Vedanta Center of Atlanta: September events
Vedanta Center of Atlanta: September events
10:30am-11am: silent meditation in the Chapel before each Sunday’s talk.
11am-noon: talk and worship in the chapel.
noon-1:30pm: devotees and friends meet in the Monastery 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.
Note: 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.
Spiritual talks and classes are open to the public and free of charge.
September is a month for study of Raja Yoga, a spiritual path often called the yoga of meditation. As a raja yogi, you use ancient, proven spiritual techniques to quiet your mind and gain control of your attention.
Regular daily practice of Raja Yoga increases your ability to concentrate, and may lead to meditation. This can unite you with the Divine Presence, the source of your being, and liberate you from the cycle of rebirth and death.
Sunday, September 1, 11am to 12noon
Talk: That Thou Art w/Br. Shankara
The Upanishads … Sage Vasishta … Bhagavad Gita … Lord Jesus Christ … Adi Shakaracharya … Devi Mahatmyam … Sri Ramakrishna, and Vivekananda
Each of these sacred scriptures and great teachers tells us: Your essential, original nature is the Divine Presence itself. As we start our talks and classes again after the summer break, this will be our recurring, underlying theme: Tat Tvam Asi — That Thou Art!
On Sunday morning we will take a close look at that Mahavakya (Great Saying), and explore how it is offered to us by each of the sources above.
Sept. 7, 9am (Sat)
Chanting of the Chandi Hymns in Sanskrit,
led by Rita Bhandarkar Mathew
Sept. 7, 10am-2pm (Sat)
Join us as you are able, to care for and improve your Center.
Vegetarian lunch served at 12:30pm.
Sunday, September 8, 11am to 12noon
“Nonviolent Communication” w/Clarice L. Belcher
On Sunday, September 8, Clarice L. Belcher will introduce the basic ideas in Nonviolent Communication and explore how it can be applied to our daily lives.
For those who resonate with this, Clarice will offer a three-hour workshop on Saturday, September 14, from 10am to 1pm for deeper exploration. Materials will be supplied. There will be no charge for either session. Starting next week there will be a link, so that you can RSVP for her workshop. Clarice needs to know how many are coming, so there will be enough materials.
Here’s a summary of her Sunday talk:
In these challenging times, when individuals feel frustrations at work and at home, communication can feel alienating and angering, and we risk feeling stuck in an endless loop of dialogues that are less than satisfying and certainly not peaceful. Some individuals will shut down as a result and disappear while others will increase their presence by bringing in loud and noisy language.
In his seminal work, Nonviolent Communication, Marshall Rosenberg shares how we can bring our best selves to the table, how we can stay connected to what is alive in us and in others, and how we can invoke connection in dialogue rather than dissension. Nonviolent Communication explores the ways in which we are violent in our conversations with others and offers a better way — a middle way — of expressing what is alive in us and in others.
Through Marshall’s unique approach to effective communication, we see how to:
- Create an environment where differences can be safely expressed.
- Address tensions without making anyone wrong.
- Hear the real issue beneath an angry remark.
- Generate meaningful dialogue where everyone feels heard and understood.
- Hear the yes behind the no.
- Cultivate a practice that keeps us connected to the best in ourselves.
Clarice’s experience with Nonviolent Communication began in 2001. In 2003 and in 2005, Marshall Rosenberg came to Atlanta, offering, respectively, a five-day workshop and a 10-day international intensive, both of which Clarice attended. Since then, Clarice has been practicing the principles of nonviolent communication, offering workshops and practice groups for others interested in the work.
Sept. 14, 9am (Sat)
Chandi Hymns recited in English w/ Br. Shankara
Sept. 14, 10am-1pm (Sat)
Workshop on Nonviolent Communication
w/Clarice L. Belcher
RSVP required ... See our website for details!
Sept. 15 @ 11am
Talk: Vedic Astrology: the Charts of Sri Ramakrishna
and other Great Teachers
w/ Ryan NeuCollins
VCA Board of Trustees member Ryan NeuCollins has been practicing Jyotish, or Vedic Astrology, for seven years. This Sunday, she’ll discuss differences and similarities between the charts of spiritual leaders from three major faith traditions: St. Francis of Assisi, the Dalai Lama, and Ramakrishna. Within the talk, she’ll present a brief biography on each leader, then focus on four features within Vedic charts that reveal spiritual advancement.
Although Jyotish is a very complicated subject, this presentation will be simple enough for beginners to follow, and by its end, audience members will understand the basics of chart analysis.
Sept. 22 @ 11am
Talk: Feeling the Living Presence
w/ Swami Bodhananda Saraswati,
Founder, Sambodh Society
Swami Bodhananda Saraswati is an Indian spiritual leader and teacher of meditation, Yoga and Vedanta. He is the Spiritual Founder and Chairman of The Sambodh Foundation in India, The Sambodh Society Inc. USA, and other organizations.
About the Swami and Sambodh Society Inc. USA:
Sept. 24 - 26 (Tues - Thurs)
Swami Sarvadevanandaji will visit!
Tuesday, 9/24, 7-8pm, Talk, topic tba.
8-9pm: Reception and potluck supper for the Swami,
followed by satsang in the monastery Library.
Wednesday, 9/25, 8-9pm: Swami will lead Jnana Yoga class.
Sept. 29 @ 11am-noon
w/ Br. Shankara
It is hard to believe that a lake, whipped into waves by a storm, can return to a state of serenity, where its surface reflects like a perfect mirror. Yet, it surely does. Serenity means the state of being calm and peaceful.
Your mind, even when agitated by strong winds of anger, passion or desire, also can return to serenity. Happiness and serenity are your natural condition — but they are hidden from you by a stubborn, inborn ignorance.
The goal of spiritual practice is to dispel this ignorance and calm your mind. In that serene state, joy spontaneously arises and your true original nature — a spiritual being born of divine love — may be revealed to you.
This coming Sunday morning Br. Shankara will offer four specific steps that can lead you to greater truth about your Self and greater serenity.
This talk is offered as a tribute to Pop Taylor, the minister who led the Grace Methodist Church in Riverside, California, during the 1940s and 1950s. Rev. Taylor was an inspiration and spiritual guide to the nine-year-old boy who later became Br. Shankara.