[Click to see the full newsletter on the web] On April 5 Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami and I traveled to Malaysia for a week. Two large-scale temple events were held over the weekend. On Saturday morning, at the Sree Selva Vinayagar Temple in Klang we ...

Kauai's Hindu Monastery

May 2017

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On April 5 Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami and I traveled to Malaysia for a week. Two large-scale temple events were held over the weekend. On Saturday morning, at the Sree Selva Vinayagar Temple in Klang we attended a grand Ganesha homa, abhishekam and puja that our members helped to organize. Afterwards I gave a talk with accompanying Tamil translation entitled “The Sacred Temple” and then gave vibhuti prasadam to the devotees. Sunday morning was a visit to the Shri Sai Vidyalaya at a temple hall in Shah Alam. The group has been using our Saivite Hindu Religion Books 1 - 4 for their classes for a few years and recently added Path to Siva: A Catechism for Youth for the older children. My presentation was a keynote called “An Introduction to Path to Siva.” We also met the president and secretary of the Malaysia Hindhu Dharma Maamandram who introduced us to their many activities and courses on Hinduism. Outside of the events, a number of darshan sessions were held with individual families. We returned to the Aadheenam in time to attend the Tamil New Year, Nartana Ritau homa flag raising and a small parade out to Iraivan temple held on April 13th. General contributions for April totaled $61,279, which is less than our minimum monthly goal of $65,000. Special project contributions totaled an additional $2,241. We are grateful to our global family of temple builders for your continued and generous support. Aum Namasivaya!

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Recent Happenings


Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami preside at a homa in Klang, Malaysia.


The monks perform a pre-dawn puja to Yogaswami in the Guru Pitham in honor of his mahasamadhi


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Top to bottom: Kauai’s leaders spent a morning at the monastery, heads of our government, business, education and agriculture; Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami is ceremoniously received at the Sree Selva Vinayagar Temple in Klang, Malaysia; Satguru performs arati inside the sanctum of Iraivan Temple, blessing the recently arrived silver naga on new years day; pilgrims pose for a photo at the entry to Iraivan Temple; devotee ambassadors from the Sri Chinmoy Peace Run pose for a photo after presenting the Torch Bearer’s award to Satguru

Iraivan Temple Progress
At the Iraivan Temple carving site in India the craftsmen are still focused on finishing the stonework for the temple’s perimeter wall. Here on Kauai work continues on the foundation of the Temple Builders Memorial. Five bronze statues will show the stone carvers working on the various stages of the temple; from quarrying to rough shaping, marking, fine sculpting and chisel sharpening. These five will surround the statues of Gurudeva and the temple’s chief architect, Ganapati Sthapati, which are to be placed on a massive central stone. This stone, weighing in at 18,500 pounds, was set into place in March. In April the concrete pad surrounding the central stone was created. The Ganapati Kulam, monks from the Media Studio, spent the morning pouring and working nine yards of concrete to form the 25 by 35 foot elliptical slab.

Happy New Year
For the first two weeks of April, during the fortnight period called Sadhu Paksha, the monks observed a special early morning meditation sadhana. Rather than the usual group meditation in the temple, all the monks were able to do individual sunrise meditation at their own favorite spot on the monastery grounds. On April 13 we celebrated the beginning of the Hindu Year 5119 with an early morning homa followed by a talk by Satguru. Next, monks and devotees paraded out to the flagpole to lower the coral pink flag of Moksha Ritau and replace it with the bright orange flag of Nartana Ritau. The parade then continued to Iriavan Temple and inside the central sanctum for arati. The recently arrived silver naga for Iraivan’s crystal Lingam was temporarily placed in the sanctum. We hope you all have a Happy (South Indian) New Year! This is year 5119 of the South Indian Tamil calendar. It is called Hemalamba, the 31st name in a repeating 60-year cycle. The monks have updated the panchangam calendar for the new year, calculating it for 125 cities in the US and 160 cities around the planet. This calendar can be downloaded for free from Minimela.com in various formats. We hope you take advantage of it.

Publications and Other Activities
The Ganapati Kulam monks worked determinedly in April to finish the editorial work on the July-August-September issue of Hinduism Today magazine. On the new year’s day we received a visit from Dinanatha, a Siva bhaktar from Moscow. He came to present to Satguru an entirely new and improved, complete edition of Gurudeva’s Dancing with Siva, beautifully translated and printed in the Russian language. The book is a near perfect recreation of the original English version. Mrunal and Padmaja Patel, who also pilgrimaged to the monastery on new year’s day, brought the completed Living with Siva audio book in Gujarati. The narration is thanks to years of work by narrator Harish Vyass and sound engineer Ajay Wadhar. Having completed Dancing with Siva and Living with Siva, they are now working on Merging with Siva. Amazing accomplishments! On April 22, Char Ravelo, founder of Inspiration magazine on Kauai, brought 16 of the island’s young leaders to the monastery. The group included directors of the Wilcox Hospital development program, aide to our community college chancellor, managers of programs at the Pacific Missile Range, supervisors of Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (our electric company), educators, government/county council staff and more. They were interested to learn about how the monastery operates, how it is funded and what Gurudeva saw as the most effective leadership skills. Slowly the conversation turned to the within, to meditation, to living in the eternal now, to millennials and to the Spiritual-But-Not-Religious trend. For all but Char, whom we have known for decades, this was the first visit to the monastery. [More photos...]

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: His recent commentaries on the chapters in our new book 'The Path to Siva' are marvelous!

Click here for a complete index of both Bodhinatha's and Gurudeva's talks on line

Recent Talks:

What Is the Nature of Our Soul?
Why Are We Not All-Knowing? Three Bonds
Are Souls And World Essentially Good

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Indian Dance Explained

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Hinduism Today recently released a nine-minute video, “Introduction to Indian Dance.” It is intended to provide Hindus and non-Hindus alike an understanding of the basics of Indian dance using the example of Bharatanatyam. The video was developed with funding from the Uberoi Foundation and in collaboration with Bharatanatyam dancer and teacher Shivani Thakkar of Los Angeles and Dr. Shiva Bajpai, Professor Emeritus of History, California State University Northridge. This is the first installment in our Teach Indic Culture series of short videos intended for temple classes as well as for K-12 school use and adaptable to Common Core teaching methods.

The video, narrated by Raj Narayan and directed by Mainak Dhar, briefly touches on the history of Indian classical dance and some of the similarities between Bharatanatyam and Western classical ballet. In performance footage shot at the Malibu Hindu Temple outside Los Angeles, it covers the basic elements of Bharatanatyam, including facial expressions, eye movement, hand gestures and the rhythmic use of the feet, all of which are engaged to depict a certain character, emotion, animal or story. The basics of choreography for storytelling are explained; and Shivani demonstrates abstract dance done for the pure joy and beauty of movement. The video concludes with clips of many other styles of Indian dance, including Odisi, Kuchipudi, bangra, various folk dances and even Bollywood. A great learning resource for the young ones in your family and circle of friends. See the video on YouTube here: bit.ly/IndianDanceIntro [More...photos]

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Here are some circumstances that make it critical to update your will:

  • You decide to name a different personal representative, trustee or guardian.
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  • You want to include a charitable gift in your will. If you wish to remember Hindu Heritage Endowment, consider leaving HHE a percentage of your estate so your gift will remain proportional to your estate size, no matter how it fluctuates over the years.

How to Update Your Will

Step 1: Obtain a copy of your current will.
Step 2: Mark the necessary changes.
Step 3: Meet with your estate planning attorney.
Step 4: Discuss any changes with us that will affect Hindu Heritage Endowment.

It is wise to consult with your tax professionals if you are contemplating a charitable gift under the extended law.

For information on establishing a fund at Hindu Heritage Endowment, contact Shanmuganathaswami at 808-822-3012 ext. 6 or e-mail hhe@hindu.org.

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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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Thanks to Our April Temple Builders in 16 Countries

Eight-Month Summary: For the eight months of September to April our minimum monthly goal was $520,000. Excluding contributions directed toward special projects, we received actual contributions of $657,554.54.

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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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