Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Texas

Ramakrishna Sharanam

July 1, 2008

Dear Members and Friends,

Please accept my heartfelt love and greetings to you all. This past month has been a fruitful one for our Center. The Odissi Dance Performance was a beautiful offering to the Dallas Fort Worth area as well as a successful fundraiser for our Center, thanks to the Bengali Organization of Greater Dallas (“Antorik”) and the Dallas Fort Worth Orissa Society. Many of you also sold tickets and have supported our Center in various other ways. You have cooked for our potlucks, maintained our garden, launched our Sunday children’s program, helped to organize and attend our programs, and served behind the scenes whenever there was a need. Our Center has blossomed from this care and attention.

Our June Retreat with Swami Ishtananda was well attended, and with the swami’s lecture at the Crow Collection of Asian Art, we sold Vedanta books and attracted several newcomers who have since attended our weekend services.

June has also been a month of outreach to our Irving community and various other organizations in Dallas. We joined the Lily Foundation in their feeding of the homeless at the Union Gospel Mission of Fort Worth - a service we hope to continue. At a recent gathering, several Irving council members expressed their interest in our Center and a desire to visit. We have also received invitations from the Hindu Temple, cultural associations, interfaith affiliates, and Radio Aarati, the largest Indian radio station in the US. In a recent radio interview, we had the opportunity to present the Vedanta movement in America as well as our own Center’s activities. Also, as your representative, I attended the Neighborhood Park Association’s picnic at Nichols Park, where I met many of our neighbors, including one man who helped to build our chapel!

On June 8th, Irving’s Mayor Gears and his wife, Christina, attended our Sunday potluck and expressed a keen interest in the teachings of Vedanta, Sri Ramakrishna, and Swami Vivekananda. They both left with various books from our Center’s selection and the promise to return.

    So the month of June has seen a lot of “firsts” for our Center—including a homa fire worship as part of our special arati on June 3rd, Phalaharini Kali Puja Day. July’s Calendar also brings a spiritual smorgasbord and opportunity for each of us to reach out to our newcomers and continue to support our Center. We are indeed blessed that Sri Ramakrishna and Sri Sarada Devi are looking after us all. I pray that our Center and its members continue to grow and thrive under their guiding hands.

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