The boys of Tirunavukarasu Gurukulam, shown here on Pilgrimage in Sri Lanka, have recently received their 2009 annual grant from Hindu Heritage Endowment. The Gurukulam is fund #12.
The spiritual centers of South India, the aadheenams, traditionally support Hindu organizations such as temples, orphanages and priest training schools. In ancient times, farm land or shops owned by these monastic-run institutions supplied the revenue for regular charitable assistance for local religious and social activities. In today's world, aadheenam endowments include stocks and bonds. The charitable activities of Kauai's Hindu Monastery are more global than local, and are significant enough to be responsibly overseen by a separate organization, called Hindu Heritage Endowment (HHE), which Gurudeva founded in 1994. The following organizations in Sri Lanka all have endowments with HHE and are sent yearly grants. Grants for 2009 totalled almost seven thousand dollars. The recipients are:
Kumbhalavalai Ganesha Temple -- Alaveddy
Pasupatheeswarar Temple -- Alaveddy
Swami Vipulananta Children's Home -- Batticaloa
Tirunavukkarasu Nayanar Gurukulam -- Batticaloa
Yogaswami Hindu Boys' Home -- Chenkalady
Mahajana College -- Jaffna
Yogar Swamigal Thiruvadi Nilayam -- Killinochchi
Siva Poomi School -- Kondavil
Sri Subramuniya Kottam -- Kopay
Yogaswami Hindu Girls' Home -- Sittandy
Also receiving a grant from the monastery's charity fund is
Sivananda Thapovanam -- Uppuveli.
Visit the HHE website.
The blessings of Lord Murugan awaken wisdom which resides in his chakra. "Pray to Lord Murugan to unravel the great mysteries of the universe." When we get emotional we lose touch with our wisdom. Murugan inspires penance to soften karmas and purify the mind, chitta-shuddhi. If you do kavadi in the right spirit, to get the full blessing, have in mind specific misdeeds, apologize to the deity, learn from it, promise to do your best. Visions are still happening. Feeling the energy of the deity is stronger during festivals such as Skanda Shashti.