Kauai's Hindu Monastery - July 2020 Newsletter
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July 2020 Newsletter
 
A month of activity at Kauai's Hindu Monastery
 
 
 
Message from Satguru
 
June was the third full month that the monastery has been closed to visitors at a time when there are virtually no visitors to Kauai due to the fourteen-day quarantine requirement. In addition to our monthly Ardra abhishekam to Nataraja and two monthly Chitra pujas to Gurudeva, the annual Vaikasi Visakam festival to Lord Murugan was held. It was live-streamed, receiving about 5,000 views during the first month. A number of devotees who watched it live-stream commented on how inspiring the experience was. The video is posted on the Kauai’s Hindu Monastery YouTube channel. Our online satsangs utilizing Zoom Video Communications were held on each of the four weekends in June. The first satsang covered this verse from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras: “Or samadhi is near through devotion to Ishvara.” My comment was: “This verse means that effort and dedication can be supplemented by the blessings or grace we receive due to our intense devotion to God. In other words, devotion to God opens you to receiving God’s blessings, God’s grace. And it’s that grace that transforms you. The more devotion you have, the more open you are to grace and the more blessings you’re able to receive, which can help you to move toward samadhi. This is what we call a mixing of theism and monism.” General contributions for June totaled $34,248, which is less than our minimum monthly goal of $70,000. Special project contributions totaled an additional $18,352. We are grateful to our global family of temple builders for your continued and generous support during difficult times. Om Namasivaya.
- Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami.
 
 
 
From Gurudeva’s Teachings
 
Desperate states of mind are disturbing many people these days. They are caught in emotional turmoil and entanglement, scarcely knowing how to get themselves out of it, or even fully realizing what state they are in. This condition, which often deteriorates as the years go by until nervous difficulties and mental illnesses set in, can be alleviated by the simple practice of meditation. Those who are content to live in a mesh of mental conflict, which is not only conscious but subconscious, will never get around to meditation or even the preliminary step: concentration. But a person who is wise enough to struggle with his own mind to try to gain the mastery of his mind will learn the vital practice of meditation. Just a few moments each morning or evening enables him to cut the entangled conditions that creep into the conscious mind during the day. The consistent practice of meditation allows him to live in higher states of consciousness with increasing awareness and perception as the years go by. There are surprises, many of them, for the beginning meditator, as well as for those who are advanced—unexpected consequences that are often more than either bargained for, because on the road to enlightenment every part of one’s nature has to be faced and reconciled. This can be difficult if the experiences of life have been unseemly, or relatively easy if the experiences have been mostly comfortable.

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: www.himalayanacademy.com/study/mc/
Read Gurudeva’s books online at: www.himalayanacademy.com/resources/books/
Listen to Gurudeva’s inspired talks: www.himalayanacademy.com/looklisten/gurus-talks
 
 
 
Happenings
 
Iraivan Temple Progress
 
 
Here we see the carbide-tipped chisel (with golden hues) recently added to the bronze masterpiece in our Temple Builders’ Pavilion (a small detail, but important as it shows future pilgrims this unique tool invented by our own team in Bengaluru)
 
 
Hindu temples sit atop a base, called a plinth, giving them mass and visual support. After many years, Iraivan’s plinth is under construction, a 4-foot-high, 480-foot long lava rock wall, black in color to contrast with the white granite temple above
 
In June the silpi craftsmen finished the installation of the 64 stones that comprise the front steps at the temple’s main entrance. Another milestone (OK, it’s a pun) was reached in the decades-long process of installing the plinth! Umut and his two-man team have reached the halfway point on the eastern side of the temple, installing the lava rock facing on the four-foot-high foundation. Their workmanship is elegant. The gold leaf for the temple’s gopurams is now being made to order, a process that takes weeks as special machines hammer the gold into super-thin sheets. Thanks go out to those who enthusiastically stepped forward during the pandemic to sponsor this essential project.
 
Silpis hard at work installing the nine granite steps leading up to Iraivan Temple, a task requiring months of tedious carving and precise placement
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami’s Activities
 
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami continues to give weekly upadesha in Kadavul Temple. His talks in May, based on lessons from Gurudeva’s Merging with Siva and Living with Siva, have been uploaded to our website for your enjoyment. His weekly on-line Zoom satsangs, which were begun in response to the pandemic, have become a much-anticipated virtual gathering for people all over the world..
Tirumular Shrine
 
An upgraded pavilion for Tirumular
 
In order to give future visitors some background and art works about Rishi Tirumular, we did some work on the small, long-standing pavilion near his statue. This pavilion had been undesignated for some time, and Kauai’s weather had been taking its toll. Still, with a strong foundation and sound beams, all it needed was some new roofing and some meaningful content. A large poster was added, giving his life story and some of the amazing verses of his Tirumantiram. Look for it next time you visit.
 
Publications and Other Activities
 
 
Merging with Siva audiobook in the Gujarati language
 
 
Our new webpage offering sacred scriptures of the Saivite Hindu religion
 
In June, our team in Hawaii, California and Europe finished another music video to be shown in middle school classrooms. “The British Raj” is the eleventh in our series.  See it here: bit.ly/HistoryBritishRajSong. There will be sixteen music videos in all. Please visit our website to see a new page containing English translations of some of our most important and profound sacred scriptures of Saivism. See it here: bit.ly/SaivaScriptures. The translation of Gurudeva’s teachings into other languages continues. The final audio book of the Gujarati translations of Gurudeva’s Trilogy, read by Professor Harish Vyas, is now online. Listen to the Gujarati version of Merging with Siva here: bit.ly/MWSGujarati. A French version of Yogaswami’s famous song about the grandeur and mystique of the guru, can be downloaded here: bit.ly/EnkalGuruFrench. The Kannada version of “How to Win an Argument with a Meat Eater” can be seen here: bit.ly/MeatEaterArgumentKannada. The April-May-June issue of Hinduism Today in the Russian language can be downloaded here: bit.ly/HTodayApr2020Russian.
 
 
Loving Ganesha in Living Color!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our full-color third edition of Gurudeva’s wildly popular book Loving Ganesha: Hinduism’s Endearing Elephant-Faced God has arrived in the US from our printer in Malaysia (it took a while, but then Ganesha is known to be a bit ponderous). Loving Ganesha unfolds a rich, readable potpourri that will immediately transport you into the psychic reality of this cosmic Deity. Children’s prayers, mantras, pujas, symbols, metaphysics, soul qualities, Aum science, Lord of karma, recipes and more are presented in the most complete digest of Lord Ganesha ever produced. Lord Ganesha is revered around the world as the ancient God of success/art/science/culture/society. This beloved elephant-faced Lord of Obstacles is part of Indian, Sri Lankan, Malaysian, Nepalese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Chinese religious culture, probably the most pan-Asian of all Deities. And He is the most popular Hindu Deity in the US.

Reviews:
“A treasure-trove of information on Ganesha and Hinduism.” –Library Journal.

“Whether viewed as instructional or as an affectionate tribute, Loving Ganesha is the comprehensive source for those who seek knowledge, not just information, of this greatest of Hindu Deities” –NAPRA Review

To Purchase:
Fully illustrated. Hard cover, color, illustrated, 484 pages, 7.125” x 10.25.” Available online here: www.minimela.com/ganesh.
 
Charitable Lead Trust
A Flow of Support for the Temple & a Legacy Gift to Your Family
 
Yash has received a generous inheritance from his parents and wants to provide future gifts to his son, Darpan, when he is old enough to manage money responsibly. He also wants to support the construction of Iraivan Temple which needs help now. Is there any way for him to meet these two goals?

Yash put this problem to his accountant brother-in-law, Smaran, on the weekend while helping him move some furniture into his new home. After struggling with a queen-size box spring which they finally got to the second-floor bedroom, the two men took a break. “Have you considered a charitable lead trust?” his brother-in-law asked.
“What in the world is that?”
“Let me explain,” Smaran said.
 
 
 
“Let’s start with your goals. As I understand them, you want to give Darpan about $100,000 when he’s 35. Is that right?”
“Yes. I feel he’ll be able to handle money by then. He’s 20 now.”
“But you also said you wanted to support the Iraivan Temple beginning this year.”
“That’s right,” Yash answered.
“OK. Here’s a way you can do both,” Smaran volunteered. “You place $100,000 into an irrevocable charitable lead trust. You write the trust so that it must pay $4,000 a year for 15 years to support the temple. After that, the trust passes what remains in the fund to Darpan.”
“Why would I go to all that trouble?”
“Here’s why. First, you’ve set up an instrument that provides steady support to the temple. The temple will get $4,000 a year from the trust almost automatically.”
“That would be great.”
“Second, Darpan will get about $100,000 tax-free in 15 years.”
“Do you think the trust can earn 4% a year?”
“Yes,” said Smaran.
“I know of some tax-free muni bonds that pay 4%. Third, you also get a $47,000 gift tax deduction. I don’t know if that helps you much or not, but it limits the damage that the gift to Darpan would otherwise do to your estate tax exclusion.” “Estate tax is not likely going to be a problem for me,” Yash said. “My main purpose is to make sure Darpan gets the $100,000, but not before he’s old enough to handle it, and that the temple gets my support starting now.”
“Then talk to your accountant about setting up a charitable lead trust.”

For additional information contact Shan­muga­natha­swami at 808-822-3012, ext. 6 or e-mail hhe@hindu.org. To learn more about planned giving options to provide immediate tax and income benefits to you and your family, while also providing a future gift to the Temple, please visit www.hheonline.org. It is wise to consult with your tax professionals if you are contemplating a charitable gift. Start your estate plan by downloading the pdf file at www.hheonline.org/tool-kit.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
Gold Is the Need of the Hour
 
 
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Much of Iraivan’s visual power comes from the 23-karat gold leaf on its five towers and—in the future—the kodimaram. These glimmer in the tropical sun, contrasting strongly against the white granite. Getting thin gold leaf to endure in the tropical sun and rain has been a challenge, but our team near Washington DC (yes, the same team that does the gold cupolas on our capital buildings) has worked it out. They will be redoing all of our towers, and that is costly, so we turn to you to sponsor all or part of the project.
 
SPECIAL ITEM: Gold Leaf & Installation The gilders who are coming to re-gild Iraivan’s towers have determined that a thicker leaf is needed in the tropics than is normal in the US. Three times thicker! And they have identified and tested superior adhesives. Now we need to buy the gold and fly them to Kauai for the installation. To the right are the costs.

Sponsorships
✔ (Already Sponsored) Kodimaram: $23,000
✔ (Already Sponsored) East Chinna Gopuram: $33,000
_ West Chinna Gopuram: $33,000
_ North Chinna Gopuram: $33,000
✔ (Already Sponsored) Stupi Capstone: $70,000
✔ (Already Sponsored) Rajagopuram: $95,000
 
 
 
Donations
Thanks to Our May Temple Builders in 19 Countries
 
For the ten months of September to June, our minimum monthly goal was $700,000. Excluding contributions directed toward special projects, we received actual contributions of $861,151.93
 
 
BUILDING FUND DONATIONS; AUSTRALIA; Mario Sivadas Annamalay US$108.00; Marie & R. Bhanugopan 108.00; Nagaratnam Jeyasreedharan 20.00; D. Karthigesu Family 100.00; Rama Krishnan 30.00; Luckshmi & Logan Siva Nirmalananda 35.00; Gunavinthan Siva Thirumalai 100.00; Thanavinthan Siva T. Thirumalai 100.00; Essen Subramanian Valayten 7.29; Wigneswaran Family 108.00; BELARUS; Tatsiana Mezhennaya 50.00; BRAZIL; Leonidas Coutinho 108.00; CANADA; Anonymous 143.27; Sanjesh Shivam Bali 35.13; Shristi Shivani Bali 35.13; Serge Bilan 50.00; Peter Christian 25.00; Frederik Jan Elbers 100.00; Rathinappillai Logeswaran 50.00; Ioana-Gabriela Manoliu 33.00; Kurusamy Mekala 70.26; Changam & Kamachi Naidu 50.00; Vanesh Naidu 27.00; Manu Patel 35.13; Mr. & Mrs. Pranavan 25.00; Raghavan Ramanathan 351.30; Krishna & Dhanmatie Roopnarine 26.00; Vijaya & Thiru Satkunendran 25.00; Sivakumaran Sivalingam 21.00; Sayanthan & Anupama Sivanathan 11.00; Sara K. Sivasurier 70.26; Saravanamuthu Somasundram 300.00; Prashanth Srichandramohan 395.40; Riorita Tkatchenko 100.00; GERMANY; Tharsika Chelvarajah Vasanthan 20.00; Jeeva Velusaami 21.00; INDIA; Lakshmanan Nellaiappan 10.00; Maragatham Nellaiappan 10.00; Sankula Prasad 5.00; Jiva & Kanmani Rajasankara 30.00; Vikram Santurkar 51.00; INDONESIA; Mahadevan Gengadaram 75.00; ITALY; Cristina Ma Puja Canducci 20.00; JAPAN; Chiharu Hayakawa 101.00; MALAYSIA; Anonymous 70.00; Ramu Alageswari 41.31; Appulanaidu 41.31; Devinasree Balasegaran 11.50; Om Krittik Balasegaran 11.50; P. Barathi Balasegaran 11.50; Balamurali Balasupramaniam 11.50; Hemakheshaa Naatha Batumallah 11.50; Mekaladeva Batumallah 11.50; Rathidevi & Veerasamy Batumallah 23.00; Theevhiyaa Chandrasekaram 23.00; Umaabati Chandrasekaram 11.50; Gunasegaran Chitravelloo 11.30; Sasikumar Darmalingam 11.50; Yoga Rubini & Chandra Ganth Family 11.50; R. Jayakumar & Yoga Bhavani Family 23.00; Uma Dewi & Dinesh Kumar Jayaram 6.70; Muthukumar Jeyapalan 2,500.00; M. Shanmuganathan & A. Kamalambikai Family 23.00; Anbu Kandasamy 28.00; Krishnamah 41.31; Muniandy & Pappathy 220.00; Logadasan Murugesu 11.50; Achi & Suriakala Naidu 55.08; Palanisamy & Vasande 11.50; Paparaw 41.31; A. Paranthaman 4.50; Paruwathy 41.31; S. & Nirmala Raja 41.31; Jayaram Rajaletchumi 11.25; Rajini 41.31; Mogan Raju 69.00; Parimala Selvaraj 30.00; Ambikabathi Shanmugam Pillay 23.00; Indrani Shanmugasundram 11.25; Sinnamah 41.31; Nutanaya Sivaceyon 10.00; Saraswathy & Ramesh Sivanathan 11.69; Girish Skanda 23.00; S. & Santhi Subramaniam 41.31; S. Sugumaran & Sarasammah 82.62; Vasanta Tanggavelu 34.50; Saroja Vasudevan 11.50; S. Veerasamy 55.08; Yuvanes Waran 20.00; MAURITIUS; Anonymous 48.81; Soondiren Arnasalon 12.15; Soundarajen Arnasalon 4.86; Gunavadee Caremben 25.60; Moorghen Caremben 51.19; Ragini Caremben 25.60; Somasoundarum Caremben 25.60; Sukanta Caremben 25.60; Jegadessa Chenganna 24.30; Shree Saroja Devi Doorgiat 7.29; Rohit Jogessur 2.43; Meeravadee Koothan 2.43; Mooneenagen Koothan 14.58; Poospawadee Koothan 7.29; Sooreshen Koothan 12.15; Amravadee Kownden 138.55; Vel Mahalingum 72.92; Sivakumaren & Kavita Mardemootoo 1,008.00; Kulagan Moonesawmy 2.43; Seedha Lutchmee Moonesawmy 2.43; Jayaluxmi Mooroogen 2.43; Revathi Mootoosamy 1.22; Siven Barlen Mootoosamy 4.86; Karoumee Pareatumbee 6.08; Naden Seeneevasen Pillay 2.43; Dayalen Renghen 10.94; Ezilveylen Renghen 29.17; Jagadissen Renghen 21.88; Madhevi Renghen 29.17; Siven Renghen 36.46; Varaden Renghen 29.17; Vega Renghen 10.94; Kannen Valaydon 72.92; Saroja Valayten 7.29; Toshadeva Valayten 3.66; Ulasa Valayten 3.66; NETHERLANDS; Prekash & Sabita Baladien 15.00; NORWAY; Anil Ananda Badhwar 60.00; Anuradha Badhwar 10.00; Meetu Badhwar-Hansen 10.00; RUSSIA; Dinanatha Borzunov 100.00; Oksana Kitaeva 10.00; SINGAPORE; Vasaant Krishnan 15.00; S.G. Nathan Narasa 41.31; Lavanya Saravan 400.00; Kavitha Darshini & Amitpal Singh 71.75; Kamala Devi Vaiyapuri 50.00; SINT MAARTEN; Gary & Radica Asha Yee-Fong 25.00; UAE; Anil Kumar 27.00; UNITED KINGDOM; Anonymous 11.00; Punitha Ganeshwaran 30.00; K. Jananayagam 1,000.00; Georgiana Lukshmi Dorothy Barnes & Theeba Ragunathan 100.00; Clive & Puvaneswary Roberts 175.00; Sharavanan Selvadurai 200.00; USA; PayPal Giving Fund 220.00; Wailua Mission 49.00; Anonymous 3,274.25; Abhijit Adhye 50.00; Arpit K. Akruwala 108.00; Asha Alahan 25.00; Kanda Alahan 151.00; Vel & Valli Alahan 25.00; Yohini & Arumugam Alvappillai 51.00; Shekhar & Gauri Ambe 100.00; Gowri Arulanantham 250.00; Chitrammal & Sangarapillai Asokan 100.00; Bryan Bailey 20.00; William Bault 25.00; Cira de Castillo 200.00; Mallik Chaganti 20.00; Asha Chaku 50.00; Naren Chelian 51.00; Sharath Chigurupati 123.00; Govinda Chinnadurai 100.00; Charles Close 108.00; Sarasvati Crider 100.00; Shyamadeva & Peshanidevi Dandapani 54.00; Janakbhai R. Dave 50.00; Amarnath & Latha Devarmanai 101.00; Venkat Devraj 108.00; Vilopa Dhagat 108.00; Purushottam Dixit 51.00; Aiyasawmy Dorairajan 25.00; Iryna Doroshenko 51.00; Ramya Subramani & Rajesh Ekambaram 211.00; Suketu & Mita Gandhi 255.00; Panshula Ganeshan 25.00; Abhishek Ganta 351.00; Rajendra Giri 20.00; Ajit V. Gokhale 108.00; Krishnarao Gorrepati 50.00; Toshadeva & Kamala Guhan 18.00; M.L. & P. Hanumadass 101.00; Adiyan Haran 501.00; Kriya & Sharyn Haran 125.00; Usharani Iswaran Magaña 20.00; David Jaffe 108.00; Chandrashekhar Jairaman 51.00; Ramana Jandhyala 108.00; Praveen Krishna Jangareddy 11.00; S. Jeyendran 101.00; Haran Kandadas 51.00; Srinivas & Shanthi Karri 90.00; Sundari Katir 20.00; Kavya Kaza 11.00; Michael Kempinski 120.00; Richard Kennedy 10.00; Andrzej Kraja 101.00; Rajagopal Krishnan 108.00; Ram Kumar 108.00; Gregg Lien 50.00; Abha Lokhande 32.00; Chandra S. Malladi 25.00; Mallikarjuna Rao Mamidipaka 25.00; Laura Devi Marks 108.00; Autar Mattoo 153.00; Cindy McGonagle 10.00; Inder & Aileen Mirchandani 108.00; Kris Murthy 51.00; Palani & Selvarany Nadarajah 15.00; Nitya & Becky Nadesan 150.00; Manish M. Naidu 11.11; Ravindra Nana 108.00; Sanjaya K. Nath 11.00; Emma & Narendra Nemivant 25.00; Neelam Oberoi 21.00; Neela Oza 75.00; Gurudas Pai 101.00; Satya & Savitri Palani 21.00; Sriram Panchagnula 30.00; Cassan Pancham 2,016.00; Easvan & Devi Param 101.00; Janaka & Bhavani Param 10.00; Jothi Param 51.00; Harish Parmar - Dhanraj Inc. 101.00; Harshita C. Patel 135.00; Vinay & Hansa R. Patel 101.00; Salik & Sanjia Pathak 51.00; Venkat Pichairaman 11.00; Indrathan Pillay 50.00; Senthamarai Prabhakar 101.00; Parthasarathy Rajagopalan 50.00; Deva & Gayatri Rajan 1,001.00; Mohan Deepak Ram 11.00; Sukanya & Krishna Ramachandran 500.00; Janevi Ramaji 101.00; Jeyashree & Venkat Ramakrishnan 50.00; Varalakshmi Ramamoorthy 216.00; Eswar Raman 30.00; Rajesh & Yatra Raman 11.00; Sudharsanam Rathinam 101.00; Cliff & Kathy Runge 50.00; Chamundi Sabanathan 130.00; Pathmini Saravanapavan 208.00; Andrew Schoenbaum 10.00; Aran & Valli Sendan 25.00; Deva & Amala Seyon 51.00; Salil Shibad 21.00; Terrill Silke 100.00; Iraja & Nilani Sivadas 108.00; Nirthika Sivakumar 101.00; Dharshi & Sivasothy Sivakumar 150.00; Jai Sivakumara 200.00; Jnana Sivananda 100.00; Lakshana Chetana Sivananda 51.00; Nathan & Sulena Sivananda 108.00; Vidura Smallen 25.00; Kiran Srinivasan 20.00; Padmapriya Srinivasan 25.00; Joseph W. Steelman 50.00; Yasotha & Thevarajah Subarajan 102.00; Nandi Deva Sundaram 50.00; Savithri Sundaresan 51.00; Phani Kumar Sureddi 7.00; Karthik Suresh 108.00; Shanthi Suresh 101.00; Siva U. Thillaikanthan 30.00; Ramesh Thimmappa 21.00; Rama Vangala 21.00; Vayudeva Varadan 51.00; Sundari & Velayudhan Velu 108.00; Rajiv Verma 108.00; Mahesh Viswanathan 25.00; Michael Wasylkiw 108.00; Richard Bosworth & Kerri Watts 101.00; Sundeep Yalamanchi 116.00; Shelah Young 51.00; TOTAL BUILDING FUND $28,364.84; IRAIVAN TEMPLE ENDOWMENT; Anonymous 173.36; Frank Burkhardt 10.00; Uday & Sangeeta Naik 500.00; Yogini Ratnasabapathy 50.00; Raj & Asmita Shenoy-Akerkar 50.00; Terrill Silke 100.00; Nalin & Kamal Tolia 5,000.00; TOTAL ENDOWMENT FUNDS $5.883.36; SPECIAL PROJECT DONATIONS (GOLD LEAF, ETC.); Anonymous 3,310.20; Ajay & Jamuna Chalasani 1,008.00; Demo & Genevieve Di Martile 1,000.00; Tejwantee Meetoo 400.00; Silvarajoo Muniandy 33.62; Pathmini Saravanapavan 100.00; Usha & Vadilal Shah 10,000.00; Karthik Suresh 2,500.00; TOTAL SPECIAL PROJECT DONATIONS $18,351.82; GRAND TOTAL $52,600.02
 
 
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