Kauai's Hindu Monastery

August 2015

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Bodhinatha.jpgMessage from Satguru

Full moon time in the month of July is the day of the Satguru Purnima festival. It begins at 6am with the traditional chariot parade up the San Marga path to the svayambhu lingam. Then there is a pada puja to me accompanied by homa and Sri Rudram chanting. This year the monks and attending devotees chanted my names in a different way—first in English by Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami and then in Sanskrit by all present. The swaymbhu lingam is the place God Siva was sitting in Gurudeva’s 1975 vision of Him. It is always uplifting to have a ceremony at this sacred site as the connection to the inner worlds is quite strong there, particularly at sunrise and sunset. The nearby Path of the Saiva Satgurus has seen a major upgrade this year in having the granite murtis of the eight satgurus put in their permanent location around the ponds and streams. Four have been installed on their granite bases, and the remaining four will be installed when their bases arrive from India in 2016. In July we had a steady stream of visitors, many visiting for the first time, having heard about the monastery and temple from friends. General contributions for July totalled $43,366.80, which is less than our minimum monthly goal of $65,000. Special project contributions totalled an additional $200. 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

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Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, surrounded by his disciples, receives pada puja as Kauai Aadheenam celebrates Satguru Purnima 2015


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Devotees were recently inspired to have new cushions, pillows, bolsters and drapes made in India and shipped to Kauai to bring new light and beauty to the Satguru’s formal seat, called the Simhasanam or Lion’s Throne



ann1.jpgann2.jpgann3.jpgann4.jpgann5.jpgTop to bottom: Saravananathaswami conducts a July homa in Kadavul Temple; Satguru holds a class on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras with the youngest monks; the Vasanthan family visits from the mainland; the Pillay family on pilgrimage from Canada; the fifth grand silpi bronze produced by Holly Young arrives on Kauai and is placed in the Banyan Mandapam; thousands of thriving Honduran mahogany seedlings in the tree nursery, soon to be planted in our fields across the river; thanks to donors, a new CAT mini-excavator arrives and is ready for decades of landscaping.

Iraivan Temple Progress
At the carving site in Bengaluru, in India’s Karnataka state, work continues on the temple’s perimeter wall and the large red granite pots that decorate the top of the wall. The next container load of stone will probably be shipped in December. Here on Kauai, our heavy equipment team continues the landscaping work on the east side of the new temple, moving and placing large boulders with bulldozer and excavator. Thanks to an anonymous donor’s generosity, a new 25-horsepower mini-excavator was obtained to allow the monks to prepare the area for planting palms and trees, building waterfalls and other landscaping tasks. It has been given the name Rajendra, after the South Indian Chola king known for building temple gardens. The latest bronze statue for the silpi memorial arrived and was uncrated and delivered for display in the Banyan Mandapam. It shows two silpis on a stone, one doing rough cutting, the other fine finishing of the surface. Artist Holly Young has once again succeeded in creating an incredibly beautiful and accurate-to-life masterpiece. She is now working on the next, which illustrates how two silpis move a stone weighing several tons, using only iron bars.

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami's Activities
In July, Natyam Nandinatha, Rajanatha and Mayuranatha and Sadhaka Jayanatha and Dayanatha attended a two-hour class with Satguru on the topic of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. This is the second class that Satguru has given to the younger monks. The session centered around Prakriti—a state of awareness when the object of one’s awareness, the act of being aware and awareness itself, coalesce into a oneness of pure being. During the weekly homa ceremonies, Satguru gave inspired talks on how to make spiritual progress. (Listen here.) On July’s full moon day the monks and local devotees celebrated Guru Purnima with an early morning pada puja to our satguru. As the monks began chanting Sri Rudram, Satguru entered into deep meditation for the duration of the puja....[more]


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Top to bottom: The Wailua Mission has a monthly rudraksha mala-making gathering, joined by Adiyan Sendan; Jayendra Mardemooto and Divyesh Pillay serve in the Siddhidata Kulam, bringing in the day’s harvest with Nirvani Tejadevanatha

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:
Challenges Bring Progress - July 25, 2015
Stay in the Now, Create Your Future - July 17, 2015
Sadhana: Establish Daily Practice - July 10, 2015
Keys and Benefits of Meditation - July 4, 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)


Ten Stories Dealing with the Real Problems of Teen Life


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It’s tough being a Hindu teen in the 21st century, whether you live in the East or West. There are too many examples of what you should not do and too few examples of what you should do. Our just-published Life Skills for Hindu Teens is practical advice based on Hindu philosophy and practice for today’s teens to cope with life’s challenges. You can buy it here, or download the ePub here.

Gurudeva, Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, believed in providing the tools people of all ages need to face life’s challenges. “Give a man rice,” he would say, “and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow rice and you feed him for a lifetime.” Many of our readers are familiar with the small book, Gurudeva’s Toolbox for a Spiritual Life, published in 2005 for his Mahasamadhi observances. In it, we assembled his practical solutions for real-life adult problems, such as worry, anger, suicide and trouble with the mother-in-law. This second book of the Hindu Youth Series is created with the same aim, but for coping with the travails of teenage life.

Our team of editors, writers, artists and reviewers created ten stories illustrating ten methods from Hindu tradition to control the mind and handle the emotions, to face difficult situations with wisdom and determination, and to tap into the depths of one’s innate spiritual qualities and powers. Set in modern-day US, India and Canada, the tales are intended for youths of age 14 and up—a period when more grown-up challenges come to us, sometimes so large we wonder if we can handle them.

Each story illustrates one life-management method. For example, in Chapter One, Ramya learns how to handle the emotions of being rejected when she is pushed out of a school clique. The method she learns involves writing down disturbing, hurtful, angry thoughts and then burning the paper in a fire—a way to drain the emotions from an experience that Gurudeva called vasana daha tantra....[more]

Iraivan Temple’s Clay Ganesha Fundraiser


September 16th is the date for Ganesha Chaturthi (in the USA) this year. For the tenth year in a row eco-friendly clay Ganeshas have been made as a seva by a temple devotee and are being offered as a fundraiser for Iraivan Temple. They are completely biodegradable for Visarjana worship and immersion. Sold, for $5 and $10, individually or in batches of 24 and shipped to you by USPS. Perfect for the temple Bal Vihar or a pre-Ganesh Chaturthi backyard picnic painting party. See ganeshaforvisarjana.com for more information.


Hindu Heritage Endowment

Can He Give Away His Home and Keep It, Too?

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Harjeet, 72, a retired software engineer, enjoyed a successful career in the Bay Area’s Silicon Valley. He now lives in a home large enough to welcome family and friends for long and short visits, renewing friendships and strengthening family ties. However, the income he receives from his retirement plan and investments has kept him in a higher than expected tax bracket. His accountant, Bill, knows that Harjeet is generous to Hindu causes. He suggests that his client consider a life estate agreement with the Hindu Heritage Endowment (HHE). “What is a life estate agreement?” Harjeet asks skeptically.

“It’s a way for you to give away your home and keep it, too,” Bill quips.

Harjeet shifts uncomfortably in his chair. “My home is the center of my social life. It’s the place where I welcome and look after family and friends.....[more]

hhe@hindu.org for your confidential charitable deduction tax calculation. Your property tax bill will show the proportion attributed to land and improvements, which is needed for the calculation. Mortgaged property calculations are based on the fair market value of the property at time of transfer less the amount remaining on the mortgage.

Visit the HHE website at HHEonline.org.



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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.

Sponsorship

❏ One pillar section: $15,000

❏ One panel section: $30,000

Donate here!

Building Fund Donations


Thanks to Our July Temple Builders in 17 Countries

SUMMARY: For the eleven months of September to July, 2015, our minimum combined goal was $715,000. Excluding contributions directed toward special projects, we received actual contributions of $764,716.11.

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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