A View of Santhigiri Ashram

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

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Birth Pain of a New Age

Gurucharanam Saranam
The Birth Pain of a New Age
 Mukundan P.R.

The great Kaalanthara Guru Navajyotisri Karunakara Guru left His physical vestige in the year 1999 at the age of 72 years. However, Guru's guidance continues through Guru's foremost disciple Her Holiness Sishyapoojita Amrita Jnana Tapaswini. It makes her a repository of rare spiritual visions and an authority on the past, present and future. She knows through her inner eyes the status of all individuals. In this age, our spiritual transition can take place only through a Guru-Disciple spiritual order. It involves the question of transcending (not abandoning) the old beliefs and rituals through the medium of a trikala jnani Guru, whose vision upholds the cosmology of the Manuparampara.
There was a time when the spiritual administration of the devas worked well, but in the Kali yuga, the authority of devas recedes. Siva, Vishnu and Brahma were great preceptors in the bygone cosmic ages. However, their spiritual incumbency in this age will not be accepted, if we go by the concept of yuga dharma. For every yuga, there is a spiritual authority, like Sri Ram in Treta yuga and Sri Krishna who came in Dwapara yuga in the order of spiritual succession after the age of Sri Ram. Kali yuga has its own spiritual dispensation. The duration of Kaliyuga is 4,32,000 years. Now it is not even the dawn of Kaliyuga, as it has begun only about 5200 years ago. We are undergoing the birth pain of a new age. The spiritual churning we undergo heralds a golden era of spiritual renaissance.
Generally, the puranas mention that Kaliyuga is bad. Kaliyuga is not bad; Kaliyuga is a spiritually evolving age, because it leads us to the all-glorious satya yuga. Human civilization reaches maximum spiritual perfection in Kaliyuga through highly enlightened gurus. We cannot abandon our age-old tradition all of a sudden. It cannot be abandoned that way and it should not be. Before abandoning something, one should first hold on to something else. We can transcend the old tradition only by following a trikala jnani Guru who has surpassed the deva stage. The deities our ancestors and we had worshiped influence us. This debt can be repaid only through a Guru in the Manuparampara who has transcended the deva stage. Sri Krishna was such a Guru. Through him, we had a chance, but his spiritual incumbency ended with Dwapara Yuga. We have to be guided by the spiritual authority of this age. This is the actual meaning of yuga dharma.
The spiritual incumbency of gurus varies. A few gurus come for a period of 5000 years, some for 2000 years (like Jesus Christ), some for 1500 (like Prophet Mohammad) and some for 500 years. There would be five gurus in a yuga -four kaalaanthara gurus and a sandhi or transitional guru. The spiritual reign of these gurus would last for thousands of years. The process of spiritual transition in line with the requirement of kali yuga had begun from the time of Sri Krishna itself. After that, Buddha and Mahavira came and several other mahatmas but the orthodoxy stood in the way. The egalitarian teachings of Buddha shook India from its spiritual slumber and it was the golden period India.
Again, India went back to its decadent tradition through the spiritual revival brought about by Sri Sankara. Sankara was a great sage indeed, but he tied himself to the orthodox tradition, which stifled the spiritual renaissance brought about by Buddha and Mahavira. In fact, the Mahabharata war was a war between the sage tradition and the orthodox tradition. Krishna said, ‘abandon all your traditional beliefs and accept my word’. Sri Krishna was the Guru of that age and the old tradition resisted him in the form of opposing forces, which resulted in the Mahabharata war. Although, the story says it was a war between Pandavas and Kauravas, we can take it as the battle of Krishna against the orthodoxy.
Then Almighty God sent the Buddha, Mahavir and several other sages to redeem and rebuild the spiritual edifice of India. We all know how Buddhism and Jainism could not take roots here. Almighty God sent messengers in other parts of the world. Many religions originated outside India subsequent to the spiritual degradation of India, most of which taught an unripe and dogmatic theology in comparison with the tolerant vision of Sanatana Dharma. In the subsequent ages, India suffered socially, economically and politically in the hands of foreign conquerors. For more than thousand years, India remained slave to outside forces. If India had not deviated from the principles of Sanatana Dharma, India would have been still the unquestioned spiritual leader in the world. India can be united only through an ideology that transcends all sectarian ideologies under the leadership of a divinely commissioned Guru. And India is presently blessed with such a kaalanthara Guru. Our duty is to find out the truth of it. 
Hindus generally take the Manu as the author of Manusmriti or as the Manu, who came after the great deluge a few thousand years ago.  However, the Manu in question here is the first cosmic emanation from the Brahman, not the earthly Manus. The Christians and Muslims have no idea about Adam just like Hindus who have no idea about Manu and Manuparampara as the history of Manu parampara has been long lost to humanity due to the spiritual error of a great preceptor in the Manu parampara. It forms part of the great revelations of Navajyotisri Karunakara Guru. Only the cosmology of Manu can unite not only all sects in Hinduism, but all other religions as well. Madam Blavatsky, the founder of Theosophical Society mentioned that the Adam of Semitic religion originated from the Sanskrit word 'Adi' which means the first born of God (the Manu), differently mentioned in the Vedas and puranas as the Purusha, Hiranya Garbha etc. 
Almighty tried to correct the error through the trimurty tradition, but it succumbed to the very error. The trimurty began to be equated with Brahman; that was the error. The origin of trimurty tradition is in the seventh chaturyuga of the present Manvantara millions of years ago according to the revelations received in Santhigiri Ashram. It worked well up to the 12th chaturyuga. We are now living in the 28th chaturyuga of the present Manu. It is the fortune of India that Brahman has initiated a correction again in this Kali yuga through Navajyotisri Karunakara Guru. Kali yuga has a uniqueness, it is an age of spiritual correction in order to prepare humanity for the transition to satya yuga, the golden age after Kali yuga. Those who followed the path of the Kaalaanthara Guru in the Kaliyuga and attained perfection would be born as the spiritual authorities of the succeeding yugas. The knowledge about all this can be known only through the Guru-Disciple relationship. Otherwise, it would be only a fiction to the uninitiated. 
Getting a real Guru is due to the punya of several births. In Indian tradition, we do not force anyone to accept a Guru nor does a Guru accept a disciple in that way. This great land of rishis is suffering because we dishonored the guidance of our sages.  We Indians do respect gurus, but those belonging to the sects you are fond of or have allegiance to. We have this tradition that there are separate gurus and gods for separate castes and religions. There is no meaning if your god is different from my god and your guru is different from my guru. God and Gurus are the wealth of whole humanity. We eulogize this hopeless spiritual disunity as ‘unity in diversity’. We try to find solace in such slogans when we are helpless and ignorant about the causes of such spiritual anarchy. Our leaders often invoke this slogan because they are unable to reconcile the caste, religious and sectarian differences.
The concept of dharma is universal. If dharma is universal, its expressions too should be uniform. Dharma is not like language, food, cloth and geography that change from region to region and from people to people. The differences occurred because of the ignorance about the way of universal spiritual administration, which was revealed to the sages at the dawn of human civilization. Sanatana Dharma is that eternal spiritual order. Eventually science would prove the correctness of this cosmology, i.e. how the solar system originated through that Cosmic Intelligence and how human civilization is evolved through the spiritual intercession of sages. It is scientific. It lost its sanctity when sectarian ideologies crept into it. The principles of Sanatana Dharma were compromised for the triumph of a sectarian ideology, which has caused the spiritual debacle of India. Only under the umbrella of an omniscient Guru parampara, India can find unity, peace and prosperity.
It is a difficult subject to understand and assimilate even though it is very simple, because of the long ages of cultural conditioning. The veil over it is so thick that it would probably take many years for us to respect and assimilate it. The re-establishment of the spiritual order of Manus and Manuparampara is very crucial for the survival of Sanatana Dharma. It is the solemn hope of a new spiritual revival for humanity.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Cosmogony of a Universal Religion

The avatars and messiahs of God appear when there is utter emotional unrest or social dissatisfaction in the society. At the summit of such social and spiritual turmoil, a messiah appears as the guide of man, who inspires the hope of his betterment and salvation. God, that Master Craftsman who conceived and projected this universe, presides over human evolution through the medium of such spiritual masters. We know that all religions in the world have originated from such messianic movements. However, the truth is that despite the work of any number of such gurus and prophets, humanity is still groping in the dark unable to get on to the path of universal peace and spiritual fulfilment. Today people are getting more and more convinced about the desirability of evolving a universal spiritual culture and harmony.

There is an underlying unity among religious doctrines although the rituals and attires differ, said Navajyothisree Karunakara Guru. The evolution of a universal spiritual culture depends upon the discovery of such a unifying belief system, which can bind the humanity in a common bond. The life mission of Navajyothisree Karunakara Guru was the rediscovery, reinterpretation and revitalization of this unifying spiritual concept that would constitute the basis of a universal religion. In the Indian spiritual tradition, this concept had already existed, which the sages called as Sanatana Dharma, i.e. the eternal religion. However, this differs in a major way from the concepts of popular Hinduism.  

A universal spiritual culture can evolve only on the premises of universal spiritual truths that can stand the test of time and science. The disagreement between different religions and schools of thought on the basic concepts about God, the origin of creation, its purpose and the scheme of divine dispensation in the human world have led to the present conflicts. The sages of India had brought to light convincing ideas about the origin of the universe and about the existence and evolution of man through many cosmic ages. The avatar theory in the Hindu scriptures points to the gradual evolution of man. In the long course of a cosmic age, there are many cosmic dawns and dusks corresponding to the origin and dissolution of different human civilizations. The rishis in India had known about these cosmic ages and the process of human evolution occurring through the unending play of cosmic energy. No other religions have revealed so much about the cosmic age calculations and the scheme of evolution as the rishis in ancient India did. 

According to creation myths in various cultures, when the creation of human universe started, God first conceived himself in the form of a human. However, this does not happen in an earthly level. It is an astral process. Then God halved himself as a man and woman. In the mystical language, this archetypal human is known as Manu from whom proceeded the subsequent creation. (The concept of Adam has some resemblance with this idea of an archetypal human). However, this does not happen on the earthly level. First, it happened in the astral level, equivalent to the Sankhya concept of purusha and prakriti and its subsequent cosmic processes resulting in the evolution of the physical universe. The concept of Manu, the archetypal human ancestor and his pairing as a man and woman mentioned differently in the creation myths of various cultures is related to this initial cosmic process. It is this astral pairing that has caused the pairing of all living beings in the form of male and female in the world.

The age of the universe is equivalent to the age of fourteen archetypal Manus, from whose conception emerges human civilizations during successive cosmic ages. Hence, in the Indian tradition, the age of the universe is calculated in terms of Manvantara after the name of Manu. The human universe evolved from the conception (sankalpam) of Manu in association with the seven primal rishis. These primal rishis could be the planetary spirits constituting the architecture of the solar system. The planets are the primary nodes with specific qualities and cosmic functions in the ordering of the solar system and life in it. Life manifests and evolves with the help of life-giving cosmic rays from the sun, moon and the surrounding planets and stars.

The rishis had discovered through their inner vision that God is achintya and avyakta, i.e. God is the unintelligible and indefinable Principle, which they named as Brahman. The understanding of the rishis is proving to be scientific verities. Now science has discovered that there exists a God Particle, an ‘invisible field’ from which the universe has sprung up. The good part of such scientific advancement is that it would lead to the convergence of science and spirituality compelling man to cast away all atheist and rationalistic pretensions and accept a universal theory about life and creation. It would also dismantle the dogmatic beliefs of those who try to appropriate God within the rigid walls of their religions. 

For the bodily manifestation of life on the earth, there should be the five gross physical elements (fire, air, water, earth and sky - the panchabhutas). There are a few more collateral elements like mind (manas), time (kaala) and the four directions (dik) etc. required for the soul’s existence and mobility. The soul further gets enclosed in five wrappings known as panchakoshas. These five sheaths are the food sheath, energy sheath, mind sheath, intelligence sheath and the bliss or consciousness sheath. Enclosed inside these physical as well as metaphysical enclosures, the soul has now a form and starts experiencing pain and pleasure through the medium of five sensory perceptions (sight, touch, hearing, taste and smell – panchendriyas) in accordance with the threefold qualities or gunas (satva, rajo and tama). The evolution of the soul means going back to its source breaking the conditioning associated with each astral stage. The soul gets awakened to its pure nature only after innumerable births and deaths expanding its horizon of consciousness. This is in short the architecture and the life science of our soul or atma

Like the sunrays that help to evolve a flower from a bud, an external agency is required to evolve a soul from its unconscious state to more evolved states. GURU is that external agency, which illumines or evolves the souls, as the sun does to a budding flower. These earthly gurus preside over the transformation of individuals and society during the successive cosmic ages. This is the basic framework of Sanatana Dharma, the eternal universal religion, in which there is a place for the chronology of all gurus and prophets. The religious tolerance of India is rooted in this concept of spirituality. Conflicts arise when the different messiahs and their followers refuse to accept the truth of this ever-evolving divine dispensation, which is not static or limited to the work of earlier messengers, who had appeared at historic intervals for specific spiritual missions. 

Navajyothisree Karunakara Guru exhorted us to move on to the path of rishis or gurus coming under the cosmogony of Manu. Guru said that the spiritual power of devas was relevant in the yugas of Treta and Dwapara, while the way of the rishi or guru belonged in particular to the Kaliyuga as this is the order according to the path established by Manu and the Gurus in his line.  The eternal divine dispensation of Manu is extinct now because of the dominance of the Trimurti tradition in India, which has placed Manu below the Trimurti gods, through the mythology in the puranas, tantras etc. The monotheistic teachings in the Upanishads, Bhagavat Gita, Guru Gita and philosophical systems such as Sankhya are inseparably mixed with the puranic teachings that complement the Trimurti tradition, which makes it impossible for the development and independent existence of monotheistic jnana tradition. The glorious spirituality of India is stuck here.

While almost all major religious movements in the world since the dawn of Kaliyuga have already done away with the dependence on gods and goddesses for salvation, the Hindu tradition is limiting itself to the Trimurti tradition. Because of the trilateral split in its cosmology, it is impossible to find spiritual unity among the followers of the Trimurti tradition. For a society to progress and retain its culture, spiritual unity is the foremost requirement. Although there is a deceptive sense of spiritual unity among Hindus, the Trimurti tradition undermines the spiritual unity of people at a subtle level, when it comes to the question of basic beliefs. One of the major challenges before India towards the goal of social integration and harmony is this spiritual disunity, which is further worsened by the worn-out caste order devised by the unscrupulous vaidikas thousands of years ago.

Navajyothisree Karunakara Guru’s mission is related to this ideological deviation and the consequent degradation in the practice of spirituality. Although this spiritual perversion pervades the whole republic of religions in different forms, the work of spiritual reorientation should begin first from India, where the spiritual distortion is stronger. In order to initiate the intended spiritual reorientation and social reformation, it is imperative that India becomes acutely aware about these spiritual distortions. It is imperative that all people, irrespective of their religious affiliations, accept the secular cosmogony of the soul and the universe for the transition to a universal spirituality.

 Mukundan P.R.