Kauai's Hindu Monastery - May 2020 Newsletter
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May 2020 Newsletter
 
A month of activity at Kauai's Hindu Monastery
 
 
 
Message from Satguru
 
The closure of the monastery to visitors—which began on March 15—continued throughout April. The island of Kauai is virtually closed to visitors as well, since any arriving tourist needs to spend the first fourteen days in self-quarantine in a hotel room without venturing out! This rule effectively eliminates tourism. Thus the entire island, with a population of about 75,000, is missing the usual additional 25,000 visitors. The monastery is a place of quiet surrounded by an island of quiet! Our monthly Ardra abhishekam to Nataraja and Chitra puja to Gurudeva were conducted. Tamil New Year fell on April 13. We celebrated it simply on April 16 with an early morning homa, talk and flag-raising which marks the beginning of the Nartana Ritau. A major trend occurring during the global stay at home time is that many activities previously done in person have migrated to being done online. In our world, this happened to satsangs. Utilizing the teleconferencing services of Zoom Video Communications, I started participating in online satsangs generated by our missions in California, Singapore and Malaysia. After some of the participants offer songs of devotion, I give a talk. This is followed by discussions and sharing among the participants. The Zoom platform has the advantage of a video and audio feed from all participants. Seeing and hearing everyone creates a sense of closeness. General contributions for April totaled $31,698.56, which is less than our minimum monthly goal of $70,000. We are grateful to our global family of temple builders for your continued and generous support during the Coronavirus disruption of normal personal and family routines. Om Namasivaya.
- Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami.
 
 
 
From Gurudeva’s Teachings
 
The world is seen as it truly is—sacred—when we behold Siva’s cosmic dance. Everything in the universe, all that we see, hear and imagine, is movement. Galaxies soar in movement; atoms swirl in movement. All movement is Siva’s dance. When we fight this movement and think it should be other than it is, we are reluctantly dancing with Siva. We are stubbornly resisting, holding ourselves apart, criticizing the natural processes and movements around us. It is by understanding the eternal truths that we bring all areas of our mind into the knowledge of how to accept what is and not wish it to be otherwise. Once this happens, we begin to consciously dance with Siva, to move with the sacred flow that surrounds us, to accept praise and blame, joy and sorrow, prosperity and adversity in equanimity, the fruit of understanding. We are then gracefully, in unrestrained surrender, dancing with Siva. The Vedas state, “The cosmic soul is truly the whole universe, the immortal source of all creation, all action, all meditation. Whoever discovers Him, hidden deep within, cuts through the bonds of ignorance even during his life on earth.” Aum Namah Sivaya.

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Study Gurudeva’s Master Course, which is filled with philosophical, practical, soul-stirring information potent enough to inspire even a skeptic to change his ways of thinking about life and the ultimate goal of existence on this planet: www.himalayanacademy.com/study/mc/
Read Gurudeva’s books online at: www.himalayanacademy.com/resources/books/
Listen to Gurudeva’s inspired talks: www.himalayanacademy.com/looklisten/gurus-talks
 
 
 
Happenings
 
Iraivan Temple Progress
 
 
Silpi Murugesan adds detail to an entry steps stone using a carbide-tipped chisel and a small hammer.
 
 
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami poses with the silpis after the ceremonial placement of the entrance yali
 
On April 11 we conducted a small ceremony for the installation of the yali handrails on either side of Iraivan Temple’s main entry stairway. These yalis have been in the works for years, with the silpi craftsmen adding extra ornate details to them over this past year. During the ceremony, Satguru placed gems below the yali and the silpis then moved the massive stones into place. Yoginathaswami performed an arati and Satguru gave a small gift of appreciation to honor each silpi. During the last week of April, our masterful team from India placed the first layer of step stones for Iraivan Temple’s main entry stairway. The stairs have a precisely measured concrete foundation over which the granite pieces are placed. After spending weeks adding fine details to the stones and making sure their sizing was just right, it was time to start placing them. As the detail carvings are completed more and more layers will be added. Also during April the landscaping on the north side of the temple was further improved. The volcanic bricks from Bali were added to the shadkonam garden and additional rock work was done.
 
The 33-foot-wide entry staircase has the concrete steps revealed and ready for the next phase—granite cladding
Covid-19 Closure
 
In March the governor of the State of Hawaii banned all non-essential work and issued a Stay-At-Home notice as a means to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus. We began thinking of ways to help everyone keep positive in the worldwide ocean of negativity being generated by the pandemic. We began sharing Gurudeva’s positive affirmations on our website and developed a free course containing fun activities for families to study at home during the lockdown. See below for details. We also added the Dancing with Siva Audiobook (read by Ansh Rajput of New Delhi) to our website. In response to Covid-19, we set into motion the research and development of a future Hinduism Today article which will highlight some of the positive things that have come out of the Stay-at-Home lockdown for Hindus living in New York City.
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami’s Activities
 
Satguru continued to give weekly talks during April. They’ve all been uploaded to the website. Here are the latest: Who am I and Where did I come from?; The Path to Enlightenment: Monistic Theism-Advaita Ishvaravada; Learn, Serve, Meditate, Surrender. Satguru has recorded his readings of the chapters of the Guru’s Wisdom audio book, just released on TAKA.
 
Publications and Other Activities
 
 
Flowers and veggies enjoy the afternoon in the greenhouse
 
 
Tejadevanatha lifts the mower to fix the steel casing (he’s a great welder)
 
During April the Ganapati Kulam were hard at work on the July-August-September edition of Hinduism Today magazine. The feature story is on the priest training school at Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living ashram in Bengaluru. It’s a highly successful program for training Hindu priests for the 21st century. The GK is collaborating with the India Foundation (who held the December 2018 Soft Power Conference in New Delhi) to explain what India’s  ‘soft power’ is and how it influences the world. An example is India’s music, which this issue of the magazine explores with an article on the annual Chennai Music Festival. The full-color third edition of Gurudeva’s wildly popular book, Loving Ganesha: Hinduism’s Endearing Elephant-Faced God, which was printed last year in Malaysia, is available for purchase at Minimela.com. You can get the free ebook here: www.himalayanacademy.com/view/loving-ganesha.
 
 
On-Line Lockdown Lessons
 
A screenshot showing the various elements of the lesson with the affirmation section highlighted
 
In April, we produced a free course on our Thinkific platform called “Lessons for Sequestered Families.” Find it here: courses.himalayanacademy.com/courses/families. We heard from many Hindu families that they needed something to uplift their day, especially for those in places seriously impacted by the corona virus, such as New York City. As the name suggests, it was created to help uplift and inspire everyone and anyone who might be feeling the impact of the current global situation.
Asha in Boston reports: “Like many families around the globe, ours has been in isolation for the past three weeks. The first couple of days were spent delighting in our newly found freedom, but then… now what? Eventually, we found our own footing and scheduled our daughter’s time with a balance between fun and educational activities. What we have been missing was a meaningful family activity that we all could look forward to. The Lessons for Sequestered Families turned out to be both fun and educational, for the whole family. Our humble gratitude to the monks for creating it…. Signing up was easy and the link took us directly to the lessons.
“The chapters are varied in topics, media, and activities. An affirmation is followed by an audio from The Guru Chronicles, then a children’s story, an upadesha from Bodhinatha, humor from Hinduism Today, a video, art for coloring for the whole family and much, much more. We can choose an activity or go in order. Since our daughter likes to pick, we end up going back and forth between activities for her enjoyment.”
For example, the 14 lessons of chapter one are: Affirmation; An Audio Story: Stuck in the Snow; A Story about Ahimsa; Inspiration: Kindly Speech; Humor from Hinduism Today; Featured Video: Musical Rhythms of Stone Carving; From Path to Siva: “Who Am I?”; Art for Coloring; a Character Quality: Being Abstemious; Kolam of the Day; Sadhana: Chanting Aum; History of Hindu India Video, From Ancient Times; Quote of the Day: Silence, Peace & Joy; A Music Video: “Let’s Go Back 6,000 Years.”
All ten chapters are now available.
 
Estate Planning
New Fund Helps Feed Monks of Kauai’s Hindu Monastery
 
The Kauai Aadheenam Feed the Monks Fund provides for annadhanam (giving of food) for the monks of the monastery in Hawaii, in memory of Gurudeva, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, the founder. Being located in Hawaii gives Kauai Aadheenam many unique blessings, but it also brings grocery prices that are the highest of any state in the nation—some 70% higher than the national average. A tomato from Safeway can cost $5, for one! As part of their self-sufficiency, the monks grow most of the vegetables and fruits they eat. They manage hydroponic green houses for raising vegetables indoors, away from fruit flies and other pests that would attack them. These efforts provide a daily source of truly fresh, organic vegetables while reducing the need to purchase costly produce from stores, thus offsetting Hawaii’s food costs. The monks also ship in from the US Mainland items such as rice, flour, dahls and lentils in fifty pound sacks every three months to keep food costs as low as possible.
 
Padmini Samuthiran
 
 
Poumagal Mootoosamy
 
Padmini Samuthiran, who lives with her family in Singapore, is a co-creator of the Feed the Monks Fund. She shared with us, “Since the time when I was in my thirties, I had the goal and wish to set up some sort of Anna­dhanam Fund that will serve food for hungry people and/or will ensure nobody goes hungry. Without food, the mind will not function effectively. The monks are doing amazing work both in terms of the nature and magnitude of their mission, so to establish a fund named “Feed the Monks” appropriately fulfills my goal/wish. When the fund amount exceeds a pre-determined amount, sufficient to meet the needs of the monks at Kauai, its usage will be expanded to serve people at large, to ensure, as much as possible, that people do not go hungry.” Poumagal Mootoosamy, co-creator of this fund, is originally from Mauritius and now lives with her family in Montreal, Canada. She explained to the Hindu Heritage Endowment staff, “For some years now, my husband Agum and I have gladly been sponsoring a meal for the mathavasis of Kauai Aadheenam. I grew up in a family where Annadanam (the sacred offering of food) has always been considered a blessing and privilege, done with much love and humility, without thought of reward.
“The idea of creating a Feed the Monks endowment fund came to light in 2015, after having the darshan of Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami at Montreal Murugan Temple. We wanted to do something more permanent than a once-a-year meal sponsorship. Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami provided me with the required information on HHE and once the minimum fund was collected, the procedure was very simple.
“Caring for Gurudeva’s mathavasis is a natural way of ensuring the continuity of their most unique and noble work, as well as setting an example for our children. We hope the fund will grow to generate sufficient income to cover all food expenses in the future. We are happy for the opportunity to show our immense gratitude to Gurudeva!”
Grants from the Feed the Monks Fund will provide an additional source of income to help the monks manage Hawaii’s high food prices. When the principal of the fund reaches $100,000, portions of the grant may also be used to feed other worthy and qualified charitable organizations, at the discretion of the presiding satguru of Kauai Aadheenam. The goal of this fund is three million US dollars. It is anticipated that earned revenue from this amount will cover the entire food budget for the monks each year.
It is wise to consult with your tax professionals if you are contemplating a charitable gift under the extended law. Start your estate plan by downloading the pdf file at www.hheonline.org/tool-kit.shtml.

Give to the Feed the Monks at www.hheonline.org/feedthemonks.

For information on establishing a fund at Hindu Heritage Endowment, contact Shanmuganathaswami at 808-822-3012, ext. 6, or e-mail hhe@hindu.org.
 
 
Here Is My Contribution to
Help Finish Iraivan Temple
Gold Is the Need of the Hour
 
 
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Much of Iraivan’s visual power comes from the 23-karat gold leaf on its five towers and—in the future—the kodimaram. These glimmer in the tropical sun, contrasting strongly against the white granite. Getting thin gold leaf to endure in the tropical sun and rain has been a challenge, but our team near Washington DC (yes, the same team that does the gold cupolas on our capital buildings) has worked it out. They will be redoing all of our towers, and that is costly, so we turn to you to sponsor all or part of the project.
 
SPECIAL ITEM: Gold Leaf & Installation The gilders who are coming to re-gild Iraivan’s towers have determined that a thicker leaf is needed in the tropics than is normal in the US. Three times thicker! And they have identified and tested superior adhesives. Now we need to buy the gold and fly them to Kauai for the installation. To the right are the costs.

Sponsorships
✔ (Already Sponsored) Kodimaram: $23,000
✔ (Already Sponsored) East Chinna Gopuram: $33,000
_ West Chinna Gopuram: $33,000
_ North Chinna Gopuram: $33,000
_ Stupi Capstone: $70,000
_ Rajagopuram: $95,000
 
 
 
Donations
Thanks to Our April Temple Builders in 19 Countries
 
The Kauai Aadheenam Feed the Monks Fund provides for annadhanam (giving of food) for the monks of the monastery in Hawaii, in memory of Gurudeva, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, the founder. Being located in Hawaii gives Kauai Aadheenam many unique blessings, but it also brings grocery prices that are the highest of any state in the nation—some 70% higher than the national average. A tomato from Safeway can cost $5, for one! As part of their self-sufficiency, the monks grow most of the vegetables and fruits they eat. They manage hydroponic green houses for raising vegetables indoors, away from fruit flies and other pests that would attack them. These efforts provide a daily source of truly fresh, organic vegetables while reducing the need to purchase costly produce from stores, thus offsetting Hawaii’s food costs. The monks also ship in from the US Mainland items such as rice, flour, dahls and lentils in fifty pound sacks every three months to keep food costs as low as possible.

For the eight months of September 2019 to April 2020, our minimum monthly goal was $560,000. Excluding contributions directed toward special projects, we received actual contributions of $604,200.73.
 
 
AUSTRALIA Marie & R. Bhanugopan US$108.00; Nagaratnam Jeyasreedharan 20.00; D. Karthigesu Family 100.00; Rama Krishnan 30.00; Luckshmi & Logan Siva Nirmalananda 35.00; Gunavinthan Siva Thirumalai 100.00; Thanavinthan Siva T. Thirumalai 100.00; BELARUS Tatsiana Mezhennaya 50.00; BRAZIL Leonidas Coutinho 108.00; CANADA Anonymous 197.21 Serge Bilan 50.00; Peter Christian 25.00; Frederik Jan Elbers 100.00; Rathinappillai Logeswaran 50.00; Ioana-Gabriela Manoliu 33.00; Changam & Kamachi Naidu 50.00; Vanesh Naidu 27.00; Mr. & Mrs. Pranavan 25.00; Vijaya & Thiru Satkunendran 25.00; Sivakumaran Sivalingam 21.00; Sayanthan & Anupama Sivanathan 11.00; In honor of Velupillai & Thavamani, Fernando & Jenny 135.00; FIJI ISLANDS Anonymous 25.00; GERMANY Tharsika Chelvarajah Vasanthan 20.00; Jeeva Velusaami 21.00; INDIA Lakshmanan Nellaiappan 10.00; Maragatham Nellaiappan 10.00; Jiva Rajasankara 30.00; Vikram Santurkar 51.00; INDONESIA Mahadevan Gengadaram 75.00; ITALY Cristina Ma Puja Canducci 20.00; JAPAN Chiharu Hayakawa 101.00; MALAYSIA Anonymous 90.00; Devinasree Balasegaran 23.01 Om Krittik Balasegaran 23.01 P. Barathi Balasegaran 23.01 Balamurali Balasupramaniam 23.01 Hemakheshaa Naatha Batumallah 23.01 Mekaladeva Batumallah 23.01 Rathidevi & Veerasamy Batumallah 46.02 Theevhiyaa Chandrasekaram 46.02 Umaabati Chandrasekaram 23.01 Aravindraj Chandrasekaran 15.00; Gunasegaran Chitravelloo 11.06 Sasikumar Darmalingam 23.01 Yoga Rubini & Chandra Ganth Family 23.01 Yoga Bhavani & R. Jayakumar Family 23.01 Uma Dewi & Dinesh Kumar Jayaram 6.65 M. Shanmuganathan & A. Kamalambikai 46.02 Anbu Kandasamy 28.00; Navaneetha Krishnan 135.38 Palanisamy & Vasande 23.01 A. Paranthaman 4.42 Jayaram Rajaletchumi 11.06 Mogan Raju 69.00; Parimala Selvaraj 30.00; Ambikabathi Shanmugam Pillay 46.02 Indrani Shanmugasundram 11.06 Nutanaya Sivaceyon 10.00; Saraswathy & Ramesh Sivanathan 23.07 Vasanta Tanggavelu 34.65 Saroja Vasudevan 23.01 Yuvanes Waran 20.00; MAURITIUS Anonymous 50.20 Sivakumaren & Kavita Mardemootoo 1,008.00; Kulagan Moonesawmy 2.50 Seedha Lutchmee Moonesawmy 2.50 Revathi Mootoosamy 1.25 Vimaley Chellen Mootoosamy 3.75 Karoumee Pareatumbee 6.25 Naden Seeneevasen Pillay 2.50 NETHERLANDS Prekash & Sabita Baladien 15.00; NORWAY Anil Ananda Badhwar 60.00; Anuradha Badhwar 10.00; Meetu Badhwar-Hansen 10.00; RUSSIA Dinanatha Borzunov 100.00; Oksana Kitaeva 10.00; SINGAPORE Vasaant Krishnan 15.00; Sivakumar, Lavanya & Easan Saravan 400.00; Kavitha Darshini & Amitpal Singh 70.74 Kamala Devi Vaiyapuri 50.00; SINT MAARTEN Gary & Radica Asha Yee-Fong 25.00; UNITED KINGDOM Anonymous 11.00; Punitha Ganeshwaran 30.00; Georgiana Lukshmi Dorothy Barnes & Theeba Ragunathan 100.00; Clive & Puvaneswary Roberts 175.00; Sharavanan Selvadurai 200.00; Peter R. Smith 20.00; USA Anonymous 3,617.00; Benevity 101.00; Subramanian Family Fund/Fidelity Charitable 5,000.00; Wailua Mission 140.00; Abhijit Adhye 50.00; Kanda Alahan 101.00; Vel & Valli Alahan 25.00; Anandkumar Ayyachamy 101.00; Bryan Bailey 35.00; Arvind Bhakta 51.00; Jagdish Bhavsar 101.00; Mallik Chaganti 20.00; Asha Chaku 50.00; Uma & Kumar Chandrasekaran 108.00; Naren Chelian 51.00; Sharath Chigurupati 123.00; Charles Close 108.00; Shyamadeva & Peshanidevi Dandapani 54.00; Janakbhai R. Dave 50.00; Paul DeSantis 108.00; Amarnath & Latha Devarmanai 101.00; Venkat Devraj 108.00; Gayathri Dhanasegaran 25.00; Rupa & Aiyasawmy Dorairajan 25.00; Iryna Doroshenko 51.00; Ramya Subramani & Rajesh Ekambaram 211.00; Raju & Heena Gandhi 251.00; Panshula Ganeshan 25.00; Rajendra Giri 20.00; Toshadeva & Kamala Guhan 18.00; Kriya & Sharyn Haran 125.00; Usharani Iswaran Magaña 20.00; David Jaffe 108.00; Chandrashekhar Jairaman 51.00; Ramana Jandhyala 108.00; Praveen Krishna Jangareddy 11.00; Seetha & Krishnaswamy Jayaraman 108.00; S. Jeyendran Haran Kandadas 51.00; Anil Kapur 51.00; Srinivas & Shanthi Karri 90.00; Saravanan & Vasavi Kasthuri 3,180.00; Sundari Katir 20.00; Kavya Kaza 11.00; Richard Kennedy 10.00; Andrzej Kraja 101.00; Rajagopal Krishnan 108.00; Gregg Lien 50.00; Abha Lokhande 32.00; Yulia Machalaba 108.00; R. & K. Mahadevan 101.00; Chandra S. Malladi 25.00; Mallikarjuna Rao Mamidipaka 25.00; Lokesh Marigowda 20.00; Laura Devi Marks 108.00; Mihir Meghani 1,001.00; Palani & Selvarany Nadarajah 15.00; Nitya & Becky Nadesan 150.00; Manish M. Naidu 11.11 Sanjaya K. Nath 11.00; Debi Prosad Nayak 501.00; Neelam Oberoi 21.00; Gurudas Pai 501.00; Satya & Savitri Palani 21.00; Sriram Panchagnula 30.00; Cassan Pancham 2,016.00; Pankayatselvan Family 25.00; Easvan & Devi Param 101.00; Janaka & Bhavani Param 10.00; Jothi Param 51.00; Harish Parmar / Dhanraj Inc. 101.00; Arvind B. Patel 251.00; Vinay & Hansa R. Patel 101.00; Salik & Sanjia Pathak 51.00; Venkat Pichairaman 11.00; Senthamarai Prabhakar 101.00; Sankarshan Prasad 5.00; Parthasarathy Rajagopalan 50.00; Deva & Gayatri Rajan 1,001.00; Mohan Deepak Ram 11.00; Janevi Ramaji 101.00; Jeyashree & Venkat Ramakrishnan 50.00; Chandrasekar Ramamoorthy 251.00; Varalakshmi Ramamoorthy 216.00; Eswar Raman 20.00; Rajesh & Yatra Raman 11.00; Pritha Ranganathan 1,024.00; Rama Pemmaraju Rao 108.00; S. Prabhakar & Saila Rao 51.00; Sudharsanam Rathinam 101.00; Cliff & Kathy Runge 50.00; Chamundi Sabanathan 130.00; Aran & Valli Sendan 25.00; Deva & Amala Seyon 51.00; Salil Shibad 21.00; Terrill Silke 100.00; Iraja & Nilani Sivadas 108.00; Dharshi & Sivasothy Sivakumar 150.00; Jai Sivakumara 200.00; Jnana Sivananda 100.00; Lakshana Chetana Sivananda 51.00; Nathan & Sulena Sivananda 108.00; Kiran Srinivasan 20.00; Padmapriya Srinivasan 25.00; Emma Laz Hirsch & Aingaran Sriskandarajah 51.00; Joseph W. Steelman 50.00; Yasotha & Thevarajah Subarajan 51.00; Nandi Deva Sundaram 50.00; Savithri Sundaresan 51.00; Phani Kumar Sureddi 7.00; Karthik Suresh 108.00; Siva U. Thillaikanthan 30.00; Ramesh Thimmappa 21.00; Sandra Tillotson & Family 500.00; Timothy Titus 36.00; Radhakrishna Tummala 251.00; Rama Vangala 21.00; Rajiv Verma 108.00; Mahesh Viswanathan 25.00; Michael Wasylkiw 108.00; Richard Bosworth & Kerri Watts 101.00; Guy West 20.00; Shelah Young 51.00; Michael Zimmermann 10.00;
Total Building Fund $31,523.56
Iraivan Temple Endowment
Anonymous 65.00;
Frank Burkhardt 10 .00;
Terrill Silke 100.00;
Total Endowment Funds $175.00;
Grand Total $31,698.56
 
 
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