Kauai's Hindu Monastery

July 2014

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bd.pngMessage from Bodhinatha

In June Sannyasin Senthilnathaswami and I attended the 6-day consecration ceremonies for the newly built Hindu Temple of Greater Fort Worth. In my talk I stressed the importance of Hindu temples lies in the fact that they perpetuate Hindu culture and gave a number of practical examples, such as how in following temple protocols the children learn about showing respect and the sacredness of certain objects. One of the priests, Dr. Udaya Bhaskar Deekshit Parasaram of the Redmond, Washington, temple, gave excellent explanations of what was happening during the ceremony, emphasizing that before installation the statue was just an idol but afterwards it had been transformed into a sacred murti and could no longer be referred to as an idol or statue. At the Kauai monastery, the Murugan festival of Vaikasi Visakam was celebrated, during which sannyas diksha was given. Our new sannyasin’s name is Kaivalyanathaswami. General contributions for June totaled $39,260.45, which is less than 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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From the Home of Iraivan Temple

Recent Happenings


Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and his staff of swamis and sadhakas just days before departing on the 2014 Mauritius Innersearch Travel-Study Program with 52 participants


Lord Ganesha beautifully decorated on His chaturthi day, sends forth blessings after the 3am puja

ann1.jpgann2.jpgann3.jpgann4.jpgann5.jpgann6.jpgann7.jpgTop to bottom: Aditya Alurkar family brought for a visit

His Holiness Swami Madhav Tirthji

who has an ashram in Anand, Gujarat, called Omkar Sadhana Ashram; Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Senthilnathaswami participate in the consecration rites for the new temple in Fort Worth, Texas; organizers honor Bodhinatha after the elaborate 3-day event; a 6am homa ceremony in Kadavul Temple; the Kondapi family and friend from Arizona on pilgrimage; the exotic vinyl floor during installation by Durvasa Alahan and Acharya Kumarnathaswami; just one example of nature’s wonders in the sacred gardens this time of year.

Bodhinatha's Activities
Satguru continued his series of discourses on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras by elucidating on the restraint of mental activities in yoga practice. You can hear that talk on the Look/Listen pages of our website by clicking here. Bodhinatha and Senthilnathaswami traveled to Texas for a week at the beginning of June. In Austin, they toured the nearly completed Chinmaya Mission Sundaram Temple and Ashram, hosted by the center’s Acharya Brahmachari Girish Chaitanya. In Fort Worth, they were special guests at the opening ceremonies of the area’s new Hindu temple. On June 26 Bodhinatha and six monastics traveled to Mauritius for the 2014 Mauritius Innersearch Travel-Study Program. Shortly after arriving they held a “Meet the Publisher and Editors of Hinduism Today Magazine” event at the prestigious Hennessey Park Hotel attended by 350 subscribers and numerous Hindu and government leaders. The evening’s presentation ended with a screening of our 22-minute film “The History of Hindu India.” During the Q&A session afterwards, one inspired attendee declared, “Wow! I have to tell you this is the first time I have ever seen my religion presented in a way that touched me so deeply. Tonight I feel proud to be a Hindu.”

Iraivan Temple Progress
Two shipping containers have been loaded in India enroute to Kauai. One holds the five ton Avudaiyar, the pedestal that will hold the Maha Spatika Lingam, and the Pancha Brahma murthis that will be placed in the niches around the external walls of the sanctum of Iraivan Temple. The other contains the Yalli handrails for the front steps, granite statues of Gurudeva and Bodhinatha, as well as the Nandi and miscellaneous stones of the Nandi Mandapam. The containers should reach Kauai in about two months.

Our New Swami
After over 45 years of exemplary selfless service, and after having been a yogi tapasvin for the last six years, Yogi Jothinatha was initiated into sannyas by Bodhinatha as Kaivalyanathaswami in an early morning ceremony. The auspicious day finished with a powerful Vaikasi Visakam Muruga abhishekam and puja in the evening.

Publications and Other Activities
The July/August/September issue of Hinduism Today has been uploaded to our website. The online version contains a stunning slideshow from our special feature on Rishikesh. The Siddhidatta Kulam enlarged our Annapurna vegetable garden in June, adding 12 more raised beds with concrete perimeters. The Media Studio renovation project moved forward with the completion of the custom printed vinyl floor. Our many thanks to Durvasa Alahan for his expert help with the installation. The Aditya Alurkar family, from California, brought His Holiness Swami Madhav Tirthji to the monastery for a short visit to meet Bodhinatha. Swami is head of the Omkar Sadhana Ashram in Anand, Gujarat. The History of Hindu India (Part One) video was finished in June. It is based on our book, The History of Hindu India. The book was so well received that the Uberoi Foundation provided a grant to fund a video edition. Dr. Bajpai, Professor Emeritus of History at California State University Northridge, was instrumental in guiding the content development with Arumuganathaswami. Video producer Sushma Khadepaun manifested infinite patience and long hours, both in the USA and in India, to complete the project. Raj Narayan collaborated to narrate and produce the superb audio track. This video (like the book) is intended to provide an authentic presentation of the history of India and Hinduism for use in American 6th grade social studies classes, as well as Hindu temple study groups and general presentations of Hindu religion and history. It can be freely distributed for educational purposes. See it now on the Hinduism Today video channel of YouTube here.


Initiated into sannyas on June 10 by Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, this is our new swami, Sannyasin Kaivalyanatha Arulen


Visiting from San Franciso, Meyyappan and Devi, with daughter Parvati, son Arvind, and Meyyappan’s father, Ramanathan, from South India.

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

Patanjali: Practice to Achieve Samadhi (June 21, 2014)

Patanjali's Yoga Sutras - False Knowledge (June 15, 2014)

Separating Awareness From What it Perceives (June 5, 2014)

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Creative Fund-Raising Seva!


Each year the Katir family in California creates hundreds of clay Ganeshas for Ganesha Visarjana, with proceeds going to Iraivan temple. They started this in 2005, taking over and expanding upon the work of Satya Palani who for 20 years made clay Ganeshas for the local Church members.

The molds are made from bronze Deities and cast with biodegradable clay in two sizes. It is a slow process, taking two months to make 450 of the small statues. The large ones sell for $10 the small ones are $5. The family organizes creative and fun painting parties for local Hindu children, which are always a big hit. The unpainted Ganeshas are also sold online here, in bulk to temples and through direct personal orders.

Durable Power of Attorney: When You Do
Need to Give Others Control of Your Property


Are you out of your mind?” So thought Aditya—a well-traveled engineer in his forties with an international client base—when his attorney first suggested he name someone to control his bank accounts, make his mortgage payments and complete and sign his taxes.

Too polite to speak his misgivings, Aditya revealed them in his face. “No, no. I’m not asking you to give away the store,” the attorney assured with a smile. “These powers would spring to life only when you need them.”

“For example?”

“Let’s say you had a serious accident on one of your trips.....[Click to read the full story]


Donor Listing

You Can Sponsor Iraivan's Entry Steps and Elephants



The entry to Iraivan will be imposing, leading the pilgrim up to the Nandi Mandapam. The eight 30-foot-wide steps comprised of 64 individual stones are flanked on each side by the ornate yalli handrails—though “handrail” doesn’t adequately describe these massive carvings. Walking up to the landing at the base of these steps will be three stone elephants, one hoisting a globe of the world above its head—signifying “Iraivan, where the world comes to pray.”


❏ __ stone(s) of the entry steps @ $2,500 each: ______

(can sponsor a partial stone, e.g., 1/2 for $1,250)

❏ Elephant with globe: $55,000

Donate here!

Donor Listing

Building Fund Donations

Thanks to Our June Temple Builders in 14 Countries

SUMMARY: For the ten months of September to June, our minimum monthly goal equals $650,000. Excluding contributions directed toward special projects, we received actual contributions of $671,740.70.

Your support is deeply appreciated!

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