Kauai's Hindu Monastery
Sept. - Oct. 2014 Newsletter
At the beginning of August, Shanmuganathaswami and I traveled to Maryland for the annual Ilankai Nallur and Kathirkamam Kanthan Festival at the Murugan Temple in Lanham. I spoke on "Our Three Kinds of Temples." The next day we held a gathering for children and parents and an evening satsang. Over the next few days satsangs were held in Raleigh, NC; Minneapolis, MN; St. Louis, MO, where we attended the ground breaking for an educational building at the new temple. Next we flew to Bengaluru to visit the Iraivan Temple carving site. After seeing a few members, devotees and students, we spent four days at Kailash Ashram participating in ceremonies for the recently dedicated Rajagopuram. Returning to the Aadheenam in late August, we enjoyed a number of darshan sessions with visiting families and our special monthly Ardra abhishekam to Nataraja. General contributions for August and September totaled $111,050, which falls short of our minimum two-month goal of $130,000. Special project contributions totaled an additional $416. We are grateful to our global family of temple builders for your continued and generous support. Aum Namasivaya!
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We have taken birth in a physical body to grow and evolve into our divine potential. We are inwardly already one with God. Our religion contains the knowledge of how to realize this oneness and not create unwanted experiences along the way. The peerless path is following the way of our spiritual forefathers, discovering the mystical meaning of the scriptures. The peerless path is commitment, study, discipline, practice and the maturing of yoga into wisdom. In the beginning stages, we suffer until we learn. Learning leads us to service; and selfless service is the beginning of spiritual striving. Service leads us to understanding. Understanding leads us to meditate deeply and without distractions. Finally, meditation leads us to surrender in God. This is the straight and certain path, the San Marga, leading to Self Realization—the inmost purpose of life—and subsequently to moksha, freedom from rebirth.
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News From the Home of Iraivan Temple
Bodhinatha receives gifts from Nirmalanandanathaswami, head of Sri Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana Math
Gurudeva's murti glows following the monthly pada puja in Kadavul Temple
Bodhinatha has been wanting to embrace online satsangs for quite some time as a way to be in touch with his far-flung community of devotees more frequently. He conducted his first webinar on September 27, using the Vidyo HD video conferencing platform. The subject was the microcosm, the inner part of man. This experiment was a grand success, with participants in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and India. Bodhinatha spent many early morning hours developing future talks and webinars on Patanjali's Yoga Sutras.
Iraivan Temple Progress
The carving work on the perimeter wall of the temple continues in Bengaluru. Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami visited the carving site in August to review the progress. Here on Kauai, work on the massive landscaping around the temple continued with a bit more site preparation, removing an earthen berm. The house where the stone carvers live while they are on Kauai is getting an upgrade. Beginning in mid September, Aditya Vinadhara and Bob Stokes, an associate from Salt Lake City, installed new drywall, painted the walls and ceilings and purchased new light fixtures, kitchen appliances and counters. In another month, an entirely new kitchen will be ready for the silpis when they return from India. The monastery experienced a rare heart-stopping event when the ship carrying two containers of stone from India to Kauai ran aground on a reef near the harbor entrance in Saipan, an island near Guam, midway through its voyage, on September 9th. The cost of bringing another ship from Hong Kong to carry the freight to Hawaii was borne by everyone who had a shipment on board. Our share, unfortunately, set back the project $47,000. But the good news is that this exceptionally precious cargo has reached Hawaii safely.
Arumuganathaswami and Sadhaka Jayanatha traveled to Boulder, Colorado, to participate in the Uberoi Foundation conference at Naropa University. The annual academic gathering is a time for experts from the four dharmic faiths—Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism—to come together and share ideas. The Foundation and its principals have been consistently supportive of our work in the field of Hindu education. In particular they provided a grant which made possible the making of the 23-minute video, "The History of Hindu India" and its sequel, which is currently in the scripting stage. The Uberoi experts gave presentations on the progress of various foundation-funded projects.
Sadasivanathaswami and Senthilnathaswami traveled twice from Hawaii to the mainland USA during August and September. The first journey was to participate in the grand opening of America's largest Hindu religious center, the 167-acre BAPS Swaminarayan campus in Robbinsville, New Jersey. They attended the mahayagna, participated in the prana pratishtha abhishekam of the Deities in the new temple and had darshan of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the leader of this globally effective organization. While there, our swamis discussed trends in Hinduism, projects in which we can collaborate and interviewed some of the most senior BAPS swamis for an article in Hinduism Today. The swamis also traveled to Orlando, Florida, for the ninth annual Hindu Mandir Executives' Conference, a gathering of the managers, owners and priests of temples in North America and the Caribbean. About 200 leaders were present for an amazing array of presentations and sessions by women, youth, educators and others. The theme of the conference was "The Role of the Mandir in Hindu Education." Senthilnathaswami's presentation showed how the monastery produces its books, resources and magazine, and his talk took everyone through the content collection, writing, proofing and design processes. Sadasivanathaswami presented our Hindu history movie in the inaugural session, to great applause. He also gave a Keynote on the broader impact of HMEC in the evolution of the consciousness of Americans regarding Hindu thought, history and culture, offering ideas to the group on how they might move forward in the decades ahead now that there are more than 1,000 Hindu temples in North America. Other presenters spoke of the many ways we convey our culture to the next generation, and some of the ways we are falling short in that effort.
Publications and Other Activities
Our website is getting some attention. New Educational Insight pamphlets, valuable resources for parents and teachers, can now be downloaded. Sample titles are "Who Is a Hindu?," "Yoga," "Approaching God," "Aging Gracefully" and "Modern Matchmaking." See them by clicking here. Two vintage talks, true gems from Gurudeva, circa 1962, can now be heard: "Protect Your Mind by Turning Within" and "The Art of Giving; Doing Nothing; True Perception and Talking Things Over.".
Bodhinatha's Newest Teachings Online
Satguru Bodhinatha is now turning his 15-minute Keynote presentations into movies which can be used for our personal benefit or shared at a satsang of friends. See them here. Thanks to a vibrant team of transcribers we can hear Bodhinatha's recent talks and read the transcriptions here. Read the transcriptions on line. Click here for all of Bodhinatha's talks.
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How a Marital Bypass Trust May Save Thousands in Taxes
Dhaval and Radha's attorney warned them to protect their $5 million estate with a marital bypass trust.
"What's a marital bypass trust?" Radha asked during their first visit to his office.
"It's the same as a credit shelter trust or an A-B Trust."
"Yes, but what is it and what does it do?"
"Look at Dhaval," the attorney said gesturing toward her husband. "Imagine him carrying a sack marked '$2 million' over his shoulder. Dhaval dies. Not only he passes from this life, but so does that $2 million, unless you have a marital bypass trust."
"But I thought on the death of the first spouse the surviving spouse got everything," Dhaval said. "That's true," the attorney answered. "And if the surviving spouse is a US citizen, he or she gets everything free of federal estate tax. But that $2 million is not $2 million in cash or property; it's a $2 million exclusion from estate tax."
"But why do we need estate tax protection if everything passes to the surviving spouse tax-free?" Radha asked, wondering now why all this was so complicated.
"Because the day of reckoning has only been postponed, not eliminated," the attorney explained.
"On the death of the second spouse, the estate becomes vulnerable to estate tax. Without a marital bypass trust, you will have lost one-half of the estate tax protection you have as a married couple."
"So what should we do?" Dhaval asked. He had begun to tally in his mind the tax on $2 million of their estate that could be transferred tax-free.
"Here's what I propose," the attorney offered, looking up from his yellow legal pad where he had roughed out the $800,000-plus tax savings a marital bypass trust would provide. "I'll write your estate plan so that the surviving spouse may either take the entire estate directly or choose to place part of the estate into a marital bypass trust. The choice will be yours, and you can make it depending on the size of your estate at that time and the current laws."
"Since I have coronary artery disease, the bypass trust will be well named," Dhaval quipped.
"Yes," the attorney mumbled with a weak smile.
"Puns aside, the bypass trust will eventually pass to your children, but in the meantime the trust assets are invested exclusively for the surviving spouse who receives all the income and can invade principal if his or her health, education or welfare is at stake."
Leaning toward the couple for emphasis, he added: "The fact that the surviving spouse does not directly own what's in the marital bypass trust preserves the decedent's $2 million exclusion from estate tax, or whatever that exclusion is at time of death."
"But what if the trust grows beyond exclusion amount?" Dhaval asked.
"It doesn't matter. The full amount in the trust, whatever it ends up being, is completely protected."
Leaving the attorney's office, Dhaval and Radha felt slightly woozy. Why, they wondered, did so much of their children's inheritance depend on such obscure points of law? Still, it was helpful to have such sophisticated options.
For information on establishing a fund at the Hindu Heritage Endowment, contact Shanmuganathaswami at 808-822-3012 x 244 or email email@example.com
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Building Fund Donations
Thanks to Our August-September Temple Builders in 16 Countries
12 MONTH SUMMARY: For the twelve months of September 2013 to August 2014, our minimum monthly building fund goal was $780,000. Excluding contributions directed toward special project expenses, we received $772,543.76.
THIS MONTH'S SUMMARY: For September 2014, our minimum monthly building fund goal was $65,000. Excluding contributions directed toward special project expenses, we received $54,800.
|Building Fund Donations|
|Marie & R. Bhanugopann||216.00|
|Aran Ram Krishnarajah||1,001.00|
|Luckshmi & Logan Siva Nirmalananda||201.00|
|Subramanaim & Malathy Nirmalananda||202.00|
|Kumaran Duraiswamy Thangarajah||101.00|
|Essen Subramanian Valayten||6.20|
|Sri Dhevi Arasaratnam||100.00|
|William Frank Brown||33.00|
|Kelsey D. Brusnyk||100.00|
|Ron & Jennifer Burke||100.00|
|William & Thanam Joseph||43.07|
|Ashish & Kamni Rao||164.63|
|In Memory of Goindsamy Pillay Renghen||108.00|
|Dharmalingam & Mangai Selvarajah||51.00|
|Naguleswary & Manickam Senthivel||100.00|
|Chelvi & S. Shantharam||86.14|
|Thambimuttoo & Thavam Sivagnanam||102.00|
|Sara K. Sivasurier||255.45|
|Nagula & Sutha Suthaker||202.00|
|Vennila Mardemootoo & Sivaneswaran Sockanathan||100.00|
|Thanesh Kumar & Leelawathy Aianarappan||30.00|
|Arulmani Devi Arumugam||188.04|
|Thinageri & Kumaresh Batumalai||60.00|
|Rathidevi & Veerasamy Batumallah||75.34|
|Arulmani Chandra Kumar & Sujith Arulmani||61.99|
|Leena Lakshmi Devasagayam, Anand Kumar Letchumana & Kavin Kirav||93.61|
|Yoga Rubini & Chandra Ganth Family||30.80|
|R. Jayakumar & Yoga Bhavani Family||30.80|
|Uma Dewi & Dinesh Kumar Jayaram||18.00|
|M. Shanmuganathan & A. Kamalambikai||61.60|
|Amaraysh, Kumutha & Jerry Lai||31.00|
|Wasantha Devi Murugan||30.80|
|Ramesh Murthi, Bathmavathy Batumalai, Deevesh & Likel||15.61|
|Rasiah Vallipuram & Pathumanithi Nagalingam||61.99|
|Achi & Suriakala Naidu||24.86|
|M. Suranthiran Naidu||61.99|
|S. & Nirmala Raja||18.64|
|Chandran Ramamurthy, Kalpana and Sai Janany||93.61|
|Kaveta Supramaniam Ramoo||61.99|
|Supramaniam Ramoo & In Memory of Neelavathy Thangavelu||61.99|
|Puvana Ratha Krishnan||30.80|
|Jayaraj Kantharaj & Saranraj S-O Jayabalathilagam||34.08|
|B. S. Selvakone||102.00|
|Ambikabathi Shanmugam Pillay||61.60|
|Raja Singam Raja Ratnam & Shreema Rasiah||61.99|
|Roselia Simon - Kulamani Ganesha||164.00|
|Rishitaa Sivanathan & Hitesvar Skandanatha Sivanathan||31.00|
|Puvana & Sivanathan||31.00|
|Saraswathy & Ramesh Sivanathan||31.18|
|Mohana Sundari & Sivasekaran||61.99|
|A. Sockalingam & Chandrasekari||61.99|
|Devi & the late Selvadurai Subramaniam||31.00|
|S. & Santhi Subramaniam||18.64|
|Ambalawan a/l Suppiah||139.71|
|Tamilselvan & Shamala Suppiah||501.00|
|Remalah & A. Thinathayalan||31.00|
|Thanavinthan Siva Thirumalai||31.26|
|Darrshan Letchumanan & Yuvan Letchumanan||61.99|
|Shree Saroja Devi Doorgiat||6.30|
|Amrit Singh Jaypal||15.75|
|Seedha Lutchmee Moonesawmy||6.30|
|Sheela Goindamah Moothoosawmy||3.13|
|Siven Barlen Mootoosamy||3.15|
|Vimaley Chellen Mootoosamy||3.15|
|Naden Seeneevasen Pillay||3.15|
|Alejandro & Olya Jaramillo & Gunamaya Sivananda||1,500.00|
|Prekash & Sabita Baladien||30.00|
|Gary & Radica Asha Yee-Fong||70.00|
|Anil Ananda Badhwar||40.00|
|Fremont Lawrence & Toshadevi Nataraj||122.00|
|Vaiyapuri Kamala Devi||200.00|
|S.G. Nathan Narasa||18.64|
|Sivakumar, Lavanya & Easan Saravan||800.00|
|Kavitha Darshini & Amitpal Singh||156.34|
|Shree Vishna Rasiah & Sharmila Harry||61.99|
|Clive & Puvaneswary Roberts||690.00|
|Darmaguhan & Shivali Satgunasingam||200.00|
|Center For Purposeful Living||1,000.00|
|Vijaydev Mistry Foundation||2,001.00|
|Golden Gate Mission||1,608.00|
|Bal & Brij Agarwal||101.00|
|Renu & Suresh Aggarwal||1,008.00|
|Hotranatha & Punita Ajaya||50.00|
|Adi & Asha Alahan||25.00|
|Vel & Valli Alahan||50.00|
|Vainy Vaid & Vijay Bhagi Family||60.00|
|P. Vittal Bhatt||50.00|
|Cira de Castillo||108.00|
|Sudhakar & Annapurna Chakrala||51.00|
|Uma & Kumar Chandrasekaran||108.00|
|Subba R. Chennupati||101.00|
|Connie M. Cipriano||50.00|
|Kaika & Nilufer Clubwala||202.00|
|Sitara Rupali Contreras||108.00|
|Elizabeth H. Crockett||1,116.00|
|Srinivas & Geetha Dabir||1,001.00|
|Rekha J. Dave||101.00|
|Mary Ellen Delekta||200.00|
|Jayasinh D. Deshmukh||51.00|
|Banu Devi & Chellappa Deva||134.00|
|Amarnath & Latha Devarmanai||202.00|
|Michael R. Eisen||50.00|
|Surendranath & Rajshree Gaitonde||40.00|
|Suketu & Mita Gandhi||102.00|
|Jill & Panshula Ganeshan||28.00|
|Chaturbhuj N. Gidwani||108.00|
|Ajit V. Gokhale||108.00|
|Hiranya & Saraswathi Devi Gowda||1,030.00|
|Chaitan & Sarita Gupta||108.00|
|Madhuri & N. Gururaj||25.00|
|Kriya & Sharyn Haran||225.00|
|James L. Haynes||100.00|
|Shakti Shanti Hee||202.00|
|George & Chandraleela Hoezoo||185.23|
|Usharani Iswaran Magaña||150.00|
|Shridhar & Bijal Iyer||501.00|
|Vasanthi S. Iyer||100.00|
|Suresh & Meena Joshi||121.00|
|In Memory of Kannamah Kandasamy||100.00|
|Namit & Nidhi Kapoor||51.00|
|Srinivas & Shanthi Karri||80.00|
|Ashok & Minoo Kaushal||101.00|
|Siva and Jana Kesavan||1,001.00|
|Anil & Devajyothi Kondapi||100.00|
|Rudy Tanzi & Dora Kovacs||216.00|
|Venkatram J. Kowsik||100.00|
|Deva Magdalena Krebs||50.00|
|Radha & Ganesh Krishnan||108.00|
|P. & Rani Krishnaraj||250.00|
|Bhagawandas P. & Rajani Lathi||30.00|
|Gerard & Zhena Linsmeier||108.00|
|Kumari & Rao Maddula||116.00|
|Anantha & Jothika Manepalli||1,001.00|
|Laura Devi Marks||216.00|
|Janak & Jaimini Marolia||101.00|
|Dave & Cindy McGonagle||25.00|
|Kazumi Mechling-Dal Colletto||60.00|
|Rai & Rekha Mehdiratta||51.00|
|Chandra Mohan Mehrotra||51.00|
|Nalini H. Mody||201.00|
|Sarish & Satya Mohin||25.00|
|Sandhya Ramanathan & Girish Muckai||250.00|
|Amitav & Krishna Mukerji||101.00|
|M. & Shobana Mylvaganam||101.00|
|Palani & Selvarany Nadarajah||30.00|
|Nitya & Becky Nadesan||282.00|
|Ananda & Chanthrika Nagendran||108.00|
|Manish M. Naidu||22.22|
|Ram & Rema Nair||7,001.00|
|G. Narayana Rao||101.00|
|Sanjaya K. Nath||22.00|
|Emma & Narendra Nemivant||25.00|
|Nimesh N. Panchigar||101.00|
|S. Murthy Pappu||116.00|
|Janaka & Bhavani Param||50.00|
|Virendra M. Parikh||1,001.00|
|Alka & Chandrakant Patel||501.00|
|Indubala Ratilal Patel||51.00|
|Jagdish C. & Shila Patel||501.00|
|Nathu J. Patel||101.00|
|Sanjay & Shalu Patel||101.00|
|Vinay & Hansa R. Patel||202.00|
|Mr. & Mrs. Pranavan||50.00|
|Richard Henry Pratt||200.00|
|Panju & Parvathi Prithviraj||101.00|
|Raman & Uma Purighalla||1,000.00|
|Ramegowda & Shyamala Rajagopal||250.00|
|Deva & Gayatri Rajan||2,002.00|
|Mohan Deepak Ram||346.00|
|Jeyashree & Venkat Ramakrishnan||145.00|
|Rajesh & Yatra Raman||22.00|
|Sampat & Sarla Rampuria||21.00|
|Partab & Chandra Ramsinghani||54.00|
|Srinivas & Lakshmi Reddy||101.00|
|Annie & Mark Ruiz||108.00|
|Cliff & Kathy Runge||100.00|
|Ananthakrishna & Jayshree Sarma||101.00|
|Silver Vel Satsang||75.00|
|Aran & Valli Sendan||50.00|
|Devyani & Nrupendra Shah||25.00|
|Kumarpal & Parul Shah||51.00|
|Santosh D. Sharma||108.00|
|Praveen Y. Sharma||202.00|
|Usha Kiran Shastri||151.00|
|Manwendra & Neelam Sinha||51.00|
|Nigel Subramaniam Siva||60.00|
|Iraja & Nilani Sivadas||145.00|
|Dharshi & Sivasothy Sivakumar||300.00|
|Nathan & Sulena Sivananda||100.00|
|Tandu & Uma Sivanathan||50.00|
|Bindu & Prabhakar Soni||101.00|
|Baskar & Shubha Subbarao||25.00|
|Sashi & Gayathri Subramanian||30.00|
|Nandi Deva Sundaram||150.00|
|Shanthi Suresh & Sures Ramamurti||402.00|
|Rita & Kirit Sutaria||51.00|
|Mukund & Lata Thakar||101.00|
|Anil Thayamballi & Nita Mehta||108.00|
|Sivam U. Thillaikanthan||40.00|
|Sundari & Velayudhan Velu||108.00|
|Margaret Rose Werd||7.51|
|Margaret Yee Chan||101.00|
|David & Shelah Young||102.00|
|Total Building Fund||$100,691.34|
|Iraivan Temple Endowment|
|Prabodh & Jean Gupta||100.00|
|Total Endowment Funds||$10,359.00|
|Special Project Donations (Gold Leaf)|
|Gail La Mar||216.00|
|Srinivas R. Madaboosi||200.00|
|Total Special Project Donations||416.00|
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Iraivan Temple is a punya tirtha, a sacred destination for devout pilgrims. The vision of Lord Siva on San Marga that Gurudeva was blessed with in 1975 is sustained and made manifest by the daily sadhanas of 21 resident monastics from five nations. Kadavul Hindu Temple and the many sacred areas of San Marga are available to Hindus for worship, meditation, japa and quiet reflection. It is best, if you are planning to come to visit us, to email us in advance to make sure the days of your visit coincide with our open times. And, if you want to have darshan with Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, to check if he is in residence and to make the necessary appointment. Please see our visitor information pages for more details.
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