Swami Vivekananda Birthday Celebration
Peace on Earth
Disciplined Life for Spiritual Goal
Swami Vivekananda's Gift
Swami Vivekananda Birth Anniversary Service
Freedom That Matters
Guest Speaker: Pravrajika Gitaprana
Vivekananda Retreat Ridgely, New York
Ma Sarada Fund
Wednesdays 7:00 To 8:00 P.M.
By Swami Ishtananda
Mondays 7:00 To 8:00 P.M.
*Monthly practice "Sing Along" after the service.
A special celebration to commemorate the birthday of Swami Vivekananda will be held on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 6:00 PM in the Parish house. The service will comprise of reading, flower offering, vespers and meditation.
Yoga class is being held on Tuesday, January 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2020 at 4:15 PM. This class is targeted for men and women of 50 years age and older, and conducted by a professional Yoga instructress. Please contact the office for information regarding fees and enrollment.
Chanting class will be held on January 6 & 13, 2020. Class is held at the Swami Swahananda Cottage at 1900 - 1st Street SE. Music practice will be held in the chapel on Monday, January 20 & 27, 2020. All are welcome.
Prayer, study, and interaction with Swami Ishtananda. January 15, 2020 the text will be Vivekachudamani of Sri Sankarachary (Crest Jewel of Discrimination). January 8, 22 & 29, 2020 the text will be The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. Study class is being held at Mother’s House at 176 -19th Avenue SE. All are welcome. Note: Study class is suspended on January 1, 2020.
All are welcome to donate for the poor money and other items necessary for daily living. You may bring boxed and canned food to the Center and place them in the designated containers. Food and other articles thus collected is donated to a local, reputed charitable organization.
The greatest aid to the practice of keeping God in memory is, perhaps, music. The Lord says to Narada, the great teacher of bhakti, “I do not live in heaven, nor do I live in the heart of the yogi, but where My devotees sing My praise, there am I.” Music has such tremendous power over the human mind; it brings it to concentration in a moment. You will find the dull, ignorant, low, brutelike human beings, who never steady their mind for a moment at other times, when they hear attractive music, immediately become charmed and concentrated. Even the minds of animals, such as dogs, lions, cats, and serpents, become charmed with music.
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All knowledge must stand on perception of certain facts, and upon that we have to build our reasoning. But curiously enough, the vast majority of mankind think, especially at the present time, that no such perception is possible in religion, that religion can only be apprehended by vain arguments. Therefore we are told not to disturb the mind by vain arguments. Religion is a question of fact, not of talk. We have to analyze our own souls to find what is there. We have to understand it and to realize what is understood. That is religion. No amount of talk will make religion. So the question whether there is a God or not can never be proved by argument, for the arguments are as much on one side as on the other. But if there is a God, He is in our own hearts.
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From my childhood everyone around me taught weakness; I have been told ever since I was born that I was a weak thing. It is very difficult for me now to realize my own strength, but by analysis and reasoning I gain knowledge of my own strength, I realize it. All the knowledge that we have in this world, where did it come from? It was within us. What knowledge is outside? None. Knowledge was not in matter; it was in man all the time. Nobody ever created knowledge; man brings it from within.
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If you can get absolutely still for just one moment, you have reached the goal.
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