A Message from Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami
November 1, 2023
Namaste and welcome to our various websites and mobile apps, through which we endeavor to provide accurate, useful and contemporary information on Hinduism.
Himalayan Academy’s digital endeavors continue to evolve and diversify. Current projects include YouTube videos, audio recordings, scriptural translations into English, translations of Sivaya Subramunyaswami’s writings into other languages, weekly satsangs via Zoom Communications, live-streaming of talks and pujas from Kadavul Temple, redesigning our websites, upgrading online reservation systems for our temples, improving our email newsletter distribution and more!
The material on our websites and mobile apps is available for free. Our Guru, Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, insisted that all of his books as well as our other publications be available in digital formats without fees or pay walls. We do, however, follow the model of Wikipedia and ask for donations during the last two months of the year. These donations cover the professional fees needed to continue to upgrade and expand our digital offerings. For twelve years running, you have responded generously to our Digital Dharma Drive, and after another year of dynamic digital progress, we come to you with our 2023 appeal.
In our “How the Funds Are Used” page, we detail what we did with your past generosity, and what we hope to accomplish in the coming year. Your contribution this year will help finance a short but strategic list of projects. Digital Dharma Drive funds do not pay staff salaries or administrative overhead, since our sites are created and maintained by selfless monks who work for free and live simply in our remote monastery on the island of Kauai.
Ten percent of your tax-deductible contribution goes into the permanent Digital Dharma Drive Endowment, which now stands at $250,997 after twelve years of fundraising. This follows Gurudeva’s vision that ultimately all major aspects of our work will be supported by endowments. As the endowment accumulates, it will provide an ever-increasing income for decades to come, protecting the digital future of Hinduism, your religious heritage.
We urge you to donate today, and improve Hinduism’s global English-language resources—for the benefit of this and future generations.
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami
Guru Mahasannidhanam of Kauai Aadheenam
Publisher of Hinduism Today