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.
"Temples with multiple deities can be confusing, especially for today's Hindu youth. For clarity, we need to bring forward a more precise understanding of the different Hindu denominations and how the different Gods are viewed from within each denomination. For spiritual advancement it is best to focus on one deity and get to the vibration that deity. When we hear teachings from various Hindus, it is important to understand and identify which denomination they are speaking from. This will avert confusion when that teaching gets contradicted in a different context where someone is talking about the same subject but from a different philosophical background."
Bodhinatha reviews the main characteristic of Saivite philosophy and practice with an indepth focus on the four stages of religions evolution, chariya, kriya, yoga and jnana. He highlights how this shows that Saiva Siddhanta is unique and quite from the modern practice of Hinduism as Vedanta