~Looking After The Elders In Buddhism~
In the Sigalovada Sutta, The Buddha urged children to look after their elderly parents who had once supported them.
In the Mangala Sutta, it was said, "Attending to mother and father is one of the highest blessings"
In the Parabhava Sutta, The Buddha said, "Not taking care of parents is one of the downfalls of man"
Senior Citizens at the Sarana
Mahindarama Sarana Old Folk Home
Its History, Past And Present
For nearly 2 months, Venerable Indaratana walked around the housing area
near the Mahindarama Buddhist Temple looking for a suitable house. He
was unsuccessful but he did not give up.
Then, one day on 14th January 1999, Madam Tay Poh Choo came
to see the Venerable after hearing about the Venerable’s intention.
She told Venerable Indaratana that she has a house, which she would like
to lend to the temple for temporary use as a home. It was a 3-bedroom
terrace house located at 720T Hong Seng Estate, 10470 Penang.
Thus, on the 14th of February 1999, in conjunction with
Venerable Indaratana’s birthday, a celebration was held to officiate
the handing over of the keys to Venerable Indaratana by Madam Tay Poh
Choo. This was followed by the naming of the home, “Mahindarama
Sarana Old Folks’ Home”.
One year later, the temple management was able to acquire the premise at
No. 11 Jalan Gunaratana, 10460 Penang. The front portion of the premise
was to be used to house the Sarana Old Folks’ Home while the back
portion would be the Amata Free Medical and Diabetic Centre. Renovation
works began immediately and the new Sarana was completed by the end of
the year 2000.
The New Year’s Day, 1st January 2001, being the auspicious
1st day of the 21st Century marked the official
ceremony of the new Sarana premise.
The new Sarana premise at No. 11 Jalan Gunaratana, 10460 Penang provide
an ideal environment for giving help and care to the old and aged. It
has 3 bedrooms, a cosy living room and a well-furnished kitchen.
Due to its proximity to the Mahindarama Buddhist Temple, the Sarana
allows the old folks easy access both to the temple as well as the Amata
Free Medical and Diabetic Centre.
At present, there are 6 senior citizens staying at the Sarana. They are
very happy staying at the Sarana. The old folks help to clean the Sarana
everyday. They like the safe, clean and peaceful environment at Sarana.
The old folks are very touched with the kindness and concern given by caring devotees. They wish everyone to be well and happy.