Welcome to the Vedanta Center of Atlanta

We study Hinduism and Vedanta as taught by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda, and Swami Brahmananda. Classes, talks, worship, meditation, fellowship, and special events throughout the year. All are welcome.
Br. Shankara
Br. Shankara, Resident Minister

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There is a lot to look at, listen to, and discover about Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Vedanta and this Center. Yet, if you don’t find what you came for, click here to contact Br. Shankara, our Resident Minister.

This Week at your Center

Announcements

New Wednesday Class
On June 8th we began reading and discussing Swami Ranganathananda’s Divine Grace. The book is available in the Center’s Bookshop; you can purchase the Kindle app version here.

July 4th Celebration
We will celebrate July 4th — a Monday this year — starting with Arati at 7pm in our Chapel. This will be followed by a short talk about Swami Vivekananda, then by short readings and songs from congregation members. All of this will be available on Zoom, using our regular evening Arati link. Sometime between 8 and 8:30, we will move to the monastery, where our traditional July 4th potluck meal will be shared. The Zoom link will close at this time. Our potluck supper will wind up at dusk, when we’ll go to the parking lot for some fun with fireworks.

August Summer Break
Your Center will be closed during August: there will be no classes and no Sunday talks. Evening Arati will continue as usual, and the Chandi hymns will be chanted in Sanskrit and in English; these three activities will be on Zoom only.

COVID-19 Policy Update

updated 6/16/2022

On May 1st we welcomed back our congregation for in-person attendance of Sunday morning talks. As promised, we are continuing to Zoom talks simultaneously for those who are unable to attend in person.

Masks are encouraged but not required. You should be fully vaccinated against the covid-19 virus if you plan to visit the Center for any reason. Thank you for your consideration.

Recent video

Click here for a PDF of the notes and quotes from this talk.

June 20 – 26

Use the Zoom link to log into the class; no password need.

Monday, 6/20

    • 6:30 pm – Arati (Zoom)
    • 7:30 pm – Class: Love Poems from God (Zoom)

Tuesday, 6/21

    • 6:30 pm – Arati (Zoom)
    • 7:30 pm – Class: Sri Sarada Devi’s Devine Play (Zoom)

Wednesday, 6/22

    • 6:30 – Arati (Zoom)
    • 7:30 pm – Class: Divine Grace by Swami Ranganathananda *NEW CLASS* (Zoom)

Thursday, 6/23

    • 6:30 pm – Arati (Zoom)

Friday, 6/24

    • 6:30 pm – Arati (Zoom)

Saturday, 6/25

    • 12pm – Class: How to Know God: The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali (Zoom
    • 6:30 pm – Arati (Zoom)

Sunday, 6/26

    • 11am – Talk: Surrender, with Br. Shankara
       (Zoom)

Sunday, June 26

VC Talk 6-26-22

Join us in-person in the Chapel,
or via Zoom by
clicking here.

This Sunday at 11am, Br. Shankara will give a talk entitled Surrender. Join us in the Chapel or on Zoom at 11:00am, and participate in the discussion! There will be coffee, tea, snacks and continuing fellowship in the Monastery following the talk until 1:30pm.
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June is a month for study of Bhakti Yoga. A bhakti yogi (bhakta) establishes a devotional relationship with God through study, prayer, ritual, and worship. This often begins with a feeling of reverence or awe, which may slowly grow into a conviction that everything, without exception, manifests God’s glory and grace. 

As a bhakta, you practice giving every action, thought, emotion, perception and tendency “a Godward turn.” All your energies and attributes, both positive and negative, are offered to the Divine Presence. Your prayer is for self-surrender and, ultimately, union with your Belovèd.

You have a bucket of water. It can be emptied with an eye-dropper, a tablespoon, a dipper. Or you can take it to some thirsty plants and empty it all at once.

This is a way of talking about the spiritual progress of a bhakti yogi. At first, a bhakta’s efforts to rid herself of limitation are themselves quite limited. Over time, they become more and more effective. Finally, the moment comes when, in an act of total surrender, all upadhis (limitations) are offered to her Belovèd.

This Sunday morning we will explore this more fully, discussing: 

  • Krishna’s invitation, in Bhagavad Gita, to transformation 
  • the Parable of the Prodigal Child, and 
  • verses from Chaitanya’s Prayer and Breaker of This World’s Chain.

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Swami Yogeshanandaji

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Swami Yogeshananda

Recommended Reading

Click book covers for details about these and other recommended books.

These books are available in our Bookshop, at Vedanta.com, and elsewhere online.

“Where shall we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being?” 
~ Swami Vivekananda