OUR rEFORMER NANU
” Happiness comes as a result of our own actions. “
A VISION ABOUT SREE NARAYANA GURU
Sree Narayana Gurudev was a saint, a philosopher, a great social reformer a humanist and a writer who endeavored for religious harmony and world peace. In the galaxy of divine personalities who took birth to redeem man kind from evil. Gurudev shines as a becon light and guiding star as Lord budha, Jesus Christ, Mohamed Nabi, Sankara, Mahaveera, Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and so on. His teachings are straightforward and simple bringing out spiritual, moral and material revolution.
August 28, 1856
At 6-15 a.m – Incarnation (Birth) at Chempazhanthi, a village near Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala State- to Kutti Amma and Madanasan. He was born in a community which possessed no right and privileges and was totally neglected and often oppressed and suppressed for many centuries. Then society was riddled with many evils like caste system, untouchability and unapproachability. Admission in educational institutions, places of workship, government services and the like were out of bound for the suppressed people. In his boyhood itself Guru could directly realize the miserable condition of slavery of his own people. Therefore he took a decision to offer himself to redeem the downtrodden and the society as a whole.
1860 to 1877
Education ( Vidhyarambam) at Chembazhanthi. Acquired proficiency in Sanskrit, Malayalam and Tamil languages called as ‘Nanu Bakta’, he practiced meditation in solitude in bushes and forests.
1877 to 1880
Higher education from Kummampalli Raman Pillai Asan at Varanapalli near Kayamkulam in Sanskrit and Vedantha Philosophy.
1881 to 1882
Becomes a teacher and get the name ‘Nanu Asan’, continues meditation. Establishes school at Chembazhanthi and Anjuthengu.
1884 to 1887
Meets a great yogi Thaikkattu Ayyavu and practices yoga. Observed devout penance and deep meditation in solitude in dense forest of Maruthwamalai in Kanyakumari Distrcit for seven years.
Stay at the banks if river Aruvippuram. Penance in a cave there. Composition of many poems incorporating Mythology and Advait Vedanta.
Srimath Sivalinga Swamigal becomes his first disciple.
He had gained yogic powers and transcendental vision as a result of the practice of arduous meditation and intense austerities, instead of retiring to a solitary place as traditional Indian Sanya sins would do guru slowly began to reform the society, keeping in mind the oneness of mankind and unity in their life. To achieve this firstly Guru resolved to bring about a revolution in the methods of worship in the temples.
Fulfilment of Incarnation – a beginning : Gurudev Consecrated a Sivalingha on a Sivarathri Day at Aruvippuram in February 1888 to enable all the people to worship God irrespective of Caste, creed or religion and inscribed the following words- ” It is a model Abode where all men dwell without any caste distinction and religious animosities.”
This was Guru’s first act for inter religious tolerance, fraternization and act against caste and priest-craft and also this was a revolutionary act in the annals of Indian social, religious and spiritual history.
Kumaranasan meets Gurudev and becomes his disciple Kumaranasan was one among the poet triplets and he dedicated himself to the principles of Gurudev and propagated the philosophy through his poems.
Brings out the anthology of Atmopadesa Sathakam – An illustrious poem on philosophy
Government proclaims Gurudev as a pure Religious and a Social Reformer.
Leymen’s temple association at Aruvippuram takes shape as Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam(SNDP) through his followers like Dr. Palpu, Kumaranasan and others.
Guru starts campaigns for education and strengthening the people with the watch words- ” Obtain freedom through education and strength through organization”. The practical demonstration of the aforesaid ideal was the establishment of Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam on 15th May 1903