refashion his nature to peace eternal; O (Arjuna), of this be certain: The man that loves me, he shall not perish.” (Bhagavad Gita, Ch. 9)
morning, Br. Shankara will point to evidence of spiritual progress in your life, and explore how the principles and practices of Raja Yoga can be the means to “establish God in (your) heart.”
7/19 - 11am:
“How To Know God”
“How to Know God” through the power of Patanjali’s Yoga continues this month’s series of talks on Raja Yoga.
Swami Vivekananda wrote —
“Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this Divinity within by controlling nature, external and internal. Do this either by work, or worship, or psychic control, or philosophy — by one, or more, or all of these — and be free. This is the whole of religion. Doctrines, or dogmas, or rituals, or books, or temples, or forms, are but secondary details.”
When Vivekananda said psychic control, he was pointing to the aims and practices of Raja Yoga. Patanjali’s Yoga Aphorisms (Sutras) teach the practice of this yoga — spiritual aspirants learn, step-by-step, how to control the mind and achieve inner peace and freedom.
Swami Prabhavananda (1893-1976) wrote a translation and commentary on Patanjali’s aphorisms, titled “How to Know God.” The swami said that, though these methods have been taught for over 2,000 years, they are “as alive and effective today as they have ever been.” He also said to a disciple, “I poured everything I am and everything I know into this book.”
Swami Prabhavananada served as Head of the Vedanta Society of Southern California from 1931 until his death on July 4, 1976. A disciple of Swami Brahmananda (“Raja Maharaj,” who was a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna), Prabhavananda also served and learned from many of the Master’s other direct disciples.
morning, we will discuss “How to Know God” and its very practical lessons on how to manifest your inner Divinity.
7/26 - 11am:
“You Have The Power”
talk concludes this month’s series on Raja Yoga. In August, we will once again take up Jnana Yoga, a path that emphasizes discrimination and reason.