Free medical services are provided through Clinic Sivananda, an outpatient medical clinic, established since 1984. The clinic operates daily from six p.m. to nine p.m. except on Sundays and public holidays. Through voluntary services rendered by doctors, paramedics and non-paramedics, it provides free consultation and medication to the poor and needy from all communities. About ten thousand patients benefit from the service annually. Apart from this the clinic also holds regular medical camps in deprived areas in and on the outskirts of Klang Valley on a monthly basis. Medical screening camps for malnutrition, de-worming and other special projects such as loan of hospital beds, wheel chairs and other hospital aids for critically ill and disabled patients. In addition the Society has monthly visits to welfare homes to provide nursing, food and special gifts.
Youth Motivational and Educational Camps
The Society also provides free tuition classes for students from underprivileged families. Camps are conducted to prepare them for PMR, SPM and STPM examinations. Qualified teachers and university graduates are the resource personnel. The effort of the DLS to assist youths in their pursuit for academic excellence particularly for those who are marginalized have been encouraging and gratifying
The Society started a preschool kindergarten, Tadika Sivananda, in 1995 for children aged five and six years from the depressed areas. The objective is to inculcate ethical and moral values in the children at an early age, to encourage each child to value learning and to promote the development of life skills and competence. They learn in a caring, safe and healthy environment. The student intake has increased from 25 to 100.
Sunday Religious Classes of Divine Life Society which has been a hallmark of music, culture, language and religious hub for young children and youths has been a core activity of Divine Life Society for decades. A large number of students including some parents have benefited from these classes.
Thirumurai Class (8.30am to 10.00am) consisting of:-
- 15 minutes – chanting of Panchakshara Mantra – 108 times,
- 15 minutes – Sivapuranam,
- 15 minutes – practice of Hinduism in our daily life, and
- 45 minutes – Thevaram / Thiruppukazh / Thivayaprabantham / Thiruarutpa with explanations.
- 30 minutes – Thirukkural Class.
Tamil and Sangeetham classes are also conducted for the participating students.
Average about 50 children, who have been attending these classes continuously, have a good knowledge of our religion
The Hatha Yoga classes being conduct at both Sivananda Ashram, Batu Caves and Vivekananda Ashram Hall, Brickfields every Saturday and Sunday respectively. The course covers essential yoga exercises and breathing techniques The classes have an overwhelming enrolment with beginners, intermediate and Kiddy Yoga participants.
Yoga Sadhana Camps
Yoga Sadhana Camps are prominently featured as a regular activity at Sivanandashram, Batu Caves. Students from universities, colleges and schools participate in these structured courses which cover topics on ethics, morals, religion and spirituality. Others who hold camps at Sivanandashram are Divine Life Society Sub-Branches, Hindu Organisations, Trainee Teachers and Youths Societies.
School of Computer
The School of computer was established in 2001 with 11 computers to overcome the lack of information technology literacy among youths in the community. The course consist of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet and the use of emails were all incorporated into a single module which takes 3 months to complete. On 23rd April 2013, classes commenced in the new premises were officially opened by the Hon. Minister of Health, Malaysia, Datuk Seri Dr. S. Subramaniam. More than 638 students have benefited under this program. Efforts are been taken to expand this program.
The Society is managing two Sivananda Homes for needy children being governed by the Board of Trustees, Sivananda Home. The first is a girls only Home at Kuala Kubu Bharu (Rumah Kanak-Kanak KKB) fully managed by DLS Kuala Kubu Bharu Sub-Branch The second is a boys only Home at Batu Caves. The Homes have formed various sub-committees to look into the following needs of the Home: Intake & Counselling, Education, Medical & Nutrition, Sports & Recreation, Maintenance & Cleaning, Spiritual, Information & Media, Safety & Security.
The Home aims is to nurture and guide destitute children, orphans, children of poor single parents, poor children from broken homes and other deserving children to become socially well adjusted, spiritually inclined, morally righteous, self-confident and useful citizens of the country.
The children were seen to have all-round improvement in the children’s education, attitude, character and religious activities. We have 28 children at present in Batu Caves and 18 in KKB and we are targeting more intake in future. The Home is manned by full time staff and assisted by volunteers. The Home employs an Administrator, Cook, Warden and General Worker.
The orphanage will provide a safe and secure environment with adequate facilities and qualified personnel for the development of the mental, physical, emotional, health and well-being of the children. The children will be inculcated with a belief in God and the importance of moral and spiritual values and the acquisition of knowledge and skills to secure a productive and self- sufficient role in Society.
Dharma class was started in 2003. The main objective of this class is to disseminate the teachings of Swami Sivananda. The class is currently being conducted by H.H. Swami Skandapriyananda Mataji.The class covers a wide spectrum of subjects such as the Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagavatham, Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga, Gnana Yoga, The Law of Karma and Reincarnation, Hindu Deities, Hindu Fasts and Festivals, Temple Worship, Ancient and Modern Saints and Sages, the Nayanmars, Swami Sivananda & His teachings, the Thirukkural, Body, Mind and Soul as well as ‘What becomes of the Soul after Death’.
The class is conducted at the Ashram every Saturday from 2.00pm to 3.30pm. The classes are conducted in English for students above 18 years of age.
The objectives of the Dharma Class are:
- to disseminate knowledge on the Hindu religion,
- to cultivate positive values among the students,
- to enable the Hindus to better understand their religion and use it in their daily lives,
- to enable students to lead a divine life,
- to overcome the increasing problems encountered by society and preventing unhealthy activities, and
To clarify any doubts on Hinduism