About Sree Narayana Guru

Sree Narayana Guru was an embodiment of all virtues, values and rare qualities seldom found in human race. He was a mystic, a philosopher, visionary a social reformer and a poet, all blended into one. Two million of his devotees, sree Narayana Guru is an incarnation of God.He was saintly contemplative man who could impart wisdom and give enlightenment to a seeker of truth. His teaching are straightforward and simple, bring out spiritual, moral and material revaluation.​

Sree Narayana Guru was born during India’s darkest phase. The British ruled the country and the Indian culture was at its most decadent. The twists and turns given by the custodians of Hindu Religion to “Adwaita Philosophy” and “Varnashrama” Led Hindu into a caste ridden society, dividing lost its Credibility as a spiritual binding force. Place of worship were the monopoly of so called upper castes. The lower castes were denied education and employment. They were not allowed to wear proper clothes to cover their nakedness. It was at this time of misery that the Guru was born as a harbinger of hope and succor, a crusader of freedom and self – respect.

Sree Narayana Guru Was born in south Indian village, Chempazhanthi near Thiruvanthapuram in Kerala, on 26th of August 1854. Guru grew up seeing the pathetic condition of the fellow beings and the inhuman treatment inflicted upon them .His childhood incident gave an indication that he was gifted with supernatural qualities to remove the sufferings of the poor and ignorant .After his education in Sanskrit and Ayurveda ,he set out in search of truth . He was wandered around in plains and forest. He learned Vedic philosophy and Upanishad. He also studied Tamil books like Thirukkural, Tirumandiram, Thiruppukazh, Thiruppavai, Vedant a Jnanavaddilkattilai, Ozhaivilozhukkuam, shivapuranam etc He did an intense penance in a cave at marutva hills sustaining himself on berries and tubers and drinking from mountain brooks. Just as siddharth become awakened under the Bodhi tree at Gaya and become Gautama Buddha, Narayana Guru emerged as an enlightened Guru from Maruthva Hills.

Sree Narayana Guru ,instead of remaining in solitude and enjoying the divine bless for himself ,opted to utilize his spiritual achievements and wisdom,” Atmavidya” for himself for the betterment of humanity . He interpreted the quintessence of vedic philosophy in its purest perspective and propounded the theory of universal brotherhood of mankind. The practical application of “sanathana Dharma “ and Eternal truth in the day to day life of humanity was his greatest achievement. Guru placed the dignity and self respect of mankind at the highest pedestal above all religions .He believed that the individual should have the freedom to choose his religion.

He believed that if the religious strife is to end, everyone should be taught the other man’s religions and he should learn it with an open mind. This will reveal him that the fundamental of religions are the same. Religions do not mean sectarianism. It means a belief in ordered moral structure of the universe .it transcends Hinduism, Islam , and Christianity etc, -it harmonizes and barriers between faith. In this context, Guru gave the message “whatever be the religion, it is enough if man becomes good.” he neither made any religions nor propounded one.

Today everybody speak of one world, of humanity, of the essential unity of religion and irrevocable solidarity of mankind. More than hundred years ago Sree Narayana Guru had presented his ideal of man as “One in kind, one in religion and one in God”. Guru’s audience was the neglected, “hated, hunted and tabooed pariaaah, Who saw in him a ray hope. He was a savior for the persecuted masses of the world that toiled and moiled in sunshine and rain to feed, clothe and fatten those high –ups in the society, whose prerogative it was, in turn, to sin against mans dignity and self-respect. In the modern era of a shrinking world to a global village, thanks to the information explosion and communication revaluation, we can hope that the vision of Guru for a “ One world government “ and “oneworld humanity” may become a reality.

Guru lived with the caring benevolence of a compassionated Buddha and a loving Jesus. He sent the pace of new revaluation with personal examples, such as giving the pariah a chance to live the highest ideals of the Upanishads and eschewing all difference of caste and creed by opening places of worship and education where every man could assemble. Work, learn and live in fraternity.

He revealed through his own life that how the Advaita philosophy, that the supreme

One alone prevails and all that we see and experience are only its variegated manifestations, could be practically applied in the day to day life humanity.

Guru revolutionized the existing social, religious and philosophical system. As a first step, he consecrated a “Siva” idol at Aruvippuram in Kerala and a temple was built without much fanfare. At the temple entrance, he displayed a message.

“Without difference in caste
Or rancor of religions
This is a noble place
Where all live in brotherhood”

Apparently this was a simple act without hurting anybody or challenging anybody’s authority. Nevertheless, in effect, it demolished the very foundation of age –old tradition of consecrating idols and building temples by coterie of the so called high priests alone. It also destroyed the monopoly of priesthood. Slowly and his axe started falling on the mind set of the people. He made the pariah to believe that they are lower to none.

He helped them to save themselves from superstitious beliefs and to do away with the self-destroying rituals customs and dogmas practiced by them out of ignorance and in the name of religion and tradition. He wanted the temple to be the centers for purity and development.

Sree Narayana Guru had written over 62 books in Sanskrit, Malayalam and Tamil put together. Most popular among them are “Athmopadeshashadhakam” (one hundred verses of self-instruction) written in Malayalam and “Darshanamala” written in Sanskrit. Some of his universally acceptable lofty messages are listed below:-

  • 1. “Ask not, think not, and say not caste”.
  • 2. “One caste, one religion, one God for man”.
  • 3. “Whatever be one’s religion it is enough If it makes a better man”.
  • 4. “Acts that one performs for one’s own sake should also aim at the good of other man”.
  • 5. “Gain freedom through education”.
  • 6. “Gain strength through organization”.
  • 7. “Gain prosperity through industry”.
  • 8. “Liquor is poison, make it not, sell it not and drink it not”.
  • 9. “Of one in kind, one in faith, one in God is man, of the same womb, one same from difference none there in at all”.

Sree Narayana Guru realized that the suffering of teeming millions of people of this country is mainly due to illiteracy, ignorance, superstitious beliefs practiced by them. Guru emphasized the need of imparting values based quality education to all, ultimately to achieve a descent way of life. Guru worked for the emancipation of people through education on social front. Guru established primary education facility in all the villages with a library. Guru gave importance to education, health, morality, economics, cultivation and industryand education is regarded as a potential tool for the social change and national development.

Let all of us dedicate and practice the ideals and philosophy of Sree Narayana Guru and try to build a new social order where in all the citizens are treated alike.