It was raining heavily that morning and the way leading to the the Spiritual Park was in a real muddy state. However, the bad and cold weather did not discourage our Catalysts to turn up to the Saiva Dharmasala to attend the whole day workshop which ended at around 3.00 pm.
Our dedicated couple, Ananda and Anandee are teaching a group of 20 youth from the "Saivite Hindu Religion" series in Quatre Bornes.
From left, Kulamata Arnasalon, Kamila, Veena and Kulamata Munian.
One of the sessions was on Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami's teaching file on the Yamas and Niyamas, containing a series of lessons with practical examples. These examples were real good prompts for group discussion on the topic.
With Saiva Siddhanta Church introducing the teaching of Natchintanai in the "Saivite Hindu Religion" series syllabus, catalysts were able to learn through a keynote presentation, the Church perspective of teaching, learning and singing devotional songs through Gurudeva's Upadesha on "Singing to the Gods"
Participants learned about how the youth are to be taught simple songs to allow them communicate their gratitude to the Divine. One of the favorite formulas learned from Gurudeva during that workshop was:
"You are just contacting home when you invoke the second world".
Another keynote item…
On the whole it was a very nice workshop. Participants look forward to meet again in two months. In the mean time they have been equipped with the proper tools from Bodhinatha, to use in their respective classes.
Vegetarianism: Man's natural and noble diet with a minimum of hurt to other beings. The object of nutrition for meditation and for help on the spiritual path is to practice mitahara--eating a moderate quantity of quality clean fresh vegetarian food. Four types of food: fresh, dead, clean and dirty. "Siva's devotees know that a good diet is the best medicine. They drink two liters of water daily, minimize fried foods and avoid junk foods, white rice, white flour, processed sugar and degraded oils."
"The Divine is present everywhere and in all things.
All Hindus feel they are guests on the planet with responsibilities to nature." Hindu prayers don't stop with people. Caring for the elements is found right in our various prayers going back all the way to the Vedas. We all can do something to help the environment. For it to be a huge impact the whole society has to move in the same direction."
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