As you may be aware, we have been providing financial assistance to 34 war-affected students from Vanni in the College of Education of Jaffna.
The College of Education is a teachers training college with eight campuses in Sri Lanka. Students enroll in this college for three years of study. During the first two years, they live on the campuses and attend lectures and during the last year they are sent to schools to undergo an internship.
Four of the students who received this financial assistance have completed their studies and two of them have already been appointed to positions as teachers in a school. The remainder are performing their internships in public schools.
Our sincere thanks go to Manitha Neyam Trust and their donors for supporting 19 students. We also extend our gratitude to a small group of kindhearted souls from Canada who came forward to help nine students. Their act of kindness is giving hope to these students who --by the end of this year — will be graduating and becoming teachers.
Last month, I met with all of them in Kopay. These students went through a lot of suffering, but they are determined to pursue a higher education so that they can contribute to their communities by taking up one of the noblest professions on earth -- TEACHING.
PS: I am enclosing some photos I took with the students.
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.