Kauai's Hindu Monastery - March 2021 Newsletter
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March 2021 Newsletter
Recent activity at Kauai's Hindu Monastery
Message from Satguru
For February the monastery remained closed to visitors perpetuating its retreat-like vibration for yet another month. The colder weather also added to the impetus to turn deeper within. The monthly Chitra Puja to Gurudeva was held on February 2, and the monthly Ardra abhishekam to Nataraja was on February 22. My Sun One early-morning live-streamed talks focused on the different states of awareness found in the Shum-Tyeif language. In my weekend Zoom satsangs, I began two new topics. The first was “Raising Children as Good Hindus,” drawn from the Educational Insight of the April 2021 issue of Hinduism Today. The second was the difference between being religious and being spiritual. One of the central ideas was that you can be a spiritual leader. It’s not that hard. Simply make it a point to say something encouraging, kind and high-minded to everyone you meet. Their day will be brighter because of it, and so will yours. Your words may be just what they needed to escape a moody morning and discover a new energy for the day. Isn’t that what spiritual leaders do, change the energy, elevate the spirit so people connect with their intuition and open themselves to the highest course of action for the day? When encountering people you know, you can ask about some aspect of their life, such as their children or recent travels, and show an interest in their well-being. General contributions for February totaled $54,450, which is less than our minimum monthly goal of $70,000.  Special project contributions totaled an additional $1,008. We are grateful to our global family of temple builders for your continued and generous support. Om Namasivaya.
- Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami.
From Gurudeva’s Teachings
Our Holy Orders of Sannyasa introduce monastic life in the following passages: “The two fundamental objectives of sannyasa, renunciation, are to promote the spiritual progress of the individual, bringing him into God Realization, and to protect and perpetuate the religion. Renunciation and asceticism have been an integral component of Hindu culture from the earliest days, the most highly esteemed path of the Sanatana Dharma. Sannyasa life has both an individual and a universal objective. At the individual level, it is a life of selflessness in which the sannyasin has made the supreme sacrifice of renouncing all personal ambition, all involvement in worldly matters, that he might direct his consciousness and energies fully toward God Siva. Guided by the satguru along the sadhana marga, he unfolds through the years into deeper and deeper realizations. Ultimately, if he persists, he comes into direct knowing of Parasiva, transcendent Reality. At the universal level, the sannyasins foster the entire religion by preserving the truths of the Sanatana Dharma. Competent swamis are the teachers, the theologians, the exemplars of their faith, the torchbearers lighting the way for all. Paramaguru Sage Yogaswami sang: ‘Hail, O sannyasin, thou who know’st no guile! Establish in thy heart and worship there the Taintless One—Panchakshara’s inmost core. Thou that regard’st all others as thyself who in this world can be compared with thee?’“

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Monks welcome the newly-gilded Yogaswami murti at the outset of the Ardra abhishekam
Yogaswami's murti is placed in his shrine following the puja
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami chants Sri Rudram during the 258th Chitra Pada Puja to Gurudeva.
COVID Update
We are pleased to announce that, after almost a full year, Kadavul Hindu Temple’s 9am Siva puja is again open to devotees. Please note that there is a capacity restriction and a reservation is required. Email: puja@hindu.org to request a reservation. Except for the temple, the monastery’s grounds remain closed to visitors.
Iraivan Temple Progress
Iraivan Temple sits on the banks of the Wailua River, surrounded by tropical forests and gardens
At our worksite in Bengaluru, the carving of the final stones of Iraivan Temple is drawing to a close. The craftsmen are continuing their work on the red pots that will be placed on the perimeter wall. Due to the Covid restrictions in India, the work is going very slowly. Here on Kauai the silpis are re-grouting the joints of the sunshade eve stones to make the roof waterproof. Experiments to remove calcite deposits on the pillars using various methods, such as a mild acid wash, are being conducted. At the end of February the Innov8 team began removing the tent shelters on the East side of the temple, revealing for the first time the completed stone plinth. Their masonry work is the best that’s been done on the island, according to the man who supplied the lava rock. There is another 25 percent to be done on the other sides in the months ahead. Gurudeva loved the idea of a black lava rock plinth hugging the white granite stones of the temple, giving the impression that the temple sits atop a small mountain. This color contrast and sense of elevation are part of the magic he envisioned.
Satguru’s Activities
In February, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylaswami continued his marvelous series of talks on awareness and omnipresence from the yogic perspective, quoting from Gurudeva’s Shum teachings, the Master Course and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. A YouTube Playlist captures all nine parts of this series. See it here: bit.ly/BDawareness-omnipresence.
Publications and Other Activities
The monks of the Pillaiyar Kulam have prepared the Panchangam (lunar calendar) for the new Hindu year April 28, 2021 to April 17, 2022. The calendar is location based and 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. Our latest publication, Seven Dimensions of the Mind: A Mystical Map of Existence and Consciousness by Gurudeva, is now on the web! You can download this wonderful book for free in eBook or pdf format at the Read & Learn tab on our website. Translation of Gurudeva’s works into other languages continues. Ram Prasad in Chennai is now 85 percent complete translating Merging with Siva into Tamil. The media studio team of monks is now working on the next edition of our Hinduism Today magazine. Upcoming articles include excerpts from Lion Sage, Merging with Siva for Kids.  There’s also an engrossing travel piece following Dev Raj Agarwal down the Ganges River from Haridwar to Prayag as he visits sadhus and festivals and little known temples along the way. A thought provoking piece about the future of Hinduism in the US is being written by Lavina Melwani.
News from Our Mauritius Center
A class in Saivite Hinduism being taught in one of the three newly constructed mandapams at the Spiritual Park in Mauritius
Every year the Spiritual Park organizes an elaborate religious ceremony for the students of Mauritius (at the primary, secondary and university levels) preparing to take the fiercely competitive year-end exams. This year the event was held on February 7 as part of the monthly homa ceremony. With Sivacharyas from India officiating, the students’ prayers for good grades were sent through the sacred homa fire to Lord Ganesha.
Hinduism Today’s April 2021 Edition Is Out!
The cover of our latest issue of Hinduism Today Magazine
The latest issue has been mailed to subscribers, and on April 1st the online edition becomes available free of charge at www.hinduismtoday.com or by using our Hinduism Today appHinduism Today app.
Youth are the future, so our intrepid journalist Nikki Thapa tracked down Nepal’s 20-somethings and grilled them about their views on life, religion and culture. Their responses are revealing—and, dare we say, a bit promising.
Covid-19 is on the minds of every household in every nation on Earth. We asked our writer in Colorado to survey the ways Hindu groups in America are responding. He writes of the extensive volunteerism that is manifesting as Hindus reach out to needy folks around the nation.
Temple rites are so central to Hindu faith, yet we take them for granted. We may attend a thousand before we ask ourself, “Why does this ancient ritual impact me so much?” Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami’s Publisher’s Desk editorial explores the mystical elements and knowledge essential for creating a meaningful and powerful temple puja.
Our 16-page Insight will be a tool for every Hindu home with kids. Called “Raising Children as Good Hindus,” it goes into the multi-dimensional aspects of modern-day rearing of the next generation. That’s not a trivial task, and there is need for direction and foundational strategies. What do we teach them? How does the culture of the home mold their attitudes and nature?
Our editors are innovating during the pandemic. We have begun a writers’ internship for teens. This issue brings you the first four stories from our journalists-to-be. You will be amazed at how articulate these young writers are. Each gives a rare look into teen Hindu experience in the US, while stressing the place of faith in his or her own life. Look for more in the issues ahead. These kids are going places.
Most of our readers will have heard of Gita Press, or perhaps bought a religious text at one of their ubiquitous stalls in India. This major article explores the company’s amazing mission and history—it will be 100 years old in 2023. This venerable press has printed more than 700 million books, including 141 million copies of the Bhagavad Gita. Using the most advanced printing technologies in the world, they continue to exclusively bring spiritual knowledge to seekers.
Other articles in this issue include an editorial on sadhana and meditation; why Hindu names are important; women in jail finding solace in chanting Sanskrit mantras; the popular Quotes & Quips section, with humor, cartoons and sagely sayings; Global Dharma, with mini-stories from around the world; and Digital Dharma, with updated information about HAMSA, the Himalayan Academy Museum of Spiritual Art. It’s a rich issue, with something for everyone.
Estate Planning
The Advantage of Donating Appreciated Stocks
By Akhila Satish
“It is to meet the needs of the deserving that the worthy work so hard to acquire wealth.” Tirukural Verse 212
An individual’s choice to donate to any kind of charitable organization is deeply personal and emotional. Often such choices are made in a flash of emotion or connection; perhaps a meaningful photograph of poverty or a well-crafted appeal to a personal circumstance catches our attention. A donation is quickly mailed or sent out— the generous gesture moving from thought to action as rapidly as quarters slide into a red kettle during the holiday season.
However, there are even greater benefits, both for the individual and the charity, that can accrue from thoughtful, planned acts of generosity. One such act is a stock transfer. This is a planned act of generosity with signal benefits for giver and recipient alike.
The iconic bronze bull sculpture that stands in the Financial District of Manhattan in New York City. Giving stocks can have far greater benefits than giving cash directly.
Transferring stock allows an individual to deduct the full value of the stock from their personal tax return, while offering the charity a larger donation. Consider the following scenario: you purchase a stock for $5,000 that is worth $6,500 in five years. At this time, you consider donating $5,000 to a charity you like. Instead of donating $5,000 in cash, you could transfer the stock (now worth $6,500) to the charity. If you were to sell the stock and donate $5,000, you would pay capital gains taxes on $1,500 and deduct $5,000 on your personal tax return. If you were to transfer the stock, the charity would receive the full $6,500, and you can deduct $6,500 on your personal tax return. By transferring the stock, both parties enjoy greater benefits.
The prospect of transferring stock may appear daunting at first. The first question you may have is which stock to transfer. There are many resources and services available to help you make that choice. A good place to start may be by consulting your portfolio advisor. It is important to keep your portfolio balanced over the years, and often you may need to sell stock in order to rebalance. Such reallocation may be an opportunity to transfer stock as a donation. However, be sure to choose a stock that is more than one year old and has gained in price, rather than decreased in price. If the stock has decreased in price, the stock transfer process will not create an increased benefit for the charity or for you.
The second question you may have is how to transfer the stock. You will be pleasantly surprised to see the wide range of organizations, from Fidelity to Cocatalyst, that can help you with stock transfers. These organizations will guide you through the process, creating a straightforward and efficient way to set up the transfer. Many recipients of a stock donations will have processes set up to aid donors in the transfer process. For example, it is easy to donate appreciated stocks to Hindu Heritage Endowment. You can send an email to hhe@hindu.org, and we will send you simple instructions to give to your broker. They will transfer the stocks to HHE without selling them. We will then send you a receipt you may use for a tax deduction.
Donating to any kind of charitable organization is a powerful act of generosity. Knowing that there are practical and thoughtful ways of planning a donation, such as a stock transfer, and understanding the mechanisms of such a donation allows you to maximize that act of generosity for greater impact.

For more resources on donating with stocks or other securities go to www.hheonline.org/gifts-of-stock.shtml.

For information on establishing a fund at Hindu Heritage Endowment, contact Shanmuganathaswami at 808-822-3012, ext. 6, or e-mail hhe@hindu.org.
Here Is My Contribution to
Help Finish Iraivan Temple
Sponsor the Entry Steps or Perimeter Wall
Entrance Steps: The nine entrance steps are 30 feet wide and comprise 64 carved granite stones in all—shown above during installation. Sponsorship for each intricate stone is $2,500. On either side are two massive handrails, intricately carved in the form of a yalli, a creature made of several animal species said to protect the temple. This grand stairway creates a magnificent entry to Iraivan Temple.
Perimeter Wall:The perimeter wall is 40 inches tall, 24 inches thick and 475 feet long. It comprises 50 short pillars and 49 panels (the long section between the pillars). Each pillar and panel pair required 430 man-days to carve, even with the massive granite slabs being sawn to size by machine. Of the 49 panels, 35 have an ornate border (as shown in the photo at left) which will display (etched on bronze plates) verses from scripture and information about the philosophy and history of the temple. Sponsorship for one pillar section is $15,000, and $30,000 for one panel section.
Donate to Iraivan Temple Here
Thanks to Our February Temple Builders in 19 Countries
For the six months of September 2020 to February 2021, our minimum monthly goal was $420,000. Excluding contributions directed toward special projects, we received actual contributions of $465,733.51.
Building Fund Donations: AUSTRALIA: Marie & R. Bhanugopan US$648.00; Nagaratnam Jeyasreedharan 20.00; D. Karthigesu Family 100.00; Rama Krishnan 30.00; Swarna Bala and Mr. & Mrs. Magathewar 1,000.00; Vimala Muniandy 32.00; Luckshmi & Logan Siva Nirmalananda 35.00; Kala Siva 250.00; Gunavinthan Siva Thirumalai 100.00; Thanavinthan Siva T. Thirumalai 100.00; Chandran & Mathini Wigneswaran 108.00;BELARUS ; Tatsiana Mezhennaya 50.00; BRAZIL ; Leonidas Coutinho 108.00; CANADA ; Bill Brown 50.00; Peter Christian 25.00; Leo Demers 50.00; Frederik Jan Elbers 1,008.00; Chandra & Ila Jadav 108.00; R. Janakiraman 51.00; Renganayaki Kannappan 25.00; Rathinappillai Logeswaran 50.00; Ioana-Gabriela Manoliu 33.00; Jai & Ganga Murugan 400.00; Changam & Kamachi Naidu 50.00; Vanesh Naidu 27.00; Mr. & Mrs. Pranavan 25.00; Vijaya & Thiru Satkunendran 25.00; Dharmalingam & Mangai Selvarajah 51.00; Sivakumaran Sivalingam 21.00; Sayanthan & Anupama Sivanathan 11.00; Sara K. Sivasurier 187.80; Saravanamuthu Somasundram 50.00; Anonymous 219.28; FRANCE ; Tilagame Adinarayane 30.00; GERMANY ; Tharsika Chelvarajah Vasanthan 20.00; Jeeva Velusaami 21.00; GREECE ; Artemis Bimpiza 20.00;INDIA ; Lakshmanan Nellaiappan 10.00; Maragatham Nellaiappan 10.00; Sankula Prasad 5.00; Jiva Rajasankara 30.00; Vikram Santurkar 51.00; INDONESIA ; Mahadevan Gengadaram 75.00;ITALY ; Cristina Ma Puja Canducci 20.00;MALAYSIA ; Klinik And Surgeri BD 24.60; Devinasree Balasegaran 12.30; Om Krittik Balasegaran 12.30; P. Barathi Balasegaran 12.30; Balamurali Balasupramaniam 12.30; Hemakheshaa Naatha Batumallah 12.30; Mekaladeva Batumallah 12.30; Rathidevi & Veerasamy Batumallah 24.60; Theevhiyaa Chandrasekaram 24.60; Umaabati Chandrasekaram 12.30; Gunasegaran Chitravelloo 11.87; Sasikumar Darmalingam 12.30; Yoga Rubini & Chandra Ganth Family 12.30; R. Jayakumar & Yoga Bhavani Family 24.60; Uma Dewi & Dinesh Kumar Jayaram 7.14; Muthukumar Jeyapalan 1,500.00; M. Shanmuganathan & A. ; Kamalambikai Family 24.60; Anbu Kandasamy 28.00; Logadasan Murugesu 12.30; Palanisamy & Vasande 12.30; A. Paranthaman 4.80; Jayaram Rajaletchumi 11.88; Mogan Raju 69.00; Doraisami & Mohanasundari Selvaraj 24.00; Parimala Selvaraj 30.00; Ambikabathi Shanmugam Pillay 24.60; Nutanaya Sivaceyon 11.85; Ramesh Sivanathan 61.82; Girish Skanda 24.60; Vasanta Tanggavelu 36.90; Thanabalasingam & Manimala 12.30; Saroja Vasudevan 12.30; Yuvanes Waran 20.00; MAURITIUS ; Soondiren Arnasalon 6.08; Soundarajen Arnasalon 4.86; Jegadessa Chenganna 24.30; Shree Saroja Devi Doorgiat 2.43; Rohit Jogessur 2.43; Meeravadee Koothan 2.43; Mooneenagen Koothan 4.86; Poospawadee Koothan 2.43; Sooreshen Koothan 12.15; Amravadee Kownden 46.17; Vel Mahalingum 24.30; Kulagan Moonesawmy 2.43; Seedha Lutchmee Moonesawmy 2.43; Jayaluxmi Mooroogen 2.43; Goindamah Moothoosawmy 2.43; Revathi Mootoosamy 1.22; Siven Barlen Mootoosamy 2.43; Vimaley Chellen Mootoosamy 2.43; Naden Seeneevasen Pillay 1.22; Dayalen Renghen 3.65; Ezilveylen Renghen 9.72; Jagadissen Renghen 7.29; Madhevi Renghen 9.72; Siven Renghen 12.15; Varaden Renghen 9.72; Vega Renghen 3.65; Kannen Valaydon 24.30; Anonymous 48.80; NETHERLANDS ; Prekash & Sabita Baladien 15.00;NORWAY ; Anil Ananda Badhwar 60.00; Anuradha Badhwar 10.00; Meetu Badhwar-Hansen 10.00;RUSSIA ; Inna Aleshina 8.00; Dinanatha Borzunov 100.00; Oksana Kitaeva 10.00; SINGAPORE ; Sivakumar, Lavanya & Easan Saravan 400.00; Kavitha Darshini & Amitpal Singh 73.82; Kamala Devi Vaiyapuri 50.00; SINT MAARTEN ; Gary & Radica Asha Yee-Fong 25.00; UNITED KINGDOM ; Punitha Ganeshwaran 30.00; Georgiana Lukshmi Dorothy Barnes & Theeba Ragunathan 100.00; Clive & Puvaneswary Roberts 175.00; Sharavanan Selvadurai 100.00; Sanjay Shahi 2,500.00; Asim Srivastava 1,500.00; Anonymous 119.00;USA ; Benevity 6,554.00; Wailua Mission 126.50; Abhijit Adhye 50.00; Kathirgamar Aingaran 123.00; Asha Alahan 25.00; Kanda Alahan 150.00; Vel & Valli Alahan 25.00; Palani K. Aravazhi 51.00; Rao L. Atluri 25.00; Kumarasingham & Subodhini Balasingham 108.00; Mallik Chaganti 20.00; Asha Chaku 70.00; Naren Chelian 51.00; Charles Close 108.00; Shyamadeva & Peshanidevi ; Dandapani 108.00; Janakbhai R. Dave 50.00; Bhadresh & Kusum Desai 150.00; Chellappa Deva 25.00; Krishna K. Devarajulu 108.00; Amarnath & Latha Devarmanai 112.00; Venkat Devraj 108.00; Gayathri Dhanasŋegaran 25.00; Aiyasawmy Dorairajan 25.00; Ramya Subramani & Rajesh Ekambaram 211.00; Suketu & Mita Gandhi 51.00; Panshula Ganeshan 25.00; Naveen & Anita Goswami 1,000.00; Toshadeva & Kamala Guhan 18.00; Tamnash J. Gupta 108.00; Jayashree Hariharan 51.00; David Jaffe 108.00; Chandrashekhar Jairaman 51.00; Seetha & Krishnaswamy Jayaraman 51.00; R. S. Jeyendran 101.00; Ravi S. & Vidya Joshi 108.00; Haran Kandadas 51.00; Srinivas & Shanthi Karri 90.00; Sundari Katir 20.00; Kavya Kaza 25.00; Richard Kennedy 10.00; Rastri Dey Kidambi 201.00; Venkatram J. Kowsik 51.00; Andrzej Kraja 100.00; Rajagopal Krishnan 108.00; Anil & Anzila Kumar 251.25; Sarma R. Kunda 100.00; Gregg Lien 50.00; Gerard & Zhena Linsmeier 52.00; Abha Lokhande 32.00; Srinivas R. Madaboosi 50.00; Kishin & Varsha Mahbubani 101.00; Mallikarjuna Rao Mamidipaka 25.00; Laura Devi Marks 108.00; Rohini & Vijay Mashettiwar 201.00; Autar Matoo 150.00; Cindy McGonagle 25.00; Dasarathi Minjur 18.00; Inder & Aileen Mirchandani 108.00; B. Krishna Mohan 1,001.00; Palani & Selvarany Nadarajah 15.00; Nitya & Becky Nadesan 150.00; Manish M. Naidu 11.11; Rama Chandran & Rema Nair 5,001.00; Raju Nallappa 108.00; Varinder & Rina Narang 51.00; In memory of Lok Nath 51.00; Kala & P. Nathan 108.00; Neelam Oberoi 50.00; Neela Oza 75.00; Gurudas Pai 101.00; Satya & Savitri Palani 51.00; Cassan Pancham 2,016.00; Pankayatselvan Family 25.00; Easvan & Devi Param 101.00; Janaka & Bhavani Param 10.00; Jothi Param 51.00; Hari Ohm Patel 25.00; Prasan Patel 35.00; Vinay & Hansa R. Patel 101.00; Salik & Sanjia Pathak 51.00; Venkat Pichairaman 11.00; Jonathan, Sabina, Brendan & Kai Pieslak 126.50; Seetha Poovaiah 108.00; Raman & Uma Purighalla 1,000.00; Parthasarathy Rajagopalan 50.00; Deva & Gayatri Rajan 1,001.00; Mohan Deepak Ram 11.00; Raja & Latha Ram 25.00; Janevi Ramaji 101.00; Ravi & Renuka Ramakrishna 108.00; Venkat Ramakrishnan 50.00; Varalakshmi Ramamoorthy 216.00; Ashley Raman 11.00; Eswar Raman 40.00; Rajesh & Yatra Raman 11.00; Kasi Ramanathan 51.00; In memory of Dr. S. Ramanathan 108.00; Srinivas Rao 50.00; Sudharsaniam Rathinam 101.00; Cliff & Kathy Runge 50.00; Chamundi Sabanathan 130.00; Santosh & Madhu Sahay 101.00; Aran Sambandar 36.00; V.R. & Indira Sanda 108.00; Aran & Valli Sendan 25.00; Deva & Amala Seyon 51.00; Salil Shibad 21.00; Iraja & Nilani Sivadas 108.00; Nirthika Sivakumar 101.00; Dharshi & Sivasothy Sivakumar 150.00; Jnana Sivananda 100.00; Lakshana Chetana Sivananda 51.00; Nathan & Sulena Sivananda 108.00; B. Sivaraja 20.00; Keith Sorlie 20.00; Adi Srikantha 51.00; Kiran Srinivasan 20.00; Padmapriya Srinivasan 25.00; Joseph W. Steelman 100.00; Yasotha & Thevarajah Subarajan 51.00; Rajagopal Subbiah 51.00; Nandi Deva Sundaram 50.00; Savithri Sundaresan 54.00; Phani Kumar Sureddi 7.00; Karthik Suresh 108.00; Shanthi Suresh 101.00; Siva U. Thillaikanthan 30.00; Kumethini & V. Vamathaevan 25.00; Rama Vangala 21.00; Vayudeva Varadan 102.00; Mythili & N.M. Varadarajan 50.00; Mahesh Viswanathan 25.00; Michael Wasylkiw 108.00; Richard Bosworth & Kerri Watts 202.00; Kameshwar Kumar Yadavalli 501.00; Sundeep Yalamanchi 116.00; Anonymous 12,488.00;Total Building Fund $52,896.08;Iraivan Temple Endowment ; Frank Burkhardt 10.00; Gopal Kodati 108.00; Rohini & Vijay Mashettiwar 101.00; Garani Nadaraja Kolli 1,000.00; Terrill Silke 100.00; Anil Thayamballi 108.00; Anonymous 126.80;Total Endowment ; Funds $1,553.80;Special Project Donations ; Sivakumaren & Kavita ; Mardemootoo 1,008.00;Total Special Project Donations $1,008.00;Grand Total $55,457.88;