Kauai's Hindu Monastery
April 2015 Newsletter
Each March schools in the USA have spring break, leading to a seasonal flood of pilgrims. Our monthly Ardra Abhishekam to Lord Nataraja had extra devotees present as a result. Extra darshan meetings allowed me to see everyone. On March 30th the annual Yogaswami Mahasamadhi puja was held in the Guru Pitham, with chanting of his 108 names in English and Sanskrit as well as singing his first Natchintanai song “Engal Gurunathan.” At two of our homas, my talk focused on Gurudeva’s and Patanjali’s views on yoga. Here is one quote: “There is a strong tendency in the instinctive mind to want to look outside ourself to become more fulfilled instead of looking inside. The amount of dispassion differs between the family person and the monastic person. If the family person has too much dispassion, it won’t work. He has to have a certain amount of passion toward family and so forth. But the monk cannot even have that. The main idea that applies to both is to give up the false concept that something outside of us is going to make us happier than something inside of us. That’s what we need to give up.” General contributions for March totaled $103,503, which exceeds 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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We are happy, serene and stable when we follow good conduct, when we listen to our conscience, the knowing voice of the soul. The superconscious mind, the mind of our soul, knows and inspires good conduct, out of which comes a refined, sustainable culture. Wrongdoing and vice lead us away from God, deep into the darkness of doubt, despair and self-condemnation. This brings the asuras around us. We are out of harmony with ourselves and our family and must seek companionship elsewhere, amongst those who are also crude, unmindful, greedy and lacking in self-control. In this bad company, burdensome new karma is created, as good conduct cannot be followed. This papa accumulates, blinding us to the religious life we once lived. Penance and throwing ourselves upon the mercy of God and the Gods are the only release for the unvirtuous, those who conduct themselves poorly. Fortunately, our Gods are compassionate and love their devotees.
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News From the Home of Iraivan Temple
Yogaswami decorated for a special pada puja. He said, “If we put into practice the little we know, that is enough. We will come to know everything in that way. Meditate daily, ‘I am Siva.’”
An orchid clings to the Wiliwili tree near Kadavul Temple, enchanting visitors who discover it above their heads.
Iraivan Temple Progress
Carving work on the Perimeter Wall and the elephant yalli handrail for the temple’s Nandi Mandapam is progressing smoothly at our carving site in Bengaluru. The carvers are also working on a massive base for the Hanuman statue which has already arrived on the island. Here on Kauai the monks are preparing to move the bigger-than-lifesize statues of the satgurus of our lineage to their permanent places on the Path of the Saiva Saints, the meditation path that winds around the water ponds north of Iraivan Temple. Deva Rajan and Sadasivanathaswami marked the spots for the eight Gurus, from Nandinatha to Satguru Bodhinatha, and three-by-four feet concrete foundations were poured by our Tongan masons. The nursery for the thousands of plants that will be part of Iraivan’s sacred gardens received several hundred tiny new additions in March. Sisters Anusha and Shreya Ragade, visiting the island with their mother Namrata, for spring break, helped to re-pot them.
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami's Activities
Satguru and his editing team spent two weeks in March working on a new course that gives practical guidance for devotees to make spiritual progress. It focuses on the ways in which 64 character traits can be developed and refined in the life of a spiritual seeker in order to harness the instinctive and intellectual nature so that the superconscious soul nature can manifest itself. This presentation will be made available soon. In the early morning of the March 30th, Ashlesha nakshatra, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami presided over a short puja in remembrance of the anniversary of Paramaguru Yogaswami’s Mahasamadhi. Initiated local devotees were invited to take part in the puja, See bit.ly/guru-chronicles to read about Yogaswami’s life and teachings in our most recent publication, The Guru Chronicles.
Publications and Other Activities
Production of the History of Hindu India movie (Parts Two and Three) continues under the direction of videographer Sushma Parmar. Part One of the series, posted to YouTube ten months ago, already has 300,000 views. The foreign language subtitled versions (Spanish, French, Indonesian, Tamil and Hindi) of the video have garnered another 50,000 views. Our Hindu Heritage Endowment (HHE), with funds created by donors supporting Hindu projects around the planet, has a new video on its YouTube page. Palak Malik, the daughter of Hinduism Today’s India correspondent in New Delhi, was commissioned to make an eight-minute video featuring HHE’s Udayan Care Endowment Fund. ‘Udayan’ in Sanskrit means Eternal Sunrise. Since 1994, Udayan Care has empowered vulnerable children, women and youth in thirteen cities across eight states of India. The monks have also created an Iraivan Temple update video that Satguru Bodhinatha will show at various venues during his summer travels (See his travel page on our website). The monks have uploaded Hinduism Today’s April-May-June 2015 edition online in web, PDF and ePub formats. It features an article on the historic World Hindu Congress and an in-depth article about the nine-day festival honoring cows at the world’s largest cow ashram (they boast 155,000 bovines), Shree Pathmeda Godham Mahatirth, in Rajasthan, and the nearby Manorama Goloktirth. This extraordinary event showcased the reverence the Hindu community has for the cow, and highlighted efforts to protect the species and to craft a compassionate place for the holy bovine in a threatening modern world. The article is written by 27-year-old Palak Malik, a city girl who discovers, for the first time, rural India. Enjoy this issue at hinduismtoday.com. At the end of March, Sivarathna Manick completed his six-month stay at the monastery and returned to his home in Mauritius. While here, he completed some varied and important karma yoga projects, got to know all the swamis, celebrated his 21st birthday and took Vratasishya vows for receiving future guidance from Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami. Thank you, Sivarathna, for all the help!
Left: The 65-million-year-old crystal Sivalingam shines with a pure radiance in Kadavul Temple; Anusha and Shreya Ragade put tissue culture plants into pots during their pilgrimage.
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
Activating Kundalini; Patanjali's Kriya Yoga (March 28, 2015)
Sadhana Path of Change (March 21, 2015)
Contentment - Santosha, Cultivating Joy and Serenity in Life (March 15, 2015)
Attenuating Obstacles, Meditation (February 20, 2015)
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Our Next History Movie Gets Animated: Behind the Scenes
Top to bottom: Our 3D Future: (top to bottom) Chinese pilgrim Xuanzang and his highly-functional, bamboo backpack is created in four steps: 1) wire frame mesh, 2) surfaces and initial coloring, 3) final textures and internal skeletal rigging for animation and 4) final rendering. The resulting figure can be moved into any posture. Likewise, the drawing of a Chola ship is fully rendered and ready to sail the open seas to Indonesia. Lastly, a model of Somnatha Temple and a Gupta-era coin.
As the History of Hindu India documentary, Part One, receives 1,500 hits per day on YouTube, our team is busy producing Parts Two and Three. As you read in the February newsletter, videographer Sushma Parma and narrator Raj Narayan spent two weeks filming in various parts of Gujarat and Maharasthra. With Sushma now back home in Texas, the hard work is underway of selecting footage, tweaking narration and creating the animations for the film.
It is in this latter task that we’ve assigned our Sadhaka Jayanatha to learn the fine art of 3D animation, and the results are truly stunning. Two decades ago, programs such as Illustrator and Photoshop gave anyone with a modest computer astounding control over 2D photography and illustration. Today 3D animation is within the reach of anyone’s desktop. Granted, just as Photoshop by itself turned no one into a great photographer, our 3D animation program (we use Blender) makes no one a skilled animator. As with Illustrator, the results are only as good as one’s artistic ability.
Sadhaka worked with Sushma to design a series of people, places and objects that could be rendered in 3D to illustrate key points in the documentary. These include Gupta and Huna coins which can rotate in all directions, a model of Somnath Temple you can view from any angle, a Chola era ocean-going trade ship with bamboo slat sails you can raise and lower. But by far the most difficult creations are people who can move realistically. That means soldiers who can march and throw a spear and the 7th century Chinese pilgrim Xuanzang who stoically hiked thousands of miles from China to India and back carrying hundreds of precious Buddhist scriptures on a bamboo backpack. This is a new world for us, a remarkable step forward in skill for our publications team. The images for the movie will be repurposed for an animated Saivite game Sadhaka is developing, but that’s a story for another issue of our newsletter...
Estate Planning in the United KingdomYou can find out what you need to know about estate planning in the UK at hmrc.gov.uk. You can also memorize Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets.
Both are daunting tasks, especially for Hindu residents adjusting to a culture that uses terms such as “nil rate band” to describe how large an estate has to be before it is subject to inheritance tax: (£325,000 in 2010-11 for a single person, £650,000 for a married couple that has made a proper estate plan).
Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs website, where estate planning rules are listed, repeatedly pleads with its readers to “seek legal advice,” like an exasperated teacher telling her blank-faced students “it’s all in the text.” But it’s a good place to start.
Because so much is at stake, HHE presents a few estate planning basics its UK supporters should know.
1. If your estate is not vulnerable to estate tax, you should still have a will or a trust that specifies how you want your estate distributed. Otherwise, the courts will impose an impersonal formula that may or may not reflect your wishes.
2. Married couples need a written estate plan, even though no tax is imposed on the death of the first spouse. Without a plan, large estates may be vulnerable to tax at the death of the second spouse if nothing is done to preserve the estate tax exemption of the first to die.
3. Those who have lost a spouse and then remarried need to provide in writing for children from their first marriage. They should not assume their surviving second spouse will have the same concern for children from their prior marriage.
4. Written estate plans do more than distribute wealth; they can postpone distribution until heirs are capable of managing large sums prudently. They can also provide for heirs with mental or physical disabilities in ways that do not unwittingly jeopardize other benefits their heirs may be receiving.
5. If you own your own business, your estate plan may help you reduce the value transferred of business assets passed to heirs and so reduce possible estate tax.
6. Single people need written plans, otherwise their assets may go to those who don’t need them, such as well-to-do parents, rather than to others who do, such as struggling siblings.
7. Unless directed by your written estate plan, the court will ignore good causes you have supported for years and close friends you want to remember.
8. Your written plan allows you to appoint executors and trustees. Without an estate plan, the court may appoint someone you would never have chosen for these sensitive and demanding roles.
9. The appointment of guardians for bereaved children—among the touchiest of estate planning issues—can be accomplished through a will. You can also specify financial support for the children’s maintenance and education.
These basic rules only scratch the surface of the tangle of regulations governing estate planning in the UK. What is clear is that the economic meltdown has made written estate plans more urgent than ever. A recent study of 3,000 adult UK residents by the London law firm Seddons showed that one in ten had been recently involved in a dispute following a death. One in five said they feared they would not be treated fairly, and one in four felt they would end up with nothing.
Marvin Simons, the head of Dispute Resolutions at Seddons, blames the rise in disputes on the current economic climate. People are “so much more concerned about money and property values being so depressed, [it] is only likely to result in an escalation of these problems.”
HHE encourages estate planning, but not just for tax and economic reasons. For Hindus in the UK and elsewhere, estate planning documents are instruments of family peace. What Shakespeare wrote in Sonnet 18 can be applied to your written estate plan: “So long as men can breathe or eyes can see/ So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.”
For information on the estate planning toolkit, contact Shanmuganathaswami at 808-822-3012 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Building Fund Donations
Thanks to Our February Temple Builders in 17 Countries
SUMMARY: For the seven months of September 2014 to March 2015, our minimum goal was $455,000. Excluding contributions directed toward special projects, we received actual contributions of $541,900.76.
|Building Fund Donations|
|Marie & R. Bhanugopan||US$108.00|
|Gunavinthan Siva Thirumalai||200.00|
|Essen Subramanian Valayten||2.70|
|Sri Dhevi Arasaratnam||101.00|
|Ron & Jennifer Burke||50.00|
|Changam & Kamachi Naidu||201.00|
|Naguleswary & Manickam Senthivel||50.00|
|Thambimuttoo & Thavam Sivagnanam||51.00|
|Sayanthan & Anupama Sivanathan||11.00|
|Sara K. Sivasurier||112.85|
|Nagula & Sutha Suthaker||101.00|
|Vennila Mardemootoo & Sivaneswaran Sockanathan||50.00|
|Arulmani Devi Arumugam||81.62|
|Thinageri & Kumaresh Batumalai||26.00|
|Rathidevi & Veerasamy Batumallah||26.86|
|Arulmani Chandra Kumar & Sujith Arulmani||27.21|
|Sai Janany, Chandran Ramamurthy & Kalpana Devasagayam||40.81|
|Leena Lakshmi Devasagayam, Anand Kumar Letchumana & Kavin Kirav||40.81|
|Yoga Rubini & Chandra Ganth Family||13.43|
|R. Jayakumar & Yoga Bhavani Family||13.43|
|Uma Dewi & Dinesh Kumar Jayaram||8.00|
|M. Shanmuganathan & A. Kamalambikai Family||26.86|
|Amaraysh, Kumutha & Jerry Lai||13.61|
|Wasantha Devi Murugan||13.43|
|Rasiah Vallipuram & Pathumanithi Nagalingam||27.21|
|M. Suranthiran Naidu||27.21|
|Mohanavilashiny & Navukarasu||13.61|
|Yehanthini & Sivatarnee Navakkarasu||13.61|
|Supramaniam Ramoo & In Memory of Neelavathy Thangavelu||27.21|
|Jayaraj Kantharaj & Saranraj S-O Jayabalathilagam||16.31|
|B. S. Selvakone||51.00|
|Ambikabathi Shanmugam Pillay||26.86|
|Raja Singam Raja Ratnam & Shreema Rasiah||27.21|
|Roselia Simon & Kulamani Ganesha||82.00|
|Hitesvar Skandanatha Sivanathan & Rishitaa Sivanathan||13.61|
|Mohana Sundari & Sivasekaran||27.21|
|A. Sockalingam & Chandrasekari||27.21|
|Devi & the late Selvadurai Subramaniam||13.61|
|Thanabalan Anand Sundorraju||53.72|
|Remalah & A. Thinathayalan||13.61|
|Thanavinthan Siva Thirumalai||15.63|
|Vikneswaran A. Vinsent||27.21|
|Darrshan Letchumanan & Yuvan Letchumanan||27.21|
|Shree Saroja Devi Doorgiat||2.70|
|Amrit Singh Jaypal||6.76|
|Seedha Lutchmee Moonesawmy||2.70|
|Sheela Goindamah Moothoosawmy||2.70|
|Siven Barlen Mootoosamy||1.35|
|Vimaley Chellen Mootoosamy||1.35|
|Naden Seeneevasen Pillay||1.35|
|Prekash & Sabita Baladien||15.00|
|Anil Ananda Badhwar||64.00|
|Fremont Lawrence & Toshadevi Nataraj||61.00|
|Vaiyapuri Kamala Devi||50.00|
|Sivakumar, Lavanya & Easan Saravan||400.00|
|Kavitha Darshini & Amitpal Singh||73.00|
|Gary & Radica Asha Yee-Fong||35.00|
|Shree Vishna Rasiah & Sharmila Harry||27.21|
|Clive & Puvaneswary Roberts||175.00|
|Darmaguhan & Shivali Satgunasingam||100.00|
|Golden Gate Mission||23.50|
|Silver Vel Satsang||45.00|
|In memory of Ma Elizabeth Jyothi Adams||500.00|
|Hotranatha & Punita Ajaya||25.00|
|Mani & S. Akkineni Rao||1,008.00|
|Adi & Asha Alahan||25.00|
|Vel & Valli Alahan||25.00|
|Amarendra & Madhavi Anumakonda||2,000.00|
|Arvind & Urmila Bhakta||51.00|
|In memory of late Mr. Kanaiyalal P. Bhavsar||404.00|
|Connie M. Cipriano||100.00|
|Kaika & Nilufer Clubwala||101.00|
|Shyamadeva & Peshanidevi Dandapani||51.00|
|Amarnath & Latha Devarmanai||101.00|
|Rajendra & Lavanya Doddikindi||21.00|
|C. Wiliwaw Frost||100.00|
|Mary Rose Gallagher||13.80|
|Suketu & Mita Gandhi||51.00|
|Chandra & Mrs. Aruna Gowda||100.00|
|Hiranya & Saraswathi Devi Gowda||515.00|
|Ramesh & Arundati Gowda||500.00|
|Toshadeva & Kamala Guhan||36.00|
|Prabodh & Jean Gupta||100.00|
|Naresh & Sanchita Gupta-Goyal||40.06|
|Kriya & Sharyn Haran||117.00|
|Shakti Shanti Hee||101.00|
|Usharani Iswaran Magaña||50.00|
|Padmini & Rama Iyer||251.00|
|Chetan & Preeti Jariwala||101.00|
|Yogesh R. Joshi||25.00|
|Namit & Nidhi Kapoor||51.00|
|Prem & Urmilla Khilanani||251.00|
|Radha & Ganesh Krishnan||108.00|
|Gerard & Zhena Linsmeier||54.00|
|Mira Das & R. Mahalingam||250.00|
|Laura Devi Marks||108.00|
|Venkat & Vijaya Maroju||101.00|
|Rohini & Vijay Mashettiwar||101.00|
|Dave & Cindy McGonagle||25.00|
|Palani & Selvarany Nadarajah||15.00|
|Nitya & Becky Nadesan||141.00|
|Manish M. Naidu||11.11|
|Agasthya & Malini Narendra-Nathan||101.00|
|Sanjaya K. Nath||112.00|
|Emma & Narendra Nemivant||25.00|
|Janaka & Bhavani Param||25.00|
|Ajay & Pravina Patel||101.00|
|Ashit & Sonel Patel||3,900.00|
|Keval & Vrunda Patel||108.00|
|Mrunal & Padmaja Patel||100.00|
|Vinay & Hansa R. Patel||101.00|
|Vinus & Utpal Patel||51.00|
|Vishal & Jaimisha Patel||101.00|
|HImanshu B. Patni||151.00|
|Mr. & Mrs. Pranavan||25.00|
|Richard Henry Pratt||100.00|
|Haripriya & Raghavan||101.00|
|Deva & Gayatri Rajan||1,102.00|
|Mohan Deepak Ram||119.00|
|Jeyashree & Venkat Ramakrishnan||50.00|
|Partab & Chandra Ramsinghani||27.00|
|Annie & Mark Ruiz||108.00|
|Cliff & Kathy Runge||50.00|
|Santosh & Madhu Sahay||151.00|
|Aran & Valli Sendan||25.00|
|Iraja & Nilani Sivadas||108.00|
|Karen Hridaya &Tejasinha Sivalingam||24.00|
|Nathan & Sulena Sivananda||50.00|
|Tandu & Uma Sivanathan||100.00|
|Nandi Deva Sundaram||50.00|
|Shanthi Suresh & Sures Ramamurti||201.00|
|Sivam U. Thillaikanthan||40.00|
|Rohitkumar & Usha Vasa||108.00|
|Krithika & Mahesh Viswanathan||25.00|
|Gulab & Indru Watumull||1,000.00|
|David & Shelah Young||51.00|
|Total Building Fund||$103,353.21|
|Iraivan Temple Endowment|
|Naresh & Sanchita Gupta-Goyal||31.92|
|Total Endowment Funds||$149.92|
|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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