Kauai Aadheenam Info-Tech Fund




The Kauai Aadheenam Info-Tech Fund provides grants to Kauai Aadheenam for its basic information technology needs for all departments. This includes hardware such as computers, monitors, servers, tablets, portable phones and printers. It also includes purchasing standard software, providing internet, phone and webinar access, internet server services and professional IT management. Additionally, it covers hiring IT experts for special projects such as creating customized software. It excludes projects funded by the annual Digital Dharma Drive.

Hawaii, USA

Fund #86

New Info-Tech Fund to Help Monks With IT Financing

It began in 1985 when one late afternoon Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, founder of Kauai’s Hindu Monastery, entered a little computer store in the historic town of Kapaa. The event is described in The Guru Chronicles: “After playing with a state-of-the-art Macintosh for a while, he bought one for himself. Computers had never much interested him, but this one seemed different, friendly, approachable. For a week he experimented with it, calling the monks into his office every time he discovered a new feature. The guru and his shishyas learned the computer together, side by side.”

The story continues. “Seeing its potential, he ordered one for each of his monks, instructing them to adapt their various services to this new tool. And did they. From that day forward, the monks saw that their satguru always had the newest, fastest, sleekest Macintosh on his desk; and from the release of Apple’s first PowerBook, fellow airline passengers would gaze covetously at the holy man’s cool laptop. Going headlong into the world of computers to do the work of dharma proved a strategic move of prodigious proportions.”

Gurudeva
Think different: Gurudeva sits at his first Macintosh computer in the latter half of the 1980’s

On a regular basis visitors to Kauai’s Hindu Monastery ask how so few monks accomplish so many tasks—publishing books, a quarterly magazine, maintaining graphically rich websites that are updated frequently, fund raising and construction for the $16-million-plus Iraivan Temple project, growing their own food, overseeing Hindu Heritage Endowment, which has over 80 funds, to name a few of the major ongoing activities.

The answer? Macintosh computers! Over the years, the monks have developed sophisticated computer routines for efficiently handling all such tasks at a high level of professionalism. Of course, the monastery has a significant interest in making sure that the latest in information technology can always be acquired. To help accomplish that goal, the monastery has opened a new fund at Hindu Heritage Endowment— the Kauai Aadheenam Info-Tech Fund (fund #86) which is abbreviated as KAIF.

The fund’s description reads as follows: “The Kauai Aadheenam Info-Tech Fund provides grants to Kauai Aadheenam for its basic information technology needs for all departments. This includes hardware such as computers, monitors, servers, tablets, portable phones and printers. It also includes purchasing standard software, providing internet, phone and webinar access, internet server services and professional IT management. Additionally, it covers hiring IT experts for special projects such as creating customized software.” The monastery is committed to presenting Hinduism in a modern, graphically rich, well-written manner. Decades ago, the monastery achieved this standard in its books and magazine. More recent efforts have extended this standard of quality to its websites. Most recently it has begun utilizing webinars where the technology is still being perfected. And soon to come will be a mobile application for its magazine Hinduism Today. These achievements were only possible through extensive and effective use of information technology.

 
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