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January - February - March 2008 Newsletter


The Children and Rishi Thondunathan

The Saivite Tamil Foundation was formed two years ago to keep alive the principles of Saivism among the children and youth of thousands of immigrant Sri Lankan Tamils now living in North America. According to the Foundation's volunteer executive director, Dr. Rajasingam S. Jeyendran, the driving forces behind the group are dedicated volunteers and a deep Hindu faith exemplified by his wife, Sivagandhi. They have set up a fund with HHE to give their work greater exposure.

"After 1983, many Sri Lankan Tamils migrated to Canada, and some to the USA," Dr. Jeyendran explained. His wife Sivagandhi felt that these dislocated families, especially their children and elderly, needed help because they no longer live in communities that support their religious traditions. After witnessing a close friend die at a young age without the traditional help and consolation of the Sri Lankan Hindu community, Mrs. Jeyendran created the Foundation. To fill the cultural and religious gap that Tamil immigrants face, Foundation volunteers run camps that bring Hindu teaching and practice alive to children. The Foundation also encourages service to the elderly. Dr. Jeyendran, who has a busy Chicago medical practice, notes, "My wife is deeply interested in this because her faith in Hinduism is very strong. She feels that children need clear, simple presentations of their religious tradition."

The need for the Foundation's work will likely only increase. Fierce anti-Tamil riots in Sri Lanka in 1983 convinced many Tamils to leave. The number of Tamils from Sri Lanka in Canada rose from 2,000 before 1983 to almost 200,000 by 2006, with many entering the United States during the same period. The struggle has intensified in recent months.

The Foundation's activities typically involve groups of twenty to thirty. In May, the Foundation sponsored a children's retreat in Corona, California, introducing them to Hindu religious practices, meditation techniques and cultural activities. In June, 2007, the Jeyendran home in Chicago was the venue for a three-day camp for Sri Lankan Tamil children, ages 6 to 16, with religious advisor Rishi Thondunathan leading classes and performing a simple Ganesha puja. In August, they hosted a gathering of Sri Lankans, featuring Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, publisher of Hinduism Today. In October, the Foundation sponsored two week-long programs in Toronto that included a children's retreat and visits with elders in nursing homes.

Dr. Jeyendran hopes the Foundation's Endowment (fund #71) at HHE will someday provide financial stability for their work. He feels their HHE fund will also give greater exposure to the difficulties faced by immigrant Tamil Sri Lankans. "We want the Hindu community to know that the Foundation exists," Dr. Jeyendran concluded. "We want them to contact us so we can provide them with our services." The Foundation's website is www.saivite.org.

July to September Endowment Contributions

Kauai Aadheenam Monastic Endowment
Rajkumar Alagesan US$25.00
Subhash Kumar Choudhary 150.00
Victoria Lynne Johnson 3.00
Gunasekaran Kandasamy 171.77
Darmaguhan Satgunasingam 75.00
Other Donations 11,580.88
Total 12,005.65
Iraivan Temple Endowment
Anonymous 1,653.00
Rajkumar Alagesan 25.00
Rayappa R. Balasani 101.00
Rama Berch 11.00
Roger & Rosemary Brown 80.00
Subhash Kumar Choudhary 250.00
Chris Gendron 27.00
Victoria Lynne Johnson 84.00
R.R. Kamath 100.00
Bhani Karthigesu 200.00
Trond Liland 80.00
Pathmini Murugesan 25.00
Perrii Muthuraman 51.00
Chandran Nagalingam 800.00
Surendra & Patsy Rajpal 250.00
Nataraja & Parimalam Ranganathan 101.00
Chamundi Sabanathan 1,001.00
Avinit - Madan - Jaya Sijapati 11.00
V. Sinnathamby 2,000.00
Giles Arnold Thompson 1,000.00
Jeremiah Umakanthan 25.00
Other Donations 82,736.73
Total 90,611.73
Kauai Aadheenam Annual Archana Fund
Anonymous 61.00
Renu Aravindraj 14.25
Rema Devi Balakrishnan 250.00
Gunavadee Caremben 5.02
Somasundaram Caremben 5.02
Sukanta Caremben 5.02
Victoria Lynne Johnson 29.00
M. Karnakaran 25.00
Amooda Koothan 1.64
Saravan Koothan 1.64
Auslin Mangal Lawrence 250.00
Saroja Devi Manickam 6.50
Amanda Muttulingam 250.00
Lalitha Muttulingam 250.00
Mayuran Muttulingam 250.00
Natraj Narayanswami 100.00
Nirmaliswari 20.00
Sandhyadevi Param 4.00
Subramaniam Pennathur 83.34
Kirtideva Peruman 9.97
Niroshnee Peruman 14.95
Deivani Ramanathan 250.00
Kumar Ranganathan 100.00
Girish Samugam 32.27
Akileiswaran Samuthiran 11.34
Jayasutha Samuthiran 14.49
Devaladevi Sivaceyon 8.59
Nutanaya Sivaceyon 20.12
Patudeva Sivaceyon 8.59
Hemavalli Sivalingam 2.61
Kantaruban Sivalingam 2.61
Rohini Sivalingam 10.36
Potriyan Sivanathan 14.40
Siven Veerasamy 20.26
Total 2,131.99
Hinduism Today Lifetime Subscription Fund
Nina Anand 800.00
Jeri Arin 84.00
Bavani Ayyar 200.00
Rema Devi Balakrishnan 900.00
Kris Bhat 87.00
Ravichandran Ceyon 41.00
Shelley L. Cummins 97.50
Maruthu Pandian Darmalingam 334.00
Chellappa Deva 200.00
Uma Geetha Vani Dunn 1,001.00
Ramesh Gantyala 240.00
Toshadeva Guhan 142.50
Anil D. Halappa 80.00
Rosa Jaramillo 88.28
Kalpana Krishnamurthy 1,001.00
Sakuntalai Krishnan 309.84
Auslin Mangal Lawrence 500.00
Mayuran Muttulingam 1,001.00
V. Paraphara 1,001.00
Bhaskar & Phani Peesapati 212.94
Adi Sankara Perumal 53.47
Anjeeni Devi Perumal 20.04
Surendra & Patsy Rajpal 250.00
Deivani Ramanathan 672.00
Kirit Shah 80.00
Acharya Surinder Sharma 1,001.00
Chandra Shekharan 30.00
Sujata Singh 160.00
Total 10,587.57
Hindu of the Year Fund
Anonymous 25.00
Boys School for Iraivan Priesthood
David Bohn 20.00
Bala Sivaceyon 48.88
Total 68.88
Kauai Aadheenam Mathavasi Medical Fund
Anonymous 51.00
Corinne Baumann 20.00
Maruthu Pandian Darmalingam 41.75
Dora Kovacs 200.00
Gowri Nadason 155.58
Kumar Ranganathan 100.00
K. Lakshmi Kantha Reddy 875.00
Vayudeva Varadan 54.00
Other Donations 6,300.00
Total 7,797.33
Tirunavukkarasu Nayanar Gurukulam
Rajkumar Alagesan 50.00
Wigneswaran Maharatnam 90.98
Devdatta & Swati Mhaiskar 20.00
Total 160.98
Sri Subramuniya Kottam Fund
Krish & Devika Muruga 50.00
Malaysian Hindu Youth Education Trust
Devdatta & Swati Mhaiskar 20.00
Kumbhalavalai Ganesha Temple Endowment
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 75.00
Malaysia Hindu Renaissance Fund
Anonymous 1,130.00
Hinduism Today Production Fund
Subhash Kumar Choudhary 100.00
R. Prakash Dixit 300.00
Murli Melwani 2,000.00
Subramaniam Pennathur 83.33
Subhadra Raj 82.07
Narayana & Sarojini Rao 7,116.00
Total 9,681.40
Vishwamata Gayatri Trust Fund
Anonymous 25.00
Hindu Orphanage Endowment Fund
Chris Gendron 27.00
Gunasekaran Kandasamy 171.77
Ramakumar & Sailaja Kosuru 25.00
Devdatta & Swati Mhaiskar 20.00
Anbananthan Muniandy 100.00
Natraj Narayanswami 133.34
Kumar Ranganathan 100.00
Alex Ruberto 100.00
Rodney & Ilene Standen 30.00
Total 707.11
Hindu Education Endowment
Naran D. Patel & Mani N. Patel Families 100.00
Natraj Narayanswami 33.33
Total 133.33
Hindu Press International Endowment Fund
Shridhar Deo 50.00
Hiranya & Saraswathi Gowda 63.00
Natraj Narayanswami 33.33
Baleswary Selvarajah 5.00
Total 151.33
Loving Ganesha Distribution Fund
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 75.00
Gassa Patten 1,000.00
Total 1,075.00
Swami Agnivesh Endowment Fund
Prasad Krishnan 3.00
Alaveddy Pasupatheeswarar Temple Fund
Prasad Krishnan 3.00
Kauai Aadheenam Religious Art and Artifacts Fund
Anonymous 25.00
Rajadeva Alahan 153.00
Total 178.00
Thank You Bodhinatha Fund
Anonymous 402.00
Hotranatha Ajaya 84.00
Durvasa Alahan 101.00
Shyamadeva Dandapani 101.00
Amarnath & Latha Devarmanai 324.00
Lila Shakti Devi 101.00
Toshadeva Guhan 108.00
Maha Lakshmi Gunasegaran 282.00
Jothiswarar 50.00
Rani Jothiswarar 50.00
Trond Liland 20.00
Kumar Natarajan 50.00
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 150.00
Shanta Devi Periasamy 1,539.76
Anonymous 651.00
Alex Ruberto 60.00
Aran Sambandar 54.00
Hitesvara Saravan 108.00
Dasa Sivam 108.00
Indivar Sivanathan 51.00
Ramesh Sivanathan 97.12
Vayudeva Varadan 63.00
Other Donations 3,206.09
Total 7,760.97
Saivite Hindu Scriptural Fund for the Visually Impaired
Alex Ruberto 60.00
Sri Chandra Madhab Debnath Endowment
Shyamal Chandra Debnath 50.00
Ramakumar & Sailaja Kosuru 10.00
Total 60.00
Murugan Temple Yalpanam Festival Fund
Vayudeva Varadan 18.00
Manitha Neyam Trust Fund
Bala Sivaceyon 34.35
Kapaleeshwara Temple Orphanage
Rajkumar Alagesan 50.00
Prasad Krishnan 3.00
Auslin Mangal Lawrence 50.00
Total 103.00
Manjung Hindu Sabha Orphanage Fund
Ramakumar & Sailaja Kosuru 25.00
Ananda Manickam 11.00
Suselah Periasamy 1,241.00
Total 1,277.00
Pazhassi Balamandiram Orphanage Fund
Prasad Krishnan 3.00
Devdatta & Swati Mhaiskar 20.00
Total 23.00
Karnataka Temple Development Fund
Hiranya & Saraswathi Gowda 303.00
Sri Ganesha Hindu Temple of Utah Endowment Fund
Utah Temple Devotees 5,000.00
Hindu Literature Fund
Anonymous 3.00
Murli M. Agrawal 200.00
Karen Yang 108.00
Total 311.00
Hinduism Today Complimentary Subscription Fund
Hiranya & Saraswathi Gowda 153.00
Kumar Ranganathan 50.00
Total 203.00
Kauai Aadheenam Yagam Fund
Victoria Lynne Johnson 28.00
Hans J. Keller 1.00
Total 29.00
Yogaswami Hindu Girlsí Home of Sittandy Endowment
Anonymous 100.00
Maruthu Pandian Darmalingam 41.75
Julia Hall 45.00
Dora Kovacs 200.00
Natraj Narayanswami 150.00
Subramaniam Pennathur 83.33
Kumar Ranganathan 100.00
Silas H. Zirkle 375.00
Total 1,095.08
Yogaswami Hindu Boysí Home Fund
Maruthu Pandian Darmalingam 41.75
Dora Kovacs 200.00
Krish & Devika Muruga 50.00
Natraj Narayanswami 50.00
Dharmalingam Siddhan 150.00
Total 491.75
Maha Ganapati Temple of Arizona Endowment
Anonymous 1,000.00
Chellappa Deva 500.00
Total 1,500.00
India Hindu Tribals Endowment
Devdatta & Swati Mhaiskar 20.00
Murugan Temple of North America Puja Fund
Vayudeva Varadan 36.00
Saivite Tamil Foundation Endowment
Dr. & Mrs. S. Jeyendran 1,000.00
Kauai Aadheenam Renovation Endowment
Other Donations 600.00
Pooled Income Fund (PIF)
Satya & Savitri Palani 100.00
Total Contributions $156,546.45
Funds at Market Value, September 30, 2007
Total Endowment Funds $9,131,123.15
Total Pooled Income Funds $227,358.51
Grand Total $9,358,481.66

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Hindu Heritage Endowment is a publicly supported, charitable organization recognized as tax exempt by the IRS on April 22, 1994. Employer ID 99-0308924. Founded by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, its philanthropic mission is to provide secure, professionally managed financial support for institutions and religious leaders of all lineages of Sanatana Dharma.

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