In Saiva Dharma Sastras, Gurudeva says: Outreach service consists of serving Hindus outside the immediate family, such as “hospital visitation, taking flowers to and consoling Hindus who are ill, reading scriptures to the elderly or handicapped”.
As part of the summer camp teaching programs, Rishi Thondunathan takes the students to different elderly homes in the Toronto area, to sing bhajans and interact with the elders in the home. In this way, the children learn first hand the responsibility of caring for the elderly and seeking their wisdom.
These following pictures are taken on July 4th at the Yee Hong Center for Long Term Care in Toronto, Canada.
The resident chaplain of the Yee Hong Center, Rev. Charles Yu, with the youth.
Twenty-five students from last year’s summer camp take turns and visit the Yee Hong Center every first Saturday of the month to perform this service. In a special ceremony at the Sai Illam of Toronto, Rishi Thondunathan presented a “Certificate of Appreciation of Service” to the 25 youth who participated in this program.
The blessings of Lord Murugan awaken wisdom which resides in his chakra. "Pray to Lord Murugan to unravel the great mysteries of the universe." When we get emotional we lose touch with our wisdom. Murugan inspires penance to soften karmas and purify the mind, chitta-shuddhi. If you do kavadi in the right spirit, to get the full blessing, have in mind specific misdeeds, apologize to the deity, learn from it, promise to do your best. Visions are still happening. Feeling the energy of the deity is stronger during festivals such as Skanda Shashti.