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May 2021 Newsletter
Recent activity at Kauai's Hindu Monastery
Message from Satguru
A steady daily flow of off-island visitors took advantage of the temple’s 9am Siva puja being open in April, though group size continued to be limited to 50 percent of normal capacity because of Kauai county Covid-19 restrictions. Our major ceremony for the month was an early morning homa on April 13, Tamil New Year, followed by raising the flag for Nartana Ritau and a parade to Iraivan Temple for arati. Ardra abhishekam to Lord Nataraja was held on April 18, and the monthly Chitra puja for Gurudeva on April 25. My Sun-One early morning talks continued on the Shum-Tyeif mambashum (meditation maps). Zoom satsangs were held on each weekend: Saturday at 5:00pm HST, hosted in Singapore, and Sunday at 8:00am HST, hosted in Northern California. The subject was “Climbing the Ladder of Consciousness.” My Publisher’s Desk for the July-August-September issue of Hinduism Today is entitled “Now Is a Good Time to Update Your Plans.” The editorial begins: “The Covid-19 pandemic is proving itself a time when the daily difficulties faced by individuals and families are far greater than usual. Under the stresses of lockdown, masks and social distancing, life may be overly focused on the current moment’s challenges without giving adequate thought to the future. Seeing these dynamics inspires me to suggest we set aside time to establish goals for what we want to be doing when the pandemic is over.” General contributions for April totaled $99,976, which is more than our minimum monthly goal of $70,000.  Special project contributions totaled an additional $6,024. We are grateful to our global family of temple builders for your continued and generous support. Om Namasivaya.
- Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami.
Founder of Kauai’s Hindu Monastery, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (Gurudeva), 1927–2001
From Gurudeva’s Teachings
As soon as we can understand awareness detached from that which it is aware of, we have a vibrant energy, a tremendous drive; a tremendous willpower is released from within us. And we live with the feeling that we can do anything that we want to do, almost as quickly as we want to do it. We want things to happen now, for we vividly see the area where they already exist within the force fields of the mind itself. How do we live our life from this point? We begin to apply this philosophy in every department of our life. There are some habit patterns in our subconscious mind that have not caught up with this new perspective as yet. And you’ll be running up against them. As soon as you find awareness totally identified with a subconscious area that has become conscious, immediately turn inward, detach awareness from that which it is aware of and just be pure energy. You can expect a beautiful life, a beautiful relationship with the being of yourself. Claim the being of yourself as you. You have enough knowledge now. You don’t have to discover the being of yourself and keep looking for it. Just be the being of yourself and travel through the mind as the traveler travels around the globe.

Explore Gurudeva's Wisdom
Study Gurudeva’s Master Course, which is filled with philosophical, practical, soul-stirring information potent enough to inspire even a skeptic to change his ways of thinking about life and the ultimate goal of existence on this planet:
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Listen to Gurudeva’s inspired talks:
A wax sculpture of Sadasiva’s five faces, to be part of the bronze panels
The 35 panels will be installed in the perimeter wall as shown
Leadership Kauai visitors pose on the temple entry steps
The newly designed Hinduism Today website shows a story of Nepal youth
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami tosses flowers to bless the new season’s flag
COVID Update
We are pleased to announce that, after almost a full year, Kadavul Hindu Temple’s 9am Siva puja is open to devotees. Please note that there is a capacity restriction and a reservation is required. Email: to request a reservation. Though the temple is open, the monastery’s grounds remain closed.
An aerial shot of Shadkonam, the monastery’s desert garden designed as a six-sided star.
Iraivan Temple Progress
Great news! On April 24th we celebrated the completion of the lava rock wall which wraps the sides of the four-foot-high concrete foundation. Umut and his team from Innov8 Construction set the last stone, relocated the leftover stones, and deconstructed their tenting around the perimeter. Now we can all marvel at this wonderful addition which brings the temple one step closer to completion. Also during April, the silpis continued their work re-grouting the joints of the sunshade eve stones to make the roof waterproof. They have been removing stains on the pillars and roof beams (from the red earth of Kauai and Bengaluru, and other causes) using a mild acid wash and pressure washing. This process is restoring the pristine just-out-of-the-quarry appearance to the white granite. Our gold-leafing master craftsman Michael Kramer, from The Gilders Studio, flew from the East Coast to prepare for his team’s working visit in June. Our swamis are continuing the process of preparing the text for the 35 bronze plaques that will adorn the perimeter wall. These plaques, measuring 14” by 47,” will tell the story of the temple’s founding and construction, the monastery and our teachings. Several will contain sacred verses from the Vedas, Agamas, Thirumantiram and Thirumurai as well as quotes from Yogaswami and Chellappaswami. Most will have artistic bas-relief sculptures by Holly Young
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami’s activities
Satguru has been giving weekly Zoom webinars and talks. He recently gave a four-part series of talks that give insight into a variety of fascinating concepts revealed in Shum-Tyeif, Gurudeva’s language of meditation. In the talks, Satguru gives special attention to the 54 mambashum (meditation maps) created by Gurudeva. You can watch these presentations on our Kauai’s Hindu Monastery YouTube channel. You can also get started with learning and practicing basic Shum meditations through reading Twelve Shūm Meditations
Publications and More
Hinduism Today's new homepage
After a year of gradual development, our Hinduism Today website has been rebuilt! The new website has a more pleasant look and feel and should make it easier to find the content you’re looking for. You can enjoy a very searchable and clean interface as you peruse Hinduism Today’s treasure trove of content. See: In April our media studio team pulled together all the articles for Hinduism Today’s July-August-September issue and sent it off to the printer. This edition features Nepal art, a wonderful article about the temples and religious events along the Ganges River from Hardwar to Prayag and an article which surveys the opinions of USA Hindu leaders about Dharma in America.
Special Guests
Each year a special leadership group visits the monastery around this time as part of a training program provided to island movers and shakers who wish to hone their leadership skill set. This year’s visit was led by Char Revalo who brought twenty-two Kauaians from every section of our island: business, military, government, education, art, Hawaiian culture and more. An unusually competent gathering. Sadasivanathaswami took them on a tour of Iraivan Temple and shared Gurudeva’s profound ideas about how to empower others as a way of attaining your own greatest power and possibilities.
Hinduism Today’s Mobile App
Wish you could carry a collection of Hinduism Today magazine issues in your pocket wherever you go? You can! In 2015 we developed a mobile version of our beloved publication, and since then it has received several updates. You can download it from your app store for iPhone, iPad and Android—and it’s free!
A recent poll indicates 70 percent of India’s digitally connected population have only a mobile device, with no computer at home. In the US, mobile internet access makes up 57 percent of all web traffic. Globally, we find that mobile traffic is at 63 percent, with only 32 percent of website access happening through computers.
Our hope, with this app and our other online resources, is that people all over the world will benefit, whether they be frugal students in Fiji, families in Mauritius, yogis in Rishikesh or seekers in Kuala Lumpur. By providing a mobile-friendly reading experience for the magazine’s one-of-a-kind stories and elegant graphics, we hope to enrich their lives—and yours. 
  You can find a link to your app-store version by going to, or you can search your Apple or Google store for “Hinduism Today.”
The app lets you view the magazine in two primary ways. In “contents view,” you can scan through articles in an easy-to-read, web-like experience. In “page view,” you can read the magazine as it appears in print—with the bonus that all the links are clickable.
In “contents view,” you can share what you discover through social links. You can also listen to a digital reading of articles. The app’s navigation menu lets you access our other website resources, too, including Hindu Press International and our YouTube videos, with all of Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami’s “Publisher’s Desk” editorials and so much more. If you enjoy using the app, please consider leaving a rating and review, which will bring more attention and appreciation to all the material Hinduism Today has to offer.
Estate Planning
Transforming Realty to a Charitable Reality
Want to make a big gift to Hindu Heritage Endowment without touching your bank account? Consider giving real estate. Such a generous gift helps HHE continue its work for years to come. And a gift of real estate also helps you. Here are eight ways to give real estate.
Here are eight ways to make a gift of real estate
An outright gift: When you make a gift of real estate that you have owned longer than one year, you qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction equal to the property’s full fair market value. By donating the property to HHE, you also eliminate capital gains tax on its appreciation.

A gift in your will or living trust: A gift of real estate through your will or living trust allows you the flexibility to change your mind and the potential to support HHE with a gift that is larger than you could give during your lifetime.

A retained life estate: Perhaps you like the tax advantages a gift of real estate to our organization would offer, but you want to continue living in your personal residence for your lifetime. You can transfer your personal residence or farm to HHE but keep the right to occupy (or rent out) the home for the rest of your life. You continue to pay real estate taxes, maintenance fees and insurance on the property.

A deferred charitable gift annuity: You receive a federal income tax charitable deduction in the year you set up the gift annuity when you itemize on your taxes. If you use appreciated real estate to make a gift, you can usually eliminate capital gains tax on a portion of the gift and spread the rest of the gain over your life expectancy.

A bargain sale: Want to sell us your property for less than the fair market value? When you make a bargain sale, you sell your property to our organization for less than what it’s worth. The difference between the actual value and the sale price is considered a gift to us.

A charitable remainder unitrust: You can contribute any type of appreciated real estate you’ve owned for more than one year, provided it’s unmortgaged, in exchange for an income stream for life or a term of up to 20 years.

A charitable lead trust: This gift benefits HHE and transfers appreciated real estate to your family tax-free. You fund the charitable lead trust with real estate that is income-producing and expected to increase in value over the term of the trust.

A memorial or endowed gift: A gift of real estate can honor your loved one in perpetuity. Your contribution is invested and becomes part of an HHE endowment.

Next steps
1. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
2. If you include HHE in your plans, please use our legal name, address and federal tax ID.

Legal Name: Hindu Heritage Endowment Address: 107 Kaholalele RD, Kapaa, HI 96746-9304 USA Federal Tax ID Number: #99-0308924

For information on establishing a fund at Hindu Heritage Endowment, contact Shanmuganathaswami at 808-822-3012, ext. 6, or e-mail
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. On either side are two massive handrails, intricately carved in the form of a yalli, a fictitious creature made of several animal species said to protect the temple. This grand stairway creates a magnificent entry to Iraivan Temple. Sponsorship for each stone is $2,500.
Perimeter Wall:The white granite perimeter wall is 40 inches tall, 24 inches thick and 475 feet long. It comprises 49 panels separated by 50 short pillars. Each pillar and è 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) that will display bronze plates with verses from scripture and information about the philosophy and history of the temple and monastery. Sponsorship is $15,000 for one pillar and $30,000 for a panel.
Donate to Iraivan Temple Here
Thanks to Our April Temple Builders in 17 Countries
For the eight months of September 2020 to April 2021, our minimum monthly goal was $560,000. Excluding contributions directed toward special projects, we received actual contributions of $615,174.18.
Building Fund Donations: AUSTRALIA: Swarna Balasubramaniam US$30.00: Marie & R. Bhanugopan 108.00: Ainkaran Krishnarajah & Chelvi Ganesalingam 501.00: Nagaratnam Jeyasreedharan 20.00: D. Karthigesu Family 100.00: Rama Krishnan 30.00: Vimala Muniandy 32.00: Luckshmi & Logan Siva: Nirmalananda 35.00: Gunavinthan Siva Thirumalai 100.00: Thanavinthan Siva T. Thirumalai 100.00: Essen Subramanian Valayten 4.78: Chandran & Mathini Wigneswaran 108.00 | BELARUS: Tatsiana Mezhennaya 50.00 | CANADA: Bill Brown 37.00: Peter Christian 25.00: Frederik Jan Elbers 1,008.00: Rathinappillai Logeswaran 50.00: Ioana-Gabriela Manoliu 33.00: A. Muhunthan 101.00: Chinnah Muthulingam 2,500.00: Suba Naheswaran 121.00: Changam & Kamachi Naidu 50.00: Vanesh Naidu 27.00: Vijaya & Thiru Satkunendran 25.00: Dharmalingam & Mangai Selvarajah 51.00: Sivakumaran Sivalingam 21.00: Sayanthan & Anupama Sivanathan 11.00: Sara K. Sivasurier 192.88: Saravanamuthu Somasundram 50.00: Srikanta & Leela Swamy 100.00: Riorita Tkatchenko 100.00: Anonymous 137.31 | 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: Kanmani & Jiva Rajasankara 30.00: Vikram Santurkar 51.00 | IRELAND: Konstantin Usacovs 240.00 | ITALY: Cristina Ma Puja Canducci 20.00 | MALAYSIA: Klinik And Surgeri BD 24.08: Ramu Alageswari 14.35: Appulanaidu 14.35: Devinasree Balasegaran 12.04: Om Krittik Balasegaran 12.04: P. Barathi Balasegaran 12.04: Balamurali Balasupramaniam 12.04: Hemakheshaa Naatha Batumallah 12.04: Mekaladeva Batumallah 12.04: Rathidevi & Veerasamy Batumallah 24.08: Theevhiyaa Chandrasekaram 24.08: Umaabati Chan drasekaram 12.04: Gunasegaran Chitravelloo 11.70: Sasikumar Darmalingam 12.04: Yoga Rubini & Chandra: Ganth Family 12.04: R. Jayakumar & Yoga Bhavani Family 24.08: Uma Dewi & Dinesh Kumar Jayaram 7.10: Muthukumar Jeyapalan 2,000.00: M. Shanmuganathan & A. Kamalambikai 24.08: Anbu Kandasamy 28.00: Krishnamah 14.35: Logadasan Murugesu 12.04: Achi & Suriakala Naidu 19.13: Palanisamy & Vasande 12.04: Paparaw 14.35: A. Paranthaman 4.69: Paruwathy 14.35: S. & Nirmala Raja 14.35: Jayaram Rajaletchumi 11.70: Rajini 14.35: Mogan Raju 69.00: Doraisami & Mohanasundari: Selvaraj 24.00: Parimala Selvaraj 60.00: Ambikabathi Shanmugam Pillay 24.08: Sinnamah 14.35: Saraswathy & Ramesh Sivanathan 12.17: Girish Skanda 24.08: S. & Santhi Subramaniam 14.35: S. Sugumaran & Sarasammah 28.70: Vasanta Tanggavelu 273.00: Saroja Vasudevan 12.04: S. Veerasamy 19.13: Yuvanes Waran 20.00 | MAURITIUS: Soondiren Arnasalon 11.93: Moorghen Caremben 8.37: Jegadessa Chenganna 23.86: Rohit Jogessur 2.39: Amravadee Kownden 45.32: Vel Mahalingum 23.85: Kulagan Moonesawmy 2.39: Seedha Lutchmee Moonesawmy 2.39: Revathi Mootoosamy 1.19: Siven Barlen Mootoosamy 2.39: Vimaley Chellen Mootoosamy 2.39: Naden Seeneevasen Pillay 1.19: Dayalen Renghen 3.58: Ezilveylen Renghen 9.54: Jagadissen Renghen 7.16: Madhevi Renghen 9.54: Siven Renghen 11.93: Varaden Renghen 9.54: Vega Renghen 3.58: Saroja Valayten 4.78: Toshadeva Valayten 2.38: Ulasa Valayten 2.38: Anonymous 1,597.90 | 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: S.G. Nathan Narasa 14.35: Kala Ramasamy 50.00: Soundararajan Retnam 300.00: Easan, Lavanya & Sivakumar: Saravan 400.00: Kavitha Darshini & Amitpal Singh 75.33: Kamala Devi Vaiyapuri 50.00: Vasaant Krishnan & Hannah Van Galen 40.00 | SINT MAARTEN: Gary & Radica Asha Yee-Fong 25.00 | UNITED KINGDOM: Ashvin Beezadhur 203.58: Punitha Ganeshwaran 30.00: K. Jananayagam 1,000.00: Georgiana Lukshmi Dorothy: Barnes & Theeba Ragunathan 100.00: Clive & Puvaneswary Roberts 175.00: Sharavanan Selvadurai 100.00: Balasingam Thevakumar 300.00 | USA: Benevity 2,118.00: In memory of Adi Alahan 25.00: Kanda Alahan 300.00: Vel & Valli Alahan 25.00: Nareshbabu Ambati 1,116.00: P. & J.P. Amuluru 108.00: Palani K. Aravazhi 51.00: Kailas Aravinthan 500.00: Chitrammal & Sangarapillai Asokan 200.00: Lee M.W. Astin 108.00: Rao L. Atluri 25.00: Sunil & Rashila Brahmbhatt 101.00: Cira de Castillo 200.00: Mallik Chaganti 20.00: Asha Chaku 70.00: Uma & Kumar Chandrasekaran 108.00: Naren Chelian 51.00: Sharath Chigurupati 123.00: Charles Close 108.00: Shyamadeva & Peshanidevi Dandapani 54.00: Janakbhai R. Dave 50.00: Paul DeSantis 54.00: Chellappa Deva 25.00: Amarnath & Latha Devarmanai 112.00: Venkat Devraj 219.00: Gayathri Dhanasegaran 25.00: Aiyasawmy Dorairajan 25.00: Siva Dorairajan 101.00: Trichinopoly A. Dorairajan 251.00: Ramya Subramani & Rajesh Ekambaram 211.00: Suketu & Mita Gandhi 51.00: Panshula Ganeshan 25.00: Venkata Krishna Golla 116.00: Satyam & Surekha Gonuguntla 101.00: Saraswathi Devi & Hiranya: Gowda 21,000.00: Toshadeva & Kamala Guhan 18.00: Dayanand R. Gummi 191.00: Kriya & Sharyn Haran 125.00: Jayashree Hariharan 51.00: David Jaffe 108.00: R. S. Jeyendran 101.00: Aravind & Ramya Kailas 25.00: Haran Kandadas 51.00: Anil Kapur 51.00: Srinivas & Shanthi Karri 90.00: Saravanan & Vasavi Kasthuri 3,380.00: Sundari Katir 20.00: Kavya Kaza 25.00: Richard Kennedy 10.00: Lynda McClanahan & Joel Knepp 501.00: Andrzej Kraja 100.00: Radha & Ganesh Krishnan 108.00: Rajagopal Krishnan 108.00: V. & Geetha Krishnaswami 50.00: Sandeep & Deepaa Kulkarni 300.00: Chitra Saraswathy Kumar 5.00: Sheena Kumar 20.00: Sarah Lackey 30.00: Gregg Lien 50.00: Gerard & Zhena Linsmeier 52.00: Abha Lokhande 32.00: Mallikarjuna Rao Mamidipaka 25.00: Sridevi Boyapati & Krishna Manoharan 250.00: Laura Devi Marks 108.00: Chandra Mohan Mehrotra 51.00: Sharad Mehta 501.00: Inder & Aileen Mirchandani 216.00: Mahendra Misra 108.00: Wailua Mission 2,866.00: Palani & Selvarany Nadarajah 15.00: Nitya & Becky Nadesan 150.00: Manish M. Naidu 11.11: Rama Chandran & Rema Nair 30,000.00: Suresh R. Nair 101.00: Nandhini Nandakumar 51.00: Sanjaya K. Nath 11.00: Debi Prosad Nayak 500.00: Emma & Narendra Nemivant 25.00: Neelam Oberoi 50.00: Neela Oza 75.00: Gurudas Pai 352.00: Satya & Savitri Palani 51.00: Cassan Pancham 3,600.00: Pankayatselvan Family 25.00: Easvan & Devi Param 101.00: Janaka & Bhavani Param 10.00: Jothi Param 51.00: Harish Parmar - Dhanraj, Inc. 101.00: Dhiraj Patel 501.00: Dipak Patel 101.00: Hari Ohm Patel 25.00: Kamlesh & Saryu Patel 151.00: Nishith J. Patel 200.00: Prasan Patel 35.00: Rakesh & Pinal Patel 200.00: Vinay & Hansa R. Patel 101.00: Salik & Sanjia Pathak 51.00: Arvind Phukan 50.00: Venkat Pichairaman 11.00: Indrathan Pillay 50.00: Tara Prabhu 50.00: Deva & Gayatri Rajan 1,001.00: Mohan Deepak Ram 11.00: Janevi Ramaji 101.00: Jeyashree & Venkat Ramakrishnan 50.00: Madhan Ramalingam 1,008.00: Varalakshmi Ramamoorthy 216.00: Ashley Raman 11.00: Eswar Raman 40.00: Rajesh & Yatra Raman 11.00: Kasi Ramanathan 102.00: Partab & Chandra Ramsinghani 27.00: Sudharsaniam Rathinam 101.00: Gummadi Dharma Reddy 151.00: Cliff & Kathy Runge 50.00: Chamundi Sabanathan 130.00: Pathmini Saravanapavan 100.00: Aran & Valli Sendan 25.00: Muthu & Nandini Senthilkumar 101.00: Hemang S. Shah 101.00: T.A. Shanmuganathan 10.00: Salil Shibad 21.00: Iraja & Nilani Sivadas 108.00: Siva C. Sivagnanaguru 1,500.00: Dharshi & Sivasothy Sivakumar 150.00: Homa, Hotri, Hridaya & Tejasinha Sivalingam 31.00: Jnana Sivananda 100.00: Lakshana Chetana Sivananda 51.00: Nathan & Sulena Sivananda 108.00: Tandu & Uma Sivanathan 100.00: B. Shivaraja 10.00: Kandiah Sivarajah 51.00: Keith Sorlie 20.00: Chaluvadi & Vasudha Sridhar 251.00: Adi Srikantha 102.00: Padmapriya Srinivasan 25.00: Venkata Suresh Sriram 116.00: Yasotha & Thevarajah Subarajan 51.00: Nandi Deva Sundaram 50.00: Savithri Sundaresan 54.00: Phani Kumar Sureddi 7.00: Karthik Suresh 108.00: Shanthi Suresh 101.00: Rama Vangala 42.00: Vayudeva Varadan 51.00: Mahesh Viswanathan 25.00: Shoba Devi Vittal 51.00: Michael Wasylkiw 108.00: Richard Bosworth & Kerri Watts 202.00: Jhamandas Watumull Fund 1,000.00: Sundeep Yalamanchi 116.00: Anonymous 3,192.92 | Total Building Fund $99,738.98 | Iraivan Temple Endowment: Frank Burkhardt 10.00: Terrill Silke 100.00: Anonymous 126.80 | Total Endowment Funds $236.80 | Special Project Donations: Sivakumaren & Kavita Mardemootoo 1,008: Silvarajoo Muniandy 12.24: Anonymous 5,000 | Total Special Project Donations $6,024.00 | Grand Total $105,999.787