A book titled '52 Velli Sinthanai Manikal' or 'Virtuous Thoughts for 52 Fridays' has been compiled by Malaysia Hindu Sangam (MHS) to serve as a guideline in delivering sermons at temples all over Malaysia. The book lays stress on national unity, important teachings of Hinduism and community service.
The topics for sermons in 52 Velli Sinthanai Manikal highlights universal human values advocated by all religions and the ones that were vital for enhancing the spirit of unity and togetherness.
The book was complied in line with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's call that all religious institutions play a proactive role in strengthening national unity.
"The prime minister's proposal that religious leaders help get the message across on unity through the Friday khutbah for Muslims and Sunday sermons for Christians is most appropriate.
"In line with this, temples in the country are encouraged to use this book as a guideline in their sermons every Friday evening," said Dr Balakrishnan Kandasamy, 50, the head of the religious sermon division for MHS. (Reports Bernama)
The book also narrates the lives of four exemplary Hindu spiritual gurus or 'Nyanmarkal' that serve as a good example in forging unity within the society and family.
The book is now published in Tamil and will soon be available in Malay and English.