Ram Ram, Dear All,
I have a couple of important requests for Aastheekas to consider. On occasion of this Maha Sivaraathri let’s:
1. Take a firm vow to ‘abolish’ all leather products. I’m sure we are all aware of the leather industry’s extremely cruel practices of obtaining leather from cows and calves. The demand has to come down steeply so supply stops, resulting in Gho Mathas saved. Use eco-friendly foam substitutes. Please take a moment to take print out of these small notices provided in the link below and distribute it to as many possible. Devotees will come to the temple in large numbers on this auspicious day. These can be printed on A4 sheets; 6 notices can be cut from a single sheet. Let’s leverage this occasion and distribute to as many possible. Soft copies of these notices are posted down below so you can share it via FB, Twitter, E-mail, Whatsapp, and other social media tools. We are not asking for any funds, promoting any individual, or organization. The only goal here is to follow the teachings of Sri Maha Periyava, spread awareness, and save Gho Mathas as much as we can!
Files to download and print – 6 notices cut from an A4 size sheet. Print back to back.
- Small Flyers – Tamizh – Sivan and Ambal.pdf
- Small Flyers – English – Gho Matha and Nandhi.pdf
2. Avoid/Minimize Milk, Ghee Abishekam to Bhagawan unless we are sure they are obtained through ethical means. Compassionate options like juices, coconut water, vibuthi, panchamrutham, etc. can be considered for abishekam. This holds true in many foreign countries like US (even Bharatha Desam) where cows are treated cruelly and the milk we get is by putting Gho Matha’s through a lot of agony. Not only on Maha Sivaraathri, we should think about this on other days as well. Let’s also minimize our daily milk usage with zero wastage. I have been to a dairy farm and have seen how it operates. Watch this 60 second video to see on how the dairy industry works. This what Gho Matha’s go through 24x7x365. https://youtu.be/wZcUrWAK-8Q
Please spread this around as much as you can. Let’s do our bit in this noble cause.
Happy Maha Sivaraathri to all!! Siva Siva!!!