Retreats with Pravrajikas

Retreats with Pravrajikas of Sri Sarada Math, India

Sri Sarada Math was founded in 1954 and is now the largest independent self administered women's monastic order in the world. Its purpose is to help individuals work out their own liberation and also to train them to serve the world in accordance with the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, the Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi, and Swami Vivekananda. This is done through religious, cultural, educational and charitable activities, mainly among women and children. Headquarters are located in the Kolkata, India suburb of Dakshineswar, a little to the north of the famous Dakshineswar Kali Temple. Sri Sarada Math has centers throughout India and one in Sri Lanka and another in Australia.

Sri Sarada Math

In the letters of Swami Vivekananda during his lecture tours in the West, ... he prophesied that the wave of spiritual influence that arose from the advent of Sri Ramakrishna and Holy Mother would inundate the world for many centuries to come and the lives of people especially all aspects of the lives of women would see unprecedented advancement. (Swami Vivekananda's Dream, Sri Sarada Math. 2005.)

Sri Sarada Math Temple, Dakshineswar, India

A pravrajika is a woman sannyasini or monastic who has taken her final vows in the Indian tradition. Pravrajika is a Sanskrit word which literally means "a wandering religious mendicant" or "one who has left the ways of the world". As the Pravrajikas of Sri Sarada Math, India, travel to Europe and the Americas, our members and friends have requested retreats as well as informal opportunities for holy company to deepen our spiritual understanding. We have also visited Pravrajikas in India and Europe to take advantage of their spiritual guidance. Retreats in the United States which included our members are the following:

Retreats with Pravrajika Vivekaprana

Pravrajika Vivekaprana is a senior pravrajika of Sri Sarada Math. She spoke at the World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1993 and has traveled and taught widely throughout Europe, India, South America, and the United States. Vivekaprana helped establish the Ramakrishna Sarada Mission and Nivedita School in Delhi. She is currently in charge of the Retreat Center of the Ramakrishna Sarada Mission in the Himalayas at Pangot. Many of her talks have been published in the journal Samvit: Knowledge that Leads to Enlightenment and the Understanding Vedanta Lecture Series.

  • 2016
    • "Understanding Raja Yoga for the West"
    • "The Universe and the Individual: the Macrocosm and the Microcosm"
    • "Inquiry into the Nature of the Seer and What is Seen"
  • 2013
    • "The Three Steps of Vedanta"
    • "Advaita Vedanta"
    • "Karma Yoga: Service as a Way to Freedom"
  • 2005
    • "Introduction to Practical Vedanta"
    • "Practical Vedanta"
    • "Sister Nivedita and Swami Vivekananda"
    • "Holy Mother and Advaita Vedanta"
    • "Chapter Two of the Bhagavad Gita"
  • 2001
    • "Vivekachudamani"
  • 2000
    • "Set a Steady Course: Spiritual Practice for Everyday Life"
    • "The Purpose and Meaning of Sri Ramakrishna'a Incarnation"
    • "Drg Drysha Viveka"
  • 1999
    • "Sri Chandi"
    • "Katha Upanishad"
    • "Jnana Yoga"
  • 1996
    • "Hinduism"
    • "The True Self - Who Am I Really?"
    • "Eastern Religion In A Western Culture"
    • "The True Self - Who am I Really?"
    • "The Science and Practice of Vedanta"
    • "Beyond Traditional Roles of Mother, Father, Wife, or Husband: The Search for Identity
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Retreats with Pravrajika Satchitprana

Pravrajika Satchitprana is a senior sannyasini of Sri Sarada Math. She travels extensively throughout India, South America, Europe, and North America to conduct retreats and give lectures.

  • 2014
    • "Bhagavad Gita: Liberation through the Practice of Yoga and Dharma"
  • 2006
    • "What Holy Mother Means to Me"
    • "Women's Retreat on Mother's Life Story"
  • 2004
    • "The Life of the Holy Mother"
    • "Approaching God as Mother"
    • "Kena Upanishad"
    • "On Sri Ramakrishna and Holy Mother"
 

Retreats with Pravrajikas Satchitprana and Prabuddhananda

Pravrajika Prabuddhaprana is American-born and a senior sannyasini of Sri Sarada Math. She has authored a number of books including Tantine: the Life of Josephine MacLeod, Friend of Swami Vivekananda; and Saint Sara: The Life of Sara Chapman Bull, the American Mother of Swami Vivekananda.

  • 2002
    • "Women Disciples of the Master"
    • "Holy Mother's Last Message"
    • "Karma Yoga for All"
    • "The Motherhood of God"
 

Retreats with Pravrajika Amalaprana

Pravrajika Amalaprana is the current General Secretary of Sri Sarada Math, Dakshineswar. She spoke at the Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago in 1993 and subsequently toured the United States and returned again in 1997. She has traveled widely throughout India, Europe, South Africa, and North America. She served as the Principal of the Girl's College, Vivekananda Vidya Bhavan in Dum Dum, Kolkata before moving to Sri Sarada Math headquarters.

  • 1997
    • "Spiritual Life...the First Steps"
    • "God as Mother: A talk with Huston Smith"
    • "Prayer and its Efficacy"
    • "Equanimity-How to Attain It"