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.
Friends who are fine, positive and good Hindus will help you most of all. It's important for parents of teenagers to know their teenager's friends. Our strength comes from mixing and interacting with others who are practicing sadhana. "The group helps the individual and the individual helps the group."
Pray to Lord Ganesha before beginning work. Turn everything you do into selfless service, seva, karma yoga. Work becomes worship. Hold the perspective of Sivanadiyar that you are the devoted servant of God Siva. "Do everything you do as Sivathondu. Give up this 'I' and mine."
"As you approach God's home, you can feel the spiritual energy, and as you go inside you are engulfed in peace." Trust in and open up to the deity. God is a very subtle presence. The temple and the murti within it are set up so that anyone can feel God's presence once they have enough devotion. Go to the temple and through the sanctified murti see God. Kumbabishekam purifies the temple, infuses divine energy into the murti. The deity, during puja, resides in the murti. Continuous daily worship perpetuates and over the years strengthens the power of the temple.
Be close to God by going to the temple. By shifting our minds to our religion the flow of positive karma is intensified. Being open and receptive receive the blessings of the deity. Bask in the divine energy radiating out from the murti. Creating a strong tie to the temple, perform a sacred act when you return home. Light a lamp in your home shrine; bring the vibration and summon the devas from the temple.