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A Courtesy Visit to the President

A Special Report from 
Moilavadee Moorghen


During Innersearch, Satguru and his whole delegation paid a courtesy visit to the President of the Mauritian Republic on 9th July 2014.  The group was accompanied by Kulapati Mardemootoo and Kulapati Moorghen along with their respective Kulamatas.  The delegation arrived early at the State House (also known as the Chateau deReduit), the official residence of the President of Mauritius.  They were first taken for a tour in the beautiful gardens of the Chateau with all its exotic flowers and surrounding grounds with a breathless view of the Cascade Reduit.  The Innersearchers were visibly thrilled with this opportunity to visit the State House.  
After the tour, Satguru Bodhinatha and Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami were guided to a small lounge where they were received by His Excellency Mr Rajkeswur Purryag, the 5th President of the Mauritian Republic.  They talked about the Innersearch 2014 which was scheduled from 2nd to 14th July and the participants coming from ten different countries interacting with local devotees in the different activities.  Mr Purryag recalled that someone had told him about the Ganesha Homa that is held in the Spiritual Park, where thousands were consistently  attending  every month.  He promised to visit the Spiritual Park in the near future. He then invited Satguru to move to the Main Hall, where all the Innersearchers and the monks were seated.
The President told everyone that it was good to see people who were more interested to learn about their religion rather than just practicing its rituals.  He remarked that nowadays more and more time, energy and money were spent on carrying out elaborate religious ceremonies.  But people should learn the spiritual side of things.  He talked about the religious teachings of Shakti Swami from Mumbai which has greatly helped him to understand the inner workings of the mind.  He then talked about the family, the core for religious and social life.  There should be harmony between husband and wife and more interaction with the children. Nowadays all the responsibility for educating the children are left to the teachers.  The parents are stepping back from their responsibility.  He recalled how, long ago, his parents used to closely monitor his homework and correct him for any misbehavior.  But  now both parents are working and they don't have much time for the children.   All the core values are slowly being lost.  
The President also talked about the pilgrimage to Grand Bassin for Maha Sivaratree.  He recalled how it all started years back when a devotee had a dream of a sacred lake and the long and arduous walk from the village of Triolet to the central part of the island.  He said that Mauritians are mostly religious people but they lack the spiritual teachings.  He congratulated Satguru and all his monks for the wonderful work they were doing through promoting religious teachings worldwide and also the Innersearchers for their participation in the current programme.
On behalf of Satguru Bodhinatha and all his monks, some gifts were presented to the President by Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami.  It consisted of a copy of The Guru Chronicles book, a Rudraksha mala that had been specially made by the monks from the beads they collected from the rudraksha tree that Gurudeva Sivaya Subrahmuniyaswami had planted in Hawaii, digital of  copies of spiritual teachings, among others.  The visit ended with a photo of the entire group on the steps in front of the Chateau.

Innersearch Final Gala Event

For our final Innersearch night together in Mauritius, we invited our members to join for a Gala Event. Two hundred of us were received by a three-man banjo band in a massive tent set in a garden. Chef Ruben Moothoosawmy, a friend of our own Kulapati Mougam, crafted a menu that would amaze all present. It was his first foray into the world of brown rice and for this's feast he bought the entire islands supply (white still rules here). Dozens of our members sang Natchintanai and bhajan and turned the giant tent into a theater as they offered their Satguru skits on the brahmacharya vrata and yamas. Stories were told, including the tale of Bodhinatha's dramatic adventures as the first Iranian hostage in 1972. The members played a clip of Gurudeva saying "I'll be seeing you..." to cyber cadets in 1999. The monks got a giant applause for a nine-minute film they magically pulled together showing all the major classes, pujas and outings and showcasing the nation's first-ever aerial video of our Spiritual Park. Lots of wows as the Mauritians saw their familiar center from a new perspective. Sadasivanatha coined a new word for the Fictionary from the stage: Maurispatality, defined as "the peerless and sometimes overwhelming hospitality showered by the peoples of Mauritius on one and all, an endless generosity of spirit and care for others." The Innersearchers stood to applaud their hosts and the clapping went on for several minutes. Truly all felt a Sivasambandam, a confluence of Bodhinatha devotees from around the globe. Then a parade winded it's way through the tables, ten Innersearchers carrying large flags of their country. Quite a global statement as all stood to sing the Mauritian national anthem following lyrics on the giant screen. All ran outside when the sky lit up with fireworks to end an evening of fellowship.

Malaysia Ladies Retreat a Great Success

NIIMF Ladies Camp was conducted from 11th to 13th July at Residence Desa Lagoon Resort, Port Dickson, Malaysia. We had 16 participants, 14 from Malaysia and 2 from Perth, Australia.

Aim of the camp was to provide an opportunity for our participants to have a break from their normal routine and to engage them in purposeful conversation, self-reflection, and relaxation and just to be themselves.

Program for the camp was as follows:
Spiritual Workout: Personal Prayers and Skype Satsang with Sannyasin Brahmanathaswami
Physical Workout: Nature walk, stroll by the beach, games and swimming
Mental Workout: Testimonies, reflections and discussions
The event started off with a warm welcome and tasty tea break. At night we had Pyjamas Party where all ladies gathered in their PJs and shared their first experience and step towards SSC. Thereafter they shared their testimonials. It was interesting to hear the different stories and experiences, which lead them to Gurudeva's teachings.

The following day, we had two-hour satsang with Brahmanathaswami via Skype. The subject covered was understanding spiritual unfoldment through chakras and focus on removing the Impediments to Spiritual Practice, The topic was relevant and inspiring. It reassured us the importance of taking time off for solitude and to reflect on the state of the ‘little girl' within us. He also emphasized the importance of daily meditation and with a focus on the simple practice of samaya pranayama, breath control, same count in, same count out.

In the afternoon, we had ball games in the pool followed by Parimala Selvaraj, a Saiva Siddhanta Church member and a lawyer by profession, who gave us an insight on the importance of writing a Will. She also discussed other legal matters that ladies should take precaution such as the implications of being a guarantor.

As our resort was by the beach, it gave us a great opportunity to enjoy the stroll by the shore, swim in the Straits of Malacca and to experience Banana Boat ride.

Later that night, we were entertained by watching the video clips of Paramaguru Siva Yogaswami's 50th Mahasamadhi's Observances in Jaffna. We had BBQ and enjoyed singing and dancing together. Everyone had a ball.

The following morning, we had nature walk to Hutan Rekreasi Tanjung Tuan Lighthouse. It was a challenge for some of our ammas who used their willpower to climb all the way up to the lighthouse. Well done ammas!

The overall experience was fantastic and everyone gave positive feedback. It was a worthwhile break for all and the objectives of the event were fulfilled. Everyone is looking forward for the next camp to be organised. That's 'Akan Datang'!

Coming Home

The long journey home was broken for a day and a half in Singapore. There we were able to meet with members for a day.

They took us, over two dozen in all as a few had flown in from Malaysia for the day, to the amazing, three-year-old Garden by the Bay. It's a $billion garden and lives up to what one Singaporean said, "Singapore has mastered the art of the man-made garden."

For two hours we ambled through a giant space covered by glass, and holding tens of thousands of plants.

That afternoon there were vratas given by Bodhinatha and a dinner together. A few rose early to meet us at 4am for our departure to Japan enroute to Honolulu and home.

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