September 2019 Newsletter
On August 8th Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami and I began a three-week trip with stops in Chicago, Paris, Moscow, Dubai and Mauritius. Our first Chicago satsang was for a Sri Lankan group that has ongoing classes for children. My presentation was the keynote “The Nature and Worship of Lord Murugan,” which was followed by a lively question and answer session. The second satsang was for members and devotees in the Chicago area and presented a number of points about religion, way of life, and the centrality of practice in Hinduism. In Paris our activities included visits to the Ganesh Temple and the Shiva Parvati Temple where we attended puja and gave a short talk with translations into Tamil and French. In Moscow we gave a keynote presentation to a group of about seventy spiritual seekers that was based on two Publisher’s Desks: “A Mystical View of Sanatana Dharma” and “Five Suggestions to SBNRs.” In Dubai we had darshan sessions at the hotel. Our last stop in Mauritius consisted of three events at the Spiritual Park (Dharmasala.) We utilized the smallest of the recently finished pavillions for the events. Friday evening was a padapuja followed by a talk on vibhuti and anava, karma and maya. Saturday morning was a three-hour seminar with a focus on types of practice in Hinduism. Sunday morning was a powerful Siva homa and abhishekam conducted by a Sivacharya, followed by two samaya dikshas and two brahmacharya vratas. We are grateful to our global family of temple builders for your continued generous support. General contributions for August totaled $53,070 which is less than our minimum monthly goal of $70,000. Special project contributions totaled an additional $150. Om Namasivaya,
— Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami.
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Founder of Kauai’s Hindu Monastery, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, 1927–2001, arrives by ship in Trinidad and Tobago in 2000.
Chanting and satsanga and ceremonial rituals all contribute to this sanctifying process, creating an atmosphere to which the Gods are drawn and in which they can manifest. By the word manifest, I mean they actually come and dwell there, and can stay for periods of time, providing the vibration is kept pure and undisturbed. The altar takes on a certain power. In our religion there are altars in temples all over the world inhabited by the devas and the great Gods. When you enter these holy places, you can sense their sanctity. You can feel the presence of these divine beings, and this radiation from them is known as darshan. The reality of the Mahadevas and their darshan can be experienced by the devotee through his awakened ajna vision, or more often as the physical sight of the image in the sanctum coupled with the inner knowing that He is there within the microcosm. This darshan can be felt by all devotees, becoming stronger and more defined as devotion is perfected. Through this darshan, messages can be channeled along the vibratory emanations that radiate out from the Mahadevas, as well as from their representatives, the Second World devas who carry out their work for them in shrines and altars
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Life-giving rains: Life-giving rains: A view of Iraivan Temple during a morning squall, with Mount Waialeale in the background.
Bull elephant: Bull elephant: The black granite elephant holds the Earth aloft in his trunk, symbol of Hinduism’s universal acceptance
(top to bottom) In a charming room in Moscow a group of seekers listen to Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami’s spiritual discourse; a silpi works on one of the two the giant handrails that will flank the entry to Iraivan; devotees in Mauritius perform pada puja for Satguru in one of the new mandapams; Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami places offerings into the homa fire at the beginning of the new season;
Iraivan Temple Progress
We are happy to report that our fund-raising goal (September 2018 to August 2019) was reached. Thanks to all of you for your generous support! In August the silpi stone carvers were focused on two main areas: some finishing work in the Nandi Mandapam and detail carving on the two large yalli handrails that will frame the front steps from ground level up to the temple. In the Nandi Mandapam, the base stones for the Kodimaram were set into placed. The drain for the Mandapam’s gomukai was successfully installed in the foundation. The monks of the Siddhidata kulam helped with this as it involved cutting a long trough with a concrete saw, installing a drainage pipe and sealing it over with concrete. Near month’s end, the silpis began placing the stones of the second layer of the perimeter wall at the northwest corner of the temple. Four of the polished granite pots were placed on top to give us a preview of what the perimeter wall will look like once it is complete. Construction drawings were completed (for the county building department) for the concrete foundation that will go under the front steps of the temple.
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami’s ActivitiesProgress
On August 3 Satguru conducted a webinar for his students around the world on “A Hindu View of Mindfulness” and “Path to Siva, Part Seven”, lessons 39-44. Videos of his weekly talks were uploaded to our Kauai’s Hindu Monastery YouTube channel: “What Is the View of Monistic Theism?” “How Do We Receive Guests?” and “The World Is an Ashram.” In Moscow, Satguru gave a keynote presentation to a group of about seventy spiritual seekers based on two Publisher’s Desks: “A Mystical View of Sanatana Dharma” and “Five Suggestions to SBNRs (Spiritual But Not Religious).” The devotees presented a delightful gift to Satguru: a set of Russian dolls, also known as Matryoshka or Babushka dolls, 7 hollow vessels that fit inside one another. Each doll is expertly hand painted with images of our guru parampara. This set has mystical meaning, as within the doll painted with Satguru’s image is a Gurudeva doll, and inside that is a Yogaswami doll, etc. Quite creative and apt!
Taskforce Karma Yoga
Our Mauritian karma yogi, Arinien Mootoocurpen, spent one month serving in the Ganapati Kulam media studio. He helped with computer tasks and photo work. He also finished translating the twelve beliefs of Saivism into Mauritian creole. This was done to help the kids in his homeland memorize the beliefs of their religion, as creole is the first language that everyone learns. (And total English proficiency only comes during high school years.) Those of you who speak French or creole will appreciate a sample. Here’s Belief number one, regarding God’s Unmanifest Reality: Concernant dieu so realiter ki Pena forme ek extrement pure (non-manifesté). Tout ban devot de Siva croir ki Siva li mem bon dieu, ki so être absolue, Parasiva ki pa limiter par le temps, forme ek lespace. Ban Yogi en silence dire ‘Li pa sa. Li pa sa ossi.’ Vraimem, sa dieu ki difficile pu compren ek expliker la, c’est dieu Siva. Aum”
Publications and Other Activities
A new (and completely redone) version of the Spiritual Workout app is now available (for free) at the Apple and Google app stores. A new, full-color edition of our Loving Ganesha book has left the editing table and is out to the printer. It will be ready in January. This month a 16-minute video about the monastery by Karolina Goswami was published on her India in Details YouTube channel. She, her husband and her young son Laddu had visited us to meet Satguru, experience the monastery’s temple and gardens and interview the monks involved with the production of Hinduism Today. In farm news: the noni orchard recently produced a record harvest of 5,000 pounds of the tropical fruit. More seedlings have been started to expand the orchard. Construction of our new greenhouse continues. The Siddhidata Kulam spends several mornings a week (Do-It-Yourself style) to bring that project to completion.
Meeting Hindus in Paris: In mid-August Satguru was greeted at the Sivan Parvathi Temple in Paris, his visit guided by Rajeshwari Parasivam.
Visiting to Moscow: A few days later Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami flew to Moscow where he was hosted by Dinanatha Bodhiswami and gifted with a series of Russian dolls (one inside another inside another) all painted with images of our parampara
Let’s Sing the History of Hindu India!
Back in our February newsletter we announced the posting of our first music video based on our popular book and five-part video documentary series, The History of Hindu India. The book, written in collaboration with historian Dr. Shiva Bajpai, was proving quite useful to its intended audience: California sixth graders. But as we asked about how these resources were being implemented in the schools, we received what struck us as an odd question: “Do you have music videos to go along with the lessons and movies?” While we were certainly familiar with the concept of a music video, we were not aware that there is an entire genre of such videos used in schools specifically for teaching history. Most commonly, they are repurposed pop songs, such as one on the French Queen Marie Antoinette sung to the tune of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi.” Rap songs are popular starting points. Such songs vary greatly in quality, but kids seem to like them. Called a “piggyback song,” they are a perfectly legal reuse (for educational purposes) of original artists’ material.
How to adapt this genre to Hindu history? An initial suggestion was to take the piggyback route and write the songs to popular Bollywood tunes, but that didn’t seem quite appropriate. Instead, we presented the concept to the highly-gifted Los Angeles-based singer/composer duo, Aks and Lakshmi of Eclipse Nirvana. They are marvelous exponents of classical South Indian music executed with a modern flair. Aks and Lakshmi jumped at the opportunity to compose tunes and sing the final songs. We turned to the web to find a lyricist, which led us to Dragan Stojkovski in Skopje, Macedonia—and to Igor Burenkov, in Yaroslavi, Russia, for our video producer. It was to be an international team effort!
Title of Video/period, etc.
Every Hindu home has a quiet place of worship
For honoring beloved Gods here and above,
To perform ancient puja rituals for blessings,
To make offerings, pay respect and show pure love.
Sitting on the floor, singing hymns full of devotion
Chanting, counting beads or meditating in peace
Called sadhana in Sanskrit, that’s the art of yoga,
Clearing the mind so serenity may increase.
Hindus love celebrations, holy festivals, and holidays
Around the world in many nations, a billion rejoice in their own ways.
Our publication department at the monastery knew nothing of producing songs or music videos, but that did nothing to hinder our efforts. We tried two common approaches: 1) writing the music, then fitting the words to it and 2) writing the song to a standard metrical pattern, then developing a melody to fit it. Neither worked so well. We then had Aks develop a basic melodic pattern and Dragan compose the song lyrics in a regular metre to fit. Aks and Lakshmi then crafted the full song by melding those two elements. Once the song was set and approved by all team members, Igor took over to create the video, first using whatever video footage was in the documentary already for that subject augmented by assets we could supply from the monastery in photos or video from other sources. These artists quickly adapted to the stages of effective editing by the monk publications team. Soon we were producing a new music video every two or three months, completing the first six.
What surprised us in the end (and this explained why the teachers like this kind of presentation) is that in a three-minute song of 200 words it’s possible with good writing to cover all of the key facts of a particular time period or historical subject. The teacher can then explore each point in depth with the students. Go to bit.ly/HinduHistoryPlaylist for a list of songs posted to date.
Title of Video/Period, etc.
Village folks from different parts
met through ties and trading marts.
By living with respect for Gods and
in accordance with nature, they progressed.
Bound by sacred laws and religion
everyone felt truly united and blessed.
Marriages were prearranged with practical goals
to form a net of relatives and kinsmen close.
Marriages were recognized and love was revered even when romance between boy and girl arose.
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. Click here for all of Bodhinatha's talks.
The weekly talks are also live streamed and then save on YouTube. Go to the Kauai Aadheenam channel and scroll down to recent talks.
Bodhinatha's weekly talks can be heard on our website. Go to Talks Index Recent talks can be also be download on your smart phone via the SivaSiva.app. Go the Listen module and tap of the "Recent Additions".
Knowing, Realizing, Vedanta, Siddhanta
What Is the View of Monastic Theism?
Realization a Daily Experience - Remold the Subconscious
There is No Satan or Hell, Focus on the Here and Now
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Follow our daily activities at Today at Kauai's Hindu Monastery (blog)
Hindu Heritage Endowment, Estate Planning
Making Sure Your Will Keeps Pace With Your Life
Your will reflects the time it was created. Many people have good intentions to update their wills but often fail to do so. You can change your will at a later date by adding a codicil (an amendment) to reflect any life changes. Here are some circumstances that make it critical to update your will:
- You decide to name a different personal representative, trustee or guardian.
- Your estate has increased or decreased significantly.
- You have moved to another state.
- Your situation or a beneficiary’s situation has changed because of marriage, divorce, birth, adoption or death.
- Tax laws have changed.
- You want to include a charitable gift in your will. If you wish to remember Hindu Heritage Endowment, consider leaving HHE a percentage of your estate so your gift will remain proportional to your estate size, no matter how it fluctuates over the years.
How to Update Your Will
Step 1: Obtain a copy of your current will.
Step 2: Mark the necessary changes.
Step 3: Meet with your estate planning attorney.
Step 4: Discuss any changes with the staff of HHE that will affect Hindu Heritage Endowment.
It is wise to consult with your tax professionals if you are contemplating a charitable gift under the extended law.
Contact us to learn more about these flexible ways to support Hindu Heritage Endowment. Strengthen your family’s future and continue your support of Hindu Heritage Endowment by downloading the toolkit pdf file at www.hheonline.org/tool-kit.shtml. Learn more about estate planning and planned giving at www.hheonline.org.
For information on establishing a fund at Hindu Heritage Endowment, contact Shanmuganathaswami at 808-822-3012, ext. 6, or e-mail [email protected].
To learn about this and other tools for spiritual living, study The Master Course trilogy
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Building Fund Donations
Thanks to Our August Temple Builders in 18 Countries
For the twelve months of September 2018 through August 2019, our minimum monthly building fund goal was $840,000. Excluding contributions directed toward special project expenses, we received actual contributions of $863,867.25.
|Ramudu & Marie R. Bhanugopan||US$108.00|
|D. Karthigesu Family||100.00|
|Luckshmi & Logan Siva Nirmalananda||35.00|
|Gunavinthan Siva Thirumalai||100.00|
|Thanavinthan Siva T. Thirumalai||100.00|
|Essen Subramanian Valayten||2.68|
|Changam & Kamachi Naidu||50.00|
|R. & Mrs. Pranavan||25.00|
|Vijaya & Thiru Satkunendran||25.00|
|Thambimuttoo & Thavam Sivagnanam||51.00|
|Sayanthan & Anupama Sivanathan||11.00|
|Vaseetha & Ganesh Subramaniam||108.00|
|Tharsika Chelvarajah Vasanthan||20.00|
|Cristina Ma Puja Canducci||20.00|
|P. Barathi Balasegaran||11.90|
|Hemakheshaa Naatha Batumallah||11.90|
|Rathidevi & Veerasamy Batumallah||23.81|
|Chandran Ramamurthy, Sai Janany,Sai Hamsiny & Kalpana Devasagayam||59.95|
|Kavin Kirav, Shreiyaa, Leena Lakshmi Devasagayam & Anand Kumar Letchumana||47.99|
|Yoga Rubini & Chandra Ganth||11.90|
|R. Jayakumar & Yoga Bhavani Family||11.90|
|Uma Dewi & Dinesh Kumar Jayaram||6.95|
|M. Shanmuganathan & A. Kamalambikai||23.81|
|Amaraysh, Kumutha & Jarry Lai||11.99|
|Ponnamah Nadason & Family||11.99|
|Rasiah Vallipuram & Pathumanithi Nagalingam||23.97|
|M. Suranthiran Naidu||35.95|
|Nagarasan Poonusamy & Saroja||11.90|
|Supramaniam Ramoo & In Memory of Neelavathy Thangavelu||23.97|
|Raagini Ravindren & Senthil Ravindren||11.99|
|Jayaraj Kantharaj & Saranraj S-O Jayabalathilagam||14.40|
|Ambikabathi Shanmugam Pillay||23.81|
|Raja Singam Raja Ratnam & Shreema Rasiah||23.97|
|Saraswathy & Ramesh Sivanathan||11.93|
|Mohana Sundari & Sivasekaran||23.97|
|A. Sockalingam & Chandrasekari||23.97|
|Remalah & A. Thinathayalan||11.99|
|Vikneswaran A. Vinsent||23.97|
|Shree Saroja Devi Doorgiat||2.68|
|Amrit Singh Jaypal||6.70|
|Seedha Lutchmee Moonesawmy||2.68|
|Naden Seeneevasen Pillay||1.34|
|Prekash & Sabita Baladien||15.00|
|Anil Ananda Badhwar||60.00|
|Sivakumar, Lavanya & Easan Saravan||400.00|
|Kavitha Darshini & Amitpal Singh||36.01|
|Kamala Devi Vaiyapuri||50.00|
|Gary & Radica Asha Yee-Fong||25.00|
|Shree Vishna Rasiah & Sharmila Harry||23.97|
|Georgiana Lukshmi Dorothy Barnes & Clive & Theeba Ragunathan||100.00|
|Clive & Puvaneswary Roberts||175.00|
|YourCause - Vijayarani Natarajan||126.00|
|The Community Foundation Of Middle Tennessee - Gowda Family||5,001.00|
|Golden Gate Mission||33.50|
|Dharmesh B. Ahir||501.00|
|Vel & Valli Alahan||25.00|
|Palani K. Aravazhi||105.00|
|Chitrammal & Sangarapillai Asokan||100.00|
|Kaika & Nilufer Clubwala||101.00|
|Shyamadeva & Peshanidevi Dandapani||54.00|
|Janakbhai R. Dave||100.00|
|Amarnath & Latha Devarmanai||101.00|
|Ramya Subramani & Rajesh Ekambaram||211.00|
|Suketu & Mita Gandhi||51.00|
|Toshadeva & Kamala Guhan||18.00|
|Kriya & Sharyn Haran||125.00|
|Usharani Iswaran Magaña||120.00|
|Subbia G. Jagannathan||25.00|
|Praveen Krishna Jangareddy||11.00|
|Arumugam & Rajammal Jayakumar||200.00|
|Namit & Nidhi Kapoor||25.00|
|Srinivas & Shanthi Karri||90.00|
|Rastri Dey Kidambi||101.00|
|Lynda McClanahan & Joel Knepp||501.00|
|Gerard & Zhena Linsmeier||54.00|
|Chandra S. Malladi||25.00|
|Laura Devi Marks||108.00|
|Kirit N. Mehta||251.00|
|Shailesh & Jyoti Mistry||51.00|
|Palani & Selvarany Nadarajah||15.00|
|Nitya & Becky Nadesan||150.00|
|Manish M. Naidu||11.11|
|Balu & Sujatha Natarajan||101.00|
|Sanjaya K. Nath||11.00|
|Emma & Narendra Nemivant||25.00|
|Satya & Savitri Palani||21.00|
|Easvan & Devi Param||101.00|
|Harish Parmar / Dhanraj, Inc.||51.00|
|Mangalbhai J. Patek||21.00|
|Arvind B. Patel||108.00|
|Balvant & Lina Patel||101.00|
|Indubhai & Induben Patel||101.00|
|Keshav& Champa Patel||51.00|
|Sanjay & Shalu Patel||51.00|
|Vinay & Hansa R. Patel||101.00|
|Richard Henry Pratt||25.00|
|Deva & Gayatri Rajan||1,001.00|
|Mohan Deepak Ram||11.00|
|Rajesh & Yatra Raman||11.00|
|Rama Pemmaraju Rao||108.00|
|Cliff & Kathy Runge||50.00|
|Girish Adiga Sathyanarayana||251.00|
|Rolf & Lisa Schreiber||500.00|
|Aran & Valli Sendan||25.00|
|Sivendiran & Nirooshi Sethuram||1,008.00|
|Deva & Amala Seyon||51.00|
|Devyani & Nrupendra Shah||25.00|
|Manu & Chintamani Shah||101.00|
|Iraja & Nilani Sivadas||108.00|
|Dharshi & Sivasothy Sivakumar||150.00|
|Homa, Hotri, Hridaya & Tejasinha Sivalingam||10.00|
|Lakshana Chetana Sivananda||51.00|
|Nathan & Sulena Sivananda||108.00|
|Jai & Sumitra Srinivasan||101.00|
|Joseph W. Steelman||50.00|
|Yasotha & Thevarajah Subarajan||112.00|
|Nandi Deva Sundaram||50.00|
|Phani Kumar Sureddi||7.00|
|Sivam U. Thillaikanthan||80.00|
|Vijaya Kumar Vadla||100.00|
|Richard Bosworth & Kerri Watts||101.00|
|Jinny Petcharat Wonwong||11.11|
|Madhavi & Arun Yarlagadda||251.00|
|TOTAL BUILDING FUND||$52,984.09|
|IRAIVAN TEMPLE ENDOWMENT|
|Amey Surendra Gangal||11.00|
|TOTAL ENDOWMENT FUNDS||$86.00|
|SPECIAL PROJECT DONATIONS|
|TOTAL SPECIAL PROJECT DONATIONS||$149.89|
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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 19 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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