Kauai's Hindu Monastery

April 2016

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This year, 2016, was unusual in that three annual festivals fell in the month of March. The first was Mahasivaratri, celebrated on the night of March 6. It is one of the two festivals of the year when all the monks worship as a group in Kadavul Temple. This year the inner vibration was stronger than usual. My talk made a comparison between Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and Gurudeva’s teachings in his first book, written in 1950, Cognizantability. Patanjali begins by stating, “Yoga is the restraint of mental activities.” Gurudeva starts Cognizantability with “See for yourself how easy it is for you to control your mind and fathom your problems from the innermost recesses of your being.” Sounds identical to me! In the early morning of March 10, the anniversary of Gurudeva’s powerful, three-fold vision of Lord Siva, a puja was conducted at the swayambhu lingam attended by monks and devotees, followed by a deep meditation. On March 19, the annual Yogaswami Mahasamadhi puja was held in the Guru Pitham at the Yogaswami shrine. The later part of the month had a significant increase in the number of pilgrims due to schools in the USA having their spring break. General contributions for March totaled $62,996, which is less than our minimum monthly goal of $65,000. Special project contributions totaled an additional $12,210. We are grateful to our global family of temple builders for your continued and generous support. Aum Namasivaya!

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Iraivan Temple, with its golden towers, sits amid the tropical forest under a blue sky with a rainbow on the left in front of Mount Wailaeale


Yogaswami’s annual Mahasamadhi was joyously celebrated in March as the Sage of Sri Lanka was honored and remembered

ann1.jpg ann2.jpg ann3.JPG Top to bottom: Pilgrims join to worship with Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami during Mahasivaratri; the crystal Sivalingam is bathed in sandalwood paste during Sivaratri abhishekam; Swami Nalinanand Ji Maharaj from Patiala, Punjab joins Satguru Bodhinatha for a photo;

Iraivan Temple Progress
Swift progress is being made on Iraivan Temple’s 148-meter-long perimeter wall at the carving site in Bengaluru. Also in India, a golden crown for Iraivan Temple’s crystal Sivalingam was crafted by the jeweler who works for Kailash Ashram.

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami's Activities
After each weekly morning homa, Satguru gave some wonderful talks. We share these gems of wisdom on our website here: bit.ly/BODHI. There’s a great one from March 17 about moksha’s three requirements: performing dharma well, resolving karma and fully realizing God.

Publications and Other Activities
In March the Ganapati Kulam, the publications group of monks, received word from India that the long-awaited Tamil language version of Dancing with Siva has been printed by Gandhi Kannadasan in Chennai. This has been our ambition since the 1,008-page edition of this masterpiece was completed by Gurudeva on Kauai twenty-four years ago. The Indian edition, which is in black and white, will soon be available for Tamil-speaking readers around the world. The Ganapati Kulam also began laying out the next edition of Hinduism Today magazine. It will include a 16-page Insight feature on the mystic poet Kabir and the latest in the series describing India’s major sacred pilgrimage sites.... [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:

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

Recent Talks:
Your Self-Concept; You Are a Divine Soul - April 15, 2016
Moksha and the Two Paths - March 17, 2016
Maha Sivaratri 2016: The Meaning of Yoga
Choose to Live Above Problems - March 3, 2016

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Iraivan’s Pillar Art: Life’s Four Stages and Four Goals

pillar1.jpg pillar2.jpg pillar3.jpg Top to bottom: Of duty and goals: (top) life’s four stages: a student, married person, advisor and solitaire; life’s four goals: dharma: virtue, artha: wealth

Each outside pillar of Iraivan Temple has up to ten bas relief carvings, two at the base, four half way up and four at the top. The top group is primarily sacred symbols and plants of India and Kauai. The middle panels are predominantly themes from Saivite philosophy, metaphysics, yoga and culture. Many are organized in sets of four: four Vedas, four padas, four kinds of karma, four states of mind, etc. The bottom panels show 24 forms of Siva and 12 of Gurudeva’s mystical meditations in the Shum language. The handrail takes the space of two of the bottom panels, so there are 10 pieces of art on each pillar, not 12. We have created a small booklet mapping the art on each pillar which you can request when visiting Iraivan Temple....[more]


Building Fund Donations

Thanks to Our March, 2016 Temple Builders in 18 Countries

Six-Month Summary: For the six months of September to March, our minimum monthly goal was $455,000. Excluding contributions directed toward special projects, we received actual contributions of $521,017.62.

Your support is deeply appreciated!

Donate To Iraivan, Become a Temple Builder Today!

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Personal checks in certain currencies can be accepted by our bank (Euros, Pounds, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand dollars.)

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.


❏ One pillar section: $15,000

❏ One panel section: $30,000

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The Power of Bequests: Making a
Difference with the Stroke of a Pen

Left: Devotees beseech the blessings of Lord Siva to help draft bequests to benefit their families and their favorite charity, in this case the Iraivan Temple endowment in Hawaii

The July 2007 issue of this newsletter reported the almost $2 million bequest of the late Dr. Devananda Tandavan to Kauai’s Iraivan Temple. “A gift like that is one of the reasons bequests have been the fastest growing source of charitable revenue in the United States over the past 40 years,” said Phil Murphy, HHE’s former planned giving specialist.

He added that those of lesser means than Dr. Tandavan can use the same charitable tool to make a commitment to a larger gift than they thought possible and in a way that does not affect their current finances.

“Bequests are powerful tools that make a big difference to good causes,” Murphy points out. “Yet they keep the donor in complete control of his or her resources during life. That’s why they’re the most popular way of making an estate gift to charity.” He cited a report by the Sharpe Group that said bequests accounted for $22.91 billion in gifts to U.S. charities in 2006 alone....[more]

Contact Shanmuganathaswami at 808-822-3012 ext. 6 or visit hheonline.org. For an estate planning toolkit visit hheonline.org/tool-kit.shtml.

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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