Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Texas
 

Ramakrishna Sharanam

January 1, 2009

Dear Friends and Devotees,

Please accept my heartfelt greetings to each and every one of you and best wishes for a blessed New Year!

December was a month of celebration. On December 14th, our Center observed Sri Sarada Devi’s birthday with a special worship and Homa ceremony. The worship was enhanced by beautiful poinsettias, red roses, and carnation flower arrangements, classical Indian devotional singing, and abundant and delicious food offerings. In spite of strong winds, the Homa ceremony was made comfortable by a 40-degree hike in the outdoor temperature—to 76 degrees Fahrenheit! The entire day was a joyous occasion for all.

On Friday, December 19th, to cap off the actual tithi day of Sarada Devi’s birthday, sixteen members of the Sarada Bhajan Mandalli group drove from Plano, Texas to offer an evening of Sanskrit devotional singing at the Vedanta Center, followed by light refreshments. The songs themselves were a spiritual feast to all who attended.

Finally, on Sunday, December 21st, the Vedanta Society ended its year with a special Christmas celebration, which included a worship to Jesus and Mary, followed by a talk on interior prayer. There was also a short children’s program depicting the nativity of Jesus, punctuated by an ecumenical array of carols, bhajans, and chants! Both adults and children enjoyed the program and the potluck that followed, replete with Christmas cupcakes and cookies.

In January the Vedanta Society will celebrate the New Year with its annual Kalpataru Day celebration at the DFW Hindu Temple with visiting guest, Swami Ishtananda. Kalpataru Day marks the special day in the life of Sri Ramakrishna when he gave spiritual illumination to his lay disciples. Following the January 1stt celebration, Swami Ishtananda will lead a two-day retreat at the Center on “Setting Goals” and “Achieving Results.” All are welcome.

Throughout January and the first two weeks in February, the Vedanta Society will also conduct a non-formal series of Sunday presentations on “Vedanta’s Tribute to Interfaith Dialog and India’s Spiritual Culture.” On January 11th, in honor of Swami Vivekananda’s birthday observance, there will be a special worship at the Center as well as a presentation of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, wherein Swami Vivekananda represented Hinduism at the first World’s Parliament of Religions. This landmark event marked the beginning of Vedanta’s contribution to interfaith dialog in America.

As part of our Center’s tribute, we are also proud to host three distinguished professors: Dr. Robert Hunt from the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University; Dr. Lisa Owen from the  Art History Department of the University of North Texas; and Dr. Christan Amundsen, professor of psychology at North Lake College. Please check the Special Announcements on our website at http://www.vedantadfw.org for details. 

Then finally, on Sunday, February 8th, Prakash and Rekha Rao, the Society’s President and his wife, will conclude the Vedanta Society’s interfaith and cultural series with a presentation on “Spiritual Culture within Indian Textile Design,” which will also include an exhibit of fabrics collected during a recent Indian pilgrimage. Please join us for this unique tribute to Vedanta’s contribution to interfaith dialog and India’s spiritual culture.

 

With prayerful regards to each and every one of you,
Pravrajika Brahmaprana
Resident Minister