A Message from Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami
December 1, 2013
Namaste, and welcome to our websites, which have been aptly called “where Hinduism meets the future.”
Google “Hindu” or “Hinduism” and our websites appear in the first ten results. If you leave out general information sites such as Wikipedia and the BBC, we are the top (or sometimes the second) site managed by actual Hindus. That—along with more than 100,000 visitors each month—are the clearest indications we have that our websites fulfill a real need for authentic information on Hinduism. And it is in part a result of your generous support through our Digital Dharma Drives over the past three years.As you know, our Gurudeva, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, wanted all his spiritual teachings available for free on the Internet—no fees, no advertising, and only rare appeals for funds. It’s the model followed by Wikipedia, and it works. For three years running, you’ve responded generously, and after another year of working to enhance the site, we are back again with this appeal. In our How the Funds Are Used page we detail what we did with your previous generous gifts and what we hope to accomplish next year. As you’ll read in the letter from our editor, Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami, we have yet to complete renovations to our Media Studio, the special space where all this work is done, so that remains as a project to be funded as part of this year’s drive.
Nowhere else will you find such a wealth of resources about our faith, carefully researched and compiled from across the globe. How important is it to you to have good resources on Hinduism online? How important is it that your friends and business associates, your children and their teachers, when doing a search about Hinduism, find a place that explains it from the inside, without academic bias, gross misconceptions or outright sensationalism?
Your contribution will go to the enhancement of the sites and the content, and to upgrading the Media Studio. The funds do not pay staff salaries or administrative overhead, since these sites are created and maintained by selfless monks who work for free and live simply in a remote monastery on the island of Kauai.
In keeping with Gurudeva’s vision that all major aspects of our work ultimately be supported by endowments, 10% of your tax-deductible contribution goes into the permanent Digital Dharma Drive Endowment, which now stands at $24,000 after three years of fundraising. As that endowment accumulates, it will provide an ever-increasing income for decades to come, protecting the digital future of Hinduism, your religious heritage.
Donate today, and improve our presentation of Hinduism to the world—for the benefit of this and future generations.
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami
Guru Mahasannidhanam of Kauai Aadheenam
Publisher of Hinduism Today