'Happy New Year to all of you, wishing that each of your days is an opportunity for the elevating, deepening, focusing and opening of yourself’
A very warm welcome to Swami Devapriyananda
who has recently arrived from India to take over the Presidency of the Vedanta Centre, Gretz, Paris
Before he came to France Swami Devapriyananda headed the Zambia Centre at Lusaka, where he arrived in May 2017. Prior to that, he guided the monastic novices in Belur Math as the Director of the seminary. In addition, he had already assumed several important responsibilities in other Mission Centres. He was appointed as the President of the Ramakrishna Vedantic Centre in France on 25 December 2020, and Covid prevented an earlier arrival in France.
Activities of the Vedanta Centre at Gretz
The Ramakrishna Vedanta Centre is an ashram, i.e. a spiritual community gathered around a monk (Swami) recognised by the Mother House of the Mission in India for his skills as a spiritual guide. Life there is punctuated by the daily practice of Vedic rituals (Pūjā), the recitation of mantras (Japa), sacred chants, as well as meditation.
It is the only Ramakrishna Centre in Europe that operates on a full-time basis, i.e. as a field where anyone interested in deepening their spiritual life can visit all year round, for a short or long stay.
The main Hindu festivals are celebrated, as well as those of other traditions - such as Christmas.
There are weekly lectures on various topics by speakers from all spiritual backgrounds.
Since the beginning, the meals have been vegetarian. To sanctify them, a mantra from the Bhagavad Gita and the last words of Sarada Devi are recited before each meal: "If you desire peace of mind, do not see the faults of others, see your own. Learn to see the whole universe as no different from yourself. No one is a stranger to you. The world and yourself are one.'
Main events at the centre
Inter-religious meetings: in keeping with Ramakrishna's universal message, the Centre regularly organises inter-religious meetings in a spirit of sharing the practices of each. Over the years, the dialogue has been enriched by testimonies from Catholic Christians (especially Benedictines), Sunni Muslims and Sufis (Allawis), Protestant, Quaker and Orthodox Christians, Jews and Buddhists (large and small vehicles in their different obediences). There were also exchanges with Masonic lodges. Eminent personalities from all walks of life have attended the Centre.
The University of Man created by Swami Veetamohananda, thus concretising the idea of Swami Siddheshwarananda, offers training to develop different aspects of the personality: philosophy, Sanskrit, arts (music, singing), nature (beekeeping), yoga, motherhood. In 2017, the Institute for Research and Practice of Vedic Yoga was launched.
Yoga Days: on the occasion of the first "International Day of Yoga" proclaimed by the UN on 21 June 2015 and at the request of the Indian Embassy, the Centre organised these first Days by bringing together various European yoga federations and schools. These meetings were then repeated regularly, in different forms.
Swami Veetamohananda's passing and history of the Vedanta Centre Gretz, Paris
Open Meditation dates and times
Full moon, new moon and Ekadashi dates for January/February What is Ekadashi?
Swamiji’s Treasures have become Pearls for the Day accompanied by his Daily Prayer
Quiet days at Landermere info
Dates and times in the New Year
EXPERIMENT WITH LIGHT
Experiment with Light introductory article by Helen Meads, and an article from the Experiment with Light Journal - Guided by the Light - Jay Johnson
Around Landermere Landermere January