A way of life
We are in an
era in which our children need to be educated time and again, about our
own roots - culture and tradition. Many of us believe that faith in our
religion, devotion to God and service to elders / mankind are the basic
values that needs to be imbibed in our children. These values would enable
them to accept and enjoy life with optimism. It is indeed our luck if our
children could learn these from the world outside too. God sent mission
is the Bala Gurukulam, the summer camp conducted by Sumukhi Rajashekaran
Memorial Foundation. Here, the children are not only taught verbally about
our culture and tradition, but also experience them through planned religious
/ historic tours and performances.
First to mention
is the Historic Tour, from 'Tirumailai to Thenkumari' organized by the
Foundation for about 10 days in the month of May 2008 along with the children
and the parents. The Bala Gurukulam group visited nearly 50 temples / heritage
places, between Madurai and Kanyakumari. To mention a few :- Pillaiyarpatti,
Tirukoshtiyur, Tirupullani, Sethu Paalam, Rameshwaram, Devi Pattinam, Yettayapuram,
Thiruchendur, Then Tirupathi, Thirunelveli, Kanyakumari, Suseendram, Thenkasi,
Thiru Kutralam, Srivilliputhur, Thiruparankundram, Pazhamudhircholai, Meenakshi
Amman Temple at Madurai. One cannot forget the sunrise and sunset at Kanyakumari,
Kadal Neeraadal and 21 punyatheertham (holy waters) at Rameshwaram. The
children sang appropriate numbers at various temples thus receiving the
blessings of Almighty and also the good wishes of the Devotees all around.
Thanks to the Foundation to have given us such a memorable experience.
The next to
highlight is the concert organized at the Vishranthi Old Age Home – Palavakkam,
manned by Savithri Vaithi. Through this concert, Sumukhi Rajashekaran Memorial
Foundation provided the children a platform to exhibit what they had learnt
and receive the blessings of all the senior inmates of the home and also
our beloved and adorable social worker, Savithri Vaithi. This also gave
all of us an opportunity to learn something that each one of us must cultivate
– respect and care to old people. This was one of the rarest occasions
in our lives. The memories still linger in each and every one of our minds.
We parents and all our children look forward to more of such opportunities
which really touched our hearts and souls. This experience at Vishranthi
would remain one of the most cherished one in our lives.