Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Texas

Ramakrishna Sharanam 

June 1, 2009

Dear Friends and Devotees,
Please accept my heartfelt greetings to you all.
The month of May started with a flurry of karma yoga—as the Vedanta Society organized an impromptu weekend Garage Sale from Friday, May 1- May 2. It was organized in collaboration with the Irving Neighborhood Park Association’s sponsorship and help. Almost $500 was earned by our Center’s volunteers—Ranjana Chopra and Rekha Rao, along with the help of our generous spur-of-the moment donors and helpers. Neighbors and customers alike showed a keen interest—not only in our garage sale items, but in the Vedanta philosophy and the activities of our Center. So, thanks to our Vedanta team’s enthusiasm and hard work, much good will and income were generated.

On Sunday, May3rd, the Center celebrated Buddha Purnima. In spite of drizzly weather, there was a nice turnout and an abundant prasad lunch.

The month of May was also a special month of service. The Vedanta Society’s Mother’s Day Food Drive came to an end. Over eight large cartons of canned food were donated for the hungry families in Irving. Then on Thursday, May 7th, the food offering was consecrated in the chapel before it was delivered to the Irving Cares Food Pantry.

This event was then followed by the Vedanta Society’s support in cooking and serving for the Homeless Feeding on Sunday, May 10th, at the Union Gospel Mission, in downtown Fort Worth—a biannual event, sponsored by the Lily Foundation.

On Saturday, May 30th, the Vedanta Monastery was invited to attend the City of Irving’s Neighborhood Park Picnic. The Irving Cares Food Pantry was represented at the picnic, as were the fire and police departments. About 200 neighbors attended.

 The following Sunday, May 31st, the Vedanta Society was pleased to host for the fourth time our distinguished guest lecturer, Michael Morrow, author of Non Dualism: a New Experiment in Living. Mr. Morrow spoke on “The Non Dual Roots of Global Ecology,” which was much appreciated by all who attended.
Also on Sunday afternoon, at 3:30pm, Swami Prabuddhananda, Spiritual Leader of the Vedanta Society of Northern California, visited the Vedanta Center for the first time. Trustees, advisors, and a few devotees stayed after the Sunday program to greet the swami at the reception. Swami Prabuddhananda especially appreciated the simplicity and beauty of the shrine itself and the spaciousness and beauty of the garden.  Jay Ghosh, President, presented the swami with the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society’s calendar, and the swami graciously promised the devotees a return visit to the Center in the future. Though Swami Prabuddhananda’s visit was brief, it was a wonderful occasion for all who could attend.

As summer approaches, we hope many of you will attend the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society’s two retreats in June and July with Swamis Sarvadevananda and Atmarupananda. The retreats are open to all and free of charge. However, to properly accommodate those who wish to attend, please register by sending an email to dfwvedanta@gmail.com or calling the Center at 972-252-4673.
 Have a wonderful summer. And we will look forward to seeing you again when the Center resumes its weekly programs in August.

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