December 2019 Newsletter
On November 1, the monastery celebrated the last day of the annual Skanda Shashti festival. Many pilgrims had attended a puja on each of the preceding five days. On the sixth day a grand abhishekam was held in the afternoon as the festival’s culmination. The monastery celebrated the monthly Ardra puja to Lord Nataraja and Chitra Puja to Gurudeva. On November 26, Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami and I departed for a short trip to Malaysia. The major activities occurred on the weekend, beginning with a Saturday satsang in Klang attended by members, students and Aadheenam devotees. After the pada puja, I gave a talk based on my Publisher’s Desk from the April 2020 issue of Hinduism Today. The theme of the article is how to integrate Hinduism into our daily tasks. Ceremonies included certificates that were given to about ten youth who completed the Path to Siva course to become Aadheenam devotees. Also nearly a dozen youth took their brahmacharya vrata, vowing to remain chaste until marriage. On Sunday, we attended the maha kumbhabhisekam of Satguru Sri Jeganathar Swami’s Atma Nilayam in Tapah, Perak. We were present for the final part of the homa, the pouring of kumbhas on the two temple towers and the inaugural pujas inside the shrines. This temple is managed by the Malaysia Hindu Sangam. We learned that the Atma Nilayam is just the first phase of the Sangam’s grand plan to construct a Hindu Training Center on this land made sacred by Sri Jeganathar Swami’s multi-decade presence. General contributions for November totaled $94,932 which exceeded our minimum monthly goal of $70,000. Special project contributions totaled an additional $134. We are grateful to our global family of temple builders for your continued and generous support. Aum 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.
The beginning stages of watching the mind think I shall describe as similar to sitting quietly with your eyes open and, while not thinking about anything in particular, simply looking at what is around you—all of the time feeling somewhat empty on the inside, but seeing what is in front of you, to the left side of you, to the right side of you, above you, below you, and knowing what each object is, but not thinking about any object or collection of objects. Your eyes are watching; who lives behind them is the watcher. The objects that the mind perceives are similar to thoughts. ¶When you close your eyes and begin thinking about the objects you have been looking at, duplicating your surroundings in your mind by creating thought pictures of those objects, there is a deeper you who is the watcher of those thoughts. This you can practice all through the day almost anywhere you are. It takes no particular skill or practice. It can be done at any time. You are simply becoming conscious of the natural processes of awareness, consciousness and thought which have been going on day after day all through your life up to this point.
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Morning greets Kadavul:
where the dawn sky is shining through the banyan tree..
Hawaiian cave: The silpis go on an adventure to the state’s largest limestone cave on a day-off outing.
(top to bottom) Visitors gather at the flagpole for the mandatory group photo during the weekly guided tour: Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami meets with the Malaysian kulapatis during his November journey; Lord Murugan is decorated with exquisite skill during the Skanda Shashti puja.
Iraivan Temple Progress
In November the silpi stone carvers focused on the final decorative carving of the two large yalli handrails that will frame the front steps from ground level up to the temple. They finished the months-long process of installing the stones of the perimeter wall (with the exception of a small portion that will frame the front steps) and are now working daily on the tedious touchup work at the joints of every stone. This process will take months.
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami’s Activities
During November, Satguru and Shanmuganathaswami returned to Tapah to bless and take part in the kumbhabhishekam for the Tapah Siddhar Temple. Some 7,000 people were in attendance. Swami Jaganatha, the founder, lived in Tapah for 78 years, originally migrating from Puri, India, to Burma when he was 18. His devotees constructed a samadhi shrine over his burial place after his mahasamadhi in 1959. During the last years of his life, Jaganatha predicted that a ”soul” from America called Subramuniya would come. “He would reside in Hawaii. Subramuniya will travel around the world and everyone will receive his darshan. Then I, too, will join him,” the swami declared. Because of this we feel a mystical connection between the monastery and this sacred place.
Publications and Other Activities
The monastery celebrated the final day of Skanda Shashti with a powerful abhishekam to Lord Murugan in Kadavul Temple. A tour of Iraivan Temple was conducted for students of Kauai High School. Early last year we began a project of creating an updated virtual tour of Kauai Aadheenam, offering photos, videos and information about the many locations throughout the Aadheenam’s 70 acres. With the help of Andre Garcia in the UK and with photography from LakshmiGrace Phoenix, we were able to put together this new web app on our site. There are still some things to implement, but it’s ready to be enjoyed. See: bit.ly/KHMVirtualTour. The Wailua River Noni website was developed: wailuarivernoni.com. Pillars of Iraivan—a web portal into the iconography carved on the pillars is nearing completion. Yajatadeva, on task force from Malaysia, helped on this project. Easan Saravan from Singapore spent almost two weeks with us helping in the garden and working in the greenhouse. In the past six months, 2,000 Honduran Mahogany trees have been planted on the Himalayan Acres farmland. The year-end Digital Dharma fundraising drive was commenced. Satguru’s overview of the work done so far: “The ‘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 Work Out 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.”
Himalayan Academy has been working for some months on a series of online learning courses. We chose the THINKIFIC platform (they have more than 40K teachers!). The Master Course trilogy is there, in three parts. So is our youth catechism Path to Siva, in both the teenage version and the 8-year-old simplified form. There is also a course on Know Thy Self. The lessons are illustrated and designed to take ten minutes a day, or less. Beginning to Meditate is our newest addition. We thank Rajen Manick for the creative work he has done in taking Path to Siva and making a slideshow out each lesson which has 8-14 graphically rich slides, and a simple test. Go here to download the PDF files: bit.ly/P2SSlideshowPDF.
Building the Future:
A silpi patiently carves the intricate designs for a massive handrail that will grace Iraivan temple’s wide entryway. Though the major carving was completed in India, the Kauai team felt they could make it even more perfect and have been working for many weeks on it.
Task Forcers Help Build the Next Green House
Arinien, Tejadevanatha, Jnanideva and Roshan stand near the hydroponic head house they are building to protect pumps and high-tech equipment for the vegetable growing.
Hinduism Today’s January Issue On-Line
Highlights of January Issue: (top to bottom) Satguru’s Publisher’s Desk tackles a key challenge of our age: how to get a university education without becoming an atheist; one of Gurudeva’s greatest talks ever is our Insight; building Ram Setu causeway to Lanka, a key event in Tiruketeeswaram Temple’s history; Mumbai’s sidewalk delicacies.
Our celebrated magazine’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.
Religion and secularism are forever in a fracas. One expression of this in modern times is the way devout Hindus (and kids of all faiths) are turned toward atheism in college. It’s a universal experience, one that our publisher, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, addresses in his editorial this month, titled “Mom, Dad, I’m an Atheist.”
Food. Who among us is not interested in food? Lavina Melwani gives a sumptuous tour of the street foods of Mumbai. Her story reveals that some of the best cuisine in India can be found on the roadside. Don’t believe that? Read her savory story.
Tiruketeeswaram Temple in western Sri Lanka has a noble history, but was devastated by Portuguese invaders 400 years ago. Rediscovery and rebuilding begun in the early 20th century continues to this day, reports our Indian writer Anuradha Goyal. She describes how India helped restart renovations after the end of the civil war and now the temple society has proceeded with newly carved granite pillars, new subsidiary shrines and more at this famed, remote pilgrimage site.
It’s a bold statement that one never hears, but it was uttered by none other than our magazine’s founder, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami: “Hinduism is the greatest religion in the world!” He backed up this stirring claim by eloquently detailing the dozens of reasons by which he came to that conclusion. This issue’s 16-page educational Insight section gives voice to his memorable and emotive declaration. Seldom has the unique greatness of Hinduism been so elevated, clearly recognized and effectively expressed.
Remember when life was simpler? Well, memory is anything but simple. In this issue, our teenage journalist, Mayuresh Visswanathan, explores the mysteries of memory in an article that takes note of the overwhelming predominance of kids and adults of Indian heritage in memory accomplishments. Fun fact: kids of Indian descent have won 18 of the last 21 Scripps Spelling Bees held annually in Washington, DC.
The issue contains three powerful opinion pieces—one from London on being religious but not spiritual, a second from Texas offering a Hindu view of wealth (aka the Goddess Lakshmi), that might puzzle the barons of Wall Street, and a third from India on whether education in that nation should be so secular.
There is more, of course, including a trip to the holy city of Varanasi, a paean for brown rice, the story of a Himalayan recluse and a Chinese Malaysian who runs a Siva temple. To this we add the 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 bountiful 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".
Knowing, Realizing, Vedanta, Siddhanta
What Is the View of Monastic Theism?
Realization a Daily Experience - Remold the Subconscious
There is No Satan or Hell, Focus on the Here and Now
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Follow our daily activities at Today at Kauai's Hindu Monastery (blog)
Hindu Heritage Endowment, Estate Planning
Simple Solutions for Life’s Financial Challenges
The two hurdles we hear of most when it comes to giving to projects that inspire us are lack of resources and a desire to put family first. We can help! Read on to see how these obstacles are easily overcome.
Obstacle I: Family Obligations
I have children and grandchildren to worry about, and they come first.
Solution: Estate planning attorneys can explain the various methods available to fulfill your philanthropic desires without jeopardizing your family’s security. The easiest approach is to remember HHE through a gift in your will or living trust. This gift supports HHE’s future work, and you can change your mind at any time.
Obstacle II: On a Budget
I am not rich. There is only so much money to go around.
Solutions: Rather than make a gift of cash now to support the work of HHE, consider the following giving options. Bonus: they also offer important tax savings for you and your family.
Stock: For gifts of appreciated stock that you have owned longer than one year, you receive an income tax charitable deduction for their full fair market value—not the price you originally paid for them.
Life Insurance Policies: You can donate a policy you no longer need, or simply name Hindu Heritage Endowment as the beneficiary.
Retirement-Plan Assets: Highly taxed when left to heirs, such assets make an excellent charitable gift after your lifetime.
Real Estate: You can donate your home now and still live there for the rest of your life. We can help you identify a gift to fit your goals. Contact us to learn how you can make a big impact on Hindu Heritage Endowment.
If you are considering naming Hindu Heritage Endowment in your will as you make or update your estate plan, please let us know so we can ensure that your gift is used as you intended. 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].
To learn about this and other tools for spiritual living, study The Master Course trilogy
Help Finish Iraivan!
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❏ One pillar section: $15,000
❏ One panel section: $30,000
Building Fund Donations
Thanks to Our November Temple Builders in 20 Countries
For the three months of September - November, our minimum monthly goal equals $210,000. Excluding contributions directed toward special projects, we received actual contributions of $245,476.78
|Marie & R. Bhanugopan||US$108.00|
|D. Karthigesu Family||100.00|
|Luckshmi & Logan Siva Nirmalananda||35.00|
|Gunavinthan Siva Thirumalai||100.00|
|Thanavinthan Siva T. Thirumalai||300.00|
|Essen Subramanian Valayten||2.66|
|Rajesh K. Bali||93.95|
|Jatin & Priya & Parmila Kumar||23.00|
|Changam & Kamachi Naidu||50.00|
|Krishna & Dhanmatie Roopnarine||20.00|
|Kanesanathan & Shanta Devi Sabapathipillai||35.00|
|Vijaya & Thiru Satkunendran||25.00|
|Mr.& Mrs. Pranavan||25.00|
|Sayanthan & Anupama Sivanathan||11.00|
|Sara K. Sivasurier||144.55|
|Tharsika Chelvarajah Vasanthan||20.00|
|Cristina Ma Puja Canducci||20.00|
|P. Barathi Balasegaran||11.79|
|Hemakheshaa Naatha Batumallah||11.79|
|Rathidevi & Veerasamy Batumallah||23.58|
|Sai Aaditya Deva, Sai Janany, Sai Hamsiny, Chandran Ramamurthy & Kalpana Devasagayam||70.62|
|Kavin Kirav, Shreiyaa, Leena Lakshmi Devasagayam & Anand Kumar Letchumana||47.08|
|Yoga Rubini & Chandra Ganth Family||11.79|
|R. Jayakumar & Yoga Bhavani Family||11.79|
|Uma Dewi & Dinesh Kumar Jayaram||6.95|
|M. Shanmuganathan & A. Kamalambikai||23.58|
|Amaraysh, Kumutha & Jarry Lai||36.24|
|Lim Hock Leong||160.00|
|Deevesh, Likel Bathmavathy Batumalai & Ramesh Murthi||11.77|
|Ponnamah Nadason & Family||36.24|
|Rasiah Vallipuram & Pathumanithi Nagalingam||23.54|
|M. Suranthiran Naidu||35.31|
|Nagarasan Poonusamy & Saroja||11.79|
|M ogan Raju||69.00|
|Supramaniam Ramoo & In Memory of Neelavathy Thangavelu||23.54|
|Raagini Ravindren & Senthil Ravindren||11.72|
|Jayaraj Kantharaj & Saranraj S-O Jayabalathilagam||14.12|
|Ambikabathi Shanmugam Pillay||23.58|
|Raja Singam Raja Ratnam & Shreema Rasiah||23.54|
|A. Sockalingam & Chandrasekari||48.01|
|Devi & the late Selvadurai Subramaniam||11.77|
|Vikneswaran A. Vinsent||23.54|
|Shree Saroja Devi Doorgiat||2.66|
|Kunal & Sanyogeeta Ghurbhurn||2.87|
|Amrit Singh Jaypal||6.65|
|Jeeha Narmada Kumari||1.33|
|Seedha Lutchmee Moonesawmy||2.66|
|Vimaley Chellen Mootoosamy||3.99|
|Naden Seeneevasen Pillay||1.33|
|Prekash & Sabita Baladien||15.00|
|Anil Ananda Badhwar||60.00|
|Kavitha Darshini & Amitpal Singh||73.18|
|Kamala Devi Vaiyapuri||50.00|
|Gary & Radica Asha Yee-Fong||25.00|
|Shree Vishna Rasiah & Sharmila Harry||23.54|
|Georgiana Lukshmi Dorothy Barnes & Theeba Ragunathan||100.00|
|Clive & Puvaneswary Roberts||175.00|
|Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund - Tarsem & Kiran Gupta||200.00|
|Golden Gate Mission||3.50|
|Ramesh & Kamala Agarwal||15.00|
|Tarsem Lal Aggarwal||250.00|
|Vel & Valliu Alahan||25.00|
|Kul & Indu Anand||50.00|
|Mohan & Rajee Ananda||51.00|
|Palani K. Aravazhi||105.00|
|Chitrammal & Sangarapillai Asokan||100.00|
|Rao L. Atluri||25.00|
|Kumarasingham & Subodhini Balasingham||2,500.00|
|Jim & Nancy Barnhart||108.00|
|Meera & Ramesh Bhandiwad||100.00|
|Dr. Ajay Bhargava||322.00|
|Ramachandra S. Bhat||35.00|
|Subba R. Chennupati||108.00|
|Kaika & Nilufer Clubwala||101.00|
|Sitara Rupali Contreras||108.00|
|Janakbhai R. Dave||50.00|
|Nripendra C. Devanath||150.00|
|Amarnath & Latha Devarmanai||101.00|
|Bhola & Prabha Dhume||151.00|
|Ramya Subramani & Rajesh Ekambaram||211.00|
|Steve & Mary Ann Gabay||50.00|
|Raju & Heena Gandhi||250.00|
|Suketu & Mita Gandhi||51.00|
|Praburam Gopal Raja||100.00|
|Toshadeva & Kamala Guhan||18.00|
|Usharani Iswaran Magaña||40.00|
|Praveen Krishna Jangareddy||11.00|
|Chitralekha & Avinash Joshi||100.00|
|Abirami Sundari & Ramesh Kamath||1,000.00|
|Srinivas & Shanthi Karri||90.00|
|Sunil & Rewa Kaul||227.00|
|Usha & Rama Chandra Kilaru||116.00|
|Indupuru Kota Reddy||500.00|
|Radha & Ganesh Krishnan||108.00|
|Anil & Rita Kumar||101.00|
|Chandra S. Malladi||25.00|
|Laura Devi Marks||108.00|
|Tapas & Uttara Mazumdar||40.00|
|Hanumantharao & Nirmala Medarametla||116.00|
|Bhanumati & Prabhashanker Mehta||11.11|
|Suresh & Sudha Mehta||40.00|
|Shailesh & Jyoti Mistry||101.00|
|Chandra & Indu Mundra||251.00|
|Karu & Thangam Muthuswamy||101.00|
|Palani & Selvarany Nadarajah||15.00|
|Nitya & Becky Nadesan||150.00|
|Manish M. Naidu||11.11|
|Rama Chandran & Rema Nair||10,000.00|
|N. Chandra Narayanan||51.00|
|Sanjaya K. Nath||11.00|
|Debi Prosad Nayak||501.00|
|Emma & Narendra Nemivant||25.00|
|Satya & Savitri Palani||42.00|
|Raghavan & Bhargavi Pandalai||501.00|
|Easvan & Devi Param||101.00|
|Harish Parmar - Dhanraj||51.00|
|Praful & Ranjan Patel||202.00|
|Vinay & Hansa R. Patel||101.00|
|Salik & Sanjia Pathak||102.00|
|Robert M. Petersen||50.00|
|Bharat Bhanuprasad Pothiwala||100.00|
|Richard Henry Pratt||25.00|
|Ganesh & Renu Rajagopal||234.00|
|Deva & Gayatri Rajan||1,001.00|
|Mohan Deepak Ram||11.00|
|Raja & Latha Ram||51.00|
|Sri R. Ram||1,000.00|
|Ravi & Renuka Ramakrishna||1,008.00|
|Jeyashree & Venkat Ramakrishnan||50.00|
|Kasi & Vidya Ramanathan||51.00|
|Raja & Geetha Ramani||1,000.00|
|Partab & Chandra Ramsinghani||27.00|
|Madhava & Vijaya Rao||51.00|
|Rama Pemmaraju Rao||108.00|
|S. Prabhakar & Saila Rao||100.00|
|Cliff & Kathy Runge||50.00|
|Vijay N. Samant||100.00|
|Aran & Valli Sendan||25.00|
|Deva & Amala Seyon||51.00|
|Manoj H. Shah||100.00|
|Madan & Latisha Sharma||101.00|
|Nick & Leena Shroff||101.00|
|Bageshwari & Achla Sinha||101.00|
|Iraja & Nilani Sivadas||108.00|
|Dharshi & Sivasothy Sivakumar||150.00|
|Lakshana Chetana Sivananda||51.00|
|Nathan & Sulena Sivananda||108.00|
|Tandu & Uma Sivanathan||100.00|
|Raja & Anita Srivastava||25.00|
|Yasotha & Thevarajah Subarajan||51.00|
|Nandi Deva Sundaram||50.00|
|Ramana K. Surampudi||50.00|
|Phani Kumar Sureddi||7.00|
|Vasuhi & S. Sureshwaran||201.00|
|Sivam U. Thillaikanthan||40.00|
|Murli M. Tiwari||900.00|
|Aryan Sai Venkatesan||101.00|
|Tsajon & Kamalia Von Lixfeld||51.00|
|Richard Bosworth & Kerri Watts||101.00|
|TOTAL BUILDING FUND||$94,724.72|
|IRAIVAN TEMPLE ENDOWMENT|
|Subhash Kumar Choudhary||100.00|
|Amey Surendra Gangal||33.00|
|TOTAL ENDOWMENT FUNDS||$207.00|
|SPECIAL PROJECT DONATIONS|
|TOTAL SPECIAL PROJECT DONATIONS||$134.39|
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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 198resident 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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