Kauai's Hindu Monastery
July 2014 Newsletter
In June Sannyasin Senthilnathaswami and I attended the 6-day consecration ceremonies for the newly built Hindu Temple of Greater Fort Worth. In my talk I stressed the importance of Hindu temples lies in the fact that they perpetuate Hindu culture and gave a number of practical examples, such as how in following temple protocols the children learn about showing respect and the sacredness of certain objects. One of the priests, Dr. Udaya Bhaskar Deekshit Parasaram of the Redmond, Washington, temple, gave excellent explanations of what was happening during the ceremony, emphasizing that before installation the statue was just an idol but afterwards it had been transformed into a sacred murti and could no longer be referred to as an idol or statue. At the Kauai monastery, the Murugan festival of Vaikasi Visakam was celebrated, during which sannyas diksha was given. Our new sannyasin’s name is Kaivalyanathaswami. General contributions for June totaled $39,260.45, which is less than our minimum monthly goal of $65,000. Special project contributions totaled an additional $208. We are grateful to our global family of temple builders for your continued and generous support. Aum Namasivaya!
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Saivism is an orthodox religion, conservative in its ways and yet pliant and understanding. It is simultaneously the most demanding spiritual path and the most forgiving. Saivites have persisted through many ages through successfully adapting work, service and skills according to the times while internalizing worship and holding firmly to the eternal values. The outer form of service or occupation does not change the spiritual search. Be he a skilled farmer, factory worker, village merchant, computer programmer or corporate executive, the Saivite is served well by his religion. Saivism has all of the facilities for the education of humankind back to the Source. Each futuristic age does not reflect a difference in the Saivite’s relationship with his family, kulaguru, teacher, satguru, Gods or God in his daily religious life. The Saiva Dharma: it is now as it always was.
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News From the Home of Iraivan Temple
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and his staff of swamis and sadhakas just days before departing on the 2014 Mauritius Innersearch Travel-Study Program with 52 participants
Lord Ganesha beautifully decorated on His chaturthi day, sends forth blessings after the 3am puja
Satguru continued his series of discourses on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras by elucidating on the restraint of mental activities in yoga practice. You can hear that talk on the Look/Listen pages of our website by clicking here. Bodhinatha and Senthilnathaswami traveled to Texas for a week at the beginning of June. In Austin, they toured the nearly completed Chinmaya Mission Sundaram Temple and Ashram, hosted by the center’s Acharya Brahmachari Girish Chaitanya. In Fort Worth, they were special guests at the opening ceremonies of the area’s new Hindu temple. On June 26 Bodhinatha and six monastics traveled to Mauritius for the 2014 Mauritius Innersearch Travel-Study Program. Shortly after arriving they held a “Meet the Publisher and Editors of Hinduism Today Magazine” event at the prestigious Hennessey Park Hotel attended by 350 subscribers and numerous Hindu and government leaders. The evening’s presentation ended with a screening of our 22-minute film “The History of Hindu India.” During the Q&A session afterwards, one inspired attendee declared, “Wow! I have to tell you this is the first time I have ever seen my religion presented in a way that touched me so deeply. Tonight I feel proud to be a Hindu.”
Iraivan Temple Progress
Two shipping containers have been loaded in India enroute to Kauai. One holds the five ton Avudaiyar, the pedestal that will hold the Maha Spatika Lingam, and the Pancha Brahma murthis that will be placed in the niches around the external walls of the sanctum of Iraivan Temple. The other contains the Yalli handrails for the front steps, granite statues of Gurudeva and Bodhinatha, as well as the Nandi and miscellaneous stones of the Nandi Mandapam. The containers should reach Kauai in about two months.
Our New Swami
After over 45 years of exemplary selfless service, and after having been a yogi tapasvin for the last six years, Yogi Jothinatha was initiated into sannyas by Bodhinatha as Kaivalyanathaswami in an early morning ceremony. The auspicious day finished with a powerful Vaikasi Visakam Muruga abhishekam and puja in the evening.
Publications and Other Activities
The July/August/September issue of Hinduism Today has been uploaded to our website. The online version contains a stunning slideshow from our special feature on Rishikesh. The Siddhidatta Kulam enlarged our Annapurna vegetable garden in June, adding 12 more raised beds with concrete perimeters. The Media Studio renovation project moved forward with the completion of the custom printed vinyl floor. Our many thanks to Durvasa Alahan for his expert help with the installation. The Aditya Alurkar family, from California, brought His Holiness Swami Madhav Tirthji to the monastery for a short visit to meet Bodhinatha. Swami is head of the Omkar Sadhana Ashram in Anand, Gujarat. The History of Hindu India (Part One) video was finished in June. It is based on our book, The History of Hindu India. The book was so well received that the Uberoi Foundation provided a grant to fund a video edition. Dr. Bajpai, Professor Emeritus of History at California State University Northridge, was instrumental in guiding the content development with Arumuganathaswami. Video producer Sushma Khadepaun manifested infinite patience and long hours, both in the USA and in India, to complete the project. Raj Narayan collaborated to narrate and produce the superb audio track. This video (like the book) is intended to provide an authentic presentation of the history of India and Hinduism for use in American 6th grade social studies classes, as well as Hindu temple study groups and general presentations of Hindu religion and history. It can be freely distributed for educational purposes. See it now on the Hinduism Today video channel of YouTube here.
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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Top to bottom: Initiated into sannyas on June 10 by Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, this is our new swami, Kaivalyanatha Arulen; visiting from San Franciso, Meyyappan and Devi, with daughter Parvati, son Arvind, and Meyyappan’s father, Ramanathan, from South India.
The July/August/September, 2014, edition of Hinduism Today, published by Kauai Aadheenam, has just been released in digital form and is available free of charge to read online or download in PDF or ePub format here. The print edition of the 86-page magazine is available at major bookstores or by subscription at minimela.com.
On this issue’s cover you will see the Lion of Sri Lanka, Siva Yogaswami, one of the greatest satgurus of the 20th century. Our Gurudeva, Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, was initiated by him in 1949. The article captures Yogaswami’s life and legacy through first-person accounts, historical photos and superb art, taking you through his early training with the sage Chellappaswami of Nallur and into his spiritual reign of the Jaffna Peninsula for over fifty years.
Rishikesh, the famed pilgrimage retreat on the banks of the Ganges, is fully explored in the feature article. Rajiv Malik and photographer Dev Raj Agarwal trekked to Rishikesh, visiting many prominent ashrams and sadhus, and telling of the life of Hindus and seekers who come here for days or weeks at a time to pursue a deeper path. It’s everything you will ever need to know about Rishikesh, including where to stay, what to avoid and a few tips on river rafting. You can enjoy a 68-picture Rishikesh slide show on the website.
In this issue’s Publisher’s Desk, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, takes the principle of ahimsa, noninjury, to a deeper level of understanding, explaining its two major pillars as a key to a balanced, wholesome and productive human life.
Other articles include the Smithsonian Museum’s Washington DC exhibition, “Beyond Bollywood,” the very Hindu teachings of the Greek mathematician Pythagoras and a visit to a 100-year-old Indian gurukulam that is merging traditional learning with 21st-century training. A piece on Akka Mahadevi includes some of that bold, saintly woman’s beautiful philosophical poetry, while a wonderful personal tale from Murali Balaji relates how he was ashamed of his Hindu roots as a child but grew up to proudly embrace his spiritual identity. And because—as Gurudeva taught us—life is meant to be lived joyously, you will find a cartoon and other humorous moments in our Quotes & Quips section.Hinduism's sagely tradition, top to bottom: The opening spread of the Rishikesh article, looking upstream from the banks of Ganga with insets of evening Ganga arati worship and Kailash Ashram class; Yogaswami and devotees in an evening gathering.
Each year the Katir family in California creates hundreds of clay Ganeshas for Ganesha Visarjana, with proceeds going to Iraivan temple. They started this in 2005, taking over and expanding upon the work of Satya Palani who for 20 years made clay Ganeshas for the local Church members.
The molds are made from bronze Deities and cast with biodegradable clay in two sizes. It is a slow process, taking two months to make 450 of the small statues. The large ones sell for $10 the small ones are $5. The family organizes creative and fun painting parties for local Hindu children, which are always a big hit. The unpainted Ganeshas are also sold online here, in bulk to temples and through direct personal orders.
Durable Power of Attorney: When You Do
Need to Give Others Control of Your Property
Are you out of your mind?” So thought Aditya—a well-traveled engineer in his forties with an international client base—when his attorney first suggested he name someone to control his bank accounts, make his mortgage payments and complete and sign his taxes.
Too polite to speak his misgivings, Aditya revealed them in his face. “No, no. I’m not asking you to give away the store,” the attorney assured with a smile. “These powers would spring to life only when you need them.”
“Let’s say you had a serious accident on one of your trips. Doctors confirm you can’t manage your finances for a while. If you have completed a durable power of attorney for property management and finance, someone you have chosen could immediately pay your medical bills and mortgage.”
“And if I haven’t done this, what would happen?” Aditya queried.
“Without it, the court would have to appoint a conservator for you,” the attorney said with a grimace. “That’s called, logically enough, a court conservatorship. In some cases it’s the only solution, but, believe me, you want to avoid it if you can. It’s expensive and unpleasant. After all, they have to discuss your mental competence in public, and in the end they may appoint someone you would not want.”
“‘Power of attorney’ does not imply an actual attorney, does it?
“No. Attorney is used in the broad sense of someone acting in your place and on your behalf, not an attorney-at-law, like me.”
“How important is this document?”
“Well, once after I had given an estate planning seminar and reviewed the tools of the trade, an emergency-room nurse who was in the audience spoke up. ‘Accidents happen. Everyone should have a durable power of attorney for property management, no matter what your age, if you own property and have bills’.”
“Is it a long document?”
“It can be, depending on what you want your representative to do,” the attorney said. “But this is typical,” he added, handing Aditya something that looked like an accountant’s to-do list. It read:
• Make deposits and withdrawals from bank accounts
• Sign tax returns and appoint qualified individuals to represent the principal with the IRS in order to make investment decisions
• Deal with retirement plans, including IRAs
• Have access to the principal’s safe-deposit box
• Create a living trust and fund a previously created living trust
• Revoke or change beneficiary designations
• Vote the principal’s stock
• Forgive or collect the principal’s debts
• Enter into contracts on behalf of the principal
• Make gifts on behalf of the principal
• Disclaim gifts or bequests made to the principal
• Deal with life insurance on the life of the principal
There were a few people, very few, to whom Aditya would give these powers. He did not relish a judge he did not know making that choice for him.
“Let’s get it drafted,” he declared firmly.
For more information on durable powers of attorney for property management and finance, visit the HHE Web site, HHEonline.org, and click on Gift Planning, then Estate Planning, and then Your Power of Attorney.
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Building Fund Donations
Thanks to Our June Temple Builders in 14 Countries
SUMMARY: For the ten months of September to June, our minimum monthly goal equals $650,000. Excluding contributions directed toward special projects, we received actual contributions of $671,740.70.
|Marie & R. Bhanugopan||108.00|
|Subramanaim & Malathy Nirmalananda||101.00|
|Essen Subramanian Valayten||3.23|
|Shakti Shiv Sanatan Society||3,558.80|
|Sri Dhevi Arasaratnam||100.00|
|Ron & Jennifer Burke||50.00|
|Priyaa & Santosh Prasad||45.37|
|Naguleswary & Manickam Senthivel||50.00|
|Thambimuttoo & Thavam Sivagnanam||51.00|
|Sayanthan & Anupama Sivanathan||11.00|
|Sara K. Sivasurier||124.56|
|Nagula & Sutha Suthaker||101.00|
|Luckshmi & Logan Siva Nirmalananda||201.00|
|Thanesh Kumar & Leelawathy Aianarappan||15.00|
|Arulmani Devi Arumugam||91.86|
|Arulmani Chandra Kumar & Sujith Arulmani||30.60|
|Leena Lakshmi Devasagayam & Anand Kumar Letchumana||45.92|
|Uma Dewi & Dinesh Kumar Jayaram||9.00|
|Amaraysh, Kumutha & Jerry Lai||15.30|
|Ramesh Murthi, Bathmavathy Batumalai, Deevesh & Likel||15.30|
|Rasiah Vallipuram & Pathumanithi Nagalingam||30.60|
|M. Suranthiran Naidu||61.20|
|Chandran Ramamurthy, Kalpana & Sai Janany||45.92|
|Kaveta Supramaniam Ramoo||61.20|
|Supramaniam Ramoo & In Memory of Neelavathy Thangavelu||30.60|
|Jayaraj Kantharaj & Saranraj S-O Jayabalathilagam||18.36|
|Raja Singam Raja Ratnam & Shreema Rasiah||30.60|
|Roselia Simon - Kulamani Ganesha||82.00|
|Subramaniam P. Sinnan||300.00|
|Mohana Sundari & Sivasekaran||30.60|
|A. Sockalingam & Chandrasekari||30.60|
|Devi & the late Selvadurai Subramaniam||15.30|
|Abbhirami & Aadithyan Thilageshvaran||15.00|
|Remalah & A. Thinathayalan||15.30|
|Thanavinthan Siva Thirumalai||15.63|
|Vikneswaran A. Vinsent||30.60|
|Darrshan Letchumanan & Yuvan Letchumanan||30.60|
|Shree Saroja Devi Doorgiat||3.23|
|Amrit Singh Jaypal||8.06|
|Seedha Lutchmee Moonesawmy||3.23|
|Sheela Goindamah Moothoosawmy||3.23|
|Siven Barlen Mootoosamy||1.61|
|Vimaley Chellen Mootoosamy||1.61|
|Naden Seeneevasen Pillay||1.61|
|Prekash & Sabita Baladien||30.00|
|Gary & Radica Asha Yee-Fong||35.00|
|Anil Ananda Badhwar||54.00|
|Fremont Lawrence & Toshadevi Nataraj||61.00|
|Shree Vishna Rasiah & Sharmila Harry||30.60|
|Clive & Puvaneswary Roberts||175.00|
|Darmaguhan & Shivali Satgunasingam||100.00|
|Microsoft Matching Gifts Program||50.00|
|Hotranatha & Punita Ajaya||25.00|
|Adi & Asha Alahan||25.00|
|Vel & Valli Alahan||50.00|
|Cira de Castillo||100.00|
|Kaika & Nilufer Clubwala||101.00|
|Shyamadeva & Peshani Devi Dandapani||51.00|
|Anant & Parul Desai||2,500.00|
|Suketu & Mita Gandhi||51.00|
|Hiranya & Saraswathi Devi Gowda||515.00|
|Toshadeva & Kamala Guhan||36.00|
|Prabodh & Jean Gupta||100.00|
|Kriya & Sharyn Haran||150.00|
|James L. Haynes||50.00|
|Vasanthi S. Iyer||50.00|
|Shivaram & Kiran Kalugotla||502.00|
|Srinivas & Shanthi Karri||40.00|
|Anil & Devajyothi Kondapi||101.00|
|Deva Magdalena Krebs||50.00|
|Leela & Muthusami Kumaran||453.00|
|Gerard & Zhena Linsmeier||54.00|
|Lata Menon & Madhu Madhavan||101.00|
|Laura Devi Marks||108.00|
|Nitika & Dinesh Mehta||101.00|
|Prabhashanker & Bhanumati Mehta||51.00|
|Palani & Selvarany Nadarajah||15.00|
|Nitya & Becky Nadesan||141.00|
|Manish M. Naidu||11.11|
|Sanjaya K. Nath||11.00|
|Emma & Narendra Nemivant||25.00|
|Ken & Meridith Paddock||50.00|
|Easvan & Devi Param||101.00|
|Janaka & Bhavani Param||25.00|
|Indubala Ratilal Patel||101.00|
|Vinay & Hansa R. Patel||101.00|
|Narasimha Rao Pemmaraju||250.00|
|Uday & Prasanna Pendse||31.00|
|Mr. & Mrs. Pranavan||226.00|
|Richard Henry Pratt||100.00|
|Deva & Gayatri Rajan||1,001.00|
|Mohan Deepak Ram||119.00|
|Rajesh & Yatra Raman||11.00|
|Partab & Chandra Ramsinghani||27.00|
|Cliff & Kathy Runge||50.00|
|Aran & Valli Sendan||25.00|
|Deva & Amala Seyon||51.00|
|Sivakami Shanmugasundaram Family||111.00|
|Praveen Y. Sharma||101.00|
|Iraja & Nilani Sivadas||108.00|
|Dharshi & Sivasothy Sivakumar||150.00|
|Nathan & Sulena Sivananda||50.00|
|Nandi Deva Sundaram||50.00|
|Shanthi Suresh & Sures Ramamurti||101.00|
|Rudy Tanzi & Dora Kovacs||108.00|
|Anil Thayamballi & Nita Mehta||108.00|
|Sivam U. Thillaikanthan||40.00|
|Dushyant & Daksha Upadhyaya||21.00|
|Tsajon & Kamalia Von Lixfeld||100.00|
|David & Shelah Young||51.00|
|Total Building Fund||$38,034.11|
|Iraivan Temple Endowment|
|Canadians Sharing Locally And Globally||899.34|
|Easwaran & Beena Variyam||101.00|
|Total Endowment Funds||$1,226.34|
|Special Project Donations (Gold Leaf)|
|Gail La Mar||108.00|
|Srinivas R. Madaboosi||100.00|
|Total Special Project Donations||208.00|
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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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