Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Texas

 Ramakrishna Sharanam

 February 1, 2009

Dear Friends and Devotees,

             Please accept my heartfelt greetings to you all.
Though I have been away from the Dallas Center since December 23, 2008, I shall return on February 9th. Meanwhile during my absence, the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Texas has presented many wonderful events this past month.

In January our Society celebrated the New Year with its annual Kalpataru Day celebration, at the DFW Hindu Temple with visiting guest, Swami Ishtananda, Minister of the Vedanta Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. Following the January 1stt celebration, the swami led a two-day series of talks at the Center on “Self-Development.”

In honor of Swami Vivekananda’s birthday, Radio Salaam Namaste of Dallas, Texas invited the Vedanta Society to participate in a 30-minute radio interview on Swami Vivekananda’s life and legacy. The phone interview took place on Saturday, January 10th, at 8am.

Also in January the Vedanta Society conducted a non-formal series of Sunday presentations on “Vedanta: A Tribute to Interfaith Dialog and Indian Spiritual Culture.” This series will also extend into the first two weeks of February.

On Sunday, January 11th, to honor Swami Vivekananda’s Birthday Observance, members of the Society performed a special worship to Vivekananda. This was followed by a visual presentation of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. The Fair had presented the first World Parliament of Religions at which Swami Vivekananda delivered his universal message of Vedanta to the world. A landmark event, it marked the beginning of Vivekananda’s — and hence, Vedanta’s — significant contribution to interfaith dialog in America, up to the present day.

On Sunday, January 18th, we were privileged to host distinguished Prof. Robert Hunt, from the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Many devotees and newcomers attended and enjoyed his talk on “Islam’s Encounter with Hinduism.” An MP3 recording of Dr. Hunt’s talk is available at the Center.

Then on Sunday, January, 25th, Dr. Lisa N. Owen, Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of North Texas, an authority on spiritual culture, gave a beautiful visual presentation of the “Multi-religious Cave Temples at Ellora.” The presentation was enjoyed by all. Please join us next month as we conclude our series with other special guest speakers.

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