Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Shanmuganathaswami meet with Justice C.V. Wigneswaran, Chief Minister of the Northern Province, at the Kopay Kottam in Sri Lanka.
Hardy water lilies greet the tropical sun at the monastery.
Top to bottom: Blessings flood forth at the Maha-Ardhra homa-abhishekam in Kadavul Temple; Yogaswami devotees pay obeisance to Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami at a special event in Colombo, Sri Lanka; Aran and Tara Veylan and extended family from Canada have a personal moment with Bodhinatha in the Guru Pitham; our Mauritian taskforcer, Sivarathna Manick, enjoys prasadam on Thai Pongal day; Vel Mahalingam offering a flower to the granite murti of Yogaswami; Nagarajan and Shamini Pillay and their children (along with Aarti Visswanathan) join the Ganapati Kulum during a
Iraivan Temple Progress
Carving work on the steps and perimeter wall for the temple is progressing smoothly at our work site in Bengaluru. The sculpting team is making good progress on a majestic base for the Hanuman statue that will stand in the living temple gardens surrounding Iraivan Temple. Hanuman will stand 18 feet tall (5.5 meters) when He is eventually installed. Here on Kauai, preparations were made for Martin Mosko's return from Colorado to begin the next phase of temple landscaping. Yoginathaswami has mapped the site on his PC using the Carlson Survey program with IntelliCad in order to provide
accurate measurements for Martin's work.
Forty-three years since his sannyas initiation in Jaffna, and 32 years since his last visit, Bodhinatha finally had the opportunity to return to Sri Lanka. On January 21 he departed from Kauai with Shanmuganathaswami. Their mission: to visit the places receiving grants from our Hindu Heritage Endowment, holy places associated with our guru lineage and to transfer the management of our Alaveddy Ashram properties, including the little Pasupathiswarar Temple, from me to a new trustee, Dr. Aru Thirumurugan, a recent visitor to the Aadheenam who is perfectly positioned to ensure that the
spiritual mission of Gurudeva's ashram land is preserved. On his arrival in Colombo, Bodhinatha was lovingly received at a function at the Saraswathi Hall organized jointly by the All Ceylon Hindu Congress and Manitha Neyam Trust. An estimated 300 VIPs were in attendance. On the long drive across the island toward Jaffna, Bodhinatha stopped in Batticaloa to visit the Yogaswami Girls Home, the Tirunavukkarasu Nayanar Gurukulam boys orphanage and the local Sivathondan Niliyam. The driver stopped their van along the route to allow Bodhinatha to give "curbside blessings" with holy
ash to groups who had gathered by the roadside in hopes of catching a glimpse of Bodhinatha as he passed by. While in Jaffna, Bodhinatha had a breakfast meeting and enlightened conversation with the Chief Minister for the Northern Province of Sri Lanka, Hon. C. V. Wigneswaran. Our thanks to Rishi Thondunatha and Sivalosani Kanagaratnam for hosting Bodhinatha during this time. Here on Kauai, San Francisco-based Hindu astrologer Sam Sadasiva Geppi interviewed Bodhinatha about the monastery and his perspectives on astrology and timing of events. (See the interview at the Sam Geppi channel of
YouTube for more details.) Also in January, Bodhinatha treated his initiated island devotees to lunch at a local restaurant to show his appreciation for the work they do fund-raising for Iraivan Temple through the sale of rudraksha beads, working at the visitor center, greeting guests, answering visitor's questions and guiding the weekly tours.
Left: Iraivan Temple's 13-foot-tall Hanuman will stand on a massive granite base, measuring four by six by eight feet and weighing 32,000 pounds. Our team in India is working on it every day now. The smaller image shows Selvanathan Sthapati's drawing of the completed stone.
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. br />br />Bodhinatha's latest talks are also
on line. Thanks to a vibrant team of transcribers we can also read the transcription. here. Read the transcriptions on line. Click here for our Satgurus' Upadeshas page. Click on the current year to see all the talks.
Bodhinatha's Travel Schedule
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)
On Location: History of Hindu India Film Adventure
Top to bottom: Quadcopter aerial shot of Kailasanatha temple; narrator Raj Narayan at left, videographer Sushma Parmar at right and a member of the crew; Raj readies for his next scene; piloting the quadcopter.
Our efforts to provide authentic history resources on Hinduism and India are bearing fruit. In January, videographer Sushma Parmar, narrator Raj Narayan and their crew spent nearly two weeks filming in Maharashtra and Gujarat for the second and third parts of The History of Hindu India movie series (part one just passed a quarter million views on YouTube as of February 9). In late 2014, the Kauai team worked closely
with Dr. Shiva Bajpai to develop scripts for parts two and three, each to run about 20 minutes. When the script was ready, Dr. Bajpai arranged through Dr. B.B. Lal, former head of the Archeological Survey of India, to get official permission for Sushma to film at Ellora, site of the famed 8th century Kailashanatha Temple. This huge temple is unique in having been carved out of a solid granite cliff, from the top down which is hard to even visualize, let alone accomplish. It was not built by joining carved stones together, but by cutting away all the unwanted space—an astounding feat in
any era! We even received permission to use a quadcopter to capture the amazing photo shown above and aerial footage for the movie.
In addition to Ellora, the team filmed street scenes in Surat, Mumbai, Pune and in the countryside to illustrate various parts of the two documentaries. Part two covers from 300ce to 1000ce, India's golden age in government, science, arts and religion. Part three covers from 1000 to 1800, an age of determined survival in the face of conquest and foreign domination. Both parts are in production now and should be
finished by this summer or early fall.
Hindu Heritage Endowment
Canadian law dictates a will for those who have not left one.
Canadian residents, which now include almost 400,000 Hindus, should know about the will their Province has written for them if they die "intestate"—that is, without a will. In these circumstances, "the surviving married spouse is often surprised by the way the estate is divided," says Suzana Popovic-Montag, a partner at Hull and Hull LLP, a Toronto law firm specializing in estate, trust and capacity litigation....Rather than a simple transfer of ownership to the bereaved spouse, Ontario law gives the survivor the first $200,000 of the estate—the
"preferential share." ... In Canada, the death of an owner triggers a tax on capital gains on assets that are owed by a deceased. This tax can be a significant liability of the estate... [read more] For an on-line list of Canadian
attorneys and law firms specializing in estate planning, go to CanadianLawList.com.
To request a printed copy or a pdf file of the estate planning toolkit, contact Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami at 808-822-3012 extension 0 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.For more information visit HHEonline.org.
Building Fund Donations
Thanks to Our January Temple Builders in 14 Countries
SUMMARY: For the five months of September to January, our minimum monthly goal was $325,000. Excluding contributions directed toward special projects, we received actual contributions of $379,050.25.
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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
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