Kauai's Hindu Monastery

October News

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bd.png Message from Bodhinatha

At the beginning of August, Shanmuganathaswami and I traveled to Maryland for the annual Ilankai Nallur and Kathirkamam Kanthan Festival at the Murugan Temple in Lanham. I spoke on "Our Three Kinds of Temples." The next day we held a gathering for children and parents and an evening satsang. Over the next few days satsangs were held in Raleigh, NC; Minneapolis, MN; St. Louis, MO, where we attended the ground breaking for an educational building at the new temple. Next we flew to Bengaluru to visit the Iraivan Temple carving site. After seeing a few members, devotees and students, we spent four days at Kailash Ashram participating in ceremonies for the recently dedicated Rajagopuram. Returning to the Aadheenam in late August, we enjoyed a number of darshan sessions with visiting families and our special monthly Ardra abhishekam to Nataraja. General contributions for August and September totaled $111,050, which falls short of our minimum two-month goal of $130,000. Special project contributions totaled an additional $416. We are grateful to our global family of temple builders for your continued and generous support. Aum Namasivaya!

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Bodhinatha receives gifts from Nirmalanandanathaswami, head of Sri Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana Math


Gurudeva's murti glows following the monthly pada puja in Kadavul Temple

ann1.png ann2.jpg ann3.jpg ann4.jpg Top to bottom: Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami worship alongside Jayendrapuriswami at Kailash Ashrama in Bengaluru; Sadasivanathaswami and Senthilnathaswami with 20,000 BAPS devotees in New Jersey; part of the Nandi Mandapam is lifted into a container bound for Kauai; pouring molten metal at the Colorado foundry

Bodhinatha's Activities
Bodhinatha has been wanting to embrace online satsangs for quite some time as a way to be in touch with his far-flung community of devotees more frequently. He conducted his first webinar on September 27, using the Vidyo HD video conferencing platform. The subject was the microcosm, the inner part of man. This experiment was a grand success, with participants in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and India. Bodhinatha spent many early morning hours developing future talks and webinars on Patanjali's Yoga Sutras.

Iraivan Temple Progress
The carving work on the perimeter wall of the temple continues in Bengaluru. Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami visited the carving site in August to review the progress. Here on Kauai, work on the massive landscaping around the temple continued with a bit more site preparation, removing an earthen berm. The house where the stone carvers live while they are on Kauai is getting an upgrade. Beginning in mid September, Aditya Vinadhara and Bob Stokes, an associate from Salt Lake City, installed new drywall, painted the walls and ceilings and purchased new light fixtures, kitchen appliances and counters. In another month, an entirely new kitchen will be ready for the silpis when they return from India. The monastery experienced a rare heart-stopping event when the ship carrying two containers of stone from India to Kauai ran aground on a reef near the harbor entrance in Saipan, an island near Guam, midway through its voyage, on September 9th. The cost of bringing another ship from Hong Kong to carry the freight to Hawaii was borne by everyone who had a shipment on board. Our share, unfortunately, set back the project $47,000. But the good news is that this exceptionally precious cargo has reached Hawaii safely.

Swamis' Travels
Arumuganathaswami and Sadhaka Jayanatha traveled to Boulder, Colorado, to participate in the Uberoi Foundation conference at Naropa University. The annual academic gathering is a time for experts from the four dharmic faiths—Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism—to come together and share ideas. The Foundation and its principals have been consistently supportive of our work in the field of Hindu education. In particular they provided a grant which made possible the making of the 23-minute video, "The History of Hindu India" and its sequel, which is currently in the scripting stage. The Uberoi experts gave presentations on the progress of various foundation-funded projects.

Sadasivanathaswami and Senthilnathaswami traveled twice from Hawaii to the mainland USA during August and September. The first journey was to participate in the grand opening of America's largest Hindu religious center, the 167-acre BAPS Swaminarayan campus in Robbinsville, New Jersey. They attended the mahayagna, participated in the prana pratishtha abhishekam of the Deities in the new temple and had darshan of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the leader of this globally effective organization. While there, our swamis discussed trends in Hinduism, projects in which we can collaborate and interviewed some of the most senior BAPS swamis for an article in Hinduism Today. The swamis also traveled to Orlando, Florida, for the ninth annual Hindu Mandir Executives' Conference, a gathering of the managers, owners and priests of temples in North America and the Caribbean.

Publications and Other Activities
Our website is getting some attention. New Educational Insight pamphlets, valuable resources for parents and teachers, can now be downloaded. Sample titles are "Who Is a Hindu?," "Yoga," "Approaching God," "Aging Gracefully" and "Modern Matchmaking." See them by clicking here. Two vintage talks, true gems from Gurudeva, circa 1962, can now be heard: "Protect Your Mind by Turning Within" and "The Art of Giving; Doing Nothing; True Perception and Talking Things Over.".

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.

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How a Marital Bypass Trust May Save Thousands in Taxes


Dhaval and Radha's attorney warned them to protect their $5 million estate with a marital bypass trust.

"What's a marital bypass trust?" Radha asked during their first visit to his office.

"It's the same as a credit shelter trust or an A-B Trust."

"Yes, but what is it and what does it do?"

"Look at Dhaval," the attorney said gesturing toward her husband.  "Imagine him carrying a sack marked '$2 million' over his shoulder.  Dhaval dies.  Not only he passes from this life, but so does that $2 million, unless you have a marital bypass trust."

"But I thought on the death of the first spouse the surviving spouse got everything," Dhaval said. "That's true," the attorney answered....[click for the full story]

For information on establishing a fund at the Hindu Heritage Endowment, contact Shanmuganathaswami at 808-822-3012 x 244 or email hhe@hindu.org


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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Building Fund Donations

Thanks to Our August-September Temple Builders in 16 Countries

12 MONTH SUMMARY: For the twelve months of September 2013 to August 2014, our minimum monthly building fund goal was $780,000. Excluding contributions directed toward special project expenses, we received $772,543.76.

THIS MONTH'S SUMMARY: For September 2014, our minimum monthly building fund goal was $65,000. Excluding contributions directed toward special project expenses, we received $54,800.

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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