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.
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