Swami Ishatmananda

Swami IshatmanandaSwami Ishatmananda, a monk of the Ramakrishna Order, got associated with the holy order at the Ramakrishna Mission, Cherrapunji, Meghalaya.

He was attached with Advaita Ashrama (Kolkata) an English publication center of the Ramakrishna order for twelve years.

He was initiated by Srimat Swami Vireswaranandaji Maharaj and bestowed with Sanyasa in 1986 by Srimat Swami Gambhiranandaji Maharaj.

Before coming to the US, he served well-known educational institutions of the Ramakrishna Mission in Purulia, West-Bengal, Port Blair, Andaman Islands (Founder Secreary) and Narottam Nagar, Tirap, Arunachal Pradesh (Principal cum Secretary).

He has rendered his services at time of natural calamities in deep interiors of Assam, West Bengal, and Orissa.

In March 2013, Swami Ishatmananda was assigned to Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago .

Under his leadership the society observed 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda through different programs held from August through November 2013.

He is also the Religious Adviser at the University of Chicago.

Apart from discoursing on various topics, he also conducts spiritual retreats and attends various programs across the United States at the invitation of devotees and other organizations.

He has written many articles that have been published in Ramakrishna Mission journals and other journals as well. He has given discourses on the Bhagavad Gita , extensively traveled different places of India, attended seminars and delivered lectures at colleges, universities, and devotee congregation on spiritual ideals and ideologies.

Advaita Ashram, Kolkata has published his discourses on the Bhagavad Gita as a set of 14 DVDs. Swami Ishatmananda has translated Swami Budhananda’s book “The mind and its control” to Bengali.

Swami Tyagananda

swami tyaganandaSwami Tyagananda is a Hindu monk of the Ramakrishna Order and presently the head of the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society in Boston. Currently he is also the Hindu chaplain at MIT and Harvard.

He became a monk in 1976, soon after graduating from the University of Bombay, India.  He was assigned to the Vedanta Society in Boston in 1998.

Swami Tyagananda was the editor of the English language journal “Vedanta Kesari” based in Chennai, India, for eleven years.

He has translated and edited many books. His works include:

Walking the Walk: A Manual of Karma Yoga (2014)
Interpreting Ramakrishna: Kali’s Child Revisited.(2010) Co-authored with Pravrajika Vrajaprana.
The Essence of the Gita (translator) (2000)
A Study of the Mundaka Upanishad (editor and compiler) (2000)
Healthy Mind, Healthy Body: New Thoughts on Health (editor) (1997)
Values: The Key to a Meaningful Life (editor) (1996)
Service: Its Ideal and Practice (editor) (1993)
Religion Today (editor) (1992)
Monasticism: Ideals and Traditions (editor) (1991)
Saints and Mystics (editor) (1990)
Holy Scriptures: A Symposium on the Great Scriptures of the World (editor) (1989)
Facets of Vivekananda (editor) (1987)

Past Events

June 2017:

Swami Chidbrahmananda-ji:

June 16th: Meet and Greet
June 17th: Karma Yoga and Scripture Study Circle
June 18th: Women’s Study Circle and “Wisdom Perspectives”
June 19th: “Eternal Companion”
June 20th: Guided Meditation and teachings of Holy Mother

Swami Atmajnanananda Ji:

June 3rd: “Sri Ramakrishna and His Gospel” part 1
June 4th: “Sri Ramakrishna and His Gospel” part 2

Pravrajika Shuddhatmaprana Ji:

June 6th: “A Mother’s Heart ”

May 2017:  

Swami Chidbrahmananda Ji:

May 26th: Women’s Study Circle
May 27th: Karma Yoga, Soup and Pizza, Scripture Study Circle: Vivekachudamani
Math 28th: “Hearing God”, Soup and Bread

Swami Harinamananda Ji:

May 6th: Workshop: “Discovering Ourselves Through the Gunas” and Movie: “The Asian and Abrahamic Religions: A Divine Encounter in America.”

May 7th: Guided Puja and “Creative Spiritual Habits”

Swami Chidbrahmananda Ji:

May 1st: Study Circle to read “The Eternal Companion” by Swami Prabhavananda
May 2nd: Guided Meditation and Readings from “The Teachings of Holy Mother”

April 2017:  

Swami Chidbrahmananda Ji:

April 28th: Service Project
April 29th: “Dynamic Tranquility”
April 29th: Scripture class
April 30th: Women Study Circle
April 30th: Talk – “Manifesting Inner Joy”

Swami Tattwamayananda Ji:

April 14th: A psychological approach to Spiritual Life I: Mandukya Upanisad
April 15th: A psychological approach to Spiritual Life II: Mandukya Upanisad
April 15th: A psychological approach to Spiritual Life III: Mandukya Upanisad
April 16th: A psychological approach to Spiritual Life IV: Mandukya Upanisad

March 2017:

March 4th: Sri Ramakrishna Birth Anniversary Celebration & Satsang/Spiritual Retreat, Conducted by – Swami Atmajnanananda Ji.  Click for Program details.
March 24th: Service Project
March 25th: Talk “A Guide to the bewildering Play of Mother”.
March 26th: Talk “Three Tools for Investigation”.
March 27th: Study Circle to read “The Eternal Companion by Swami Prabhavananda”.
March 28th: Women Study Circle, Feminine Perceptive on Spiritual Life.
March 28th: Meditation and Readings from ” The Teachings of Holy Mother”.

February 2017:

Feb 3rd, 4th and 5th: Yoga Psychology Retreat Program
Feb 17th: Talk on “Self According to Viveka-Chudamani”
Feb 18th: Service Oriented Projects
Feb 19th: Talk on “Traits of Necessity”
Feb 20th: Reading from “Eternal Companion, Brahmananda, His Life and Teachings”
Feb 21st: Meditation and Teachings of Holy Mother

January 2017: Swami Chidbrahamananda Ji

Jan 1st: Talk – Wishing Wisely and Birthday Celebration of Holy Mother & Kalpatru Day

December 2016: Swami Chidbrahamananda Ji

Dec 23rd: Aarti and Christmas decorating
Dec 24th: Aarti and Christmas Carols
Dec 25th: Talk – Who is He
Dec 26th: Aarti and Readings & Reflection
Dec 27th: Aarti and Guided Meditation
Dec 28th: Aarti and Talk – Practical Vedanta
Dec 29th: Aarti and informal meet with Swamiji
Dec 30th: Aarti and Knitting class
Dec 31st: Aarti and Meditation & Readings

November 2016: Swami Mahayogananda Ji

Nov 2: Arati and Reading & discussion
Nov 3: Meditation, Arati and Discourse
Nov 4: Meditation, Arati and Puja preparations
Nov 5: Puja at Hindu temple
Nov 6: Discourse, Tea, Meditation, Arati and Informal Satsang
Nov 7: Meditation, Arati, Reading and Discussion
Nov 16th: Aarti and Guided Meditation and Teachings
Nov 17th: Aarti and Readings and Reflection
Nov 18th: Aarti and Talk
Nov 19th: Silent Meditation and Karma Yoga
Nov 20th: Talk “Navigating Karma”


October 2016: Swami Chidbrahmananda Ji

Oct 7th: Aarti and Devotional jamboree.
Oct 8th:  Silent Meditation
Oct 9th: Durga Worship; Discourses
Oct 10th: Aarti and Readings from EternalCompanion
Oct 11th: Aarti and Guided Meditation


September 2016: Swami Chidbrahmananda Ji

Sept 23rd: “Devotional Jamboree”
Sept 24th: Karma Yoga
Sept 25th: Talk “Instructions for Diving Deep”
Sept 26th: Readings and Reflection from Book by Thomas Merton
Sept 27th: Readings and Reflection on teachings of Holy Mother


August 2016: Swami Chidbrahmananda Ji

August 26th: Aarti and then celebration of Krishna Janamashthmi with Bhajans and Talk ” Our Ideal ”
August 27th: Planning and Brainstorming session with devotees and friends conducted by Swami Ji for future events.
August 28th: Talk “The Most Important Thing ”
August 29th: Aarti and then talk ” Using Austerity ”
August 30th: Aarti and guided meditation and then Readings from Book ” The Teachings of Sarada Devi, The Holy Mother.


July 17th – July 21st, 2016

July 17th : Swami Mahayogananda, Swami Nishpapananda: Arati; Both Swamijis will speak on Holy Mother
July 18th : Swami Mahayogananda:Meditation; Arati; Informal Satsang
July 19th : Guru Purnima (with Swami Mahayogananda): Puja; Arati; Talk; Prasad
July 20th : Meditation; Arati; Informal Satsang with Swami Mahayogananda
July 21st : Meditation; Arati; Talk, “I throw myself on Thy mercy” by Swami Mahayogananda

June 12th – June 19th, 2016

Sunday, June 12th
4:00pm-5:00pm: Tea & Aarti with Swami Yogatmananda Ji
5:00pm-6:30pm:  Talk ” Locating the Soul ”
Feel free to bring a dish to join Swamiji for dinner.

Monday, June 13th
6:30pm-7:00pm: Aarti with Swami Harinamananda Ji
7:00pm:  Talk “Vedanta 101”, An Introduction into Vedanta and Spiritual LifeSwami Harinamananda Ji
Feel free to bring a dish to join Swamiji for dinner.

Tuesday, June 14th
6:30pm-7:00pm: Aarti with Swami Harinamananda Ji
7:00pm:  Talk “Inner Pilgrimage”
Feel free to bring a dish to join Swamiji for dinner.

Friday, June 17thSwami Chidbrahmananda Ji
6:30pm-7:00pm: Aarti with Swami Chidbrahmananda Ji
7:30pm:  Satsang with QA
Feel free to bring a dish to join Swamiji for dinner.

Saturday, June 18th
10:30am-11:00am: Music
11:00am-12.30pm:  Talk “Poetry of the Heart” by Swami Chidbrahmananda Ji
Please call Swami Ji for lunch plan – 424-233-5733.

Sunday, June 19th
10:30am-11:00am: Music
11:00 am-12.30pm:  Talk “At the Feet of Sufi Mystics” by Swami Chidbrahmananda Ji
Lunch served after the Talk.


May 6th – May 8th, 2016 — Visit by Swami Chidbrahmananda Ji

Friday, May 6th
6:30 pm: Aarti followed by informal Satsang with open Q &A followed by potluck dinner with Swamiji.

Saturday, May 7th
10:30 am to 11:00 am: Devotional Singing
11:00 am to 12:30 : Discourse on “At the Feet of Holy Mother” followed by potluck lunch with Swamiji.

Sunday, May 8th
10:30 am to 11:00 am: Devotional Singing
11:00 am to 12:30 pm: Discourse on “Selected Teachings of Holy Mother”.
Lunch provided by Vedanta Society.

Friday, January 1st, 2016 — Kalpataru Day and Holy Mother’s Birthday celebration. for details, please click here.

Readings from The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna with puja by Shri Pravin Shukla, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm followed by Prasad.

Sponsors  are welcome and much appreciated. Please call 919-824-1700

December 2015

December 18th and 19th Retreat by Swami Ishtananda Ji.

Friday, December 18th — Retreat with Swami Ishtananda Ji. “Awakening of the Soul” Part 1 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 followed by potluck dinner.

Saturday, December 19th — “Awakening of the Soul” Part II from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm followed by potluck lunch.

November 2015

November 7th Kali Puja by Swami Atmajanananda Ji. Details : Kali Puja 2015.


Sunday, November 8th

Discourseby Swami Atmajnanananda Ji on “Worship of
the Divine Mother” from 11:00 am to 12:30 followed by potluck lunch

Sunday, November 15th

Sunday Satsang from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Friday, November 20th

Discourse by Swami Brahamarupananda Ji on “The Power
of Thought” from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm followed by potluck dinner

Sunday, November 22nd Sunday———Sunday Satsang from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Weekend Satsang – Thursday, July 9th 2015 to Sunday, July 12th 2015 with Swami Atmajnanananda Ji, Swami Mahayogananda Ji and Swami Nishpapananda Ji

October 2015

October 21st – Durga Puja by Dr. Shukla from 6:30 to 8:30.

October 25th – Sunday Satsang from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.

October 9-11, 2015 – Retreat by Swami Chidbrahmananda Ji. Details will be given soon.

September 2015

September 6th – Sri Krishna Janmashtami Celebration from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

September 13th and 27th – Sunday Satsang from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.

July 2015

Thursday, July 9th 2015

Aarti at 7:00 followed by talk “Chant the name of the Lord” by Swami Mahayogananda Ji

Friday, July 10th 2015

7:00 pm.  – Aarti
Discourse on “Essentials of Spiritual Life” by Swami Atmajnanananda Ji, Swami Mahayogananda Ji and Swami Nishpapananda Ji

Saturday, July 11th 2015 – Retreat on Peace and Happiness

10:00 am to 1:00 pm – Retreat on Peace and Happiness with Swami Atmajnanananda Ji, Swami Mahayogananda Ji and Swami Nishpapananda Ji
1:00 pm onwards – Potluck Lunch

Sunday, July 12th 2015

11:00 am to 12:00 noon – Talk by Swami Atmajnanananda Ji followed by Q&A
Topic: Bhakti Yoga according to Bhagvad Gita
12:00 noon to 01:00 pm – Q& A with Swami Atmajnanananda Ji
1:00 pm onwards – Lunch

Weekend with Swami Chidbrahmananda Ji – Friday, Jun 19th 2015 to Sunday 21st Jun 2015

Friday, June 19th 2015

6:30 pm to 7:00 pm ——- Aarti

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm ———-  Talk followed by Q&A

Topic:  “How to approach the Scriptures for better understanding”.

Saturday, June 20th 2015

11:00 am to 12:30 pm ——  Talk followed by Q&A

Topic: “Vedantic Principles reflected in Christian Scriptures”.

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm ——– Potluck Lunch

Sunday, June 21st 2015

11:00 am to 12:30 pm ——- Talk followed by Q&A

Topic: “Living the Katha Upanishad”

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm ——— Lunch

Weekend with Swami Tyagananda Ji  – A Karma Yoga Retreat – Friday, May 29th to Sunday 31st May 2015

Friday, May 29th 2015

7:00 pm to 7:30 ———- Aarti

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm ———- Introduction to the Karma Yoga and talk about his book  “Walking the Walk : A Karma Yoga Manual

8:30 pm to 9:00 pm ———- Potluck Dinner

Saturday, May 30th 2015

11:00 am to 12:30 pm ———- Continuation of Talk on Karma Yoga and Q&A

12:30 pm to 1:00 pm ———–  Potluck Lunch

Sunday, May 31st 2015

11:00 am to 12:30 pm ———- Concluding the Talk on Karma Yoga and Q&A

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm ———- Outdoor Picnic lunch by Vedanta Society

1:30 pm onwards ———- Karma Yoga in practice


Mother’s Day Celebration – Sunday, May 10th 2015

11:00 am to 11:30 am ——– Devi Strota by Anita Kulkarni and Bhajans by devotees.

11:30 am to 12:00 pm ——- Honoring our own Mothers as Divine Mother ( Holy Mother ).

12:00 pm to 12:30 pm ——- Aarti and flower offering followed by Potluck Lunch


An evening with Swami Yogatmananda Ji – Sunday, April 26th 2015

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm: Talk /Discourse by Swami ji

Topic: “Looking At Hologram”

7:00 pm: Evening Aarti and Prasad.

Visit by Pravrajika Krishnaprana – 15th to 20th April 2015

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm: Lunch with devotees at the center.
7:00 pm: Evening Aarti

Thursday, April 16th, 2015
Lunch and talk at the Forest at Duke, topic “ Wealth of Experience Age Offers “.
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm: Talk at Duke University Campus, topic ” Swami Vivekananda’s message to the Youth

Friday, April 17th, 2015
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm: Lunch with devotees at the center from .
7:00 pm: Evening Aarti  and Readings from the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna.

Saturday, April 18th, 2015
11:00 pm to 1:00 pm: Guided meditation and talk ” Strengthening the Foundation ” followed by Lunch till 2:00 pm.
7:00 pm: Evening Aarti.

Sunday, April 19th, 2015
10:00 pm to 11:00 pm: Time with Pupil of Vedanta.
11:00 pm to 1:00 pm: Talk and QA ” Gardening for the Soul ” followed by lunch till 2:00 pm.
7:00 pm: Evening Aarti

Monday, April 20th, 2015
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm: Lunch with devotees at the center.
7:00 pm: Evening Aarti.

Spiritual Discourses with Swami Sarvadevananda – 4th to 6th March, 2015

Wednesday, March  4th, 2015
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm:  Aarti, a little talk, interviews

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

7:00 pm  – 8:30 pm: Aarti and discourse on Sri Chaitanya

Friday March 6th, 2015
4:00 pm: Tea and informal meeting
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Aarti and Talk: The Guru


Sri Ramakrishna’s Birth Anniversary celebration with Pravarajika Brahmaprana

Saturday, March 7th,2015

Temple Hall at Hindu Society of NC

309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560

11 am Worship with chanting and Devotional Singing
11:45 am – 12:30 pm Talk on Sri Ramakrishna
12:30 pm Children’s program, flower offering, followed by prasad lunch
7 – 8:30 pm: Arati and Satsang

March 8, Sunday
11 am – 12:30 pm : Talk “I Have a Mother”, followed by Q & A

Mantra Shakti Retreat Program with Pravarajika Brahmaprana


Sunday, Feb. 1st: “Mantra Shakti” Retreat

10-10:15 am: Guided Meditation

10:15-11:30 am: “Deepening our Mantra Practice” (with Q & A)

11:30-12 Noon: Tea break

12-1 pm: “Meditation with the Mantra”

1-1:30 pm: Aarti Offertory

1:30 pm: Lunch Prasad

Special Vivekananda Worship & Discourse

Saturday, January 31, 2015




11-12 Noon: Special Worship and Devotional Singing

12-12.45 pm: “Vivekananda’s Encounters with the West” by Pravrajika Brahmaprana

12.45-1:00 pm: Aarti Offertory & Flower Offering

1:00-2 pm: Lunch Prasad

“Levels of Wellness” Retreat Program


Saturday, Jan. 24: “Yoga Psychology” Retreat

10-10:15 am: Guided Meditation

10:15-11:30 am: “Calming the Lake of the Mind” (with Q & A)

11:30-12 Noon: Tea break

12-1 pm: “Well-being from Neuroscience, Psychology, & Yoga Perspectives”
– a visual presentation by Pravrajika Brahmaprana

1-1:30 pm: Aarti Offertory

1:30 pm: Lunch Prasad

Sunday, Jan. 25: “Yoga Psychology” Retreat

10-10:15 am: Guided Meditation

10:30-11:30 am: “Mindfulness Practice”

11:30-12 Noon: Tea break

12-1 pm: “Psychotherapeutic Techniques aligned with Yoga Psychology”
– a visual presentation by Pravrajika Brahmaprana
1 -1:30 pm: Aarti Offertory

1:30 pm: Lunch Prasad

Visit by Swami Mahayogananda

Christmas eve, Wednesday December 24

  • Christmas lunch, Thursday December 25
  • Half-day retreat, “Practicing the Presence of God”, Saturday December 27 
  • Discourse, Sunday Dec. 28, “Ahimsā in our Violent World”
  • Discourse, Tuesday Dec. 30, “Think on Me”
  • New Years’ Eve meditation, Dec. 31
  • New Years’ Day and Kalpataru Day celebration 

Wednesday December 24: Christmas Eve

  • 6 pm         Aarti
  • 6:30 pm  Christ worship, Aarti, Christmas Carols
  • 7 pm          Christmas Readings
  • 7:30 pm   Teachings of Jesus
  • 8 pm          Prasad supper (Pot Luck)

Thursday December 25: Christmas Day lunch

  • 12 noon   Worship, Meditation, Satsang
  • 1 pm          Pot luck Christmas Lunch

Saturday December 27: Half-day Retreat: Practicing the Presence of God

  • 9 am   Introduction & Opening Song
  • 9:15     Guided Meditation
  • 9:45     First session
  • 10:30  Q&A
  • 10:45   Tea Break
  • 11:00   Musical Interlude
  • 11:15     Second Session
  • 12 pm  Discussion
  • 12:30   Lunch

Sunday December 28: Discourse, 11 am: Ahimsā in our Violent World

Tuesday December 30: Discourse, 7:30 pm: “Think on Me”

Wednesday December 31: New Years’ Eve Meditation

  • 11 pm               Readings
  • 11:30 pm        Silent Meditation
  • 12 Midnight   Aarti

Thursday January 1: Kalpataru Day Celebration

  • 6 am       Mangalarati, followed by chanting and silent meditation
  • 11 am      Worship of Sri Ramakrishna
  • 12 noon  Readings and Discourse
  • 12:45       Flower offering, followed by prasad lunch

Octo­ber 25th (Saturday): Kali Puja by Swami Yogat­mananda  from 5.30 pm to 10:00pm fol­lowed by Maha Prasad

West Cary Middle School, 1000 Evans Road, Cary, NC

Retreat on Sunday, October 26th by Swami Yogatmananda

at Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of NC, Location:3109 Globe Road, Morrisville, NC 27560
11:30am to 12:30pm talk on “Doing Business”

12:30pm to 1:00pm QA
1:00pm to 2:30 Pot Luck Lunch
2:30pm to 3:30pm talk on Bhakti

3:30pm to 4:00pm QA
4:00pm to 4:30pm Aarti followed by tea and prasad with Swami Ji

August 22ndTalk by Swami Brahma­rupa­nanda from 7:30 to 8:30 fol­lowed
by Potluck Dinner

Topic of Talk “Shree Rama’s Instruc­tions to Shabri on Pure Devotion”

Visit by Swami Mahayogananda

Sunday July 13: Guru Purnima (observed)

  • 6 pm  Puja, chanting
  • 7 pm  Short talk
  • 7:20  Aarti
  • 7:50  Flower offering
  • 8 pm  Prasad supper

Tuesday July 15

  • 7 pm   Aarti
  • 7:30   Discourse on the topic “Ocean of Love”.

Wednesday, July 2nd – Saturday, July 5th

We have the following programs planned:

  • Friday July 4th Celebration,
  • Saturday July 5th Meditation Workshop,
  • Sunday July 13th Guru Purnima,
  • Tuesday July 15 evening discourse.
Friday July 4

Celebration and picnic in honor of Swami Vivekananda
Young friends: please memorize a short quote from Swami Vivekananda to recite, and explain why you chose that quote.

11 am: opening song
11:10 Readings
11:30 Talk
12 noon song
12:05 Puja
12:30 Youth recitations
1:00 pm closing song
1:15 Picnic lunch/cookout

7 pm Aarti

7:30Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Saturday July 5 
“Diving Deeper”: a workshop on meditation

The workshop/retreat will go from 10 am to 4 pm, and will include four to six short sessions of meditation.

Suggested to bring :

  • comfortable clothing for meditation.
  • a cushion or two for comfortable seating, whether you like to sit in a chair or on the floor.
  • a memorized scriptural passage or prayer. Could be a few favorite verses from the Gita, a song, or a prayer. This is not for recitation, but for meditation.
  • your mala if you use one.

Tentative schedule:

  • 10 am opening song and introduction
  • 10:15 guided meditation (only session that will be guided)
  • 10:35 “diving deeper”—foundations, cultivating determination
  • two main obstacles
  • place of prayer
  • 11:00 silent meditation: power of prayer
  • 11:20 silent tea break
  • 11:30 Importance of posture, breath
  • two types of breath practice
  • 11:50 silent meditation: power of breath
  • 12:10 discussion, Q&A
  • 12:30 mindfulness break
  • 12:45 mindful lunch in silence
  • 1:15 group singing
  • 1:45 Contemplative reading/recitation
  • 2:00 Silent meditation: power of a passage
  • 2:20 silent stretch and tea break
  • 2:30 Līlā dhyāna: the divine play
  • 2:45 Silent meditation—power of the Divine Play
  • 3:05 Japa and the holy name
  • 3:20 Silent meditation—power of japa
  • 3:40 Conclusion, discussion, and Q&A
  • 4:00 Light refreshments

Saturday, June 21st- Sunday, June 22nd Visit by Brother Shankara

Saturday, June 21st

2-2:50pm — Reading and discussion of portions of the Chandi hymns (read in English)
2:50-3:10 — 20-minute break
3:10-4:00 — The Mother and Her veneration
4:00- — Tea, snacks and spiritual fellowship

Sunday, June 22
11am-noon : The spiritual significance of the Mother,
as defined by Rev. Swami Swahanandaji

Thursday, June 26th – Saturday, June 28th Visit by Swami Sarvadevananda


Visit by Swami Nishpapananda May 30th – June 1st, 2014

Saturday, May 31st

11:00 am to 12:30 pm Discourse on Spiritual Rebirth and Q&A

2:30 pm to 4:00 pm Discourse on The Light Divine and Q&A

Sunday, June 1st

11:00 am to 12:30 pm Guided Meditation and workshop on “Peace”

Visit by Swami Ishatmananda, May 2-3, 2014

Location:3109 Globe Road, Mor­risville, NC 27560

May 2nd (Friday) 7-9 p.m. “Hinduism: An Unique Way of Life” followed by QA session and Potluck Dinner

May 3rd (Saturday) 9.30-4 pm -Day-long retreat on “Be Spiritual” 


Sri Ramakrishna’s Birth Anniversary Celebration March 2nd (Sunday) 3-4.30 pm

A laser show on SWAMIJI by Manick Sorcar on Saturday, March 8, 2014

March 6- March 10th Visit by Pravrajika Krishnaprana

March 9th (Sunday)

11:00 to 12:00 Talk on the life and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
12:00 to 12:30 Aarti and flower offering.
12:30 to 1:30 Potluck Lunch and clean up
1:30 to 2:30 talk “Living a ‘Holy’ Balance Life


Thanksgiving Celebration

Nov 24th 11 am-12.30 pm

Kali Puja Celebration

Kali Puja celebrated by RKVSNC at the Hindu Temple in Morrisville, NC on Nov 2nd.

Date & Time: Nov 2nd, 2013 (Saturday) 6.30 pm onwards



Pravrajika Brahmaprana conducted retreats on Vivekananda Retreat and Celebration (Feb 8th and 9th)   and  Raja Yoga (Feb 15, 22 and 23)

Raja Yoga Retreat

Sunday, February 16, Saturday, February 22 & Sunday, February 23, 2014

Date                                       Spiritual Topic
Sunday, Feb. 16th:                 Special Lecture   on Raja Yoga
11:30-12:30 pm:                           “Powers of the Mind”
Saturday, Feb. 22nd:           Raja Yoga Retreat

10-10:15am:                                    Guided Meditation
10:15-11:30am:                              Eight Limbs of Yoga (followed by Q & A)
11:30-12 Noon:                              Tea break
12-1pm:                                             Calming the Lake of the Mind – Q & A on Spiritual Life
1-1:30pm:                                         Aarti
1:30pm:                                             Lunch Prasad

Sunday, Feb. 23rd:                Raja Yoga Retreat
10-10:15am:                                    Guided Meditation
10:15-11:30am:                              Meditation and Its Methods 1 (followed by Q & A)
11:30-12 Noon:                              Tea break
12-1pm:                                             Meditation and Its Methods 2 (followed by Q & A)
1-1:30pm:                                         Aarti Offertory
1:30pm:                                             Lunch Prasad

Swami Atmajnanananda

swami-atmajnananandaSwami Atmajnanananda is a Swami (monk) of the Ramakrishna Order, the resident minister at the Vedanta Center of Greater Washington, DC .

He joined the Ramakrishna Order in 1981 at the Vedanta Society of Southern California; took first vows of brahmacharya in India in 1992 and sanyasa in India in 1996; transferred to the Vedanta Center of Greater Washington, DC in 1997.

He is a scholar in Indian philosophy and traveled extensively throughout India and Bangladesh; contributed various articles and translations to some of the books and magazines of the Ramkrishna order.