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Saivite Hindu Scriptural Fund for the Visually Impaired

January-February-March 2011 Newsletter

Damara San Diego
The Lutheran Braille Workers (LBW) has 200 work-centers throughout the United States and Canada that each year distribute 250,000 volumes of Braille Christian literature throughout the world. The Hindu community has Damara Shanmugan and the Saivite Hindu Scriptural Fund for the Visually Impaired at the Hindu Heritage Endowment that supports her work.

This 64-year-old retired phone-company worker produces Braille versions of the writings of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswam (Gurudeva) for blind children and adults. Her Braille venture has its roots in a 1995-1996 pilgrimage to Malaysia and South India where she spent two weeks volunteering at a school for the blind.

The life-long San Diego resident and mother of two has since transcribed Gurudeva's Master Course and other of his works into Braille. She uses a machine-gun-like sounding Romeo RB-25 portable embosser hooked up to a Braille computer program called Braille2000. Shanmugan lives and works out of her 91-year-old mother's 1,200 square foot home which is surrounded by fruit and walnut trees on a large San Diego lot. She uses a small workshop her mother built for her.

"I've had dyslexia all my life," Shanmugan said cheerfully. "That's why I need the computer program to do the work." Her Braille transcription of religious works evolved gradually, the seed planted as she was leaving India by a blind child who asked Shanmugan, "Auntie, send us some Braille books."

"They had so few resources," Shanmugan said, describing a tiny Braille library at the Karnataka school for the blind in South India where she volunteered for two weeks. The library had 100 Braille volumes. Because of their bulk, complete books require several 80-page volumes in Braille

Back in San Diego, she learned that the Braille Transcribers Guild of San Diego in Balboa Park was disposing of Braille books made obsolete by cassettes and other technology. She used her pickup truck to collect some 5,000 volumes---versions of Reader's Digest and other popular publications---and mailed them to South India. The Karnataka school built a small room to store them.

"You can mail material for the blind for free," she said, describing the one thing about her work that doesn't seem expensive, cumbersome or loud. Braille paper is four times the thickness of ordinary stock, the books held together with extra thick comb spines, and the embossing process a snail-like one-page a minute.

In 1996 she began thinking of producing Hindu religious works. "My Braille teacher told me that there were hardly any works from the Eastern world in Braille, much less sacred Eastern texts. There are thousands of Braille versions of the Christian Bible," she said. "There are none of the Vedas."

As she gained facility in Braille, she asked Gurudeva for permission to transcribe and distribute his writings to the blind. He immediately agreed. She began with some of his popular pamphlets, and since then has completed his Master Course which includes Dancing with Shiva, Living with Shiva and Merging with Shiva. About twenty 80-page Braille volumes are needed to transcribe one Master Course book. Once done, Braille works fit India better than electrically dependent cassettes or CDs. You can't depend on consistent power from the balky Indian grid, she said, adding that "electricity costs money."

"Besides, the blind are like the rest of us. They like to sit down with a good book."

To learn how you can support Saivite Hindu Scriptural Fund for the Visually Impaired through a Will, life insurance or other planned gifts, contact Shanmuganathaswami at 808-822-3012, extension 244 or hhe@hindu.org. Donate to the Saivite Hindu Scriptural Fund for the Visually Impaired (fund #43) at www.hheonline.org.

July to September Endowment Contributions

Kauai Aadheenam Monastic Endowment
Tina Desai 300.00
Rajan Deva 50.00
Sharad & Namrata Haldwania 101.00
Roshan Harilela 375.00
Gunasekaran Kandasamy 339.19
Natraj Narayanswami 15.50
Anonymous 175.00
K. Lakshmi Kantha Reddy 500.00
Niraj Thaker 76.50
Michael Zimmermann 7.50
Other Donations 23,000.00
Total 24,939.69
Iraivan Temple Endowment
Thushyanthan Amirthalingam 290.00
Latha Kannan 153.00
Ramrajeeth Kodialbail 1,001.00
Nalini Ganapati Kodpadi 25.00
Maragatham Kumar 62.00
Gunness Maharaj 1,000.00
Vijendra & Atrun Prasad 25.00
Anonymous 1,008.00
Sankara Skandanatha 120.00
Pregassen Soobramaney 40.00
Niraj Thaker 76.50
Raja Vishnu 56.67
Other Donations 70,378.04
Total 74,235.21
Kauai Aadheenam Annual Archana Fund
Aubrey Burke 93.30
Visen Candasamy 43.62
Gunavadee Caremben 2.48
Somasundaram Caremben 6.44
Sukanta Caremben 2.48
Sharath Chigurupati 369.00
Tirunyanam Gunasegaran 64.48
Mootoocurpen Harrykrishna 250.00
Dinesh Kumar Jayaram 9.43
Victoria Lynne Johnson 17.00
Juhivaasana Koothan 4.99
Saravan Koothan 6.78
Bala Krishna 52.58
Shakti Mahadevan 108.00
Gaurav Malhotra 250.00
Saroja Devi Manickam 5.00
Selven Maureemootoo 35.59
Tiviapragassen Maureemootoo 87.74
Toshadevi Nataraja 60.00
A. Paranthaman 6.29
Eesan Pasupathi 279.06
Mrunal Patel 501.00
Subramaniam Pennathur 49.98
Rudiren Carpanen Pillay 70.00
Logavalli Sinsamy 40.14
Devaladevi Sivaceyon 18.44
Thambimuttoo & Thavam Sivagnanam82.51
Hemavalli Sivalingam 1.93
Javanya Skanda 28.18
Devi Tandavan 40.00
Anonymous 49.00
Velauthampillai Vamathaevan 30.00
Total 2,665.44
Hinduism Today Lifetime Subscription Fund
Madhu & Deepak Ahuja 499.00
Arumugam Alagan 465.00
Ron & Jennifer Burke 93.30
Ravichandran Ceyon 143.00
Mootoocurpen Harrykrishna 205.45
Sheresze Hilford 499.00
Rosa (Gunamaya) Jaramillo 267.96
Vanore Lawrence 125.00
Gaurav Malhotra 250.00
Tiviapragassen Maureemootoo 89.77
Dayavati Murugan 75.00
Thila Nadason 1,000.00
Jay Parikh 499.00
Mrunal Patel 1,001.00
Rama Pemmaraju Rao 42.00
Adi Sankara Peruman 27.12
Anjeeni Devi Peruman 13.56
Kirtideva Peruman 19.83
Niroshnee Peruman 24.78
Rudiren Carpanen Pillay 459.38
Sudha Prakash 160.00
Elamurugu Porselvi Ramachandran 160.00
Amooda Sagum 29.70
Akileiswaran Samuthiran 8.63
Jayasutha Samuthiran 306.42
Dinesh Sharma 499.00
Devendra Singh 499.00
Egambrum Sinsamy 251.55
Devaladevi Sivaceyon 12.68
Nutanaya Sivaceyon 31.12
Patudeva Sivaceyon 31.12
Potriyan Sivanathan 6.23
Uma Sivanathan 50.00
Girish Skanda 247.75
Chowksey, Akshat And Ayushi Ae Swarup499.00
Siven Veerasamy 33.45
Total 8,624.80
Hindu Businessmen's Association Trust
Paramaseeven Canagasaby 13.38
Vel Mahalingum 20.16
Manogaran Mardemootoo 33.45
Somoo Pillay 61.02
Total 128.01
Boys School for Iraivan Priesthood
Rajendra Giri 85.00
Nalini Ganapati Kodpadi 25.00
Anonymous 21.00
Bala Sivaceyon 57.57
Total 188.57
Kauai Aadheenam Matavasi Medical Fund
Shyamadeva Dandapani 63.00
Rajendra Giri 85.00
Kulagan Moonesawmy 31.72
Debora Nabolitano 150.00
Gowri Nadason 168.18
Shanta Devi Periasamy 300.00
Anonymous 175.00
Anonymous 159.00
Ganga Sivanathan 54.00
Thilagarani Valluvan 25.00
Vayudeva Varadan 54.00
Other Donations 4,800.00
Total 6,064.90
Kauai Aadheenam Renovation Endowment
James Deville 500.00
Anonymous 125.00
Scott Robey 500.00
Total 1,125.00
Sri Subramuniya Kottam Fund
Yohini Alvappillai 90.00
Chitrammal & Sangarapillai Asokan1,500.00
Anil Kumar 150.00
C. Pathmarajah 300.00
Vigna Rajan 300.00
Vignesh Sinnathurai 60.00
Thavaputhiran Sivapalan 300.00
Thillaiampalam Srijaerajah 150.00
Vayudeva Varadan 10.80
Manny Yogarajah 90.00
Total 2,950.80
Kumbhalavalai Ganesha Temple Endowment
Mano Navaratnarajah 75.00
Hinduism Today Production Fund
Tina Desai 300.00
Hiranya Gowda 93.00
Bhagawandas P. Lathi 1,001.00
Murli Melwani 500.00
Natraj Narayanswami 10.50
Subramaniam Pennathur 50.01
Anonymous 125.00
Asan Tejwani 1,008.00
Total 3,087.51
Hindu Orphanage Endowment Fund
Roshan Harilela 375.00
Sheresze Hilford 100.00
Gunasekaran Kandasamy 339.19
Anonymous 38.98
Pankaj N. Lalaji 500.00
Tapesh Lall 640.00
Anushia Mohan 300.00
Sivaramakrish Muthukrishnan 25.50
Natraj Narayanswami 10.50
Anonymous 21.00
Greg Rogers 25.00
Alex Ruberto 75.00
Jia Anish Shah 100.00
Rodney & Ilene Standen 30.00
Niraj Thaker 11.00
Anonymous 10.00
Raja Vishnu 56.66
Matthew Wieczork 175.00
Total 2,832.83
Hindu Education Endowment
Nalini Ganapati Kodpadi 25.00
Sundari Peruman Memorial Scholarship Fund
Eleni Cannon 250.00
Hindu Press International Endowment Fund
Hiranya Gowda 63.00
Loving Ganesha Distribution Fund
Mano Navaratnarajah 125.00
Gassa Patten 450.00
Total 575.00
Saiva Agamas Trust
Ganga Sivanathan 210.00
Tirumular Sannidhi Preservation Fund
Shyamadeva Dandapani 63.00
Hindu Heritage Endowment Administrative Fund
Sitara Alahan 54.00
Kauai Aadheenam Religious Art and Artifacts Fund
Rajadeva Alahan 153.00
Natraj Narayanswami 11.00
Total 164.00
Thank You Bodhinatha Fund
Hotranatha Ajaya 77.00
Marlene Carter 300.00
Anonymous 3,375.00
Anonymous 100.00
Maruthu Pandian Darmalingam 30.00
Amarnath & Latha Devarmanai 324.00
Anonymous 101.00
Anonymous 1,008.00
Mahalakshmi Gunasegaran 51.00
Nalini Ganapati Kodpadi 60.00
Meeravadee Koothan 33.90
Selven Maureemootoo 33.90
Kulagan Moonesawmy 16.95
Mano Navaratnarajah 150.00
Shanta Devi Periasamy 420.00
Anonymous 50.00
Venugopala Reddy 51.00
Alex Ruberto 45.00
Nigel Subramaniam Siva 1,008.00
Ganga Sivanathan 54.00
Ramesh Sivanathan 22.49
Niraj Thaker 101.00
Anonymous 150.00
Thilagarani Valluvan 25.00
Vayudeva Varadan 63.00
Raja Vishnu 56.67
Michael Wasylkiw 432.00
Total 8,138.91
Udayan Care Endowment Fund
Sajal Bajaj 64.70
Rajendra Giri 15.00
Total 79.70
Saivite Hindu Scriptural Fund for the Visually Impaired
Alex Ruberto 60.00
Sri Chandra Madhab Debnath Endowment
Shyamal Chandra Debnath 50.00
Manitha Neyam Trust Fund
Bala Sivaceyon 62.24
Kapaleeshwara Temple Orphanage
Sharma Padmanabhan 100.00
Michael Zimmermann 7.50
Total 107.50
Manjung Hindu Sabha Orphanage Fund
Anonymous 21.00
Rajendra Sawant 20.00
Total 41.00
Pazhassi Balamandiram Orphanage Fund
Chiranjevi Raparla 30.00
Swami Vipulananta Children's Home Endowment
Anonymous 100.00
Hinduism Today Complimentary Subscription Fund
Hiranya Gowda 153.00
Rajagopal Krishnan 60.00
Sivaramakrish Muthukrishnan 25.50
Michael Zimmermann 7.50
Total 246.00
Himalayan Academy Book Distribution Fund
Shyamadeva Dandapani 63.00
Kauai Aadheenam Yagam Fund
Rajendra Giri 85.00
Victoria Lynne Johnson 11.00
Total 96.00
Yogaswami Hindu Girls' Home of Sittandy Endowment
Vinaya Alahan 150.00
Jeri Arin 300.00
Marlene Carter 412.00
Anonymous 504.00
James H. Daugherty 75.00
Tina Desai 300.00
Rajendra Giri 15.00
Julia M. Hall 108.00
Tapesh Lall 130.00
Ripla Malhotra 25.00
Natraj Narayanswami 25.50
Padmaja Patel 150.00
Subramaniam Pennathur 50.01
Anonymous 21.00
Ananthakumar Renganathan 100.00
Ganga Sivanathan 150.00
Anonymous 45.00
Soma Sundaram 10.00
Devi Tandavan 50.00
Niraj Thaker 101.00
Anonymous 20.00
Anonymous 28.00
Total 2,769.51
Yogaswami Hindu Boys' Home Fund
Vinaya Alahan 150.00
Kugendra Canaganayagam 60.00
Anonymous 504.00
James H. Daugherty 50.00
Ripla Malhotra 25.00
Natraj Narayanswami 10.00
Anonymous 21.00
Ananthakumar Renganathan 100.00
Dharmalingam Siddhan 55.00
Anonymous 49.00
Total 1,024.00
India Hindu Tribals Endowment
Niraj Thaker 15.00
Murugan Temple of North America Puja Fund
Vayudeva Varadan 54.00
Ramanathaswamy Temple Cleaning Fund
Danyse Crotti 150.00
Hiranya Gowda 99.00
Sakuntalai Krishnan 100.00
Manogaran Mardemootoo 100.80
Kulagan Moonesawmy 19.50
Balaji Narasimhan 225.00
Toshadevi Nataraja 60.00
Anonymous 102.00
Ganga Sivanathan 300.00
Lucy Soutter 40.00
Niraj Thaker 33.00
Total 1,229.30
Hindu American Foundation Endowment
Niraj Thaker 33.00
Cows of Kadavul and Iraivan Temples (Kovil Maadu) Endowment
Sitara Alahan 54.00
Victoria Lynne Johnson 1.00
Nalini Ganapati Kodpadi 45.00
Total 100.00
Pakistan Hindu Empowerment Fund
Arvind Chandrakantan 5,000.00
Bharathi Yoga Dhama Fund
Bruce & Martha Mitchell 5,000.00
Murugamoorthi Thirukkovil Endowment
N. Balasubramanian 25,000.00
Insurance Premiums
Mrunal Patel 3,003.00
Kauai Aadheenam Renovation Endowment
Other Donations 600.00
Total Contributions $181,223.92
Funds at Market Value, Sep 30, 2010
Total Endowment Funds $9,049,921.07
Total Pooled Income Funds $211,167.90
Grand Total $9,261,088.97

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