Vedanta Center of Atlanta: ​​​​September events

9/30/2018 10:30 AM

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 ;,
See Calendar for details about any particular Sunday.

September is a month for the study of Jnana Yoga, a path to realization that requires analysis, discrimination, reason, and constant devotion to your goal. Your aim is liberation, freedom from all limitation.

Our scriptures and teachers tell us that life’s misery — its pain, anxiety, and sense of imprisonment — is caused by seeing inaccurately, due to “maya.” As a jnana yogi, you may set aside these mental habits of delusion and see only Brahman everywhere, in everything and everyone, including yourself. This is realization! 

September 1, Chandi Hymns (Sat)
9-10am – will be read in Sanskrit.

September 2 @ 11am-12pm (Sun)
Talk: What Is this Center and Why Are We Here? - Br. Shankara
He will discuss new initiatives for service to our community, and define what we practice and teach at the Center, and why.

September 5, New Wednesday Night Class begins
8-9pm – Swami Vivekananda’s Jnana Yoga

September 8 @ 10am-2pm (Sat)
Seva means serving in the fellowship of volunteers or Karma Yogis. Please join us for gardening, cleaning, organizing, lunch, and lots of camaraderie. It's not necessary for you to stay the entire time... come and join us for as long as you can. Your Center is self-supporting and greatly depends on your participation to keep things running well. A delicious (free) lunch is served around noon. Please join us this month!

September 8, Chandi Hymns (Sat)
10-10:30am – will be read in English.

Image may contain: textSeptember 9 @ 11am-12pm (Sun)
Talk: The Harmony of Religions - Patrick Horn
Seven generations and 125 years ago, at the first Parliament of Religions at the World’s Fair and Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Swami Vivekananda called for an end to sectarianism, bigotry, and violent fanaticism.

This November, the Parliament convenes again to honor indigenous peoples’ rights, empower women and youth, and lead environmental stewardship efforts.

“There have always been parties of men, philosophers, students of comparative religion, who have tried and are still trying to bring about harmony in the midst of all these jarring and discordant sects.” – Swami Vivekananda, THE WAY TO THE REALIZATION OF UNIVERSAL RELIGION

“To bring harmony into religion must always be difficult. Yet we shall consider this problem of the harmony of religions.” – Swami Vivekananda, THE IDEAL OF A UNIVERSAL RELIGION

This lecture includes an overview of the modern development of interfaith dialogue and cooperation, a report from the United Religions Initiative regional assembly and other recent events, and a forecast for the movement’s future.

Patrick Horn is an initiated disciple of Swami Swahananda, contributor to American Vedantist and Reading Religion, and a member of the Religion Communicators Council, Religion News Association, and American Academy of Religion.

September 16 @ 11am-12pm (Sun)
Talk: Daily Spiritual Practice for Householders
 - Swami Bodhananda
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:

Swami_JapanandaSeptember 23 @ 11am-12pm (Sun)
Talk: Abhayam as declared by Lord Krishna in Chapter 16 - Swami Japananda
Swami Japananda is a monk of the Ramakrishna order. After receiving his training and initiation he served in various Ramakrishna centers in Karnataka and Bengal. He teaches daily at Ramakrishna Sevashrama and is founding chairman of the Swami Vivekananda Integrated Rural Health center, the Shree Sharada Devi Eye Hospital, and the Pavagada Research Center. The Swami is a great singer of devotional music and a great orator in addition to his social service. We are pleased and honored that the Swami will speak with us during his visit to Atlanta before returning home to his work in India.

September 30 @ 11am-12pm (Sun)
Talk: The Story Sri Ramakrishna Told - Br. Shankara
Maya has many forms. One of the most persuasive is the system of agreements — the complicated “story” — that members of a civilization hold in common. For example, billions of people all over the world sincerely believe that a small rectangular piece of paper, engraved on one side with an image of a deified President and on the other with mystic symbols which virtually no one understands, has actual value. In fact, a $1 bill has no value at all unless we all agree that it does.

This agreement is just a tiny fraction of a complex web of shared understanding, about what our world is and how it works. Yet, scientists like Rachel Carson, socio-economic theorists like Peter Drucker, historians like Barbara Tuchman, and philosophers such as Charles Eisenstein tell us that our present civilization is in the midst of a major transformation — that our story is changing.

Rachel Carson
“The question is whether any civilization can wage relentless war on life without destroying itself, and without losing the right to be called civilized.”

Joseph Campbell
“We're so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget the inner value, the rapture that is associated with being alive, is what it is all about.”

Charles Eisenstein
“We have to create miracles. A miracle is not the intersession of an external divine agency in violation of the laws of physics. A miracle is simply something that is impossible from an old story but possible from within a new one. It is an expansion of what is possible.”

Barbara Tuchman
“When it comes to leaders we have, if anything, a superabundance … ready and anxious to lead the population. … But what they are not doing, very notably, is standing still and saying, ' This is what I believe. This I will do and that I will not do. This is my code of behavior and that is outside it. This is excellent and that is trash.' … We seem to be afflicted by a widespread and eroding reluctance to take any stand on any values, moral, behavioral or esthetic.”

The Story of Civilization
Will Durant and Ariel Durant
“The only real revolution is in the enlightenment of the mind and the improvement of character, the only real emancipation is individual, and the only real revolutionists are philosophers and saints.”

On Sunday morning we will review what these savants are telling us about the inevitable decay of the civilization we have known. Then we’ll preview what the saints of our lineage — Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother, and Swami Vivekananda — told us about the age that is dawning: The Master’s Story.

These are the basic lessons Sri Ramakrishna left us: When you understand my message, reduce your reading and reasoning, and start practicing. The message is, “Find God. That is the only purpose in life.” Say to the Divine Mother-Father, take my hand, lead me on, draw me near, fill this heart.

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