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Bodhinatha meets with the Pillay family from Canada, Nagarajan, Shamini, Archana, Divyesh and Dishana; Sadhaka Dayanatha lights the temple lamp on Krittika Deepam; Arumuganathaswami testifies before the California Board of Education committee on the subject of Hinduism in school textbooks; Swami Aksharananda of Guyana visits the Ganapati Kulam; Nirvani Tejadevanatha proudly shows the morning harvest brought to the kitchen; Rajkumar and Ananda Manickam join Tejasinha and Hridaya Sivalingam to meet Paramacharya; the “entry cave” to the new Media Studio, now complete.
Iraivan Temple Progress
Carving of the steps and 485-foot-long perimeter wall for the temple is progressing smoothly at our carving site in Bengaluru. A story of a miracle involving the creation of the five-metal Avudaiyar base for the crystal Sivalingam that was made in Swamimalai, South India, came to us from the great artisan Kubera Sthapati. He and his wife had remained childless, to their great dismay. But as soon as he began to work on the massive base, his wife, who was 48 years old at the time, became pregnant. The avudaiyar took nine months to design, cast, carve and finish. On the day it left his workshop for Kauai, his wife delivered a baby boy. Sthapati regards this as a great blessing and said his life was forever changed in that moment. Thanks to everyone who helped this year, through your generous donations to bring Iraivan Temple closer to completion. We pray that many blessings, perhaps as miraculous as what transpired for Sthapati and his wife, come to you during 2015.
In December Acharya Arumuganaswami and Sadhaka Jayanatha spent nine days in California on a mission to improve the treatment of Hinduism in the California public school system, specifically in 6th grade textbooks. In Los Angeles they met with Dr. Shiva Bajpai, our collaborator on The History of Hindu India, and Ross Dunn, a key academic working with the California State Department of Education. At the Sacramento hearing, the testimony of the children was deeply compelling as they told their personal stories of humiliation and insult from their peers as a result of the way Hinduism is now being taught. The full story is on page 4.
The final weeks of December brought many visitors to our monastery taking advantage of the year-end school holidays. Among them were Swami Aksharananda, Hindu scholar and Principal of the
Saraswati Vidya Niketan
(SVN) of Cornelia Ida, Guyana; Swami Paramatmananda from Toronto’s Canada Yoga Vedanta Organization; and Dr. Aru Thirumurugan, a well-known Hindu leader in Sri Lanka and the President of the Sri Dhurgai Amman Temple and the Sivapoomi Trust.
Publications and Other Activities
The annual two-month Digital Dharma Drive kicked off on December 1st to raise $70,000 to maintain and update our website and to finish renovation of the media studio office of Himalayan Academy Publications. The results are promising. Our website was improved in December with the addition of a massive collection of Aum artworks. Also added was a fine selection of Hindu art by A. Manivelu and educational material from Hinduism Today magazine that can be downloaded in several e-formats including ePub, PDF and Mobi. The 2015-2016 Panchangams for 125 cities in the US and 160 cities around the planet are now available for free at minimela.com. These are in both PDF and iCalendar formats.
In December we received a copy of the improved translation of Gurudeva’s Dancing with Siva newly printed in Russia. A book release presentation event was held at the Press Center of the Central House of Journalists in Moscow, led by Brahmachari Dinanatha. Another talented team has been working for several years to put Gurudeva’s legacy into the Gujarati language, scribing it all by hand. We received news they have finished Dancing with Siva so we can now proceed with getting their manuscript into digital form, with a goal to print it in Gujarat.... [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
for all of Bodhinatha's talks.
Bodhinatha's weekly talks can be heard on our website:
How Is All Karma Finally Resolved If We Make Karma in Each Life? (January 14, 2015)
Harnessing Reaction; Live in the Box of Dharma (January 7, 2015)
Click here for a complete index of both Bodhinatha's and Gurudeva's talks on line
Bodhinatha's Travel Schedule
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Today at Kauai's Hindu Monastery (blog)
Estate Planning as Encouraged in the US, Mauritius and Malaysia Does Not Always Please Survivors
Attorney Manon Mardemootoo began his April 11, 2008 estate planning seminar in Port Louis, Mauritius, with a warning: “I spend about half of my time dealing with family members fighting over inheritances.” Such seminars, sponsored by the Hindu Heritage Endowment, are unlikely to reverse this trend. Manon explains, Mauritius is a “forced heirship jurisdiction.” Parents must reserve a portion of their estate for their children according to rigid formulas which can leave parents in control of as little as one quarter of their estate. With only one percent of the population having wills, a majority of Mauritian families have no plan for the orderly disposal of their estate at death, a circumstance that encourages family conflict.
Malaysians face a similar problem, as Radha Menon—an administrator of Malaysia’s Employee Provident Fund—and estate planning attorney S.P. Pasupathy pointed out to some 75 Hindus gathered at a 2009 HHE seminar in Shah Alam. Malaysian law provides formulas for distributions of estate when people die without a will. Only about ten percent of Malaysians bother to write one, trusting the state to take care of the distribution....[more]
To request a printed copy or a pdf file of the estate planning toolkit, contact Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami at 808-217-9374 extension 6 or e-mail
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Building Fund Donations
Thanks to Our December Temple Builders in 16 Countries
For the four months of September to December, our minimum goal is $260,000. Excluding contributions directed toward special projects we received actual contributions of $331,016.94.
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