End of Phase

Bodhinatha is safe and sound in Dusseldorf. No more news than that today. The monks are still on Sadhu Paksha retreat at home. Tropical storm Felicia quieted down and we only received some early morning showers.

Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming two-day retreat,
until Dasami Tithi, Sun One, Saturday, August 15th.

The Who, What & Why of Hindu Heritage Endowment

One of the things Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami are doing during their travels is talking with devotees and temple trustees all around the world about the advantages of establishing endowments with Hindu Heritage Endowment, the public service Gurudeva set up in 1994. We thought you would enjoy this brief overview of HHE from our most recent monastery newsletter.

The staff of Hindu Heritage Endowment are monks of Kauai’s Hindu Monastery. HHE is a US-based, public charitable trust created by Hindus for Hindus. It is not another institution asking for donations; it provides a way to empower your own projects. HHE maintains permanent endowments for Hindu initiatives and institutions worldwide. Its individual funds, now over 70, benefit temples, ashrams, monasteries, orphanages, homes for the elderly and distribution of Hindu books and literature. The assets are professionally overseen by Halbert, Hargrove/Russell LLC of Long Beach, California. New funds at HHE are easy to set up. There are no fees. Just go to www.hheonline.org
There are five reasons why Hindu Heritage Endowment is your best choice for giving to support Hinduism worldwide:

  1. Global Reach: HHE holds endowments that benefit Hindu institutions and activities worldwide.
  2. Life Income Plans: HHE offers charitable gift annuities and pooled income funds. The beneficiary institution can be located in any country.
  3. An Alternative to Direct Donations to Foreign Hindu Charities: You can support a foreign Hindu charity and receive the same tax advantages as when supporting a US charity.
  4. True Endowment Versus Quasi (board designated) Endowment: Temples and other institutions can create a true endowment at HHE. Principal invested this way cannot be spent by future boards of trustees and is protected from any lawsuit that might be brought against the temple.
  5. Greater Investment Opportunities: HHE’s investments are not limited to a single country or currency. Its portfolio is global in nature, with investments in equities and fixed income in a number of developed and emerging markets.

Stan Robins Slideshow of Iraivan


Earlier this year a professional photographer, Stanford Robins “Stan Robins” came to visit. We finally put his photographs into this retrospective slide show. (click the thumbnails to see larger images)

Ajaya Family House Blessing

Saivite Priest, Ananth Sivachariar, begins the rituals with Punita and Hotranatha Ajaya.

At the entry of the house, Punita places kunkum on the threshold.

Ananth Shastri chants after offering has been made to Agni. In the background are friends attending the home blessing.

Everyone joins in the pradakshina around the homa kunda.

Ananth Shastri blesses everyone with water from the kumbam.

Now Lord Ganesha resides in the family’s puja room.

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

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