A Message from Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami
December 1, 2014
Namaste, and welcome to our various websites, through which we provides vast amounts of information on Hinduism, endeavouring to do so without bias, while focusing on today, not just yesterday.
A Google search for "Hinduism" displays our sites as the first and third options (excluding general information sites). Our recently released movie, "The History of Hindu India," is bringing many new online visitors as well. YouTube currently counts more than 120,000 views of the 10-minute documentary, a number which is steadily rising.
Nowhere else will you find such a wealth of resources about Hinduism, carefully researched and compiled from across the globe. How important is it to you to have good resources about our faith online? How important is it that your friends and business associates, your children and their teachers, when searching the Web for information, find a place that explains Hinduism from its mystical depths, excluding academic bias, gross misconceptions and outright sensationalism?
As you know, our Gurudeva, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, wanted all his spiritual teachings available for free on online—no fees, no advertising and only rare appeals for funds. It's the model followed by Wikipedia, and it works. For four years running, you've responded generously, and after another year of working to enhance our sites and digital publications, we again offer this appeal.
In our "How the Funds Are Used" page, we detail what we did with your past generosity, and what we hope to accomplish in the coming year. Your contribution this year will go to the enhancement of our websites and their content. And they will go toward completing the Media Studio. As you will read in the letter from our editor, Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami, we have yet to complete renovations to that special space where all this work is done by our team of monks. Thus, the renovation remains on the list of projects to be funded as part of this year's drive. Though not complete, it is far enough along that our monks have already moved in, continuing their creative efforts at their new desks in a beautifully transformed environment.
The funds do not pay staff salaries or administrative overhead, since these sites are created and maintained by selfless monks who work for free and live simply in our remote monastery on the island of Kauai.
In keeping with Gurudeva's vision that all major aspects of our work ultimately be supported by endowments, 10% of your tax-deductible contribution goes into the permanent Digital Dharma Drive Endowment, which now stands at $36,700 after four years of fundraising. As this endowment accumulates, it will provide an ever-increasing income for decades to come, protecting the digital future of Hinduism—your religious heritage.
Donate today, and improve our presentation of Hinduism to the World—for the benefit of this and future generations.
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami
Guru Mahasannidhanam of Kauai Aadheenam
Publisher of Hinduism Today