November 2018 Newsletter
With many families focusing on preparing for their children to return to school, the monastery was as usual quieter with fewer visitors during the month of September as well as October. During this two-month period, three of our extra elaborate monthly Ardra abhishekams to<> Lord Nataraja were celebrated as well as two monthly Chitra guru pujas for Gurudeva. A lengthy abhishekam was also performed on Ganesha Chaturthi on September 12. My publisher’s desk for the January 2019 issue of
Hinduism Today magazine, which is entitled “Claiming Your Omnipresence,” received its final editing. The message is that omnipresence resides with each individual at the core of the soul and can be experienced through progressive practices. The opening paragraph reads: “Omnipresence is defined as the state of being present everywhere at the same time. In a religious context, omnipresence is generally thought of as an attribute unique to God. God is present everywhere; whereas man is only present in the location of his physical body. Hindu thought differs from this perspective. Not only is God omnipresent, He has graciously shared that attribute with us. Omnipresence is found at the core of our soul.” Our bimonthly webinar was held in mid-September on lessons 7-13 of our book Path to Siva. The focus of this webinar series is to give those teaching Path to Siva additional insights into the lessons to share with their students. General contributions for the two-month period of September/October totaled $131,851, which is less than our minimum two-month goal of $140,000. Special project contributions totaled an additional $471. We are grateful to our global family of temple builders for your continued generous support. Om Namasivaya,
— Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami.
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Founder of Kauai’s Hindu Monastery, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (Gurudeva), 1927–2001
Hindus with Western education, or who were raised and taught in Christian schools, whether they have accepted the alien religion or not, find it very difficult to acknowledge within their own being the existence of the Gods, because the West primarily emphasizes the external, and the East emphasizes the internal. Thoroughly immersing oneself in the external world severs man’s awareness from his psychic ability to perceive that which is beyond the sight of his two eyes.
You might ask how you can love something you cannot see. Yet, the Gods can be and are seen by mature souls through an inner perception they have awakened. This psychic awakening is the first initiation into religion. Every Hindu devotee can sense the Gods, even if he cannot yet inwardly see them. This is possible through the subtle feeling nature. He can feel the presence of the Gods within the temple, and he can indirectly see their influence in his life.
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Morning in the Islands: Our new camera captures Mount Waialeale surrounded by clouds, and the Wailua River surging after a nighttime rainstorm. Iraivan can be seen peeking through the foliage.
Beam stones: A swami adds a dollop of mortar to the stone that will support the next layer of roof beams in the Nandi Mandapam. Each layer is blessed with a simple ceremony. <
Top to bottom: A team of pros pours the paths of the new desert garden, which is in the shape of a Shadkonam or six-pointed star; two silpis in the sanctum sanctorum following the installation of four stones that will support the Avudaiyar; Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami blesses one of the Nandi Mandapam ceiling beams prior to its installation.
In September, Satguru, monks and silpis gathered atop the Nandi Mandapam scaffolding to have a blessing for the first of the structure’s roof beams. These intricate stones are beautifully carved and were carefully adjusted to fit between the mandapam’s twelve pillars. In October we held the annual Ayudha Puja, blessing the many tools that are being used in the construction. This puja is a part of Navaratri, which the monastery doesn’t observe, but Ayudha Puja is considered a crucial event by the silpis, with special prayers for all their tools and machinery. Traditionally, the first stone for a new project is blessed on this day. This year it was the first stone of the roof of the Nandi Mandapam. After the short puja and blessings, Satguru gave gifts to each silpi. Also during the month, the monks of the Siddhidata Kulam constructed a heavily reinforced wooden ramp on the east side of the temple. It is designed to allow the silpis to move the 5,000-kilogram Avudaiyar (Sivalingam base) into the sanctum sanctorum. The landscaping around the temple saw further refinement with the addition of the Shadkonam Cactus Garden at the temple’s northwest corner. It consists of a concrete walk in the shape of a six-pointed star that encloses a rock garden planted with special and rare cactus specimens. The crew that came to pump the concrete paths brought a boon. Their leader, Jim Fain, told Sadasivanathaswami, “Today’s labor is free. My team wants to give this as a gift to the temple project.”
On October 15th all the monks gathered for a Guru Jayanti celebration, honoring our dear Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami’s 76th year in this life. During September and October, the Ganapati Kulam monks concentrated on the editorial work for the January/February/March 2019 edition of Hinduism Today. With this new issue, the magazine celebrates 40 years of service! Work on the Holy Bible of the Saivite Hindu Religion continued throughout the last two months. An “Alpha Version” (that’s pre-Beta) of the book can be seen on our website here: www.himalayanacademy.com/saivite-bible. On September 28, Sadasivanathaswami and Arumuganathaswami flew off to Honolulu for the day. They were invited by the Governor of Hawaii to attend and bless the signing of a Sister-State Agreement between Goa in India and Hawaii in the USA. The agreement will promote trade, tourism, information technology, exchange of health and wellness, agriculture, culinary art, education and cultural programs between private sector organizations and universities of the two states. Also in September, the monastery hosted Karolina and Anurag Goswami along with their young son Ladoo. The husband-and-wife team had been traveling around the US after speaking at the World Hindu Congress in Chicago, and Kauai was one of their key destinations. Their YouTube channel, India In Details, has become quite popular. They conducted interviews with Satguru and the editorial staff of the magazine for a video about the monastery’s work. On the 30th of September, Ramesh Sivanathan arrived from Malaysia. He is helping in the Ganapati Kulam with Tamil translation projects.
Placing the Golden Thread: On September 12th, our monks joined Satguru in the inner sanctum of Iraivan Temple for the placement of the stones that support the crystal Lingam’s bronze avudaiyar. There is a hole beneath the stones that travels all the way down to the earth through the four-foot-thick concrete foundation and a three-foot-thick layer of compacted gravel. During the ceremony, Satguru blessed and lowered to the ground a copper wire spun with silver and gold. This wire acts as a connection between the avudaiyar and the earth.
The Indian Team: A major project is underway in Bengaluru, the carving of a new pitham for the Kadavul Temple Nandi. It will be an elaborate, traditional Chola-style base, adding much grace to the entrance.
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 here. Read the transcriptions on line. 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: His recent commentaries on the chapters in our new book "The Path to Siva" are marvelous!
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Bodhinatha's Latest Books
The cover of Guru's Wisdom.
The latest publication from Himalayan Academy is Guru’s Wisdom, the third anthology drawn from Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami’s repository of teachings. The topics, captured from 52 of his Publisher’s Desk editorials, vary widely—from the practical to the esoteric—but all have one element in common. They are based on Satguru’s observations of what is happening at the present time in the lives of individuals, families, temple groups and Hindu society as a whole.
In the book’s introduction, he explains: “One source is the private darshan meetings I have most weeks of the year with families visiting our Hawaii monastery. In 2003 an amazingly high number of families asked me the exact same question: ‘We are so busy with our professional and family life that we have little or no time to devote to religion. What can we do?’ It was as if a being in the inner world wanted to make sure this topic was written about. The answers I gave provided the basis for the Publisher’s Desk entitled ‘Work Is Worship,’ published in July 2004. It presented the Hindu perspective that career and family should not be viewed as separate from religious life; they are integral to fulfilling one’s dharma, and work can indeed be transformed into worship.”
He continues, “Another question I hear year after year has to do with meditation: ‘Swami, when I sit down to meditate, my mind goes all over the place and I am unable to control it. What should I do?’ The answers formed the Publisher’s Desk titled ‘Letting Go of Past and Future.’ The article advises meditators to divide their thoughts into five categories and apply a different prescribed technique to quiet each category.”“Many college students of all faiths, not just Hinduism, end up questioning their religious beliefs to the extent of adopting an atheist point of view accompanied by a newfound commitment to secular humanism. In talking to parents about this trend, almost none had ever heard of secular humanism. To address this issue, I wrote the Publisher’s Desk ‘Hinduism: the Original Humanism,’ which reveals that Hinduism has a strong humanist tradition within it, suggesting there is no need to give up Hinduism to be a humanist.” “The trend among young Hindu adults that surprised me the most was the lack of any daily practice. Traditionally, Hindu teens undergo a ceremony to mark the commencement of daily sadhana, such as Gayatri mantra, puja or a mantra japa. But most university students are not at all engaged in worship, meditation or scriptural study. This led to the Publisher’s Desk ‘A Ten-Minute Spiritual Workout.’ It outlines a short, daily routine consisting of four types of practice and encourages parents to have their children take it up around the age of fifteen, with the hope they will create and maintain good habits during their university schooling. The monks even developed an app to guide this practice.”
Enjoy and learn from these and dozens of other insightful articles in Guru’s Wisdom on contemporary issues.
Hindu Heritage Endowment
Hindu Heritage Endowment (HHE) wants you to have a good estate plan to protect yourself and your family. It can also help you make a lasting difference to worthy causes like the Iraivan Temple.
Why You Need to Understand Revocable Living Trusts
“Dying intestate” is the ugly legal phrase used to describe an adult passing away with no estate plan, a condition that sets up family and friends for confusion, dissension, delay and conflict at a time of great stress. Many adults die intestate. According to a recent survey by legal publishers LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, 58 percent of American adults don’t have a will, much less a complete estate plan.
HHE encourages all families to have complete estate plans. Nowadays, that means having a will, a revocable living trust, power of attorney for property management and an advance health care directive.
At death, a will becomes a set of legally binding instructions that govern the distribution of your assets. Some people mistakenly think that a will avoids probate. On the contrary, a will is a ticket to probate court; but probate has the advantage of making sure your assets get distributed as your will directs. It has the disadvantage of being expensive, time-consuming and public. So, are you doing yourself and your heirs a disservice if all you have is a will?
A revocable living trust does avoid probate, but what exactly is it? Think of a revocable living trust as a mini-corporation that holds title to your most important assets: your home, your investment portfolio and your cash reserves. Though you still have complete control over these possessions, you no longer hold them in your name. They are held by your revocable living trust. And just as a corporation does not go through probate when the CEO dies, your living trust avoids probate at your death. Your successor trustee simply steps in and follows the rules and instructions of the trust.
Living trusts are useful during life as well. If, for example, you become unable to manage your real estate or finances through illness or accident, your successor trustee can take charge. There’s no costly and embarrassing public conservatorship hearing.
Revocable living trusts do have some disadvantages. They are more detailed than most wills, and so the cost of writing them is usually more than a will. Also, you must remember to transfer assets to your trust. If you do not, your living trust will remain an elaborate but empty shell, like a safe deposit box with nothing in it.
A living trust needs to be managed and its assets distributed according to its terms. Your successor trustee is supposed to take care of these important and sometimes complex tasks promptly, so choose your trustee with care. A well-managed living trust is a solace to your family and a boon to the good causes you support.
Naming the Iraivan Temple Endowment as a beneficiary of a living trust for a percentage of your estate, a specific amount, or a specific property can usually result in a timely distribution at minimum cost. You can use your living trust to create a future endowment fund at the Temple in your name or the name of a loved one. Like the gardens that surround the Temple, your living trust will produce blossoms for a thousand years in the form of harvested income from your fund’s principal.Visit the website below 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.
For information on establishing a fund at Hindu Heritage Endowment, contact Shanmuganathaswami at 808-822-3012 ext. 6 or e-mail [email protected]
The Hindu Heritage Endowment wants you to succeed in your estate planning efforts and, through them, both care for your family and remember good causes like the Iraivan Temple Endowment. (For additional information contact Shanmuganathaswami at 808-822-3012, ext. 6, or e-mail [email protected]. 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 HHE, please visit www.hheonline.org. Get the tool-kit (pdf)
To learn about this and other tools for spiritual living, study The Master Course trilogy
Help Finish Iraivan Forward
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Building Fund Donations
Thanks to Our September/October Temple Builders in 19 Different Countries
For the two months of September/October 2018 our minimum monthly goal was $140,000. Excluding contributions directed toward special projects, we received actual contributions of $ 131,851.13.
|Marie & R. Bhanugopan||US$216.00|
|D. Karthigesu Family||200.00|
|Luckshmi & Logan Siva Nirmalananda||70.00|
|N. & Neelanthi Panchalingam||50.00|
|Gunavinthan Siva Thirumalai||200.00|
|Thanavinthan Siva T. Thirumalai||200.00|
|Essen Subramanian Valayten||5.62|
|Ron & Jennifer Burke||100.00|
|Changam & Kamachi Naidu||100.00|
|Mr. & Mrs. Pranavan||50.00|
|Ashish & Kamni Rao||50.00|
|Krishna & Dhanmatie Roopnarine||20.00|
|Vijaya & Thiru Satkunendran||50.00|
|Thambimuttoo & Thavam Sivagnanam||102.00|
|Sayanthan & Anupama Sivanathan||22.00|
|Sara K. Sivasurier||265.46|
|Nagula & Sutha Suthaker||202.00|
|Santhira Devi Vairavanathan||109.40|
|Udaiyappan & Kathaie 200.00|
|Cristina Ma Puja Canducci||40.00|
|Arulmani Devi Arumugam||71.50|
|P. Barathi Balasegaran||35.76|
|Hemakheshaa Naatha Batumallah||35.76|
|Rathidevi & Veerasamy Batumallah||62.49|
|Arulmani Chandra Kumar & Sujith Arulmani||23.82|
|Tan Gek Chuai||31.00|
|Sai Sheeny Sai Janany, Sai Hamsiny, Chandran Ramamurthy & Kalpana Devasagayam||59.55|
|Yoga Rubini & Chandra Ganth Family||23.83|
|R. Jayakumar & Yoga Bhavani Family||23.83|
|Uma Dewi & Dinesh Kumar Jayaram||14.00|
|In memory of Mr. Jeyapalan||2,500.00|
|M. Shanmuganathan & A. Kamalambikai||47.63|
|Amaraysh, Kumutha & Jarry Lai||11.92|
|Kavin Kirav, Shreiyaa, Leena Lakshmi Devasagayam & Anand Kumar Letchumana||47.70|
|Darrshan Letchumanan & Yuvan Letchumanan||23.82|
|Rasiah Vallipuram & Pathumanithi Nagalingam||23.82|
|M. Suranthiran Naidu||35.75|
|Supramaniam Ramoo & In Memory of Neelavathy Thangavelu||23.80|
|Raagini Ravindren & Senthil Ravindren||11.92|
|Jayaraj Kantharaj & Saranraj S-O Jayabalathilagam||14.29|
|Ambikabathi Shanmugam Pillay||47.66|
|Raja Singam Raja Ratnam & Shreema Rasiah||23.82|
|Saraswathy & Ramesh Sivanathan||82.14|
|Mohana Sundari & Sivasekaran||23.82|
|A. Sockalingam & Chandrasekari||23.82|
|Devi & the late Selvadurai Subramaniam||11.92|
|Evelyn Chandravathi & Thaya||222.00|
|Remalah & A. Thinathayalan||11.92|
|Vikneswaran A. Vinsent||23.82|
|Shree Saroja Devi Doorgiat||5.62|
|Kunal & Sanyogeeta Ghurbhurn||2.82|
|Amrit Singh Jaypal||14.04|
|Seedha Lutchmee Moonesawmy||5.62|
|Naden Seeneevasen Pillay||2.82|
|Prekash & Sabita Baladien||30.00|
|Dev & Padma||101.00|
|Easan, Lavanya & Sivakumar Saravan||800.00|
|Kavitha Darshini & Amitpal Singh||145.14|
|Kamala Devi Vaiyapuri||50.00|
|Gary & Radica Asha Yee-Fong||50.00|
|Shree Vishna Rasiah & Sharmila Harry||$23.82|
|Georgiana Lukshmi Dorothy Barnes & Theeba Ragunathan||100.00|
|Clive & Puvaneswary Roberts||350.00|
|Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund - Gali Family||5,000.00|
|YourCause - Rani Natarajan||252.00|
|Golden Gate Mission - Clay Ganesha Fundraiser||3,098.00|
|Silver Vel Satsang||45.00|
|Tarsem Lal Aggarwal||200.00|
|Vel & Valli Alahan||50.00|
|Yohini & ArumugamAlvappillai||51.00|
|Palani K. Aravazhi||210.00|
|Rao L. Atluri||51.00|
|Binduraj R. Chandrasekaran||50.00|
|Venkatasubba & Ushadevi Chenna||500.00|
|Kaika & Nilufer Clubwala||202.00|
|Shyamadeva & Peshanidevi Dandapani||108.00|
|Piyush & Krishna Dave||501.00|
|Janakbhai R. Dave||50.00|
|Amarnath & Latha Devarmanai||101.00|
|Amarnath & Latha Devarmanai||202.00|
|Tirumalesa & Indira Devi Duvvuri||221.00|
|Ramya Subramani & Rajesh Ekambaram||422.00|
|Suketu & Mita Gandhi||102.00|
|Nancy Gardner Heaven||20.00|
|Hiranya & Saraswathi Devi Gowda||5,001.00|
|Elizabeth W. Hamill||200.00|
|Kriya & Sharyn Haran||250.00|
|James L. Haynes||50.00|
|Anuradha D. Herale||101.00|
|Usharani Iswaran Magaña||160.00|
|Vasudev R. Kamath||600.00|
|Srinivas & Shanthi Karri||130.00|
|Saravanan & Vasavi Kasthuri||3,335.00|
|Dolly & Jagdish Khatwani||20.00|
|Anil & Devajyothi Kondapi||216.00|
|Vidyul L. Krishnan||500.00|
|Ashok & Ranjana Kulkarni||200.00|
|Arvind & Neelima Kumar||108.00|
|Karthikeyan & Uma Lakshmanan||51.00|
|Gerard & Zhena Linsmeier||108.00|
|R. & K. Mahadevan||101.00|
|Alka & Balaji Malur||101.00|
|Laura Devi Marks||216.00|
|Chandra Mohan Mehrotra||102.00|
|Garani Shiranthana Nadaraja||251.00|
|Palani & Selvarany Nadarajah||131.00|
|Nitya & Becky Nadesan||300.00|
|Manish M. Naidu||22.22|
|Rama Chandran & Rema Nair||15,000.00|
|Mani & Surya Nallasivan||500.00|
|Lok & Pushpa Nath||21.00|
|Sanjaya K. Nath||22.00|
|Emma & Narendra Nemivant||50.00|
|Satya & Savitri Palani||42.00|
|Easvan & Devi Param||202.00|
|Janaka & Bhavani Param||50.00|
|Indubhai & Induben Patel||101.00|
|Jalpa Paresh Patel||101.00|
|Neal Dharmendra Patel||101.00|
|Suresh P. Patel||251.00|
|Vinay & Hansa R. Patel||202.00|
|Salik & Sanjia Pathak||102.00|
|Bhaskar & Phani Peesapati||251.00|
|Narendra & Urmala Pratap||50.00|
|Narasimhachar G. Prativadi||101.00|
|Deva & Gayatri Rajan||2,002.00|
|Mohan Deepak Ram||22.00|
|Rajesh & Yatra Raman||22.00|
|Partab & Chandra Ramsinghani||54.00|
|Rama Pemmaraju Rao||216.00|
|Annie & Mark Ruiz||216.00|
|Cliff & Kathy Runge||100.00|
|Pradip M. Sagdeo||50.00|
|In memory of Mrs. M. Sangarapillai||200.00|
|Aran & Valli Sendan||50.00|
|Deva & Amala Seyon||102.00|
|Shiv Sharma & Jiya Sharma||21.00|
|Usha Kiran Shastri||201.00|
|Hemant N. Sheth||101.00|
|Azam & Loganatha Shivam Torkian||101.00|
|S Ram & Rekha Shrivastava||37.00|
|Iraja & Nilani Sivadas||2,264.00|
|Dharshi & Sivasothy Sivakumar||300.00|
|Homa, Hotri, Hridaya & Tejasinha Sivalingam||10.00|
|Lakshana Chetana Sivananda||102.00|
|Tandu & Uma Sivanathan||200.00|
|Joseph W. Steelman||100.00|
|Yasotha & Thevarajah Subarajan||102.00|
|Sashi & Gayathri Subramanian||30.00|
|Nandi Deva Sundaram||100.00|
|Phani Kumar Sureddi||7.00|
|K. & Rushika Suriyakumar||250.00|
|Ashok & Mina Thakker||121.00|
|Rakesh Reddy Thatikonda||116.00|
|Sivam U. Thillaikanthan||80.00|
|Punit & Panna Vajaria||51.00|
|Archana & Ravi Vannela||250.00|
|Raghu Ram Vollala||251.00|
|Richard Bosworth & Kerri Watts||101.00|
|Jinny Petcharat Wonwong||22.22|
|Kanthiah & Viranjani Yogakumar||75.00|
|Total Building Fund||131,676.13|
|Iraivan Temple Endowment|
|Subhash Kumar Choudhary||100.00|
|Amey Surendra Gangal||22.00|
|Total Endowment Funds||$175.00|
|Special Project Donations|
|Total Special Project Donations||471.00|
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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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