REACHING OUT TO GEN-Y!
To foster a better communication and interaction between MHS and its members, temples and community at large, we are pleased to announce that we will initiate a WEEKLY pullout (on Saturdays), which will be part of the ITimes.my newspaper.
is the first English-Tamil bilingual daily in the country. Its target group is the youth and Gen-Y in which we need to tap upon. The news carries only positive messages and issues relevant to Malaysian Indians.
It also contain news that are related to our KRA's, economy, respective State news, event calendar, temple listing in each state, technology in Hinduism, women, book review, history of Hinduism, Gen-Y matters, membership drive, AskMHS (queries/complaints), profile of successful Hindu personalities, the art of living (health), spirituality, tourism, India news, and World Hindu news, among others.
Through this initiative, MHS expects a new benchmark in improving our reach with the community. This can also be used as a strategic weapon to change the public perception on MHS and to gain positive support from members upon understanding the kind of activities that MHS provides for the public.
Our members will appreciate that they could now directly connect to MHS through this pullout, and will be more supportive (mentally, physically and financially) towards MHS's future causes.
I am assigning our Central Council Member, Mr Nehru Nagappan., as the liaison person from MHS, who would lead this initiative from MHS. He may contact you to collect informations related to your respective activities. Please be proactive in providing the information related to your activities, so that public at large can be made aware of the various initiatives and services that we are providing for them. If needed, please assign a team to compile the data/news to submit to ITimes.my on a weekly basis.
The first release of this ITimes.my pullout shall be on 1st of November. For online reading, please go to http://itimes.my/
Please extend ALL SUPPORT necessary to make this initiative a success for MHS.
Datuk RS Mohan Shan
President, Malaysia Hindu Sangam
THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
SVADHARMA, ONE’S DUTY
What am I supposed to do in life? What is my duty? What is my way and what is not? These questions are integral to our existence. We become what we do. What we do is our identity. If you are a police officer, it is not only because of a badge and an ID but because you protect people. That is your duty. You do not become a teacher by just getting a job but by your commitment to teaching. Our actions define us and so, it is vital that we know what our actions should be. Svadharma or one’s duty has been a guiding principle of human society. However, there seems to be some confusion about the concept, particularly in recent times, owing to not understanding the Indian varnashrama system. Such confusion mainly centres around how to decide on one’s duty.
Svadharma is what one professes to do. If one vows to teach, then teaching is svadharma. If one is a medical doctor, treating patients is svadharma. In the context of this word, sva means one’s own and dharma means that which one upholds. How does one know what one’s duty is? It is common to arrive at an understanding of one’s duty from the family and society one is born into, and the consequent upbringing one receives. This gives us an idea of what is correct, proper, and acceptable. A husband who is brought up in India might consider it his duty to guard the interests of his wife almost to the extent of apparently controlling her. Whereas a husband who is brought up in Europe might consider that taking care of his wife’s necessities and allowing her to make decisions independently and giving her space would be the best things to do. Further, the idea of duty differs greatly depending on our religious backgrounds. Duty is decidedly a subjective matter. However, there are some moral imperatives that are universal, for example, telling the truth, not hurting others, not stealing, and loving everyone. Birth and society do influence our idea of duty. But what if someone thinks that she or he was born into the wrong family and surroundings? What if someone feels stifled by the beliefs and customs of the place where one was brought up? Then a person develops one’s own idea of duty based on the understanding of oneself and the world. A doctor’s daughter need not be a doctor. A lawyer’s daughter need not be a lawyer. A priest’s daughter need not be a priest. This means that in the final analysis, duty is what one vows to do. It could be based on birth, family, and society, or it could be a choice away from the cultural roots of the society where one was brought up. Once one decides and vows to do something, after proper thinking and consulting traditional wisdom, one should stick to that and it is this sense of holding on to one’s responsibilities taken upon by one, which is generally called ‘duty’.