[Click to see the full newsletter on the web] On the afternoon of February 9, an especially elaborate abhishekam was held to Lord Murugan for the celebration of Thai Pusam. The evening of February 24 was Mahasivaratri, Siva’s Great Night, joined ...

Kauai's Hindu Monastery

March 2017

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On the afternoon of February 9, an especially elaborate abhishekam was held to Lord Murugan for the celebration of Thai Pusam. The evening of February 24 was Mahasivaratri, Siva’s Great Night, joined by off island guests and local Sivabhaktars. The monks guided the holy night with homa, meditation, talks, Rudram chanting, abhishekam and archana. The meditation period had a particularly powerful inner vibration. For my annual Mahasivaratri talk, I spoke on Gurudeva’s statement “We are all doing what is next on our personal path of evolution.” We explained that spiritually motivated individuals should not withdraw from the material universe but rather positively engage in the world in a way that furthers their spiritual unfoldment through doing each task well, increasing self-control and finding opportunities to help others. The talk ended with a quote from Gurudeva that was appropriate for Mahasivaratri’s focus on our eternal identity with God Siva’s Perfection of Parasiva—Absolute Reality: “Deep inside we are perfect this very moment, and we have only to discover and live up to this perfection to be whole. Our energy and God’s energy are the same, ever coming out of the void (meaning Parasiva).” General contributions for February totaled $80,686, which is more than our minimum monthly goal of $65,000. Special project contributions totaled an additional $434.We are grateful to our global family of temple builders for your continued and generous support. Aum Namasivaya!

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Gurudeva Gurudeva's Wisdom

Through the ages, reincarnation has been the great consoling element within Hinduism, eliminating the fear of death, explaining why one person is born a genius and another an idiot. We are not the body in which we live but the immortal soul which inhabits many bodies in its evolutionary journey throughsamsara. After death, we continue to exist in unseen worlds, enjoying or suffering the harvest of earthly deeds until it comes time for yet another physical birth. Because certain karmas can be resolved only in the physical world, we must enter another physical body to continue our evolution. After soaring into the causal plane, we enter a new womb. Subsequently the oldmanomaya kosha is slowly sloughed off and a new one created. The actions set in motion in previous lives form the tendencies and conditions of the next. Reincarnation ceases when karma is resolved, God is realized and moksha attained. TheVedas say, “After death, the soul goes to the next world bearing in mind the subtle impressions of its deeds, and after reaping their harvest returns again to this world of action. Thus, he who has desires continues subject to rebirth.”

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Recent Happenings

Thai Pusam Puja

The Thai Pusam abhishekam, one of the major rites of the year, is performed in the Kadavul Temple main mandapam.

Jack Fruit

Jak Fruit, the worlds largest fruit reaching 100 pounds or more, grows well in the monastery’s tropical climate.

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Top to bottom: Two of the monks, Yogi Adinatha and Yogi Rajanatha, entered their yogi phase of training, initiated by Bodhinatha and given their yellow robes for this period of discipline and tapas; an amazing nighttime photo of the Swayambhulingam was made by “painting” light with the aperture open; Satguru in the Media Studio recording his Publisher’s Desk video; Gayatri Rajan with daughter Shivani and fiancee Daniel with Paramacharya; Satguru blesses the Arthi Sanjeevi family from Florida in the Guru Pitham; a group of pilgrims pose with Dakshinamurti; amazing “the sky is on fire” sunrise at Kadavul Temple.

Iraivan Temple Progress
At the Iraivan Temple carving site in Bengaluru, our stone carvers remain focused on finishing the stonework for the perimeter wall. Discussions continue as we get closer to bringing a team of silpi stone carvers from India at the end of the year to finish the jointing process.

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami’s Activities
During February, Satguru recorded a video edition of his Publisher’s Desk editorial from the April-May-June edition of Hinduism Today, titled “The Power of Kindly Speech.” Also in February, Satguru presided over the celebration of Thai Pusam and Mahasivaratri. All the monks and many local devotees joined him in sublime worship of Lord Murugan and Lord Siva Nataraja. He gave an inspired talk in Kadavul Temple in the evening during our celebration of Mahasivaratri. In his talk Satguru discussed life’s innate perfection, our attitudes towards life, the many subtleties of the path to enlightenment and the depths of Siva’s Absolute Reality. See it here: bit.ly/Sivaratri. During the Thai Pusam ceremony, Sat­guru accepted the monastic vows of yoga tapas voiced by two sadhakas: Adinatha and Rajanatha. These vows include extra disciplines and spiritual practices. He presented them with new yellow robes, beads, a bamboo staff of tapas (danda), and a sacred yellow thread worn over the left shoulder. The two new yogis will spend the next two years on retreat, withdrawn from world news, family and all forms of externalization.

Publications and Other Activities
Part Four and Part Five of our History of Hindu India videos are now in post-production, with the Ganapati Kulam and the film crew engaged in final editing.

Brahmanathaswami was able, with the help of some audio editing software, to clean up a 1989 cassette recording of Gurudeva called: “Being in Siva Consciousness.” This inspired talk was played during the Mahasivaratri celebration. (Read or listen to it here: bit.ly/SivaConscious) On the monastery’s Himalayan Acres farm, hundreds of new Koa trees were planted during February. The Siddhidata Kulam monks, responsible for gardening and monastery upkeep, made great progress on the installation of a 1,080 square foot greenhouse. It will be used for growing lettuce and tomatoes and experimental crops. Thanks to generous donors, the monastery was the recipient of a supply of pure sandalwood powder from the Mount Romance Sandalwood Factory for use in the puja ceremonies in Kadavul Temple. It is good news for Hindu temples around the planet that this Australian company has stepped forward to make Indian sandalwood available to the world from its now-well-established, 46-square-mile plantation. Danae Christensen, Marketing and Communications manager, visited the monastery to describe their innovative project and be interviewed for a future article in Hinduism Today.

Innersearches to Sri Lanka in 2018 and 2019
Over the years the Academy has conducted special travel-study programs called Innersearch. The 1967 Actinic’s World Tour was our first Innersearch, when Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami led a group of monks and spiritual aspirants to ten countries in Europe and North Africa, writing his “Yoga Letters” along the way and holding a yoga conference in Holland. Since then, 25 Innersearch programs have been held. We plan two programs, each two-weeks long, to northern Sri Lanka with fifty participants, tentatively scheduled for February 18 to March 2 of 2018 and again in February of 2019. There will be days of classes and visits to the temples and holy places associated with the gurus of our parampara. It’s not too early to begin planning such an adventure. Will you join us? Watch the Innersearch Travel-Study page on our website to see how the program planning is progressing and to submit your application.

Devi and Larry New Swing

Above: Devi Marks and Larry Gibson, visiting from California, pose for a photo after the Ganapati Kulam morning meeting; the newest addition to the Media Studio, a hand-crafted monkeypod swing with brass hardware from India, for visitors to take their shoes off and on.

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. He has been giving weekly commentaries on our new book "Path to Siva":

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

Recent Talks:

Siva's Traditional Forms, Pancha Brahman, Cycle of Desire. January 26, 2017
Lord Nataraja, The Meaning of Siva's Dance? February 05, 2017
What is the Nama Sivaya Mantra? February 13, 2017 Saivite Beliefs; Religion is Three Worlds in Communication. February 20, 2016 Four Stages On the Path of Personal Evolution, Mahasivaratri Upadesha,February 24, 2016 Our Affirmation of Faith - All-Pervasive Love, Absolute Reality, February 27, 2016 What is the Nature of Life for Saivites? March 06, 2016

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Hinduism Today April/May/June 2017 Issue Now Online

Hinduism Today’s latest issue has gone to press and is now available online free of charge at www.hinduismtoday.com. You can also download our free Hinduism Today app and get the entire magazine (and seven back issues) on your mobile device at bit.ly/HT-APP.

Our feature story this issue is a tour de force taking you to and through the seldom seen culture and countryside of Assam. We call it “Awesome Assam,” and the awesomeness is in full view through the creative lens of photographer Thomas Kelly and in-depth interviews of correspondent Rajiv Malik. Experience the diverse religious, linguistic and cultural milieu of the state’s native tribal peoples and the later migrants from elsewhere in India.

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Our 16-page Insight section is Acharya Vamadeva Shastri’s lucid unraveling of the four states of consciousness: waking, dreaming, deep sleep and samadhi. He particularly explores the subtle worlds of sleep, dreams and their importance in life and relationship to the higher states of mind. There are also excerpts from the writings of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami on the astral world, and selected quotes from the Upanishads on the four states.

In his Publisher’s Desk editorial, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami addresses the power of our words, specifically the importance of kindly speech. He parses four kinds of unkind speech—gossip, backbiting, joking and teasing—then shows us how to avoid these habits through focusing on courtesy, tact and sensitivity.

Science and mind studies are big in this issue. Is there a new science of consciousness evolving today? We think so, and since it has such deep resonance with Hindu mystical thought, we bring you the past, present and future of the unfolding revelations about consciousness, human perception, non-local being and more. Varun Khanna begins the journey for us in a lengthy discussion of Hinduism’s contribution to the new “Science of Consciousness.” Then Deepak Chopra, Rudy Tanzi and others guide the way. This field may have a tectonic impact on our future, on understanding what it is to be human, to be aware, to be evolving. A summary review of the three-day “Sages and Scientists Symposium” held in Los Angeles last September is provided by members of our editorial staff who attended.

We visit Bali for a festival of gratitude that features huge chariot-like structures called Dangssil pulled through the village. Then we explore Delhi for a survey of that city’s plethora of veggie food options, Mumbai to see how the world’s grandest Ganesha festival is run, and Durban to learn about an amazing TV series called “Sadhana—the Inward Path.” This half-hour weekly show, the country’s only Hindu series, is produced with world-class reporting and visual content.

There’s more inside the magazine, including our fun Quotes & Quips with cartoon, an excerpt from recently translated Agama verses, Anant Rambachan’s take on the future of Hinduism in America, and the amazing documentary film work of Benoy Behl on India’s religion and traditions.

Guidance from the Hindu Heritage Endowment

Calculate the Value of Your Estate


As part of the estate planning process, it’s important to determine what you own and to calculate the value, or size, of your estate. By calculating your estate size, you can plan for the future and leave your loved ones better prepared.

Determine your estate size by taking the following four steps:

Step 1: Inventory Your Major Assets
Assets can include many items, such as the following:

  • Cash, including savings accounts and CDs
  • Stocks, bonds, mutual funds
  • Retirement accounts, such as 401(k)s or IRAs
  • Home(s), land and other real property
  • Life insurance policies
  • Tangible personal property, including automobiles, jewelry and antiques
  • Equity/ownership interest in a business like a sole proprietorship or partnership

Step 2: Determine How and With Whom Your Assets Are Owneds
Ownership generally falls into three categories: solely owned, jointly owned with rights of survivorship, and tenancy in common. Owning an asset with your brother, for example, is different than owning an asset with your spouse. Also, married couples who live in community property states have additional record-keeping requirements.

If you are unsure how your assets are owned, review the title of each asset. This information can typically be found in the deed, title or account information. If you are still unsure, ask your attorney or financial advisor.

Step 3: Calculate Your Debts
Debts are subtracted from the value of your assets at your passing. Common debts include mortgages on a primary residence or vacation house, equity loans and credit card balances. Vehicle loans and other loans are also calculated here.

In addition, your estate itself will incur legal fees and other expenses that will reduce the amount of your estate subject to taxation.

Step 4: Total Up Gifts You’ve Made
Don’t forget the gifts you’ve already made to others. You are allowed to gift up to $14,000 (for 2016) per year per person without having to declare the gift or pay gift taxes. Gifts made during your lifetime in excess of this amount will reduce your estate tax exemption (currently $5.45 million).

For information on establishing a fund at Hindu Heritage Endowment, contact Shanmuganathaswami at 808-822-3012 ext. 6 or e-mail hhe@hindu.org. © The Stelter Company The information in this publication is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor. Figures cited in examples are for hypothetical purposes only and are subject to change. References to estate and income taxes include federal taxes only. State income/estate taxes or state law may impact your results.

Visit the HHE website at HHEonline.org.

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Help Move Iraivan Forward

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You Can Help 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.


❏ One pillar section: $15,000

❏ One panel section: $30,000

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Thanks to Our February Temple Builders in 16 Countries

Six-Month Summary: For the six months of September to February our minimum goal was $390,000. Excluding contributions directed toward special projects, we received actual contributions of $487,598.98.

Your support is deeply appreciated!

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  • Satguru's 2017 Travels
  • April 7-10: Malaysia, Singapore
  • May 27-June 4: London
  • July 13-14: New York City
  • July 16-17: Chicago
  • July 18-19: Kansas City, Missouri
  • August 9–28: Maryland, Mauritius, India, Sri Lanka

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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 19 resident monastics from five nations, USA, Singapore, Malaysia, France, Canada. 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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