On January 16th morning an elaborate abhishekam was held in Kadavul Temple to Lord Murugan on the occasion of Tai Pusam. Our shrine to Lord Murugan comes to life on His special festivals days, and this year was no exception. An unusual Publisher’s Desk article was finalized during January entitled “Hinduism: the Original Humanism.” The need for the article is explained in the second paragraph, “Many Hindu youths leave home for college as good Hindus but, after studying the typical subjects through an anti-religious bias, come back doubting the existence of God, the Gods, the inner worlds, life after death and the mystical teachings of their parents’ faith. I have heard graduates explain to their parents, as did a young man recently, ‘We are trained in school to follow the scientific method and to question everything. I no longer believe in God because there is no scientific proof of God’s existence.’ Steeped in the university’s atheistic ambience, these youth have essentially converted from Hinduism to secular humanism.” General Iraivan contributions for January totaled $52,316, which is less than our minimum monthly goal of $65,000. Special project contributions totaled an additional $108. We are grateful to our global family of temple builders for your continued and generous support. Aum Namasivaya!
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Top to bottom: A special puja is performed to honor our monastery dairy cows on Tai Pongal; Seiyonne Suriyakumar visited for two days, meeting here with the Ganapati Kulam along with a scholar from Switzerland, Dr. Frank Neubert; Lord Murugan receives milk abhishekam during Tai Pusam; Aysha Somasundaram and Tony Long from Chicago were married at the Marriott Hotel and then came the next morning to the monastery for blessings, joined by Kumar Gurukkal (far right) who performed their wedding rites; Makilzhan Shanmugam and his wife Priyabala with their cousin (left) visiting from Ohio; Girish Samugam arrived from Singapore and here is congratulated by the monks for taking his Supplicant Pledge; the village kolams were installed in the Media Studio ceiling this month.
Thanks for All Your Support!
As we look back over the year 2013, we feel blessed to have so many friends and supporters of the monastery. Through your generosity, the monastery seems to have a greater stability. Confidence is high that we will accomplish all the goals that Gurudeva set for us in his far-reaching vision of the future! Our main project, Iraivan Temple, carving an entire temple in India and then shipping and constructing it in Hawaii, is progressing nicely. The 2013 financial goal for this project was slightly exceeded! Our dear friends have provided for all sorts of other needs, from landscaping to acquisition of temple bronzes. Through the digital dharma fund drive, donors are helping us finish our media studio reconstruction and keep our free digital initiatives going strong throughout 2014. Thanks to everyone who has provided food and beverages and cloth for monk apparel and temple deity decoration. Thanks to all the karma yogis who donate your time—helping to host monastery guests, shipping supplies from the mainland USA, sewing kurta shirts, running little errands and undertaking research projects that move the mission forward. To those who have shipped or hand carried temple supplies from Singapore, Malaysia and India we offer our humble thanks. To those who have provided translations of our publications, transcribed the talks of Gurudeva and those who have lovingly handcrafted items as a fundraising project, we press our palms together in gratitude. We could fill this page with names of those who have provided time and gifts in kind. You know who you are! Thank you, one and all.
Bodhinatha has been giving a talk after every weekly homa. Each one is filled with practical advice to help us keep moving forward gradually on the spiritual path. His talks are all based on the teachings found in Gurudeva’s Master Course. You can listen to them on the Look & Listen section of our website. In preparation for his youth seminar in Trinidad, Bodhinatha spent the early hours of each day (by early we mean 3am) writing and narrating a ten-hour Keynote presentation. Sadasivanathaswami helped him with the graphic side of the 1,100 slide opus!
Iraivan Temple Progress
The focus of our carvers in Bengaluru is now on the perimeter wall. They are also working on the polished stone purnakumbhas that will grace the top of the wall. The granite base for the three dimensional map of Kauai, decorated with Hawaii sea creatures, has been completed.
Dr. Frank Neubert, professor at the University of Bern in Switzerland, spent several days visiting the Ganapati Kulam swamis. He is doing a scholastic study on the globalization of Hinduism. In that regard he’s been studying our Saiva Siddhanta Church, Himalayan Academy and Hinduism Today for some years, writing articles on Gurudeva’s work, including one for Brill Encyclopedia in Europe. He came to meet with Bodhinatha and learn how the monks produce the magazine. Jnanideva Cevvel, from Edmonton, spent six weeks with us doing karma yoga for the media studio renovation. He finished the cove molding for the studio trim, installed kolam art on the ceiling and helped at the saw mill, thinning down thick slabs of mango for 9 desktops. Joe Zappile spent a couple weeks with us helping with gardening, fruit picking and general maintenance and repair. Thanks, Joe!
Publications and Other Activities
The Ganapati Kulam finished the April-May-June Issue of Hinduism Today and sent it off to press. It’s a great issue, featuring the Waterfall Temple in Penang, Malaysia, the Cham Hindus of Vietnam, the Smithsonian yoga exhibit, and Anger Management. Gurudeva’s Dancing with Siva was re-typeset in Adobe Indesign for the coming reprint. Tai Pongal was observed by offering dozens of bananas and oranges to each of the monastery cows at a special Go Puja thanking them for their generous supply of milk.
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.
Bodhinatha's weekly talks can be heard on our website:
Closing Off the Lower Chakras
Resentment; Control of Speech; Responding Kindly
Chakras In Relation to the Gods
(January 18, 2014)
Top to bottom: Artist Manivel depicts a few of the fifty Chola-style pots that will sit atop the perimeter wall of Iraivan Temple, with beautiful tropical plants in them; a finished pot, crafted from rose granite and highly polished.
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Aadheenam Secures Long-Term Lease for Agricultural Land
As of January 1, 2014, the Aadheenam has secured a 35-year lease on 312 acres of State-owned agricultural land across the river from the monastery. We first acquired this parcel in 2001, just before Gurudeva’s Mahasamadhi—it was news he was very happy to hear in those last few weeks. He named it “Himalayan Acres.” He had long wanted to acquire the parcel, knowing that a substantial agricultural component is much in the tradition of an aadheenam. Those in India once held thousands of acres of land, which provided a substantial part of their income. Until now, the Kauai lease was on a year-to-year basis with the possibility of losing the land at any time. Now it is secure. [Click here to read more]
Estate Planning Does Not Always Please Survivors
Attorney Manon Mardemootoo began his April 11, 2008, estate planning seminar in Port Louis, Mauritius, with a warning: “I spend about half of my time dealing with family members fighting over inheritances.” Such seminars, sponsored by the Hindu Heritage Endowment, are unlikely to reverse this trend. Manon explains, Mauritius is a “forced heirship jurisdiction.” Parents must reserve a portion of their estate for their children according to rigid formulas which can leave parents in control of as little as one quarter of their estate. With only one percent of the population having wills, a majority of Mauritian families have no plan for the orderly disposal of their estate at death, a circumstance that encourages family conflict.......
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Building Fund Donations
Thanks to Our January Temple Builders in 16 Countries
SUMMARY:For the five months of September to January, our minimum monthly goal was $325,000. Excluding contributions directed toward special projects, we received actual contributions of $326,149.63.
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