A View of Santhigiri Ashram

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

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Words of Navajyotisri Karunakara Guru


Guru Tradition’s Sacred Offering to Brahman

There was a time when the world had no awareness about the Brahmic Will or the glory of God. It does not mean that this awareness is perfect even at present. Except that the opportunity to do the things as revealed from Brahman in the respective ages, the world had not been able to absorb that knowledge. It was during (the past) six Manu cycles (Manvantara) and in the three chaturyugas (the four-fold cosmic ages - satya, treta, dwapara and kali - of the present seventh Manu cycle) that the complete awareness about the Will of Brahman did exist. Satyatrana was the great soul who had come at the end of the third chaturyuga. Even though he knew that he was the heir to the Brahmic Will, he was not revealed the secret of his own life fully until the end. I am mentioning about the matter which has been revealed in my experience. I do not know whether there is something beyond.

A Manvantara is the sankalpam of the Saptarishis (seven primal rishis). In that sankalpam a solar system is being created. There are nine planets, which have form and are suitable for the principle of evolution. The quality of Rahu and Ketu has never been determined. These planets remaining as twelve constellations (raasi) give twelve effects. In that, it is not known what effects Rahu and Ketu give. However, for everything an ordained nature is mentioned. Some perfection is seen for these two. The Saptarishis gave the sankalpam for the creation of a solar system in the measure of 9 planets, 12 constellations and 27 stars. There are some people who describe it as seven mandalas scientifically as well as by some other experiences. These seven mandalas have form and characteristics. However, Rahu and Ketu, while they revolve, sometimes travel off the path. So we should not expect to receive their perfect result because the time difference during the revolution of a twelve-year cycle cannot be determined by anybody. That means their movement is not regular. They move in a rhythm that cannot be determined.

There is a measure of Brahmic Light in the rotation of the solar system. Its influence might have effect here and there, but it will not go beyond this mandala. If the difference of a moment occurs in this rotation, error will happen up to the yaama calculation. It cannot be determined perfectly. However, there are seconds, minutes, naazhika (24 minutes), vinaazhika (60/1 of a naazhika) and up to very minuscule truti in our measurements. Whatever calculations are there, no mistake should happen in the ‘magnificence’ born out of the sankalpam of the Saptarishis. That is the way of truth. That is the human life. There are sandhis (the transition time) in between Manvantaras, Chaturyugas, Yugas and Yaamas. Sandhya Vandanam (the prayers at morning, noon and evening) are being done in order to sanctify the yaama sandhis. There are people who remain awake in the three yaamas or maximum in the five yaamas. However, we have been given prayer times in all the eight yaama sandhis.

There is the calculation that there are five Gurus for a Yuga. These Gurus give us the calculation of Sandhya Vandanam and the awareness about the age. However, we cannot say how many mahatmas come in the Yuga sandhi. In the (cycle of) four yugas, what is made known to us is the Will of Brahman. If a mistake happens in the Yuga Dharma at any time, it is not possible to redeem it. A lot of effort is required for that. The lives of mahatmas and their words prove it.

In the awareness of Satyatrana who uttered the chaturvakyas (the four Vedic enunciations equating individual soul with Brahman, like Aham Bramasmi, Tatvamasi etc.) the pundits and ignorant fell down in the ditch in a manner that makes the identification of ages impossible. The truth that can be seen, if we evaluate the bygone twenty-five chaturyugas, is this. Our subject is the revelation about where the mistake occurred in this truth. As a proof that this error occurred, we have in front of us the lives that have come across thousands of obstacles - the life of a human, pitru, deva, rishi and sanyasi. Among these lives, understanding what is the life of a muni (sage), a rishi (seer) and a deva, understanding as well what is the life of a rishi who is below the deva - the path of guidance of the rishi who exists above the deva is the truth upheld through the expressions of the rishis

There was a time when I was unable to know anything about this truth. It was at Varkala the karma-kushalata (spiritual dexterity) was achieved by way of revelation that from which (mandala) this truth exists, higher than the Trimurti tradition. That period was a time of physical and mental persecutions. It is impossible to count and express it or say exhaustively what all types of persecution were there. I am indebted to the Will of Brahman that made me redeem this. The life of mahatmas was unable to establish what is right and what is wrong in the Manu Parampara and how to redeem it. 

Six Manvantaras have gone by. For every Manvantara there are 71 chaturyugas. That is the calculation. There are four yugas (satya, treta, dwapara and kali) in a chaturyuga. The reckoning is that there are five Gurus for the redemption for every yuga. The shortest among the yugas is the Kali Yuga. There are 432,000 years for this alone. Dwapara has double the years of Kali Yuga. A Dwapara and Kali Yuga add up to the duration of a Treta Yuga. Treta Yuga plus a Kali Yuga equals the time of Krita (or Satya) Yuga. According to the rate of reckoning that (there are) five Gurus for every Yuga, after how many millions of years, the epoch from the birth of Sri Rama to the birth of Sri Krishna has come! 

Prior to the beginning of the Kali Yuga, it was Sri Krishna who was born as a Mahatma, who knew perfectly the dharma of Kali Yuga. It has been determined by Manu that the fourth age Kali belongs to the Sudra class. That means Kali Yuga is the ordained age for the Sudra wherein he has the complete right to Brahmajnana (spiritual realization), understanding fully all subjects related to the administration (of the nation) and making others administer, in the fourth age (Kali Yuga). It is as an example that Krishna was born in the Yadava clan (a backward community).

The original sin (or error) occurred 25 chaturyugas ago. The rishi by the name Satyatrana, when he pondered  over the Truth in order to value it, and when he thought about himself and evaluated the fundamental Truth that has come by way of Manvantaras and Chaturyugas, a great slip occurred - and it was mentioned earlier that the saying ‘Aham Brahmasmi’ ( I am God) happened as a consequence of it. When this (error) was perfected by the Chaturvakyas in the subsequent ages, what came about was not conceptual perfection but lexical perfection. That is the mistake being perpetuated through the (past) 25 Chaturyugas. Gurukula Brahma Niveditam is a karma (path of action) for correcting that mistake and to bring about the conceptual perfection.  (Translated from the original Malayalam by Mukundan p.r.)