A View of Santhigiri Ashram

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

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Discovering Sanatana Dharma

Gurucharanam Saranam


Discovering Sanatana Dharma

(From the Teachings of NavajyotiSree Karunakara Guru)



Navajyothisree Karunakara Guru said: “Till now we had been living behind the system in which there were different gods for lower castes and higher castes…. Kaliyuga requires the culmination of the faith in a single God.”

Speaking about the corruption in the spiritual practices, consequent to deviated worship and social customs, Guru said:


'The Sakteya, the man of the Sakti cult, made his cult into a complete system. Then Vedanta entered into it. Along with Vedanta was blended into the system, the helplessness of having to invoke ‘Matan’ (a tribal spirit worshiped in South India) as the Lord. That is how the Saiva blended Matan and Natesa.


The Vaishnava introduced more cultural refinements into his system. He also became an exponent of Advaita. With this development, the people had to accept everything that was written by the pundits. And, if they continued to be in a proto-Dravidian state, how could they evolve?'


‘The Sakteya and the Saiva traditions each took up different viewpoints which suited themselves. The Sakteya tradition regarded the Goddess as everything. Siva was everything in the Saiva tradition. The Vaishnava tradition considered Vishnu above all others. The learned pundits and their ilk had to accept what these three traditions proclaimed. All this has happened by way of expiation for not being able to discover the Error in perceiving the Brahmic Will.


Also, Yuga dharma is the Dharmic code of the Yuga, the Age. Now the Yuga dharma should be what pertains to Kali. From the beginning of the Kali itself, we failed to discern the transition of the Age. What we had to discern was the fluctuations in the human processes in the past three Ages. Now, what is the pervading nature of the present Kali? We might have been able to understand this from the beginning itself. That we could not get this awareness was because of the failure of the way in which we were governed.


The present Kaliyuga is the Kaliyuga of the 28th Chaturyuga in the Manvantara of Vaivaswata Manu, the seventh Manu. The state of society depends on its comprehension and assimilation of the wisdom of the sages, which is encoded in the Vedas and the Upanishads. Our rulers kept us away from this knowledge. As a result, we as a people degenerated; we lost the capacity to understand the words of the wise. This is why we were not able to discern’.


The fundamental aim of Santhigiri Ashram founded by NavajyotiSree Karunakara Guru is to reveal and rectify the spiritual error that had befallen Sanatana Dharma.


Mukundan P.R.
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