March 2020 Newsletter
At the beginning of February Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami and I continued our journey in Karnataka with a visit to Bengaluru where we had darshan sessions with members and devotees at the hotel and also a home visitation. Next we flew to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where events started with a visit to Dharma Shakti Ashram to attend puja. This was followed by a conference that was launching a two-days-a-month study of the Tirumantiram. My talk focused on showing how unique the Tirumantiram is in providing details on specific practices of Saiva Sididhanta. Our major Malaysia event, held on Sunday, February 2, was a book launch for the full color edition of Loving Ganesha. My keynote presentation focused on Gurudeva's teaching that Lord Ganesha is a real being you can easily contact through sincere prayer. This was followed by a short stop in Singapore where we held satsang and had an informal lunch with members and devotees. We returned to the Aadheenam just in time to celebrate Thai Pusam that evening. At the Aadheenam the major festival of the month was our Mahasivaratri celebration on February 20. The event created a strong connection with the Sivaloka which remained for days. February ended in hosting a retreat for a group of lady devotees from Edmonton, Canada. During their stay, they shared special satsangs and tours of Iraivan Temple and the Aadheenam. General contributions for February totaled $98,261, which is more than our minimum monthly goal of $70,000. Special project contributions totaled an additional $156. We are grateful to our global family of temple builders for your continued and generous support. Om Namasivaya,
— Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami.
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Founder of Kauai’s Hindu Monastery, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, 1927–2001.
We must be aware that it is only reawakening consciousness into a natural state, and that there is nothing mystical, difficult or inward that has to occur to hold an awareness of the inner and outer simultaneously from one central point in the mind. It is only because one is not accustomed to thinking in this way that it may seem difficult. But little children are in this state much of the time, and it is natural to them. Each time you practice being the watcher, using the method just outlined, as soon as you begin to succeed, you will immediately receive the impact of realization of the extent of involvement in the external mind that had occurred between these periods of practice. You will find that the more you practice regularly, increasingly, more frequently, you will remember to continue "the witness" in the midst of daily life—while riding in conveyances, talking with people, shopping in crowded stores, even in the midst of a disagreement or at the pinnacle of a creative flow. "You," the watcher, will preside, and in presiding will carry that inner presence so necessary for a full and fruitful life.
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During Thai Pusam,
Lord Murugan is bathed in yogurt and offered the arati lamp in Kadavul Temple.
(top to bottom) A team of island masons form up the wide steps leading to God Siva. The following day concrete was poured and these forms were removed. Fast work; sheltered from sun and rain, the silpis patiently sculpt the granite steps for the temple entry; our newest sannyasin, Vishvanathaswami, is blessed by Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami following his vow-taking diksha.
Iraivan Temple Progress
All of the silpi craftsmen spent the month of February working on refining the detail carvings on the 64 granite stones that comprise the front steps. In February, after months of careful planning, the concrete foundation for those steps was poured. In mid-February a team of local concrete experts arrived at the temple site to construct, in just two days, a complex wooden form in which to pour an exactingly engineered concrete stairway. The actual pour occurred on the day of Mahasivaratri. In a few weeks' time, after the concrete cures sufficiently, the silpis will begin to place the ornate 6" thick stones on the rough concrete base to form the finished entry steps. In February the team from Innov8 Construction continued to stockpile moss rock which will be used to create a four-foot-tall lava rock plinth around the temple. Our master artisan, Umut Yegul, originally from Turkey, is established now as among the masterful stone workers in the Hawaiian islands. This project will take his team three to four months to complete.
Special Activities in February
On February 5th we celebrated 50 years of Kauai's Hindu Monastery. See the slideshow of the early days, construction of the monastery temple and placement of the Deities here: www.himalayanacademy.com/blog/taka/2020/02/06/celebrating-50-years-of-kauai-aadheenam. New monastic vows were given to two monks on Mahasivaratri. Yogi Adinatha received Sannyas Diksha from Satguru and is now Sannyasin Vishvanathaswami. Nirvani Haranandinatha received initiation as a Yogi Tapasvin and is now known as Yogi Haranandinatha. A spiritual retreat, organized by seven ladies from Edmonton, Canada occured during the week following Mahasivaratri. Staying in a large house nearby, they visited the monastery every morning, enjoying es with Satguru and the swamis. One of their main purposes was to perform personal sadhanas in our temples and surrounding gardens. Most were born and grew up in Sri Lanka, and immigrated to Canada after getting married.
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami's Talks
During Kauai Aadheenam's celebrations of Mahasivaratri, Satguru gave an inspired talk about the power of this important and mystical annual festival. Four more of Satguru's talks have been uploaded to the Look & Listen portion of our website: Darshan—seeing and being seen, discussing the mystical mechanics of darshan; Expanded Consciousness, discussing the meditative stages of expanding consciousness; Refining Our Experiences, discussing the evolution of consciousness as it ventures into more refined inner experiences; and The Four Yogas, discussing the four stages of evolution along the spiritual path.
A New Web App: Pillars of Iraivan Temple
One of Gurudeva's instructions for Iraivan Temple was that it be "a library in stone," depicting many important facets of our great tradition upon its 24 outer pillars. Each of these pillars is beautifully carved with stone images. We've compiled a full explanation of each one in an easily accessible web app on our website. You can access it at: www.himalayanacademy.com/pillars-of-iraivan/ The app works well on mobile phones, tablets or a desktop. We hope you'll enjoy exploring its rich content.
Publications and Other Activities
The publications team is working on articles for future issues of our Hinduism Today magazine. An in-depth article on ayurveda is in the works, along with a piece on the annual Chennai Music Festival and an article about pilgrimage to holy spots along the Ganges River from Haridwar to Varanasi. Music videos (by Aks & Lakshmi of Eclipse Nirvana) for use in history es in schools are in mid-production. There are 15 in all—three for each chapter of the five History of Hindu India lessons. This initiative is sponsored by the Uberoi Foundation.
Ladies' retreat: (right) Seven pilgrims from Edmonton, Canada, came to the island for a spiritual retreat, enjoying darshan with Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and (here) meeting Paramacharya in the Media Studio;
A screen shot of a TAKA announcement about the new Pillars of Iraivan App
Hinduism Today's New Edition Released
April's Issue: (top to bottom) Cover of the coming issue; Bodhinatha's publisher's desk on Hinduism in daily life; our Insight section on seven great devotional saints of India's north; an in-depth article on how in our modern market to invest your money dharmically
Hinduism Today's latest issue has gone to press and is now available online free of charge at www.hinduismtoday.com. You can also download our free Hinduism Today app and get the entire magazine in a mobile-friendly format for your device at bit.ly/HT-APP.
Money is a powerful force in the world and worthy of deep thought and discussion. In this issue we explore Dharmic Investing in detail. First, our writer, Easan Katir, asks the question "Does anyone make money investing ethically?" then moves on to show just what is happening in the "money used for good" world. We also invite savvy millennials to speak of their concerns, which are different from those of previous generations. We offer choices to investors seeking to sleep well at night, and unpack the Beyond Burger movement.
Our publisher, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, offers ways that we can integrate our spiritual ambitions with the more mundane chores of the day. He proposes that we don't have to make a radical division between the two, then gives us ways to resolve karmas, do inner yogas and build our character in the midst of outer life and its demands.
The Hindus of America have continued to grow in prominence, and for the first time their history and influence were showcased at the THREADS conference in Boston. Writer Nimmi Raj flew there to report on the event. We present a summary of the nine panels and what they mean for Hinduism's future.
This issue's 16-page educational section is about the lives and teachings of seven North Indian bhakti saints. Writer Lakshmi Subramanian focuses on their lives, languages and history-altering works. These great souls, living 400-700 years ago, share responsibility for the survival of Hinduism during times of invasion and forced conversion. Their love of God was almost equaled by their poetic inspirations, which are excerpted to give a sense of why they were so influential. Baani Sekhon of India painted seven original canvases to capture their spirit.
Journey with us to the famed Pashupatinath Siva Temple of Nepal, built in the first century and supported by Nepal's kings for 2,000 years. The history is summarized, but more interestingly the modern practices and festivals are revealed. Photographer Thomas Kelly captures in trenchant images the elaborate facility and the sadhus and devotees. Amazingly, the entryway to the temple passes 18 cremation platforms, reminding pilgrims each day of the transience of life.
Among Malaysia's strong Hindu communities are the Melaka Chetti clan, who are thriving many centuries after their arrival from India. They rank with the oldest Hindu communities in Southeast Asia. One of their signature features is a strong sense of the past and committed honoring of ancestors.
Swami Avdheshanand Giri gives a Minister's Message on the importance of knowing the Self within, for both liberation and success in the temporal world.
There is more, of course, including the popular Quotes & Quips section with humor, cartoons and pithy sayings, Global Dharma with mini-stories from around the world, and Digital Dharma, which tells the story of how QR codes have been incorporated in the pillars of a Minnesota temple to educate visitors. It's a rich issue, with something for everyone.
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".
Facing Challenges With Affirmations.
Concentrate at the Top of Head, Going Beyond the Light
Expanded Consciousness-Apex, the Pulse of the Universe
Four Stages of Vedanta Versus Siddhanta
Nine Ways to Merge with Siva, Go As Deep As You Can
Inner Worlds Open, Increased Sensitivity
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Hindu Heritage Endowment, Estate Planning
Doubling Donations to Causes You Love
How can you turn $1,000 into $2,000 instantly? By using your company's matching fund charitable donation when you give to a Hindu Heritage Endowment Fund. Which companies? In addition to Microsoft, HPE, Oracle and Google, other companies which match donations are: ADP, Apple, Cargill, Ameriprise, Coca Cola, Honda, Samsung, Intel, SAP and AstraZeneca. Many of these companies allow donors to choose where their donation goes. If you're not aware of if and how your company does this, contact your HR department.
How to Make Your Matching Gift
An easy way to give is set up through the benevity.com SPARK program, which has processed $1 billion from 3 million donors. You can give in 17 languages and multiple currencies, important for companies with a global presence, such as Microsoft, HPE, Oracle and Google. Before you give to HHE, check your company's policy or with HR and see if they will double your donation through benevity.com, where HHE is a registered charity. Many companies also allow payroll giving, where a set amount is donated from each paycheck.
Do Your Share
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We're Here to Help
If you're ready to make a gift, we're here to help answer any questions. The impact you can have is priceless. We can help you identify a gift to fit your goals. If you are considering naming Hindu Heritage Endowment in your will as you make or update your estate plan, please let us know so we can ensure that your gift is used as you intended. 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@example.com.
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 February Temple Builders in 19 Countries
For the six months of September 2019 to February 2020, our minimum monthly goal was $420,000. Excluding contributions directed toward special projects, we received actual contributions of $526,528.03.
|Marie & R. Bhanugopan||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||2.54|
|Mr. & Mrs. Balasubramaniam||101.00|
|Frederik Jan Elbers||100.00|
|Mr. & Mrs Ganeshalingam||75.00|
|Changam & Kamachi Naidu||50.00|
|Mr. & Mrs. Pranavan||25.00|
|S. & Mrs. Jega Ranjan||101.00|
|Vijaya & Thiru Satkunendran||25.00|
|Sayanthan & Anupama Sivanathan||11.00|
|Mr. & Mrs. Sundararajah||101.00|
|M. & Mrs. S. Thiagarajah||15.00|
|Tara Anjali Veylan||50.00|
|Tharsika Chelvarajah Vasanthan||20.00|
|Sakuntala & Krishna Chowdary Nekkanti||51.00|
|Jiva & Kanmani Rajasankara||30.00|
|Cristina Ma Puja Canducci||20.00|
|Om Krittik Balasegaran||11.86|
|P. Barathi Balasegaran||11.86|
|Hemakheshaa Naatha Batumallah||11.86|
|Rathidevi & Veerasamy Batumallah||54.71|
|Sai Sheeny, Sai Janany, Sai Hamsiny, Chandran Ramamurthy & Kalpana Devasagayam||60.27|
|Kavin Kirav, Shreiyaa, Anand Kumar Letchumana & Leena Lakshmi Devasagayam||48.20|
|Yoga Rubini & Chandra Ganth Family||11.86|
|R. Jayakumar & Yoga Bhavani Family||11.86|
|In memory of Mr. Jeyapalan||2,500.00|
|M. Shanmuganathan & A. Kamalambikai||23.72|
|Amaraysh, Kumutha & Jerry Lai||12.06|
|Deevesh & Likel, Bathmavathy Batumalai & Ramesh Murthi||12.06|
|Ponnamah Nadason & Family||12.06|
|Rasiah Vallipuram & Pathumanithi Nagalingam||24.10|
|M. Suranthiran Naidu||36.15|
|Palanisamy & Vasande||11.86|
|Supramaniam Ramoo& In Memory of Neelavathy Thangavelu||24.10|
|Jayaraj Kantharaj & Saranraj S-O Jayabalathilagam||14.47|
|Ambikabathi Shanmugam Pillay||23.72|
|Raja Singam Raja Ratnam & Shreema Rasiah||24.10|
|Saraswathy & Ramesh Sivanathan||47.74|
|Mohana Sundari & Sivasekaran||24.10|
|A. Sockalingam & Chandrasekari||24.10|
|Devi & the late Selvadurai Subramaniam||12.06|
|Remalah & A. Thinathayalan||12.06|
|Shree Saroja Devi Doorgiat||2.54|
|Kunal & Sanyogeeta Ghurbhurn||2.54|
|Seedha Lutchmee Moonesawmy||2.54|
|Vimaley Chellen Mootoosamy||3.82|
|Naden Seeneevasen Pillay||1.27|
|Prekash & Sabita Baladien||15.00|
|Sivakumar, Lavanya & Easan Saravan||400.00|
|Kavitha Darshini & Amitpal Singh||71.48|
|Kamala Devi Vaiyapuri||50.00|
|Gary & Radica Asha Yee-Fong||25.00|
|Shree Vishna Rasiah & Sharmila Harry||24.10|
|Clive & Puvaneswary Roberts||175.00|
|Peter R. Smith||20.00|
|Benevity (Shreedhar Madhavape)||200.00|
|Lihue Senior Center||145.00|
|Northrop Grumman Charity Trust||260.00|
|Vel & Valli Alahan||25.00|
|Yohini & Arumugam Alvappillai||51.00|
|Rakesh & Pritibha Bhardwaj||251.00|
|Cira de Castillo||150.00|
|Bharati K. Chintamaneni||101.00|
|Padmaja & Satyanarayana Choday||101.00|
|Shyamadeva & Peshanidevi Dandapani||54.00|
|Janakbhai R. Dave||50.00|
|Amarnath & Latha Devarmanai||101.00|
|Venkat Devraj, Hema Ayyar & Sunjana Devraj||108.00|
|Meena & Trichinopoly A. Dorairajan||51.00|
|Divya Thotapalli & Uma Rao Duvvuru||58.00|
|Ramya Subramani & Rajesh Ekambaram||211.00|
|Raju & Heena Gandhi||251.00|
|Toshadeva & Kamala Guhan||18.00|
|Subbia G. Jagannathan||25.00|
|Praveen Krishna Jangareddy||11.00|
|Om P. Kalra||50.00|
|Vasudeva & Vibha Kamath||501.00|
|Srinivas & Shanthi Karri||90.00|
|Saowalak Khaeschawat Family||101.00|
|Rama & Jeeva Kolinjivadi||501.00|
|Anil Kumar Kondapi||101.00|
|Suhas & Manisha Kshirsagar||108.00|
|Leela & Muthusami Kumaran||101.00|
|Usharani Iswaran Magaña||60.00|
|Alka & Rajesh Malhotra||101.00|
|Mallikarjuna Rao Mamidipaka||25.00|
|Laura Devi Marks||108.00|
|Anupam Kumar Misra||51.00|
|Palani & Selvarany Nadarajah||15.00|
|Nitya & Becky Nadesan||150.00|
|Murugasu Nagul Family||152.00|
|Manish M. Naidu||11.11|
|Giju, Trey & Ross Nair||15,000.00|
|Rama Chandran & Rema Nair||25,000.00|
|Varinder & Rina Narang||51.00|
|Sanjaya K. Nath||11.00|
|Emma & Narendra Nemivant||25.00|
|Raghurama & Ramabhai Pai||51.00|
|Satya & Savitri Palani||21.00|
|Easvan & Devi Param||101.00|
|Mrunal & Padmaja Patel||5,000.00|
|Vinay & Hansa R. Patel||101.00|
|Salik & Sanjia Pathak||51.00|
|Robert M. Petersen||100.00|
|Jonathan, Sabina, Brendan & Kai Pieslak||392.50|
|Richard Henry Pratt||75.00|
|Srivani Yarlagadda & Ravi Putluru||500.00|
|Radha Thothadri & Nikhil Raj||51.00|
|Deva & Gayatri Rajan||1,001.00|
|Mohan Deepak Ram||11.00|
|Jeyashree & Venkat Ramakrishnan||50.00|
|Rajesh & Yatra Raman||11.00|
|Partab & Chandra Ramsinghani||27.00|
|B. Ramesh Reddy||100.00|
|Naga Rekha Reddy||101.00|
|V. Ramesh Reddy||40.00|
|Cliff & Kathy Runge||50.00|
|Ved P. & Geeta Sahni||100.00|
|In memory of Mrs. M. Sangarapillai||100.00|
|Alex P. Schneidinger||51.00|
|Aran & Valli Sendan||25.00|
|Deva & Amala Seyon||51.00|
|Iraja & Nilani Sivadas||108.00|
|Dharshi & Sivasothy Sivakumar||150.00|
|Lakshana Chetana Sivananda||51.00|
|Nathan & Sulena Sivananda||108.00|
|Srikanth & Sujatha Sridharan||101.00|
|Raja & Anita Srivastava||25.00|
|Joseph W. Steelman||100.00|
|John Armand Stern||50.00|
|Yasotha & Thevarajah Subarajan||51.00|
|Nandi Deva Sundaram||50.00|
|Phani Kumar Sureddi||7.00|
|Sugi & Shiva Swaminathan||1,000.00|
|Sivam U. Thillaikanthan||40.00|
|Richard Bosworth & Kerri Watts||101.00|
|TOTAL BUILDING FUND||$98,084.59|
|IRAIVAN TEMPLE ENDOWMENT|
|Rajesh & Poonam Damodharan||101.00|
|TOTAL ENDOWMENT FUNDS||$176.00|
|SPECIAL PROJECT DONATIONS|
|TOTAL SPECIAL PROJECT DONATIONS||$156.12|
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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 17 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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