Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Texas

Ramakrishna Sharanam 

September 1, 2009

Dear Friends and Devotees, Please accept my heartfelt greetings to you all. After a summer recess, the Center re-opened in August, an event-filled month. 

We are grateful to Swami Chetanananda, Minister of the Vedanta Society of St. Louis, for five large boxes of secondhand Vedanta books that he had shipped to our Center’s library. In August, we also received boxes of Vedanta books from the Vedanta Society of Southern California as well as from an anonymous donor. These library books will be of wonderful service to so many devotees, students, and newcomers who cannot afford to purchase books on Eastern philosophy and religion. It also enables our Center to donate Vedanta literature to public libraries in the Dallas metroplex.

On Sunday, August 16th, the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society celebrated Janmashtami, Sri Krishna’s birthday, with a special worship, lecture, arati, flower offering, and potluck. The birthday observance was enjoyed by all who attended.

From August 18th-20th, Swami Baneshananda, Minister of the Vedanta Center in Germany, conducted a series of three evening talks on the Narada Bhakti Sutras, Narada’s Way of Divine Love, at the Vedanta Center. Many devotees attended the retreat, including students and newcomers. In spite of temperatures in the high 90s, the swami also enjoyed a morning at the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens, including the Japanese Tea Garden and Rose Garden. About his stay, Swami Baneshananda wrote: “It is a nice feeling to observe people following the Lord’s path with so much dedication and love. Dallas is blessed to have a center of Sri Ramakrishna. In course of time it will grow into a regular center of the Ramakrishna Order. May the blessings of the Holy Trinity be showered on all of you, His workers.

” The Vedanta Society was also privileged to host Dr. Steven Lindquist’s talk—“The Sage Yajnavalkya”—on Sunday, August 23rd, at the Center. Dr. Lindquist, Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at SMU, specializes in early Indian history and literature. His well-researched talk was beautifully laid out and all who attended thoroughly enjoyed it.

On Sunday, August 30th, the Vedanta Center held its first Youth Seminar—this time on “Vivekananda’s Character-building Education.” Our presenters were students at UT Dallas and a graduate of the Ramakrishna Mission’s Narendrapur School and College in India. Many devotees, newcomers, and students from UT Arlington attended. The hour-and-a-half seminar consisted of three presentations by Gadi Malagund, Ramnath Kini, and Sudipto Chakraborty followed by a twenty-minute open discussion. The students and young adults who attended this year’s seminar expressed a keen interest in participating in future seminars, but commented that they would also appreciate attendees to be of all ages, as they continue to learn from elders in all fields of life.

 Please join us in September for another event-filled month, launched by a “Meditation and Spiritual Life Retreat” with revered Swami Swahananda. Please check our calendar for dates and times.

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