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Exploring Kauais Hindu Monastery, you will hear much about Gurudeva, the brilliant soul who established this sanctuary and enriched uncounted lives. He was a shining example of awakening and wisdom, recognized worldwide as one of Hinduisms foremost masters. His prodigious genius, flare and inspiration permeate this spiritual oasis and continue to guide the lives of the men he trained and initiated. Gurudeva was born in California and grew up near Lake Tahoe. Orphaned at age 11, he was raised by a family friend who had spent years in India and who brought him into the culture and beliefs of Hinduism. Trained in classical Eastern and Western dance and in the disciplines of yoga, he became the premier danseur of the San Francisco Ballet Company at age 19. Then, at the height of his career, he suddenly renounced the world and in 1947 sailed to India in quest of Absolute Truth. In a remote Sri Lankan cave, he fasted and meditated until he burst into enlightenment. Soon after, he met Siva Yogaswami, who gave him the name Subramuniya and initiated him into Hindu monasticism. From then on, the great truths flooded through him like a torrent. The nature of reality, metaphysical principles and methods for facing lifes challenges were obvious to him. What philosophers struggle to explain in complex theories, he articulated in simple language from his own experience. Ultimately, the cream of his inspired talks became the 3,000-page trilogy of Dancing, Living and Merging with Siva, the first cogent, comprehensive expression of monastic Saiva Siddhanta in the English language. A powerful purpose drove his every effort like the rhythm of a vigorous dance. He traveled widely to uplift Hindu communities on every continent, represented his religion at global conferences and helped establish 37 temples worldwide. An extraordinary mystic, Gurudeva had many visions of the Deities. He read clairvoyantly from inner plane scriptures and created his own language, Shum, to map for others the profound states he encountered in meditation. Gurudeva was loved by all who met him. Hindus, leaders of all lineages, island neighbors and ordinary folks adored him. He saw the Divine in every person and taught them to see the Divine in themselves. To devotees everywhere, the graceful, six-foot-two, white-haired guru was the embodiment of Lord Siva Himself. From the inner world, Gurudeva continues to guide, in magical ways, all who embrace his teachings. His light lives on in their spirit and their striving for Truth.
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Hidden amongst the monastery's luxuriant greenery there dwells another world, a high-tech workshop that crafts the books, courses, videos, communications and websites. Its all scrunched into an unpretentious building beneath a sprawling mango tree, fifty yards from Kadavul Temple. The monks here are engaged in state-of-the-art computerized publishing. Visitors are charmed to see the monks dressed in hand-spun cotton robes, each sitting at his Macintosh with widescreen Cinema Display, writing, editing, designing. They also direct by e-mail a skilled international cadre of journalists, artists and photographers who help create the renowned magazine known as Hinduism Today. Publishing the quarterly journal is joyful, inspired works of labor of love appreciated by 100,000 readers around the globe. It is as much a forum of spiritual sustenance as a source of news as much a lifeline of dharma as a family album proudly chronicling 21st century expressions of the worlds oldest faith. Since 1979, Hinduism Today has provided a candid, sympathetic look into the Hindu way of life, at the same time articulating Hindu culture and philosophy in modern English. The magazine has been instrumental in dispelling myths and misinformation about Hinduism, while providing news about all sects and lineages to strengthen Hindu solidarity worldwide. Known for its aesthetic, full-color graphics and you-wont-find-this-anywhere-else features, Hinduism Today is also available as a free digital edition, replete with audio and video features that bring it all to life, including Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reading his Publisher's Desk column. The monks also broadcast a daily news feed called Hindu Press International, distributing a constant stream of timely, short stories about Hinduism that appear in the world press, supplementing the in-depth magazine articles. Many orders of Hindu monks run schools, hospitals or orphanages. Gurudeva ordained that his Saiva Siddhanta Yoga Order would support our faith through Hinduism Today, as a public service, not to tell our own story, but to cover the people, events, philosophy and traditions of the broader Hindu world.
 
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The Guru Chronicles : The Making of the First American Satguru: Th...

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The January/February/March edition of Hinduism Today, Hinduism's flagship magazine, has been released in digital form and is now available for free on your desktop. You can read it on our website or download it. In this issue we deliver two monumental Educational Insights, a major feature story on the famed Golden Temple of Vellore and a host of other captivating pieces.

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Hinduism Today : Bhutan's Hindu Refugees, Volume January/February/...

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The January-February-March, 2010 is unusually rich in compelling and enlightening articles. So, what's inside that so rich? 1. The 21st century's first major Hindu migration It's a little-know story, full of bad policies, forced resettlements, decades of right denied and spirits not broken. Follow the whole tale as some 60,000 Hindus, chased out of their native Bhutan, end up in refugee camps in Nepal for 19 years. Finally, they are offered a permanent home in the US...

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Hinduism Today : Swami Avdheshananda Giri Is Our Hindu of the Year...

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The January/February/March 2009 issue of Hinduism Today features Hindu of the Year, Swami Avdheshananda, head of Juna Akhara, Hinduism's largest monastic order with 500,000 monks.

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Hinduism Today : Krishna's Virtuoso; Those Pious Pichhvai Painters...

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The January-February-March issue of Hinduism's flagship spiritual magazine features the fascinating story of a village of Indian painters who produce exquisite works of art on Lord Krishna. Their tradition is ancient, fully integrated with devotion and perpetuated via the guru-sishya relationship. Find out how they derive their amazing colors from nature, and how the tradition is preserved even while the art evolves and remains contemporary. Our publisher Bodhinatha V...

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Hinduism Today : Special Issue, What is Hinduism?, Volume January/...

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The January/February/March 2007 issue of Hinduism Today is a special issue featuring a compilation of nine past educational sections of the magazine. The issue introduces our book called "What is Hinduism" that contains 42 such past educational sections.

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Hinduism Today : At Lord Balaji's Feet in Tirupate, Volume January...

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The January/February/March 2006 issue of Hinduism Today features Lord Vishnu's famed South Indian temple of Tirupati, Andra Pradesh, India.

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Hinduism Today : Leading Karnataka's Hindu Revival, Volume July/Au...

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The January/February/March 2005 issue of Hinduism Today features the Hindu revival in Karnataka being lead by Sri Sri Balagangadharanatha Mahaswami. The education Insight section debunks the myth that all religious are the same.

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Hinduism Today : Holy Scripture Exploring Our Written Heritage, Vo...

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The July/August/September 2006 issue of Hinduism Today features a stufy of the Holy Scriptures of Hinduism.

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Hinduism Today : Malaysian Festival Draws 1.4 Million, Volume July...

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The July/August/September 2007 issue of Hinduism Today has a fabulous feature story on Malaysia's annual festival of Thai Pusam that draws 1.4 million devotees to worship Lord Murugan at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur each year.

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Hinduism Today : Sri Madva: Making a Difference, Volume July/Augus...

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This issue contains an fully-illustrated, 16-page Educational Insight that takes you on a journey into the life and teachings of one of India's greatest masters, Sri Madhvacharya. His tale is full of philosophical growth, amazing encounters during his youth, magical happenings and deep interpretations of the ancient Dharma. If you ever wanted to understand the pure dual path, and compare it with Sankaran advaita, this is the resource for you. So, which of the Gods is ...

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Hinduism Today : Indian Masterpiece, Hawaiian Home, Volume July/Au...

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This is our Special Temple Issue. To begin, in a piece called "Our Three Kinds of Temples" Publisher Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami explores three primary ways that the temple defines our faith. The community temple is the hub of culture, worship, rites and festivals. The home shrine is the home's temple where devout Hindus worship daily and perform puja, read scripture, do sadhana, bajana and japa. Third, there is the interior temple of the soul, called atma mandir in S...

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Hinduism Today : Rites of Passage, Volume July/August/September 20...

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The July-August-September edition of Hinduism's flagship spiritual magazine, Hinduism Today, has been released in digital form and is now available for free on your desktop. It travels the globe from India to Australia, from Nepal to Mauritius, and it introduces an amazing man we have named the 2010 Hindu of the Year. That story first. He's known throughout India as an innovator, a dauntless worker and a brazenly proud Hindu. Sri P. Parameswaran is as active in his 80...

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Hinduism Today : Siva's Five powers, Volume July/August/September ...

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Hinduism Today : Akshardham Delhi's 21st Century World Wonder, Vol...

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Hinduism Today : Finally, a Fair and Accurate Hindu History for Ch...

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Hinduism Today : The Fine Art of Meditation; Mystical Insights, Pr...

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Hinduism Today : The Power of Affirmation; Mantras to Remold the M...

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