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.
"Temples with multiple deities can be confusing, especially for today's Hindu youth. For clarity, we need to bring forward a more precise understanding of the different Hindu denominations and how the different Gods are viewed from within each denomination. For spiritual advancement it is best to focus on one deity and get to the vibration that deity. When we hear teachings from various Hindus, it is important to understand and identify which denomination they are speaking from. This will avert confusion when that teaching gets contradicted in a different context where someone is talking about the same subject but from a different philosophical background."
Bodhinatha reviews the main characteristic of Saivite philosophy and practice with an indepth focus on the four stages of religions evolution, chariya, kriya, yoga and jnana. He highlights how this shows that Saiva Siddhanta is unique and quite from the modern practice of Hinduism as Vedanta