Our Saiva Hindu Religion (SHR) teaching program in Mauritius brought some real life experiences to these SHR students. The catalysts arranged a field trip to the seniors home at the Meenakshi Amman Koyil. Here are all the students.
A lovely painting of Goddess Meenakshi offering refuge to the elderly.
Today program was inspired by SHR catalysts Anand and Anandi (left)
with Kejiou as helper who sent this report and these photos:
Prostrations to the Holy Lotus feet of Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami
Namaskar Swami Ji, hope all is well…
Quatre-Bornes, Mauritius SHR team consisting of Anand, Anandi and Nuckiren (and me, as a helper) followed up a lesson based on “Helping Elders” with a field trip.
We took the initiative to bring the students to Meenakshi Seniors Home do do some karma yoga.
Gifts were shared to the elderly by the kids and we sang a Ganesha song. We arranged food for their dinner.
The elderly were very happy, as well as the kids.
Ananda and Anandi conduct SHR class to students aged under 11, while Nuckiren teachers those 12 years old and up, (as for me, I’m a helper!)
Food was also served to the students…
Aum Sivaya. Jai Satguru!
Kejiou.T.S (MC Student, Mauritius)
The seniors are over joyed to have the children with them.
A future SHR student tags along with the group.
Lunch is served!
The children have their lunch in the home too.
The temple is beautifully maintained.
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