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July-August-September 2008 Newsletter

Malaysian Children

A successful professional in Kuala Lumpur has created a fund at the Hindu Heritage Endowment (HHE) to purchase the ground under Malaysia's eight- to ten-thousand Hindu temples. The donor, starting with a $10,000 pilot project, says some $50 million is needed. "I really hope the seriousness of the situation is realized; the future of Hinduism in Malaysia is at stake."

A country of 25 million, of which 1.6 million are Hindu, Malaysia brought in Hindu immigrants as laborers to develop rubber plantations under British rule in the 1920s through the 1950s, the donor explained. "They built small temples on agricultural estates. When the British left in 1957, many of these estates were handed over to the local government. Hindu temples were suddenly on government land."

For forty years, he said, the government continued to allow people to worship as before, but over the past ten years the sale of government land to private businesses has changed that. "The companies that bought the land objected to the temples. They wanted them torn down to make room for development." He is convinced that buying the land where the temples stand is the only way to stop the destruction.

But he feels it is more than just the temples that are on uncertain ground. He is worried that Hinduism in Malaysia lacks a foundation of structure and discipline. "There are specific rules as to how temples should be operated and how pujas should be done," he asserted. "Most of the temples are not following these rules, because there is no one organization responsible for the running of the temples."

This visionary created the Malaysia Hindu Renaissance Fund (#19) at HHE to link the purchase of temple lands to the reform of temple practice. "I pray and hope that this fund will both purchase temple land and help establish proper management procedures at the temples it funds. As the fund grows, more temple lands can be acquired, more temples reformed and Hindu religious schools started throughout Malaysia to raise the quality of teaching and practice."

His family history seems to suit his large plans. He grew up in a small town 200 kilometers from Kuala Lumpur. "My father passed away when I was three. I was one of eleven children under the leadership of my mother. She had only papa's pension, and a small plot of land where we grew vegetables. The children worked and their money went back to mom. She was the central government and there were no opposition parties. At times she wanted to commit suicide, but her Hindu faith carried her through. All eleven of us went to school. Mother believed knowledge was indispensable. Before buying a car or a house, she said, get educated."

He has also included a bequest for the newly created fund in his estate plan. "I really appreciate what the Hindu Heritage Endowment is doing. I also believe that the teachings of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (founder of Hinduism Today) will take root and flourish in Malaysia. I have read his writings for twenty-five years. His teachings changed my life. He's the reason I have been successful and have money to give. It was not just what he taught, but the way he lived." To donate to this fund, visit

January to March Endowment Contributions

Kauai Aadheenam Monastic Endowment
Tina Desai US$200.00
Anonymous 100.00
Nathan William Mudrick 108.00
Darmaguhan & Shivali Satgunasingam 75.00
Niraj Thaker 25.50
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Total 512.39
Iraivan Temple Endowment
Hotranatha Ajaya 25.00
Roger & Rosemary Brown 120.00
Tina Desai 50.00
Raj & Patricia Iyer 501.00
Victoria Lynne Johnson 54.00
Latha Kannan 153.00
Bhani Karthigesu 400.00
Anonymous 1,503.00
Jnana Sivananda 100.00
Devananda Tandavan Estate 21,132.15
Niraj Thaker 25.50
Gunavinthan Siva Thirumalai 240.00
Anonymous 31.50
Raja Vishnu 59.00
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Elena Woodward 36.00
Other Donations 69,959.72
Total 94,393.76
Kauai Aadheenam Annual Archana Fund
Gunavadee Caremben 8.70
Somasundaram Caremben 8.70
Sukanta Caremben 8.70
Jnanideva Cevvel 250.00
Sharath Chigurupati 369.00
Tarakini Gunasegaran 3.13
Victoria Lynne Johnson 18.00
Amooda Koothan 70.48
Saravan Koothan 7.58
Vivhek Bhani Muthu 35.72
Mrunal & Padmaja Patel 1,008.00
Subramaniam Pennathur 49.98
Kirtideva Peruman 11.25
Niroshnee Peruman 16.89
Girish Samugam 14.29
Akileiswaran Samuthiran 28.98
Jayasutha Samuthiran 46.50
Devaladevi Sivaceyon 9.19
Nutanaya Sivaceyon 18.38
Patudeva Sivaceyon 9.19
Hemavalli Sivalingam 3.72
Kantaruban Sivalingam 3.72
Rohini Sivalingam 37.17
Nitya Sivam 50.00
Potriyan Sivanathan 9.10
Javanya Skanda 5.93
Malathi Utukuri 350.00
Samynaden Veerapen 30.55
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Total 2,486.74
Hinduism Today Lifetime Subscription Fund
Yatrika Ajaya 52.96
Thushyanthan Amirthalingam 800.00
Jeri Arin 252.00
Jnanideva Cevvel 50.00
Maruthu Pandian Darmalingam 374.06
Panshula Ganeshan 57.40
Rosa Jaramillo Osuna 421.14
Sakuntalai Krishnan 188.69
T. Iswarah Kumar 213.00
Sevanti Kumaran 51.00
Auslin Mangal Lawrence 270.00
Bhaskar & Phani Peesapati 240.00
Kirit Shah 240.00
Sujata Singh 240.00
Girish Skanda 80.00
Subasene Skanda 12.00
Samynaden Veerapen 111.44
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Total 3,657.58
Hindu Businessmen's Association Trust
Paramaseeven Canagasaby 22.46
Vel Mahalingum 22.70
Manogaran Mardemootoo 38.24
Vishwanaden Moorooven 23.66
Easvan Param 469.96
Total 577.02
Boys School for Iraivan Priesthood
David Bohn 25.00
Bala Sivaceyon 18.38
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Total 47.27
Kauai Aadheenam Mathavasi Medical Fund
Maruthu Pandian Darmalingam 46.76
Gowri Nadason 218.80
Vayudeva Varadan 54.00
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Other Donations 6,300.00
Total 6,623.45
Tirunavukkarasu Nayanar Gurukulam
Trond Liland 25.00
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Total 28.89
Sri Subramuniya Kottam Fund
Anonymous 100.00
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Total 103.89
Kumbhalavalai Ganesha Temple Endowment
Anonymous 100.00
Thulasidas Nadarajah 75.00
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 75.00
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Total 253.89
Malaysia Hindu Renaissance Fund
Anonymous 5,190.00
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Total 5,193.89
Hinduism Today Production Fund
Vijay Pallod 1,000.00
Devdatta & Swati Mhaiskar 50.00
Subramaniam Pennathur 50.01
Savithri Sundaresan 50.00
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Total 1,153.90
Hindu Orphanage Endowment Fund
Ramakumar & Sailaja Kosuru 100.00
Brahamanand & Panna Nagarsenker 167.00
Kumar Ranganathan 100.00
Alex Ruberto 50.00
Rodney & Ilene Standen 30.00
Savithri Sundaresan 100.00
Raja Vishnu 59.00
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Total 609.89
Hindu Education Endowment
Naran D. Patel & Mani N. Patel Family 100.00
Savithri Sundaresan 50.00
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Total 153.89
Suntheram Family Trust Fund
Ramachandran Suntheram 1,500.00
Hindu Press International Endowment Fund
Ram Iyer & Usha Chandra 100.00
Hiranya Gowda 63.00
Baleswary Selvarajah 5.00
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Total 171.89
Loving Ganesha Distribution Fund
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 75.00
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Elena Woodward 36.00
Total 114.89
Swami Agnivesh Endowment Fund
Prasad Krishnan 4.50
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Total 8.39
Saiva Agamas Trust
Vidyavathi Ande 50.00
Natraj Narayanswami 100.20
Ganga Sivanathan 426.00
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Total 580.09
Alaveddy Pasupatheeswarar Temple Fund
Anonymous 100.00
Prasad Krishnan 4.50
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Total 108.39
Kauai Aadheenam Religious Art and Artifacts Fund
Rajadeva Alahan 153.00
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Total 156.89
Thank You Bodhinatha Fund
Hotranatha Ajaya 33.00
Asha Chaku 500.00
Amarnath & Latha Devarmanai 324.00
Panshula Ganeshan 57.40
John Kinglsey 10.00
Souria Kumaren Moorghen 211.66
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 150.00
Mrunal & Padmaja Patel 303.00
Shanta Devi Periasamy 445.00
Anonymous 210.50
Anonymous 1,500.00
Alex Ruberto 30.00
Vayudeva Varadan 68.00
Raja Vishnu 59.00
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Other Donations 1,779.24
Total 5,684.69
Mathavasi Travel Fund
Kailash Sivam Dhaksinamurthi 501.00
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Total 504.89
Udayan Care Endowment Fund
Brahamanand & Panna Nagarsenker 167.00
Natraj Narayanswami 100.20
Savithri Sundaresan 100.00
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Total 371.09
Saivite Hindu Scriptural Fund for the Visually Impaired
Alex Ruberto 30.00
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Total 33.89
Sri Chandra Madhab Debnath Endowment
Rao L. Atluri 116.00
Shyamal Chandra Debnath 50.00
Raghavan Srinivasan 1,000.00
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Total 1,169.89
Murugan Temple Yalpanam Festival Fund
Chitranjan Saravanapavan 100.00
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.88
Total 103.88
Manitha Neyam Trust Fund
Bala Sivaceyon 36.77
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.88
Total 40.65
Taos Hanuman Fund
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.88
Elena Woodward 36.00
Total 39.88
Kapaleeshwara Temple Orphanage
Prasad Krishnan 4.50
Kumar Ranganathan 100.00
Savithri Sundaresan 100.00
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.88
Total 208.38
Pazhassi Balamandiram Orphanage Fund
Charles Hayse 300.00
Prasad Krishnan 4.50
Natraj Narayanswami 100.20
Savithri Sundaresan 100.00
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Total 508.59
Karnataka Temple Development Fund
Hiranya Gowda 303.00
Hemanth Kumar 36.00
Krishan K. Paul 7.50
Savithri Sundaresan 50.00
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Total 400.39
Sri Ganesha Hindu Temple of Utah Endowment Fund
Sri Ganesha Temple Devotees 2,500.00
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Total 2,503.89
Swami Vipulananta Children's Home Endowment
Anonymous 100.00
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Total 103.89
Hinduism Today Complimentary Subscription Fund
Tina Desai 50.00
Hiranya Gowda 153.00
Devdatta & Swati Mhaiskar 50.00
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Total 256.89
Himalayan Academy Book Distribution Fund
Anonymous 25.00
Raja Vishnu 59.00
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Total 87.89
Kauai Aadheenam Yagam Fund
Victoria Lynne Johnson 18.00
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Total 21.89
Yogaswami Hindu Girls' Home of Sittandy Endowment
Jeri Arin 300.00
Marlene Carter 54.00
Maruthu Pandian Darmalingam 46.76
Tina Desai 1,200.00
Panshula Ganeshan 57.40
Brahamanand & Panna Nagarsenker 167.00
Natraj Narayanswami 100.20
Subramaniam Pennathur 50.01
Kumar Ranganathan 300.00
Ganga Sivanathan 300.00
Devi Tandavan 201.00
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Silas H. Zirkle 375.00
Total 3,155.26
Siva Poomi School Trust
Shun K. Sunder 1,500.00
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Total 1,503.89
Yogaswami Hindu Boys' Home Fund
Siva & Dharshi Balasingham 75.00
K. Nadana Chandran 969.10
Maruthu Pandian Darmalingam 46.76
Panshula Ganeshan 57.40
Natraj Narayanswami 100.20
Kanthasamy Selvakumar 100.00
Dharmalingam Siddhan 150.00
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Total 1,502.35
India Hindu Tribals Endowment
Kamalesh & Krishna Gangopadhyay 3,654.08
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Total 3,657.97
Murugan Temple of North America Puja Fund
Pathmini Saravanapavan 100.00
Vayudeva Varadan 54.00
K.D. & A.D. Williams 3.89
Total 157.89
Rani Jothiswarar Memorial Fund
Rani Jothiswarar Estate 20.00
Kauai Aadheenam Renovation Endowment
Other Donations 600.00
K.D. & A.D. Williams gave an additional $3.89 to each of 24 other funds 93.36
Total Contributions $141,172.22
Funds at Market Value, Dec. 31, 2007
Total Endowment Funds $9,343,310.62
Total Pooled Income Funds $225,709.27
Grand Total $9,569,019.89


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.

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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

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