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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Within our Saiva Siddhanta Holy Scriptures the Saiva Agamas explain the basis of temple ceremonies and worship plus yoga and jnana. The Tirukural was considered by Gurudeva to be "the most accessible and relevant sacred text." In it are practical and helpful guidelines for our conduct in every day life. The point of family life is to gain steady improvement, forever, in self control in the midst of responsibilities in the fulfillment of family dharma. Meanwhile, not taking detachment too far but taking it in the sense of spiritually looking for happiness, not outside in other people or possessions, the world, but inside ourselves and then sharing it with family and friends. "We regard the writings of our satgurus as scripture."
Path to Siva, Lesson 20
Tirukural, Introduction and Contents
Tirukural, Chapter 15 Possession of Self-Control
"The temple enables us to feel the presence of God, Gods and devas." We use our inner eyes to see what's going on in the temple, the three worlds. In the temple we're being good dvaitists in the dimfi perspective, focused in bhakti upon God Siva. In meditation we're monists, in the shumif perspective. We claim our oneness with Siva, Sivoham, I am Siva. In surrender, shrinking the ego through devotion, we have a realization that we're not the doer, that Siva is doing it all. Siva's energy comes through our soul.