Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Texas

Ramakrishna Sharanam 

September 1, 2010

Dear Friends,

After a six-week summer recess the Vedanta Society reopened on Thursday evening, July 29th, with a lecture at the Crow Collection of Asian Art. Swami Atmarupananda delivered an hour-long talk to a packed audience of 150 people on “Excellence! Reflection, Resolution, and Change!” followed by questions and answers and a book signing of Vedanta: a Religion, a Philosophy, a Way of Life. The Crow event was enjoyed by Crow museum members and Vedantists alike.

On Friday evening July 30th, Swami Atmarupananda delivered a talk at the Vedanta Center on “Dynamics between the Four Yogas” as an introduction to his weekend retreat on “Devotional Meditations.” After his second visit to the Vedanta Center, the swami commented: “I am truly inspired to see the results of so much dedicated work on the part of the devotees, the Board, the volunteers and the resident minister – together you have done much. It is a great blessing to participate in such work. May you all bless yourselves, the center, and the people of North Texas by participating and cooperating in this marvelous project.”

On Sunday, August 15, the Vedanta Center held a joint memorial service for Mr. Ron Frost, who passed away on June 18, 2010 and Dolly Basu’s mother, Mrs. Sudha Rani Datta, who died in Kolkata, India, on August 7, 2010. We also regret to inform you that Mr. Michael Morrow, who was a special guest lecturer at our Center on various occasions, passed away on August 18, 2010. We will announce Michael Morrow’s memorial service in September.

On Sunday, August 29, Reverend Sherry Shanks delivered a heartfelt talk on “Spiritual Retreat as a Contemplative Practice” – a subject that crosses religious boundaries. We at Vedanta were first introduced to Rev. Shanks in the fall of 2009, through her active participation in the Vedanta Society’s first interfaith dialog with five other Christian graduate students from the Perkins School of Theology, SMU. As a result of that dialog, Reverend Shanks has added Swami Vivekananda’s teachings to her spiritual reading, and has become a wonderful friend to Vedanta. We look forward to her continued future contributions to our ever-widening Vedanta movement in Dallas.

With all best wishes,
Pravrajika Brahmaprana
Resident Minister