March 2019 Newsletter
Our monthly Ardra Abhishekam for Lord Nataraja was held on February 15, followed a week later by the monthly Gurudeva Pada Puja. On March 3, we celebrated Mahasivaratri with our traditional homa, meditation, talks, elaborate abhisihekam and all-monks archana. Gurudeva’s recorded talk was on the subject of the deepest inner dimensions, described as pulse, impulse and creation. Here is a quote from his writings on these realms: “Impulse, the 14th dimension of the mind, here, where time, cause, sound and light merge into a oneness that cannot be compared to anything previously known is where the beginnings begin. It is in this dimension that all comes forth from apparent nothingness. It is here where maya ceases but to begin again. Pulse, the 13th dimension of the mind, is where, in the noise of the pulse of the universe now manifest, comes the peace that is difficult to understand. It is in the 13th dimension that mind takes form and form moves into and through form. Here, silence is within the action. Creation, the 12th dimension of the mind, is where the mind itself is set upon itself. It is here that the universe is seen as functionally perfect. Creation is ever present in its three forms: manifestation, change and disappearance but to manifest again in another way.” The group of devotees attending Mahasivaratri was unusually large; for many, Gurudeva’s talk was of a nature they had never encountered before. General contributions for February totaled $72,179, which is more than our minimum monthly goal of $70,000. Special project contributions totaled an additional $302. We are grateful to our global family of temple builders for your continued and generous support. Om Namasivaya,
— Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami.
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Founder of Kauai’s Hindu Monastery, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (Gurudeva), 1927–2001
We shall now discuss the three perfections of our Supreme God Siva: Parasiva, Satchidananda and Maheshvara. Isn’t it wonderful to know that two of God’s three perfections are inherent in the soul of man? What are those three perfections? The great God Siva has form and is formless. He is the immanent Pure Consciousness or pure form; He is the Personal Lord manifesting Himself as innumerable forms; and He is the impersonal, transcendent Absolute beyond all form. We know Siva in His three perfections, two of form and one formless. First, we worship His manifest form as Pure Love and Consciousness, called Satchidananda in Sanskrit. Second, we worship Him as our Personal Lord, Maheshvara, the Primal Soul who tenderly loves and cares for His devotees—a Being whose resplendent body may be seen in mystic vision. In our daily lives we love, honor, worship and serve God in these manifest perfections. Ultimately, in perfectly simple, yet awesomely austere nirvikalpa samadhi, we realize Him as the formless Parasiva, sought for and known only by yogis and jnanis. We cannot speak of His Absolute Reality which is beyond qualities and description, yet knowable to the fully matured soul who seeks God within through yoga under the guidance of a satguru.
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Morning at Iraivan: Rainbows fill the sky most mornings and, amazingly, they most often arch right over the temple as in this photo.
Desert garden: It may be crazy, but the monks are making a cactus and succulents garden near Iraivan Temple. It is designed in the shape of a Shadkonam, a six-pointed star, the symbol of air according to vastu science. It is 60 feet in diameter and will hold hundreds of arid plants when completed. The is an aerial view of the creation before the planting was begun.
As the silpis look on, Yoginathaswami carefully lifts pieces of the perimeter wall onto the foundation.
Top to bottom: The Ainkaran Krishnarajah family from Sydney in the Guru Pitham with Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami; a monk out at the Temple Builders’ Pavilion captured this photo as a white owl flew by Gurudeva’s bronze statue.
Iraivan Temple Progress
In February the silpis worked on the first course of the perimeter wall, the support stone for the kodimaram of the Nandi Mandapam and decorative elements on the walls within the inner sanctum. Sixty percent of the first course of the perimeter wall on the temple’s east side is now complete. Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami installed posters in the five niches in the outer walls of the sanctum that will each later house a bronze statue of Siva. The posters have pictures of the bronzes to show pilgrims what they will look like.
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami’s activities
>Our three youngest monastics enjoyed their quarterly class with Satguru in which he presented his insights on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. In February, Satguru completed his weekly commentaries on all 68 lessons of Path to Siva. See the “Satguru Speaks” portion of our website to watch or listen to these talks. Satguru also prepared his class material for the Sri Lanka Innersearch.
This year’s nightly observance began with a Siva homa and continued with a recorded talk by Gurudeva, a silent meditation, an upadesha by Satguru on the sacredness of the Siva’s Great Night and the goal of Self Realization, and finally an abhishekam to the crystal Lingam which sits at the feet of Lord Nataraja. The next day, the monks gathered to witness Natyam Dayanatha take his vows as a yogi tapasvin to become Yogi Dayanatha.
Publications and Other Activities
Work continues on a new full-color edition of the book Loving Ganesha. Lots of communications were done with young journalists—potential writers for Hinduism Today—that our swamis met during last December’s Soft Power conference in New Delhi. The Ganapati Kulam worked hard at preparing for the 2019 Sri Lanka Innersearch Travel-Study Program. Much of the heavy lifting for the program was done by Rishi Thondunathan and his team of volunteers in Sri Lanka. Our agricultural endeavors saw a “new-to-us” 1,500-liter press for our noni operation arrive from a vineyard in California. Preparations were made for a new planting of noni trees next to the existing orchard. Our monks made several presentations to legislators and citizens, on behalf of the East Kauai Water Users Cooperative, giving details about the 100-year-old irrigation system, built by the sugar cane companies, that provides water for thousands of acres of farmland.
School teachers from Waipahu High School in Oahu visited the monastery in February to tour the greenhouse operation and get how-to pointers from Yoginathaswami. (They first heard of the monastery greenhouse at a seminar in New Zealand.) They are in the planning stage of building a greenhouse at their school in order to train students to help with Hawaii’s food independence project.
Refreshing the stone: One of the facts of life in the tropics is this: everything grows on everything else. Here the monks are using a special “soda blaster” which is much like a sand blaster but uses soft borax which does not cut the stone. It removes all dust, mold, lichen and moss. (below) Kauai mission menbers hold a monthly Rudraksha Party. Their efforts have evolved into an important monthly contribution to the construction fund.
Rudraksha Seva: The Saiva Siddhanta Church Wailua Mission members hold regular rudraksha parties, to create malas and jewelry to sell in the Mini Mela shop to help support Iraivan Temple. While Satya Palani was visiting in February he created new wooden racks on which the seeds are strung for pressure washing. Thanks to Satya, Savitri and to all the local devotees for participating in this important karma yoga project!
Hinduism Today’s New Edition Released
Nine Rasas: The art of emotion: The nine rasas with joy at the center surrounded by love, sorrow, anger, courage, fear, disgust, wonder and peace;
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 app and get the it in a mobile-friendly format for your device at bit.ly/HT-APP.
Char Dham Yatra: The cover is an image of this amazing pilgrimage.
Indian Miniatures: The very fine art of India’s miniature paintings
Our feature story takes you on the grueling and grace-giving trek to the Himalayas on the famed Char Dham Yatra, which winds through four powerful pilgrimage sites: Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Gangotri. By foot and helicopter, car and donkey, our brave writer/photographer visits each temple and brings back not only his own impressions, but the testimonials of those who have endured the difficult journey. Toward the end, he stumbled upon two modern-day spiritual leaders who speak affectionately about this magazine. Read their paean on our letters page.
In this issue’s Publisher’s Desk editorial, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami teaches us ways to cope with life’s difficulties, offering some yogic tools to turn a negative happening into a blessing and a boon. Our 16-page educational Insight section explores the nine rasas: joy, love, courage, disgust, fear, compassion, wonder, humor and peace. These are the human emotions that lie at the heart of traditional Indian literature, theater, music, art and all creative forms of communication. Wil Geraets, from the Netherlands, teams up with Lakshmi Subramanian to unravel the complex feelings and their many relationships. Wil explains what each one means in our practical life and Lakshmi explains the bhavas, the role of the audience and more.
Ever hear of soft power? It is the influence a nation has to impact another nation without coercion, using instead the positive forces of culture and knowledge. Aspects of India’s soft power include yoga, ayurveda, Bollywood, food, art, music, fashion, temples and more. The first-ever Soft Power Conference was held in Delhi in January, and our editors were flown to India to participate. Read about this strategically important gathering and how it may affect India’s future on the global stage.
Tough talk. That’s an apt summary of Madhu Kishwar’s article on the ongoing effort of Christian missionaries to make converts by any means. Their distaste for PM Modi and the RSS is unpacked and their tactics revealed. Madhu begins with her own story of being a bright teenager in a Catholic school, and she ends with what we can do to protect Hindus from the well-funded efforts of the evangelists. Fascinating!
Dance and art are strong in this issue. The sister of the amazing Priyamvada Sankar extols her long life as a dance teacher and performer, taking us back to when she was honored by Prime Minister Nehru. For art, we explore the world of the Indian miniature, a highly disciplined art form that still lives on in small workshops in India. The author brings us insights of its requirements, including how a brush is made using just a few hairs from the tail of a squirrel.
Our book review is about The Jewel of Abundance by Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian, who returns to the roots of yoga to teach us how to live a truly abundant life. Naturally, she defines prosperity in a way that includes spiritual well-being, but she is pragmatic enough to help us build material riches along the way.
“My Evolutionary Religion” extols the Hindu ideal of flexibility and ongoing change. There is, of course, our popular Quotes & Quips section with humor, cartoons and pithy sayings, Global Dharma with terse stories from around the world and Digital Dharma. It’s a rich issue, with something for everyone.
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. Click here for all of Bodhinatha's talks.
The weekly talks are also live streamed and then save on YouTube. Go to the Kauai Aadheenam channel and scroll down to recent 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!
Attaining the Ultimate
How Do We View Other Faiths?
How Can We Be Strong Saivite Hindus?
Why Should We Learn a Cultural Art?
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Help Finish Iraivan Forward
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Building Fund Donations
Thanks to Our February Temple Builders in 20 Countries
For the six months of September 2018 to February 2019, our minimum monthly goal was $420,000. Excluding contributions directed toward special projects, we received actual contributions of $491,106.20.
|Marie & R. Bhanugopan||US$108.00|
|D. Karthigesu Family||100.00|
|Luckshmi & Logan Siva Nirmalananda||35.00|
|Gunavinthan Siva Thirumalai||100.00|
|Thanavinthan Siva T. Thirumalai||100.00|
|Essen Subramanian Valayten||2.94|
|Ron & Jennifer Burke||50.00|
|Mahesh & Meera Damania||16.00|
|Radha Rani Kalluri||251.00|
|Babith & Shivani Kumar||151.00|
|Changam & Kamachi Naidu||50.00|
|Chandraiya & Savitri Narayan||200.00|
|Mr.& Mrs. Pranavan||25.00|
|S. M. & S. Ramarchandra||280.00|
|Vijaya & Thiru Satkunendran||25.00|
|Dinesh & Sheela Shenoy||73.23|
|Thambimuttoo & Thavam Sivagnanam||51.00|
|Sayanthan & Anupama Sivanathan||11.00|
|Sara K. Sivasurier||145.00|
|Namratha & S. Sudharshan||251.00|
|Nagula & Sutha Suthaker||101.00|
|Tharsika Chelvarajah Vasanthan||10.00|
|Cristina Ma Puja Canducci||20.00|
|Arulmani Devi Arumugam||71.88|
|P. Barathi Balasegaran||12.00|
|Hemakheshaa Naatha Batumallah||12.00|
|Rathidevi & Veerasamy Batumallah||24.00|
|Arulmani Chandra Kumar & Sujith Arulmani||23.96|
|Sai Sheeny, Sai Janany, Sai Hamsiny, Chandran Ramamurthy & Kalpana Devasagayam||59.90|
|Kavin Kirav, Shreiyaa, Leena Lakshmi Devasagayam & Anand Kumar Letchumana||47.96|
|Yoga Rubini & Chandra Ganth Family||12.00|
|R. Jayakumar & Yoga Bhavani Family||12.00|
|Uma Dewi & Dinesh Kumar Jayaram||7.00|
|M. Shanmuganathan & A. Kamalambikai||24.00|
|Amaraysh, Kumutha & Jarry Lai||11.99|
|Bathmavathy Batumalai, Deevesh & Likel & Ramesh Murthi||11.99|
|Rasiah Vallipuram & Pathumanithi Nagalingam||23.96|
|M. Suranthiran Naidu||35.94|
|Supramaniam Ramoo & In Memoryof Neelavathy Thangavelu||23.96|
|Raagini Ravindren & Senthil Ravindren||11.98|
|Jayaraj Kantharaj & Saranraj S-O Jayabalathilagam||14.37|
|Ambikabathi Shanmugam Pillay||24.00|
|Raja Singam Raja Ratnam & Shreema Rasiah||23.96|
|Saraswathy & Ramesh Sivanathan||12.27|
|Mohana Sundari & Sivasekaran||23.96|
|A. Sockalingam & Chandrasekari||23.96|
|Devi & the late Selvadurai Subramaniam||11.99|
|Darrshan Letchumanan & Yuvan Letchumanan||23.86|
|Shree Saroja Devi Doorgiat||2.94|
|Kunal & Sanyogeeta Ghurbhurn||2.94|
|Amrit Singh Jaypal||7.35|
|Seedha Lutchmee Moonesawmy||2.94|
|Naden Seeneevasen Pillay||1.47|
|Prekash & Sabita Baladien||15.00|
|Anil Ananda Badhwar||10.00|
|Thrishna Bhani Muthu||2,218.00|
|Easan, Lavanya & Sivakumar Saravan||400.00|
|Kavitha Darshini & Amitpal Singh||37.00|
|Kamala Devi Vaiyapuri||100.00|
|Gary & Radica Asha Yee-Fong||25.00|
|P. & G.S. Balendran Family||186.22|
|Shree Vishna Rasiah & Sharmila Harry||23.96|
|Georgiana Lukshmi Dorothy Barnes & Theeba Ragunathan||100.00|
|Clive & Puvaneswary Roberts||175.00|
|Texas Instruments Foundation||1,201.00|
|Golden Gate Mission||70.00|
|Vel & Valli Alahan||25.00|
|Yohini & Arumugam Alvappillai||51.00|
|Palani K. Aravazhi||105.00|
|Rao L. Atluri||50.00|
|Uma & Kumar Chandrasekaran||108.00|
|Kaika & Nilufer Clubwala||101.00|
|Rajesh & Poonam Damodharan||101.00|
|Shyamadeva & Peshani Devi Dandapani||54.00|
|Janakbhai R. Dave||50.00|
|Ed DeDeo & Terran Ohana||160.00|
|Amarnath & Latha Devarmanai||101.00|
|Manu & Sonya Duneja||101.00|
|Ramya Subramani & Rajesh Ekambaram||211.00|
|Suketu & Mita Gandhi||51.00|
|Rajesh & Rekha Goyal||151.00|
|Toshadeva & Kamala Guhan||18.00|
|Srinivas & Shanthi Karri||50.00|
|Rama & Jeeva Kolinjivadi||501.00|
|Anil & Devajyothi Kondapi||108.00|
|Gerard & Zhena Linsmeier||54.00|
|Laura Devi Marks||108.00|
|Palani & Selvarany Nadarajah||15.00|
|Nitya & Becky Nadesan||150.00|
|Murugasu Nagul Family||51.00|
|Nirmalam & V. Nagulendran||250.00|
|Manish M. Naidu||11.11|
|Rama Chandran & Rema Nair||20,000.00|
|Sanjaya K. Nath||11.00|
|Emma & Narendra Nemivant||25.00|
|Satya & Savitri Palani||21.00|
|Easvan & Devi Param||101.00|
|Harish Parmar - Dhanraj Inc.||101.00|
|Indubala R. Patel||108.00|
|Vinay & Hansa R. Patel||1,101.00|
|Salik & Sanjia Pathak||51.00|
|Indu Sekhar & Lavanya Peddibhotla||501.00|
|Deva & Gayatri Rajan||1,001.00|
|Ravi & Renuka Ramakrishna||108.00|
|Jeyashree & Venkat Ramakrishnan||50.00|
|Rajesh & Yatra Raman||11.00|
|Partab & Chandra Ramsinghani||27.00|
|Rama Pemmaraju Rao||108.00|
|Cliff & Kathy Runge||50.00|
|Ved P. & Geeta Sahni||100.00|
|Silver Vel Satsang||15.00|
|Lallit & Rekha Savla||101.00|
|Aran & Valli Sendan||25.00|
|Deva & Amala Seyon||51.00|
|Ratnaswamy & Shyamala Shankar||250.00|
|Vishu N. Sharma||108.00|
|Iraja & Nilani Sivadas||108.00|
|Siva C. Sivagnanaguru||1,008.00|
|Dharshi & Sivasothy Sivakumar||150.00|
|Lakshana Chetana Sivananda||51.00|
|Nathan & Sulena Sivananda||108.00|
|Tandu & Uma Sivanathan||100.00|
|Naresh & Prafulla Soni||251.00|
|Yasotha & Thevarajah Subarajan||51.00|
|Easwar & Bharathy Sundaram||101.00|
|Nandi Deva Sundaram||50.00|
|Ramachandran Suntheram Family||335.34|
|Phani Kumar Sureddi||7.00|
|Sivam U. Thillaikanthan||40.00|
|V. & Mangala Venkatesh||500.00|
|Cher & Roger Wagner||200.00|
|Richard Bosworth & Kerri Watts||101.00|
|Jinny Petcharat Wonwong||11.11|
|Total Building Fund||72,147.05|
|Iraivan Temple Endowment|
|Amey Surendra Gangal||11.00|
|Total Endowment Funds||32.00|
|Special Project Donations|
|Total Special Project Donations||301.79|
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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. 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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