What Our Donors Are Saying
The next best thing to being there: that is what it is like each day when my computer opens up to "Today at Kauai Aadheenam" (TAKA). Gurudeva speaks to me with his special quote for immediate inspiration and self reflection followed by reading the lesson of the day with an excerpt from Dancing, Living and Merging with Siva. Time permitting I will check out one of Bodhinatha's talks for further inspiration and fulfillment.
On other days, I might listen to and brush up on a sacred mantra and chant, check out the Mini Mela online store, read Hindu Press International (a synopsis of news articles about Hinduism from around the world), or view the latest edition of Hinduism Today.
I cannot imagine what my day would be like if I could not do all these things. We are so fortunate that the monks of Kauai Aadheenam have provided us with a glimpse of the sacred and selfless work that they are doing day after day after day, so that the truths of their realizations and the ultimate realizations of Hinduism can be shared. The purity and sanctity of their work has permeated into the lives of many on the planet and like osmosis continues to do so.
Even though I truly believe that the inspirations of Sanatana Dharma will always be there as sacred truths always prevail, there is the practical side to the maintenance of every venture in the First World. So I would encourage everyone who has visited TAKA or used any of the online resources provided by the monks to give back a little. That way the monks can continue to inspire us to reach the Truth inside of us and hopefully along the way other searching souls will find the path that they seek.
Mrs. Shama Vinayaga
Wainwright, Alberta, Canada
Hindu scripture is emphatic in enjoining us to give. The ethical scripture of South India, the Tirukkural, says, “Of all duties, benevolence is unequaled in this world, and even in celestial realms. It is to meet the needs of the deserving that the worthy labor arduously to acquire wealth.” And, “He who understands the duty of giving truly lives. all others shall be counted among the dead.”
The Bhagavad Gita tell us, “Works of sacrifice, gift and self-harmony should not be abandoned, but should indeed be performed, for these are works of purification.”
In the Yamas and Niyamas, the fundamental first steps on the path of Yoga, we find that Niyama #3 is “Giving, dana: tithing and giving generously without thought of reward.”
The scriptures of all religions, in fact, are filled with directives to give. Giving could be said to be the essential virtue of all faiths and ethical systems. The Hindu Monastery’s monks give of themselves selflessly, constantly, to make available the material on their website. Now it is our turn to give.
I often have occasion to research the internet on various Hindu subjects such as karma, or the nature of God. Every time I do, I am astonished at the number of sites that use material from himalayanacademy.com. Some cite the material, more often, no credit is given. Students, researchers, philosophers and New Age thinkers, devotees of the Hindu path and other paths, and the mildly interested or curious–clearly a great many of us are benefitting from this website. Shouldn’t we make a donation to express our gratitude and insure the continuity of this tremendous resource? Please, I appeal to all who’ve visited himalayanacademy.com and been inspired, uplifted, or informed, give generously. We have a debt, after all.
With so much misinformation, even disinformation on Hinduism abounding, it is deeply important to have accurate online resources on Hinduism–as many as possible. Congratulations and thanks are due to the monks of Kauai's Hindu Monastery. Not only do they maintain and continually expand an astonishing compilation of news, information and insight, it's presented in cutting edge media: from ink on paper to digital print to numerous audio/visual media, all with world-class graphics and writing: at once fresh, lively, profound and thought-provoking. Oh, and gorgeous.
The venerable monks present their own cherished Saivism in full, as well as an abundance of material on general Hinduism; history, current events and issues, health, scriptures, arts and culture, temples, and best of all, practical observations on spiritual life skills, yoga and sadhana by a realized satguru. This is the most comprehensive, insightful, well researched and accurate, and visually delightful window into the Sanatana Dharma you'll ever find anywhere–digital or analog. And, with our help, it's absolutely free.
Jai to the monks of Kauai's Hindu Monastery! We are forever indebted to you.
Mrs. Gayatri Rajan
Canyon, California, USA
Padmaja PatelThere are no words to describe how much I have benefited from the free online resources from Kauaiʼs Hindu Monastery. It is definitely a big part of my daily life, from reading TAKA, daily Master Course lessons, using quotes and relevant material for my Facebook status updates and the Master Course group discussions. I also use the Hinduism Today site for articles I write for our local newspaper.
For my own personal study I now have Saiva Dharma Shastras, Gurudevaʼs Spiritual Visions and Gurudevaʼs Spiritual Toolbox, which are available in PDF format, on my iPad. Itʼs so nice to have them on the shelf of my iBooks app! My all-time favorite treats are the inspired talks by Gurudeva and Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami–to be able to listen to them on demand is a great boon. Their words continue to guide and inspire me.
For my classes I teach to young children at our local temple, I have used the Ten Questions and Answers pamphlets and the Yogaʼs Forgotten Foundation books to teach yamas and niyamas–using the “Visiting a Hindu Temple” pamphlet, as well. I have also used the festival pagers extensively to provide a greater depth of understanding in regards to prominent Hindu celebrations.
The excitement in my class is so much greater now that I have Ten Tales About Religious Life and Ten Tales About Self-Control on my iPad. The kids are absolutely fascinated with it to the point that they have wanted to take it home. My life is enriched daily by the extensive online resources freely available, such materials are a vital source of energy which sustain me in all my worldly endeavors.
Aum Namah Sivaya.
Dr. Padmaja Patel
Midland, Texas, USA