Kauai's Hindu Monastery
August 2017 Newsletter
July seventh was our annual celebration of Satguru Purnima. In addition to Kauai island residents, devotees flew in from Turkey, Malaysia, California and Canada to attend and rededicate their spiritual striving for another year. For the annual guru parade up the San Marga path, we used our newly-built chariot that includes the modern convenience of a solar-powered electric vehicle to pull it up the path, making the ropes in front more ceremonial. The youth attending offered flower petals in front of the chariot as it moved forward. This was followed by an elaborate pada puja at the Swayambhu Lingam and individual blessing of devotees. We concluded with vishesha diksha for one shishya. That afternoon Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami, Natyam Mayuranatha and I flew to the East Coast where we attend the final two days of the Murugan Temple’s Annual Festival. Our stay in Maryland concluded with an evening satsang and lively discussion. We spent a few days in New York with devotees, paying a short visit to the massive Flushing Ganesha Temple in Queens. Then we were off to Chicago, where we held two satsangs. Our final stop was Independence, Missouri, where a group of devotees from Topeka, Kansas, came for a darshan session at the hotel. We are grateful to our global family of temple builders for your continued generous support. General contributions for July totalled $48,252 which is less than our minimum monthly goal of $65,000. Special project contributions totalled an additional $1,589. Aum Namasivaya!
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Founder of Kauai’s Hindu Monastery, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (Gurudeva), 1927-2001
God Siva created us. He created the Earth and all things upon it, animate and inanimate. He created time and gravity, the vast spaces and the uncounted stars. He created night and day, joy and sorrow, love and hate, birth and death. He created the gross and the subtle, this world and the other worlds. There are three worlds of existence: the physical, subtle and causal, termed Bhuloka, Antarloka and Sivaloka. The Creator of all, Siva Himself, is uncreated. As supreme Mahadeva, Siva wills into manifestation all souls and all form, issuing them from Himself like light from a fire or waves from an ocean. Rishis describe this perpetual process as the unfoldment of thirty-six tattvas, stages of manifestation, from the Siva tattva—Parashakti and nada—to the five elements. Creation is not the making of a separate thing, but an emanation of Himself. Lord Siva creates, constantly sustains the form of His creations and absorbs them back into Himself. The Vedas elucidate, “As a spider spins and withdraws its web, as herbs grow on the earth, as hair grows on the head and body of a person, so also from the Imperishable arises this universe.”
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Monks, members, pilgrims and friends gather for a photo after the successful installation and consecration of the Temple Builders’ Pavilion.
Thousands gather for the July homa to Pancha Ganapati at our Spiritual Park in Rivière du Rempart, Mauritius.
Top to bottom: Satguru and our two Paramacharyas stand before Gurudeva’s bronze following the ceremony consecrating the Temple Builders’ Pavilion; devotees join in pulling Satguru in a modern chariot down San Marga to the Swayambhu Lingam for the pada puja on Guru Purnima; two prominent Saiva priests, Sivasri Shanmugam Sivacharyar (left) and Sivasri Sundaramurthy Sivacharyar (center) greet Satguru during their recent visit; Namrata Ragade takes her Vishesha Diksha vrata, witnessed by her daughter, Shreya; Dharmalingam Siddhan and His wife Courtney and their daughters Dhara and Neera, visiting from the East Coast; Sivaram and son Arunesh Eswaran; the Sarjit and Manisha Singh family from California, worshiping at the Narmada Sivalingam. The Pillaiyar Kulam prepares magazines for the Library of Congress archives; Kali, the new heifer, takes her first few steps on the Earth and is welcomed by the entire Jersey herd, who rejoiced in the new addition.
Iraivan Temple Progress
At our worksite in Bengaluru, the carving for the final stones of Iraivan Temple is drawing to a close. These stones will be on the way to Kauai at the end of the year. Here on Kauai, the Temple Builders’ Pavilion was inaugurated. After more than seven years of sculpting, molding, casting and welding by 29 artists and artisans, and blessed by Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami’s presence, we formally installed the life-size bronze statues of Gurudeva and V. Ganapati Sthapati in their final places just 150 feet north of Iraivan Temple. In the days following, eight more craftsmen in bronze were placed on the platform (see page four for details).
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami’s Activities
During July, we honored Satguru at our annual Guru Purnima festival. The ceremony was held, as usual, at the Swayambhu Lingam, the site of Gurudeva’s 1975 Siva visions. The traditional padapuja was concluded during a magical Hawaiian sunrise. Also in July, Satguru continued his series of weekly Path to Siva talks, reading and offering commentary on the chapters of our newest publication. He focused on the chapters “What Is Bhakti” and “Who Are the Devas?” These dissertations, with transcripts, have been uploaded to our website. His bi-monthly webinar, attended by students around the planet, focused on the phenomenon of being “Spiritual but not Religious” (SBNR), a belief system popular among many youth. He addresses this topic more deeply in his January Hinduism Today Publisher’s Desk column, encouraging SBNR youth to find their path within the Hindu fold. Also during July, Satguru and two of our acharyas gathered at the editing table to hone to completion another portion of the copious material on the Shum language that Gurudeva created. This is a sadhana they perform for a week each quarter.
Publications and Other Activities
While Satguru was traveling, Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami stepped in to give the weekly talk. He spoke on mysticism and religion, explaining how mysticism is an integral part of Hinduism and comparing Gurudeva’s teachings to other views. An audio recording of the talk is on our website. The Ganapati Kulam worked intensely at the end of July to produce the October/November/December issue of Hinduism Today magazine and sent it off to the press. They also produced two upgraded type fonts for Shum, Gurudeva’s language of meditation. Our yearly Digital Dharma Drive donors will be pleased to learn that an almost-finished version of the Siva Siva app for smartphones was sent out to a dynamic group of beta testers. Hundreds of hours have been put into this project by programmers on three continents. It will enable users to read the latest Hinduism Today magazine, listen to and download Gurudeva’s audio from our website, view our art library, read all of our books, play learning games and much more. In the Pillaiyar Kulam, the monks prepared a new Panchangam (a lunar calendar) for the Hindu year Vilamba 2018-2019. It is calculated for 70 cities in the US and 130 locations in 60 other countries. Download yours for free, along with instructions for use, at the minimela.com website. The Library of Congress in Washington, DC, requested we send all the Hinduism Today magazines from December 1996 to the present. During their July travel to the East Coast with Satguru, Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami and Natyam Mayuranatha worked at our publications warehouse in Kansas City to finish the compilation of this collection. In late July, the monastery was pleased to host two of the foremost Hindu Sivacharya priests from South India. Sivasri Shanmugam Sivacharyar of the Kaaligambal Temple in Chennai (whose father was officiating priest at Iraivan’s first-stone-laying ceremony) and Sivasri Sundaramurthy Sivacharyar (principal of the Saiva Agama Pathashala in Bengaluru). On the monastery farm, the Siddhidatta Kulam was joined for a couple of weeks by three youthful volunteers; Arunesh Eswaran, age 9 from Ohio, USA, Jayendran Mardemootoo, 13, from Mauritius, and Divyesh Pillay, 15, from Canada. Arunesh was accompanied by his father, Sivaram, a long-time member who was last at the Aadheenam 17 years ago. Thanks to you all! Also a new calf was born on July 20. We named her Kali.
Bodhinatha's Newest Teachings Online
Satguru Bodhinatha is now turning his 15-minute Keynote presentations into movies which can be used for our personal benefit or shared at a satsang of friends. See them here. Thanks to a vibrant team of transcribers we can hear Bodhinatha's recent talks and read the transcriptions here. Read the transcriptions on line. Click here for all of Bodhinatha's talks.
Bodhinatha's weekly talks can be heard on our website: His recent commentaries on the chapters in our new book "The Path to Siva" are marvelous!
Click here for a complete index of both Bodhinatha's and Gurudeva's talks on line
Who is Lord Murugan?
What is Bhakti? Who are the Devas?
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Masterpiece Bronzes Are Installed
at the Temple Builders’ Pavilion
(Above) A view of bronzes with Iraivan Temple in the background; (left) one silpi uses special chisels to make the rough stone smooth, while another (on the right) rough trims the stone, splitting off a section by driving in a series of chisels along a line; Selvanathan Sthapati uses a charcoal stick to draw a pattern on a pillar for carving.
Building Iraivan Temple has required an abundance of money, skill and persistence. From the time of his 1975 vision of Lord Siva walking on what is now the temple land, Gurudeva visualized a great Siva temple to capture and hold the power of that vision on the physical plane. Today, as Iraivan Temple approaches completion, so does a unique monument of gratitude to those who paid for and those whose hands designed and built this great edifice.
The Temple Builders’ Pavilion, shown in the above photo, is nestled among palm trees near a small pond just north of Iraivan Temple. It is comprised of seven stunning sculptures depicting ten life-size builders. In the center sits an 18,000-pound, rough-hewn granite rock as it was quarried from the mine in India. Standing on it are Gurudeva and Ganapati Sthapati, arguably the greatest temple architect of his generation. It depicts the moment the architect was commissioned to design and build this Chola-style Siva temple in the traditional way: by hand—with no power tools—as it was done for the last two thousand years.
The remaining five sculptures exquisitely detail just how that work has been executed. Proceeding clockwise from left: the first sculpture shows two men engaged in the brute force squaring up of a rough quarry stone, and the smoothening of the surface in preparation for sculpting—the first tasks for each of Iraivan’s 3,000 plus stones. The next sculpture shows one of Ganapati Sthapati’s most talented disciples, Selvanathan Sthapati, marking designs on a Tara pillar to be artistically executed by the kneeling silpi. The third sculpture (to the right of Gurudeva), shows another basic skill: moving stones weighing thousands of pounds with nothing more than iron bars, leverage and muscle. The fourth sculpture shows the crude forge where chisels are heated to red hot temperatures. The fifth depicts the sharpening of the heated iron chisels by hammering on an anvil.
The project is being financed by K. Suriyakumar and his wife Rushika, supporters of Gurudeva for decades. Artist Holly Young of Hawaii was commissioned to sculpt each piece, which was then sent to Loveland, Colorado, where Bobby and Kathy Page and an entire community of crafts people transformed Holly’s wax molds into bronze. The last piece of the pavilion, not yet begun, will be a Chola style bronze panel, six feet tall, nine feet wide and two feet thick, on which are etched the 15,000 names of creators and donors who contributed a total of more than $16 million dollars to manifest Gurudeva’s divine vision of Lord Siva.
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Building Fund Donations
Thanks to Our July Temple Builders in 19 Countries
Eleven-Month Summary: For the eleven months of September, 2016, to July, 2017, our minimum goal was $715,000. Excluding contributions directed toward special expenses, we received actual contributions of $818,422.64
|Marie & R. Bhanugopan||108.00|
|D. Karthigesu Family||100.00|
|N. Somaskanthan Family||501.00|
|Gunavinthan Siva Thirumalai||100.00|
|Thanavinthan Siva T. Thirumalai||50.00|
|Essen Subramanian Valayten||3.01|
|Ron & Jennifer Burke||50.00|
|Changam & Kamachi Naidu||50.00|
|Vijayarani & Thiru Satkunendran||25.00|
|Naguleswary & Manickam Senthivel||50.00|
|Mr. & Mrs. Pranavan||25.00|
|Thambimuttoo & Thavam Sivagnanam||51.00|
|Rajini & Sivasubramaniam||108.00|
|Sara K. Sivasurier||133.56|
|Nagula & Sutha Suthaker||101.00|
|Cristina Ma Puja Canducci||20.00|
|Rathidevi & Veerasamy Batumallah||22.98|
|“Sai Janany, Sai Hamsiny, Chandran|
|Ramamurthy & Kalpana Devasayagam”||45.92|
|Leena Lakshmi Devasayagam &||45.92|
|Yoga Rubini & Chandra Ganth||11.83|
|Shree Vishna Rasiah & Sharmila Harry||22.96|
|Jayaraj, Kantharaj & Saranraj s/o Jayabalathilagam||13.80|
|Uma Dewi & Dinesh Kumar Jayaram||13.40|
|Yoga Bhavani & R. Jayakumar Family||11.45|
|M. Shanmuganathan & A. Kamalambikai Family||22.98|
|Amaraysh, Kumutha & Jarry Lai||11.49|
|Deevesh, Likhel, Bathmavathy Batumalai & Ramesh Murthi||11.49|
|Rasiah Vallipurum & Pathumanithi Nagalingam||22.96|
|Achi & Suriakala Naidu||27.59|
|M. Suranthiran Naidu||32.18|
|Mohanavilashiny & Navakkarasu Family||11.49|
|Yehanthini & Sivatarnee Navakkarasu||11.49|
|S. & Nirmala Raja||20.69|
|Supramaniam Ramoo & In Memory of Neelavathy Thangavelu||22.96|
|Raja Singam Raja Ratnam & Shreema Rasiah & Family||22.96|
|Raagini Ravindren & Senthil Ravindren||11.49|
|Lachmi Savoo & Family||11.49|
|Ambikabathi Shanmugam Pillay||22.98|
|Roselia Simon - Kulamani Ganesha||82.00|
|Ramesh & Saraswathy Sivanathan||11.67|
|Sivasekaran & Mohana Sundari||22.96|
|Sockalingam & Chandrasekari||22.96|
|Devi & The Late Selvadurai Subramaniam||11.49|
|S. & Santhi Subramaniam||20.69|
|S. Sugumaran & Sarasammah||41.39|
|Thinathayalan & Remalah||11.49|
|Vikneswaran A. Vinsent||22.96|
|Amrit Singh Jaypal||7.53|
|Seedha Lutchmee Moonesawmy||3.01|
|Naden Seeneevasen Pillay||1.51|
|Prekash & Sabita Baladien||15.00|
|Vaiyapuri Kamala Devi||50.00|
|Sivakumar, Lavanya & Easan Saravan||400.00|
|Kavitha Darshini & Amitpal Singh||73.47|
|Gary & Radica Asha Yee-Fong||25.00|
|Clive & Puvaneswary Roberts||175.00|
|Golden Gate Mission||10.00|
|The Kulkarni Foundation||2,008.00|
|Adi & AshaAlahan||17.00|
|Vel & Valli Alahan||25.00|
|Chitrammal & Sangarapillai Asokan||100.00|
|Kaika & Nilufer Clubwala||101.00|
|Janakbhai R. Dave||50.00|
|Banu Devi & Chellappa Deva||50.00|
|Amarnath & Latha Devarmanai||101.00|
|Ramya Subramani & Rajesh Ekambaram||211.00|
|Mary Rose Gallagher||12.00|
|Suketu & Mita Gandhi||51.00|
|Sejal Mehul Gosalia||101.00|
|Hiranya & Saraswathi Devi Gowda||515.00|
|Toshadeva & Kamala Guhan||36.00|
|Kriya & Sharyn Haran||125.00|
|James L. Haynes||50.00|
|Usharani Iswaran Magaña||50.00|
|Chand Anup Kalia||251.00|
|Srinivas & Shanthi Karri||40.00|
|Siva & Jana Kesavan||1,001.00|
|Anil & Devajyothi Kondapi||108.00|
|Shab R. Krish||501.00|
|Nallan & Sudha Krishnan||101.00|
|Radha & Ganesh Krishnan||108.00|
|Prabhakar & Sundara Kulkarni||501.00|
|Gerard & Zhena Linsmeier||54.00|
|Srinivas R. Madaboosi||200.00|
|Kishin & Varsha Mahbubani||151.00|
|Gaurav & Ripla Malhotra||251.00|
|Laura Devi Marks||108.00|
|Palani & Selvarany Nadarajah||15.00|
|Nitya & Becky Nadesan||150.00|
|Manish M. Naidu||11.11|
|Rama Chandran & Rema Nair||2,000.00|
|Sanjaya K. Nath||11.00|
|Emma & Narendra Nemivant||25.00|
|Easvan & Devi Param||101.00|
|Janaka & Bhavani Param||25.00|
|Vinay & Hansa R. Patel||101.00|
|Rama Pemmaraju Rao||108.00|
|Richard Henry Pratt||100.00|
|Deva & Gayatri Rajan||1,001.00|
|K.V. & Shyamala Rajan||50.00|
|Mohan Deepak Ram||11.00|
|K. V. Ramakrishnan||51.00|
|Jeyashree & Venkat Ramakrishnan||50.00|
|Rajesh & Yatra Raman||11.00|
|Partab & Chandra Ramsinghani||27.00|
|Padmaja & Sreenivasa Ravuri||500.00|
|Madhu M. Reddy||101.00|
|Annie & Mark Ruiz||108.00|
|Cliff & Kathy Runge||50.00|
|Aran & Valli Sendan||25.00|
|Deva & Amala Seyon||51.00|
|NIraj B. Shah||51.00|
|Usha Kiran Shastri||101.00|
|Iraja & Nilani Sivadas||108.00|
|Dharshi & Sivasothy Sivakumar||150.00|
|Tejasinha, Hridaya & Hotri Sivalingam||5.00|
|Nathan & Sulena Sivananda||108.00|
|Joseph W. Steelman||100.00|
|Yasotha & Thevarajah Subarajan||51.00|
|Nandi Deva Sundaram||50.00|
|Rajnarayanan & Padmasini Sundararaman||250.00|
|Phani Kumar Sureddi||7.00|
|Anitha & Eswara Tellakula||11.00|
|Sivam U. Thillaikanthan||40.00|
|Jayesh & Darshana Upadhyay||1,008.00|
|Vigna & Nirupa Vignarajan||501.00|
|Margaret Rose Werd||7.73|
|Jinny Petcharat Wonwong||11.11|
|David & Shelah Young||51.00|
|Total Building Fund||48,168.76|
|Iraivan Temple Endowment|
|Muthu & Nandini Senthilkumar||51.00|
|Total Endowment Funds||72.00|
|Special Project Donations|
|Hemakheshaa Natha Batunallah||11.45|
|In memory of Mr. Ponnambalam Kandasamy and Mrs. Kannamma Kandasamy||1,008.00|
|Lim Hock Leong||9.00|
|Total Special Project Donations||1,589.15|
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Iraivan Temple is a punya tirtha, a sacred destination for devout pilgrims. The vision of Lord Siva on San Marga that Gurudeva was blessed with in 1975 is sustained and made manifest by the daily sadhanas of 19 resident monastics from five nations. Kadavul Hindu Temple and the many sacred areas of San Marga are available to Hindus for worship, meditation, japa and quiet reflection. It is best, if you are planning to come to visit us, to email us in advance to make sure the days of your visit coincide with our open times. And, if you want to have darshan with Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, to check if he is in residence and to make the necessary appointment. Please see our visitor information pages for more details.
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