A Message from Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami
November 1, 2021
Namaste, and welcome to our various websites and mobile apps, through which we seek to provide accurate, useful and contemporary information on Hinduism and the activities of Hindus around the world.
The presence of Hindus in the digital realm has greatly increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pujas, lectures, webinars, group satsangs and more have all gone digital. In our digital activities we have added a Zoom satsang every weekend plus my weekly talk in Kadavul Temple is now live-streamed. These are both recorded and thus we are adding two new videos each week to our Kauai's Hindu Monastery YouTube channel. The study of our online courses link to https://courses.himalayanacademy.com continues to grow, with "The Master Course" and "Beginning to Meditate" being the most popular ones. "A Beginner's Course in Sanskrit Chanting from Himalayan Academy" is in its initial stages on our website link https://sanskritguide.com Adding audio files is the next step toward its completion.
All the material on our websites and now our mobile apps are available for free online. Our Guru, Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, insisted that all of his books and other publications be available in digital format without charge. However, to cover the professional fees needed to continue to upgrade and expand, we do follow the model of Wikipedia and ask for donations the last two months of the year. For eleven years running, you've responded generously, and after another year of working to enhance the site and mobile apps, we are back again with this appeal.
In our "How the Funds Are Used" page: https://donate.himalayanacademy.com/ddd/ddd-faq.shtml we detail what we did with last year's generosity, and what we hope to accomplish in 2022. Your contribution this year will go to a short but strategic list of projects, including children's learning tools, language translations, spiritual art, the enhancement of our websites and their content and the development of the ever-popular mobile apps. Digital Dharma Drive funds do not pay staff salaries or administrative overhead, since these sites are created and maintained by selfless monks who work for free and live simply in our remote monastery on the island of Kauai.
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
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