Debt-free in 2005!

Chinmaya Mission D/FW held its annual banquet at the Omni Mandalay Hotel on Sunday, December 4 th, 2005. The banquet was attended by approximately 270 members and well-wishers. The goal of the banquet was to raise enough funds to be “Debt-Free in 2005.”

The program started with the chanting of Guru Paduka Stotram by the Slokathon children as our Resident Acharya, Br. Uddhav Chaitanya lit the lamp to inaugurate the evening’s festivities. This was followed by a Bharatanatyam dance recital by the Chinmaya Dance Group, Nada Murali Gana Vilola , vividly depicting the endearing attributes of Krishna from his childhood to youth. Next was a video of activities and events at Saaket, produced and directed by our very own 10 th grade Balavihar students. The winners of last year’s Gita Chanting Competition recited selected slokas from the second chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. Two of our students, Abhirami Subramanian and Arun Venkatraman successfully completed the Slokathon program and were given trophies by Swamiji. Our Balavihar children were at their best!

Br. Uddhav Chaitanya delivered the keynote address. He described the history of the Chinmaya movement, our mission’s activities and the essence of Vedanta and its relevance to modern living. It was a rousing talk!

The auction and pledge drive were conducted by Satish Gupta and Venu Menon. We are pleased to announce that the proceeds from the auctions, donations and pledges met the fund-raising goal for the evening and will allow Chinmaya Saaket to pay off the mortgage debt on the building.

Our sincere thanks to the donors, participants and volunteers for making this year’s banquet a success.