Newsletter Archives

New Himalayan Academy Book Distribution Fund

April - May - June 2005 Newsletter


Ten years after their conversion to Hinduism, Shyamadeva and Peshanidevi Dandapani came forward to open their third endowment (#60) with HHE. The purpose of this fund is to give complimentary copies of Himalayan Academy books to public libraries, libraries of Hindu institutions and worthy individuals who can't afford to buy them. Titles will include Weaver's Wisdom, Lemurian Scrolls, Yoga's Forgotten Foundation, Know Thy Self and more. Here is their life-changing story, which inspired the creation of this fund, excerpted from one of these books, How to Become a Hindu.

"In February of 1994 we decided to take a relaxing vacation somewhere in the warm sunshine without a busy sightseeing schedule. Three days into our vacation we went into the Lazarus Used Bookstore, where Peshanidevi, my wife, began collecting books. She soon handed me a pile to purchase. On top was a copy of the second edition of Dancing with Siva (published by Himalayan Academy). I picked it up and looked at it, and on the back was a short biography and picture of the author, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. Upon reading it, I said to my wife, 'This author is right here on Kauai, and there is a temple here.' We bought our books and went back to the hotel. At this point we both seemed to be totally compelled, propelled and impelled to locate Gurudeva and the temple. We found a listing for Subramuniyaswami, Satguru Sivaya, in the local phone directory. Peshanidevi was able to talk with Yogi Rishinatha. She explained that we had found a copy of Gurudeva's book in the bookstore, told him we would like to come to the temple and asked what the proper protocols were for visiting. We were both very excited the next morning."

"With our Safeway flower bouquet in hand, we made our first walk up the path to the temple. Seeing the 16-ton black granite Nandi and the temple for the very first time was breathtaking. We washed our feet and entered the temple. It was beyond words. It was as if we had finally arrived back home after a long and arduous journey. We sat down, the only two people in the temple that morning, as Ceyonswami began the puja. We did not know Sanskrit but somehow seemed to intuit the deeper beauty and meaning of the puja."

"After the puja the next day, Swami asked if we would like to meet Gurudeva. 'Yes, of course! When?' 'Wait here.' We can remember feeling His loving energy before he walked through the curtain. We could feel the love. And then we fully prostrated to our beloved Gurudeva for the very first time. As he sat down in his chair, he looked at us and said, 'I see you are dancing with Siva.' At that moment we knew we had found our Guru, our Precious Preceptor, our Teacher. At that moment our lives were forever changed." Little wonder the Dandapanis want Gurudeva's books to find their way into many more hands, as they will through this endowment.

HHE Orphanages in Sri Lanka Hit Hard by Tsunami

Two HHE beneficiaries were devastated by the Asian Tsunami. The Swami Vipulananta Children's Home (fund #57) was spared by the waves, but dozens of children in the area lost parents in the flood and have taken refuge at the overcrowded home. The orphanage plans to add a second story to their building to accommodate the new children, who were temporarily joined by 42 boys from the Tirunavukkarasu Nayanar Gurukulam orphanage (fund #12). Most of this second orphanage was destroyed by the giant waves, and the boys are now displaced and insecure. One boy died, along with four staff members. Nevertheless, the Gurukulam plans to rebuild and continue their religious service in the Batticaloa area. Both orphanages are seeking funds for reconstruction.

October To December Endowment Contributions

Kauai Aadheenam Monastic Endowment
Anonymous $565.00
Rajendra Giri 10.00
Vijay, Daksha & Neil Mithal 2.00
Other Donations 21,135.92
Himalayan Academy 2,250.00
Total 23,962.92
Iraivan Temple Endowment
Anonymous 358.33
P.S. Bob & Bharati Gaitonde 50.00
R. Logeswaran 50.00
Rathinappilai Logeswaran 50.00
Mani & Surya Nallasivan 500.00
Natraj Narayanswami 15.50
Rajkumar Padmanabhan 50.00
S.V. Ravi Rahavendran 706.00
Bharat Rajpara 101.00
Jnana Sivananda 365.00
S Sivanathan 100.00
Niraj Thaker 16.83
Other Donations 18,439.34
Total 20,802.00
Kauai Aadheenam Annual Archana Fund
Kanda Alahan 101.00
Priya Alahan 96.00
Vinaya Alahan 250.00
Anil Ananda Badhwar 435.55
Sivanathan Batumalai 65.36
Chandran 13.00
Chellappa Deva 226.00
Toshadeva Guhan 252.12
Suguneswary Gunasegaran 27.36
Kriya Haran 137.00
Isanah Kameni 13.15
Amooda Koothan 0.71
Egilen Koothan 14.22
Saravan Koothan 0.71
Usharani Kuppusamy 159.47
Thavamalar Lingam 38.90
Bhaveshan Moorghen 1.78
Shanda Kumaran Moorghen 1.78
Udeyadeva Moorghen 1.78
Umah Rani Palanisamy 90.53
Kirtideva Peruman 10.66
Niroshnee Peruman 31.96
Kasturi Raman 5.84
P. Raman 58.42
Shamala Raman 5.84
Akileiswaran Samuthiran 2.90
Jayasutha Samuthiran 22.62
Padmini Samuthiran 80.05
Loganatha Shivam 200.00
Palaka Shivam 200.00
Devaladevi Sivaceyon 5.22
Nutanaya Sivaceyon 5.22
Patudeva Sivaceyon 5.22
Hemavalli Sivalingam 2.37
K. Sivalingam 30.00
Kantha Ruben Sivalingam 2.37
Rohini Sivalingam 2.37
Dasa Sivam 106.00
Lavanadevi Sivam 102.00
Potriyan Sivanathan 2.61
Girish Skanda 20.00
Javanya Skanda 6.00
Subasene Skanda 19.30
Rubatharan Sukumaran 13.00
Vayudeva Varadan 250.00
Samynaden Veerapen 34.00
Total 3,150.39
Hinduism Today Lifetime Subscription Fund
Anil Ananda Badhwar 577.56
Sanjay Bajekal 240.00
Surinder M. Bhardwaj 100.00
Sivarama Dandamudi 240.00
Rajul & Heidi Gandhi 111.99
Rajendra Giri 5.00
Isanah Kameni 13.15
Amravadee Kownden 35.85
Ravi & Sevanthi Kumaran 75.00
Rushikesh H. Mehta 99.00
Dibyajyoti Pandit 800.00
Gassa Patten 100.00
Suselah Periasamy 169.42
Adi Sankara Perumal 161.94
Anjeeni Devi Perumal 70.34
Balgrim Ragoonanan 800.00
Linda Seeley 75.00
Jiva Shanmuga 102.00
Vinaya Sharma 240.00
Dasa Sivam 77.00
Lavanadevi Sivam 51.00
Potriyan Sivanathan 5.23
Nagaraj Tanguturu 240.00
Total 4,389.48
Hindu Businessmenís Association Trust
Paramaseeven Canagasaby 24.62
Vel Mahalingum 21.39
Manogaran Mardemootoo 53.47
Janaka Param 25.00
Vedapragassen Peruman 21.34
Total 145.82
Boys School for Iraivan Priesthood
Anonymous 8.33
Rajendra Giri 5.00
Bala Sivaceyon 19.34
Niraj Thaker 16.84
Total 49.51
Kauai Aadheenam Matavasi Medical Fund
Anonymous 10.05
Rajendra Giri 5.00
Gowri Nadason 120.12
Niraj Thaker 16.83
Vayudeva Varadan 54.00
Total 206.00
Sri Subramuniya Ashram Scholarship Fund
Anonymous 8.33
Vijay, Daksha & Neil Mithal 2.00
Total 10.33
Sri Subramuniya Kottam Fund
Hitesvara Saravan 108.00
Aran Sendan 102.00
Total 210.00
Kumbhalavalai Ganesha Temple Endowment
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 75.00
Total 75.00
Hinduism Today Production Fund
Anonymous 8.33
Vinay Aggarwal 100.00
Total 108.33
Hindu Orphanage Endowment Fund
Anonymous 478.84
Lila Shakti Devi 50.00
P.S. Bob & Bharati Gaitonde 50.00
Rajendra Giri 10.00
Meenal S Khajuria 10.00
Christian Langers 100.00
Vijay, Daksha & Neil Mithal 7.00
Mani & Surya Nallasivan 500.00
Natraj Narayanswami 25.00
Alex Ruberto 45.00
Aran Sendan 51.00
Jutikadevi Sivaraja 324.00
Rodney & Ilene Standen 30.00
Niraj Thaker 16.84
Matthew Wieczork 162.00
Total 1,859.68
Suntheram Family Trust Fund
Suntheram Family 1,000.00
Total 1,000.00
Hindu Press International Fund
Venkatraman A. Nageswaran 50.00
Rajendra Giri 5.00
Total 55.00
Loving Ganesha Distribution Fund
Anonymous 333.33
Rajendra Giri 5.00
Eric Jautee 110.00
Christian Langers 100.00
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 75.00
Gassa Patten 1,203.00
Total 1,826.33
Swami Agnivesh Endowment Fund
Rajendra Giri 5.00
Dayavati Murugan 25.00
Total 30.00
Saiva Agamas Trust
Matthew Wieczork 90.00
Total 90.00
Mauritius Saiva Dharmasala Endowment
Natraj Narayanswami 15.00
Total 15.00
HHE Administrative Fund
Krish Chawla 500.00
Vijay, Daksha & Neil Mithal 2.00
Rajkumar Padmanabhan 50.00
Rakesh Sood 125.00
Total 677.00
Kauai Aadheenam Religious Art and Artifacts Fund
Anonymous 37.50
Rajadeva Alahan 153.00
Total 190.50
Thank You Bodhinatha Fund
Anonymous 108.00
Amarnath Devarmanai 324.00
Rajendra Giri 5.00
Shama Kumaran 108.00
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 150.00
Shanta Devi Periasamy 403.42
Jiva Rajasankara 500.00
Alex Ruberto 45.00
Hitesvara Saravan 309.00
Michael Leonard Smith 100.00
Jeremiah Umakanthan 50.00
Vayudeva Varadan 56.00
Total 2,158.42
Mathavasi Travel Fund
Rajendra Giri 5.00
Total 5.00
Udayan Care Endowment Fund
Rajendra Giri 5.00
Christian Langers 100.00
Total 105.00
Saivite Hindu Scriptural Fund for the Visually Impaired
Alice R. Anderson 20.00
Rajendra Giri 5.00
Mani & Surya Nallasivan 500.00
Alex Ruberto 45.00
Hitesvara Saravan 108.00
Total 678.00
Sri Chandra Madhab Debnath Fund
Shyamal Chandra Debnath 50.00
Total 50.00
Manitha Neyam Trust Fund
Bala Sivaceyon 20.92
Total 20.92
Mahajana College Fund
Anonymous 8.34
Total 8.34
Kerala Temple Trust
Natraj Narayanswami 15.50
Total 15.50
Taos Hanuman Fund
Anonymous 8.33
Mani & Surya Nallasivan 500.00
Total 508.33
Kapaleeshwara Temple Orphanage
Jayanthi Vasudevan Naiker 300.00
Mani & Surya Nallasivan 1,000.00
Natraj Narayanswami 15.00
Ganesan & Rajalakshmi Ramalingam 100.00
Total 1,415.00
Manjung Hindu Sabha Orphanage Fund
Mirta Noemi Cotto 30.00
Rajendra Giri 5.00
Dayavati Murugan 25.00
Niraj Thaker 16.83
Total 76.83
Pazhassi Balamandiram Orphanage Fund
Rajendra Giri 5.00
Ganesan & Rajalakshmi Ramalingam 100.00
Niraj Thaker 16.83
Total 121.83
Karnataka Temple Development Fund
Anonymous 8.34
Total 8.34
Sri Ganesha Hindu Temple of Utah Fund
Vijay, Daksha & Neil Mithal 2.00
Total 2.00
Hindu Literature Fund
Munmun Sengupta 7.00
Prabha S. Verma 1,001.00
Total 1,008.00
Hinduism Today Subscription Fund
Other Donations 5,000.00
Hiranya & Saraswathi Gowda 654.00
Doris G Jorden 50.00
R.P. & Bharati Lathi 1,001.00
Total 6,705.00
Himalayan Academy Book Distribution Fund
Shyamadeva & Peshanidevi Dandapani 5,001.00
Douglas Mulford 50.00
Janaka & Bhavani Param 201.00
Total 5,252.00
Kauai Aadheenam Yagam Fund
Sivakumar & Lavanya Saravan 900.00
Total 900.00
Pooled Income Fund Trust (PIF)
Gowri Nadason 40.00
Satya Palani 50.00
Barathy Sockanathan 30.00
Total 120.00
Total Contributions $78,011.80
Funds at Market Value, December 31, 2004
Total Endowment Funds $5,944,208.66
Total Pooled Income Funds $202,663.97
Grand Total $6,146,872.63


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.


Halbert/Hargrove, Investment Counsel; Sonoda & Isara, LLP, CPA. HHE is a member of the Council on Foundations, an association of more than 2,000 foundations which interprets relevant law and management and investment principles, and of the National Committee on Planned Giving, the voice and professional resource for the gift planning community.

I want to participate. Where should I Send My Donation?

You may send your gift to an existing fund, create a new Endowment or request information through the address below.

Donations may be made online at or use the HHE tear-out card in the HINDUISM TODAY magazine to join our family of benefactors who are Strengthening Hinduism Worldwide. Thank you.


The Udayan Care Endowment

Helps to regenerate the lives of the disadvantaged, particularly children and women

Kautiliya Fund

The Kautiliya Endowment

Provides youth scholarships for monastic or priest training at Kauai Aadheenam

Global Human Rights

The Endowment for Global Hindu Rights

Helps support the Hindu American Foundation's Hindu human rights efforts

Bodhinatha Fund

The Thank You Bodhinatha Fund

Helps provide free murthis to temples and gifts of religious books


The Taos Hanuman Fund

Helps preserve the Hanuman statue and assure that its worship is continued, generation after generation

Planned Giving Guidance

What you need to know; estate planning basics in the United Kingdom

Use Giving Assistant to save money and support Hindu Heritage Endowment