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Priest's Fund Supports Satguru's Malaysia Travel

January-February-March 2009 Newsletter


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Whenever Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami of the Kauai Monastery goes to Malaysia, a Hindu priest and astrologer from Ulu Behrang, Parak helps pay for his travel.

The priest's son, Selvanathan Jothiswarar of Kuala Lumpur, says his father combines generosity with practicality. "He says that when it comes to swamis, instead of giving what we like, it's important to give what they need," Mr. Selvanathan stated.

His father, also named Jothiswarar, helps offset an unavoidable expense. Though Veylanswami spends most of the year on the island of Kauai where he overseas a monastery-temple and its publication operations, his duties require travel throughout North America and Asia. He regularly holds pilgrimages, gives talks and conducts ceremonies in Malaysia, India, Mauritius, Canada, Singapore and elsewhere.

The elder Jothiswarar first started supporting Malaysian travels for Veylanswami's predecessor, the late Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (Gurudeva). Mr. Jothiswarar would ask the trip organizers how he could help and then charge Gurudeva's hotel and travel expenses to his credit card, making the holy visitor a guest to his nation.

"Dad then got the idea of starting an endowment fund for Satguru's Malaysian travels," Mr. Selvanathan recounted. His father established the Kodiswara Satguru Malaysia Travel Fund at the Hindu Heritage Endowment, naming it after his grandson Kodiswara who had been named by Gurudeva. In Mr. Selvanathan's view, "It was as though Gurudeva himself had named the fund."

Mr. Jothiswarar's personal journey was not an easy one. After being orphaned at age five, he was adopted by a Sri Lankan family. He received training in astrology and the priesthood in Sri Lanka. He left his adoptive family at age 16, finally marrying and settling in Ulu Behrang. He became active in politics and, with the help of a government grant, built a Tamil school and a Lord Subramanya temple on a nearby estate in 1967 and a Lord Ganesha Temple in Ulu Behrang in 1975.

Gurudeva visited the temple in 1983 and, according to Mr. Selvanathan, had a vision of Lord Ganesha listening to his father who by now was known throughout Malaysia as one of its leading astrologers.

Now 75, Mr. Jothiswarar is twice a recipient of the government's Distinguished Conduct Medal (Pingat Pekerti Terpilih) and the Meritorious Service Medal (Pingat Jasa Kebaktian) for his social service work. His son, Mr. Selvanathan, has followed his father's example and established the Rani Jothiswarar Memorial Fund (fund #66) at HHE in honor of his late wife (see Hinduism Today Oct-Nov-Dec 2008.) The fund supports the retreat facilities for the monks at Kauai's Hindu Monastery.

An engineer by profession, Mr. Selvanathan now works as an astrologer in Kuala Lumpur and regularly assists his father with the Ganesha Temple prayer services in Ulu Behrang.

July to September Endowment Contributions

Kauai Aadheenam Monastic Endowment
K. Lakshmi Kantha Reddy US$201.00
Darma & Shivali Satgunasingam 75.00
Niraj Thaker 98.50
Other Donations 16,965.21
Total 17,339.71
Iraivan Temple Endowment
Anonymous 1832.00
Hotranatha Ajaya 25.00
Roger & Rosemary Brown 120.00
Victoria Lynne Johnson 51.00
Latha Kannan 153.00
Trond Liland 60.00
Rasa Rajanayagam 1,001.00
Kumar Ranganathan 125.00
S. & N. Ravindran 45.00
Jnana Sivananda 100.00
Niraj Thaker 98.50
Gunavinthan Siva Thirumalai 80.00
Raja Vishnu 30.00
Other Donations 23,569.35
Total 27,289.85
Kauai Aadheenam Annual Archana Fund
Sivanathan Batumalai 30.37
Gunavadee Caremben 14.11
Somasundaram Caremben 14.11
Sukanta Caremben 14.11
Sharath Chigurupati 369.00
Tarakini Gunasegaran 20.54
Victoria Lynne Johnson 17.00
Amooda Koothan 34.76
Saravan Koothan 3.74
Saroja Devi Manickam 4.50
Navindhiraan Murugesu 250.00
Navukarasu Muthusamy 30.37
Bijamati Pareatumbee 5.41
Padmini Pareatumbee 5.41
Kirtideva Peruman 11.11
Niroshnee Peruman 5.77
Akileiswaran Samuthiran 25.07
Jayasutha Samuthiran 24.37
Devaladevi Sivaceyon 11.88
Nutanaya Sivaceyon 23.74
Patudeva Sivaceyon 11.88
Hemavalli Sivalingam 1.77
Kantaruban Sivalingam 2.69
Rohini Sivalingam 0.92
Shivaani Sivananda 22.27
Potriyan Sivanathan 12.09
Siven Veerasamy 11.55
Total 978.54
Hinduism Today Lifetime Subscription Fund
Yatrika Ajaya 109.70
Jeri Arin 252.00
Ram M Cheerath 240.00
Rosa Jaramillo 77.80
Subbiah Lakshmanan 696.00
Navindhiraan Murugesu 260.17
Shankar Paramasivam 240.00
Akshar Patel 800.00
Bharati Patil 240.00
Subramaniam Pennathur 240.00
Adi Sankara Perumal 30.79
Anjeeni Devi Perumal 15.40
Niroshnee Peruman 10.88
Jayasutha Samuthiran 6.71
Rohan Sundaralingam 240.00
Siven Veerasamy 21.78
Total 3,481.23
Hindu Businessmenís Association Trust
Janaka Param 14.00
Paramaseeven Canagasaby 18.57
Vel Mahalingum 22.22
Manogaran Mardemootoo 55.52
Vedapragassen Peruman 7.22
Total 117.53
Boys School for Iraivan Priesthood
David Bohn 20.00
Bala Sivaceyon 23.74
Niraj Thaker 22.00
Total 65.74
Kauai Aadheenam Matavasi Medical Fund
Shyamadeva Dandapani 63.00
Maruthu Pandian Darmalingam 43.90
Gowri Nadason 159.80
Vayudeva Varadan 54.00
Other Donations 4,800.00
Total 5,120.70
Tirunavukkarasu Nayanar Gurukulam
Roshan Nathoo 468.37
Deva Rajan 108.00
Total 576.37
Sri Subramuniya Kottam Fund
Anonymous 50.00
Kumbhalavalai Ganesha Temple Endowment
Thulasidas Nadarajah 60.00
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 75.00
Total 135.00
Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Devasthanam Trust
Anonymous 30.00
Malaysia Hindu Renaissance Fund
Anonymous 75.00
Rajiv Verma 16.66
Total 91.66
Hinduism Today Production Fund
Shashikumar Bellur 250.00
Hiranya Gowda 93.00
K. C. Gupta 1,001.00
Vijay Pallod 504.00
Urmil Shukla 1,000.00
Total 2,848.00
Vishwamata Gayatri Trust Fund
Anonymous 25.00
Hindu Orphanage Endowment Fund
Anonymous 50.00
Kumar Ranganathan 100.00
Alex Ruberto 75.00
Rodney & Ilene Standen 30.00
Niraj Thaker 22.00
Rajiv Verma 16.67
Raja Vishnu 30.00
Total 323.67
Hindu Education Endowment
Hasu N. & Hansa H. Patel 100.00
Suntheram Family Trust Fund
Ramachandran Suntheram 1,000.00
Hindu Press International Endowment Fund
Hiranya Gowda 63.00
Arun J. Mehta 500.00
Anonymous 108.00
James Stapleton 54.00
Total 725.00
Loving Ganesha Distribution Fund
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 75.00
Gassa Patten 1,000.00
Niraj Thaker 22.00
Total 1,097.00
Swami Agnivesh Endowment Fund
Prasad Krishnan 1.50
Saiva Agamas Trust
Ganga Sivanathan 284.00
Tirumular Sannidhi Preservation Fund
Shyamadeva Dandapani 63.00
Mauritius Saiva Dharmasala Endowment
Azagun Marudamuthu 30.00
Alaveddy Pasupatheeswarar Temple Fund
Prasad Krishnan 1.50
Kauai Aadheenam Religious Art and Artifacts Fund
Rajadeva Alahan 153.00
A. Saravanapavan Family Murugan Temple Pillaiyar Shrine Fund
Chitranjan Saravanapavan 60.00
Pathmini Saravanapavan 100.00
Total 160.00
Thank You Bodhinatha Fund
Anonymous 845.50
Hotranatha Ajaya 22.00
Durvasa Alahan 108.00
Amarnath & Latha Devarmanai 324.00
Toshadeva Guhan 108.00
Thulasidas Nadarajah 60.00
Kumar Natarajan 100.00
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 150.00
Shanta Devi Periasamy 115.00
Alex Ruberto 45.00
Aran Sambandar 108.00
Laurie & Mark Scurich 300.00
Niraj Thaker 22.00
Vayudeva Varadan 63.00
Raja Vishnu 30.00
Total 2,400.50
Udayan Care Endowment Fund
Anonymous 25.00
Natraj Narayanswami 21.00
Roshan Nathoo 468.37
Total 514.37
Saivite Hindu Scriptural Fund for the Visually Impaired
Alex Ruberto 45.00
Sri Chandra Madhab Debnath Endowment
Anonymous 30.00
Rajiv Verma 16.67
Total 46.67
Manitha Neyam Trust Fund
Bala Sivaceyon 47.47
Kapaleeshwara Temple Orphanage
Prasad Krishnan 1.50
Natraj Narayanswami 21.00
Niraj Thaker 22.00
Total 44.50
Manjung Hindu Sabha Orphanage Fund
Roshan Nathoo 468.37
Pazhassi Balamandiram Orphanage Fund
Prasad Krishnan 1.50
Roshan Nathoo 468.37
Total 469.87
Karnataka Temple Development Fund
Hiranya Gowda 303.00
Sri Ganesha Hindu Temple of Utah Endowment Fund
Aditya Vinadhara 400.00
Hinduism Today Complimentary Subscription Fund
Hiranya Gowda 153.00
Himalayan Academy Book Distribution Fund
Shyamadeva Dandapani 63.00
Raja Vishnu 30.00
Total 93.00
Kauai Aadheenam Yagam Fund
Victoria Lynne Johnson 17.00
Yogaswami Hindu Girlsí Home of Sittandy Endowment
Anonymous 231.00
Jeri Arin 300.00
Sunil Chacko 368.38
Maruthu Pandian Darmalingam 43.90
Joel Knepp 501.00
Thulasidas Nadarajah 60.00
Roshan Nathoo 468.37
Kumar Ranganathan 300.00
Ganga Sivanathan 200.00
Soma Sundaram 30.00
Silas H. Zirkle 450.00
Total 2,952.65
Siva Poomi School Trust
Shun K. Sunder 3,000.00
Yogaswami Hindu Boysí Home Fund
Siva & Dharshi Balasingham 75.00
Maruthu Pandian Darmalingam 43.90
Charles Hayse 1,000.00
Betty Lee Holland 200.00
Natraj Narayanswami 21.00
Roshan Nathoo 468.37
Kumar Ranganathan 75.00
Dharmalingam Siddhan 50.00
Total 1,933.27
Kodiswara Satguru Malaysia Travel Fund
Rani Jothiswarar Estate 100.00
Maha Ganapati Temple of Arizona Endowment
Chellappa Deva 75.00
Murugan Temple of North America Puja Fund
Vayudeva Varadan 54.00
Saivite Tamil Foundation Endowment
Suresh Jambunathan 25.00
Rani Jothiswarar Memorial Fund
Rani Jothiswarar Estate 250.00
Mahendra Raj-Sharmila 50.00
Total 300.00
Ramanathaswamy Temple Cleaning Fund
Jnanideva Cevvel 500.00
Niraj Thaker 22.00
Total 522.00
Hindu American Foundation Endowment
Hindu American Foundation 10,000.00
The Endowment for Global Hindu Rights
Hindu American Foundation 10,000.00
Anonymous 75.00
Total 10,075.00
Cows of Kadavul and Iraivan Temples (Kovil Maadu) Endowment
Azagun Marudamuthu 30.00
Nigel Subramaniam Siva 5,000.00
Niraj Thaker 22.00
Total 5,052.00
Jaffna Kannathiddy Kali Kovil Endowment
Nigel Subramaniam Siva 5,000.00
Hindu Temple of the Woodlands Endowment
Sharad & Beth Kulkarni 1,000.00
Urmil Shukla 4,000.00
Total 5,000.00
Kauai Aadheenam Renovation Endowment
Other Donations 600.00
Total Contributions $111,779.67
Funds at Market Value, Sep 30, 2008
Total Endowment Funds $7,870,955.04
Total Pooled Income Funds $195,143.95
Grand Total $8,066,098.99

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