A View of Santhigiri Ashram

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

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Know Books Published By Santhigiri Ashram Series

Gurucharanam Saranam

Amrithavani
(Malayalam, First edition - April 1990)

This book is based on few birthday messages of Guru which were published in Santhigiri monthly. It is the confirmation of the experiential truth of Guru which he earned through the struggles and sacrifices spanning several births. The book ponders over the age-old Dharmic fissures in the lives of Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaisya and Sudra classes and the path of action suitable to liberate them from this disaster. Along with this the book also throws light on the concept of Yuga Dharma, the changing Dharmic codes relevant to this particular age, a large extent to which the societal cohesion is based.

Guru said:
‘The self-comforting conclusions on an analysis and evaluation of the human problems do not, on its own, provide fulfillment to our life. The dilapidation of the dharmic backbone of the eighty percent of people in the world and of the twenty percent who were responsible for the ruin of the majority was due to the disregard for Yuga Dharma, owing to which the dharmic path relevant to the age was lost’.
(P No. 1)
The concept and views of Guru are distinctly different from the hue of existing ideologies. In the primordiality of bygone ages, exemplified through the concept of Manvantara- the cosmic chronometer, there occurred conceptual as well as applicational error in the Trimurthi tradition. The book narrates the consequent decadence in the dharmic structure of India. Read the following observation of Guru.

‘It was due to our diminished virtue we have lost our heritage. Through the lack of virtue, we became slaves to other infiltrators. They had both knowledge and capabilities. There was a language here similar to Hindi or Pali. Sanskrit came probably as a combination of these or as a subsequent refinement. The scriptures - puranas, epics, Upanishads and Vedas were written in Sanskrit and through this the Brahmin was made a god, an immortal deva. Because of this, the majority of people became ‘Asuras’. Through some of them the `Sakteya’ tradition was developed and through some others, the Saiva and Vaishnava traditions. None of them was inferior in comparison. All were excellent in their own way. But how would you discover which one of these is correct and incorrect?'
(P No. 131)

This book contains those great liberating thoughts of Guru which could revive us from the age-old frigidities and traditions that destroyed the significance of leading life according to the true dharma of the age. India has a rich and vast storehouse of knowledge gained through the observance of Yuga Dharma - the evolutionary concepts of the four-dimensional ages - Krita, Treta, Dwapara and Kali. But the people of India have been unable to get benefitted from this for earning virtue or self-fulfillment for the soul. Read how Guru explains the decadence of Sanatana Dharma in the following lines.

‘In the fragmentation that took place in spiritual practices (dharma) having diversified into Saiva, Saktheya and Vaishnava traditions, the glorious edifice of Sanatana Dharma propounded by the sages and rishis in the lineage of Manu was lost to mankind’.
(P No.7-8)

Similarly, observe how Guru asserts the urgent need to look at the present afresh, not through the opaque and fragmented mirror of the past.

‘The things happened in the past are only for our cognition and not for today’s observance. What we require today knowing thus is the righteousness to work in unison for the present time’.
(P No.13)

Guru informs that the seers who fathom the three-fold time should work living in the midst of people and thus inspired, the scientists, scholars, as well as ordinary people and workers can exemplify goodness in their respective fields.

This book also expounds the concept of Guru for the liberation and enlightenment of the fallen classes of people through his own life of sacrifice and unique ideology that delink religion and caste structures from the spiritual pursuit of man. Guru’s words emit the fragrance of the purity of Rishis and reverberate with the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the mercy of Prophet Mohamed, the essence of the teachings of saints and sages like Sri Buddha, Sri Sankara, Sri Narayana Guru, Chattambi Swamikal, Sri Rama Teertha, Sri Aravinda Ghosh, Sri Ramakrishna Parama Hamsa and Swami Vivekananda.

The book opens the doors to the path of enlightenment and the divine intercession willed by God through Navajyoti Sree Karunakara Guru, the epitome of highest Guru-hood and spiritual elevation. Amrithavani intercedes with the concept of Dharma through the light of knowledge by which one can ensure liberation.
Mukundan PR
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