Today we announce our annual end-of-the-year Digital Dharma Drive.
As you know, following the vision of our Gurudeva, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, all the material on our websites, and now our new mobile apps, are available for free online. However, to cover the professional fees needed to continue to upgrade and expand, we do follow the model of Wikipedia and ask for donations the last two months of the year. For nine years running, you have responded generously, and after another year of working to improve these portals and provide new resources, we are back again with our annual appeal.
In our “How the Funds Are Used” page, we detail what we did with your past generosity. An impressive list for sure. Your contribution this year will go to a short but strategic list of projects, including children’s learning tools, the enhancement of our websites and their content and the development of the ever-popular mobile apps. Digital Dharma Drive funds do not pay staff salaries or administrative overhead, since these sites are created and maintained by the monks who work for free and live simply in our remote monastery.
Ten percent of your tax-deductible contribution goes into the permanent Digital Dharma Drive Endowment, which now stands at $139,243 after nine years of fundraising. This follows Gurudeva’s vision for the future that all major aspects of our work will ultimately be supported by endowments. As the endowment accumulates, it will provide an ever-increasing income for decades to come, protecting the digital future of Hinduism, your religious heritage.
“History of Hindu India” continues to be our broadest reaching digital initiative, with Part One of the five-part series reaching 3.1 million views on YouTube. To supplement this series, children’s songs are being added to each of the five-parts. To date, six are on our YouTube channel, with more coming soon. Our “Spiritual Workout” app has received a major upgrade in both Apple and Android formats. The app provides a ten-minute routine of spiritual practice with multiple options in each of the five areas of practice. “The Holy Bible of the Saivite Hindu religion” is a new project that has been initiated. It has the ambitious goal of presenting English excerpts from the major Saivite scriptures. Initial efforts are on designing the database that will hold the material and allow for efficient selection, proofing and editing.
Donate today, and improve Hinduism’s global English-language resources—for the benefit of this and future generations.
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami
Guru Mahasannidhanam of Kauai Aadheenam
Publisher of Hinduism Today
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