Learning Never Ends

The monks love to explore new words, introduce each other to a lost gem or dust off a seldom-used term. Today that word was xyst, and no one had ever heard the term.

On the web we found the meaning:  "Among the ancient Greeks, a long covered portico or court used for athletic exercises; among the ancient Romans, an open colonnade, or walk planted with trees, used for recreation and conversation; hence occas. allusively."

What a fun word, we thought. Then one among us (with a nod to Robert Browning) offered up a short poem to honor this new term among us.


Lest a xyst not subsist, would it ever be missed?
Might it sustain a cursory tryst?
Would it ever be longingly missed in a mist?
Can it right twist or left list?
If it meets a stone schist, can the two coexist?

German Edition of Gurudeva’s Toolbox Online!

We are very happy to announce the release of the German edition of Gurudeva's Toolbox, translated by Professor Devarajan Sankaran. PDF, Kindle, Nook, ePub and Web viewing versions are available here: Gurudevas Werkzeugkasten. Thanks to our Digital Dharma Donors for their support which sponsors the cost of these productions.

Gurudeva's Werkzeugkasten für ein spirituelles Leben wurde von den Mönchen des Kauai Hindu Klosters anlässlich Gurudeva's Todestages 2005 als Andenken und zu Ehren seines Vermächtnisses und seiner Lehren zusammengestellt. Bei dem europäischen „Innersearch " Treffen verkündete er: „Ich habe Ihnen alle Werkzeuge zur Verfügung gestellt und es liegt an Ihnen, ob Sie sie nutzen oder nicht." Seine wesentlichen Lehren beinhalten eine vollständige Sammlung von Werkzeugen (Hilfsmitteln) und Vorgehensweisen, die den Fortschritt auf unserer spirituellen Reise bewirken. Er hat diese Methoden ab 1949 über eine Periode von 52 Jahren Praxis als Guru entwickelt. Er hat immer betont, daß es keine Notwendigkeit für zusätzliche Werkzeuge und Methoden gibt – die vorhandenen Werkzeuge sollten wirklich genutzt werden.

Growing the Fictionary

CyberCadets know that the monks maintain a Fictionary: A lexicon of words that should be in the dictionary but are not. This grows from time to time as we stumble on the moment we have all known, those awkward (and fun) moments when we know the word but the world has not yet discovered it. Is this not how language has always evolved? Are Shakespeare and street kids the only ones who can make this stuff up? No, we cry out. Not now. Not ever. Which is precisely how the word "never" evolved.

So today we share the latest inclusions in the Fictionary, and again invite submissions in case you have a word or two that should be immortalized.

play-pretend: A Gurudevaism (sbaw);  describing when an adult is doing something serious in a frivolous or foolish way. "The swami was married, making his life mere play-pretend."

sbaw: Should be a word

dutious: Different from dutiful, parallel to study and studious. Doing something with a conscious sense that you are executing your duty, achieving a high standard in one's work.

emptillness: Describes the state of seeing all existence as simultaneously infinitely full and totally empty.

microtyaga: A small letting go, renunciation, surrender, such as letting someone else be right, or skipping that second helping at the dinner table, our accepting something that you don't like. As opposed to major sacrifices and acts of tyaga.

coolth: The missing noun for cool, as warm is to warmth.

nonbreviation (or nontraction):  Two words which would ordinarily be abbreviated or contracted, but which in their current context must remain separate.  Example:  You can not only see it, but touch it as well.  Here, "can not" is a nonbreviation, since "can" is being used in its positive sense and "not" relates to only.  Therefore, neither cannot nor can't is appropriate here.

biasist: One who is not neutral, and who holds a bias

casuality: an arrived state of being casual, mentally and physically. 
"His general casuality about life made him easy to get along with."

spectacularity (n) - the quality of being spectacular.  Usage:  The view of Iraivan Temple from the drinking fountain is unsurpassed for spectacularity.

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.

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