Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Texas

Ramakrishna Sharanam 

August 1, 2009

Dear Friends and Devotees,
Please accept my heartfelt greetings to you all. In July, during its six-week recess, the Vedanta Society was pleased to host the second of two spiritual retreats—this time by Swami Atmarupananda, a resident monk from the Vedanta Society of Southern California.

Swami Atmarupananda’s first-time Dallas visit began with a special lecture on Thursday evening, July 23rd, at the Crow Collection of Asian Art on “Happiness and Peace in Everyday Life: a Vedanta Perspective.” In spite of month-long Dallas temperatures in the low hundreds, many devotees and newcomers attended the Crow’s reception and talk.

The following evening the swami spoke on “Swami Vivekananda’s Legacy.” For Vivekananda—an everfree soul whose message of strength and freedom of the soul continues to attract followers from around the world—it seems especially fitting that America’s Independence Day marks the day of his passing, which is celebrated in Vedanta Centers throughout America.

Swami Atmarupananda’s retreat on “Foundations of Spiritual Practice,” from July 25- 26, was well attended, and the swami enjoyed meeting all of the Dallas devotees for the first time.

Like other guest swamis, Swami Atmarupananda was charmed by the Vedanta Center and wrote in the guest book: “It has been a wonderful experience to see this delightful young Center, already so well established. The building and grounds and shrine are so well-maintained and aesthetically pleasing, the devotees are so welcoming and sincere, and the life of the center so dynamic…. What you have done under the guidance of Swami Swahanandaji … is simply amazing. May Sri Ramakrishna, the Holy Mother and Swami Vivekananda bless you all, and through your work, the people of North Texas.”

As our summer recess comes to an end, I would first like to express our special gratitude to all the devotee volunteers who managed the two summer retreats, daily watered the Center’s grounds, performed arati, and diligently repaired maintenance problems that arose. Now as August draws near, we can look forward to a smorgasbord of special talks and observances such as Janmasthami, Lord Krishna’s birthday observance; Swami Baneshananda’s spiritual retreat on the essence of Sage Narada’s Path of Devotion, a youth seminar on values education; and Dr. Steven Lindquist’s scholarly presentation on the Upanishadic sage Yajnavalkya. Please join us for what promises to be a spiritually fulfilling month ahead!

With prayerful regards,
Pravrajika Brahmaprana
Resident Minister