Notice: Beginning Saturday morning, September 08, 2018, with the 8:30-10:30 Karma Yoga, 11:00am – 12:00noon ‘guided meditation & music hour’, the Center’s daily and weekly regular activities resume for the upcoming year.
UNIVERSAL BROTHERHOOD DAY – Sun. Sept. 09 5PM –7:30PM
INTERFAITH SYMPOSIUM on: ‘EXPLORING THE SPIRITUAL DIMENSION’
Bishop Jeffrey Williams (King’s Cathedral, Providence, RI)
Kainat Felicia Norton (Teacher of Inayati Order of Sufism, NYC, NY)*
Rev. Ian Taylor (Concordia Center For Spiritual Living, Warwick, RI)
Swami Tyagananda (Vedanta Society, Boston MA)
ALSO: Multi-faith Music, Readings, Dinner. All Are Welcome
(* Kainat Felicia Norton, along with her husband Muinuddin Smith will be giving another workshop in Rhode Island on Sat, Sept 8, 10 am-4:30 pm. To pre-register or for additional information, contact Inayati Order of RI (401) 791-9068 or email: NAB518@cox.net)
Hatha Yoga Classes – Every Friday, beginning Sept. 14, 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
Day-long Meditation – Sat. Sept. 15, 12:00noon – 6:30pm
Participants must be IN bldg. by 12noon (entries will be locked). Complete silence has to be observed. One can meditate as short or long a time-frame as wishes; however, once you have left building, you cannot re-enter until front entry re-opens at 6:30pm for evening Aarati. Simple vegetarian food will be provided.
Just Kids! Time – Sun. Sept. 16, 4PM – 6PM
Children’s program (ages 6-12 only) will meet. All young children welcome.
Classical Vocal Concert – Sun. Sept. 16, 6:15PM – 7:30PM
Pandit Shantanu Bhattacharyya will perform classical Indian vocal (ragas), accompanied by Ashis Sengupta on Tabla and Durba Bhattacharyya on Harmonium, in the Lower Level (LL) from 6:15 pm – 7:30pm, – immediately following the 5pm-6pm Sunday lecture & aarati. All are welcome. $20/person donation suggested.
Daylong Retreat – Sat. Oct. 13, 10:00am – 5:00pm
– by Swami Chetanananda, Vedanta Society of St. Louis MO
Topic: ‘Stories of Vedanta Monks’
Fee: $30.00; $20 if paid by October 03. (Fees are non-refundable)
Prior Registration Required; Can be done at the Society’s office, or by mail. Online registration will be available soon.
Weekly Schedule (in addition to Daily Schedule given below)
|Sat. Sept. 8||8:30 – 10:30am – Karma Yoga (Cleaning & Work-service)
11:00am – 12:00 noon – Guided Meditation & singing
7:00pm – 8:00pm – Aarati (devotional singing & a short reading) & continued meditation
|Sun. Sept. 9||5:00 – 6:00 PM: 5:00 – 7:30PM: Universal Brotherhood Day Program. (See above for details)|
|Tue. Sept. 11||7:00 PM: Aarati (devotional music) & meditation
7:30 – 8:30 PM: Study Class – Swami Saradananda’s book – ‘SRI RAMAKRISHNA & HIS DIVINE PLAY’: Sri Ramakrishna As Guru (Tr. Swami Chetanananda)
|Fri. Sept. 14||7:00 PM: Aarati (devotional music) & meditation.
7:30 – 8:30 PM: Study Class by Swami Yogatmananda, Beginning ‘Svetasvatara Upanishad’ (transl./notes by Swami Tyagisananda)
|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.
|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.
Vedanta Retreat, Rochester, NY – Thurs Aug 02, 8:00PM to Sun. August 05, 1:00PM
About twenty-four devotees participated in this four-day retreat on MEDITATION TECHNIQUES: based on 6th Chapter of Bhagavad Gita at Hindu Heritage Summer Camp, Rochester, NY,conducted by Swami Yogatmananda (Prov. RI Vedanta) and Swami Kripamayananda(Toronto Canada Vedanta).
Children DAY Camp – Mon. August 13 – Fri. August 17
Sixteen children attended the 6th Annual Vedanta Children’s Camp held from August 13th to 17th.This year’s theme was Ganesha -the Om. Activities included cooking, singing, painting, decoupage tables,making clay Ganeshas and a short 3-act play written by Gnana Prasoona. Outdoor activities included two one-hour sessions at the Brown University Volleyball courts.The five day camp concluded at 6 PM on Friday Aug 17th with the traditional showcase.A student-led chant to Ganesha opened the showcase. Several campers then discussed their experiences and presented their projects to visiting parents and guests. The 3-act play on the life of Ganesha followed.The showcase concluded with a delightful Indian dance choreographed and performed by three of the campers.Following the showcase, a meal was provided giving all a chance to meet with Swami Yogatmananda,and the other parents and friends.
Devotees Gathering – Sat Aug 18 – 10:00am – 1:00pm
About forty devotees participated in the annual Jhaveri-Home-Gathering, with a talk by swami; music; singing; reflections, and fantastic food.
Evening Vocal Concert by Pt. Dattatreya Velankar – Sat. August 18, 6:30 PM – 8:30PM – About twenty- eight music enthusiasts listened to this vocal performance by Pt Dattatreya Velankar, accompanied on Tabla by Nitin Mitta and on Harmonium by Kirtan Ekbote.
Daylong Retreat at Canton, CT Vedanta Society – Sun. August 19 from 10:00AM – 5:00PM
About forty devotees attended this annual CT Vedanta retreat in Canton CT, where swami spoke on Bhakti Yoga and also Stories of Buddha.
Krishna Festival – Mon. Sept 03, 11:00Am – 4:00PM
About seventy devotees attended/participated in the Krishna program, where swami conducted ritual/worship; devotees also offered flowers; devotional music, a short talk by Tara Srinivas; and comments from Swami Yogtamananda. Prasad luncheon followed. A concert of devotional singing by Pandit Rama Rao followed thereafter. About forty-five music enthusiasts attended this concert . He was accompanied on Tabla by Rajesh Pai Ji and Flute by Sujeet Phanse.
A Retreat at Loon Lake, Vancouver, BC (Canada) by Swami from Aug 8-11. The topic was ‘6th Chapter of Bhagavad Gita. In all 28 attended the retreat at this exquisitely scenic venue. Swami then spoke to the devotees gathered at the Vedanta Society of British Columbia in Vancouver on Sat 8/11. He then proceeded to Seattle and spending 2 days at the Vedanta Society there, returned to Providence by 10 am on Tue, 8/14.
Swami Conducted a Retreat in Monroe NJ (Aug 25) and gave a lecture in Philadelphia area (Aug 26)
Synopses of Past Classes
Tuesday evening Summer Classes – July & August 2018
About twenty devotees regularly attended the weekly summer classes on: ‘Original Tao: Nei-Yeh – Inward Training’ – A collection of 26 Verses’, given by Swami Yogatmananda
Synopses of Final Four Summer Classes:
Class 4: July 31
The Tao abides in mind. It is difficult to catch. It is silent; it comes but does not stay. We do not see its form, We do not hear its sound, but we can perceive an order to its accomplishments. When the mind is tranquil and the vital breath is regular ‘THE WAY’ can thereby be halted.
Class 5: Aug 07
One can achieve it by practice of concentration and control. IT intuitively knows all; Hold it within you, do not let it waver. Do not disrupt your senses with external things; Do not disrupt your mind with your senses. This is called ‘grasping it within you’.
Class 6: Aug 14
By controlling the mind thus and holding fast to TAO, one becomes a sage. Through balanced life and alignment of senses-mind-intellect, one gets it. One loses it by the dual throng like pleasure – anger, profit-loss etc. A steady practice brings about the desirable change in us.
Class 7: Aug 21 ( last class)
The 24th verse tells: When you enlarge your mind and let go of it, when you relax your vital breath and expand it, when your body is calm and unmoving– then you can maintain the ONE and discard the myriad disturbances. The last verse concludes that thus a person lives a life of utmost peace. For people who have attained The Way, It permeates their pores and saturates their hair.,, .