August 2019 Newsletter
In July, Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami and I continued our journey to cities in North America. A home visit in Chicago was followed by a satsang in Raleigh, NC, where I presented a video of the July 2019 Publisher’s Desk “A Mystical View of Sanatana Dharma.” Next we traveled to Maryland for the final day of the Murugan Temple’s Brahmotsavam—ten-day annual festival. The ceremonies started with an elaborate abhishekam. While the Deity was being dressed, I gave a short talk on “The Significance of Holy Ash.” Next, the utsava murti was taken out to the chariot. The parade around the temple was a grand event, with thousands of Murugan bhaktars participating, many carrying traditional palkudam and kavadi. This year, more young boys participated in carrying kavadi and dancing. The following evening at satsang we shared our 22-minute video on “The Nature and Worship of Lord Murugan.” Our final satsang was in Boise, ID, with a keynote on “Hinduism: Religion or Way of Life?” We flew back to Kauai, arriving a day before Guru Purnima. The next morning started with the annual 6am parade up the San Marga path to the Svayambhu Sivalingam, with the chariot being ceremoniously pulled with ropes by devotees. An elaborate padapuja followed, with chanting of Sri Rudram. After vibhuti blessings to all devotees, one sishya received vishesha diksha and a second took her vrata sishya pledge. General contributions for July totaled $54,619, which is less than our minimum monthly goal of $70,000. Special project contributions totaled an additional $299. We are grateful to our global family of temple builders for your continued and generous support. Om Namasivaya,
— Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami.
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Founder of Kauai’s Hindu Monastery, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, 1927–2001, arrives by ship in Trinidad and Tobago in 2000.
By changing yourself, you don’t necessarily outwardly alter world events. But you do find where the world is and that it is functioning just as it should be, in a perfect balance of adjusting forces. From his position at the pinnacle of consciousness, my guru, Yogaswami, saw the harmony of life. From the top of the mountain looking down, you see the natural role of a raging ocean and the steep cliffs below—they are beautiful. From the bottom of the mountain, the ocean can appear ominous and the cliffs treacherous. Yogaswami looked at the universe from the inside out and saw that there is not one thing out of place or wrong. You can gain that perspective through meditation, which releases the human concepts of right and wrong, good and bad, easy and difficult. This is the perspective you find on the inside of yourself. Man is in a perfect state of being right now. The great sages and rishis found this truth. They were not more perfect than their contemporaries, just more aware. You are perfect this very moment. You are all that you will ever be. If you don’t see it that way, then you live in a difficult state of affairs, striving toward perfection and being imperfect along the way.
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Installation: of the Iraivan Temple kodimaram (flagpole) continues. Two monks test fit the copper cladding sections using a boom lift. Later the copper will be 23-karat gold leafed.
Guru Purnima: On the full-moon day in July monks and devotees gathered to honor the satguru with a parade, homa, chanting and simple offerings.
On Kauai: (top to bottom) devotees pull Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami along the San Marga path at dawn, celebrating Guru Purnima in traditional ways; The Nandi Mandapam roof is covered with a white protective tarp until the roof is waterproofed; Mina is born at the monastery, our newest addition to our small Jersey cow herd that gives us milk, yogurt, ghee, paneer, cheese and joy.
Iraivan Temple Progress
In July the silpi craftsmen focused on the 485-foot-long wall surrounding the temple. The first layer (there are two) is close to completion. The silpis are now doing touch-up work at the joints where the massive stones come together. On the Nandi Mandapam the silpis worked on the foundational stones for the Kodimaram and some detail work on the underside of the “sunshade” roof stones. The next increment of the Temple Builders’ Pavilion, the bronze silpi memorial, has arrived: six large bronze stanchions designed by Selvanathan Sthapati, our master builder in India, sculpted by Holly Young in Hawaii, cast in Loveland, Colorado, and assembled in the workshop of Bobby and Kathy Page. The stanchions are designed to hold three of the remarkable 10-foot-long black granite stone chains which will serve as handrails around the pavilion. Each chain was carved from a single stone (very carefully!). Jai to the silpi artisans who can do such magical things with their hands and hearts.
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami’s Activities
Satguru returned from his yearly journey to the annual chariot festival at the Murugan Temple near Washington DC just in time for Guru Purnima celebrations. An elaborate pada puja, accompanied by the chanting of Sri Rudram, was done for him. His weekly talks during the second half of the month were commentaries on three chapters of Path to Siva: A Catechism for Youth: “What Is Religion?” “What Is Hinduism?” and “Is Hinduism a Religion or a Way of Life?” His commentary on all 68 lessons of the book are now on our website. It is an excellent resource for anyone using this text to teach the next generation of Hindu youth in a temple setting or at home.
Dr. Maruthu Darmalingam arrived at the aadheenam from Malaysia for two weeks of taskforce seva, helping in the Siddhidatta Kulam, the group of monks responsible for the care of our gardens, buildings, vehicles and more. His visit was timed to allow him to enjoy the Guru Purnima events. Mayuresh Visswanthan finished his stay with us at the end of July. Our thanks to him for many jobs well done and for his expert help with the monastery’s aquariums.
Publications and other Activities
In July the monks of the Ganapati Kulam completed their work on the October-November-December issue of Hinduism Today and saw it off to the printer. For our “History of Hindu India” five-part video series on YouTube we are creating supplementary materials to use in the classroom. Learning that teachers like to show short history music videos to their students, we are commissioning three music videos for each of the five history videos, 15 in all. Two new online study courses have been added to our website. One is a study of Path to Siva. The other is a course on our Know Thyself booklet of enlightening lessons. See them at courses.himalayanacademy.com. The work on translating our books into other languages continues, with Path to Siva currently being translated into French. Chapter 31 has just been added to Hindouisme.org. Chapter one of Aimer Ganesha (Loving Ganesha) and Manuscrits lémuriens, Origines, histoire et destin de l’humanité (Lemurian Scrolls) have also been recently added to Hindouisme.org. Also in July, the monastery sponsored the reprinting of the Aloha poster for all of the island’s 700 school classrooms. With some recent clear weather, monks of the Siddhidatta Kulam have been making good progress constructing a new tomato greenhouse. This greenhouse, unlike our initial one, is rated to withstand high winds and has a more sophisticated design.
Blues: In July this crate arrived from Loveland, Colorado, packed with six bronze stanchions designed in Chola style and destined to hold three giant stone chains which will act as handrails for the Temple Builders’ Pavilion shown behind
Rare Sailing Adventure: Cerulean waters of Kauai surround the catamaran that monks and taskforcers took one July afternoon on a rare outing to discover Kauai island; .
Hinduism July Issue
Hinduism at its finest: (top to bottom) Evening arati on the banks of the river Ganga at Varanasi; cover of the July issue; clapping during a Malaysian bhajan session at the November 2018 Divine Life Society youth camp for 13-16 year olds
Hinduism Today’s latest issue has gone to press and is now available online free of charge at www.hinduismtoday.com. You can also download our free Hinduism Today app and get the entire magazine in a mobile-friendly format for your device at bit.ly/HT-APP. “Astonishing” just doesn’t say enough about the Kumbh Mela. It is the largest human gathering on the planet, and this year it exceeded all past numbers: fully 240 million pilgrims attended the festival. Imagine a temporary city built on a river bank capable of meeting the needs of so many—that’s 200 times the population of Paris. What an achievement!
Join our journalist and photographer on this 48-day celebration where karmas are washed away in the sacred waters where three rivers merge. We take special effort to capture the wisdom of the gurus, swamis and sadhus who were there, seeking their insights on the human condition, the next generation and more.
Quick! What is a summary of Hinduism? How often have we wished that the answer to that was in the palm of our hand? Well, now it can be. Our 16-page Educational Insight, entitled “Hinduism in a Nutshell,” makes a complex religion simple and straightforward, without trivializing any part of it. The beliefs, customs, values and philosophy are all distilled to their essence. You can share this with others seeking knowledge of our faith, email it to that Rotary Club speaker struggling to articulate dharma or give it to the local interfaith group to study.
In his Publisher’s Desk, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami offers a mystical view on Hinduism, sharing the profound idea that every truth in the Vedas and Agamas is resident in each of us, waiting to be discovered and nurtured. Hinduism in a very real sense, he declares, is part of us as much as our DNA. If you were ever taught that Hinduism is rote ritual, this editorial will put that fallacy to rest once and for all.
Milk seems so pure and right—right? Well, one Hindu in Chicago thinks that if you knew more about the impact on cows in America your answer would be “wrong.” See how Hindus can help our bovine sisters by sourcing our milk from diaries that implement compassionate ways to care for Gomata.
A generation of teenage Hindus in Malaysia is discovering Hinduism at creative camps, crafted by the Divine Life Society at Batu Caves. The live-in experience is designed to be informative, but, in a way that is also fun and engaging. Our reporter went there last fall to detail the curriculum, describe the daily schedule and interview the kids to find out what they think of all this. You may be surprised by their responses.
Eggs qualify as vegetables, right? Wrong. Our commissioned writer, a biochemist, explores the reasons that even unfertilized eggs cannot be thought of as proper food for a vegetarian. If you love mushroom omelets, and like to think you’re still a vegetarian, you may want to skip this story.
Kerala is home to a dramatic spiritual dance form called Theyyam. We take you there to browse through the elaborate costumes and music that tell divine stories. The performers are, above all, worshipers who regard their ritualistic dance as a way to honor and become close to the Divine.
There is more, of course, including our popular Quotes & Quips section, with humor, cartoons and pithy sayings; Global Dharma with mini-stories from around the world; and Digital Dharma. It’s a rich issue, with something for everyone.
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. Click here for all of Bodhinatha's talks.
The weekly talks are also live streamed and then save on YouTube. Go to the Kauai Aadheenam channel and scroll down to recent talks.
Bodhinatha's weekly talks can be heard on our website. Go to Talks Index Recent talks can be also be download on your smart phone via the SivaSiva.app. Go the Listen module and tap of the "Recent Additions".
Realization a Daily Experience - Remold the Subconscious
There is No Satan or Hell, Focus on the Here and Now
Yamas, Niyamas - Remolding Our Character
Three Stages of Self Realization
On the Brink of the Absolute
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Hindu Heritage Endowment, Estate Planning
Durable Power of Attorney
When You Do Need to Give Others Control of Your Property
“Are you out of your mind?” So thought Aditya—a well-traveled engineer in his forties with an international client base—when his attorney first suggested he name someone to control his bank accounts, make his mortgage payments and complete and sign his taxes.
Too polite to speak his misgivings, Aditya revealed them in his face. “No, no. I’m not asking you to give away the store,” the attorney assured with a smile. “These powers would spring to life only when you need them.”
“Let’s say you had a serious accident on one of your trips. Doctors confirm you can’t manage your finances for a while. If you have completed a durable power of attorney for property management and finance, someone you have chosen could immediately pay your medical bills and mortgage.”
“And if I haven’t done this, what would happen?” Aditya queried.
“Without it, the court would have to appoint a conservator for you,” the attorney said with a grimace. “That’s called, logically enough, a court conservatorship. In some cases it’s the only solution, but, believe me, you want to avoid it if you can. It’s expensive and unpleasant. After all, they have to discuss your mental competence in public, and in the end they may appoint someone you would not want.”
“‘Power of attorney’ does not imply an actual attorney, does it?
“No. Attorney is used in the broad sense of someone acting in your place and on your behalf, not an attorney-at-law, like me.”
“How important is this document?”
“Well, once after I had given an estate planning seminar and reviewed the tools of the trade, an emergency-room nurse who was in the audience spoke up. ‘Accidents happen. Everyone should have a durable power of attorney for property management, no matter what your age, if you own property and have bills.’”
“Is it a long document?”
“It can be, depending on what you want your representative to do,” the attorney said. “But this is typical,” he added, handing Aditya something that looked like an accountant’s to-do list. It read:
- Make deposits and withdrawals from bank accounts
- Sign tax returns and appoint qualified individuals to represent the principal with the IRS in order to make investment decisions
- Deal with retirement plans, including IRAs
- Have access to the principal’s safe-deposit box
- Create a living trust and fund a previously created living trust
- Revoke or change beneficiary designations
- Vote the principal’s stock
- Forgive or collect the principal’s debts
- Enter into contracts on behalf of the principal
- Make gifts on behalf of the principal
- Disclaim gifts or bequests made to the principal
- Deal with life insurance on the life of the principal
There were a few people, very few, to whom Aditya would give these powers. He did not relish a judge he did not know making that choice for him.
“Let’s get it drafted,” he declared firmly.
Contact us to learn more about these flexible ways to support Hindu Heritage Endowment. Strengthen your family’s future and continue your support of Hindu Heritage Endowment by downloading the toolkit pdf file at www.hheonline.org/tool-kit.shtml. Learn more about estate planning and planned giving at www.hheonline.org.
For information on establishing a fund at Hindu Heritage Endowment, contact Shanmuganathaswami at 808-822-3012, ext. 6, or e-mail [email protected].
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Thanks to Our July Temple Builders in 19 Countries
For the eleven months of September to July, our minimum monthly goal was $770,000. Excluding contributions directed toward special expenses, we received actual contributions of $810,797.16.
|Ramudu & Marie Bhanugopan||US$108.00|
|D. Karthigesu Family||100.00|
|Yassoden Veylen Kownden||50.00|
|Gunavinthan Siva Thirumalai||100.00|
|Thanavinthan Siva T. Thirumalai||100.00|
|Essen Subramanian Valayten||2.71|
|Raj & Nanthini Mathavan||108.00|
|Changam & Kamachi Naidu||50.00|
|Mr. & Mrs. Pranavan||25.00|
|Vijaya & Thiru Satkunendran||25.00|
|Thambimuttoo & Thavam Sivagnanam||51.00|
|Sayanthan & Anupama Sivanathan||11.00|
|Sara K. Sivasurier||145.66|
|Tharsika Chelvarajah Vasanthan||20.00|
|Kanmani & Jiva Rajasankara||30.00|
|Cristina Ma Puja Canducci||20.00|
|Arulmani Devi Arumugam||72.00|
|P. Barathi Balasegaran||24.09|
|Hemakheshaa Naatha Batumallah||24.09|
|Rathidevi & Veerasamy Batumallah||48.18|
|Arulmani Chandra Kumar & Sujith Arulmani||23.83|
|Chandran Ramamurthy, Sai Janany, Sai Hamsiny & Kalpana Devasagayam||178.25|
|Leena Lakshmi Devasagayam & Anand Kumar Letchumana||141.93|
|Yoga Rubin & Chandra Ganth||24.09|
|R. Jayakumar & Yoga Bhavani Family||24.09|
|M. Shanmuganathan & A. Kamalambikai||48.18|
|Amaraysh, Kumutha & Jerry Lai||23.66|
|Bathmavathy Batumalai, Deevesh, Likel & Ramesh Murthi||23.66|
|Ponnamah Nadason & Family||23.66|
|Rasiah Vallipuram & Pathumanithi Nagalingam||47.67|
|M. Suranthiran Naidu||71.30|
|Nagarasan Poonusamy & Saroja||24.09|
|Supramaniam Ramoo & In Memory of Neelavathy Thangavelu||47.31|
|Raagini Ravindren & Senthil Ravindren||23.66|
|Jayaraj Kantharaj & Saranraj S-O Jayabalathilagam||39.15|
|Ambikabathi Shanmugam Pillay||48.18|
|Raja Singam Raja Ratnam & Shreema Rasiah||47.31|
|Saraswathy & Ramesh Sivanathan||12.07|
|Mohana Sundari & Sivasekaran||47.31|
|A. Sockalingam & Chandrasekari||47.31|
|Devi & the late Selvadurai Subramaniam||23.66|
|Remalah A. Thinathayalan||23.66|
|Vikneswaran A. Vinsent||47.31|
|Darrshan Letchumanan & Yuvan Letchumanan||23.83|
|Shree Saroja Devi Doorgiat||2.71|
|Kunal & Sanyogeeta Ghurbhurn||2.93|
|Amrit Singh Jaypal||6.77|
|Seedha Lutchmee Moonesawmy||2.71|
|Naden Seeneevasen Pillay||1.35|
|Prekash & Sabita Baladien||15.00|
|Raman & Sushila||20.00|
|Sivakumar, Lavanya & Easan Saravan||400.00|
|Kavitha Darshini & Amitpal Singh||36.31|
|Kamala Devi Vaiyapuri||50.00|
|Shree Vishna Rasiah & Sharmila Harry||47.31|
|Georgiana Lukshmi Dorothy Barnes & Theeba Ragunathan||100.00|
|Clive & Puvaneswary Roberts||175.00|
|Krishnan-Shah Family Foundation||5,000.00|
|The Kulkarni Foundation||2,008.00|
|Golden Gate Mission||10.00|
|Venkat Rao Aekka||151.00|
|Pradeep, Rajna, Ajay, Ayushi & Atul Agnihotri||501.00|
|Vel & Valli Alahan||25.00|
|Palani K. Aravazhi||105.00|
|Chitrammal & Sangarapillai Asokan||100.00|
|Sashi & Gitika Balasingam||101.00|
|Tansukh & Minaxi Bhavsar||101.00|
|Kaika & Nilufer Clubwala||101.00|
|Curt & Marie Colby||25.00|
|Shyamadeva & Peshanidevi Dandapani||54.00|
|Amarnath & Latha Devarmanai||101.00|
|Ramya Subramani & Rajesh Ekambaram||211.00|
|Barry Paul Finlay||100.00|
|Raju & Heena Gandhi||250.00|
|Suketu & Mita Gandhi||51.00|
|Balraj Yadav Gardilla||50.00|
|Krishnan & Vijay Goyal||101.00|
|Toshadeva & Kamala Guhan||18.00|
|Kriya & Sharyn Haran||125.00|
|Daniel Skooglund & Katherine Hogan||201.00|
|Usharani Iswaran Magaña||20.00|
|Rajan & Dipti Kalia||501.00|
|Srinivas & Shanthi Karri||90.00|
|Siva & Jana Kesavan||1,000.00|
|Vidyul L. Krishnan||101.00|
|Gerard & Zhena Linsmeier||54.00|
|Chandra S. Malladi||25.00|
|Rajiv & Manisha Mangla||50.00|
|Laura Devi Marks||108.00|
|Chandra Mohan Mehrotra||51.00|
|Amitav & Krishna Mukerji||101.00|
|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|
|Satya & Savitri Palani||21.00|
|Easvan & Devi Param||101.00|
|Vinay & Hansa R. Patel||101.00|
|Salik & Sanjia Pathak||51.00|
|Richard Henry Pratt||25.00|
|Deva & Gayatri Rajan||1,001.00|
|Mohan Deepak Ram||11.00|
|Sita H. Rama||101.00|
|Jeyashree & Venkat Ramakrishnan||50.00|
|Rajesh & Yatra Raman||11.00|
|Jothi Nadarajah & Ramesh Ramanathan||108.00|
|Kasi & Vidya Ramanathan||51.00|
|Partab & Chandra Ramsinghani||27.00|
|Prakashchandra M. Rao||101.00|
|Rama Pemmaraju Rao||108.00|
|Y.B. & Padma Reddy||200.00|
|Silver Vel Satsang||30.00|
|Aran & Valli Sendan||25.00|
|Deva & Amala Seyon||51.00|
|Iraja & Nilani Sivadas||108.00|
|Homa, Hotri, Hridaya & Tejasinha Sivalingam||10.00|
|Lakshana Chetana Sivananda||51.00|
|Nathan & Sulena Sivananda||108.00|
|Shallini Shankar & C. Srinivasan||101.00|
|Joseph W. Steelman||75.00|
|Klaus E. Stoermer||200.00|
|Yasotha & Thevarajah Subarajan||51.00|
|Nandi Deva Sundaram||50.00|
|Pravina & Baldev Thakor||1,008.00|
|Sundari & Velayudhan Velu||108.00|
|Madhu & Narendra Vivek||101.00|
|Richard Bosworth & Kerri Watts||101.00|
|Jinny Petcharat Wonwong||11.11|
|Total Building Fund||$54,486.68|
|Iraivan Temple Endowment|
|Amey Surendra Gangal||11.00|
|Dinesh Kumar Jayaram||7.00|
|Total Endowment Funds||$132.80|
|SPECIAL PROJECT DONATIONS|
|TOTAL SPECIAL PROJECT DONATIONS||$298.52|
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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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