Vedanta Center of Atlanta: June 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.
6/7 - 11am-noon,
“The Spiritual Evolution of Shri Krishna!”
Speaker: Uma Majmudar
At the first hearing, the title of my subject today may sound a bit too brash in the sense that if Krishna is God or God-incarnate, how can we talk about His spiritual evolution!?
The term evolution, even if spiritual, is usually applicable to only humans who are seekers of truth or advancing onto the path of Self-realization. Shri krishna, however, is a Special Incarnation of God who has descended to earth for the specific purpose of teaching Arjuna and to all His devotees--how to live fully in each stage and move on to the next stage never losing sight of the ultimate goal of all human existence, namely, God-realization or Self-realization. No other God in the entire Hindu pantheon of gods vivifies and exemplifies this spiritual goal as endearingly as does Shri Krishna; right from His infancy and childhood full of pranks and heroic antics (as Bala-Krishna in the Bhagavata Purana) to his youthful days of romance and rasa-lila with Radharani (His divine Love) through his emergence into the "Purna Purushottama" Krishna--the fully incarnated adult Krishna--the diplomat, the peacemaker and teacher--the Yogeshvara Shri krishna of the Bhagavad Gita!
God plays all these roles for our sake; call it His divine lila or sport, Shri Krishna takes human birth to show us how to live through each stage, grow and evolve toward the ultimate goal of spiritual liberation.
6/14 - 11am-noon:
“Metaphors Be With Us!”
Speaker: Br. Shankara
So it seems fitting, on Flag Day, to explore the idea of metaphor and the role it plays in spiritual instruction. Great spiritual teachers often point us toward profound truths by telling what seem to be simple stories and parables.
, Br. Shankara will discuss the use of metaphor by Sage Vasistha, Sri Krishna, Jesus Christ, Patanjali, and Sri Ramakrishna.
6/18 - 6:30pm: yoga: Jyothi (Elizabeth Yates) will lead a Hatha Yoga class at our Center beginning this Thursday, June 18th - Jyothi (Elizabeth Yates)* will start a Basic Asana class — appropriate for all levels — in the Center’s fellowship hall on Thursday, June 18. The class will be aligned with Patanjali's Classical Yoga, which includes practice of basic asana and pranayama and ends with a brief meditation. This introductory 3 week series will meet from 6:30-7:55pm each Thursday, June 19 through July 2. Depending upon response, a new 6 week series will begin soon afterward. Cost for the 3 introductory classes is $42. Please call Jyothi @ 404-210-6800 with questions. *Jyothi is a certified yoga instructor and a long-time devotee of our Center.
6/20 - 10am-2pm: Seva Saturday: Plan now to spend some time with fellow devotees and friends to help make your Center sparkle and shine. 10am-2pm ... free yummy lunch.. details in next week's e-newsletter, and on our website calendar.
6/21 - 11am: “Your Spiritual Father's Guiding Hand”
Speaker: Br. Shankara
As a small child, perhaps you walked with your father in places where the path was uneven or narrow. Were you not more comfortable — less likely to fall — when he held your hand? If you held his, you might let go at just the wrong moment and take a tumble. When he held yours, that wrong moment was the time when he gripped your hand more tightly, making sure that even if you stumbled you would keep your feet.
Sri Ramakrishna used this relationship as a metaphor, encouraging us to offer our “hand” to our spiritual father. Religious literature is rich with this personalization of the Divine Presence, from the Hebrews’ God the Father to the Incas’ Tata Inti. Our cultural celebration of Father’s Day on Sunday, June 21 seems a natural time to discuss the Divine’s paternal aspect. This Sunday, Br. Shankara will explore with us the Fatherhood of God.
6/26-27-28: 3-DAY IN-HOUSE RETREAT, last weekend of June!! Friday, Saturday, Sunday, June 26, 27, 28 “PRINCIPLES TO LIVE BY” w/ Pravrajika Vidyaprana (Hollywood Convent) Complete details here... Mark your calendars now and plan to attend this in-house weekend retreat at your Center!