Kauai's Hindu Monastery

January 2015

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Kauai's Hindu Monastery
January 2015 Newsletter

bd.jpgMessage from Bodhinatha

December is historically the month our monastery has the most visitors. It seemed this year we hosted the most visitors ever. Perhaps the cold weather throughout North America prompted more to fly to Hawaii to enjoy the warmth and sunshine! This is the first year we were able to utilize our renovated Media Studio to host those interested in Hinduism Today and our printed and digital publication initiatives. Being at the monastery for the entire month, I was able to meet and share our teachings with many of these families and pilgrims, some of whom chose this time to perform sadhana at the San Marga Sanctuary and at Kadavul Temple. The festival of Pancha Ganapati was celebrated with great verve, as our elaborate Ganesha shrine received daily offerings and arati for the five days. Gurudeva encouraged devotees to utilize these five days to make amends to family members for past misdeeds, insults, mental pain and injuries caused and suffered. General contributions for December totaled $113,871, which exceeds our minimum monthly goal of $65,000. Special project contributions totaled an additional $208. We are grateful to our global family of temple builders for your continued and generous support. Aum Namasivaya!

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Recent Happenings

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Pre-dawn homa in Kadavul Temple begins a cold December day


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Offering light to Light, the monks pass the flame before the majestic Sphatika Sivalingam



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Top to bottom: Bodhinatha meets with the Pillay family from Canada, Nagarajan, Shamini, Archana, Divyesh and Dishana; Sadhaka Dayanatha lights the temple lamp on Krittika Deepam; Arumuganathaswami testifies before the California Board of Education committee on the subject of Hinduism in school textbooks; Swami Aksharananda of Guyana visits the Ganapati Kulam; Nirvani Tejadevanatha proudly shows the morning harvest brought to the kitchen; Rajkumar and Ananda Manickam join Tejasinha and Hridaya Sivalingam to meet Paramacharya; the “entry cave” to the new Media Studio, now complete.

Iraivan Temple Progress
Carving of the steps and 485-foot-long perimeter wall for the temple is progressing smoothly at our carving site in Bengaluru. A story of a miracle involving the creation of the five-metal Avudaiyar base for the crystal Sivalingam that was made in Swamimalai, South India, came to us from the great artisan Kubera Sthapati. He and his wife had remained childless, to their great dismay. But as soon as he began to work on the massive base, his wife, who was 48 years old at the time, became pregnant. The avudaiyar took nine months to design, cast, carve and finish. On the day it left his workshop for Kauai, his wife delivered a baby boy. Sthapati regards this as a great blessing and said his life was forever changed in that moment. Thanks to everyone who helped this year, through your generous donations to bring Iraivan Temple closer to completion. We pray that many blessings, perhaps as miraculous as what transpired for Sthapati and his wife, come to you during 2015.

Swamis' Travels
In December Acharya Arumuganaswami and Sadhaka Jayanatha spent nine days in California on a mission to improve the treatment of Hinduism in the California public school system, specifically in 6th grade textbooks. In Los Angeles they met with Dr. Shiva Bajpai, our collaborator on The History of Hindu India, and Ross Dunn, a key academic working with the California State Department of Education. At the Sacramento hearing, the testimony of the children was deeply compelling as they told their personal stories of humiliation and insult from their peers as a result of the way Hinduism is now being taught. The full story is on page 4.

Year-End Visitors
The final weeks of December brought many visitors to our monastery taking advantage of the year-end school holidays. Among them were Swami Aksharananda, Hindu scholar and Principal of the Saraswati Vidya Niketan (SVN) of Cornelia Ida, Guyana; Swami Paramatmananda from Toronto’s Canada Yoga Vedanta Organization; and Dr. Aru Thirumurugan, a well-known Hindu leader in Sri Lanka and the President of the Sri Dhurgai Amman Temple and the Sivapoomi Trust.

Publications and Other Activities
The annual two-month Digital Dharma Drive kicked off on December 1st to raise $70,000 to maintain and update our website and to finish renovation of the media studio office of Himalayan Academy Publications. The results are promising. Our website was improved in December with the addition of a massive collection of Aum artworks. Also added was a fine selection of Hindu art by A. Manivelu and educational material from Hinduism Today magazine that can be downloaded in several e-formats including ePub, PDF and Mobi. The 2015-2016 Panchangams for 125 cities in the US and 160 cities around the planet are now available for free at minimela.com. These are in both PDF and iCalendar formats.

In December we received a copy of the improved translation of Gurudeva’s Dancing with Siva newly printed in Russia. A book release presentation event was held at the Press Center of the Central House of Journalists in Moscow, led by Brahmachari Dinanatha. Another talented team has been working for several years to put Gurudeva’s legacy into the Gujarati language, scribing it all by hand. We received news they have finished Dancing with Siva so we can now proceed with getting their manuscript into digital form, with a goal to print it in Gujarat.... [more]

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:

How Is All Karma Finally Resolved If We Make Karma in Each Life? (January 14, 2015)

Harnessing Reaction; Live in the Box of Dharma (January 7, 2015)

Click here for a complete index of both Bodhinatha's and Gurudeva's talks on line

Bodhinatha's Travel Schedule

Follow our daily activities at Today at Kauai's Hindu Monastery (blog)



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Teaching Hinduism in Public Schools: An Update

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Fighting for Hinduism: Hindu parents and children from Chinmaya Mission gather with Acharya before the offices of the California Department of Education after testifying before the Instructional Quality Commission, December 19, 2014.

Acharya Arumuganathaswami and Sadhaka Jayanatha spent more than a week in California talking with Hindu parents and then attending the meeting of the Instructional Quality Commission of the State Board of Education. At http://www.himalayanacademy.com/readlearn/hindu-history, you can download the list of “edits” that was submitted for the proposed revision of the Framework for 6th grade teaching of ancient India and Hinduism in US schools. Read the full story of the California initiative in the on-line newsletter....[more]


Estate Planning as Encouraged in the US, Mauritius and Malaysia Does Not Always Please Survivors

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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.

Malaysians face a similar problem, as Radha Menon—an administrator of Malaysia’s Employee Provident Fund—and estate planning attorney S.P. Pasupathy pointed out to some 75 Hindus gathered at a 2009 HHE seminar in Shah Alam. Malaysian law provides formulas for distributions of estate when people die without a will. Only about ten percent of Malaysians bother to write one, trusting the state to take care of the distribution....[more]

To request a printed copy or a pdf file of the estate planning toolkit, contact Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami at 808-217-9374 extension 6 or e-mail hhe@hindu.org. Donate to the endowment funds at HHEonline.org.


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You Can Help Sponsor Iraivan Temple's Perimeter Wall

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Sponsor the Perimeter Wall

The second prakaram wall is 3.5 feet tall, two feet thick and 475 feet long. It comprises 45 short pillars (the section with the pot on top) and 44 panels (the long section between the pillars). Each pillar and panel pair require 544 man-days to carve, even with the massive granite slabs being sawn to size by machine. Each panel will be inscribed (inside the ornate border shown in the photo at right) with verses from scripture and the philosophy and history of the temple.

Sponsorship

❏ One pillar section: $15,000

❏ One panel section: $30,000

Donate here!


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Building Fund Donations


Thanks to Our December Temple Builders in 16 Countries

SUMMARY: For the four months of September to December, our minimum goal is $260,000. Excluding contributions directed toward special projects we received actual contributions of $331,016.94.

Your support is deeply appreciated!



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Pilgrimage to Iraivan

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 21 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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