Kauai's Hindu Monastery
July 2016 Newsletter


The last week of June Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami and I flew to London for a week of events and gatherings. Morning and evening temple visits took us to London Sri Murugan Temple, Enfield Nagapoosani Ambaal Temple, Highgate Hill Murugan Temple, Sr Rajarajeswari Amman Temple and London Sivan Kovil. Each temple visit included a short talk with Tamil translation on the personal form of the Deity being real, the existence of three worlds and how the Deity resides in the sacred murti during puja and blesses the devotees present. A three-hour workshop on "What Is Saivism?" was given to some seventy bhaktars at the Wimbledon Shree Ghanapathy Temple. Additionally, two satsangs for members and devotees were held, plus an outing to the internationally renowned Kew Botanical Gardens, an Aloha Dinner, a visit to Shanti Nilayam (Yogaswami Hall) to meet Yogaswami devotees plus some private darshan meetings. General contributions for June totaled $37,198, which is far less than our minimum monthly goal of $65,000. Special project contributions totaled an additional $3,554. We are grateful to our global family of temple builders for your continued and generous support. Aum Namasivaya!

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Gurudeva's Wisdom

When God created the universe, He endowed it with order, with the laws to govern creation. Dharma is God's divine law prevailing on every level of existence, from the sustaining cosmic order to religious and moral laws which bind us in harmony with that order. We are maintained by dharma, held in our most perfect relationship within a complex universe. Every form of life, every group of men, has its dharma, the law of its being. When we follow dharma, we are in conformity with the Truth that inheres and instructs the universe, and we naturally abide in closeness to God. Adharma is opposition to divine law. Dharma prevails in the laws of nature and is expressed in our culture and heritage. It is piety and ethical practice, duty and obligation. It is the path which leads us to liberation. Universal dharma is known as rita. Social dharma is varna dharma. Human dharma is known as ashrama dharma. Our personal dharma is svadharma. Hinduism, the purest expression of these four timeless dharmas, is called Sanatana Dharma. The Vedas proclaim, "There is nothing higher than dharma. Verily, that which is dharma is Truth."

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News From the Home of Iraivan Temple


Satguru's tour of London Saiva temples began here, in the London Sri Murugan Temple in East Ham. Following a warm vanakkam by sea of Sivacharyas (including the renowned Pitchai Gurukkal, in white with red shawl) chanting a powerful guru mantra and a delightful puja, Satguru gave an upadesha entitled "Saivism Is Not Well Understood."


Milk from our Jersey herd is offered to the tiruvadi at Gurudeva's shrine during the historic 200th Chitra Nakshatra Pada Puja in Kadavul Temple.

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Iraivan Temple Report
Through the month of June the skilled stone carvers in Bengaluru, India, worked on Iraivan Temple's perimeter wall. At the end of May the carving team spent a week loading crates holding about one-fourth of the completed perimeter wall stones into four shipping containers. The containers are now onboard a ship enroute to Honolulu. They are scheduled to arrive on July 21st. The containers also carry stone bases for the silpi bronzes and four bases for the Guru Parampara statues.

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami's Activities
London was the big news of the month, and every day was filled and overfilled with events. Amazingly, Pitchai Gurukkal was present at the temples, on his way to the same event in Maryland as Satguru. Every few months Satguru holds a class on Patanjali's Yoga Sutra for our youngest monks. The June class compared the Sutras with Gurudeva's teachings. The class included the intricacies of various types of Samadhi, such as samadhi with form (savikalpa samadhi), whereby the observer, the observed and the act of observing coalesce into oneness; and samadhi without form (nirvikalpa samadhi), in which awareness transcends even the highest experiences and dissolves in the timeless, spaceless, absolute Self. All in all it was a fun and informative class for everyone. On June 25 Satguru continued this exploration in a webinar with his initiated devotees around the world.

Monastic Visitors
The monastery was honored to have Swami Ramana Swaroopananda and Brahmachari Vrajvihari Sharan visiting us for several days in June. Brahmachari had just arrived from London on the 26th just in time to see Satguru off on his flight to….London! Brahmachari is a major force in the global work of his guruji, Shri Gopal Sharan, whose garden-like ashram, Golok Dham, is located in New Delhi. When he was 11 years old growing up in London, Vrajvihari Sharan encountered Gurudeva's book, Dancing with Siva, and has longed ever since that day to visit the monastery in Hawaii. For the past few months he has been preparing a biography of the founding guru of his lineage, Nimbarka Acharya, which will be published in a future issue of Hinduism Today. Swami Ramana Swaroopananda, who now has an 8-acre ashram in Tiruvannamalai, a devotee of Ramana Maharishi, began as a brahmachari under the tutelage of Swami Tejomayananda, head of the Chinmaya Mission. Later Swamiji was initiated as an acharya and sent on mission to Sri Lanka from 1998 to 2006. During that time, a copy of Siva Yogaswami's Natchintanai was presented to Swamiji, and Swamiji found himself captivated by the teachings therein. Swamiji went to Jaffna to seek out Sellathuraiswami, who mentored him in the deeper meaning of Yogaswami's songs. In addition to meeting with Satguru and the swamis of the monastery, our visitors were taken out to experience the beauty of Kauai.

Publications and Other Happenings
June 14th marked the 200th time that the monthly Chitra Nakshatra Pada Puja was performed for Gurudeva since his passing on November 12, 2001. And for the 200th time, we all gathered in Kadavul Temple to honor that great Natha Rishi with a heartfelt puja to him. In 1970 Gurudeva produced a 12-hour Audio Master Course that transformed the lives of thousands of seekers. That course, which lays out the core metaphysics of spiritual evolution in lucid but simple terms, was just digitized and added to our website. An ocean of red tape was finally crossed in June when we gained approval to film portions of part 4 and part 5 of our History of Hindu India documentaries at various locations in India. Our publications team here in Hawaii has been hard at work on the October-November-December issue of Hinduism Today. Nine hundred gallons of organic Noni juice, grown on our Himalayan Acres farm, has arrived in Los Angeles where it will be bottled, labeled and returned to us for sale on all the Hawaiian islands. Hundreds more Koa trees were also planted on the farm.

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Top to bottom: Satguru and Shanmuganathaswami don protective garb while visiting the Enfield Nagapoosani Ambaal Temple; the monastery's massive banyan tree which dominates the entryway was trimmed by professional arborists for light and safety.

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.

Bodhinatha's weekly talks can be heard on our website:

Click here for a complete index of both Bodhinatha's and Gurudeva's talks on line

Recent Talks:

Jnana. Self Correcting Awareness - May 7, 2016
Mindfulness, Being in the Present - May 1, 2016
Happiness. Purify, remain within - April 24, 2016 Your Self-Concept; You Are a Divine Soul - April 15, 2016

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Help Move Iraivan Forward

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You Can Help Sponsor the Perimeter Wall

The second prakaram wall is 3.5 feet tall, two feet thick and 475 feet long. It comprises 45 short pillars (the section with the pot on top) and 44 panels (the long section between the pillars). Each pillar and panel pair require 544 man-days to carve, even with the massive granite slabs being sawn to size by machine. Each panel will be inscribed (inside the ornate border shown in the photo at right) with verses from scripture and the philosophy and history of the temple.


❏ One pillar section: $15,000

❏ One panel section: $30,000

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Thanks to Our June Temple Builders in 16 Countries

Ten Month Summary: For the ten month period of September to June, our minimum monthly goal was $650,000. Excluding contributions directed toward special projects, we received actual contributions of $655,386.17. .

Building Fund Donations
Marie & R. Bhanugopan US$108.00
Nagaratnam Jeyasreedharan 20.00
D. Karthigesu Family 100.00
Rama Krishnan 30.00
Vimala Muniandy 32.00
Gunavinthan Siva Thirumalai 100.00
Thanavinthan Siva T. Thirumalai 100.00
Essen Subramanian Valayten 2.82
Anonymous 103.87
Bill Brown 33.00
Ron & Jennifer Burke 50.00
Peter Christian 25.00
Rathinappillai Logeswaran 50.00
Changam & Kamachi Naidu 50.00
Vijayarani & Thiru Satkunendran 25.00
Naguleswary & Manickam Senthivel 50.00
Mr. & Mrs. Pranavan 25.00
Thambimuttoo & Thavam Sivagnanam 51.00
Sayanthan & Anupama Sivanathan 11.00
Nagula & Sutha Suthaker 101.00
Anil Varre 101.00
Anonymous 108.00
Akhil & Padma Krishna 101.00
Lakshmanan Nellaiappan 10.00
Maragatham Nellaiappan 10.00
Jiva Rajasankara 140.49
Ajay S.G. 5000.00
Sheela Venkatakrishnan 11.00
Cristina Ma Puja Canducci 20.00
Anonymous 60.00
Arulmani Devi Arumugam 71.80
Rathidevi & Veerasamy Batumallah 46.51
Arulmani Chandra Kumar & Sujith Arulmani 24.01
Theevhiyaa Chandrasekaram 23.25
Umaabati Chandrasekaram 11.63
Aravindraj Chandrasekaran 15.00
Sasikumar Darmalingam 11.63
Omaya Devasagayam 12.01
Annapoorani Ganesan 12.01
Yoga Rubini & Chandra Ganth Family 11.63
Sarasvathi Iswarapatham 12.01
R. Jayakumar & Yoga Bhavani Family 11.63
M. Shanmuganathan & A. Kamalambikai 23.25
Anbu Kandasamy 28.00
Murugesu Kandasamy 12.01
S. Kandasamy 233.80
Nagulendran Kangayatkarasu 51.00
Arumugam Kavari 11.00
Nanda Kumar & Hema 12.01
Appasamy Kuppusamy 157.93
Amaraysh, Kumutha & Jarry Lai 12.01
Shreiyaa , Kavin Kirav, Leena Lakshmi Devasagayam & Anand Kumar Letchumana 48.00
S. Malaiyarasan 50.00
Nameegri Marimuthu 24.01
Silvarajoo Muniandy 12.50
Deevesh, Likel, Bathmavathy Batumalai & Ramesh Murthi 12.01
Hitesvar Skandanatha Murugesu 12.01
Gowri Nadason 24.01
Kamalaharan Nadason 24.01
Rasiah Vallipuram & Pathumanithi Nagalingam 24.01
M. Suranthiran Naidu 31.20
Bangajam Narayanan 46.51
Mohanavilashiny & Navukarasu 12.01
Yehanthini & Siva Taranee Navukarasu 12.01
Nalakini Niranjana 12.01
Jayanayagi Rajaratnam 70.14
Mogan Raju 69.00
Sai Hamsiny, Sai Janany, Kalpana Devasagayam & Chandran Ramamurthy 48.00
Prabu Ramasamy 81.30
Supramaniam Ramoo & in memory of Neelavathy Thangavelu 24.01
Raagini Ravindren & Senthil Ravindren 12.01
Jayaraj Kantharaj & Saranraj S-O Jayabalathilagam 14.45
Lachmi Savoo 12.01
Sharavanan Selvadurai 200.00
B. S. Selvakone 51.00
Parimala Selvaraj 30.00
Ambikabathi Shanmugam Pillay 23.25
Raja Singam Raja Ratnam & Shreema Rasiah 24.01
Bala Sivaceyon 10.00
Nutanaya Sivaceyon 10.00
Mohana Sundari & Sivasekaran 24.01
A. Sockalingam & Chandrasekari 24.01
Devi & the late Selvadurai Subramaniam 12.01
Kuveeran Suppiah 16.25
Vasanta Tanggavelu 34.89
Remalah & A. Thinathayalan 12.01
Vikneswaran A. Vinsent 24.01
Darrshan Letchumanan & Yuvan Letchumanan 24.01
Soondiren Arnasalon 7.04
Prem Audit 2.82
Jegadessa Chenganna 28.16
Shree Saroja Devi Doorgiat 2.82
Amrit Singh Jaypal 7.04
Rohit Jogessur 2.82
Mooneenagen Koothan 5.63
Poospawadee Koothan 2.82
Amravadee Kownden 50.70
Veena Kunniah 84.95
Vel Mahalingum 11.27
Manogaran Mardemootoo 28.17
Kulagan Moonesawmy 4.23
Seedha Lutchmee Moonesawmy 2.82
Goindamah Moothoosawmy 2.82
Mardaymootoo Mootoosamy 2.82
Parani Mootoosamy 1.41
Poomaly Mootoosamy 2.82
Revathi Mootoosamy 1.41
Siven Barlen Mootoosamy 1.41
Vadivel Mootoosamy 2.82
Vimaley Chellen Mootoosamy 1.41
Kalvi Mootoosawmy 2.82
Karoumee Pareatumbee 7.04
Shivaramen Pareatumbee 7.04
Vailamah Pareatumbee 7.04
Naden Seeneevasen Pillay 1.41
Ashok Reetoo 2.82
Dayalen Renghen 4.23
Ezilveylen Renghen 8.45
Jagadissen Renghen 8.45
Madhevi Renghen 8.45
Siven Renghen 8.45
Varaden Renghen 8.45
Vega Renghen 4.23
Kannen Valaydon 28.17
Saroja Valayten 2.82
Toshadeva Valayten 1.41
Ulasa Valayten 1.41
Prekash & Sabita Baladien 15.00
Anil Ananda Badhwar 10.00
Dinanatha Borzunov 100.00
Toshadevi Nataraj 61.00
Singapore Mission 150.00
Vaiyapuri Kamala Devi 50.00
Vasaant Krishnan 60.00
Bijamati Pareatumbee 10.00
Easan, Lavanya & Sivakumar Saravan 400.00
Gary & Radica Asha Yee-Fong 35.00
Anil Kumar 54.00
Anonymous 11.00
Shree Vishna Rasiah & Sharmila Harry 24.01
Susan James 30.00
Clive & Puvaneswary Roberts 175.00
Sankara Skandanatha 36.00
Anonymous 1,170.05
Benevity - Rajesh Gunnalan 1,008.00
Wailua Mission 9,765.50
Adi & Asha Alahan 25.00
Rajadeva Alahan 51.00
Vel & Valli Alahan 25.00
Lenora Alderfer 50.00
Yohini & Arumugam Alvappillai 51.00
Vijayalakshmi Anbalagan 101.00
Harjot Singh Attri 25.00
Bryan Bailey 5.00
Kumarasingham & Subodhini Balasingham 402.00
Ambikaipakan Balasubramaniam 30.00
In memory of Mrs. Champaben K. Bhavsar 201.00
Frank Burkhardt 10.00
Marlene Carter 108.00
G. Chadha 21.00
Asha Chaku 101.00
Prathap Chithapuram 101.00
Charles Close 108.00
Kaika & Nilufer Clubwala 101.00
Peshanidevi & Shyamadeva Dandapani 51.00
Janakbhai R. Dave 50.00
Paul DeSantis 108.00
Prakash Deshmukh & Mrs. Pratibha 11.00
Banu Devi & Chellappa Deva 25.00
Suganya Subramanian & Madhankumar Devaraj 101.00
Amarnath & Latha Devarmanai 101.00
Venkat Devraj 108.00
John Dinsmore 50.00
Jim & Margie Fischer 30.00
Panshula Ganeshan 14.00
Rajendra Giri 26.00
Hiranya & Sarasvathi Devi Gowda 515.00
Achin K. Guha 51.00
Toshadeva & Kamala Guhan 36.00
James L. Haynes 50.00
David Jaffe 108.00
Vineeta Jetley 20.00
S. Jeyendran 101.00
Shivaram & Kiran Kalugotla 502.00
Saitej Kambampati 2.00
Haran Kandadas 108.00
Latha Kannan 51.00
Srinivas & Shanthi Karri 40.00
Saravanan & Vasavi Kasthuri 1,750.00
Sundari Katir 20.00
Rajiv Kaushal 25.00
Kavya Kaza 11.00
Michael Kempinski 216.00
Anil & Devajyothi Kondapi 51.00
Rajagopal Krishnan 108.00
Srinivas Kukkadapu 58.00
Gregg Lien 50.00
Abha Lokhande 32.00
Clifford Long 10.00
Laura Devi Marks 108.00
Simant Misra 101.00
Ashish & Swati Mody 101.00
Palani & Selvarany Nadarajah 15.00
Nitya & Becky Nadesan 141.00
Manish M. Naidu 11.11
Rajeev & Sapna Nair 501.00
Rani Natarajan 126.00
Sanjaya K. Nath 11.00
Rahul & Ashwini Nipunge 51.00
Gurudas Pai 101.00
Satya & Savitri Palani 21.00
Cassan Pancham 504.00
Pankayatselvan Family 25.00
Easvan & Devi Param 101.00
Prasan Patel 25.00
Richard Henry Pratt 100.00
Rishi Raj 11.00
Parthasarathy Rajagopalan 50.00
Deva & Gayatri Rajan 1001.00
Shanmuganathan Raju 101.00
Mohan Deepak Ram 119.00
Venkat Ramakrishnan 50.00
Varalakshmi Ramamoorthy 216.00
Rajesh & Yatra Raman 11.00
Tristan Ramirez 50.00
Chandar Ramrakha 151.00
Partab & Chandra Ramsinghani 27.00
Raghavendra A.N. Rao 25.00
Yenumula Reddy 200.00
Annie & Mark Ruiz 108.00
Cliff & Kathy Runge 50.00
Chamundi Sabanathan 141.00
Aran Sambandar 54.00
In memory of Manonmany Sangarapillai 200.00
Vikram Santurkar 51.00
Sri Samavedam Shanmukha Sarma Gaaru 1,000.00
Patt & Steve Saso 101.00
Darmaguhan & Shivali Satgunasingam 100.00
Karuna & Gnana Segaram 108.00
Aran & Valli Sendan 25.00
Deva & Amala Seyon 51.00
Kamlesh & Jayshree Shah 21.00
Gouri Shanker 21.00
Sivakami Shanmugasundaram 111.00
Salil Shibad 21.00
Raj Siddharthan 108.00
Iraja & Nilani Sivadas 139.00
Siva Sivaganesan 35.00
Dharshi & Sivasothy Sivakumar 150.00
Tejasinha & Hridaya Sivalingam 5.00
Jnana Sivananda 100.00
Nathan & Sulena Sivananda 216.00
Robert Sorrells 108.00
Shanthi Srinivas 40.00
Kiran Srinivasan 20.00
Nandi Deva Sundaram 50.00
Savithri Sundaresan 51.00
Anthan Sunder 25.00
Phani Kumar Sureddi 7.00
Asan Tejwani 30.00
Rama Vangala 21.00
Vayudeva Varadan 51.00
Balaji Venkataraman 101.00
Mahesh Viswanathan 25.00
Michael Wasylkiw 108.00
Mark Wesemann 108.00
Jinny Petcharat Wonwong 10.01
Manu Yogendra 25.00
David & Shelah Young 51.00
Michael Zimmermann 6.00
Total Building Fund $36,077.47
Iraivan Temple Endowment
Anonymous 1,019.00
Shekhar & Gauri Ambe 101.00
Total Endowment Funds $1,120.00
Special Project Donations
Valli Ananda 170.00
Anil Ananda Badhwar 61.61
Anuradha Badhwar 20.00
Meetu Badhwar-Hansen 10.00
Dhayalan Balakrishanan 116.27
Valliammah Kandasamy 72.02
Silvarajoo Muniandy 31.35
Gowri Nadason 119.65
Mrunal & Padmaja Patel 2,930.00
A. Vickneswaram K. 23.25
Total Special Project Donations $3,554.15
Grand Total $40,751.62

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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."

"For example?"

"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.

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Pilgrimage to Iraivan

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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