Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Texas

Ramakrishna Sharanam 

July 1, 2009

Dear Friends and Devotees,
Please accept my heartfelt greetings to you all.

On June 8th, the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Texas presented its Vedanta Hindu perspective in the “Contemplative Life Series,” sponsored by the Northaven United Methodist Church (for details about the Series, visit our website at vedantadfw.org). The church sanctuary was filled with spiritual seekers from numerous Christian denominations, many of whom showed a keen interest in the Vedanta philosophy and practice. The Vedanta Hindu presentation included a 45-minute lecture which began and ended with a guided meditation, and a question-and-answer session. Many Westerners in the audience expressed a desire to learn more about yoga and meditation. The Northaven Series provides a uniquely effective forum for interfaith exchange and is a significant step forward in interfaith dialog in the Dallas Metroplex. We are grateful to the Northaven United Methodist Church for offering the Vedanta Society this opportunity to share in Dallas its spiritual tradition along with other major religions of the world.

On Sunday, June 14th, the Vedanta Society held its last Sunday lecture before the summer recess from June 15 – July 31. Many devotees came to say good-bye during the Sunday visiting hours. Though stationed at the Vedanta Society of Southern California in Hollywood, California, during the summer recess, I will continue to respond to website emails during that time.

Furthermore, two summer retreats are scheduled during the summer recess — one in June and the other in July. The first took place June 19th - June 21st. Swami Sarvadevananda, Assistant Minister at the Vedanta Society of Southern California, conducted a retreat on the Isha Upanishad, entitled “Seeing God Everywhere.” The retreat was very well attended. The swami also spoke in various devotees’ homes during his Dallas visit, and seemed never to tire of meeting with devotees and newcomers alike and answering their questions.

The July retreat will take place July 23-26, and will be conducted by Swami Atmarupananda, resident monk at the Vedanta Society of Southern California, in Trabuco Canyon. For details, please see the July Calendar and Special Announcements.

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