November 14, 2015
Dear Friends and well wishers
Jai Sri Krishna and Namaskaar! Happy Diwali and a Happy New Year
to all of you and your families. As I write this note, I am
deeply saddened to learn of the horrific tragedy that has
befallen the residents of Paris and our thoughts and prayers go
out to the families of the victims and our fellow human beings.
Every day we are reminded of the danger that lurks when hatred
and anger replaces love, respect and rational thinking.
Today, we will gather at the temple to celebrate Annakut and the
altar has been decorated to give a very beautiful festive look.
Later today many different food items will be placed in front of
the altar on the makeshift stage. Many families would have spent
time and effort to assist and bring this to fruition. On behalf
of the Hindu Bhavan community I want to recognize each and every
member that makes this possible.
The calendar year will soon come to a close and winter is almost
upon us. In a few weeks from now we will gather to ring in 2016.
As we come to this juncture, I ask you to pause and reflect on
the year that has passed and to all the events that have taken
place around us and at the temple. I also ask you to consider
becoming a dues paying member of the temple ($151/-) or a
pledging member (any amount above $151/-) to help the temple
continue to pursue its mission of promoting tolerance, worship,
fellowship and pursuit of universal values of love, forgiveness
and peace. It is so very important “to treat each other just as
you would want to be treated”.
The temple is served well with a resident priest Sri Karthick
Dixit and he is available for services and Pujas at homes. All
such events will need to be coordinated with a temple committee
such that we can keep a record and avoid overlap and also to
avoid conflict with the temple hours.
While you are at the temple we again ask for your cooperation in
maintaining a clean environment. Please place shoes on shoe
racks, use the toilets with the same care you would at home and
when in the main hall or at the altar to maintain an attitude of
reverence and silence to the extent possible.
This year we are asking for your support in keeping the slate of
Trustees and Directors the same as the preceding year. In the
coming year we will begin a transition of rotating off members
(directors) with staggered terms to allow for new talent while
maintaining stability and a formal process of notification and
nomination with an election to the Board to follow.
On a personal note, I have completed 15 years at the helm,
initially as Chair of the exploratory and convening effort for
ten years to bringing the temple project to fruition and the
last five years as President of Board of Directors. In this
period, we have paid down our debt to almost half of the initial
loan amount and added a Picnic Pavilion without any additional
debt on our books. I am very proud of this accomplishment and
this could not have been possible without the support and
concerted effort of all our supporters and contributors.
In the coming year I will hand the baton to Raju Shah who will
assume the role of President and I am certain that the future of
Hindu Bhavan is secure and will continue to thrive for years to
come. I ask for your continuing support to him and the
leadership team. I ask for each of us to have the attitude of
devotion and service and ask all of our trustees and directors
to participate and contribute their time and energy to making
this possible. I want to thank each and every individual and
family that has helped us reach this milestone.
Vinita and I are very grateful to the opportunity that was given
to us and our family and we hope that the Hindu Bhavan will
continue to be a place that will bring joy and unity for many
generations. The intent was to create a place that brings
together our community, to celebrate our heritage, maintain our
identity and to provide for religious worship and promote peace
and harmony. Most important of all is to allow our children and
youth to get a message from our rich Scriptures that promotes
the idea of “Self Knowledge” the concept that each of us have
the same spark from the Divine power and that it is up to us to
ask the question – “Who am I? What is my purpose on earth? and
what is my connection with the Divine? “
Jai Sri Krishna!
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