Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Texas

Ramakrishna Sharanam

August 1, 2008

Dear Members,

Please accept my heartfelt love and greetings to you all.

In July our Center has flourished with new members, new improvements, and developing new activities. Under the able leadership of two volunteers, the Sunday children's vedanta Childrenprogram, which began in June with just three children, has now blossomed to include ten, thus enabling more parents to attend the Sunday visiting hours. Children from 5-12 years of age as well as those less than 5 years, who are accompanied by a parent, may attend. 

Through story telling, our volunteers introduce the Vedanta children to sacred aspects of God from the world's major religions and teach prayers, chants, songs, games, and crafts with moral, spiritual, and intellectual values. The children's program also nurtures personality and character development along with basic social values such as listening, caring, and respecting. The syllabus followed is Shishu Sandeepa Margodarshi ("That Which Lights the Path for Children"), which is also used in some of our Ramakrishna Mission schools in India.

For parents to see the children's joy when they share what they have learned is the true testament of this program's success. On Sunday, July 20th, for the Center's Guru Purnima celebration, the children delighted Swami Sarvadevananda, our special guest, and others who attended the program with a song to Ganesha, the Giver-of-all-success.

This past month, many devotees enjoyed Swami Sarvadevananda's week-long meditation intensive.Swami Sarvadevananda As the Assistant Minister at the Vedanta Society of Southern California, the swami has been visiting Dallas since the 1990s and is well known to many.

We are also grateful to Dr. Michael Morrow for driving from Austin, Texas to speak at the Vedanta Center on "Science and Spirituality," a thought-provoking topic that was also very well received.

 In August we will host yet another spiritual retreat with our special guest, Swami Sridharananda, the Spiritual Head of the Vedanta Centre in Australia. The swami will speak at North Lake College and conduct a two-day retreat on "The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita," at the East Senter Building in Irving. For information, call 972-252-4673 (HOPE). All are welcome. 

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