Sree Narayana Gurudevan
Who is Guru ?
A guru is a teacher- a teacher par excellence. An ordinary teacher is only an informer or an instructor, an upadhyaya. A saintly contemplative man who can impart wisdom and give enlightenment to a seeker of Truth is traditionally honoured as a Guru. To those who grope in darkness, the Guru is like a beacon of light, giving directionto their destiny.To the weaklings who have no stamina to strive, the Guru is like a nourishing elixir which imparts courage and strength. To those who have lost their track in the desert sands of despair, he appears likean oasisof hope and gives a helping hand to help them out of the wilderness of confusion. Narayana Guru was such a kindly friend of mankind who saved many from the tangles of pernicious habits and choking diehard prejudices.
A Brief History of Sree Narayana Gurudev
What People Say About
He visited Guru in his ashram at Sivagiri on 22nd November 1922 and paid homage. He recorded that “I have been touring different parts of the world. During these travels, I have had the fortune to come into contact with several saints and maharshis. But I have frankly to admit that I have never seen one who is spiritually greater than Swamy Narayana Guru of Malayalam- nay, a person who is on par with him in spiritual attainment. I am sure, I shall never forget that radiant face illuminated by the self-effulgent light of divine glory and those majestic eyes fixing their gaze on far remote point in the distant horizon.
He visited Gurudev on 13th March 1925 and remarked:” I feel it as the greatest privilege in my life to have visited the beautiful state of Travancore and to have Darshan of venerable sage, Sree Narayana Guru.I had the fortune to stay one day in his holy Ashram.His Excellency the Regent Empress also spoke to me about the greatness of Guruswamy. I fervently hope that you would enforce his lofty ideals.
I feel very happy to have come to a place where a great man lived and gave his message to the people. Where great men lived, that place becomes a holly ground something like a temple, because of their thoughts and prayers that lie enshrined there. Sree Narayana Guru lived here and from here radiated his message – the message of no caste, no division and he wanted to build up a casteless and classless society. That message is still very much needed in these days. In order to get a casteless, classless society, what are we to do? Many things have to be done. But the general approach which I presume is Sree Narayana Guru’s approach – the approach through the mind and heart and not of a compulsion and coercion. Where there is not this turning of the heart and mind, all other changes are likely to be superficial. I am most happy to have come to this place, to pay my tribute of this great man who lived here and spread his message from here.