Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Texas
 

Ramakrishna Sharanam 

Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Texas
119 W. Scotland Dr.
Irving, TX 75062
dfwvedanta@gmail.com
http://www.vedantadfw.org

 

Christmas 2009
 

Dear Friends and Devotees,

As 2009 draws to a close, it is a good time to reflect on our Vedanta Society’s goals and to take stock of how we have tried to implement those goals this past year. It is also a good time to remember our generous well-wishers who have supported our efforts to inspire spiritual self-development within all who come to our Center and to broadcast the message of Vedanta as far and wide as our resources permit. With the grace of the Lord and the inspiration and guidance of revered Swami Swahananda, our Society’s founder and spiritual leader, the Vedanta Society has grown.

In 2009 the Vedanta Society was able to hold seven retreats conducted by guest swamis as well as daily visiting hours and arati, weekly classes and Sunday services. It presented a special January lecture series on “Vedanta’s Tribute to Interfaith Dialog and India’s Spiritual Culture,” which included talks by eminent scholars, and a youth seminar on “Character-Building Education,” which brought students from Frisco, UT Dallas and UT Arlington. And for our long-time devotees, we feel gratified that the Vedanta Society was able to celebrate eleven special worships, including Christmas, Easter, and Buddha Purnima.

In 2009 the Vedanta Society reached out to Dallas-at-large by collaborating with scholars and theologians from the Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, the University of North Texas, North Lake College, and Northaven United Methodist Church in academic and interfaith initiatives. It was also invited to speak at the Crow Collection of Asian Art, the interfaith plenary session for the National Conference of Planned Parenthood in Houston, and to participate in two radio interviews.

Inspired by Vivekananda’s ideal of service to those in need, revered Swami Swahananda inaugurated a Mother’s Day Food Drive for the “Irving Cares” Food Pantry. And our Vedanta Society volunteers continued, for a second year, to participate in the annual Homeless Feeding sponsored by the Lily Foundation, in downtown Fort Worth.

Due to this all-round outreach, the Vedanta work in Dallas has grown.  Today the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society’s website receives as many as 400 visits per month—60% of which are from new visitors. And almost every week at the Vedanta Center’s doorstep, we welcome visitors from other Vedanta Centers in America or abroad as well as newcomers who are searching for an authentic religious tradition, with bona fide credentials, and ties to an international organization. Spiritual seekers are drawn to the Center’s various programs and events as well as the gracious hospitality our devotees and friends extend to them. Sincere seekers are invited to take advantage of the Center’s growing lending library and daily chapel hours for meditation. In this way we feel gratified to see how the Vedanta movement in Dallas has grown—lives touching lives.

And so with deep gratitude, on behalf of our Society’s Trustees and Advisors, I would like to wish each and every one of you a blessed holiday season and New Year! May the Lord continue to shower His Grace upon us all. And may His work continue to grow.

With prayerful regards,
Pravrajika Brahmaprana
Resident Minister