Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Texas

Ramakrishna Sharanam 

Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Texas
119 W. Scotland Dr.
Irving, TX 75062


Christmas 2011

Dear Friends,

December 14, 2010 was an historic event at the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Texas. The Parliament of World Religions Site Selection Task Force and Interfaith Coalition of Dallas-Fort Worth visited the Vedanta Center during their site selection visit to Dallas. One of the purposes of their visit was to pay special tribute to the “Dallas roots” of Swami Vivekananda, Hindu delegate at the first 1893 Chicago World’s Parliament of Religions and world-renowned Father of Interfaith Dialog.

To commemorate Swami Vivekananda’s 150th-year Birth Anniversary, the Vedanta Society, at the special request of a Trustee of the Ramakrishna Order in India, sent nine videotaped interviews to CNN-IBN of Western devotees and academic, spiritual, and civic leaders who have been influenced by Swami Vivekananda. CNN-IBN, a reputable national Indian news channel, will use the interviews in its ongoing weekly series “YUVA” – Youth and Vivekananda. Also the Vedanta Society launched a wide-scale library book project in order to donate Vivekananda-Vedanta literature to the university and public libraries in the DFW metroplex.

As part of its East-West outreach, the Vedanta Society helped sponsor the US visit of Swami Shantatmananda, head of the Ramakrishna Mission, New Delhi, by arranging public lectures at Thanks-Giving Square, Southern Methodist University, and the Lily Foundation. While in Dallas, the swami met with academic and spiritual leaders in the DFW metroplex, and collaborated on such East-West initiatives as a Museum of World Religions in Delhi and assistance for American-sponsored schools for the needy in India.

In its primary commitment to spiritual self-development, in 2011 the Vedanta Society invited seven Vedanta swamis and one nun to conduct spiritual retreats and lectures at the Vedanta Center. It also celebrated eight special pujas, including Easter and Christmas, and continues to hold daily visiting hours and arati as well as weekly classes and Sunday lectures. The Center also maintains a lending library for sincere spiritual seekers.

The Vedanta Society’s 2011 academic and interfaith outreach included a special sold-out lecture on “Levels of Wellness” at Dallas’ Crow Collection of Asian Art, participation in an interdisciplinary, multi-faith “Peace and Mysticism Symposium” at the UNT, Denton, as well as class lectures at North Lake College and SMU. In 2011, Perkins School of Theology collaborated with the Vedanta Society in a month-long Christian-Hindu dialog at the Vedanta Center. Also this December the Vedanta Center launched its first Interspiritual Dialog with representatives from nine major religions. In 2011, the Vedanta Society continued to represent Hinduism in both the “Second Monday” interfaith lecture series at Northaven United Method Church and the Interfaith Council at Thanks-Giving Square.

Inspired by Swami Vivekananda’s ideal of service, the Vedanta Society launched three Bone Marrow Drives in order to register donors and raise awareness in the South Asian Community. It also conducted its 4th annual Mother’s Day Food Drive for the “Irving Cares” Food Pantry – deemed another success by the staff at “Irving Cares” - and continued to participate in an annual Homeless Feeding sponsored by the Lily Foundation, in Fort Worth.

Due to Sri Ramakrishna’s grace and the guidance of revered Swami Swahananda, the Vedanta Society continues to grow. In April 2012 the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Texas will celebrate its 5th-year Anniversary. The celebration entitled “Arise! Awake!” will also honor Swami Vivekananda’s 150th-year Birth Anniversary with a special music event on April 14, 2012, at which time the Vedanta Society will release a Souvenir entitled “Arise, Awake!”, containing articles on Swami Vivekananda by monks and nuns of the Vedanta tradition. Also on April 28th, the Vedanta Center will host a Vivekananda Retreat day with special puja and talks conducted by Swami Ishtananda. Please join us for these Anniversary events, the details of which will be announced soon.

And so with deep gratitude, on behalf of our Society’s Trustees and Advisors, I would like to wish each and every one of you a blessed holiday season and New Year! May the Lord continue to shower His Grace upon us all. And may His work continue to grow.

With prayerful regards,
Pravrajika Brahmaprana
Resident Minister