New President of the Ramakrishna Order – Swami Smarananandaji Maharaj
Swami Smarananandaji Maharaj was elected as the President of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission at the meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Math and the Governing Body of the Mission held on July 17, 2017. He is the 16th President of the Order.
Click here to read a brief biography.
- Beginning Wednesday morning, June 21, 2017, the Center’s daily and weekly activities will be suspended until FRIDAY, September 08.
- The new session will begin on Sept. 9, 2017, with a day-long spiritual retreat by Pravrajika Satchitprana, a nun of Sri Sarada Math of India. Click here for schedule & registration.
- The LIBRARY and book-store will be open only on Tuesday evenings (July 11 – August 22) through the summer. Please return any/all books ASAP, so library inventory might be updated.
- Next newsletter will be posted on Wednesday AUG 30.
Tuesday evening Summer Classes – July & August 2017
Swami Yogatmananda is conducting Tues evening summer classes- July 11 through Aug 22, from 7:15 – 8:30 on Khalil Gibran’s ‘The Prophet’. All are welcome to attend.
Children DAY Camp – Tue. August 08 – Sat. August 12
Prior registration required
Krishna Festival – Sun. August 13, 11:00 AM – 4:00PM
Worship, readings, dance, discussions and kirtan with Steve Sherman & group
Morning Melodies Concert by Pt. Ujjal Banerjee – SAT. August 26 from 9:30 – 11:00AM
Spiritual Retreat with Pravrajika Satchitprana – Sept. 09, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Topic: Devotional Practices for this Age
Registration Fee: $20.00 per person
Click here for schedule & registration.
Workshop on ‘EIGHT LIMBS OF SUFI YOGA’ – Sept 10, morning (9 am to noon)
This will be conducted at the Vedanta Chapel by Netanel Miles-Ye’pez – a well-known Hassidic-Sufi Teacher.
To pre-register, contact the Inayati Order at NAB518@cox.net or 401-781-9069. Minimum Registration Donation $10.
Annual Universal Brotherhood Day – Sept. 10, 5:00pm – 7:30pm
INTERFAITH SYMPOSIUM on: ‘GRACE and SELF-EFFORT’
Speakers: Mufti Ikram Ul Haq (Imam, Majid Al Islam, RI), Netanel Miles Ye’Pez (Hassidic-Sufi Teacher, NY), Trudi Jinpu Hirsch (Soto Zen Teacher, NY), Swami Tyagananda (Ramakrishna Society, Boston MA)
Also – Multi-faith Music, Readings, Dinner. All Are Welcome.
Hath Yoga Classes with Roshni Darnal– Tuesdays, 5:30 – 6:30pm
Appropriate for all levels.
$10.00 per Class; $40.00 for a two-month session
Click here to see the flyer.
Other Summer Programs Include:
Vedanta Retreat, Rochester, NY – Wed. August 02, 6:00PM to Sun. August 06, 1:00PM
Five-Day retreat on Shiva Sutra at Hindu Heritage Summer Camp, Rochester, NY.
For registration Visit www.omhhsc.org
To Honor ‘M’ Gathering – Sat. August 19 , 11:00AM – 2:00PM
At the home of T.K. Roy, West Wareham MA. Please RSVP at 508-748-9797 or firstname.lastname@example.org only.
Canton, CT Vedanta Society – Sun. August 20, 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Daylong Retreat on: ‘Aparoksanubhuti’ by Sankara- taught by Swami Yogatmananda at
100, Cherry Brook Rd, Canton, CT
The daily morning & evening programs REMAIN SUSPENDED from WEDNESDAY, June 21 – Fri. Sept. 08.
Swami visits Pittsburgh and Alaska, Fri June 23-July 04
Swami Yogatmananda visited Vedanta Society Pittsburgh, PA to conduct a retreat and deliver talks. From there, he traveled to Anchorage, Alaska to visit devotees and deliver talks.
Independence Day – July 04, 2017, 6:30 – 8:00PM
The program consisted of a reading from Swami Vivekananda’s thoughts on Mukti (Liberation – Freedom of the Soul), short talks by Swami Yogatmananda and Chester Boncek, singing of National Anthem, Swami Vivekananda’s poem – ‘To the Fourth of July’ and other songs. The program ended with pot-luck dinner. About 30 people attended.
Guru Poornima – Sun. July 09, 11:00AM – 4:00PM
About eighty devotees participated in the Guru-Purnima celebration from 11am – 1pm, which included worship and food & flower offering, singing, various readings, a short talk by Swami Yogatmananda and prasad luncheon.
This was followed by a concert from 2pm -4:00pm, by Suchita Rao and her students. Over one- hundred attended.
Silent Meditation Retreat – Fri. July 14, at 6:00 PM through Sun. July 16 at 5:00PM
This was a week-end residential meditation retreat. Fifteen devotees participated.
Swami Vimokshananda from Singapore visits
The Swami was in Providence for two days. On Fri. July 21, he gave a talk on ‘Living a Spiritual Life’ from 7:30 – 8:30pm.
Forty devotees attended.
Residential Young Adult Retreat – Fri. July 28, 6:00PM through Sun. July 30, 1:00PM
Topic : Exploring Possibilities (Readings, meditation, discussion, yoga). 15 young adults + 1 child attended the retreat. Programs included prayers, meditation, readings, classes, group-discussion, participant-presentation, question-answer session, Karma Yoga (doing various works at the Society). A video ‘Samadhi’ was screened on Sat afternoon. All liked the retreat.
Music Concert – Sun. Jul. 30, 6:30 – 8:00PM
Anita Kulkarni presented Indian Classical Vocal Music Concert, with Nishikant Sonwalkar accompanying on Tabla.
About twenty-five people attended.
Synopses of Past Classes
(All classes given by Swami Yogatmananda, unless otherwise stated)
Study Class on – Khalil Gibran’s ‘The Prophet’ – Jul. 11, 18, 25, and Aug 01.
On Jul 11, there was the introductory class, giving the biographical information on Khalil Gibran and a general outline of the book ‘The Prophet’. Jul 18: The Prophet Almustafa stayed for 12 years and now comes the moment to depart to his divine abode. The people in the town were urging him not to leave them, as he had become like piece of their heart. He too knew that his heart will also ache while departing, but still he must go. Almitra asked him to give advice to the people before going. 25th Jul the message on Love was discussed and 1st Aug it was about Marriage and Children.