Saivite organisation holds 25th anniversary

2018-06-07 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedAt the 25th anniversary dinner are (from left) Clinton Nadasen, Mrs Devi Pillay (branch head) and Morgan Chetty.

PHOTO: suppliedAt the 25th anniversary dinner are (from left) Clinton Nadasen, Mrs Devi Pillay (branch head) and Morgan Chetty.

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THE Saiva Vazhipatu Kazhagam of South Africa, Port Shepstone branch, held their 25th anniversary at the Port Shepstone Arya Asnaj hall on Sunday.

The organisation was established on June 6, 1993 and it’s headquarters are the Saiva Vazhipatu Kazhagam of SA in Bayview, Chatsworth, Durban.

According to chairperson Bavani Pillay, the organisation follows the principles of Saiva Sitthandham, where Saiva refers to the religious aspect while Sitthandham refers to the philosophy.

Saiva Sitthandham is the heritage of the Tamil people. Lord Siva is regarded as the supreme absolute reality. He is pure intelligence, infinite love, unlimited grace, compassion, truth, beauty, purity and bliss and is therefore known as Satchitanandam.

Pillay said being a small branch means that it is not always possible to embark on large projects. However, as an organisation they are willing to share the spiritual knowledge gained over the last 25 years with the community.

“Our door is open to all who wish to join us in prayer. Our branch members are available to conduct prayer services in accordance with Saivite rites. Over the years, attempts to teach Tamil to the community have been less successful.

Saivism, she said, places strong emphasis on the evolution of the soul as the purpose of life is to purify the soul and rid oneself of bad thoughts, words and deeds, which kept the soul in bondage and away from God.

“As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, we appeal to the community to play a more vibrant role in cultural and religious matters,” said Pillay.

“On this silver jubilee, we acknowledge the legacy left by our past chairman Mr N. M. Pillay who built a solid foundation for the branch to continue it’s functioning. We were fortunate to have a leader of this calibre who showed us this path of enlightenment.”

To quote St. Thirumoolar from his Thirumandhiram: “Ondre kulam oruvane deivom” — We are one nation (human), one God.

For more information contact Bavani Pillay (Chairperson) at 076 427 6949, Thirumathi Devi Pillay at 084 746 5468/ 039 682 6050 and Thirumathi Sita Reddy at 073 795 5886/039 682 1519.

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