M.A.Center, Washington DC

Memorial Day weekend retreat with Ramanandji

May 26, 2018 6:00am-6:00pm (ended)

Retreat will include multiple bhajan sessions, meditation, talks, question and answer sessions, Homas and much more. Meals, Chai and snacks included. Accomodation is available at a nominal fee.

Cost

One day: $35

(Children ages 15 and under: free)

Accommodation is available on first-come-first-served basis at the Ashram for $35 per night per person.

Registration

To register for the event, please click here.

Homa

On Saturday, May 26th at 6am.

A homa is a yagna or fire ritual. It is a puja that involves offering various materials in-to a specially designed fire.  Homa is an ancient ceremony & celebration of the Divine performed to keep us in harmony with cosmic forces, thereby helping us to overcome the sorrows of life, advancing our spiritual growth and promoting World Peace.
By doing Homa, powerful spiritual vibrations are created around us. These spiritual forces work to eliminate the negative influences in our life and help surround us with positive energy which can bring us peace of mind, material prosperity and enable us to more easily touch our inner Divinity, our true nature.
People from all walks of life, in every nation around the world can benefit physically, psychologically, sociologically and ecologi-cally from these energizing rituals. Homas can be performed on one`s own behalf or for a loved one to alleviate suffering caused by malefic planetary influences.

Amma says "Children, whatever you are engaged in, you must always be thinking of God. This is the purpose of rituals. Rituals will foster good habits and they will bring order in life. Every ritual was created as an aid to maintain an unbroken remembrance of God.

The periods when the results of our past actions, favorable or unfavorable, come to fruition are indicated by planetary positions at the time of our birth. A great deal about the events and influences of life can be predicted through the science of Jyotish (Vedic Astrology). The malefic effects which are destined to befall us can be averted or their effects reduced by the grace of God, sincere prayer, selfless service and performance of specific pujas/homas as recommended in the scriptures. The happiness we create in the lives of other people, and nature as a whole, will give us benefits as well. The body, mind and spirit are purified and harmonized by meditation, acts of devotion, prayers, mantra japa and the pujas/homas we perform.

We can enhance the benefit of the puja or a homa by doing spiritual practices or by taking certain vows. Some of the commonly observed practices include meditation, fasting, silence, prayer, mantra japa or repeating God's name, and charity. These vows can be done for one day, one week or as long as you wish. The result of these actions is to help purify us and to enable us to imbibe more deeply the spiritual energy invoked by the puja or Homa.

Saturday
Oct
20
4:30pm - 8:00pm
(sat = betterment/a good cause | sang = gathering) The main gathering at the M.A. Center DC happens every Saturday. We gather to do spiritual practices, or satsang, 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm, followed by a delicious vegetarian meal. The evening consists of meditation, chanting, spiritual talk/discussion... more ›
Tuesday
Oct
23
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Scriptural discussion is led by Br. Ramanand. We are currently discussing the text - Lalita Sahasranama (1000 names of the Divine Mother) The discussion, every Tuesday (7:30 pm to 8:30 pm) after the evening Arati, includes pronunciation, word-by-word meaning, commentary, followed by group... more ›
Friday
Oct
26
7:00pm - 8:00pm
A monthly birthday is traditionally observed in India that is based on the moon’s position in addition to the annual birthday observed in the West, which is based on the sun’s position. According to the Indian calendar, Karthika is the nakshatram (star constellation) in which the moon was... more ›
Saturday
Oct
27
4:30pm - 8:00pm
(sat = betterment/a good cause | sang = gathering) The main gathering at the M.A. Center DC happens every Saturday. We gather to do spiritual practices, or satsang, 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm, followed by a delicious vegetarian meal. The evening consists of meditation, chanting, spiritual talk/discussion... more ›
Tuesday
Oct
30
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Scriptural discussion is led by Br. Ramanand. We are currently discussing the text - Lalita Sahasranama (1000 names of the Divine Mother) The discussion, every Tuesday (7:30 pm to 8:30 pm) after the evening Arati, includes pronunciation, word-by-word meaning, commentary, followed by group... more ›
Saturday
Nov
03
4:30pm - 8:00pm
(sat = betterment/a good cause | sang = gathering) The main gathering at the M.A. Center DC happens every Saturday. We gather to do spiritual practices, or satsang, 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm, followed by a delicious vegetarian meal. The evening consists of meditation, chanting, spiritual talk/discussion... more ›
Tuesday
Nov
06
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Scriptural discussion is led by Br. Ramanand. We are currently discussing the text - Lalita Sahasranama (1000 names of the Divine Mother) The discussion, every Tuesday (7:30 pm to 8:30 pm) after the evening Arati, includes pronunciation, word-by-word meaning, commentary, followed by group... more ›
Saturday
Nov
10
4:30pm - 8:00pm
(sat = betterment/a good cause | sang = gathering) The main gathering at the M.A. Center DC happens every Saturday. We gather to do spiritual practices, or satsang, 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm, followed by a delicious vegetarian meal. The evening consists of meditation, chanting, spiritual talk/discussion... more ›
Tuesday
Nov
13
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Scriptural discussion is led by Br. Ramanand. We are currently discussing the text - Lalita Sahasranama (1000 names of the Divine Mother) The discussion, every Tuesday (7:30 pm to 8:30 pm) after the evening Arati, includes pronunciation, word-by-word meaning, commentary, followed by group... more ›
Saturday
Nov
17
4:30pm - 8:00pm
(sat = betterment/a good cause | sang = gathering) The main gathering at the M.A. Center DC happens every Saturday. We gather to do spiritual practices, or satsang, 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm, followed by a delicious vegetarian meal. The evening consists of meditation, chanting, spiritual talk/discussion... more ›