Media Studio and Digital Dharma Drive

Our fourth annual outreach to our thousands of web users is coming to a close. It ends January 31st.

Our goal of $70,000 is just over the $40,000 mark.

The truth is, we are going to forge ahead and create the best tools and resources we can no matter what happens with the goal. So, if you have given enough, we accept that with thankful hearts. But if we do make our goal, much more can be accomplished in 2014, since we will be able to reach out to those who are more expert than we, and apply their technical skills to our year's web goals.

Here in Hawaii there is a pidgin saying that applies: "If can, can. If no can, no can." That's the local way of saying, If you can do it, then do so. If you can't, it's all good. Aum Namasivaya!

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Guests of the Ganapati Kulam

Today the GK had two wonderful guests attend their morning meeting. Dr. Frank Neubert from Switzerland and Seiyonne Suriyakumar from California.

Dr. Frank Neubert is a professor at the University of Bern in Switzerland. He has been studying Saiva Siddhanta Church, Himalayan Academy and Hinduism Today for some years, writing articles on Gurudeva's work, including one for Brill Encyclopedia in Europe. He is studying the globalization of Hinduism for a long-term project to publish a book on that topic. He is traveling with his wife and 2-year-old son, staying near the monastery and learning how the monks produce the magazine and impact global Hinduism. 

Seiyonne Suriyakumar is a financial analyst for Deloit, one of America's four big financial advisors. Seiyonne, who lives in Los Angeles, is the son of Rushika and Suriyakumar and this is his third visit to the monastery.

TAKA Archives Available For Viewing

Thanks to many tedious hours of work by Andre Garzia, our developer in Brasil, and to the Digital Dharma Drive donors whose donations pay for his time, we are happy to announce that TAKA archives are available for viewing. He had to go back in time and "scrape" the content out of obsolete web formats and move all this into our Word Press database. It was a huge project. Presently we have from 2001 through until today. We have yet to get the archives from 1998 to 2001, as the formats from those days is so old as to be unparseable. The content will have to be hand-picked for each day.

To use the archives, click "Archives" at the bottom of the page. You will be presented with the twelve months of 2013. If a date is greyed out, it means there were not posts on that day. You can click on the year to choose a year, such as 2006. It will take a moment to load. The click to view a specific date. Once you get back to that date you will need to choose "Archives" again to move to another day. We are working on having this show the current year that you are in (e.g. if you go to 2007, then when you choose a day and go back in time the archives will still be set to 2007 and we will have the date you are viewing show in another color. Please send feedback to studyhall@hindu.org

We want to thank our Digital Dharma Donors. Your donations allow us to continue developing our web services.

Our Publications at Diwali Nagar in Trinidad

Divali Nagar (City of Lights) is an annual exposition of Hindu culture and celebrations of Diwali since 1986. It is staged at the permanent Divali Nagar site, located in the borough of Chaguanas. There is a great variety of religious and cultural displays and performances to be enjoyed. And it is a time of meeting the many celebrities and dignitaries who visit the site over the week it is active. The chief guest opening this year's festivities was Captain Pratima Dharm, the first Hindu chaplain of the US armed forces who was featured in the cover story, January-February-March 2012 issue of Hinduism Today. 

Ashwinee Ragoonanan, her daughter Kashika and her team of sevaks have, for the past 20 years, maintained a prominent booth at the Nagar that displays Hinduism Today and Himalayan Academy publications along with the annual Kashika Panchang for the island of Trinidad. Ashwinee has, during these same past 20 years, also managed a lively Hinduism Today distribution center from her home.

At the booth, Bodhinatha's upcoming visit to Trinidad in February, 2014, was broadly announced.

Digital Dharma Drive

As you can see from the banners atop our pages, the monks have begun our 60-day Digital Dharma Drive to push forward on our web resources and presence. Like Wikipedia, we have decided to not advertise on our sites, and to not charge for our Hindu resources, art, videos, magazine, books and .... well, everything.

Still there are not-so-trivial costs involved if we are to keep Hinduism's flagship sites among the best in the world. We have over 100,000 visitors to our sites each month. And if you Google the single word "Hinduism," you will find (on most days) two of our sites in the top ten returns. A great accomplishment, yes, but to keep us there we need to not let up. So, we are turning to our CyberCadets (a Gurudevaism that we like) to help us evolve in the year ahead.

We present here a small slideshow of some of our pages. Also a before and after of the main room in the Media Studio, which will partially benefit from this drive. Please read Bodhinatha's and the editors' letters giving details of our DDD past and present, what we have done and what lies ahead. We urge you to consider the Digital Dharma Drive in your holiday giving plans.

Mahalo nui loa--that's our Hawaiian thank you!

Archives are now available through 2001. Light colored days have no posts. 1998-2001 coming later.

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