Ramakrishna Mission, Singapore arranged the 3rd Spiritual Retreat for 2017 on Christmas Day.
The first session of the Spiritual Retreat on 25 December 2017 began at 8:45 am at the Temple with opening prayers, chanting of Gita Chapter 12 and Sanskrit hymns led by Swami Natarajananda. He is the President of Ghatshila Ramakrishna Math, one of our six Jharkhand centres. Devotees then proceeded to the Sarada Hall keeping up the mood of silence for the rest of the Retreat.
Swami Vimokshananda welcomed everyone at the Retreat. He invited all to utilise well this half-day opportunity for delving deep into oneself. He added that this Retreat was happening on the happy occasion of the holy presence of Most Revered Swami Shivamayananda ji Maharaj, a Vice-President of the Ramakrishna Order. Swami Durgananda, delivered an interesting lecture on “Science and Swami Vivekananda”. Swami Natarajananda performed a “Bhajananjali” – singing of devotional songs. After a tea-break, Second Session began at 11 am. Swami Kripatmananda read a few passages from “Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita” in the original Bengali.
The Second Session began with an interesting narration of the woman Saint Mirabai by Swami Satyalokananda with a PowerPoint Presentation to bring out the intensity of her devotion and spiritual unfoldment.
The Benedictory Address was delivered by the Most Revered Vice-President Maharaj on “Divinizing our Daily Life”.
Swami Jitamansananda read a few passages from “Sri Ramakrishnarin Amudha Mozhigal”.
A Question-Answer session moderated by Swami Vimokshananda followed it. 168 Registered devotees attended the Retreat which ended with a delightful Lunch Prasad. The next Spiritual Retreat would be held on Good Friday holiday which falls on 30 March 2018.
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