July 2019 Newsletter


Our monthly Ardra abhishekam to Lord Nataraja was held on June 4, followed by our monthly Chitra puja to Gurudeva on the 12th. On June 21 Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami left with me on a three-week trip to North America. During the balance of June, we held satsangs in Syracuse (New York), Chicago and Topeka (Kansas) plus a few visits to devotees’ homes in New Hampshire. I shared a keynote on “An Important Modern Trend,” which drew from the Publisher’s Desk “Five Suggestions for SBNR’s” and other articles from Hinduism Today. The keynote begins with the statement: “Modern Universities are molding the minds of our youth in ways parents might not expect. This is because reason and science dominate the learning at higher institutions, pushing religion to the side, an understandable but limiting academic strategy. And there is a strong trend that is an outcome of young adults studying at these universities for four, six or eight years. It is that at some point they reject the religion in which they were raised. This rejection takes a few forms, perhaps the most frequent of which is the idea of being ‘Spiritual But Not Religious’ frequently abbreviated as SBNR. Two other common forms of rejection of religion are atheism and secular humanism.” Of those attending the satsangs, almost none was familiar with SBNR and thus the presentation was definitely helpful to them. General contributions for June totaled $44,411, which is less than our minimum monthly goal of $70,000. Special project contributions totaled an additional $170. 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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Gurudeva's Wisdom

Founder of Kauai’s Hindu Monastery, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, 1927–2001, arrives by ship in Trinidad and Tobago in 2000.

Desperate states of mind are disturbing many people these days. They are caught in emotional turmoil and entanglement, scarcely knowing how to get themselves out of it, or even fully realizing what state they are in. This condition, which often deteriorates as the years go by until nervous difficulties and mental illnesses set in, can be alleviated by the simple practice of meditation. Those who are content to live in a mesh of mental conflict, which is not only conscious but subconscious, will never get around to meditation or even the preliminary step: concentration. But a person who is wise enough to struggle with his own mind to try to gain the mastery of his mind will learn the vital practice of meditation. Just a few moments each morning or evening enables him to cut the entangled conditions that creep into the conscious mind during the day. The consistent practice of meditation allows him to live in higher states of consciousness with increasing awareness and perception as the years go by. There are surprises, many of them, for the beginning meditator, as well as for those who are advanced—unexpected consequences that are often more than either bargained for, because on the road to enlightenment every part of one’s nature has to be faced and reconciled. This can be difficult if the experiences of life have been unseemly, or relatively easy if the experiences have been mostly comfortable

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Adding Detail: Using our own design of a carbide-tipped chisel, a silpi adds detail to a round stone that will secure the base of the kodimaram


Paduka: The two granite holy sandals of the Satguru which are installed in Kadavul Hindu Temple and worshiped elaborately on Chitra nakshatra each month to honor Gurudeva on the day of his mahasamadhi

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Top to bottom: Two silpis work on the massive handrails that will later flank the wide entry steps to Iraivan Temple; the stewards and staff of HHE after their quarterly meeting to review fund performance and distribution of grants; Mayuresh Visswanathan shows off two large squashes he harvested from our garden for the day’s lunch.

Iraivan Temple Progress
In June the silpi craftsmen focused on placing the stones of the 475-foot-long perimeter wall; the first of two layers is nearly complete. The silpis have almost completed the detail work on the ceiling carvings in the mukha mandapam. They are also working on major refining of the two large yallis that will frame the front steps from ground level up to the temple. They also continued the detail work on the base of the kodimaram. The monks have begun to research different options for the granite tile which will cover the 6,500 square feet of foundation in the prakaram space between the outer temple wall and the perimeter wall. Several samples were gathered for Satguru and senior swamis to choose from. Bids were sought to survey the area next to the statue of Hanuman and the Rudraksha Forest. One day this will be the location of a new Visitor Center.

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami’s Activities
Satguru’s yearly journey to the chariot festival at the Murugan Temple near Washington DC was prefaced by visits to several other locations. His weekly talks, given at the beginning of June, have been uploaded to our website. He discussed many topics, including the Saivite Hindu view of Hell and how to create success in both outer life and inner striving by remolding the subconsious mind through vasana daha tantra (writing and burning of difficult memories) and precise affirmations. Satguru’s Publisher’s Desk editorial, A Mystical View of Sanatana Dharma, can now be seen at “HinduismTodayVideos” channel on YouTube. ¶Satguru and the senior monks are the stewards of the Hindu Heritage Endowment that benefits the monastery and Hindu orphanages, projects and temples around the world. On June 10th they and other monastic staff held their quarterly meeting to review and discuss the financial statements, comparing the investment returns with the traditional benchmarks and reviewing performance charts and financial strategies. The HHE principal is invested with Halbert Hargrove of Long Beach, California. At this meeting the stewards approved a new endowment called the Kauai Aadheenam Feed the Monks Fund which was was jointly created by Poumagal Pillay Mootoosamy of Montreal, Canada, and Padmini Samuthiran of Singapore. They both came up with the idea and the required funds to start the endowment, at just about the same time. We have created a new web page for this endowment. See it at http://hheonline.org .

New Teenage Taskforcers Arrive
In mid-June Mayuresh Visswanathan from Carlsbad, California, and Arinien Mootoocurpen from Mauritius arrived on Kauai to participate in our taskforce program. They come to the monastery each morning and spend the day worshiping, meditating and performing seva alongside the monks. Mayuresh will be here until August and Arinien will be visiting until mid-November. Mayuresh and Arinien are both starting out their stay at Kauai Aadheenam by helping in the Siddhidatta Kulam. That is the group of monks responsible for the care of our gardens, buildings, vehicles and more.

Publications and other Activities
The latest issue of our Hinduism Today magazine is now online. The Educational Insight section is called Hinduism in a Nutshell. It is now available as a stand-alone publication in PDF and ebook formats on our website. In June the monks of the Ganapati Kulam were busy working on the October-November-December issue of Hinduism Today. They were also developing a future story about the century-long project of rebuilding the Thiruketeeswara Temple of Mannar in northern Sri Lanka which was razed to the ground by the Portuguese invaders in the late 16th century and was rebuilt in 1903. Selvanathan Sthapati, the architect of our Iraivan Temple, is overseeing the current renovation project.


Globally: Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami With the Rama Chandran & Rema Nair family in New Hampshire;


New Roofing In Mauritius: Members in Mauritius are working hard to complete three new mandapams to protect devotees from sun and rains. The next step is to clad the concrete pillars with wood. Plans are in place to hold the August Guru Puja here during Satguru’s visit.

Iraivan’s Exquisite Doors Arrive

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Sanctum Entrance: (top to bottom) the left- and right-hand doors showing the ten forms of Iraivan as originally drawn by the architect, Ganesha, depicting Nataraja, Ardhanarishwara, Bhiksha­da­na, Dakshinamurti, Lingodbava, Urdvatandava, Chan­dra­sekhara, Kalikama, Bhairava and Panchamukha Lingam; (below, left) the completed doors photographed in India just before shipping to Kauai; (below) Siva as Bhairava, showing the amazing depth of the bas-relief sculptures.

One thing we’ve learned in the process of commissioning the various wonderments of Iraivan Temple is how much gifted artisans delight in having their work on display for everyone to enjoy. Somewhat to our consternation, we discovered this can mean that a major project—such as the avudaiyar base of the Sivalingam, the granite Hanuman statue and, case in point, the temple’s massive sanctum doors—may sit for years at the artisan’s shop. He cannot afford to produce such a once-in-a-lifetime work just to put on display, so he keeps it on site as long as possible to promote more sales. Of course, after we insist several times the commissioned work must be shipped, it finally will be. In the case of the doors, they were begun years back in Mamallapuram, but only arrived on Kauai a few months ago.

We’re not complaining. Once the piece is here, it is always well worth the wait, and the doors are no exception. The two massive brass-clad teak wood doors weigh easily 200 pounds apiece. The decorative motifs and ten depictions of Lord Siva’s form are masterpieces of craftsmanship. Sturdy steel hinges (gray color in the photos above) will be set into the granite doorway to carry the weight. The doors open inwards, with the sculptured metalwork always showing. Like the kodimaram, similarly made of wood with metal cladding, the doors will be refurbished and reinstalled through the centuries.

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".

Recent Talks:

Realization a Daily Experience - Remold the Subconscious
There is No Satan or Hell, Focus on the Here and Now
Yamas, Niyamas - Remolding Our Character
Three Stages of Self Realization
On the Brink of the Absolute

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Hindu Heritage Endowment, Estate Planning

Q & A: The Basics of Inheritance


Question: My wife contends that she can inherit my retirement plan assets tax-free upon my passing. I’m not so sure. Who’s right?

Answer: For the purposes of harmony in your home, you are both right. Your wife is correct in that she has the ability to defer taxes on your retirement-plan assets through, for example, a spousal rollover IRA. You are also right, in that whenever your wife makes a withdrawal from the spousal rollover, she will pay income tax on the amount.

Q. I plan to leave my 401(k) to my children after my lifetime. How much will they pay in taxes?

A. It depends. Because this type of inheritance is treated as ordinary income, the taxes your children owe will depend on the marginal tax rate in which they fall. One of the downsides of leaving a 401(k), IRA or other retirement plan asset to your children is that they may likely receive it during their peak wage-earning years—when they will lose the greatest percentage to taxes. If they don’t want it all in a lump sum, they can, in most cases, stretch out their distributions (and hence some taxation) over their lifetime, beginning the year after your passing.

Q. I would like to make a charitable donation from an IRA. What’s the first step?

A. You can designate a beneficiary, such as Hindu Heritage Endowment, to receive a percentage of your IRA assets. The full value of the funds given to HHE will then go to support our mission (income taxes will not erode their value). To make your gift, you simply need to complete a beneficiary designation form naming Hindu Heritage Endowment as beneficiary and specifying the percentage to go to it. This designation is completely revocable during your lifetime. Your estate will receive an estate tax charitable deduction for the HHE share. 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].



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You Can Help Sponsor the Perimeter Wall

The second prakaram wall is 3.5 feet tall, two feet thick and 475 feet long. It comprises 45 short pillars (the section with the pot on top) and 44 panels (the long section between the pillars). Each pillar and panel pair require 544 man-days to carve, even with the massive granite slabs being sawn to size by machine. Each panel will be inscribed (inside the ornate border shown in the photo at right) with verses from scripture and the philosophy and history of the temple.


❏ One pillar section: $15,000

❏ One panel section: $30,000

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Building Fund Donations


Thanks to Our June Temple Builders in 19 Countries

For the ten months of September to June, our minimum monthly goal was $700,000. Excluding contributions directed toward special projects, we received actual contributions of $756,177.88.

Marie & R. Bhanugopan US$108.00
Nagaratnam Jeyasreedharan 20.00
D. Karthigesu Family 100.00
Rama Krishnan 30.00
Mahesh Kulkarni 101.00
Vimala Muniandy 32.00
Luckshmi & Logan Siva Nirmalananda 35.00
T. Pavarajah 200.00
Gunavinthan Siva Thirumalai 100.00
Thanavinthan Siva T. Thirumalai 100.00
Essen Subramanian Valayten 2.72\t\t
Tatjana Melenaja 50.00
Leonidas Coutinho 216.00
Anonymous 85.02
Bill Brown 35.00
Peter Christian 25.00
Eric Elbers 100.00
Rathinappillai Logeswaran 100.00
Ioana-Gabriela Manoliu 33.00
Narayani Nadesan 1,008.00
Changam & Kamachi Naidu 50.00
Mr. & Mrs. Pranavan 25.00
Vijaya & Thiru Satkunendran 25.00
Sivakumaran Sivalingam 21.00
Sayanthan & Anupama Sivanathan 11.00
Sara K. Sivasurier 144.72
Saravanamuthu Somasundram 50.00
Anonymous 25.00
Tharsika Chelvarajah Vasanthan 10.00
Anonymous 5.00
Lakshmanan Nellaiappan 10.00
Maragatham Nellaiappan 10.00
Jiva & Kanmani Rajasankara 30.00
Mahadevan Gengadaram 75.00
Konstantin Usacovs 50.00
Cristina Ma Puja Canducci 20.00
Chiharu Hayakawa 101.00
Anonymous 276.97
Malaysia Mission 1,126.92
Aravindraj Chandrasekaran 30.00
Gunasegaran Chitravelloo 11.60
Uma Dewi & Dinesh Kumar Jayaram 6.96
Muthukumar Jeyapalan 2,500.00
Anbu Kandasamy 28.00
A. Paranthaman 4.64
Jayaram Rajaletchumi 11.60
Mogan Raju 69.00
Parimala Selvaraj 30.00
Indrani Shanmugasundram 11.60
Saraswathy & Ramesh Sivanathan 24.04
Yuvanes Waran 20.00
Anonymous 54.54
Soondiren Arnasalon 6.79
Prem Audit 2.72
Jegadessa Chenganna 13.58
Shree Saroja Devi Doorgiat 2.72
Kunal & Sanyogeeta Ghurbhurn 2.93
Amrit Singh Jaypal 6.79
Rohit Jogessur 2.72
Darcinee Jugessur 1.36
Mooneenagen Koothan 5.43
Poospawadee Koothan 2.72
Amravadee Kownden 48.89
Vel Mahalingum 13.58
Kulagan Moonesawmy 2.72
Seedha Lutchmee Moonesawmy 2.72
Goindamah Moothoosawmy 2.72
Mardaymootoo Mootoosamy 2.72
Revathi Mootoosamy 1.36
Vadivel Mootoosamy 2.72
Karoumee Pareatumbee 6.79
Naden Seeneevasen Pillay 1.36
Dayalen Renghen 4.07
Ezilveylen Renghen 8.15
Jagadissen Renghen 8.15
Madhevi Renghen 8.15
Siven Renghen 8.15
Varaden Renghen 8.15
Vega Renghen 4.07
Kannen Valaydon 27.16
Saroja Valayten 2.72
Toshadeva Valayten 1.36
Ulasa Valayten 1.36
Prekash & Sabita Baladien 15.00
Anuradha Badhwar 10.00
Meetu Badhwar-Hansen 10.00
Anonymous 100.00
Singapore Mission 16.00
Bijamati Pareatumbee 10.00
Padmini Pareatumbee 20.00
Lavanya Saravan 400.00
Kavitha Darshini & Amitpal Singh 36.98
Kamala Devi Vaiyapuri 150.00
Gary & Radica Asha Yee-Fong 25.00
Anonymous 22.00
Theeba Ragunathan 100.00
Clive & Puvaneswary Roberts 175.00
Sharavanan Selvadurai 200.00
Shankara Skandanatha 36.00
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund 101.00
YourCause 252.00
Virinder Bhardwaj - Fidelity Brokerage Services LLC 2,500.00
Golden Gate Mission 40.00
Wailua Mission 10,846.50
Anonymous 3,660.76
Abhijit Adhye 50.00
Vel & Valli Alahan 25.00
Yohini & Arumugam Alvappillai 51.00
Subra & Loga Anandasivam 501.00
Rita Andriello 100.00
Palani K. Aravazhi 105.00
Chitrammal & Sangarapillai Asokan 200.00
Arvind Bhakta 51.00
Srinivas Bhamidipaty 11.00
Anca Botez 20.00
Umapathi R. & Geetha Cattamanchi 508.00
G. Chadha 21.00
Mallik Chaganti 20.00
Asha Chaku 75.00
Uma & Kumar Chandrasekaran 251.00
Naren Chelian 51.00
Sharath Chigurupati 123.00
Charles Close 108.00
Kaika & Nilufer Clubwala 101.00
Philip Coniglio 101.00
Shyamadeva & Peshanidevi Dandapani 54.00
Janakbhai R. Dave 50.00
Dhanjay S. Deoskar 101.00
Paul DeSantis 108.00
Amarnath & Latha Devarmanai 101.00
Ganesh & Romila Devendra 101.00
Aiyasamy Dorairajan 25.00
Ramya Subramani & Rajesh Ekambaram 211.00
Suketu & Mita Gandhi 51.00
Panshula Ganeshan 14.00
Rajendra Giri 20.00
Ajit V. Gokhale 108.00
Toshadeva & Kamala Guhan 18.00
Vijai B. Gupta 51.00
Dheeraj Handa 11.00
Kriya & Sharyn Haran 125.00
Usharani Iswaran Magaña 20.00
David Jaffe 108.00
Sandeep Jain 108.00
Chandrashekhar Jairaman 51.00
Haran Kandadas 51.00
Latha Kannan 51.00
Srinivas & Shanthi Karri 90.00
Sundari Katir 20.00
Kavya Kaza 11.00
Richard Kennedy 10.00
Srini Konakalla 101.00
Andrzej Kraja 101.00
Raja Krishnamurtti 21.00
Rajagopal Krishnan 123.00
Raj Kumar 251.00
Vijay Kumar 11.00
Gregg Lien 50.00
Gerard & Zhena Linsmeier 54.00
Abha Lokhande 32.00
Chandra S. Malladi 25.00
Lokesh Marigowda 20.00
Laura Devi Marks 108.00
Dasarathi Minjur 18.00
Palani & Selvarany Nadarajah 15.00
Isabella Nadeau 10.00
Nitya & Becky Nadesan 150.00
Murugasu Nagul 51.00
Manish M. Naidu 11.11
Rama Chandran & Rema Nair 2,002.00
Sanjaya K. Nath 11.00
Emma & Narendra Nemivant 25.00
Neelam Oberoi 21.00
Neela Oza 75.00
Gurudas Pai 202.00
Satya & Savitri Palani 21.00
Sriram Panchagnula 30.00
Cassan Pancham 2,016.00
Pankayatselvan Family 25.00
Easvan & Devi Param 101.00
Jothi Param 51.00
Atul & Seema Patel 101.00
Hansmukh & Pratima Patel 100.00
Prasan Patel 25.00
Puspakant & Rita Patel 101.00
Vinay & Hansa R. Patel 101.00
Salik & Sanjia Pathak 51.00
Venkat Pichairaman 11.00
Jonathan Pieslak 500.00
Indrathan Pillay 50.00
Richard Henry Pratt 25.00
Ramegowda & Shyamala Rajagopal 251.00
Parthasarathy Rajagopalan 50.00
Deva & Gayatri Rajan 1,001.00
Mohan Deepak Ram 11.00
Jeyashree & Venkat Ramakrishnan 50.00
Varalakshmi Ramamoorthy 216.00
Rajesh & Yatra Raman 11.00
Partab & Chandra Ramsinghani 27.00
Rama Pemmaraju  Rao 108.00
Vani Rao & C.S. Rao 101.00
Sudharsanam Rathinam 101.00
Dwaraknath & Uma Reddy 116.00
Cliff & Kathy Runge 50.00
Chamundi Sabanathan 131.00
Aran Sambandar 54.00
V.R. & Indira Sanda 51.00
Arthi Sanjeevi 20.00
Vikram Santurkar 51.00
Ramachandran & Vijayalakshmi Sastry 251.00
Silver Vel Satsang 15.00
Aran & Valli Sendan 25.00
Deva & Amala Seyon 51.00
Kiran Shah 251.00
Salil Shibad 21.00
Iraja & Nilani Sivadas 108.00
Dharshi & Sivasothy Sivakumar 300.00
Jai Sivakumara 200.00
Homa, Hotri, Hridaya & Tejasinha Sivalingam 10.00
Jnana Sivananda 100.00
Lakshana Chetana Sivananda 51.00
Nathan & Sulena Sivananda 108.00
Tandu & Uma Sivanathan 200.00
B.Sivaraja 10.00
Sujatha & Srikanth Sridharan 108.00
Kiran Srinivasan 40.00
Padmapriya Srinivasan 25.00
Raja & Anita Srivastava 25.00
Joseph W. Steelman 50.00
Yasotha & Thevarajah Subarajan 51.00
Surendra Sukhtankar 1,000.00
Nandi Deva Sundaram 50.00
Savithri Sundaresan 51.00
Phani Kumar Sureddi 7.00
Karthik Suresh 108.00
Shanthi Suresh 101.00
Manju & Shukdev Tantod 51.00
Sivam U. Thillaikanthan 80.00
Dushyant & Daksha Upadhyaya 21.00
Rama Vangala 21.00
Vayudeva Varadan 51.00
Koththavasal Venkatachari 251.00
Rajiv Verma 108.00
Mahesh Viswanathan 25.00
Narayanan Viswanathan 251.00
Aditya Voleti 25.00
Keith Wallach 51.00
Michael Wasylkiw 108.00
Richard Bosworth & Kerri Watts 101.00
Jinny Petcharat Wonwong 11.11
Sundeep Yalamanchi 116.00
Shelah Young 51.00
Michael Zimmermann 5.00
Anonymous 116.12
Frank Burkhardt 10.00
Amey Surendra Gangal 11.00
Valli Ananda 170.00
GRAND TOTAL 44,580.74

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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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