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Raised: $82,878.36 Goal: $75,000

A Message from the Editors

November 1, 2018

Gurudeva’s publishing mission had a long and lustrous history, the crowning glory of which was his completion of the Master Course Trilogy in the year of his Mahasamadhi. He worked hard to leave behind the most thorough and thoughtful summary of the Great Path to Siva, and it has guided thousands over the years.

Gurudeva would be thrilled with how his words on paper have evolved to words on thousands of screens. He would love the ease with which the books are available, at no cost, to everyone who owns a mobile device anywhere in the world. He would appreciate the lack of massive investment costs that were traditionally required for major books to be put on the presses, tens of thousands of dollars. Our 804-page The Guru Chronicles cost $80,000 to print, and almost that much to ship and deliver to readers. The art expense, printing, inventory costs, the shipping and returns—all of that has been rendered unnecessary in the age of digital publishing. In our case, we are doing both, printed editions of the magazine, for instance, and then digital editions based on the elegantly designed PDF pages. Our Hinduism Today app, is available to anyone with a mobile phone, anywhere in the world, is an example of the best of the Internet.

Gurudeva would love that we don’t have to charge struggling Hindu students for the spiritual teachings, but can make them available for free. In the last decade our resource-building efforts have shifted massively toward the web, following the fast-evolving world of communications and publishing. It takes a deft team to gather and sculpt the needed tools and stories for Hinduism Today and our Web resources. Creating and sharing an articulate and graphically elegant repository of Hinduism is neither easy nor without costs. Hindu youth are learning their spiritual ABCs online, and millions of seekers are discovering Hinduism digitally. What they encounter should be thoughtful, lucid, elegant and authentic. That’s what compels our annual fundraising campaign. It’s a chance for you to help us to explain and share Hinduism globally.

In order to provide information without charging for downloads, without showing advertisements on our sites, without commercializing our mission, we turn to you for help.

Yes, we could meet our costs by charging for the online books and magazine, but we are determined not to do that. We ourselves are seldom motivated to pay for online information. We like it when needed information is available without cost. We have come to expect it. But free to the world is not free to those of us who create it. Running our websites entails significant costs, especially when we have to reach out for expert help and skills.

The goal for 2019 is $75,000. Our two-month-long Digital Dharma Drive will end with the year, at midnight on December 31. We hope you will join in helping us meet our goal. In the right hands, and leveraged by the unsalaried work of the monks, these funds will have a profound impact on the future of Hinduism around the world.

Please make a generous donation today.

With much aloha and warm greetings during the holiday season,

The Editors
Kauai’s Hindu Monastery
Himalayan Academy Publications

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