Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Texas
 

Ramakrishna Sharanam 

May 1, 2010

Dear Friends and Devotees,

On Sunday, April 4th, the Vedanta Society celebrated Easter with a special Christ worship during which selections from the Gospel of St. John were read aloud. There was also a talk on the Beatitudes with an Aramaic and Vedanta commentary, arati, and potluck. The service was well attended.

In April members of various Christian churches in Dallas visited the Vedanta Center and invited the Vedanta Society to speak at their church gatherings. On Wednesday, April 7th, Reverend Virginia Holleman, Episcopal priest from the Church of the Transfiguration in Dallas, along with members of the church’s Bible study group, attended an informal talk on Vedanta’s approach to prayer, a guided meditation, and evening arati service at the Vedanta Chapel, followed by light refreshments. Reverend Virginia Holleman was so moved by the arati service that she shared a copy of the Society’s evening arati hymns with other members of her church’s study group who could not attend.

On Friday, April 16th, a study group from the Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ invited the Vedanta Society to present an introductory talk on Hinduism, followed by questions and answers and a guided meditation.  Members of the study group expressed their surprise and appreciation for Vedanta’s philosophical and spiritual depth and nonsectarian breadth.

Three Dallas-based websites and E-listings have included some of the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society’s lectures, classes, and retreats in their respective calendars of events – gratis: Earth Rhythms’ “Moonlady” E-mailings; “Dallas Meditation Meetup,” and “Yoga Sanga.” On Monday, April 19th, Yoga Sanga invited the Vedanta Society to participate in a 40-minute interview on “Practical Vedanta,” which will be posted on its website.

April was a productive month for volunteer service at the Vedanta Society. Devotees planted the spring garden and volunteered for property repair, maintenance, and shrine cleaning. Also with a new shipment of books from India, members volunteered to re-stock the book department. Volunteers have also offered to catalog the library. We are grateful to all who have volunteered to serve the Vedanta Center in this way.

The Mother’s Day Food Drive is also growing by leaps and bounds. Because this is the special month of nullAdhik Vaishakha Purushottam mas (April 15 – May 13), which occurs only once in every four years and is an auspicious time to serve the needy, many boxes and bags of food have been donated for Irving’s hungry  in the name of the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Texas. The Food Drive will end on Mothers’ Day, May 9th with the Feeding the Homeless with the Lily Foundation, at the Union Gospel Church in downtown Fort Worth.

 

 

 

With all best wishes,
Pravrajika Brahmaprana
Resident Minister