News: December 2019
Personalia: Revered President Mataji is keeping well at the headquarters.
Personalia: Revered Pravrajika Anandapranaji, Vice President returned from Varanasi on 1st November. She again left for Chennai on 29th November and after visiting Guntur and Bangalore returned to the headquarters on 12th December.
News from Headquarters
The 59th Annual General Meeting was held on 10th November, 2019
The 59th Annual General Meeting of the Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Association was held at the Sarada Math premises on Sunday, 10th November, 2019.
News from Branch Centres
Srimat Swami Gautamanandaji Maharaj, Vice President, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission visited Sri Sarada Math, Pune
Srimat Swami Gautamanandaji Maharaj, Vice President, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission visited Sri Sarada Math, Pune on 7th November at 5 p.m. for about an hour. After offering flowers in the shrine he kindly spoke to the inmates and a few devotees who had assembled to receive his blessings.
Sri Sarada Math, Bangalore
The Sodari Nivedita Sabhangana was inaugurated with due solemnity at Sri Sarada Math, Bangalore on 22nd November by Pravrajika Amalaprana, General Secretary. There was vedic chanting, bhajans, Ramanam Sankirtan etc. Pravrajika Gitaprana, President of the centre gave the welcome address and read out the messages sent by Revered Pravrajika Bhaktipranaji, President of Sri Sarada Math & Ramakrishna Sarada Mission and Revered Pravrajika Ajayapranaji, Vice-President. The General Secretary spoke on Holy Mother and Sister Nivedita. 170 devotees attended the programme.
Next day, 23rd November, there was a Youth Convention in connection with the 125th Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s Chicago Address. About 190 girls participated. In her keynote address, Pravrajika Amalaprana spoke about the purpose of Swamiji’s visit to Chicago, the hurdles he had to face and how he succeeded to convey ancient Sanatana Dharma to the American citizens. There were other speakers also.
A Spiritual Retreat was held at Sri Sarada Math, Valsad
A Spiritual Retreat was held at Sri Sarada Math, Valsad on 24th November 2019 where Pravrajika Atandraprana, Asstt. Secretary, Sri Sarada Math and Ramakrishna Sarada Mission spoke on ‘Bhagavad Gita and Swamiji’ and gave a power point presentation with video on Dwaraka Excavation. Pravrajika Prashantaprana, President of Sri Sarada Math, Pune spoke on Yama and Niyama from Ashtanga Yoga. About 130 devotees from Valsad, Mumbai, Silvasa, Daman, Vapi, Surat & Upleta attended the retreat. On 25th November, Pravrajika Atandraprana addressed science students of classes XI & XII at the Saraswati International School. Topic: ‘Ancient Glory of India’. 72 students were present. Books were also presented to them.
Pravrajika Vikashprana (Ranu)
With deep sorrow we record the sudden passing away of Pravrajika Vikashprana (Ranu), age 80, at the Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Ashrama at Entally on Saturday, 30th November 2019 at 9.35 p.m. due to cardiac-respiratory failure. The end was peaceful.
Since a few years she suffered from various ailments and bilateral optic nerve atrophy which rendered her blind. For the last eight years, she remained bed ridden and bore all sufferings silently.
A disciple of Swami Vishuddhananda, she joined the Order at the headquarters in 1960. She was initiated into Brahmacharya in 1965 and was invested with Sannyasa on 2.1.1971 by Pravrajika Bharatiprana, the first President of Sri Sarada Math and Ramakrishna Sarada Mission. She remained at the headquarters till 1963, after which, at different times, she served in Matribhavan, Chennai Math, Vivekananda Vidyabhavan etc. She also spent a few months in Thakurnagar centre. From April 1987, she was appointed Secretary of Shiksha Mandir where she stayed till 1994. Then she was transferred to the Ashrama at CIT where she remained till the end.
Simple, humble and affectionate she will be remembered fondly by those who came to know her. May her soul rest in peace!
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