Guru and temple a perfect match

2019-04-03 06:00
From left: Guru Bhavan and Victor Pillay inside the temple.PHOTO: byrone athman

From left: Guru Bhavan and Victor Pillay inside the temple.PHOTO: byrone athman

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THE Siva Jyothi Nayalam Ashram and Temple in Northdale, unique for combining an ashram and temple together, are finally at harmony ever since employing Guru Bhavan.

The new guru is solely focused on helping devotees reach their spiritual potential.

Victor Pillay, chairperson of the Sai Baba Foundation of Pietermaritzburg and president of the temple, has rung in the praises for the new guru who joined in August, stating that the guru was very loved at the temple.

“Guru Bhavan is a very learned person, who is susceptible to change according to the dynamic individuals we have in South Africa,” said Pillay.

Pillay said that the temple, built in 1976, was built as a free entity to the public who could fellowship at the temple without cost, but added that they welcome donations of any sort.

“We embrace all faiths. We hold peace prayers where we invite all religious leaders. Our core focus is on teaching and spreading basic human values, especially to children,” said Pillay.

Running a special project called the “Seva” project, Pillay stated that their goal each year is to provide winter warmth to children during the cold season with an emphasis on the disadvantaged children of the community.

“Last year we donated 4 500 jerseys and this year we are looking at 6 000,” said Pillay.

A guru for 15 years, Guru Bhavan said that the peace and joy that has come with the spirit ever since becoming a guru was something he dedicates his life to share with others.

“The ashram we have here is one that allows people to grow at their own spiritual pace and that is why we are such a good match,” said Bhavan.

Bhavan said that the temple would be hosting Sunday school classes from June 2, including yoga exercises, nutrition classes, spiritual movies and the like will be running a monthly Shivaratri starting on April 17.

Having delved into the spiritual side of life, Bhavan stated that he is available throughout the week from 6 am to 6 pm Monday to Saturday and on Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm. “We also host a service on Thursday from 7 am to 8 am and on Sunday from 8 am to 9 am. On Mondays we delve into and discuss scripture,” said Bhavan, who added that they are open to receiving people for weddings and various ceremonies.

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