Daylong Retreat – Sat. Dec. 08, 9:30am – 5:00pm
– by Swami Yogatmananda
Topic: ‘Kingdom of God is Within You’
Fee: $30.00 (Fees are non-refundable)
Prior Registration Required; Can be done online or in person at the Society’s office, or by mail. For detailed information and online registration:
Hatha Yoga Classes – Every Tuesday, beginning Oct 02, 5:30-6:30 PM
Fee: $40 — PREPAID For 2 Month Course, $10/Per Class
Contact Vedanta Society by phone or email or contact Roshni Darnal at 401-226-5421
Weekly Schedule (in addition to Daily Schedule given below)
|Fri. Dec. 07||7:00 PM: Aarati (devotional music) & meditation.
7:30 – 8:30 PM: Study class on ‘Svetasvatara Upanishad’, conducted by Swami Yogatmananda
|Sat. Dec. 08||9:30 – 5:00 pm: Day-long Spiritual Retreat. See the info above.
Followed by Aarati (devotional singing), a short reading and meditation
|Sun. Dec. 09||5:00 – 6:00 PM: Lecture:‘Can I Become a Saint?’ by Swami Yogatmananda, followed by Aarati and Sitar-Tabla Concert given by Srinivas Reddy and Nitin Mitta. It will be followed by the soup-supper.|
|Tue. Dec. 11||7:00 PM: Aarati (devotional music) & meditation
7:30 – 8:30 PM: Study Class by Swami Yogatmananda on Swami Saradananda’s book – ‘SRI RAMAKRISHNA & HIS DIVINE PLAY’ (Tr. Swami Chetanananda)
|Morning||5:45 – 6:45 AM: Meditation
6:45 – 7:00 AM: Chanting followed by a short reading from The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda
7:00 – 7:25 AM: A short ritual worship/Puja. Open to all, but one must enter before 7 am
|Evening||7:00 – 7:15 PM: Aarti (devotional music), with a short reading from ‘BOOK OF DAILY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS’ by Swami Paramananda
7:15 – 8:00 PM: Meditation. Open to all.
Swami Returns from the India-Europe Tour
Swami returned on the Fri Nov 30 afternoon after 22-day tour to various places in India and Europe. He gave retreats/lectures in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Germany, Ireland and met many Swamis-devotees in UK too.
Day-long Meditation – Sat Dec 01
About sixteen devotees ( and swami) began the day-long meditation that began at 12 noon, immediately following the 11am – 12 noon guided meditation session. Entry re-opened at 6:30pm for the 7pm singing of Aarati; then meditation continued till 8pm.
Just Kids! – Sun Dec 02
Four children met from 4:00pm –6:00pm. They painted a scene about Hanuman lifting the medicine mountain in the parking lot, played for a little while indoors and left after some snacks.
Swami at Central Falls HS – Mon Dec 03
Swami spoke at Central Falls High School (RI) to a high school anatomy class of about twenty-two students from 12:30-2:30 pm about meditation and pranayama/breathing, followed by several questions from the students.
Synopses of Past Classes
Friday Study Class – Svetasvatara Upanishad – Nov 30
It is the rare person who endeavors to discover the nature of ultimate reality. These brahmavadins ask, “What is the source of life? Where do “I” begin and end? Why do some people experience pleasures and others experience so much pain? Meditation is the way to go about finding the answers to these questions. We must go beyond body and mind. Through meditation, we will see that the division between “I” and “the world” is fictitious. Everything changes, yet we all must admit that there is something about us that does not change. The idea that the world is to be enjoyed is the source of bondage. How can we know this is true? Because those who have rejected worldly enjoyments have become free! There is a causal relationship. Our desires become our bondage, and, being bound, we suffer.
We feel like we have a lot of power, but we are often unable to execute even minor things according to our will. We only have the power to carry out plans if the Lord wants us to. There is the conscious subject (consciousness, purusha) and the unconscious object (matter, prakriti). Both of these are expressions of the Self. If we can see that we are not the doer, and are not undergoing any change, we will become free from the sense of agentship.
Sunday Talk – Staying Young Forever – Dec 02
Maya Rege-Colt and Sujata Rege Konowitz sang Forever Young by Bob Dylan.
As in the song, every heart wants to stay young forever. We reach the zenith of our physical and mental potential in our youth. As the body, we cannot stay young. We need to transcend the cage of body and learn to see the SAME ONE BEING in all bodies. When we learn to feel for others, it is followed up with action. Everyone wants to be happy, and to do good. As bodies, we cannot do much. As the unchanging core within, we are omnipotent, omnipresent, and happiness itself. The core of our being is called God. The problem is: I identify myself with the body, and cannot escape from it. The first step is to know that I am not the body. The next step is separation from the cage of the body. We can use the body, but not identify with the body. When we repeatedly tell ourselves that we are not the body, and do corresponding actions, we become happier. The Purusha Suktam says that all heads, hands, and feet, etc. belong to One Being, which is the unchanging core in every body. We need to repeatedly tell, contemplate, and act on this. Righteousness is having love for those to whom we are not physically connected. We have to turn around and climb, which is hard, because it is against gravity. The Kathopanisad tells to meditate in our heart, where we feel the seat of ‘I’ consciousness. When we separate from the covering of the body, we find the source of immortality, and stay young forever.
Tuesday Study Class: Sri Ramakrishna and His Divine Play– Dec 04
Bhava, Samadhi and Darshna Chapter Contd. Page # 432-433
Sri Ramakrishna was a divine incarnation who took the most ordinary human form to teach the mankind, ways of God realization. His life is the polestar for the genuine seekers of the spiritual life to follow and attain to the ultimate divine perfection. The efforts required to attain the divine perfection are actually less than the efforts we put in for many worldly achievements. To get attached to God, one must get detached from the world. It is just the change of direction of the same efforts from the world to God – from outward to inward.
Master identified himself with the universal awareness. He never had the limited awareness of the physical body and mind. Due to that experience of oneness, it was seen that even a small desire that came to his universal mind was fulfilled immediately. There are many examples which can be seen in His life corroborating this fact. His wishes were fulfilled as there were no limited selfish driver behind any of His desires. He wanted to build the fence in the Panchavati and all the necessary material was brought by the high tide of the river. He proved to Mathur Babu that anything can happen by the will of the God. He had a desire to experience God following different religions. It was so arranged that all the teachers of different religions came to Him to fulfill this desire.
He could see the oneness everywhere despite the external diversity and different names and forms. He could see the inherent divinity in this diversified universe.