Work Outside India
The centre in Sydney, Australia, the Ramakrishna Sarada Vedanta Society of N.S.W. conducted regularly spiritual and cultural activities in and around Sydney. Religious festivals were observed, and lectures and retreats conducted in Adelaide and other places. Pravrajika Gayatriprana, head of the centre participated in meetings of the Women’s Interfaith Network (WIN) and the World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP). A Sunday class for children was conducted regularly to acquaint them with Indian culture; weekly Sanskrit classes and yoga classes continued. Young People’s Forums (age group 17–35) were organized occasionally for personality development and integration, while members of the Vivekananda Book Club met once a month to study in depth selected letters of Swamiji.
The Society maintained the Sarada Tapovan at Burwood Heights where the monastic sisters lived, the Vedanta Hall at Croydon, where the Vedanta Book Agency as well as classes and other activities were conducted, and the Bharati Retreat Centre at Darama, Robertson, a two hours’ drive from Sydney. Collection of food and clothing for donation to the needy via the Sydney City Mission continued as before.
The centre at Colombo, Ramakrishna Sarada Mission (Lanka Branch) conducted regular worship, bhajans, Pradeep Puja, spiritual and cultural classes, lectures, a Bal Mandir etc. Special Puja was performed on the birthdays of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda as well as on Thai Pongal, New Year and Deepawali days. The centre conducted the Matri Mandir, an old age home for women, Sri Sarada Balika Mandir, a children’s home in Colombo and also an orphanage at Matale. Other charitable activities such as distribution of clothes, study materials to needy students etc. continued as before. Pravrajika Sushantaprana and Pravrajika Atmadevaprana are in charge of the work as President and Secretary of the centre, respectively.
During the period under review, Pravrajika Satchitprana went to Singapore in June 2012 for about 15 days, where she held classes, retreats etc., while Pravrajika Vivekaprana was invited to lecture in different places of the United States from January to April 2013.
If you want peace of mind, do not find fault with others. Rather learn to see your own faults. Make the whole world your own. No one is a stranger, my child; this is your own.