November 2019 Newsletter
The month of September began with our Ganesha Chaturthi celebration consisting of an elaborate abhishekam. Monthly celebrations were Ardra Abhishekam on September 22 and October 19, and Gurudeva’s Chitra puja on September 29. Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami and I departed on October third for a thirteen-day trip to the US mainland, taking us to Northern California where we held a satsang in Walnut Creek. Satsangs were subsequently held in Phoenix, Arizona; Plano, Texas; and Midland, Texas. The satsangs as well as the webinar held after our return on October 19 drew on ideas from my Publisher’s Desk in the coming Jan/Feb/Mar 2020 issue of Hinduism Today entitled “Mom, Dad, I’m an Atheist.” The webinar presented Path to Siva lessons for the purpose of giving teachers additional insights into the lessons which they can share with their students. October ended with the 18th annual Mahasamadhi Observance to Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. About thirty pilgrims from the USA, Canada, Malaysia and India came to join with our local members and devotees to honor Gurudeva. Each of the four days began with a special ceremony conducted by the monastics with the first day being a homa and days two, three and four being a puja to Gurudeva’s tiruvadi. Mid-morning a class was held by me or Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami. The final day culminated in an elaborate four-hour homa, with powerful chanting of Sri Rudram, followed by abhishekam performed by Sivachariyar Kumar Gurukkal. General contributions for the two-month period of September and October totaled $150,226, which is a little more than our minimum two-month goal of $140,000. Special project contributions totaled an additional $319. We are grateful to our global family of temple builders for your continued generous support. Aum 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.
The action and reaction of the self-centered state of mind creates tension and discord in mind and body. Often when the diaphragm is tight, the muscles are tense, breathing is difficult and your whole disposition is on edge. A person attains relaxation and peace through a benevolent act in which he loses himself in another’s happiness. The cycles of tension and release, tension and release—which are constantly given birth to in the instinctive and intellectual state of mind—are only broken as the unfolding soul expresses itself in devotion, breaking up the crust of personal concern and hurt feelings. ¶Love may also be thought of as the full expression of the intuitive mind, a continuing flow from the source of Being. Most people would not be able to withstand the reaction to this force were it to be fully released within them. To suddenly relieve a person of all tension would be like making a poor man rich overnight. The instinctive mind feels lost and insecure under the impact of any sudden change in evolution. As the soul, the superconscious mind, or the light of God, begins to shine through the rest of the mind, the mind will either become reactionary or cooperative. Some people have a terrible fight within themselves as the soul begins to shine forth, and yet their only lasting satisfaction in life is in the outpouring of their individual soul qualities.
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Sacred Satsang: Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami addresses members and supporters in the new mandapam in Mauritius.
Holy feet: During Mahasamadhi week, the black granite sandals at Gurudeva’s shrine look metallic in the light
(top to bottom) Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami gathers the pilgrims to share the history of the newly placed Sadasiva bronze near Kadavul Temple; Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Kumar perform the final rites at the homa for Gurudeva; silpis work on the top layer of the perimeter wall.
Iraivan Temple Progress
In September and October the silpi stone carvers remained focused on two main areas: the second layer of the perimeter wall and detail carving on the two large yalli handrails that will frame the front steps. The new Nandi for the Nandi Mandapam is nearing completion in Bengaluru. On the last day of Navaratri, October 7th, Hindus in South India worshiped Mother Sarasvati and invoked Her blessings on all the instruments of their service: tools, books, musical instruments, and, today, computers and even the taxi cabs! The silpis celebrated with a morning ceremony at Iraivan Temple to bless their tools. In October the bronze stanchions, crafted by Holly Young of Hawaii and Page Bronze in Colorado, were bolted to the silpi pavilion platform in order to support the weight of three massive stone chains.
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami’s Activities
Satguru and Shanmuganathaswami traveled to the mainland USA during the first days of October. In San Francisco he was lovingly hosted by the Ramanbhai and Savitriben Patel clan, devotees of Gurudeva and long-time supporters. He received an enthusiastic welcome from friends and devotees in the East Bay, in Phoenix, Dallas and Midland, Texas. Satguru arrived back on Kauai just in time for the monks to celebrate his 77th Jayanti. During his travels, the monks were able to do a little renovation of his quarters as a birthday surprise.
As fall approached, the monastery enjoyed the presence of six karma yogis. Arinien, from Mauritius, is just concluding a six-month stay. Jnanideva Cevvel and Aditya Vinadhara enjoyed two months here, spending one month helping to craft a new conference table for the Media Studio and one month constructing, with Arinien’s assistance, a storage shed for greenhouse supplies. Yajatadeva Nagappan, here from Malaysia, worked with our publications team for a month and is now helping the Siddhidata Kulam. Roshan Sivayogam arrived from Malaysia to help the Siddhidata Kulam greenhouse construction project and work in the garden. Kanda Alahan, from California, served for a week helping with the conference table. Rajkumar Manickam, from Colorado, performed his annual cleaning and re-waxing of the bronze statues, bring them back to pristine condition.
Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami and Yogi Jayanatha made a 25-day journey across the US and Canada. They met with Saiva Siddhanta Church members and attended satsang in the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, New York, Tucson, Victoria BC and Southern California. In New Jersey they attended the 2019 HIndu Mandir Executives Conference where Paramacharya gave a Keynote presentation on the forms of media that temples across America can utilize to improve public knowledge and perception. In Victoria swami gave a talk about karma and meditation to more than a hundred seekers and people interested in Gurudeva’s teachings. While in Tucson, our monks had the pleasure of witnessing the patina being applied to a 44-inch bronze Sadasiva murti which had been sculpted by master artist Natalie Levin. The murti reached Kauai in time to be enjoyed by pilgrims here for Gurudeva’s 18th annual Mahasamadhi observances.
A Golden Guru: (left) Deva Seyon and Tandu Sivanathan worked for weeks in the Wiliwili Mandapam to gold-leaf Gurudeva’s murti in preparation for the annual Mahasamadhi Observances; Aditya Vinadhara, Arinien and Yajatadeva work in the woodshop, focusing on the amazing koa conference table that is still under construction.
Publications and Other Activities
The monks of the Ganapati Kulam spent much of October producing the January-February-March 2020 edition of our Hinduism Today magazine. In the Siddhidata Kulam much work was done on the monastery’s new greenhouse has been 300 yards of trenching and installation of a new electric line. (Thanks to Easvan Param and his crew from Param Electric who flew to Kauai from California for the installation!)
Hinduism Today’s October Issue On-Line
October’s issue: (top to bottom) the Ganges epitomizes water’s magical properties; the cover of the October issue; recent refugees from Pakistan adjust to a safe life in India;the arts and crafts of Dilli Haat in Delhi; Swami Paramatmananda’s wisdom delivered at the Kumbh Mela.
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.
Mindfulness is a much-overused word these days, with fuzzy meanings in the public understanding, often considered just another method of emotional management or stress reduction. Our publisher, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, brings clarity with the original spiritual definition and purpose of the concept, drawing on the Yoga Sutras.
Water is so ubiquitous we seldom reflect on its life-giving powers, or its magical properties, but it is really unlike most any other chemical substance. Its centrality in Hindu ritual is well-known, but this issue’s article unpacks some of the reasons that it holds a sacred place in Hindu life and that science is just now discovering.
The 1947 Partition is a painful part of India’s history, and we today regard it as just that, history. But Lavina Melwani takes us inside the world of recent Sindhi refugees in Jodpur and Bhopal, revealing that history’s third-largest forced migration of humans is still impacting life in Pakistan and India.
India may well be the handicraft epicenter on the planet, and the Dilli Haat Exhibition in New Delhi is the heart of India’s mastery of making things both useful and entertaining. Come with us as Dimple Kaul explores the vast offerings and artistry of this annual event.
We are all familiar with the six traditional forms of Vedanta, but did you know that a seventh has recently been embraced? Swami Paramtattvadas takes us on a philosophical journey of BAPS Swaminarayan Vedanta. This 16-page Educational Insight is a tour through the basic similarities and differences of the Vedanta schools, and it tells the story of how the full exposition of this school was only recently completed by their Swami Bhadreshdas. It’s useful to understand the philosophical basis of this highly successful guru lineage, who have by far built the most Hindu temples worldwide in modern times.
Three powerful opinion pieces are found in this issue, one on the sad tale of the commodification of yoga in India, the second by Vamadeva Shastri on the promising state of Hindu leadership in India of late, and thirdly a no-holds-barred “what Hindus face today” commentary from Swami Paramatmananda Saraswati’s interview at the Kumbha Mela.
There is more, of course, including our Hindu of the Year awardee, a health tip on colds and flu from ayurveda, the popular Quotes & Quips section with humor, cartoons and pithy sayings, Global Dharma with mini-stories from around the world and Digital Dharma. 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".
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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Hindu Heritage Endowment, Estate Planning
Seven Ways to Build a Strong Estate Plan
Taking the time to create an estate plan can help you decide how to distribute the hard-earned resources you have accumulated throughout your lifetime. Follow this framework to build a plan that achieves your personal and charitable goals and recognizes the people and causes you cherish most.
- Determine which people and charities should receive your assets and whether the gifts should be made outright or in a trust. Contact us to learn about the variety of ways to include HHE in your estate plan.
- Select a trusted family member, friend or responsible party—such as a bank or trust company—to administer your estate, which includes following the instructions in your will and distributing assets.
- Calculate your net worth and list all of your financial assets, including bank account numbers, insurance policies and retirement plan assets.
- Compile a list of all of your personal data, including Social Security number, date of birth and digital information, such as online accounts, user names and passwords.
- Record the locations of important documents, such as your vehicle title, marriage certificate, copies of prior years’ tax returns, as well as the name of your accountant and estate planning attorney.
- Ensure that your will is available outside of your safe deposit box, which in some states can be closed when you die and not immediately accessible.
- Consult an estate planning attorney or tax advisor for assistance as you develop your plan.
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 protected].
To learn about this and other tools for spiritual living, study The Master Course trilogy
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Thanks to Our September-October Temple Builders in 19 Countries
For the two months of September/October 2019 our minimum monthly goal was $140,000. Excluding contributions directed toward special projects, we received actual contributions of $150,226.41.
|Marie & R. Bhanugopan||US$216.00|
|D. Karthigesu Family||200.00|
|Luckshmi & Logan Siva Nirmalananda||70.00|
|Gunavinthan Siva Thirumalai||200.00|
|Essen Subramanian Valayten||5.33|
|Radha Rani & Krishnamurthy Kalluri||383.00|
|Kawalie Asha Maharaj||385.00|
|Jai & Ganga Murugan||51.00|
|Changam & Kamachi Naidu||100.00|
|Mr. & Mrs. Pranavan||50.00|
|Vijaya & Thiru Satkunendran||50.00|
|Dharmalingam & Mangai Selvarajah||51.00|
|Naguleswary & Manickam Senthivel||501.00|
|Thambimuttoo & Thavam Sivagnanam||102.00|
|Sayanthan & Anupama Sivanathan||22.00|
|Sara K. Sivasurier||479.44|
|Santhira Devi Vairavanathan||125.29|
|Tharsika Chelvarajah Vasanthan||40.00|
|Cristina Ma Puja Canducci||40.00|
|P. Barathi Balasegaran||23.69|
|Hemakheshaa Naatha Batumallah||23.69|
|Rathidevi & Veerasamy Batumallah||61.94|
|Rupawathy De Silva||25.00|
|Sai Aaditya Deva, Sai Janany, Sai Hamsiny, Chandran Ramamurthy & Kalpana Devasagayam||129.41|
|Kavin Kirav, Shreiyaa, Leena Lakshmi Devasagayam & Anand Kumar Letchumana||93.79|
|Yoga Rubini & Chandra Ganth Famioly||23.69|
|R. Jayakumar & Yoga Bhavani Family||23.69|
|Uma Dewi & Dinesh Kumar Jayaram||13.90|
|M. Shanmuganathan & A. Kamalambikai||47.38|
|Mahha Latchmy Kuppusamy||100.00|
|Amaraysh, Kumutha & Jarry Lai||23.47|
|Lim Hock Leong||480.00|
|Deevesh, Likel Bathmavathy Batumalai & Ramesh Murthi||23.47|
|Ponnamah Nadason & Family||23.47|
|Rasiah Vallipuram & Pathumanithi Nagalingam||46.90|
|M. Suranthiran Naidu||70.36|
|Nagarasan Poonusamy & Saroja||23.69|
|Supramaniam Ramoo & In Memory of Neelavathy Thangavelu||46.90|
|Raagini Ravindren & Senthil Ravindren||23.47|
|Jayaraj Kantharaj & Saranraj S-O Jayabalathilagam||28.15|
|Ambikabathi Shanmugam Pillay||47.38|
|Raja Singam Raja Ratnam & Shreema Rasiah||46.90|
|Mohana Sundari & Sivasekaran||45.90|
|A. Sockalingam & Chandrasekari||46.90|
|Devi & the late Selvadurai Subramaniam||35.15|
|Remalah & A. Thinathayalan||23.47|
|Vikneswaran A. Vinsent||46.90|
|Shree Saroja Devi Doorgiat||2.66|
|Kunal & Sanyogeeta Ghurbhurn||5.75|
|Amrit Singh Jaypal||13.31|
|Seedha Lutchmee Moonesawmy||5.33|
|Vimaley Chellen Mootoosamy||4.00|
|Naden Seeneevasen Pillay||2.66|
|Prekash & Sabita Baladien||3,000.00|
|Anil Ananda Badhwar||120.00|
|Kavitha Darshini & Amitpal Singh||80.25|
|Kamala Devi Vaiyapuri||100.00|
|Gary & Radica Asha Yee-Fong||55.00|
|Shree Vishna Rasiah & Sharmila Harry||46.90|
|Georgiana Lukshmi Dorothy Barnes & Theeba Ragunathan||200.00|
|Clive & Puvaneswary Roberts||350.00|
|Vijaydev Mistry Foundation||1,001.00|
|Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund||5,150.00|
|Network For Good||11.00|
|Chaturthi Clay Ganesha Fundraiser||3,001.00|
|Golden Gate Mission||27.00|
|Purnachandra & Karuna Akkineni||501.00|
|Vel & Valli Alahan||50.00|
|Yohini & Arumugam Alvappillai||51.00|
|Niraj & Nehal Amin||101.00|
|Palani K. Aravazhi||210.00|
|Suchitra & Murali Balakrishnan||50.00|
|Kumarasingham & Subodhini Balasingham||101.00|
|RAvali & Elluru Bharath Chandra||100.00|
|Uma & Kumar Chandrasekaran||108.00|
|Sharath & Durga Devi Chigurupati||246.00|
|Kaika & Nilufer Clubwala||202.00|
|Shyamadeva & Peshanidevi Dandapani||108.00|
|Janakbhai R. Dave||100.00|
|Piyush & Krishna Dave||501.00|
|Pavan Kumar Davuluri||1,116.00|
|Amarnath & Latha Devarmanai||202.00|
|Ramya Subramani & Rajesh Ekambaram||422.00|
|Suketu & Mita Gandhi||102.00|
|Madan L. Goel||1,000.00|
|Meera Gopoi Kurian||105.00|
|Toshadeva & Kamala Guhan||36.00|
|Kriya & Sharyn Haran||125.00|
|Usharani Iswaran Magaña||60.00|
|Praveen Krishna Jangareddy||22.00|
|Mihir K Kapadia||51.00|
|Namit & Nidhi Kapoor||51.00|
|Srinivas & Shanthi Karri||180.00|
|M & S Koneswaran||51.00|
|Radha & Ganesh Krishnan||108.00|
|Arvind & Neelima Kumar||108.00|
|Rajeshwar & Anu Kumar||251.00|
|Karthikeyan & Uma Lakshmanan||20.00|
|Rajani & Bhagawandas Lathi||209.00|
|R. & K. Mahadevan||101.00|
|Chandra S. Malladi||50.00|
|Laura Devi Marks||216.00|
|Inder & Aileen Mirchandani||1,008.00|
|Minesh & Manisha Mistry||101.00|
|Bala & Revathi Murthy||101.00|
|Palani & Selvarany Nadarajah||30.00|
|Nitya & Becky Nadesan||300.00|
|Manish M. Naidu||22.22|
|Rama Chandran & Rema Nair||20,000.00|
|Mani & Surya Nallasivan||250.00|
|Shan & Suchitra Nanthakumar||501.00|
|Sanjaya K. Nath||22.00|
|Emma & Narendra Nemivant||50.00|
|Satya & Savitri Palani||42.00|
|Easvan & Devi Param||202.00|
|Harish Parmar - Dhanraj Inc.||51.00|
|Bhupendra & Neela Patel||101.00|
|Dhiru C. Patel||101.00|
|Dipak & Neeta Patel||501.00|
|Govind B. Patel||251.00|
|Minaxi Patel & Rajnikant Patel||101.00|
|Mrunal & Padmaja Patel||5,000.00|
|Nalini & R.J. Patel||151.00|
|Naresh & Snehal Patel||101.00|
|Pankaj & Falguni Patel||250.00|
|Rakesh & Pinal Patel||101.00|
|Vinay & Hansa R. Patel||2,203.00|
|Subashini & Erasenthiran Poonjolai||125.00|
|Abhay & Praveena Prasad||108.00|
|Richard Henry Pratt||50.00|
|Ramegowda & Shyamala Rajagopal||251.00|
|Deva & Gayatri Rajan||2,002.00|
|Mohan Deepak Ram||22.00|
|Jeyashree & Venkat Ramakrishnan||160.00|
|Rajesh & Yatra Raman||22.00|
|Kasi & Vidya Ramanathan||102.00|
|Partab & Chandra Ramsinghani||54.00|
|Rama Pemmaraju Rao||216.00|
|Ravi & Jayathi Ravikumar||151.00|
|Shruti Jaiswal & Laxminarasimha Reddy||21.00|
|Cliff & Kathy Runge||100.00|
|In memory of Mrs. Manonmani Sangarapillai||200.00|
|Eesan & Gowrie Sankara||10.00|
|Niranjan Saravanapavan Family||5,001.00|
|Akkaraju R. Sarma||100.00|
|Silver Vel Satsang||30.00|
|Aran & Valli Sendan||50.00|
|Deva & Amala Seyon||102.00|
|Swati H. Shah||101.00|
|Usha Kiran Shastri||251.00|
|Iraja & Nilani Sivadas||216.00|
|Dharshi & Sivasothy Sivakumar||300.00|
|Homa, Hotri, Hridaya & Tejasinha Sivalingam||20.00|
|Lakshana Chetana Sivananda||102.00|
|Nathan & Sulena Sivananda||216.00|
|Tandu & Uma Sivanathan||200.00|
|Joseph W. Steelman||100.00|
|Yasotha & Thevarajah Subarajan||152.00|
|Nandi Deva Sundaram||100.00|
|Phani Kumar Sureddi||14.00|
|Ravi Kumar Tatavarthi||51.00|
|Ashok & Mina Thakker||101.00|
|Sivam U. Thillaikanthan||80.00|
|Nalin & Kamal Tolia||10,000.00|
|Richard Bosworth & Kerri Watts||202.00|
|TOTAL BUILDING FUND||150,055.41|
|IRAIVAN TEMPLE ENDOWMENT|
|Doraisami & Mohanasundari||21.00|
|TOTAL ENDOWMENT FUNDS||171.00|
|SPECIAL PROJECT DONATIONS|
|Murugesu & Valliammah Kandasamy||11.70|
|TOTAL SPECIAL PROJECT DONATIONS||318.65|
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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 198resident 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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