Vedanta Center of Atlanta: September events

9/28/2014 10:30 AM

Vedanta Center of Atlanta: September 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://vedanta-atlanta.org,   http://vedanta-atlanta.org/calendar-of-activities-events/

 

Classes, Activities and Events for September

 

Regular Classes & Activities
 
SUNDAY MORNINGS

Silent Meditation, 10:30am-11am 

Talks, 11am-12pm
September is our month for the study of "Bhakti Yoga"
9/7 - Sri Ramakrishna's Non-Dual Bhakti - Br. Shankara
9/14 - Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 12  - Br. Shankara
9/21 - Who is Shri Krishna!? - Dr. Uma Majmudar
9/28 - Adi Shakaracharya's Bhakti - Br. Shankara

Coffee, Tea and Continuing Fellowship, 12-1:30pm
Coffee, tea, snacks and continuing fellowship, following the forum, in the Monastery. Please join us!

"Who is Shri Krishna!?"  

with Dr. Uma Majmudar
There is much more to Shri Krishna than meets the eye, more than what most of us know about him in and through the study of the Bhagavad Gita.

This Sunday, we’ll get acquainted with many other facets, roles, personalities, representations, and influences of Shri Krishna as depicted in the Bhagavata Purana — an ancient scripture soaked in the Vaishnava Bhakti tradition of worshipping Krishna as “Purna Purushottama” or the most complete incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Shri Krishna
This is not the mature adult, friend/philosopher, teacher/adviser Krishna of the Bhagavad Gita, nor is this the wise and suave statesman, even the cunning game-changer Krishna of the epic Mahabharata. Here, in Shrimad Bhagavatam, Krishna has no specific mission or an agenda. Here, simply, we see God at play! We see him as Bala-Krishna, a mischievous but irresistibly charming child who allows himself to be punished, to be scolded, to be pampered and adored by mother Yashoda in the village of Gokul. We also see Shri Krishna as a shepherd boy, stealing the hearts of the gopis- or the shepherd girls, Krishna playing flute and leading the “rasa-lila” (divine dancing in circle) with all the gopis, but particularly dancing away the whole night with one particular gopi–his most beloved Radharani, his wife-to-be and his soulmate!

With the divine illusory power of YOGAMAYA, Krishna is able to accomplish many astonishing things. Let us meet Shri Krishna of the Bhagavatam, Krishna who is uniquely etched in people’s consciousness, Krishna who is the most adored and accessible god of all gods in the Indian folklore, Indian art, literature, temple sculpture, music, poetry, drama all over India and even outside.


This Sunday's talk, Sept. 28th, 11am

"Seven Sayings of Swami Prabhavananda"
with Br. Shankara

Swami Prabhavananda* headed the Vedanta Society of Southern California (VSSC) from 1931 until his death on July 4, 1976. He had many disciples to whom he gave private instruction. Some of these teachings came to the attention of Edith Tipple (Nalini), through her work on the VSSC’s Archives Project.

An accomplished writer-editor, Nalini selected seven of the swami’s instructions to publish on the last page of her book, “Realizing God.” Whether by design or by Providence, his sayings move the reader’s attention from a dualistic perspective, to a qualified non-dual meditation practice, to full realization of Oneness with the Divine.

Those 16 lines of instruction will be the subject of this Sunday morning’s talk with Br. Shankara.

*Swami Prabhavananda is the disciple of Swami Brahmananda (Raja Maharaj). Sri Ramakrishna and Holy Mother said Raja Maharaj was their spiritual son; he served as the first President of the Ramakrishna Order until 1922.

Note: As always 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!

Three Days of Durga
A three-day (Fri-Sun) celebration of Mother Durga with puja, potluck prasad lunch, a kirtan w/Blue Spirit Wheel, and more!
October 3rd, 4th & 5th *
Please see our website for full details on scheduled activities.

Sri Durga

 

 
EVENING ARATI
Daily except Sundays, 6-7pmm
In the Chapel. Arati worship and silent meditation.
 
CLASSES

For information about these classes please view our Classes & Activities FAQ.
 

Special Activities this Month

Saturday, 9/13 - Karma Saturday (formerly Seva Saturday) 10am-2pm
Sunday, 9/21- Sacred Song Circle, 5pm to 6:30pm in the Monastery
Please come, if you like to sing or play music that lifts the soul, or if you just like to listen.  No formality — the Circle is not for “performance.”  It’s for the sheer enjoyment of offering music to the Divine, in yourself and in others.  You are also welcome to just come and listen.

 


Our New Retreat & Visitors Residence.

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You may be pleased to hear our good news: By early this fall, when you come to Atlanta you can stay here with us. “You” means individuals (women and men), couples, families, and groups of up to eight retreatants.

Work on the Vedanta Center of Atlanta’s new Retreat & Visitors Residence has begun. Thankfully, devotees and friends of the Center already have donated or pledged $77,000 of the $120,000 that it will take to complete and furnish the Residence.

The arithmetic of raising the remaining $43,000 may be quite simple:
This appeal is being e-mailed to over 700 individuals and families.
If just 1 in 7 of you offers a few hundred dollars each, that could raise close to $35,000.
And if another 100 or so of you can afford to send $50-100, that would add about $7,500 — and voila, we’re within shouting distance of our fundraising goal!
Only 200 more supporters could be all we need — perhaps you’ll find yourself in that number! As you can see from the directness of this appeal, there is a deep commitment to this project.

It seems to be a natural next step in the growth of the Atlanta Center. Swamis Bhashyananda and Swahananda helped Swami Yogeshananda start and sustain this place. All three swamis made it clear that, when traveling, our devotees should stay at a facility maintained by Vedanta monks or nuns, whenever possible.

Starting in early September, we will be that place for the Deep South. Come see us! We look forward to hearing from you about a possible visit, whether or not you can enclose a check. If you do contribute, you may be sure that every dime of what you send will go toward making our new Retreat & Visitors Residence a comfortable and spiritually uplifting place to stay when you come to Atlanta. — Br. Shankara

P.S.:  For your convenience, you can donate through Paypal (you don’t have to be member) — just follow the instructions on this page on our website. Or, if you would rather send a check, please mail it to the address below, Attn: Building Fund.

Vedanta Center of Atlanta • 2331 Brockett Road, Tucker GA 30084-4412
770-938-6673 • shankara@vedanta-atlanta.org




This Sunday's talk, Sept. 28th, 11am

"Seven Sayings of Swami Prabhavananda"
with Br. Shankara

Swami Prabhavananda* headed the Vedanta Society of Southern California (VSSC) from 1931 until his death on July 4, 1976. He had many disciples to whom he gave private instruction. Some of these teachings came to the attention of Edith Tipple (Nalini), through her work on the VSSC’s Archives Project.

An accomplished writer-editor, Nalini selected seven of the swami’s instructions to publish on the last page of her book, “Realizing God.” Whether by design or by Providence, his sayings move the reader’s attention from a dualistic perspective, to a qualified non-dual meditation practice, to full realization of Oneness with the Divine.

Those 16 lines of instruction will be the subject of this Sunday morning’s talk with Br. Shankara.

*Swami Prabhavananda is the disciple of Swami Brahmananda (Raja Maharaj). Sri Ramakrishna and Holy Mother said Raja Maharaj was their spiritual son; he served as the first President of the Ramakrishna Order until 1922.

Note: As always there is silent meditation in the Chapel from 10:30-11am, before eachSunday’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!

Three Days of Durga
A three-day (Fri-Sun) celebration of Mother Durga with puja, potluck prasad lunch, a kirtan w/Blue Spirit Wheel, and more!
October 3rd, 4th & 5th *
Please see our website for full details on scheduled activities.

Sri Durga

Miss last week's e-newsletter?

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Please note: archived e-newsletters will not reflect recent updates to our calendar... always refer to the latest e-newsletter or our website for the most current information.

This Sunday's talk, Sept. 28th, 11am

"Seven Sayings of Swami Prabhavananda"
with Br. Shankara

Swami Prabhavananda* headed the Vedanta Society of Southern California (VSSC) from 1931 until his death on July 4, 1976. He had many disciples to whom he gave private instruction. Some of these teachings came to the attention of Edith Tipple (Nalini), through her work on the VSSC’s Archives Project.

An accomplished writer-editor, Nalini selected seven of the swami’s instructions to publish on the last page of her book, “Realizing God.” Whether by design or by Providence, his sayings move the reader’s attention from a dualistic perspective, to a qualified non-dual meditation practice, to full realization of Oneness with the Divine.

Those 16 lines of instruction will be the subject of this Sunday morning’s talk with Br. Shankara.

*Swami Prabhavananda is the disciple of Swami Brahmananda (Raja Maharaj). Sri Ramakrishna and Holy Mother said Raja Maharaj was their spiritual son; he served as the first President of the Ramakrishna Order until 1922.

Note: As always there is silent meditation in the Chapel from 10:30-11am, before eachSunday’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!

Three Days of Durga
A three-day (Fri-Sun) celebration of Mother Durga with puja, potluck prasad lunch, a kirtan w/Blue Spirit Wheel, and more!
October 3rd, 4th & 5th *
Please see our website for full details on scheduled activities.

Sri Durga

Miss last week's e-newsletter?

You can view it by clicking here.
 
Please note: archived e-newsletters will not reflect recent updates to our calendar... always refer to the latest e-newsletter or our website for the most current information.

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