World Saiva Council
An international non-profit, non-political Saiva religious charitable organization established on 29-2-92 in Madras with branches throughout the world and Headquarters at London Meikandar Aaddheenam , U.K. The Trust's main function is primarilly to co-ordinate policy and render adviceand assistance to it's regional bodies in achieving it's objectives of international saiva well being and social regeneration.
The World Saiva Council was established on 29-2-1992 at a public meeting of international delegates held at Saiva Siddhantha Peru Manram Hall, Mylapore, Madras-4, in order to bring about a renaissance in Saivism in the context of the 20th century challenges by the implementation of well thought out action plans both, long term and short term. The World Saiva Council is the international educational arm of London Meikandhar Aadheenam, UK.(UK registered Saiva religious charity)
To preserve, foster and promote Saivism, Saiva Siddhantam and welfare & progress of Saivite Hindus throughout the world and to take all necessary steps to achieve the above without any political involvements.
The Council will be structured on the model of an autonomous body like a university, with a Board of Trustees, International Advisory Council on Policy, General Committee, and a Management Committee, all subject to a constitution and with representations from Saiva Mutts, Temples, Organizations, etc. from all over the world.
Beginning with the working constitution approved at the general Council Meeting in Durban 1n 1995, a final constitution (with provision for amendments) has now been approved at the Excutive Council Meeting held in Penang, Malaysia on 24th - 27th Sept. 1998.
One main feature in the new constitution is the provision for WSC branch
membership as well as provision for affiliated bodies dedicated to the broad aimsof
WSC in respect of Saivism and Saiva Siddhantha.
While the headquarters is located in London, the branches exist in the following countries. Soon branches will be opened in other countries as well.
|UNITED KINGDOM||MAURITIUS||SOUTH AFRICA|
|1.Strengthening the world saiva organisational frame work through the establishment of more accredited branches and affiliated saiva organisations throughout the world for WSC.||Already 9 WSC branches have been established and 4 affiliated bodies have links with WSC. More branches are planned in future.|
|2.Establishing a World Saiva link journal with artcicles, news and views etc.under the name of Saiva Ulakam.||A bi-lingual quarterly journal called Saiva Ulakam reviewing global saiva news and views with the focus on service and current events is already in publication since 1993.|
|3.Promoting Saiva social cohesion through congregational participation and uniform religious practices in all saiva temples, with the focus on 'TAMIL ARCHANAI' and the use of Thirumurai in both in daily poojas as well as during Thirukkuda Muzhukku Vizhas (Kumbaabishekam).||Since 1994, books have been published including Saiva Prayer Manual (incorporating Tamil Archanai, 1995 (Colombo)). With the government of Tamil Nadu taking positive action in this area following our Tanjavur Conference(1997). This will soon become a reality.|
|4.To encourage new and fundamental international research in all fields
connected with Saivism, such as:
i)Saiva Tamil / Dravidians Topics of international significance including historical analysis.
ii) Saivism and depth psychological studies
iii) Dravidian African Studies Saiva Tamil Anthropological Studies
|We have already published the following:
i) Metaphysica Universalis of Meikandhar (a new Translation and commentary on Sivanjana Botham by Dr.K.Loganathan of Malaysia)1996
ii)World Saiva Crusade (1997), Saivite Hinduism (1994), Saivism Questions and Answers (1996), are some of the 15 books written by Swami Sivanandhi Adikalar.
iii)Arut Kural By Dr.K.Loganathan, (1994)
|5.To take concerted action to counter and diffuse Anti-Saiva propaganda from within (Brahmanism) and from without (other faiths), based on our lofty saiva concepts of Anbe Sivam and Ondre Kulam.||While WSC strrugles in these areas to liberate Saivism is on going, we appeal for ideas, action plans and strategies to solve this problem.|
|6.To concentrate on service oriented action plans such as building and running of Saiva Centers, Saiva orphanages, Saiva Hospitals etc.||Already action is underway for:
a) Chithambaram Saiva Mutt Project
b) Madhurai Saiva Makalir Illam
Donations and funds are most welcome to complete the above projects. Please contact the WSC London HQ.
Similar ideas and projects are expected from our branches and affiliates in all parts of the worlds.
|7.To form a 'Siva Thondar Ani', (Bodies for Saiva Swamis as well as Saiva voluntary workers) to be responsible for saiva community work including teaching propagation and social service.||Regrettably, very little has been achieved in this area and we
seek your esteemed ideas and ways to implement this very vital need
without which no progress can be made.
|8. To propagate Saivism among the youth and including families, who are the backbone of saivism in practice both at home and in the community.||Slow progress being made through Saiva and Tamil classes in many branches particularly in Penang, but much much more needs to be done in this saiva educational field which holds the key to Saiva revival.|
|9. Future Plans:
1) Provision for World Saiva University (Virtual University)using the latest advances in Computer, and Internet and ather alike technology.
2) Invite donations and endowments from Saiva philanthropists and devotees for :
a) Anual international Saiva Siddhantha lectures fund to be instituted at all branches and affiliated centers throughout the world. It is hoped that only interest and income from this fnd will be utilised annually while the capital fund will grow.
b) Publications in Tamil, English, French and German to be financed from donations and help from Saiva and Hindu charitable institutions, Temples etc.
3) To run Saiva Retreats, Hotels etc at all capital cities in the world on commercial lines thus providing the necessary infrastructure both for capital fund raising for WSC as well as providing accomodation saivite travellers.
|In this connection some saiva texts have already been included in this
home page. Please refer to Researchers:
Our Mr.P.S.Patkuna Raja in France is taking steps to translate our 16 point brief Introduction to Saiva Siddhantha Philosophy into French as a first step. It is hoped that translation into german as will follow from our Saivite Devotees in Germany.
We hope this provides food for thought for our branches and suitabl action will follow.
World Saiva Council Board of Trustees 1997/1998
The 5 permenant members:
1.Swami Siva Nandhi Adikalar (Chairman, U.K.)
2.Dr.K.Loganathan (Sec. Malaysia)
3.Mr. M. Ramalingam (Treasurer, India)
The 5 elected Trustees (for a term of 3 years)
6. Mr.P.S.Patkunarajah (France)
7. Mr.K.Thayaparan (Sri Lanka)
8. Mr.Duraivelu Maduray (S.Africa)
9. Dr.S.Sivanathan (U.K.)
10. Mr.Vella Pillai (S.Africa)
We appeal to Saiva Individuals and Organizations to subscribe to Saiva Ulakam, a quarterly journal of W.S.C. that also carries important articles on Saivism.We also welcome the readers to visit this Home Page as often as possible. Many important aspects of Saivism will be posted through these pages FREE for all.
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