A View of Santhigiri Ashram

A View of Santhigiri Ashram
Lotus Parnasala and Sahakarana Mandiram , Santhigiri Ashram, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Saturday, February 28, 2009

O.V. Vijayan, The Everlasting Legend....

Gurucharanam Saranam

O.V.Vijayan, The everlasting Legend
(G.P. Krishna Kumar, Santhigiri)

Late Sri O.V. Vijayan, the well known Writer said that ‘GURU is an experience having no translation….’ I have tried to translate in English some thoughts Sri Vijayan expressed about Navajyoti Sri Karunkara Guru.

Guru – an Experience having no translation

‘The ever stable Guru is a great motion. This is my experience. I happened to meet Guru more or less in a barren situation. I had no knowledge or prejudice about Gurumargam. I do not intend to evaluate that meeting in a logical perspective. But I do not require the help of any theology to distinguish the organic evolutions took place within my inner alertness. Like a piece of emotion surpassing time, a fear of existence or a self ecstasy, something stirred inside me. Try not to define. Only one! Only this! The dizziness from this contact changed it to a movement. I dissolved myself in the great current of Guru. If this is attempted to concise in words, perhaps problems arise. There is no translation for experience’.

Guru – a Great Movement

‘After a long silence, although the circumstances were unfavourable, I started writing. The inspiration for that humble creation was the compassion I could experience myself. I was brave enough to make my literature the medium of that compassion only because of my becoming a part of the great movement of Guru. This gift is not mine. It is of Guru. I know about that only as a small dot of the total knowledge. I have no authority to handle the figures of virtues characterised by me. But I consider that Guru has made me an instrument. The concept of God is beyond the reach of us who are immersed in the futilities of modern life. But Guru becomes the exchange of this experience. With out the help of any theology! ’

Prostrations to Guru

‘I do not ordinarily pray. If at all I pray in some extraordinary circumstances that would be for selfish motives only. My past is full of mistakes. The memory of those mistakes leads me to inertia. But Guru says these are all human. In one word “No-problem”. This one word of pardoning was terrible than any other verdict of punishment. The energy out of that rejuvenates me. Prostrations to Guru!

O.V.Vijayan in the preface of the ‘Dharmapuranam’

‘Some problems arose between the years of serializing it and publishing it as a book. Most important of them was the character formation of “Sidharthan”. At that time, I happened to be in contact with the great Acharya Karunakara Guru of Santhigiri Ashram, situated near a small village called Pothencode. From the Gurusankalpam as the result of this contact, I could change “Sidharthan” as Guru and the revolutionary touch of Sidharthan as Guru’s gift. This change was reflected throughout the story and made several concepts remain vague in the series more distinct in the book. As there were tamasik and murderous portions in it, I asked whether I can drag the name of a Guru in its presentation. But Guru answered in the affirmative. This reply made me grateful and self confident. I firmly believe that the technicality of Dharmapuranam will guide the good minds ……..above all it’s the obscenity’.

‘The erotic bio-insurgences and the gentle death are the two ends. It is the interval between the two that we, who have born as humans, have to handle it carefully. We are all counting the waves in the shore of the sea called ectoplasm. Here where is room for any dualism. Light and darkness identifying their half portion… impotency again conjoins. Births and deaths unite. The Guru at the same time remains in the dissolution point of the handfull of water and the sky rocking ocean enquires our welfare. That is the severe and personal of the extreme dissolution. Gurusagaram was the witnessing of thousand fold Guruthva. Oh! My Atoms which immerses in the great bliss being self reformed particles always guiding to the multiple formations of creation, I prostrate you. Lift down our dirty baggage in this journey. Why? Reject them by opening our inner faculties, our positions, honors, education, physical fairness all and all.

Sacrifice is a great experience. Gathering them from the original textures we have made it fossils, by discarding values, externalized, made prose and verses and fractionalized the creativity as the satirical imitations. When we unload from our shoulders, make a sigh of relief, when the pure knowledge of the universe only remains, the co-traveling child laughs. Only with the knowledge and karma we can know as to how far we can laugh like that. But we can say one thing. Just outside the window panes the air craft Guru shall remain always as the co-traveler of this traveler’

Guru was catalytic to my literary works

Vijayan makes us experience his great sankalpa that Guru shall remain with him as a co-traveler in his journey. With this witnessing he reveals us certain truths. For him Guru is an experience. Vijayan used to come to Santhigiri to experience the infinities of soul an it’s everlasting beauties. His contact with Guru, for more than a quarter century, was not accidental. It was the culmination of his prolonged enquiries. To dissolve in that ocean of love, that was his life’s desire. He achieved it. When he knew Guru as the stable existence and great movement Vijayan immersed his being into that ocean of wisdom.

For him Guru was an experience. There is no worldly affirmation to it. He tells us. My Guru existing in the infinitive plane of my being is the unique force. Guru was catalytic to my literary works. Guru moved it in a more or less barren realm. Yes. Without the help of any theology Vijayan recognized Karuakara Guru. The result of the gentle explosion Guru caused in Vijayan became the expulsion of his ego.

Vijayan did not have to think a second time to answer the question “What is the factor that Karunakara Guru attracted you?” “The relation of love, the eternal love no one else can give. That noble love touched my soul and my literature. Guru is the touch stone of my soul. The love of Guru is equal to nothing but the love of Guru only.”

Perhaps we are not able to comprehend the turning point of Vijayan to spirituality as we wanted him to be in a particular plane of intellectual faculty as he always was. We hurt him as much as we could. He suffered the blames from the society much for his visions.

The words of V.K.Madhavankutty are proof for this. “I could not understand what Guru has said or what Vijayan had comprehended. But Vijayan was firm in it. Vijayan had to sustain the blame of advocating Hinduthva. I can tell that he was not so. Vijayan did not complain to anybody.”

Vijayan always abreasted the experiences of the great Guru whom he recognized, he always upheld that truth. For our information he has given that experience to us in the small book ‘The turtle fish misled to the sea” published by D.C.Books. This fills the witnessing of his merger with Guru.

After all these explanations if the doubt persists as to why Vijayan comes to Santhigiri, the answer by Vijayan was, “I come to Santhigiri to untie and keep down the bundle of my ego, of my intellect and art and to bathe in humility.”

Prostrations to the great Guru Vijayan tried to communicate to us and to Guru’s Sishyapoojitha Janani Amritha Jnana Thapaswini who contains the Guruprakasam.

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