Shaswatam Foundation set up


I had immense pleasure and great honour in welcoming again His Holiness Dr Swami Umakantanand Saraswati Maharaj Ji on 29 January 2012, our first acquaintance being at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam National Airport in 2009. In fact, he set foot in Mauritius for the first time back in 1999 and has been a regular visitor every year since.

Swamiji has visited over forty countries of the world during the past twenty five years. He found that there is a great difference between these countries where Indian diaspora have made their home. In fact, hard work, perseverance, education and economic progress and political consciousness have changed their lives and outlook for a better future. Yet they have never been at rest. Their soul has remained deeply rooted in their culture and their religion has not worn out, keeping ancestral rituals and practices alive in everyday life.

Swamiji‘s mission around the world, including Mauritius, is to propagate the sacred principles of Divinity amongst mankind, strengthen spirituality, bodily health through yoga and meditation for a peaceful mind, uplifting of a cultured society, where drugs abuse, social evils, hatredness or indifference to the needy, be eliminated. His vision is to see humanity beyond barriers with love and compassion, where discipline, understanding and brotherhood will prevail. This is the special universal message preached by Swamiji.

A great international event is to take place in Mauritius this year. A Peace Procession will leave the Municipality of Port Louis to proceed to the Aapravasi Ghat on 2 June 2012 and on the 3rd over 200 delegates from India and other countries with Indian Diaspora are coming to Mauritius to attend a grand prayer, “Mahayaj”, with prayers for peace and harmony, using 108 ‘Hawan Koonds’ at Ganga Talao. More than 2000 people will participate in the ceremony. Conferences will be held during four days at the Grand Bay International Conference Hall. Deliberations will continue for another three more days at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute. The “Shaswatam Foundation” aims at boosting spiritual awakening, social responsibility of each and every individual in his own life and towards others, finally giving service to mankind in general . This foundation has already been registered in Mauritius by Mahamandleswar H.H. Dr Swami Umakantanand Saraswati Maharaj Ji.

Dr Indraduth Chunnoo

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Hommage au Dr Boodhun Teelock

J’ai lu, dans les colonnes du Mauritius Times en date du vendredi 25 mai 2012, le décès du Dr Boodhun Teelock, ex-Ambassadeur de Maurice à Londres. J’ai eu l’honneur de côtoyer le regretté Dr Teelock pendant de nombreuses années alors que nous étions les responsables des équipes de football, évoluant en première division à la défunte MSA, devenue par la suite la MFA.

Lui était un des fidèles administrateurs de la vaillante équipe des Hindu Cadets; moi, je faisais partie des officiels de l’équipe des Muslim Scouts. Lui, parmi les Ram Ruhee, Man Rambocus, S. Suntah, les frères Manrakhan, les Chundunsingh et autres. Moi, travaillant tantôt comme secrétaire, tantôt comme trésorier, tantôt comme membre du comité de direction des Rouges aux côtés de Monaf Fakira, Rashid Sulleman, Issoup Hatteea, Gora Amide, Dada Mullack, et autres Dr Osman, Dr Mustun et surtout l’inimitable et l’unique entraîneur, le défunt Mamade Elahee.

C’était la grande époque du football mauricien quand un match Scouts v/s Cadets attirait la grande foule – un match qui se jouait avec un esprit sportif rempli de vraie camaraderie tant sur le terrain velouté du Stade Georges V que dans les vestiaires. Je me rappelle de ce match décisif des Scouts pour enlever le titre de champion. Le jour du match, le Dr Teelock est venu dans les vestiaires des Scouts et avec son amabilité coutumière avait serré la main de chacun des joueurs ainsi que des dirigeants.

Dans des moments difficiles qu’avait traversés la formation des Verts, le Dr Teelock, en tant que Président de la formation, avait su s’attaquer aux divers problèmes avec calme, courtoisie et grandeur d’âme.

Cela fait de très nombreuses années, que je n’ai pas eu la chance de rencontrer le Dr Teelock, si ce n’était aux funérailles de notre cher ami Ram Ruhee.

A la famille endeuillée, aux membres des Hindu Cadets je présente mes plus vives sympathies, en mon nom personnel et au nom du club frère Muslim Scouts Trust.


* Published in print edition on 1 June 2012

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