Kauai's Hindu Monastery

June 2015

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bd.jpgMessage from Satguru

In May, Sannyasins Shanmuganathaswami, Siddhanathaswami and I traveled to a number of cities in the US and Canada. We began in Concord with a satsang for members and devotees in California. Next was a stop in Sacramento with our annual Northern California Aloha Luncheon for friends of Kauai’s Hindu Monastery. My keynote was “The Mysticism of Iraivan Temple.” It focuses on the nature of the Agamic temple, Gurudeva’s vision of Lord Siva and how Iraivan is a temple for serious pilgrims who wish to go deeply within themselves. Flying north, we held satsangs in Seattle, Washington, and Victoria, British Columbia. Traveling east, we visited the Neem Karoli Baba Ashram in Taos, New Mexico and its Hanuman temple, which is the beneficiary of an HHE fund. We continued on to Syracuse, New York, for satsang. My presentation, “Hinduism: A Multifaceted Religion,” focused on the need to understand and practice Hinduism in its fullness. Next to Montreal, Quebec, where we visited the Murugan temple. Our final stop was Chicago, where we had lunch with devotees and held a home satsang sharing the slides and impressions of our recent trip to Sri Lanka. General contributions for May totaled $46,069, which is less than our minimum monthly goal of $65,000. Special project contributions totaled an additional $2,008. We are grateful to our global family of temple builders for your continued and generous support. Aum Namasivaya!

Click here to see Satguru's extended travel schedule. Bookmark the link and return for updates.

Recent Happenings


Satguru chats with temple management and priests at the Thiru Murugan Temple in Montreal, while viewing the souvenir and preparations for the upcoming Chandi Homa, which lasted for several days.


Among the many collections of flowers at the monastery are the noble crinums, lilies that grace the path toward Iraivan. This is a rare variety, in full bloom in May.

ann1.jpgann2.jpgann3.jpgann4.jpg ann7.jpg recent1.jpg Top to bottom: Satguru and two swamis head off on a two-week journey across the US and Canada on May 14; our monthly pada puja to Gurudeva on Chitra Nakshatra; Lord Muruga gives forth blessings at the Vaikasi Vishakham puja in Kadavul Temple; the Pillay family welcome Satguru at their home in Victoria, BC, Canada; Bharathwaj Nandakumar family, plus Deepa Somasundaram family, from southern California, south India and Sydney, Australia, visit Iraivan; The Dr. S. Sivagnanavel family from London try their hand at chipping stones with hammer and chisel at Iraivan Temple.

Iraivan Temple Progress
Carving work on the perimeter wall continues at our carving site in Bengaluru. Here on Kauai, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami has written a new affirmation to be recited by the monks and by devotees who gather together to perform seva for Iraivan Temple. We have been continuing the renovation of the house where the silpi stone carvers will reside when they return from India in the future. Final remodeling of the kitchen has been completed and appliances set into place.

Traveling Swamis
In May we had two teams of monks traveling through the USA and Canada visiting students, devotees and Hindu organizations. In Sacramento, California, Satguru, Shanmuganathaswami and Siddhanathaswami hosted the annual Aloha Luncheon for friends of Kauai’s Hindu Monastery. They presented a video on the history of Iraivan Temple construction, followed by Satguru’s talk on the mysticism of Iraivan. Shanmuganthaswami showed a slideshow of Satguru’s January visit to Sri Lanka. This included an update on the activities of organizations which are receiving support from our Hindu Heritage Endowment. Another team, Arumuganathaswami and Sadhaka Jayanatha, also traveled to Sacramento in May to give a presentation at a meeting of the Instructional Quality Commission, an advisory body to the California State Board of Education. They also visited two universities that have recently established Hindu programs, the Graduate Theological University in Berkeley and the University of California at Irvine. At the GTU in Berkeley they met with Professor Rita Sherma who gave a thoughtful explanation of her historic work there. Her vision and the scope of her work are expanding with support from academic leaders. They realize how crucial it is for the credibility of a multi-religious university to support the programs of the world’s third largest faith. She is interested in our Agama translation initiative and is keen on incorporating our digitized palm leaf collection into her work. At UC-Irvine the traveling monks joined the celebration ceremony for the establishment of an endowed Chair in Vedic and Indic Civilizational Studies. This means that a Hindu scholar will be given a prominent position at the university as a credible resource for Hindu related information in the academic world.

Publications and Other Activities
The monks of the Ganapati Kulam publications team worked on the editing of Satguru’s 64 Character Qualities workbook. This is meant for serious aspirants and as a reference source for parents hoping to bring out the best in their children. Digital dharma activities included setting up a new company and servers to handle our growing website and development of our videos and video game. The Siddhidata Kulam monks continued to improve our agricultural land, clearing the fence line. They have imported over eighty grafted avocado and citrus trees and planted them on about three acres of land. The goal is to have fruit ripening in all seasons of the year. Thousands of Honduran Mahogany seeds were gifted to the monastery in May. In the future, the young trees that grow from these seeds will join the thousands that have already been planted at our Himalayan Acres property across the river from the monastery. These trees were inspected in May by a team from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NCRS), a government agency that is helping with a grant for the project. Also from Himalayan Acres, the first substantial harvest of organic noni fruit has been made into juice. Our monthly pada puja in memory and celebration of the life of our dear Gurudeva Sivaya Subramuniyaswami was held on the Chitra nakshatra, and a grand abhishekam was performed for Lord Murugan on Vaikasi Vishakham. A mandalapuja was sponsored at Chidambaram temple in South India on May 8 by a small group of devotees. They were inspired to call on Siva Nataraja to bless Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami with a long life and the energy to fulfill the mission that was given to him by Gurudeva; and .....[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 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:

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

Recent Talks:
Purify Subconscious, Let Go of Negative Attachments (May 6, 2015)

Uphold Behavior Twenty-Four Hours a Day (April 19, 2015) Bliss, Satchidananda and Samadhi (April 13, 2015) Activating Kundalini; Patanjali's Kriya Yoga (March 28, 2015)

Click here to see Bodhinatha's extended travel schedule. Bookmark the link and return for updates.

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

California Textbook Corrections: the Next Round

textbook1.jpgtextbook2.jpgTop to bottom: Team gathered in Sacramento before testimony at the Department of Education; meeting with Chinmaya Mission devotees in San Diego.

In early May, Acharya Arumuganathaswami and Sadhaka Jayanatha flew to California for a meeting of the Instructional Quality Commission of the California State Board of Education. The commission is considering a thorough revision to the history curriculum for the state’s schools. Of particular interest to us is the teaching of Indian history and Hinduism, which is presently focused almost entirely around “Aryan Invasion” and caste.


Why You Need to Understand Revocable Living Trusts


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.

“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% 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 possessions: 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.....[click here to read more]

For additional information contact Shanmuganathaswami at 808-822-3012, ext. 244 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 hheonline.org.


You Can Help Sponsor Iraivan Temple's Perimeter Wall


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.


❏ One pillar section: $15,000

❏ One panel section: $30,000

Donate here!

Building Fund Donations

Thanks to Our May Temple Builders in 17 Countries

SUMMARY: For the nine months of September to May 2015, our minimum monthly goal was $585,000. Excluding contributions directed toward special projects, we received actual contributions of $688,136.68.

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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