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.
Bodhinatha continues with his weekly series of commentaries on The Path to Siva. In this past Sun One talk, he elucidates the four key beliefs in Hinduism, the three pillars of Sanatana Dharma and Gurudeva's three stages of faith. Primary to Hinduism is the key belief that God is within each of us. To have a well-rounded understanding and experience of Hinduism, to make spiritual progress, adhyatma vikasha, we need scripture, humility, temple worship, devotion. To fully experience God we need the guru to give the spark for meditation and deeper wisdom.