We want to thank last year's Digital Dharma Drive donors. Their contributions help us carry on the advertising free digital web work we do and free apps that we publish. It may not seem like much is happening, but behind the scenes a teams is constantly at work. Please donate today for the coming year!
Spiritual Workout App
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
Arinien is back serving in the Ganapati kulam. He has been working on 360 videos for the virtual tour web site (yet to be released). He is also taking photos for all these TAKA posts.
On the first day of Ganesha Chaturthi, Dinanatha and his team in Moscow received their new copies of the Russian language version of Path to Siva from their printer. He and his team had been working tirelessly to have the book ready by the time of Satguru's recent visit but it had hit some minor delays. Looks like Ganesha wanted it to arrive on His special day instead! Aum.
A Simple Overview of a Complex Faith
Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
Recent Google search on What is Hinduism yielded some 223,000 answers. Many are from outsiders offering their best take; many are from antagonists taking their best shot. Too few are knowledgeable; fewer still are authentic. Rare is the answer that goes beyond parochial sectar-ian understandings; scarcely any encompasses the huge gamut implied in the question. For these reasons alone, the book from which this article is taken was inevitable. Written by devout Hindus and drawn from the deepest wells of spiritual experience and cultural insight, it is a definition coming from deep inside the inner sanctum and depicting in words and amazing images the living, breathing entity that is Hinduism. Get the ebooks here!
“A” is the first and source of all the letters. Even so is God Primordial the first and source of all the world.
What has learning profited a man, if it has not led him to worship the Good Feet of Him who is pure knowledge itself?
The Supreme dwells within the lotus of the heart. Those who reach His Splendid Feet dwell enduringly within unearthly realms.
Draw near the Feet of Him who is free of desire and aversion, and live forever free of suffering.
Good and bad, delusion’s dual deeds, do not cling to those who delight in praising the Immutable, Worshipful One.
A long and joyous life rewards those who remain firmly on the faultless path of Him who controls the five senses.
They alone dispel the mind’s distress who take refuge at the Feet of the Incomparable One.
They alone can cross life’s other oceans who take refuge at the Feet of the Gracious One, Himself an Ocean of Virtue.
The head which cannot bow before the Feet of the Possessor of eight infinite powers is like the senses lacking the power to perceive.
The boundless ocean of births can be crossed, indeed, but not without intimate union with Infinity’s Holy Feet.
Gurudeva's work appears in numerous magical ways. This came in to Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami during the trip to Keerimalai. It's a pocketbook of Hinduism's tenets on God and Soul in a question and answer format and is both simple and profound. This booklet coincidentally was given out during the 1981 Innersearch. Gurudeva stands majestically on the back cover and the inside has both English and Tamil versions.
A new version of SivaSiva App, 1.3. Three new modules that Android users have not seen. And the Android version is stable!
Archives are now available through 2001. Light colored days have no posts. 1998-2001 coming later.