Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Texas

Ramakrishna Sharanam 

March 1, 2009  

Dear Members,

      Please accept my heartfelt greetings to you all. It is a pleasure to be back in Dallas, after a 6-weeks’ leave of absence at the Vedanta Society of Southern California, in Hollywood.

      On Sunday, February 1st, the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Texas hosted a talk by the renowned author of The Gospel According to Thomas, Dr. Christan Amundsen. His topic, “Wisdom of the Gnostic Tradition,” was followed by a lively question-and-answer session, and many devotees expressed a desire for Professor Amundsen to return to our Center for a continuing dialog on his subject.

      The following Sunday, February 8th, Prakash and Rekha Rao, the Society’s President and his wife, concluded the Vedanta Center’s interfaith and cultural series with a presentation on “Spiritual Culture within Indian Textile Design,” which included a special exhibit of fabrics collected during their recent Indian pilgrimage.

      Many devotees and friends who attended our Vedanta Society’s five-part series on “Vedanta’s Tribute to Interfaith Dialog and India’s Spiritual Culture” expressed deep appreciation for the broadening spiritual and cultural value that our special guest speakers brought to this program. We feel extremely fortunate to have hosted such distinguished scholars—each an authority in his or her academic field—and we are deeply grateful to each of them.

      On Tuesday, February 17th, Professor Robert Hunt invited our Vedanta Society to speak to his graduate class in World Religions and Global Christianity at the Perkins School of Theology, at Southern Methodist University. Professor Hunt commented that the talk, followed by a 45-minute question-and-answer session, were appreciated and well received by his students.

The following Sunday, February 22nd, Mr. Michael Morrow – author, lecturer, and pioneer of sustainable and “green” design techniques – spoke at the Vedanta Center on “The Practice of Non Dualism.” This is the third time Mr. Morrow has spoken at our Center, and for the third time his spiritual talk was well attended and enjoyed by all. We are very grateful to Mr. Morrow and his wife, Bernice, for making the long drive from their home in Austin in order to participate in our Sunday programs. 

      The Vedanta Society celebrated its first Shiva Ratri on Monday, February 23rd. The four worships, lasting from 5pm - 9:45pm and followed by prasad, were enhanced by Indian devotional singing and chanting. The worship service was well attended and appreciated by all.

      The month of March is full of new spiritual opportunities for all of us. Our Vedanta Center will host a retreat with revered Swam Swahananda, the Spiritual Leader of the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Texas (please see the attached Special Announcements). In March, we will also begin classes on the Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali, Thursday evenings at 7pm, unless otherwise specified. Please check your monthly calendar for the class schedule.

      Because of the present economic situation in our country, the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Texas will launch a Mother’s Day Food Drive, from March 1-May 10, 2009 for the hungry people of Irving, Texas. Service to God in our fellow human beings is an ideal that is deeply rooted in the Ramakrishna Vedanta tradition. Please join us in serving those who are most afflicted during these troubled times. A list of nonperishable food items is attached, and you may drop off your canned food donations at the Center by first calling 972-252-4673.  

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