The Vedanta Society of Greater Houston
Vedanta Society of Greater Houston is a spiritual non-profit organization founded in 2003 and was affiliated in 2016 to The Ramakrishna Order. The aim of the society is to conduct spiritual programs that help in bringing a better understanding of the Vedantic concepts. Weekly programs and classes are conducted with this aim.
THE RAMAKRISHNA ORDER
The Vedanta Society of Greater Houston is a branch center of the worldwide Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, having its Headquarters at Belur Math near Kolkata in India. The Ramkrishna Order was started by Swami Vivekananda in the name of his illustrious master Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. The Order has a total of 269 branch centers as of September 2023, out of which 202 centers are in India. 14 branches of the Order are in the United States of America.
The Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission is a global, non-political, and non-sectarian spiritual organization which has been engaged in various forms of humanitarian and social service activities for over a century. The Order set in motion a non-sectarian, and universal spiritual movement which has been silently but effectively working for more than a hundred years to catalyze the spiritual regeneration of humanity.
Vedanta Society of Greater Houston (a branch center of Belur Math) is being guided by the Minister-in-charge, Swami Sarvadevananda Maharaj from Vedanta Society of Southern California. Day to day activities is executed by the Board as per his guidance. We are very honored to welcome our new Resident Monk, Swami Kirtipradanandaji Maharaj.
Swami Kirtipradananda (Sept 2023 - Present)
Swami Kirtipradananda joined the monastic order of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission in January 2004. He received his mantra diksha (spiritual initiation) in May 1991 from Revered Swami Ranganathanandaji Maharaj, the 13th President of the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission. He received his brahmacharya diksha (vows of a novice) in 2010 and sannyasa diksha (final monastic vows) in 2014, both from Revered Swami Atmasthanandaji Maharaj, the 15th President of the Order.
His previous assignment in the Order was as the Registrar of Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University, at its Belur campus for 5 years (2018-23). He was also assigned the following assignments in the Order:
Deputy Registrar at the Belur Main campus of the same University for 1.5 years (2016-18)
Deputy Controller of Examinations at the Coimbatore campus of the same University for 1.5 years (2015-16)
Teacher-in-Charge, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College, Chennai (Evening Section) for 5 years (2010-15)
Coordinator, Value Education Cell of Ramakrishna Mission Headquarters at Belur Math for 3 years (2005-08)
Retreats are gatherings of spiritual seekers, organized by the society around a theme taught by visiting Swamis as well as the resident minister. Various aspects of spiritual life are taught in an interactive way, where attendees can ask questions and have their doubts clarified. All retreats are open to public, and all are welcome.
Throughout the year there are several special events and celebrations held by the Society, including: the birth anniversaries of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi, and Swami Vivekananda; Durga Puja (the autumnal worship of the Divine Mother Durga); Kali Puja (the worship of the Goddess Kali); the Christmas Eve worship of Jesus; Shiva Ratri (the Night of Shiva); Interfaith Dialogues; and occasional music and dance concerts.
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