Kauai's Hindu Monastery

November News

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Gurudeva's thirteenth Mahasamadhi Observance was held from October 19-22 with about thirty pilgrims flying in from off island. Right before the event began, Hurricane Ana passed close by Kauai. Due to wet and windy conditions we cancelled a few of the outdoor activities. Each morning began at 5:45 with a padapuja to Gurudeva at his shrine in Kadavul Temple, followed by a group meditation. The next activity was the morning satsang session at 10:30. My three satsangs were on Chapter One of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, focusing on how closely they agree with Gurudeva's teachings. Three swamis also held satsangs on a variety of topics, and we held a grand opening of the renovated Media Studio. On October 22, Kumar Naganathan Gurukkal conducted an elaborate homa to Gurudeva, then abhishekam and arati. Earlier in October I showed the "History of Hindu India" movie and gave a talk at the Hindu Temple of The Woodlands, Texas. General contributions for October totaled $79,804, which exceeds our minimum monthly goal of $65,000. Special project contributions totaled an additional $208. We are grateful to our global family of temple builders for your continued and generous support. Aum Namasivaya!

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News From the Home of Iraivan Temple

Recent Happenings

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Selvanathan Sthapati marks the next series of carving details on the temple's front entry handrail


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A close-up of the Media Studio wall of 1,008 Sivalingas set in a rosewood cabinet custom-made in Pakistan

ann1.jpgann2.jpgann3.jpgann4.jpgann5.jpgann6.jpgann7.jpgTop to bottom: Kumar Naganathan Gurukkal performs arati after the final padapuja during the Mahasamadhi Observances; blessings radiate at the height of the Skanda Shashthi puja; Bodhi­natha conducts a seminar for the Mahasamadhi Observance attendees; Yoginathaswami guides the delivery of the avudaiyar and other precious items for Iraivan Temple; Martin Mosko and Dante Ortiz present their completed landscape plan for the area surrounding Iraivan Temple; participants in the windbreak tree planting at Himalayan Acres; admiring the bright, new, laser-cut aluminum panels that highlight the entryway to the Media Studio.


Iraivan Temple Progress
On the final day of our four-day Gurudeva Mahasamadhi observances, two 20-foot shipping containers from India brought us many precious items for Iraivan Temple, including the five-ton bronze avudaiyar, the four-foot stone Nandi, important sculptures for the Nandi Mandapam and the five metal Sadasiva bronzes that will be installed on three sides of the temple's sanctum tower. The containers also held the black granite statues of Maharishi Nandinatha, Gurudeva, Bodhinatha and other items. Martin Mosko and his landscaping partner Dante Ortiz were here to not only develop and finalize the landscape planning, but to start moving earth. With the hiring of an excavator, a good deal of work has been done to sculpt the hillsides surrounding the temple in preparation for the placement of boulders that have been delivered from the quarry on the west side of our island. Bronze artisan Holly Young spent a few days on Kauai to do a photo shoot for the next bronze statue in the Temple Builders' Tribute. This one will show two silpis moving a massive stone using metal pry bars. At the Bengaluru carving site the workers gathered on the last day of Navaratri for the annual Ayuda Puja, ceremonial blessing of the tools of their trade, including hammers and chisels, machine tools and vehicles. All the carvers received gifts of appreciation at the end of the ceremony.

Special Pujas
This month we celebrated Bodhinatha's 72nd Jayanti with a padapuja and surprised him with a helicopter ride around our beautiful island. At Diwali time we observed the 13th anniversary of our Gurudeva's passing into the inner worlds. Many of the pilgrims who came to honor Gurudeva and receive his blessings stayed on for six days of Muruga worship and the final Skanda Shashthi abhishekam.

Swamis' Travels
At month's end Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami and Sannyasin Yoginathaswami departed for a month of activity in India. They had been invited to attend a giant conclave of Hindu religious leaders at the Shri Pathmedha Godhaam, a huge (thousands of acres) cow protection sanctuary in Rajasthan. Earlier in October, Bodhinatha, Shanmuganathaswami and Sadhaka Mayuranatha traveled to Missouri and Texas. In College Station, Texas, the monks took part in a seminar on dairy cow herd management. This was followed by a visit to the Hindu Temple of The Woodlands, where Bodhinatha gave a talk and presented our Hindu History documentary. Sadhaka Mayuranatha took advantage of the visit to get some quadcopter aerial video of the temple grounds to add to the The Woodlands Temple page at our Hindu Heritage Endowment website. Two weeks later, Shanmuganathaswami and Siddhanathaswami flew to San Antonio, Texas, for training in new web developments of 4D, the computer program we use for the Hinduism Today address data base, member and student information, monastery accounting, astrology material and Gurudeva's Shum language.

Publications and Other Activities
During October the swamis completed work on the January/February/March 2015 edition of Hinduism Today magazine. The Guru Chronicles Audio Book, nearly two years in the making, was released during Gurudeva's mahasamadhi observance. Acharya Arumuganathaswami has been working for some months with Dr. Shiva Bajpai to write a paper on the treatment of Hinduism in public school textbooks in California. This has involved a complex analysis of the "Framework for History-Social Studies," which lays out how these subjects are taught from kindergarten through high school. The conclusion of the paper is that the Framework reflects the 19th-century colonial view of India. The school textbooks focus intensely on caste, for example. The next step in this process is to provide a series of suggestions for the Framework, which is now up for revision. This may actually result in a change in the textbooks. At the monastery's Himalayan Acres farm, the monks, assisted by devotees here for the mahasamadhi observances, planted 2,100 trees to create a windbreak nearly one mile in length to protect groves of other trees. Our five-acre medicinal noni orchard has become much more productive over the last few months. During the last harvest, we gathered over a ton of noni in just an hour and a half, and that was picking only one third of the field. With the recent purchase of an 80-gallon press and rented time at a local commercial kitchen, we are getting close to having our first bottling of noni juice for sale in stores—all with proper organic certification and Department of Health permits. One step closer to the fruition of Gurudeva's vision of a sustainable agricultural endowment for the monastery.



recent.jpgLeft: Sivarathna Manick of Mauritius—just beginning Upakurvana service at the monastery for six months—receives The Guru Chronicles Audio Book from Bodhinatha

Listen at Your Own Leisure to The Guru Chronicles

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After nearly two years in production, The Guru Chronicles is now available as an audio book—produced just in time to distribute during Gurudeva's 2014 Mahasamadhi observances here on Kauai. As shown in the picture at left, it is being distributed on a custom-designed 8GB Mac and PC compatible flash drive. Not only is the unabridged narration of the entire 814-page book on the drive, but also the book itself in PDF and ebook editions, along with 40 high resolution pieces of art used in the book, 14 historic talks by Gurudeva, 4 video talks, and 72 photos of him over the years.



Default Estate Plans in Malaysia May Not Please Survivors

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All adult Hindus in Malaysia have an estate plan. The problem is, it's often not the plan they want or their families would like. "Many educated Malaysian Hindus are unaware of the Distribution Act," Malaysian native and unit trust consultant Mr. Guhan Sivalingam, 58, said, referring to legislation that imposes automatic forms of distribution by the state when Malaysians die without a written plan.

Take the example of a childless married man who predeceases his wife and parents. If he has no written estate plan, the state distributes half of his property to his widow and half to his parents. For some, that might be fine; for others, a disaster....[more]

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


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Donor Listing

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 October Temple Builders in 15 Countries

SUMMARY: For September & October, our minimum monthly goal was $130,000. Excluding contributions directed toward special projects, we received actual contributions of $134,604.49.

Your support is deeply appreciated!



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