A Message from Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami
November 1, 2018
Namaste, and welcome to our various websites and mobile apps, through which we endeavor to provide accurate, useful and contemporary information on Hinduism.
A number of accomplishments have been achieved since we wrote to you a year ago. Parts Four and Part Five of our movie “History of Hindu India” were completed and added to our YouTube channel. With their addition, the series is complete. New viewers keep coming at an impressive rate. Part One has over 2.8 million views, Parts Two and Three over one million views each, and the recently added Parts Four and Five just a few thousand so far. We have been working for a number of years to release our mobile app of resources on Saivism called “Siva Siva.” The short description of it states "'SivaSiva' is a revered mantra from South India naming the divine within all. This app is a portal to the ancient, profound wisdom and rich culture of that tradition, retooled for the 21st century. It seeks to reach today's mobile generation who yearn to understand Eastern metaphysics, find spiritual roots and explore authentic spiritual experience."
All the material on our websites and now our new mobile apps as well are available for free. And that means ad-free, too. Our Guru, Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, insisted that all of his books as well as our other publications be available in digital format without charge. However, to cover the professional fees needed to continue to upgrade and expand, we follow the model of Wikipedia and ask for donations the last two months of each year. For eight years running, you have responded generously, and after another year of working to enhance the site and mobile apps, we are back with this appeal.
In our "How the Funds Are Used" page, we detail what we did with your last year’s generosity. And in our editor’ letter we share what we hope to accomplish in the year ahead. Your contribution will go to the enhancement of our websites and the development of mobile apps. I am pleased to be able to state that the construction loan taken to complete the renovation of the Media Studio (where the digital team does its magic) has been paid off and there is no longer any need to direct funds toward it. Digital Dharma Drive funds do not pay staff salaries (nor administrative overhead), since these sites are created and maintained by selfless monks who work for free and live a simple life of service 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 $127,838 after eight years of fundraising. This follows Gurudeva’s vision for the future that all major aspects of our work will ultimately be supported by endowments. As that endowment grows, it will provide an ever-increasing income for decades to come, protecting the digital future of Hinduism, your religious heritage.
Donate today and help us improve the presentation of Hinduism to the world—for the benefit of this and future generations.
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami
Guru Mahasannidhanam of Kauai Aadheenam
Publisher of Hinduism Today