Pravrajika Brahmaprana and Manick Sorcar
interviewed on WUNC Radio

Pravra­ji­ka Brahmaprana vis­it­ed the stu­dios of WUNC pub­lic radio, 91.5 FM, to be inter­viewed about Swa­mi Vivek­a­nanda by Frank Sta­sio, the host of The State of Things, on Thurs­day Feb­ru­ary 20. Man­ick Sor­car joined the inter­view by tele­phone. You can lis­ten to their dis­cus­sion here.

Frank Stasio & Pravrajika Brahmaprana at WUNC studios

Frank Sta­sio and Pravra­ji­ka Brahmaprana at the stu­dios of WUNC radio.

Swami Baneshananda

Swa­mi Bane­shanan­da is the head of the Vedan­ta-Gesellschaft e.V., in Frank­furt, Germany. 

Ramakrishna in Song

Ramakrishna in Song: An Oratorio based on
the Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna

Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 7.30–9 pm
Pot-luck supper to follow

Words and Music by Swa­mi Atmavidyanan­da of the Vedan­ta Soci­ety of South­ern California. 

Swa­mi Atmavidyanan­da, the com­pos­er, will be present to talk about and play record­ed selec­tions from his Oratorio.

Print­ed pro­grams with all the lyrics will be avail­able, mak­ing it easy to fol­low the words of the songs.

The libret­to is based on some of the basic teach­ings of Sri Rama­kri­shna such as the nature of God, One Truth – many paths, faith, and spir­i­tu­al prac­tice. The Ora­to­rio also includes the musi­cal por­tray­al of three of Ramakrishna’s para­bles: the sto­ry of the chameleon, the pun­dit who could not swim, and the pot of curd. The words have been set to music in a vari­ety of musi­cal styles, and the work is sung by an 18-voice, mixed choir and soloists.

The ora­to­rio was pre­sent­ed live at the Vedan­ta Soci­ety of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia in Hol­ly­wood, San Diego, and San­ta Bar­bara, as well as at USC. As the work was wide­ly acclaimed, Swa­mi Atmavidyanan­da was invit­ed to present it at oth­er Vedan­ta centers.

Since it is imprac­ti­cal to tour with an 18-mem­ber choir, “Rama­kri­shna in Song” is the tour­ing edi­tion of the ora­to­rio. This is a unique expe­ri­ence because the audi­ence can expe­ri­ence the ora­to­rio in the pres­ence of the com­pos­er, who will pro­vide a com­men­tary on the work – its libret­to and style.

The orches­tral accom­pa­ni­ment is a syn­the­sized record­ing pro­duced from the work scored using Sibelius software.

We are plan­ning for a potluck din­ner, If you can bring a small dish of your choice that will be great­ly appreciated.

We look for­ward to see­ing you at the program.

Swami Atmavidyananda

Swa­mi Atmavidyanan­da joined the Rama­kri­shna Order of India in 1978. Cur­rent­ly he is the trea­sur­er and gen­er­al office man­ag­er of the Vedan­ta Soci­ety of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, as well as the Society’s organ­ist and choir direc­tor. Swa­mi Atmavidyanan­da is a pro­lif­ic com­pos­er, hav­ing writ­ten two operas, two ora­to­rios, numer­ous choral works, and over 20 instru­men­tal works, includ­ing one symphony. 

Swa­mi Atmavidyanan­da gives talks at Vedan­ta cen­ters, aca­d­e­m­ic insti­tu­tions, and church groups, and also con­ducts class­es and reli­gious sem­i­nars in the US and abroad. Swa­mi Atmavidyanan­da is cur­rent­ly serv­ing as the cam­pus min­is­ter for Hin­duism at USC and pres­i­dent of the Uni­ver­si­ty Reli­gious Con­fer­ence at UCLA. 

Please join us at the Vedan­ta Soci­ety on Wednes­day Novem­ber 9, 2011, at 7.30 pm, for Swa­mi Atmavidyananda’s pre­sen­ta­tion of “Rama­kri­shna and Song,” fea­tur­ing record­ed selec­tions from the swami’s ora­to­rio, “Rama­kri­shna and His Teach­ings,” with live com­men­tary by the composer. 

Swami Swahananda

Swa­mi Swa­hanan­da joined the Rama­kri­shna Order in 1947 and was head of its Del­hi cen­ter before com­ing to the US in 1968. Besides the North Car­oli­na cen­ter, he is also the spir­i­tu­al leader of the Vedan­ta Soci­ety of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, the Vedan­ta Cen­ter of Greater Wash­ing­ton, DC, and Vivek­a­nanda Retreat, Ridge­ly. He is the author of sev­er­al books on reli­gion and spir­i­tu­al­i­ty and is a past edi­tor of the mag­a­zine Vedan­ta Kesari pub­lished by the Rama­kri­shna Math, Chennai. 

Swa­mi Swa­hanan­da is autho­rized to grant spir­i­tu­al ini­ti­a­tion (mantra dik­sha) to sin­cere seek­ers who are ready to com­mit to a pro­gram of dai­ly spir­i­tu­al practice.

Kali Puja 2011

We will observe Kali Puja on Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 29, at the Soci­ety on Globe Road. Swa­mi Mahayo­ganan­da will be in res­i­dence, and will con­duct the puja and homa. If weath­er per­mits, the homa fire will be con­duct­ed out-of-doors, behind the build­ing. There will be addi­tion­al park­ing avail­able across the street with our kind neigh­bor. A tent will be raised for addi­tion­al seat­ing, and a portable toi­let will be available. 

Please note the adjust­ed time for evening Arati:

6 pm: Arati
7 pm: Puja
10 pm: Prasad

All are wel­come. Please con­tact us if you would like to vol­un­teer with any aspect of the Puja includ­ing cook­ing, serv­ing prasad, or bring­ing any spe­cial offerings.

Swami Ishtananda

SwamiIshtanandaSwa­mi Ish­tanan­da is Min­is­ter of the Vedan­ta Cen­ter of St Peters­bug, Flori­da. He joined the Rama­kri­shna Order in 1977, and served for many years in the North­east of India, at the Order’s cen­ters in Cher­ra­pun­jee and Along, before being post­ed to the Vedan­ta Soci­ety of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. He was appoint­ed the Min­is­ter of the Vedan­ta Cen­ter of St Peters­burg in Decem­ber 2007.

Swami Yogatmananda

swami ySwa­mi Yogat­manan­da is Min­is­ter and Pres­i­dent of the Vedan­ta Soci­ety of Prov­i­dence. He joined the Rama­kri­shna Order in 1976, and received his monas­tic vows in 1986. After being at Rama­kri­shna Math Cen­ter at Nag­pur, India for 20 years, he was post­ed as the Head of Rama­kri­shna Mis­sion, Shil­long, Megha­laya, India.

Swa­mi Yogat­manan­da came to Unit­ed States in the sum­mer of 2001 as the Min­is­ter of the Vedan­ta Soci­ety of Prov­i­dence. His present respon­si­bil­i­ties include con­duct­ing Sun­day ser­vice, week­ly study class­es and organ­is­ing spir­i­tu­al retreats. He is invit­ed to preach Vedan­ta at dif­fer­ent places in the Unit­ed States.

Swa­mi Yogat­manan­da is the Hin­du Reli­gious Affil­i­ate at the Brown Uni­ver­si­ty, Prov­i­dence, RI and the Hin­du Chap­lain at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mass­a­chu­setts Dart­mouth, MA.

Swami Mahayogananda

Swa­mi Mahayo­ganan­da joined the Rama­kri­shna Order in 1997 at the Rama­kri­shna Monastery in Tra­bu­co Canyon, Cal­i­for­nia. From 2002 to 2008, he stayed in India, first at the Rama­kri­shna Mis­sion Head­quar­ters in Belur Math, West Ben­gal, and then at Narot­tam Nagar, Arunachal Pradesh; Advai­ta Ashra­ma, Kolkata; and Advai­ta Ashra­ma, Maya­vati, Uttarak­hand. He returned to the Unit­ed States in 2008, served at the Vedan­ta Cen­ter of Greater Wash­ing­ton, DC, and since 2013, has been serv­ing at the Vedan­ta Soci­ety of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

First Day of Class—Pupils of Practical Vedanta

The first day of class for the Vedan­ta Society’s val­ue-edu­ca­tion pro­gram for chil­dren was offered on Sun­day, Sep­tem­ber 26, 2010. The class was attend­ed by 14 stu­dents. The first day of class began with the chil­dren stand­ing in front of the shrine and recit­ing a cou­ple of Upan­ishadic chants. There­after, each child offered a flower to Thakur, Maa, and Swami­ji and received a tilak on their fore­head from Mrs. San­ti Dut­ta who is the moth­er of one of the teach­ers and a for­mer prin­ci­pal of a school in India. At the con­clu­sion of this cer­e­mo­ny, the chil­dren went to their respec­tive class­es and had 30 min­utes each of instruc­tions in Music, Yoga, and Knowledge.

While the chil­dren were in their class­es, their par­ents assem­bled in the Library and watched a video enti­tled “Sci­ence and Con­scious­ness – Swa­mi Vivek­a­nanda” pub­lised by the Mysore cen­ter. A brief dis­cus­sion fol­lowed the video.

At the end of class­es, the chil­dren recit­ed “Brah­marpanam” and received a snack (Oreo cook­ies and juice) mark­ing the end of their first day. Dr. Uppal came all the way from Golds­boro and met with some of the chil­dren, their par­ents and the teachers.

Dowload a pdf file with pho­tos of the first day.