Wednesday, November 11, 2009

126.Sree Narayana Guru: Founder of an Intellectual Religion

Sree Narayana Guru: Founder of an Intellectual Religion
C I Issac
01 Nov 2009

Kerala of the foregone century’s first half caught the attention of the rest of the world by effecting revolutionary changes in the socio-economic as well as spiritual framework. It is interesting to see that long before these radical changes took place, Swami Vivekananda, in the closing decades of the nineteenth century, portrayed this place/society as a ‘lunatic asylum’ [1].

Anyone can understand the intrinsic value of the depth and extent of the changes brought about in a place where socio-religious and economic transactions were determined by lunatic conditions. Hence the reality is that the changes did not maintain momentum in the second half of the bygone century and later. Thus we can see a rupture in the onward progressive socio-economic and religious movements of this sort. Hence an enquiry in this direction is essential. This enquiry will be complete with the finding of the fountainhead of the said reform movements.

Kerala’s social relations were entirely different from the rest of India, and were determined on most primitive transactional concepts of pollution or irrational discriminative institution popularly known as ‘aiyatham’ (un-seeability, untouchability, un-approachability) [2]. The specific conditions of Kerala’s pollution relations, aiyatham, were not simply an affair of Brahmin versus Shudra social formations. The ruling social ideology of this land, i.e. compartmentalized jati (caste) system differed from the chaturvarna (traditional four-fold caste system) practiced by conventional Hindu society.

In short, this jati system was once the base of all social justice of the land. All the jatis who were part of the Shudra social formation practiced the dreadful social discriminative system without a sense of blemish. In the specific case of Kerala, all jatis other than Namboothiri [native Brahmin jati] are part of the Shudra social structure. In the jati hierarchical order, Nair comes next to Namboothiri in the social status ladder of status. “Nairs by virtue of their association with the Namboothiris had a high status in the society and they observed the rules of caste in all their rigidity” [3]. The same Nairs without any fear of pollution or loss of jati status usually kept concubines from Velutheda (washermen) and Chaliya (weaver) communities. The Nairs, being a warrior community, while in the battlefront, could touch persons of low caste and eat and drink in their houses without the fear of losing their caste [4]. These are some of the contradictions and paradoxes that governed pre-modern Kerala.

But the Shudra jatis [5] or subalterns of Kerala kept the pollution concepts alive between themselves during the period under study. Even within the jati framework there existed powerful and hierarchical discriminative (aiyatham) mechanism that functioned uninterruptedly for several centuries throughout Kerala. Brahmin (Namboothiri) jati being at the apex of Kerala’s jati pecking order was not free from intra-jati anomalies. Each and every Brahmin household (tharavadu) was a hatchery of innumerable untoward social practices / relations and social notions. The very foundations of these unequal and discriminative social relations of the time were made fragile by Sree Narayana Guru, a great saint, through popularizing Sree Sankara’s monism [Advaitam]. This year is the 150th birth anniversary of such a great revolutionary that rarely glitters in the annals of history.

It is interesting to see that the women of subaltern jatis of Kerala enjoyed comparatively a good level of social freedom; the women of elite jatis - particularly Brahmin jatis - were subjected to various repressive conditions in their respective societal units. The social canons that prevailed amongst the subaltern jatis ensured a good amount of social freedom to their women, but its fruits were reduced by the general social sanctions of the day. The intra-juridical system of smarthavicharam [6] that existed amongst Brahmin jatis, based on smriti (believed to be authored by Manu, the ancient Hindu law-giver] laws, was cruel.

While considering the rotten concepts regarding marriage [7] amongst the Namboothiris, this trial has no moral fervour. This arbitrary trial under smarthavicharam resulted in the ostracism of poor women from the community; it gave sadistic pleasure to the custodians of this rotten social order. It is believed this practice crept into Brahmin society after the eighth century CE by force of Sankara smriti [8] and continued until 1918 [9]. Above all, a good number of Namboothiri women were destined to live as chronic spinsters within the four walls of their household [Illam] due to the unchanging intra-jati customary commandments [10].

The Nair jati recognized the freedom of women and accepted matrilineal system of inheritance as the mode of succession. Whether or not the womenfolk of the Nair jati really enjoyed the fruits of social freedom ensured by their jati laws of the day is a subject for further study. But no doubt the intra-jati hierarchical relations of the Nair jati subjected them to some disabilities. The mannappedi and pulappedi were swords of Damocles that hung over assertive Nair ladies prior to the eighteen century CE.

These functioned as the two strategic weapons rarely used by the Karnavar (eldest male member who acted as head administrator of the Nair household) against the hardline/self-assured Nair ladies of the day. It is the customary belief that in the night of a certain day of every year [11] a male/adult member of the subaltern/pollution creating jati can by touch or throwing a stone over a Nair lady, claim her for him. There is a suspicion that behind the operation of this dreadful custom that used to shut the mouth of the Nair lady, some malicious designs of the covetous Karnavar were hidden.

That no Mannan [12] or Pulayan [13] dared to violate hierarchical jati values unilaterally and pollute a Nair lady without the consent or silent permission from the all-powerful corners of the respective tharavadus (households) was the burning reality of the social relations of the day. All the said were stories regarding the freedom or limitation enjoyed/subjected to by the women of the non-Brahmin aristocracy of early Kerala. On the other hand, society in general until the nineteenth century gave least importance to the purity of conjugal relations. P.K. Balakrishnan’s study gives a thumbnail picture of the lucid and fragile moral stature of Kerala society of the said duration [14].

In the first five decades of the last century, Kerala witnessed a Hindu renaissance. The sprit of reawakening continued over this land for over a period of half a century and cleansed the societal sin of a millennium without much pain. Behind this wonderful social transformation lay the hegemonic role of Sree Narayana Guru. He ably introduced a multifaceted strategy for the modification of the rusted Malayali psyche. The average Malayali for a thousand years was stunned before the nectar of Advaitam, monism, was presented by Adi Sankara (788 – 820 CE). For more than a millennium, the doctrine of non-duality [15] remained in the psyche of average Malayalis as an indigestive one.

At this critical juncture of Malayali social life, Sree Narayana Guru played the role of an incarnation and brought Sankara’s philosophy of monism from its lofty ivory towers and presented it before the multitudes in an easily digestible form. He presented the glory and synchronization of Sankara’s view of oneness/non-dualism in a more popular catchphrase of “one jati, one religion, one god for man.” Through this exposition he was able to dictate the oneness of humanity, the sum and substance of Sree Sankara’s philosophy, to all levels/strata of society. It was not an evasion or a strategic retreat from contemporary social realities.

This revolutionary disclosure of the Guru was really the true reflection of Hindutva. The Hindu society of his days was under pressure of external threat of proselytism and internal social antagonism based on birth/jati. His new catchphrase was sufficient to keep the Hindu jatis in their respective religious conviction or dharma. His was an age of mass conversion from lesser Hindu jatis to various alien dharmas. Guru’s endeavour really put a brake to the notorious missionary attempt of taking advantage of Hindu delinquency.

Through this message, he was able to redefine the role of religion in the social life of man. The hermeneutic of Guru’s mission was to establish the idea that religion is for the well being of all humanity, and that man is not for the sake of religion.

At the same time, he was able to keep society in its own linear culture and tradition without infringing the existing social structure, and simultaneously defused and neutralized the age-old diabolic social relations and established recognition to egalitarian social values from top to bottom without shedding a drop of blood. That is why Rabindranath Tagore once pictured him: “I have been touring different parts of the world. During these travels, I have had good fortune to come into contact with several Saints and Rishies. But I have frankly to admit that I have not come across one who is spiritually greater than Swami Narayana Guru of Malayalam” [16].

Narayana Guru defused the alien cultural and religious invasion by countering missionary methods. Later his paradigms were freely used by all Hindu jatis to protect their culture and tradition from the onslaughts of agents of proselytizing religions. To a certain extent his conceptualization of monism through the humanist approach of ‘one jati, one religion and one god for man’ became an answer to the intolerant alien religious enterprises that worked freely amongst the subalterns of Hindu society with abundant material, men and money. His new reading regarding the concepts religion, God and jati are the same that are highlighted in the classical Hindu view.

Thus he reiterated that one jati, one religion and one god was nothing but the Rg Vedic mantra:
“Indram mitram varunam agni mahoo
Ratho diviasa suparnno guruth man
Eakam sat vipra bahuta vantanti
Agnim yamam matareesana mahoo”
[It signifies that the all-adorning gods like Indra, Varuna, Agni, etc are synonyms of the same and also are the different forms of the same God. There is only one true God but enlightened men suggest different paths to realize the ultimate reality]
But Hindu society reduced and distorted this classical view into a tool of discrimination and exploitation.

Here we can visualize in him the sanatana, eternal, Hindu. Finally he concluded that whatever may be the religion of man, the secret of healthy social living is ‘to become each and everyone as good’. Beyond a shadow of doubt he opposed proselytism and believed that it is not an ultimate solution, but will generate future social crisis. Converts from the lower strata of Hindu society to Christianity during the colonial period are now causing several social and theological problems in contemporary Christian society of Kerala, a pointer to the relevance of the disclosures of Guru.

As a strong Advaitin (monist), he was not ready to bypass realities that evolved from non-Indian channels. He showed courage to adopt western education system, to go with the time was a necessary condition. Above all, he used the Protestant Missionary religious stratagem of religious conventions and public sermons alien to the Hindu way of life, adapted and introduced in the native spiritual scenario. He took the initiative to start routine religious discourses in Hindu society by recruiting big scholastic orators like Karuva and M. Krishnan Aasan [17]. The sufferers of inherent social discrimination of Hindu society were in search of solace in para (other) dharmas. Guru found that this alternative solution helped the draining away process. All his efforts in the direction to protect swa (own) dharma helped arrest the exodus of Hindu population to Christianity and Islam.

He maintained a positive approach towards the newly introduced colonial education system. He recognized it and attempted to transform it to serve the purpose of national requirements. On the other hand, several forward jatis had shown reluctance to the new education and so became marginalized groups in emerging colonial socio-economic transactions. Similarly missionary efforts to educate the Ezhavas since 1812 to 1902 produced no remarkable outcome. Socio-economic changes wrought under colonial interaction resulted in the birth of a middle class among all communities, who availed of the benefit of the new education introduced by missionaries/colonialists.

The middleclass consisted of the lower strata of upper caste/jati Hindus and upper strata of lower caste/jati Hindus along with the Christian and Muslim communities [18]. This implies that only a nominal amount of Hindus enjoyed the fruits of colonial education while many Christians became its benefactors. Ninety years of missionary efforts since 1812 produced only 11.14 percent literates in Kerala and the women’s share was only 3.15 percent. On the other hand, between the establishment of SNDP Yogam in 1903, the flagship organization started by Sree Narayan Guru for modernization of Hindus, and his samadhi (death) in 1928, that is of twenty-six years effort of Sree Narayan Guru, the literacy rate of Kerala rose to 21.34 percent and its women share was 11.99 percent. [Source: Census of India].

Beyond doubt one can say Guru’s role was decisive in making Kerala the highest literate state in India. His response to democratic and industrial ideologies of colonialism was more creative and practical. He called for “the attainment of progress/power through education, organization and industries.”

Guru’s influence reflected amongst all Hindus of the day irrespective of their jati differences. As a result the Hindu jati hierarchy starting from Namboothiris acknowledged themselves as Hindus and subject to correction and introspection. A new sense of Hindu sentiment developed amongst all and their leaders altogether came forward with the creative proposal for a common platform for all Hindus. The new dynamism on account of Narayana Guru’s divine mission paved the way for Hindu Maha Mandalam, a common podium of various Hindu jatis of Kerala. But later in the sixties of the last century, political forces of Kerala hijacked it. Hindus once again became compartmentalized under narrow and introvert jati mechanism and shed their Hindu feeling. They became voters not administrators, onlookers not players. Further, they lost the battle and became marginalized in the ongoing political process.

Guru was a staunch monist after Sankaracharya. That is why, in a highly vertically stratified jati society (like Kerala), he received disciples from all strata by breaking jati barriers. Most disciples who reached Sivagiri Mutt at Varkala and Advaita Mutt at Aluva were the cream of the day. Later they became apostles of Narayana Guru’s ideology. Romain Rolland rightly acknowledged, “He preached if one may say so, a Jnana of action, a great intellectual religion, having a lively sense of the people and their social needs. It greatly contributed to the uplifting of the oppressed classes in Southern India and its activities have in a measure been allied to those of Gandhi” [19].

In short, Kerala which started its journey towards a new dawn through Sree Narayana Guru, missed its right path elsewhere in the deluge after his Samadhi. This missing of the path is the cause of the contemporary social crisis. Hindu society of Kerala has deviated from the path of Sree Narayana Guru. They were in search of para (other) dharma and ran away from swa (own) dharma, made empirical/pragmatic by Guru.

Were all the setbacks of contemporary Kerala due to this deviation? Yes, now we can hear the divine voice of Guru, but we are not patient enough to listen/react to it properly. It is a fact that so far we are not tolerant enough to respond properly to him. Until we come to the mood of Arjuna, who after listening to the Bhagavat Gita from Lord Krishna, said “Stitho asmi gatha sandhem: kareshia vachanam tava” [20] (I have cleared all doubts and am ready to do my duty), our days to come will not be filled with everlasting joy.

End notes

1] Selections from the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Calcutta, 1998, pp 284-285.
2] For details, see A. Sreedharamenon, A Survey of Kerala History, Kottayam, 1970, pp 267 - 269.
3] District Gazetteer- Kozhikode, State Gazetteer Dept. Trivandrum, 1962, p 133.
4] Ibid.
5] They all are the part of the State’s occupational groups.
6] Religious/jati trial of Namboothiri lady by Brahmin priests when suspected of adultery.
7] According to Namboothiri jati precedence/practice, only the elder son can enjoy the privilege of endogamous marriage [Veli]; the rest were entitled to marry women from Nair or equivalent jati only. This exogamous system is known as sambandham. Under this marriage practice, husband did not have the legal responsibility to maintain such wife and children and they had no legal right over the property of the husband/father. In short, it was a form of polyandry. See, A. Sreedharamenon, Cultural Heritage of Kerala, Madras, 1996, pp 264, 265.
8] A section of writers attributing the authorship of this smriti to Sankaracharya has no historicity; See William Logan, Malabar Manual, Vol. I, [Mal. tran.] Calicut, 1985, P161.
9] Under the Colonial regime, the smarthavicharam was made a procedural and documented affair. So the proceedings of the early twentieth century smarthavicharams are available in the State Archives. Most known smarthavicharams of the century was 1903, 05 and 18. The smarthavicharam of 1918 was the last of its series in the Sate. Meanwhile, intra-jati reform movements gained momentum in Namboothiri society. Yoga Shema Sabha and Namboothiri Youvajana Sangam were started respectively in 1908 and 1928 and they laboured for the correction of society. See, P. V. Ramankutty, “Smriti Parambariya Prabhavaoum Prathirodhavoum Keraleeya Brahmana Jeevitathil”, Anjooru Varshathe Keralam, Ed. ScariaZachria, Kottayam, 1999, pp 103, 104.
10] Because of the peculiar custom of restricted or conditional endogamy to Namboothiri boys, several women of this community were in want of proper match. K. P. Padmanabha Menon, History of Kerala, Vol. III, Trivandrum, 1933, p 89.
11] According to Dr. Gundhert, the time during which high caste women might lose caste, if a slave happen to throw a stone at them after sunset, is the month of Karkatakom – 15 July to 15 August, See K. P. Padmanabha Menon, History of Kerala, Vol. II, Trivandrum, 1929, p 274.
12] A traditional lower jati engaged in coconut plucking and washing clothes.
13] Conventional agriculture worker.
14] Kerala Charitravoum Jati Vyvastitoum, Kottayam, 1983, pp 274 - 283.
15] Monism/Advaitam; the Hindu doctrine that the Supreme Being/Universal Creator and the Individual Soul are one and the same.
16] C. R. Mitra, Sree Narayana Guru and Social Revolution, 1979, p 143.
17] A.R. Sreenivasan, Yogeswaranaya Sree Narayanaguru, 1997, pp 14,15 & Great Poet Kumaran Aasan, Vivekodayam Monthly, 1084 Makaram, [ME]/1909 January-February [CE].
18] P.K. Michael Tharakan, “Socio Economic Factors in Educational Development,” Economic and Political Weekly, Bombay, 17 November 1984.
19] Quoted from A. Sreedharamenon, Cultural Heritage of Kerala, Madras, 1996, p 286.
20] See Bhagavat Gita, Ch XVIII, Verse 73.

The author is a retired Professor of History, and lives in Trivandrum

Sunday, September 27, 2009


SRILANKA Government issued a Postal Stamp in Memory of Guru on the occassion of 155th Birth day of Sree Narayana Gurudevan. i.e. on 4th September 2009. The Postage Stamp will cost Five Srilankan rupees.

124.Poet Balachandran Chullikad said about Guru

ചിന്തയില്‍ ശങ്കരാചാര്യര്‍ക്കു തുല്യനും കര്‍മ്മത്തില്‍ശങ്കരാചാര്യരേക്കാള്‍ മഹാനുമായഏതെങ്കിലും ഒരു മലയാളിയുണ്ടെങ്കില്‍അതു ശ്രീനാരായണഗുരുദേവനാണ്. ദേവന്‍എന്ന് എന്തിനാണ് അദ്ദേഹത്തെ വിളിക്കുന്നത്, മനുഷ്യന്‍ എന്നു വിളിച്ചാല്‍ പോരെ എന്നു യുകതിവാദികള്‍ ചോദിക്കാറുണ്ട്. പോരാ. മറ്റു മനുഷ്യരില്‍ നിന്ന് വ്യത്യസ്തനാണ് അദ്ദേഹം. സാധാരണ മനുഷ്യര്‍ക്കു സാധിക്കാന്‍ കഴിയാത്ത മഹത്തായ കാര്യങ്ങള്‍ അദ്ദേഹം ചെയ്തു. മഹത്ത്വത്തിന്റെ പര്യായമാണു ദിവ്യത്വം. ദിവ്യത്വം പ്രകാശിപ്പിച്ച ആള്‍ ദേവന്‍. അതുകൊണ്ട് എനിക്കും എന്നെപ്പോലുള്ള പാമരന്മാര്‍ക്കും അദ്ദേഹം ശ്രീനാരായണഗുരുദേവന്‍ തന്നെ. തുഞ്ചത്തെഴുത്തച്ഛന്‍ കഴിഞ്ഞാല്‍ ഏറ്റവും വലിയ മലയാളകവിയും ശ്രീനാരായണ ഗുരുദേവന്‍ തന്നെ. ഋഷിയായ ഗുരുവിന്റെ കവിതകളിലെ മന്ത്രസ്വഭാവമോ അത്യഗാധമായ ആത്മീയാനുഭവമോ ആന്തരസംഗീതമോ ഭാഷാപൂര്‍ണ്ണതയോ ലൌകികനായ കുമാരനാശാന്റെ കവിതകളില്‍ ഇല്ല എന്നാണ് എന്റെ അനുഭവം.

തത്ത്വശാസ്ത്രം ഞാന്‍ പഠിച്ചിട്ടില്ല. അതു പഠിക്കാന്‍ വേണ്ട ബുദ്ധിശക്തി എനിക്കില്ല. (തത്ത്വശാസ്ത്രം അറിയാം എന്ന് ധരിച്ചുവശായിരിക്കുന്ന പലരേക്കാളും ഭേദമാണ് എന്റെ അവസ്ഥ എന്നുമാത്രം.എന്തെന്നാല്‍ ഇക്കാര്യത്തില്‍
എനിക്ക് എന്റെ പരിമിതി അറിയാമല്ലൊ.)സംസ്കൃതവും പാലിയുമൊന്നും അറിയാത്തതിനാല്‍ ഭാരതീയ തത്ത്വചിന്തയിലെ മൂല കൃതികള്‍ വായിച്ചുനോക്കാന്‍പോലും എനിക്കാവില്ല. ഭാരതീയചിന്തയില്‍ ഭൌതികവാദവും അജ്ഞേയതാവാദവും ആത്മീയ വാദവും ഇവയ്ക്കെല്ലാം പലേ പിരിവുകളും ഉണ്ടെന്നു കേട്ടിട്ടുണ്ട്.ഭാരതീയചിന്തയില്‍
നെടുനായകത്വം അദ്വൈതവേദാന്തത്തിനാണെന്നും കേട്ടിട്ടുണ്ട്.അദ്വൈതം രണ്ടില്ല എന്നും ‘ശങ്കരന്റെ അദ്വൈതം തന്നെ നമ്മുടെ അദ്വൈതം ’എന്നും ഗുരു വ്യക്തമാക്കിയിട്ടുമുണ്ട്. ഇതിന്റെയൊന്നും വിശദാംശങ്ങൾ എനിക്ക് ഒരു പിടിയുമില്ല.

എന്നെപ്പോലുള്ള പാമരർക്കുവേണ്ടി ഭാരതീയ തത്ത്വചിന്തയുടെ മഹാസാരം ഗുരു ഇങ്ങനെ അരുളിയിരിക്കുന്നു:

“ നീയല്ലോ സൃഷ്ടിയും സ്രഷ്ടാവായതും സൃഷ്ടിജാലവും.
നീയല്ലോ ദൈവമേ സൃഷ്ടിക്കുള്ള സാമഗ്രിയായതും.”

മലയാളം മനസ്സിലാകാത്ത മലയാളികൾക്കായി ആ അരുളിനെ ഒരിക്കല്‍
യതി ഇങ്ങനെ വിശദീകരിച്ചു:
Process of creation, Creator,Creation, and material for creation is identical.

ഇതിനപ്പുറം അറിവില്ല ,മഹത്ത്വമില്ല ,ഇതിനേക്കാള്‍ വലിയ യുക്തിവാദമില്ല ,ഇതിനേക്കാള്‍ ലളിതമായി ഒന്നുമില്ല, എന്നെല്ലാം അറിവുള്ളവര്‍ആശ്ചര്യപ്പെടുന്നു.എന്നാല്‍
ജീവിതത്തില്‍ മനസ്സിലാക്കാനും ഉള്‍ക്കൊള്ളാനും ആചരിക്കാനും സാക്ഷാത്ത്കരിക്കാനും ഈ സര്‍വ്വഭൂതസമഭാവനയേക്കാള്‍ പ്രയാസമേറിയതായി മറ്റൊന്നുമില്ല എന്നാണ് എന്റെ അനുഭവം. ആ അസാദ്ധ്യത്തെ സാധിച്ച നാരായണഗുരുദേവപാദങ്ങളില് ‍ആജീവനാന്തപ്രണാമം.

Friday, September 4, 2009

123. Sree Naryana Guru Jayanthi Ashamsakal

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

122.The 155th Guru Jayanti message is for all

Sree Narayana Guru - Prophet of the Peace


by Satchidananda Swamy
President Sree Narayana Guru Chaithanya Madham Perambra
Trichur, Kerala - South India

Sree Narayana Guru

On September 4th 2009 we will be celebrating the 155th Jayanti anniversary of Sree Narayana Guru. In the United States celebrations will take place in Washington DC, Chicago, Houston, and New York City.

The world has forever been enriched by spiritual preceptors of superhuman genius. There have been many philosophers who are capable of dialectical arguments of split-hair precision to explain the nature of the universe. But it has not been observed that they ever came down to the centre of human society and attempted social reformations by finding solutions to the burning problems of the people through understanding human feelings and emotions. For example, Socrates, Aristotle, Adi Shankaracharya, etc. were wise and erudite philosophic genius, but reformation of the society was never a part of their lives.

Quite different from them, there are a set of humanistic philosophers whose hearts overflow with love and compassion for humanity. They wipe the tears of the poor, soothe the suffering, and feel complacent to spend their own lives to serve other lives. But they are not known as great philosophers, or men of wisdom. For example, look at the lives of great men like Mahavi Jain and Sri Buddha. In their thoughts, social reformation programmes were not in equal proportions in their activities.

An exception to this is Sree Narayana Guru. He is a great boon to humanity, kindly granted by God Almighty; Let us enjoy nectar of his biography. This Universal Guru shines as an extremely brilliant philosopher and an exceptionally kind hearted social reformer at the same time, with equal intensity.

In the history of the world, Sree Narayana Guru glows with an incomparable individuality which has integrated dialectics and social reformation programmers in equal proportions. That is why the famous French philosophic writer Romain Rolland defines Sree Narayana Guru as “A Gnani of Action” in his book, The Life of Ramakrishna. The Guru has thoroughly studied all philosophic trends and the nature of the Universe in the light of his own experience. With his sharp intellect and insight, he had an intuitive vision of how the world is going to be in the future. This intellectual exercise has evolved into a Unitive Philosophy and presented it to the world, which remains like a great tower of light emanating beams of radiance all around. Because he could integrate all abstract theories of philosophy with kindness and compassion for living beings, the Theosophical Society of India has written about him in the editorial of their magazine Sanatana Dharma.

“No one in India in the recent centuries, has earned such long standing, wide spread and glowing universal respect as Sree Narayana Guru. He ha not given platform speeches or discourses. But, by his mere presence, he could radiate love and vitality. He is equal to Pantajali in Yoga, Adi Shankara in wisdom, Buddha in sacrifice, Nabi is perseverance, and Jesus Christ in humility. This holy Saint Narayana played the human role for 73 years, and then returned to his original abode. In future he will be worshipped as a deity, along with incarnations and Holy Saints.” From this opinion of the Theosophical Society, the nature of Gurudev is clearly understood.

In the course of history, a man of superhuman virtue may emerge on the state of the world only once in a thousand years. The emergence of these superhumans, who can change the course of history and usher in a new dispensations, can be compared to the appearance of the spring season. During spring, nature wakes up in glory with a new spirit and beauty, filling the earth with greenery, sweet smell of flowers and succulent life giving fruits. Similarly these universal Gurus emanate the beams of love, brotherhood and nonviolence through their messages, establish ‘Dharma’ and disappear behind the curtains of time. Sree Krishna, Sree Buddha, Prophet Mohammed, Jesus Christ, etc. are all such universal Gurus. Sree Narayana also belongs to this series, to their tradition.

Once Gurudev had stated, “During the time of Buddha violence was the rule, therefore he gave prominence to nonviolence. During the time of Nabi, the bondage of brotherhood was lacking. So he gave supreme importance to fraternity. But what is the need of our times? The Guru himself gave the answer, “Liberation from the clutches of caste and religion”. From these words one point is clear; Great Universal Gurus prescribe ‘Dharma’ (righteous duty) especially suitable for the period in which they live. Those Gurus who prescribed non-violence, love and brotherhood, had visions which can go beyond the constraints of time and place. In course of time, these prescriptions of philosophical thought metamorphosed into religions.

The objective of Sree Narayana Guru’s life was to liberate the people from the clutches of caste and religious feelings. The greatness of his personality is revealed to the world through his own words. He is a Universal Guru, born in the tradition of these Universal Gurus mentioned above. Buddhism emerged in the same of Buddha, Christianity in the name of Christ and Islam in the name of Prophet Mohammad. But no religion has emerged in the name of Sree Narayana Guru. He had declared, “I am not going to establish another religion”. Instead he advised, “The world needs a unitive culture which integrates the non-violence of Buddha, the love of Christ, the brotherhood of Nabi, the wisdom of Adi Shankara, and the spirituality of ancient Indian Gurus”. The purpose behind the incarnation of Sree Narayana Guru was to generate this unified culture in this world. The Guru’s philosophy is a doctrine of integration. He could integrate all divisions of philosophical thoughts through compassion and goodwill. In his composition “Anukampadasakam” (Ten Stanzas of Compassion) this integration of all themes of philosophical thought can be clearly observed.

Sree Narayana Guru was such a divine person, with a very special individuality which could transform anyone who came near him into his admirer and worshipper. The opinions of some great men who had visited and understood the Guru, are given below.

“I have been touring different parts of the world. During these travels, I have had the good 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 Swami Narayana Guru of Malayalam-nay, a person who is on a par with him in spiritual attainment. I am sure, I shall never forget that radiant face illumined by the self effulgent light of divine glory and those mystic eyes fixing their gaze on a far remote point in the distant horizon.”
Raveendra Nath Tagore

“I feel it as the greatest privilege in my life to have visited the beautiful state of Travancore and to have a darshan of venerable sage Shree Narayana Guru. I had the fortune to sTay one day in his holy Ashram. Her Excellency the Regent Empress also spoke to me about the greatness of Guruswamy. I fervently hope that you
Mahatma Gandhi

“Shree Narayana Guru is considered as one of the five or ten Avatars that have appeared in India during the last hundred years. I had an opportunity of meeting him in the year 1925 when I had been to Kerala for Vaikom Styagraha. In those days he was residing at Varkala. There I had talked to him for an hour or two. My humble respects to the memory of this great sage.”
Acharya Vinobabhave

During recent centuries no one in India has enjoyed so much reverence as Shri Narayana Gurudev commanded, a reverence so glorious so enduring, so comprehensive, so universal and so pure. Like the sun, by mere presence, he spread his light and love...... His life or renunciation has shown to numerous people the secret of the path of dedicated service or Karma Yoga. Rishi Narayana who has awakened Kerala patanjali in Yoga, Sankara in wisdom, Manu in the art of Government, Buddha in renunciation, Muhammad in strength of sprit and Christ in humility, after 72 years spend in the drama of human life has gone to whence he came......For future generations he will be one of the divine personalities among the incarnations of God and the superhuman beings of India's religious.
Theosophical Society

Shri Narayana Guru had not much to talk to me. For he was the "Mahatma" Of high intellectual Supremacy.
Ramana Maharshi

A great Social Reformer, a staunch Promoter of Hindu Religion, and a true Philosopher Shri Narayana Guru was a revolutionary Yogi of Kerala, Chopping of heads, and creation of chaos and confusion are not the necessary ingredients of revolution. Any sincere effort to transform of civilized life is revolution.
Dr. Radhakridhnan

I had a vision of God in human form. Shri Narayana Guru who was renown in the Southem - most of Indiwas that "Supreme Being."
C.F. Andrews

He was born on the 28th of August 1855 (Chingam 14th of 1031), as per the Malayalam Calendar) under the star of Shathabhisham (Chathayam in Malayalam) in a small village called Chempazhanthi in Trivandrum Dist. of Kerala state, at the southern tip of India. His parents were Maadan Aasan and Kuttiamma. It is said that the Guru was born to this ideal couple after intensive prayers and many years of wating. Though the little boy was named Narayanan, in course of time, the name came to be shortened to Nanu. But Nanu as a person did not care to be reduced in stature. Nanu means (Na + Anu) that which is not small, in other words, a great person. He certainly grew up to become great. It is said that even his birth was extraordinary. Usually the world comes to know about the birth of a child by its cry. But this baby did not cry when he was born, did not cry when the umbilical cord was cut, not when he was bathed. He never cried even of hunger, thirst or any other physical needs. This calmness is a strange phenomenon in the life of the Guru. When the whole world was crying for want of peace and calm, this holy man who was born and lived without crying had become the harbinger of peace. The incidents in his life proclaim this.

Guru shared with us timeless words of wisdom, “One Caste, One Religion, One God for Mankind”, “Get Freedom Through Education, Strength through Organization”, and “You (God) are Truth, Knowledge and Bliss”. In South India – Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Sri Lanka is where Guru’s work began. Guru attained Mahasamadhi at the age of 73 on September 20, 1928.

“Sree Narayana Guru will be the prophet of the future” Once Swamy John Darmatheerthan said. Guru preached for a Cosmopolitan life and his direction to future is without any boundaries of caste, religion, or places. He was above all discriminations. Guru was born in South India. Kerala became famous as Gods own Land. Because of social reformation activities of Guru Kerala became a blessed land. Chempazhanthi and Sivagiri the birth and Samadhi places became pilgrim centres. In our cultural field a school of Sree Narayana Guru literature is developed. In order to propagate his messages and teachings nearly a dozen of publications are on the field. The state Government had declared his Jayanti and Samadhi days as holidays. His Jayanti has become a national festival. It is evident from that every nook and corner of our state is celebrating his Jayanti as a token of respect.

The 155th Guru Jayanti message is for all. May our beloved Sree Narayana Gurudev bless us.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

121. The Complete Works of Sree Narayana Guru

The complete works of sree Narayana Gurudevan is posted at the following link
including a PDF file of complete works

Saturday, August 1, 2009

120.Natraja guru says about Sree Narayana Gurudevan

Nataraja guru says about guru :--

Once in a hundred years, solitary among a hundred thousand, there arrives at the caravanserai of life one, at the sight of whose features the seekers instinctively arise from their varied occupations and greet him and see in him and his ways a clear commentary, a silent interpretation, a radiant centre of all that they were seeking. He becomes the object of reverence and common pride. He is able to dispel age-long doubt and darkness by his words, and the hearers smile and for a moment feel a strange happiness. Literature and art and science grow round his person. Historical events find a centre round which to turn.

Narayana Guru was one such. He was one of those who followed in his life the ancient and immemorial programme of oriental saints and prophets. He left his home in search of truth. He lived in lonely hill, cave or forest for years, unknown to men, performing Tapas .

He emerged from seclusion, having solved some great riddle in life, and wanted to give his solution to the world at large. Therefore, without any sort of hesitation whatever, he called himself a Guru or Teacher. Penniless himself, he began to command an influence over rich and poor, educated and uneducated. People flocked to take the dust off his feet.

Today his words are recognised as a most modern echo of the ancient wisdom of the Orient. In him we had, combined once again, a bard who sang about the aspirations of the soul of man, a philanthropist whose one aim in life, night and day, was to devise ways to minimise human suffering, and a seer whose daily food and drink was the highest form of Truth. Although out of reach of newspapermen and propagandists,
this silent sage was the recognized spiritual leader of more than two million people in South India to whom his word was more imperative than law. Within a period of less than a decade he had established more than one hundred places of worship on the West Coast of India alone, which are day by day growing into centres of educational, philanthropic and economic activity. Crowded meetings are held in which his name is the unifying element. His message to the people is the subject of weekly comment on many platforms, and scores of associations have been organized in various parts of South India to spread his ideals. By the spell of his name young and old are seen to join hands in a common undertaking; rich and poor are seen to rub shoulders. It can be asserted that he has set in motion a force which is bound to spread into a new impetus for the regeneration of India and the world.

Monday, July 13, 2009

119.Sree Narayana Gurudevan -Slide show

Monday, July 6, 2009

118.Dr. K.K.Damodaran -an ardent devotee of Sree Narayana Guru

Dr. K.K.Damodaran was born on 31/10/1921 at Kadapra - Mannar, Thiruvalla Taluk, Alleppey District, Kerala in a family of "Other Backward Community". Dr. Damodaran was a brilliant student and received Government scholarships throughout his education up to B.Sc. Degree. He passed M.A. degree in Physics from Madras University and joined Sree Narayana College, Quilon, Kerala in June 1948, as Senior Lecturer in Physics. While he was working at the Sree Narayana College, Dr. Damodaran took active part in the collection of College Building Fund and helped the Management in many other ways also for the development of the newly started College. He was also the Warden of the College Hostel and gave free tuition to the students of the Hostel. Due to his sincere and dedicated service for more than 4 years in the College, the Management of the College namely Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam, Quilon, Kerala awarded him a loan Scholarship and sent for doing Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics in the University College, London in August 1952. He also received a Scholarship from the Kerala University while doing his Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics during 1952-1954 to supplement the loan Scholarship received by him from Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam. He completed the Ph.D. course within the minimum period of two years and obtained the Ph.D. Degree in Nuclear Physics from the University of London in October 1954. Thereafter he was appointed as a Research Fellow in the Physics Department of the University of Birmingham for two years. Dr. Damodaran published 3 research papers (1) " Single scattering of fast electrons by atomic nuclei" - Proc.Phys.Soc.,A, Vol.69, 196-204 (1956). (2) " Preparation of scattering foils of Uranium" - Brit.J.Appl.Phys., Vol. 7, 322-323, (1956). (3) " Dissociation of molecular Hydrogen Ions (H ) in gases" Proc.Roy.Soc.A., Vol. 239, 382-393 (1957).

Dr. Damodaran was appointed as a Scientific Officer in the Nuclear Physics Division of the Atomic Energy Establishment, Trombay, Bombay when Dr. Raja Ramanna was the Head of the Nuclear Physics Division and Dr. Homi J.Bhabha was the Director of A.E.E.T. and Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission of India. Dr. Damodaran joined A.E.E.T., Bombay in October 1956. When the A.E.E.T. Training School was started in August 1957 by Dr. Homi J.Bhabha with the help of Dr. Raja Ramanna for the intensive one year training of talented young graduates and post graduates in Science and Engineering who were interviewed and selected out of large numbers of applicants, Dr. Damodaran was asked to look after the Training School. The intensive training was mainly in Nuclear Science and Nuclear Engineering. The trainees were given monthly stipend and free Hostel accommodation. After successful completion of one year training, the trainees were appointed as Scientific Officers / Engineers in the various Divisions of BARC, TIFR, Power Projects, Heavy Water Projects etc., Dr. Damodaran was the Head of the Training Division for 25 years and looked after the training of 25 batches of trainees. It was the duty of the Head of the Training Division to organise the training courses for the trainees of the various disciplines such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Metallurgy, Instrumentation Technology etc. and co-ordinate the various courses in consultation with the Expert Committees of the Training School. More than 200 Senior Scientists and Engineers working in B.A.R.C., TIFR, Power Projects, Heavy Water Projects used to take part in the teaching work of the Training School. It was a difficult task at times to contact all these lecturers and arrange their lectures as per the prescribed Time-Table. There were weekly tests and examinations for the trainees of various disciplines. The assessment of the trainees is done on the basis of all these weekly tests/examinations. A total of 3750 trainees passed out from the Training School and were appointed Scientific Officers and Engineers in BARC and other projects under the Department of Atomic Energy during the period of 25 years when Dr.Damodaran was the Head of the Training Division. Many of them are Senior Scientists and Engineers and Heads of Divisions and Sections and Directors of Groups in Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Nuclear Power Corporation, Heavy Water Board and other projects under the Department of Atomic Energy. The present Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and the previous Director of BARC , Shri Anil Kakodkar was a Mechanical Engineering trainee in the seventh Batch of the Training School and the ex-Director of BARC, Shri A.N.Prasad was a Chemical Engineering trainee in the first Batch of the Training School. The Present Director of the BARC, Shri B. Bhattacharjee was a Chemical Engineering trainee in the ninth Batch of the Training School.

The brilliant and outstanding Scientific Officers and Engineers who passed out from the Training School were responsible for the success of the Nuclear devices and Nuclear explosions at Pokkaran and also for the success of India's Nuclear Power Projects etc.

When Dr.Damodaran was working in Sree Narayana College, Quilon, Kerala, he became an ardent devotee of Sree Narayana Guru who was an great Saint and Social Reformer who preached " One Caste, One Religion and One God for Man", which embodies the Universal Brotherhood of Man. Sree Narayana Guru devoted his entire life for the spiritual, cultural and educational upliftment of the downtrodden masses of people. Dr. Damodaran took keen interest in spreading the messages and teachings of Sree Narayana Guru. When Dr. Damodaran was working as the Head of AEET / BARC Training Division, a number of like minded followers of Sree Narayana Guru in Mumbai joined hands with Dr. Damodaran and started Sree Narayana Mandira Samiti, an Educational and Charitable Trust on 17th November, 1963 with Dr. Damodaran as its Founder Chairman. The main objective of the Samiti was to start educational and charitable institutions in Mumbai City and suburbs and Thane District. The membership of the Samiti is open to all irrespective of Caste, Creed, Religion or Language. In June 1965 Dr. Damodaran was unanimously elected as President of the Samiti and continued in the post for the next 25 years. After that he was the Advisor of the Samiti for one year. Again he was the President of the Samiti for 5 years from June1990 and the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Samiti for one year from June 1995. He is serving again as the President of the Samiti from June 1996 onwards. Thus Dr. Damodaran has served as the President of the Sree Narayana Mandira Samiti for 35 years besides as Founder Chairman for one and a half years, as Advisor for one year and as Chairman of Advisory Board for one year.

Sree Narayana Guru High School / Sree Narayana Guru
College of Commerce, Chembur.

Sree Narayana Mandira Samiti's International
Centre for Sree Narayana Guru Studies at
Gurudeva Giri, Nerul, Navi Mumbai.

Dr. Damodaran played a leading role for building up the Samiti as premier social organisation, for spreading its activities all over Mumbai-Thane region and in establishing Sree Narayana Guru High School (English Medium), Sree Narayana Guru School (Marathi Medium), Sree Narayana Guru College of Commerce (Junior College & Degree College), Sree Narayana Guru Institute of Computer Studies etc. at the Samiti's Chembur Complex, International Centre for Sree Narayana Guru Studies at Gurudeva Giri, Nerul, Navi Mumbai, Ten local Guru Centres around Mumbai-Thane region etc. A plot of land which was ten feet deep marshy land was purchased in October, 1972 for the construction of a four-storeyed School Building, a 1000 person capacity auditorium and a Guru Mandiram near Chembur Railway Station and construction started in January 1974. Sree Narayana Guru High School ( English Medium ) was started in June 1975. Admission was open to all irrespective of Caste, Creed, Religion or Language. The School has become a full fledged High School in June 1985. Now there are 2750 students studying in the School from Jr.K.G. to Std X . Sree Narayana Guru College of Commerce (Junior College and Degree College) was started in July 1986. Now there are 1200 students studying in the College from the 11th Std. to Final Year B.Com.Class. The Samiti started a Marathi Medium School in June 1998 for the benefit of the local population and there are about 400 students studying in the School from Jr.K.G. to Std. IV. Most of the students studying in the School and College come low-income group of families. Thirty percent of the students belong to the Scheduled Castes and thirty five percent of the students belong to minority Communities. Since Sree Narayana Mandira Samiti started the School and the College in this economically backward area where the people are illiterate and poor, the students from such families got an opportunity to study in English Medium School and the College. Thus the Samiti implemented Sree Narayana Guru's message namely "uplift the downtrodden masses of people by educating them". Due to the effort of Dr.K.K.Damodaran, housing colonies were set up around Samiti's School/College Complex, with a view to stop hutment dwellers to occupy the land around the School/College Complex. This also facilitated hundreds of people in Mumbai to get a roof over their head. First one was Narayana Guru Co-operative Housing Society consisting of 4 buildings with 88 flats, the second one being Atomic Co-operative Housing Society consisting of 7 buildings with 50 flats and the third one being Chempazhanti Co-operative Housing Society consisting of 4 buildings with 81 flats. Thus Dr. Damodaran was the founder of Sree Narayana Nagar consisting of these Housing colonies and Samiti's School/College Complex including Samiti's Auditorium and Guru Mandiram. Samiti opened Guru Centres in Goregaon, Bhandup, Kalyan, Ambernath, Thane, Dombivli, Vasai, Powai, Sakinaka and Tarapur and Samiti is conducting Charitable Dispensaries, Dance Classes, Music Classes etc. in these Guru Centres.

Dr. K.K. Damodaran is a Director of the Sree Narayana Guru Co-operative Bank Ltd. promoted by the followers of Sree Narayana Guru in Mumbai.

Sree Narayana Mandira Samiti has 9425 Life Members and 483 Patrons so far.

Dr. Damodaran with his administrative capabilities made Sree Narayana Mandira Samiti as the biggest organisation in the name of Sree Narayana Guru outside Kerala. The total asset of the Samiti is more than 35 crores.

Dr. Damodaran is doing free social service. He is a full time social worker after he retired from B.A.R.C. on 31st of October 1981.

Dr.K.K. Damodaran visited U.S.A. twice, the first trip from 9.7.1992 to 24.8.1992 and the second trip from 10.3.1997 to 5.5.1997. During these trips Sree Narayana Association of North America invited him and Honored him on 15.8.1992 and 24.4.1997 at New York. He gave them proper advice and guidance for the progress of Sree Narayana Association of North America.

On the way to U.S.A he was invited and given reception by Sree Narayana Mission of Singapore on 11.7.1992 and 10.3.1997.

He made a trip to U.K from 30.6.1994, as he was invited by Sree Narayana Mission of the U.K for the inauguration of their new centre at East Ham, London on 3.7.1994.

Dr.K.K.Damodaran, President of Sree Narayana Mandira Samiti, Mumbai was selected for the special award of Sree Narayana World Council, New York presented at Sree Narayana Global Convention held from 5th August to 8th August, 1999 at Hilton Parsippany, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Dr.Damodaran's wife Smt.Saraswathy Damodaran has passed M.Sc.Degree in Zoology from Kerala University. She hails from Quilon, Kerala. His daughter Dr.Asha Pradeep Chandran is M.D. Doctor specialized in Radiology and is working as a consultant in a Hospital in Dammam, Saudi Arabia for the last 9 years. His son Vinod Damodaran is working as a Computer Software Engineer in California, U.S.A. for the last 10 years

Saturday, July 4, 2009

117.Quotes of Sree Narayana Gurudevan

“Arivilumeri arinjidunnavanthan
Uruvilumothu purathumujjwalikkum
Karuvinu kannukalanchum ulladakki
Theruthere veenu vanagi othidenam”

“The disciple should prostrate himself before the Guru who is the embodiment of pure wisdom. For this, the disciple should bring his five senses fully under control. The Guru’s inner Light of wisdom is also displayed externally.”

-Atmopadesha satakam- Sree Narayana Guru

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

116. Quotes of Sree Narayana Gurudevan...

1.Wise men know that there is only Knowledge, so they remain one with it and do not struggle. For them the truth to be known is here and now. Those who do not know their secret think of it as an unknown entity to be sought and discovered. Under that illusion they struggle and agonize themselves. Only a few see the secret of the wise.

2.Nobody remains established forever in a state of sameness. The process of becoming is going on; and all are subjected to this beginningless sport of the Divine. When all this is known in its entirety, one becomes happy beyond measure.

3.There is neither any death nor birth nor any manifested form of life. There are neither men nor gods nor anything of that sort there are only names and forms. Their substance is only that of a mirage in a desert and that is, for sure, no substance at all.

4.In the Earth, there are innumerable particles and in each particle there is a world of the same earth principle. Just as the body is conceptually envisioned by consciousness, consciousness is articulated by the body. When carefully considered these are not two.

Sri Narayana Guru

(Source: Atmopadesa Satakam)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

115.A Sannyasi's Mind & Vision:Peace & Happiness for the Entire World

A Sannyasi's Mind & Vision: Peace & Happiness for the Entire World
Amma Addresses Gathering of Sannyasis in Sivagiri

24 September 2007 — Sivagiri Math, Varkkala, Kerala

It was a historic moment. Addressing an all-India assembly of sannyasis at the Sivagiri Math of the Sri Narayana Guru Dharma Sangha in Varkkala, Amma expressed her vision of sannyasa dharma. "A real sannyasi is one who can remain content performing any action," Amma told the gathering of several hundred sannyasis. "Atma samarpanam—Self surrender—is the secret to happiness. This means a sannyasi should be able to perform actions without attachment. Such non-attachment is only possible through surrender.

"A compassion-filled heart, the resultant readiness to sacrifice one's comfort for the sake of others and the happiness that ensues from that sacrifice make a sannyasi's actions unique and outstanding. Only a true sannyasi can bring about a real change in others."

Amma then told everyone that when she says "sannyasi," she is not limiting the term to those wearing ochre-coloured cloth. "Amma is referring to those with a sannyasi's mind and vision—those who whole-heartedly desire peace and happiness for all beings in creation, those who are able to see the world as a flower, understanding every petal's importance and beauty."

Upon the conclusion of her talk, Amma was offered the traditional worship of a sannyasi—Yati Puja, her feet being reverently washed with pancha upachara. Afterwards, the same puja was offered to the congregation. It was the first time that Amma has officially been honoured as a sannyasi by sannyasins.

Swami Prakashananda, the president of the Sri Narayana Guru Dharma Sangha, also addressed the gathering, which was held as part of the Sangha's celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Sangha's Sivagiri Pilgrimage. In his talk, he reminisced about his first meeting with Amma, some 24 years before. "Even though this is Amma's first official visit to Sivagiri, Amma came here years ago. I was standing in front of my hut when she walked past. She simply looked at me and smiled. Someone later told me that the lady in white had been Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi. I had heard about her before, but that was my first meeting. In front of Amma, I always feel like a child and she is the Mother of the world.

In her address, Amma also spoke about the greatness of Sri Narayana Guru, a great master who transformed Kerala at a time when it was falling plague to social malpractices in the name of caste. "When we see the untruth as truth and adharma as dharma, social life falls astray," said Amma. "Gurudevan is a mahatma who saved an entire society that was starting to drift off course."

Amma said that the Sri Narayana Guru's power came from his detachment. "Because of this, he was able to start a spiritual revolution that initiated the purification and transformation of society. Only karma yogis like him can bring about a real change in society."

Addressing the sannyasis, Amma said, "Power and position are the voice of the ego. There, not love but selfishness rules. In ego, there is no detachment, only attachment. When we perform actions without differentiating between people and seeing the goodness in one and all—that is when real change takes place. Selfless love should be the inspiring force behind action.

"There is nothing here except God—this is the truth. Therefore, how can one label some as low and others as high? If God is everything, can anything be called 'higher' and 'lower'? Everything is the embodiment of the Atma, the supreme consciousness. As such, everyone is the ultimate. This was Gurudevan's vision."

Amma concluded her talk by stressing the importance of rooting action in spirituality. "Spirituality should be the foundation for the realm of action," Amma said. "Only then will transformation take place. Only then will the awareness of people expand."

"‘In the three worlds I have nothing to obtain, yet I perform actions.' We know these words of Sri Krishna to Arjuna in the Bhagavad-Gita. Actions done without the expectation of results and with the spirit of surrender lead one to realize their union with God. That is the goal of karma yoga. Efficacy in action is being able to perform actions without attachment. To lead people and maintain social rules, position and power are needed. But we should learn to use them without attachment."

When the function concluded, Amma offered her blessing to the eternal flame lit at the time of Sri Narayana Guru's samadhi in Sivagiri in 1928. This flame is now being carried throughout the cities, towns and villages of Kerala by the Sri Narayana Guru Dharma Sangha.

Amma addresses gathering of Sannyasis in Sivagiri

24 September 2007 — Sivagiri Math, Varkkala, Kerala. Amma addresses an all-India assembly of sannyasis at the Sivagiri Math of the Sri Narayana Guru Dharma Sangha in Varkkala.


Friday, June 19, 2009

114. Akhila loka maha guroo........Video

Sree Narayana Guru Song

113.Why the Guru Narayana is not a ‘social reformer’ but a World-Teacher,Jagat-guru?

Why the Guru Narayana is not a ‘social reformer’ but a World-Teacher,Jagat-guru?
-by swami Vinaya Chaitanya

Another Guru-jayanti and Samadhi anniversaries have passed, and as usual, lot of newspaper publicity about the Guru, and all the politicians competing to praise him, should gladden the disciples of the Guru, but the fact is quite the contrary, and it’s also very sad. And my good friend Scott asking me to elaborate on this for the benefit of students/friends is the reason for this piece; otherwise I’d rather leave it well alone, and concentrate more on the translations of the Guru into Kannada and similar things that I am busy with these days, apart from the routine chores at the gurukula.
Even though lots of lip-service is paid to the Guru as a social reformer, hardly ever do we find any mention of him in speeches/writings on philosophy in India .
The first thing to note is that it is not so much as a historical figure that we study Narayana Guru, but more as a World Teacher and model Guru, in the context of perennial philosophy. Not that he didn’t respond creatively to the historical situation in which he found himself in the light of his wisdom-vision, but that is not to be mixed up with the far more important role of a Guru whose teachings are relevant to one and all, anywhere, anytime, who seek answers to questions that haunt humanity at levels far deeper than the social/historical questions. The reformer is forgotten once the social problems are redressed, but a Guru’s message is timeless, and this understanding/ discrimination between the eternal and the transient is the first qualification for a seeker of wisdom in the Guru tradition.

In the long line of Gurus of India, it was the Buddha who frontally dealt with the despicable issue of ‘caste’. Gurus who followed have left much to be desired on this front, in spite of being staunch proponents of advaita. Narayana Guru was unequivocal on this question, declaring the oneness of the human family through his writings as well as establishing centres where this could be lived. This must be the reason why he’s usually excluded by speakers and writers on philosophy.
And it is not helped at all by the almost ‘successful’ attempt by certain communities to see in him a ‘social reformer’ and leader of a particular tribe struggling for social and economic justice. To be affiliated to the name of the Guru for wrong reasons is just as bad as neglecting or ignoring him. It cannot be over-emphasized that the Guru Narayana was NOT for any one group of people as against another. He wanted humanity to recognize itself as belonging to the One caste of humanity, as made clear in all his writings, especially the Jati-Mimamsa (Critique of Caste).

Philosophy does not live in a vacuum. Falsehood has to be denied before truth can be founded firmly in the human heart. For example, before a farmer can sow seeds, he has to prepare the field properly, otherwise the seeds won't be able to sprout and put roots down properly. Guru does this not only in the social realm, but in all realms, as evidenced by his bringing in an Asatya- darsanam (Vision of Untruth) in the Darsana-Mala, where he integrates all possible philosophical points of view in terms of the Absolute Selfhood of the human being and its dearness to one and all. And, to conclude this, this integration at all levels is the uniqueness of the philosophy of Narayana Guru. Brahmavidya is this integrative or unitive understanding of all, not another system, and the Guru restated it clear and simple terms that befit the dignity of the human kind. And this is why he is universally revered and his name celebrated. May such understanding bless us all.

112.Sivagiri vaazhum Manivilakke... song

Sree Narayana guru song

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


History of sivagiri pilgrimage

In the year 1928 Nagambadam Temple at Kottayam the idea of a
pilgrimage to Sivagiri was mooted. Two lay disciples, Vallabhassery Govindan Vaidyar
and T K Kittan, approached the Guru with the idea of a pilgrimage for Ezhavas. The
conversation gives great insight into the Guru’s perspective and practicality (and to his
wiry sense of humor), so it is included verbatim here:
Guru: Pilgrimage? To Sivagiri? Interesting. They can bathe in the springs there.
Pay their respects to Sarada Devi. Very good, tell me more.
Disciples: We request that the Swami declare Sivagiri as a pilgrim center for
Ezhavas of Kerala.
Guru: Well, the Janardhanaswami temple at Varkala, that is already a pilgrim
center. Will Sivagiri also become holy?
Disciples: We have no entry to the normal Hindu holy places. If we try to go
there, they insult us, make things difficult for us, and we end up spendin g a lot of
money. If you declare it as such, Sivagiri will become holy. The Swami just has to
say so.
Guru: So if I declare it as such, Sivagiri will become holy. You truly believe this?
Disciples: We have no doubt about it, Sure.
Guru: Let’s see: I say it is holy and the two of you believe it. That makes three of
us. Is that enough?
Disciples: If the Swami declares it as such, two million Ezhavas and all the other
depressed communities would recognize Sivagiri as a place of pilgrimage.
Guru: Such faith you have! Very good, I concur.
Disciples: It is desired that it be an annual pilgrimage. Please advise us as to the
month, date, week, and star.
Guru: Let them come to Sivagiri at the time of the Europeans’ new year.
January 1 st . By our reckoning, that is roughly 16 or 17in the month of Dhanu
(Sagittarius). That’s a good time.
Disciples: What vows and penances must the pilgrims observe?
Guru: People find it difficult these days to observe long and difficult penances.
Many may not. Let them observe for ten days the Five Purities of Sri Buddha.
Disciples: Should there any special clothing they should wear?
Guru: White is for the householder; saffron for monks; black clothes for
Sabarimala pilgrims. Let it be yellow for Sivagiri: the colors of Sri Krishna and
Sri Buddha. That would be good.
Disciples: Should pilgrims wear rudraksha beads?
Guru: No, Let but they can grind the beads up in a little water and drink it. That
may do them some good. Any other queries?
Disciples: Nothing more
Guru: Do you know the Five Purities of Sri Buddha?
Disciples: Yes, we do.
Guru: Tell me what they are.
Disciples: Body purity, food purity, purity in mind, purity in speech, purity in
Guru: Yes, it will be enough to observe these. Besides, just because I said yellow
clothes nobody should go out and buy yellow silk. It is not even necessary to have
new clothes. They can just use their normal white clothes, and dip them in
turmeric water. Later when they wash them they will become white again. The
pilgrimage must be without any pomp. Humble. Chant the praises of God. Do not
defeat the purpose of the pilgrimage through pomp and circumstance and noise.
Do not spend a penny unnecessarily. You must learn to save. The community is
backward in education and wealth and cleanliness. This has to change; it has to be
changed. Do you have any more questions?
Disciples: None
Guru: What is the objective of this pilgrimage? Is there any?
Disciples: But you told us the objectives.
Guru: Those were the mechanisms. Are the objectives the same as the
There was no response.
Guru: Once a year a bunch of people from various parts of the country travel to
Sivagiri wearing yellow clothes. They walk around, bathe, eat, spend money, and
then go home. What do they accomplish by all this? Nothing. Just spent money
and time. This is not proper. Every act should have a purpose. Take the following
The objectives of the Sivagiri pilgrimage are the following:
1. Education
2. Cleanliness
3. Devotion
4. Organization
5. Agriculture
6. Trade
7. Handicrafts
8. Technical training
There should be a series of talks about these topics. Invite experts in these fields
and ask them to speak. People should listen carefully and pay attention. They
should then try to put these into practice. They should succeed in that. Then the
people and the land will advance. Not only Ezhavas, but through Ezhavas others
will also progress. Thus life can be made worthwhile. This is the main aim of the
Sivagiri pilgrimage.

Sivagiri is the spiritual and vital centre of all Sree Narayana organizations. Gurudev must have founded Sivagiri Mutt, for achieving his imaginary model world, where all live in brotherhood without caste discriminations and religious rivalries. The spiritual organization, Sree Narayana Dharma Sangham operates under the leadership of the ascetic disciples, with Sivagiri Mutt as the centre.

The Sivagiri Pilgrimage(Sivagiri theerthadanam) started with 5 people in year 1932. In 2006, the 75th year(platinum jubilee year ), the number of pilgrims has increased to 30 lakhs.

Monday, June 15, 2009

110. Quotes of Sree Narayana gurudevan

People here on earth, they sleep, wake and think. Various thoughts: watching over all of this with intent eye (witness) There dawns a priceless light, which never shall dim again. Led onward by this, one should move forward.
– Sri Narayana Guru

"Inform the people about the general principles of religion and propagate faith in God.Strive among the people to achieve external and internal cleanliness or the threefold cleanliness (of thought, word and deed).Speak to the people about non-violence, love and unity and make themobserve these principles.Select and train suitable young men and send out the best and willing among them as monks to work for the good of others."

-Sri Narayana Guru

Sunday, June 14, 2009

109.Sree Narayana Organisations all over the world

List of Sree Narayana organisations working at various places of the world
Sree Narayana Mandira Samiti
Sree Narayana Mandira Samiti, Sree Narayana Nagar, P.L.Lokhande Marg, Chembur,Mumbai-400089.Maharashtra.
Sree Narayana Guru Seva Samiti
Sree Narayana Guru Seva Samiti, Type II-1930, P.O.Ojhar Township, Dist:Nasik-422007.Maharashtra.

Sree Narayana Guru Samiti(Pune)
Sree Narayana Guru Samiti(Pune), 307,Mahol Market, 3rd Floor, Ashok Chitra Mandir compound, Pimpri, Pune-411017.Maharashtra.

Sree Narayana Dharma Mandal
Sree Narayana Dharma Mandal, 17/36, Air India Colony, Kalina, Mumbai-400 029.

Sree Narayana Cultural Mission
Sree Narayana Cultural Mission,Jodhpur,Tikra,Near ISRO,Ahmedabad-330654. Gujarat.

Sree Narayana Cultural Mission
Sree Narayana Cultural Mission,106,Anand Ghar Apartments, Near Pranav Society,Manjalpur,P.O.Pratap Nagar,Baroda-390 004. Gujarat.

Sree Narayana Samiti
Sree Narayana Samiti, No.1,Ulsoor Tank Road, Bangalore- 560042.

Sree Narayana Sevika Samajam
Sree Narayana Sevika Samajam, Sree Narayana Giri, Thottumugham, Aluva, Dist:Ernakulam, Kerala.

Sree Narayana Gayatri Ashram
Sree Narayana Gayatri Ashram, S.N.Nagar, P.O.Chalakudi, Dist: Thrissur, Kerala.

Sree Narayana Center for Culture and Research
Sree Narayana Center for Culture and Research, Santiniketan, P.O.Perurkada, Thiruvananthapuram-695 005.Kerala.

Sree Narayana Kendra Vivahavedi
Sree Narayana Kendra Vivahavedi, SNDP Union office,Minerva Building, South Junction, P.O.Chalakkudi-680 683.Dist: Thrissur, Kerala.

SNDP Yogam
SNDP Yogam, P.B.No.512, Kollam-691001, Kerala.

S. N. D. P. Youth Movement,
S. N. D. P. Youth Movement,Central Office, Sahodaranagar, Mullasseri Canal Road,Kochi-682011, Kerala

S.N.D.P.Vanitha Sangham
S.N.D.P.Vanitha Sangham ,Central Office,Kollam-691001.

Sree Narayana Trust
Sree Narayana Trust, Kollam-691001,Kerala.

Sree Narayana Sandesha Pracharana Sabha
Sree Narayana Sandesha Pracharana Sabha, P.O.Perinad-691 601. Dist: Kollam, Kerala.

Vishwanathan Institute of Sree Narayana Studies
Vishwanathan Institute of Sree Narayana Studies, C/o SNDP Yogam Kollam-691001

Gurudeva Kala Vedi
Gurudeva Kala Vedi, Mundakkal,Kollam, Kerala.

Sree Narayana Dharma Sanghom Trust
Sree Narayana Dharma Sanghom Trust, Sivagiri, P.O.Varkala, Dist:Tiruvananthapuram-695141,Kerala.

Sree Narayana Guru Dharma Samajam
Sree Narayana Guru Dharma Samajam, Sivagiri,P.O.Varkala,Pin:695 141, Kerala.

Narayana Gurukula
Narayana Gurukula,P.O.Sreenivasapuram-695145,Varkala,Kerala.

Guru Dharma Pracharana Sabha
Guru Dharma Pracharana Sabha,Sivagiri.P.O,Varkala-695141, Kerala.

Narayana Gurukula Incorporated of America
Narayana Gurukula Incorporated of America, 11290 NW Skyline Blvd, Portland, OR97231.

Sree Narayana Association of North America
Sree Narayana Association of North America, Inc; P.O.Box.260009,Bellerose,
N.Y.11426-0009, USA.

Sree Narayana Association of North America
Sree Narayana Association of North America, Post Box No.1535, New Rochelle, N.Y.10801, USA.

Sree Narayana Institute of Fine Arts
Sree Narayana Institute of Fine Arts, Inc. 49,Ashby Road, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania 19082. USA.

Sree Narayana Mission Center
Sree Narayana Mission Center,INC, Washington, P.O.Box.No.10723, Silverspring, MD-20914. ,

Narayana Gurukulam
Narayana Gurukulam, 8311 Quail Hill Road, Bainbridge Island,WA,89110,USA.

Sree Narayana Seva Sangam
Sree Narayana Seva Sangam, 102,Manohar, Pakur Road, Kolkatta-700029.

Sree Narayana Kendra
Sree Narayana Kendra,20C, Qutab Enclave, New Delhi-110016.

Sree Narayana Mission
Sree Narayana Mission,100, Kowloon Road,P.O.Box No.47,Singapore-2775.

Sree Narayana Guru Mission
Sree Narayana Guru Mission,Bhopal, M.P; India

Sree Narayana Sandesha Parishad
Sree Narayana Sandesha Parishad,G-4, 17 North T.T.Nagar, Bhopal-462003, M.P.

Sree Narayana Guru Sandesh Samiti
Sree Narayana Guru Sandesh Samiti, Shantha Girija Villa,4th mile, Thilhari, Jabalpur(M.P.)

Sree Narayana Dharma Samajam
Sree Narayana Dharma Samajam,Sector-4, Bhilainagar, Dist: Durg, M.P.

Sree Narayana Guru Educational Trust
Sree Narayana Guru Educational Trust,93,Sree Narayana Guru Road, S.B.Mission,Coimbatore-641011.

Sree Narayana Mandiram
Sree Narayana Mandiram,Virugambakkam, Chennai-600 092.

Narayana Gurukulam
Narayana Gurukulam, Fernhil.P.O; Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu-643004

Chathayadinashram, P.O.Pottayadi, Dist: Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu.

Sree Narayana Seva Ashram
Sree Narayana Seva Ashram, P.O.(Big) Kanchipuram, Dist: Chingleput, Tamil Nadu.

Sree Narayana Mandiram
Sree Narayana Mandiram,9 Thiru Narayana Guru Road,Vepery, Chennai-600 112.Tamil Nadu

Sree Narayana Mission
Sree Narayana Mission, 93 Sree Narayana Guru Road,Saibaba Colony, Coimbatore-641011.Tamil Nadu

Sree Narayana Educational & Cultural Society
Sree Narayana Educational & Cultural Society, S..N..Public School Building, Kanajiguda, P.O.Trimulgherry,Secunderabad-500 015. (A.P.)

Guru Dharma Pracharana Sabha
Guru Dharma Pracharana Sabha, V-166,Sector-XII, NOIDA ( P.O), Dist:Ghaziabad-201301

Sree Narayana Cultural Sanghom
Sree Narayana Cultural Sanghom, P.O.Mirhachi, Dist.Etah, (U.P.)

SNDP Branch No.3544
SNDP Branch No.3544, Quarter No.H-3, Kabir Colony, Near Notified Area Committee office, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi-221005.

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Sreenarayanaguru
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Sreenarayanaguru, 3/801, Bata0beer, Ramnagar, Varanasi-221008. U.P.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

108.Sree Narayana Institutions

SNDP founded schools and colleges in the independent India. Previously the only private colleges were those managed by the Church. The movement started with SN College, Kollam. Many educational institutions were started under leadership of SNDP yogam. But soon it became quite difficult to maintain many such institutions by the yogam whose main objective was prophesy of guru's vision among the masses. Under such circumstances, under the leadership of late CM of kerala Mr R. Sankar, Sree Narayana Trust was started. There are many such educational trusts in kerala and other part of the country which manages a large number of institutes.

1 Asan Memorial Association, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
2 Chandrika Educational Trust, Irinjalakuda, Thrissur
3 Gurudeva Trust, Ernakulam
4 Narayanaguru International Institute of Science and Technology Trust, Tamil Nadu
5 Shree Narayana Cultural Mission Trust, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
6 Sree Buddha Educational Society, Kollam
7 Sree Bhakthi Samvardhini Yogam, Kannur
8 Sree Dharma Paripalana Yogam, Kochi
9 Sree Kanteswara Kshetra Yogam, Kozhikode
10 SNDP yogam
11 SN Trust
12 Sree Narayana Charitable Trust, Thiruvananthapuram
13 Sree Narayana dharma Sangam Trust
14 Sree Narayana Educational & Cultural Trust, Chentrappinni, Thrissur
15 Sree Narayana Educational Institutions, Ernakulam
16 Sree Narayana Educational Society, Kollam
17 Sree Narayana Gurukulam Trust
18 Sree Narayana Mandira Samiti, Mumbai
19 Sree Narayana Mission, chennai
20 Sree Narayana Vallabha Educational Society, Poothotta, Ernakulam
21 Swami Swaswatheekananda trust for charity and education, Thengumkavu, Pathanamthitta
22 Vidya International Charitable Trust, Thrissur

Asan Memorial Association, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Asan Memorial Association was established in 1965 as a tribute to the memory of Mahakavi Kumaran Asan, the late poet laureate from Kerala and disciple Of Sree Narayana Guru.

Asan Memorial College of Arts and Science, Chennai
Asan Memorial Management Institute , Chennai
Asan Memorial Engineering College, Chennai
Asan Memorial Matriculation School, Chennai
Asan Memorial Senior Secondary School, Chennai

Chandrika Educational Trust, Irinjalakuda, ThrissurThis trust is established by Late Shri C.R. Keshavan Vaidyar, follower of Narayana Guru and former President of SNDP yogam. The trust manages many institutions like:

Sree Narayana Higher Secondary School, Irinjalakuda
Sree Narayana Teacher's Training Institute, Irinjalakuda
Lal Memorial Hospital, Irinjalakuda

Gurudeva Trust, Ernakulam
The main objective of the Gurudeva Trust is to establish centers of excellence in education and charitable institutions based on ideas and preaching of Sree Narayana Guru.

Sree Narayana Guru Institute of Science and Technology, North Paravur, Kochi

Narayanaguru International Institute of Science and Technology Trust, Tamil Nadu
Narayana Guru College Of Engineering, Manjalumoodu, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu
Siddhartha college of Management, Manjalumoodu, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu

Shree Narayana Cultural Mission Trust, Ahmedabad, GujaratShree Narayana College of Commerce, Ahmedabad-380058
Shree Narayana Guru Vidhyalaya, Ahmedabad-380058

Sree Buddha Educational Society, Kollam
Sree Buddha Educational Society, Kollam was organized as a charitable society devoted to educational and cultural activities, as per the Sree Narayana Guru's vision.

Sree Buddha College of Engineering, Pattoor, Alappuzha
Sree Buddha HSS, Pattoor, Alappuzha

Sree Bhakthi Samvardhini Yogam, Kannur
The Sree Bhakthi Samvardhini Yogam was constituted in 1907 with the blessings of Sree Narayana Guru, the great saint, philosopher and reformer of Kerala. The committee is committed to his ideals and comprises a group with outstanding leadership qualities, foresight and a penchant for innovation and taking up challenging assignments. The Yogam manages the Sundareswara temple, Kannur, established by Gurudevan. Apart from that, it also manages:

Sree Narayana Guru College of Engineering & Technology, Payyannur Kannur
Sree Narayana Nursery School.
S.N.Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School.
Sree Narayana Industrial Training Center.
Sree Narayana Working Women’s Hostel.
Sree Narayana Vanitha Hostel.

Sree Dharma Paripalana Yogam, Kochi
The Sree Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SDPY) was founded in 1904 with the guidance and blessings of Sree Narayana Guru. The SDPY is a charitable society working for the spiritual and educational uplift of the Ezhava community

SDPY (Model) Lower Primary, Palluruthy, Kochi
SDPY Boys’ High School, Palluruthy, Kochi
SDPY Higher Secondary School, Palluruthy, Kochi
SDPY Girls Vocational Higher Secondary School, Palluruthy, Kochi
SDPY Central School (CBSE), Kalathara, Kochi
SDPY Teachers Training School, Palluruthy, Kochi

Sree Kanteswara Kshetra Yogam, Kozhikode
Sree Kanteswara temple was established by Sree Narayana Guru. Temple Administration Committee (Sree Kanteswara Kshetra Yogam) is a trust responsible for various cultural, divine and social activities are conducted in establishments owned by the temple, of which some are given below:

Sreekanteswara English Medium School
Sreekamteswara Kshetra Yogam Working Women's hostel
Chaithanya Hall
Grandhalaya - Sree Narayana Library

SNDP yogamSNDP founded schools and colleges in the independent India. Previously the only private colleges were those managed by the Church. The movement started with SN College, Kollam

SNDP yogam Arts and Science college, Neeleswaram, Kasarkode
Sahodaran Aiyppan SNDP College, Konni, Pathanamthitta
R. Sankar Memorial SNDP Yogam College, Koyilandy, Kozhikode
Dr. Palpu Memorial SNDP Yogam College, Kodungallur, Thrissur
SNDP Yogam Training College, Adimaly, Training College
SNDP Yogam College, Perinthalmanna, Malappuram
SNDP High School, Vaikom
SNDP High School, Muttathukonam
SNDP School, Irimbanam, Ernakulam
SNDP VHS School, Kanjeethukara
SNDP School, Arpookara(West), Kottayam
SNDP HS Kuzhikkadu Haskapuram, Alappuzha
SNDP HS Neeleeswaram, Ernakulam
VPM SNDP Higher Sec. School, KAZHIBRAM
TEM (Temple Entry Memorial) Higher Sec. School, Mylode, Kollam
SNDP HSS, Venkurinji, Pathanamthitta
SNDP Sanskrit High School Vallikunnam, Alappuzha
SNDP School, chavakkadu, Trissur
SNDP School Kodanad, Ernakulam
Vaikom Sathyagraha Memorial High School, Vaikom
SNDP VHS School, Adimaly, Idukki
SNDP HSS,Kliroor, Kottayam

SN Trust
Sree Narayana Trust, kollam has been one of the pioneer educational agencies in the field of higher education in Kerala since 1940. Some of the educational institutions under the trust are

Sree Narayana Guru Arts and Science college, chelannur, Kozhikkode
S.N College, Chempazhanthy
S.N College, Sivagiri, Varkala
S.N Training College, Nedunganda
S.N College, Chathannur
S.N College, Punalur
S.N College, Kollam
S.N College for Women, Kollam
T.K.M.M College, Nangiarkulangara
S.N College, Chengannur,
S.N College, Cherthala
S.N College, Nattika
S.N College, Alathur
M.P.M.M.S.N Trust College, Shoranur
S.N Guru College, Chelannur, Calicut
S.N College of Teacher Education, Chelanur, Calicut
S.N College, Kannur
Padmanabhothayam Higher Secondary School, Mezhuveli
Padmanabhothayam T.T.L, Mezhuveli
S.N Gurukulam H.S.S, Chempazhanthy
S.N Trust H.S.S, Kollam
S.N Trust H.S.S, Cherthala
S.N Trust H.S.S Nattika
S.N Trust H.S.S, Kannur
S.N Trust H.S.S, Chathannur
S.N Trust H.S.S, Punalur
S.N Trust H.S.S, Nangiarkulangara
S.N Trust H.S.S, Chengannur
S.N Trust H.S.S, Shoranur
S.N Trust H.S.S, Chelanur
S.N Trust Central School, kollam
S.N Trust Central School, Nngiarkulangara
V.N.S.S S.N Trust Central School, Cherthala
S.N Trust Central School, Shoranur
S.N Trust Central School, Pambanar
S.N Trust I.T.C, Kottayam
R.S.M I.T.C, Koorkencherry
S.N Polytechnic College, Kottayam
S.N Trust Medical Mission, Kollam
S.S.M Hospital, Kollam
Sankar Institute of Medical Science(SIMS), Kollam
R.S.M Hospital, Punalur
R. Sankar Hospital, Puthur
V.N.S.S College of Nursing, Kollam
Sankar Institute of Para Medical Science, Kollam
R.Sankar Memorial School of Nursing, Kollam
SN HSS, poothadi, wayanad

Sree Narayana Charitable Trust, Thiruvananthapuram
Sree Narayana Public School, Chenkottukonam, Thiruvananthapuram

Sree Narayana dharma Sangam Trust
Sivagiri Sree Narayana Senior Secondary School, Varkala
Sivagiri Vidya Niketan Public School, Aluva
Sivagiri Sree Narayana Mission Colleege of Nursing, Varkala

Sree Narayana Educational & Cultural Trust, Chentrappinni, Thrissur
Inspired by the Sree Narayana Guru‘s teachings, Sree Narayana followers of Chentrappinni formed a Public Charitable Trust in 1977.

SN Vidya Bhavan, Chentrappinni, Thrissur

Sree Narayana Educational Institutions, Ernakulam
This educational trust is run by S.N.D.P. Yogam Branch No. 856, Okkal, Ernakulam

Sree Narayana Higher Secondary School
Sree Narayana I.T.C.
S.N. College of Computer Education
S.N. English Medium School
Sree Narayana Training College

Sree Narayana Educational Society, Kollam
Sree Narayana Educational Society was organized in 1985 as a charitable society devoted to educational and cultural activities, as per the Sree Narayana Guru's vision.

SN Institute of Ayurvedic Studies and Research (Ayurvedic Medical College & hospital), Puthoor, Kollam
Sree Narayana Public School, Puthur
Sree Narayana Public School, Vadakkevila, Kollam
Sree Narayana Institute of Technology, Vadakkevila, Kollam
Sree Narayana College of Technology, Vadakkevila, Kollam

Sree Narayana Gurukulam Trust
This trust is run by Kunnathunadu SNDP Union, Ernakulam

Sree Narayana Gurukulam College Of Engineering, Perumbavoor
Sree Narayana Gurukulam Institute of Management, Perumbavoor

Sree Narayana Mandira Samiti, Mumbai
Sree Narayana Guru High School, Chembur
Kumaran Asan Pre-primary School, Chembur
Sree Narayana Guru Marathi Medium School, Chembur
Sree Narayana Guru College of Commerce, Chembur
Sree Narayana Guru Institute of Information Technology, Chembur
International Center for Sree Narayana Guru Studies, Nerul

Sree Narayana Mission, chennai
Sree Narayana Mission Senior Secondary School, Chennai

Sree Narayana Vallabha Educational Society, Poothotta, Ernakulam
This Educational Society run by SNDP Yogam branch Poothotta and is associated with Poothotta Sree Narayana Vallabha Temple. It was the third temple which Sree Narayana Guru consecrated. There is a chain of educational institutions around the temple namely

Sahodaran Ayyappan Memorial Training College, Poothotta
Swami Saswathikananda College, Poothotta
Kshethra Pravesana Memorial Higher Secondary School, Poothotta
Kshethra Pravesana Memorial Vocational Higher Secondary School, Poothotta
Sree Narayana Public School, Poothotta
Sree Narayana Industrial Training Center, Poothotta

Swami Swaswatheekananda trust for charity and education, Thengumkavu, Pathanamthitta
Sree Narayana Campus of Teacher Education, Kottappuram, Palakkad

Vidya International Charitable Trust, Thrissur
This Educational Society is run by the followers of Narayana Guru and his ideals. The main institutions under this Charitable Trust are:

Vidya Academy Of Science and Technology, Thrissur

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Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam is organisation formed to propagate and promote the moral teaching and Dharma of Shree Narayana Guru. Dr. P. Palpu, a devotee of Sree Narayana, was one of the founder. According to the biography of Narayana Guru written by Moorkoth Kumaran, the organization was registered on 15 May, 1903 under Travancore Regulation 1 of 1063 (Indian Company Act IV 1882). Sree Narayana Guru was the Patron and life time President of the Yogam. Mahakavi Sri. Kumaranasan was the first General Secretary. Kumaran Asan was the peerless pioneer among modern Malayalam poets. He was one of the dedicated disciples of Sree Narayana Guru. In fact the spiritual philosophy and the battle against caste that illumine Kumaran Asan’s poetry were inspired mainly by association with and inspiration from the great Guru.

The Guru objected to the definition of the word 'community' (samudayam) that was given in the constitution. It was limited to those communities known as Ezhava, Thiya, Billava . He wanted it to be changed into the community of the human family. His follower's thought it was not pragmatically feasible to have such a global basis for their organization. When he saw that they were not prepared to have such a wide vision, after cautioning them of how it would adversely affect their purpose he agreed to give his blessings, probably with the hope that some day they would realize the narrowness of their tribalistic affinity. The Guru wanted the Yogam to function as the vanguard of his 'Liberation Movement'. But the leadership of the Yogam could not rise up to the expectation of the Guru. It could function only in a caste organization. Hence, in 1916, the Guru sent his resignation letter to Dr. P. Palpu. The Guru attributed 'caste pride' to the leaders of the Yogam and declared that he belonged to no caste non-religious.

General Secretary SNDP YOGAM

Vellapally Natesan is an asset to the community he guides. Through his enduring efforts he created a conducive atmosphere to the social tranquillity and it was not a contrivance. His moral standards of honour, allegiance to duty and truthfulness are well-known.

Vellapally is the son of Kesavan and Devaki who belong to the reputed family of Vellapally in Kanichukulangara. The family has been closely linked with the industrial sector in Kanichukulangara where coir factories predominantly occupy as mainstay of the economy.

He is a devout man to his family. His children can rarely recall him discussing politics at home. Vandana, Tushar and wife Preethi are the members of his family.


The main objectives of the organisation are:
• Introduce Shri Narayana devotees to each other and spread teachings of Shri Narayana Guru
• Help socially and economically weak in education
• Work in cooperation with other organizations for the betterment of all.
• Educate members about all religions.
• Establish a Temple and a School.
• Provide financial help to victims of disasters.

Organizational Contributions

The Yogam engaged itself in the laudable efforts of eradicating untouchability and voicing the fundamental human rights of the working class. These efforts actually paved the way for many of Guru's followers to accept later the Marxist interpretation of socialism as their most acceptable ideal. Under the aegis of Dr. Palpu, Kumaran Asan, T. K. Madhavan, C.V. Kunjuraman, Moolur Padmanabha Panickar and others, several drastic changes were brought about in the social structure and texture of the Kerala community The role that Narayana Guru played was only of a catalyst and not as a fighter in the front lines. To others he set an example by his own personal life. His high dignity and sense of oneness with mankind did not allow him to give vent to anger or protestation against any particular person or community. He believed that there was only one caste for man and that was humanity. In this attitude he was uncompromising.This organisation has done invaluable service in the epic struggle against caste system in Kerala.

SNDP's follows Guru's social activities and its work is based the famous Quote of Guru:
“ Without differences of caste,
Nor enmities of creed',
Here it is, the model of an abode,
Where all live like brothers at heart ”

Organizational Structure

SNDP Yogam has been divided into 3 formation and they are
• Yogam (Top Level Body)
• Union (Middle Level)
• Sakhas (Lower level)
It is head-quartered in Kollam, Kerala.

Schools and Colleges

SNDP founded schools and colleges in the independent India. Previously the only private colleges were those managed by the Church. The movement started with SN College, Kollam and continued to late 70s. Great leaders like R. Sankar had the vision for future. According to M.A.John (idealist Congress leader), R. Sankar was the best Chief Minister kerala had and R. Sankar ministry laid the foundation for long term progress in Kerala - in the form of educational institutions and industries.

A Multicaste Organization

Though SNDP Yogam is mainly managed by Ezhava community, there is nothing in the bye-laws stopping other castes or religions into the body. As had been the case, many social reformers of other 'castes' were close friends or associates of SNDP Yogam. This include notable names like Mannathu Padmanabhan (founder of Nair Service Society), V.T.Bhattathiripad, M.C.Joseph(Rationalist) and in recent times Singer Yesudas and P.A.Backer who produced the movie on Sree Narayana Guru. Both Mannam and Marxist leader A.K.Gopalan were influenced by Guru and shed their caste endings from their names.

R.Shanker and S.N.D.P.Yogam

R. Sankar was a social reformer, Politician and one of the towering figures in Kerala politics with his courageous and inimitable style of functioning, Sree R Sankar became the third Chief Minister of Kerala during one of the most turbulent periods in the State’s political history. Sree Sankar was born in the village of Kuzhikkalidavaka near puthoor in Kottarakkara Taluk on April 30, 1909 as the fifth son of Sree Raman and Smt Kunchali Amma. Though born in a large family and despite the not so favorable conditions, he was fortunate enough to get good education. Sree. Sankar’s formal education began in the Puthoor Primary School and later continued in the English School, Kottarakkara.

Political Life

Having started public life as a teacher and lawyer, he was drawn to politics with the birth of the Indian National Congress in State. The end of the Nivarthana agitation and the gradual growth of the State Congress accelerated Sankar’s rise as a political leader. He participated in the freedom struggle and was arrested and put in jail. After India’s independence he focused his attention on strengthening the Congress party.

Later, taking a break from the Congress party, he began to work in the SNDP Yogam. His work during this period served a great deal to bring backward class communities into the fold of the Congress party. During his long association with the SNDP Yogam of over 13 years, he served the Yogam as its General Secretary, President and Chief of the SN Trust. Under his leadership the SNDP Yogam gave emphasis to the field of education and started many educational institutions. Sree Sankar returned to the State Congress at a crucial juncture, when it was going through one of its worst periods. His organizing skills and leadership qualities became evident in the election held after independence. He was elected to the Travancore Assembly in 1948.
He also became a member of the Travancore-Cochin Assembly from 1949 to 1956. Sree. Sankar was a member of the Constituent Assembly and also a member of the Franchise and Delimitation Commission and the Reforms Committee constituted after the introduction of the Responsible Government. He led the Congress party as KPCC President during the Vimochana Samaram(Liberation Struggle). The Congress won the elections in 1960 under Sree. Sankar’s leadership and he became the Deputy Chief Minister in the Pattom Thanupillai ministry. He handled Finance portfolio from 1960 to 1962. When Sree Pattom Thanupillai was appointed as Governor, Sree Sankar became the Chief Minister of Kerala from September 26, 1962 to September 10, 1964.

Sree R Sankar was an able administrator and statesman. His track record as the Chief Minister of Kerala is ample proof of his administrative skills. He brought about many economic reforms while handling the finance portfolio. He served as the Chairman of the Committee of Privileges from 1960 to 1964. He was also the editor of a newspaper called Dinamony. His wife was Smt Lekshmikutty Amma and they have one son and one daughter.Sree Sankar died at the age of 63 on November 6, 1972. The Assembly paid its homage to him on November 13, 1972.

R.Shanker Birth Centenary celebrations

Growth and Achievement of SNDP

Within a decade of its inception, the SNDP attained incredible success, and then onwards, it had been steadily growing adapting itself to suit the changing socio-political conditions and consequent needs of the people.

Under the leadership of Mahakavi Kumaran Asan, and Dr. Palpu, the Yogam raised its voice of protest against the denial of civic and human rights to Avarnas. The Yogam was in the vanguard of the fight for the rights of the depressed classes, especially the non- caste Hindus. But the voice of protest was mainly through representations to rulers and Government, newspaper writings and pamphlets, etc.

The SNDP first fought for the admission of Avarna children to Govt. schools and won. With this success, the number of educationally qualified youth in the community increased. The Christian missionary institutions also contributed to this increase. But employment in Government was still out of reach for them. The Christians could get into Govt. service through the influence of the British, but the Ezhavas were kept out. After repeated representations, a great favor was granted that the Ezhavas could be employed in the lower ranks in departments other than Revenue. (The Revenue Department could not take the Ezhavas because it was dealing with Temple Administration and the Ezhavas being Avarnas were not supposed to touch those papers!) When the Avarnas applied for Government jobs, they were either asked by the Savarna officials to take up their traditional profession, or their applications were summarily rejected saying that there were no vacancies. The SNDP took up the issue. Protests against the princely rulers and caste Hindu officials gradually became an integral part of India's national movement, and the SNDP developed a high political stock.

The SNDP entered its second phase when T. K. Madhavan took over as its organizing secretary. He was a firebrand and a committed nationalist. Madhavan brought in a tremendous increase in the membership of the SNDP within a short period. He also took up issues which caused the Yogam to adopt methods of agitation

The first important issue was to fight for the Avarnas' right to use public roads around the temples which resulted in the famous Vaikkom Satyagraha, and later led to the Temple Entry Proclamation by the Maharaja of Travancore. It is to be noticed that Travancore was the first princely state in India to take this progressive step. "Removal of untouchability is an abstract idea. Temple entry is a concrete representative action of the abstract idea." - Mahatma Gandhi.

The second issue was the Anti-Liquor agitation. Long before Gandhi included prohibition in the national campaign, the Guru had declared, 'Liquor is poison, do not make it, do not give it, do not drink it.' In the 18th Annual meeting of the SNDP, a resolution was passed to urge the community (toddy-tappers) to wind up liquor business. No longer were peaceful protests registered. The Yogam adopted agitational methods like picketing the toddy and arrack shops, with T. K. Madhavan and C. Keshavan at its helm. Though it was sabotaged from within by vested interests, the agitation had its effect. The SNDP Yogam and its organized might came to be accepted as an undefeatable social force.

Both these activities, the Vaikkom Satyagraha and the Anti-Liquor agitation helped to integrate the SNDP's activities with the National Movement. The members of the SNDP en masse joined the Indian National Congress. With this, it got inextricably involved in political activities.

All these programs had emphasis on safeguarding and ensuring the civic rights and human status of the Ezhava community. This was bound to happen as the leadership of the SNDP was always vested in capable Ezhava men. It was the Ezhavas who listened to the Guru first, joined and swelled up the ranks of the SNDP. They were the standard bearers in the march of progress and naturally they were the beneficiaries too.

With this trend, the Guru had a feeling that the SNDP was sacrificing universalism and degenerating into an Ezhava organization, and ignoring the spiritual and moral well-being of the people at large. Just before his Samadhi (demise), the Guru tried to correct this trend. He sent the following message to a special meeting of the SNDP at Sivagiri:

No group can gain strength and achieve prosperity by any means other than organized effort. It was on this principle that the Yogam was established twenty five years ago. The term Ezhava does not denote caste or religion. Therefore anyone can be made a member of the Yogam. I wish many more joined.'

The Guru took another bold step. He established an Order of Monks (Dharma Sangham) at Sivagiri to maintain his spiritual legacy. Through his Will and Testament, he bequeathed all his property to the Dharma Sangham and issued directives and guidelines.

The future role of Sivagiri Mutt was:

1. To enlighten the people about the fundamentals of religion and spread everywhere devotion and love of God.

2. To help the people to attain the three-fold purity — that of body, mind and word.

3. To teach the people the grandeur of nonviolence, love and unity, and see that they are observed in action.

4. To improve the educational level of the common people.

5. To identify the right type of men to be trained as inmates and send them out as messengers of Love to serve the people.

His intention was to transform Sivagiri into the intellectual Sringeri of the South. Sivagiri Mutt enjoyed the right to train young men as priests and depute them to all temples consecrated by the Guru.

Soon after the Guru's Samadhi (demise), another offshoot of Sivagiri Mutt, named Narayana Gurukulam, was established by Nataraja Guru, Dr. Palpu's son and an intimate disciple of the Guru. The Gurukulam, took up the role of interpreting the Guru's philosophy in relation to advanced western thoughts. The East-West University is a special institution sponsored by the Gurukulam.

After this division of objectives, the SNDP entered its third phase, with another firebrand, the future Chief Minister C. Keshavan, as its Secretary. A lawyer by profession, a Gandhian and nationalist by conviction, and molded in the forge of the Guru's Dharma, this fearless agitator inaugurated a new era in the political heritage of the SNDP. He transformed the SNDP into a fighting organization with the Abstention Movement, and the struggle for proportionate representation of Ezhavas in the legislature of Travancore State. In Travancore State, only those who paid Rs. 5 or more as land tax had the right to vote. The Nairs and upper castes were the landed gentry with voting rights, and most of the Ezhavas and other Avarnas were the landless poor without voting rights. So there was no chance of an Ezhava getting elected to the Legislative Assembly, though they were equal to the Nairs in number. The same was the case with the Christians and the Muslims. So the SNDP joined hands with Muslims and Christians and decided to boycott the elections of 1931. This is known as Abstention Movement. The Abstention Movement was a great success, as the Government agreed to nominate representatives, proportionate to the population, to the Legislative Assembly.

The post-Independence scene was quite different. As the Yogam had been deeply immersed in struggles for civic rights, the area of educational advance was not particularly taken care of for a few years. At this stage, R. Shankar took over as General Secretary. Shankar represented the younger generation molded by the Guru's dynamic influence. By sheer integrity and merit Shankar managed to become the State Congress head and Chief Minister of Kerala for a few years. As Secretary of the SNDP, Shankar saw that the Ezhavas had progressed socially and economically, but the SNDP did not have institutions of higher education. So Shankar concentrated his efforts on education. He raised an educational fund of Rs. 1 lakh within 24 hours, and started the Sree Narayana College at Quilon. This has become one of the leading post- graduate study centers of Kerala. The SNDP celebrated its golden jubilee at the SN College Grounds. The most important contribution of R. Shankar was the formation of the SN Trust which now runs a chain of colleges, polytechnics, Teacher Training Institutions, well-equipped hospitals and Nurses' Training schools. The growth in the educational field was temporarily arrested by the sudden demise of Shankar.

The SNDP started basically as an organization of the toiling millions. By and by, its leadership went to the rising bourgeoisie of the community. In spite of that, it continues to be dedicated to the cause of the poor. Though there is difference of opinion, many of the socialist and communist leaders of Kerala had their early apprenticeship in the SNDP and its activities. The reason for Kerala becoming a haven for progressive views and ideals can be traced to the influence of the messages and mission of Sree Narayana Guru.

List of S.N.D.P yogam Presidents & Their Period.

1. Sree Narayana Gurudevan ( life long ) - ( 1903 - 1928 )

2. Madhavan vaidhyer - ( 1929 - 1933 )

3. C. Krishnan - ( 1933 - 1938 )

4. M.Govindhan - ( 1939 - 1940 )

5. K. Ayyappan - ( 1940 - 1943 )

6. V.K. Panikker - ( 1943 - 1944 )

7. V.K.Velayudhan - ( 1944 - 1945 )

8. M.Govindhan - (1945 - 1951 )

9. Dr.P.N.Narayanan - ( 1951 - 1953 )

10. K.Sukumaran - ( 1953 - 1954 )

11. R.Sankar - ( 1954 - 1956 )

12. V.G.Sukumaran - ( 1956 - 1960 )

13. K.A.Velayudhan - ( 1960 - 1961 )

14. A.Achuthan - ( 1961 - 1966 )

15. C.R.Keshavan Vaidhayan - ( 1966 - 1970 )

16. K.T.Achuthan - ( 1971 - 1973 )

17. N.Sreenivasan - ( 1973 - 1978 )

18. Prof.P.S.Velayudhan - ( 1978 - 1982 )

19. K.M.Raghavan - ( 1982 - 1988 )

20. K.K.Viswanathan - ( 1988 - 1992 )

21. K.G.Sreenivasa panikar - ( 1992 - 1992 )

22. Dr.K.K.Rahulan - ( 1992 - 1996 )

23. A.S.Prathap singh - ( 1996 - 1999 )

24. Adv. C.K.Vidhyasagar - ( 1999 - 2006 )

25. K.Kamalasanan - ( 2006 - 2006 ) late.

26. M.B.Sreekumar - ( 2006 - 2007 )

27. Dr.M.N.Soman - ( 2007 - ......)

List of S.N.D.P yogam General Secretary's & period

1. Mahakavi N.Kumaran Asan - ( 1903 - 1915 )

2. N.Krishnan - ( 1915 - 1916 )

3. Mahakavi N.Kumaran Asan - ( 1916 - 1919 )

4. N.Kumaran - ( 1919 - 1927 )

5. C.V.Kunju Raman - ( 1927 - 1929 )

6. M.Govindan - ( 1929 - 1930 )

7. K.Narayanan - ( 1930 - 1931 )

8. C.V.Kunjuraman - ( 1931 - 1932 )

9. K.M.Keshavan - ( 1932 - 1933 )

10. C.Kesavan - ( 1933 - 1935 )

11. Thazhava Kesavan - ( 1935 - 1936 )

12. V.K.Velayudhan - ( 1936 - 1941 )

13. K.N.Kunju krishnan - ( 1941 - 1942 )

14. V.K.Velayudhan - ( 1942 - 1944 )

15. R.Sankar - ( 1944 - 1954 )

16. K.Karthikeyan - ( 1954 - 1956 )

17. R.Sankar - ( 1956 - 1957 )

18. K.R.Narayanan - ( 1957 - 1961 )

19. K.M.Raghavan - ( 1961 - 1970 )

20. Mankuzhi Madhavan - ( 1971 - 1973 )

21. Prof.P.S.Velayudhan - ( 1973 - 1978 )

22. P.S.Prathap Singh - ( 1978 - 1982 )

23. K.Gopinadhan - ( 1982 - 1985 )

24. A.S.Prathap Singh - ( 1985 - 1992 )

25. K.Gopinadhan - ( 1992 - 1996 )

26. Vellapally Natesan - ( 1996 - .......)

District - S.N.D.P Unions - S.N.D.P Sakhas

Thiruvananthapuram - 12 - 431

Kollam - 8 - 484

Pathanamthitta - 4 - 242

Alappuzha - 8 - 581

Kottayam - 6 - 315

Idukki - 5 - 182

Eranakulam - 9 - 381

Thrissur - 12 - 655

Palakkad - 7 - 332

Malappuram - 5 - 86

Kozhikkode - 7 - 252

Wayanad - 3 - 86

Kannur - 4 - 220

Kasargod - 3 - 93

District wise

1. Thiruvananthapuram Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
G.P.O Junction , pulimoodu p.o , Thiruvananthapuram.
Phone No:- 0471 – 2478563
Sakhas :- 76
Temples :- 6
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- 12

2. Aaryanadu Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Aaryanadu p.o , Thiruvananthapuram.
Phone No:- 0472 – 2854923
Sakhas :- 27
Temples :- 1
Schools :- 1
Guru mandirams:- 17

3. Vamanapuram Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Venjaranmoodu p.o,-695607 , Thiruvananthapuram.
Phone No:- 0472 – 2872404
Sakhas :- 40
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- 12

4. Neyyattinkara Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Neyyattinkara p.o - 695121 , Thiruvananthapuram.
Phone No:- 0471 – 2222338
Sakhas :- 38
Temples :- 4
Schools :- 1
Guru mandirams:- 37

5. Nedumangadu Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Pazhakutty p.o - 695561 , Thiruvananthapuram.
Phone No:- 0472 – 2813439
Sakhas :- 31
Temples :- 3
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- 14

6. Sivagiri Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Varkala p.o - 629165 , Thiruvananthapuram.
Phone No:- 0470 – 2602425
Sakhas :- 39
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- 18

7. Attingal Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Attingal p.o - 695101 , Thiruvananthapuram.
Phone No:- 0470 – 2621631
Sakhas :- 46
Temples :- 12
Schools :- 2
Guru mandirams:- 30

8. Kilimanoor Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Madavoor p.o - 695602 , Thiruvananthapuram.
Phone No:- 0472 – 2682054
Sakhas :- 27
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- 5

9. Kovalam Union

Address :- No Union Office ( Under construction )
Phone No:- 9349438346
Sakhas :- 31
Temples :- 5
Schools :- 1
Guru mandirams:- 20

10. Nemam Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Attingal p.o - 695101, Thiruvananthapuram.
Phone No:- 0472 – 2621631
Sakhas :- 31
Temples :- 3
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- 18

11. Parashala Union

Address :- No Union Office
Neyyattinkara Taluk , Thiruvananthapuram.
Phone No:- Nil
Sakhas :- 22
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- 19

12. Kuzhithura Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Marthandam p.o - 629165 , Thiruvananthapuram.
Phone No:- 04651 - 263017
Sakhas :- 38
Temples :- 10
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- 7

13. Kollam Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Kollam - 1 , Kollam
Phone No:- 0474 – 2746196
Sakhas :- 65
Temples :- 7
Schools :- 2
Guru mandirams:- 35

14. Chathannur Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Chathannur p.o - 691572 , Kollam.
Phone No:- 0474 – 2593754
Sakhas :- 47
Temples :- 3
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- 32

15. Karunagappalli Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
karunagappalli , Kollam.
Phone No:- 0476 – 2620433
Sakhas :- 96
Temples :- 15
Schools :- 8
Guru mandirams:- 60

16. Kunnathoor Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Kunnathoor, Sasthamkotta p.o - 690521 , Kollam.
Phone No:- -
Sakhas :- 27
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- 1
Guru mandirams:- 12

17. Pathanapuram Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Punalur p.o , Kollam.
Phone No:- 0475 – 2222503
Sakhas :- 95
Temples :- 9
Schools :- 2
College :- 1
Guru mandirams:- 60

18. Kottarakkara Union

Address :- R.Sankar Memmorial S.N.D.P Union Office
Kottarakara p.o , Kollam.
Phone No:- 0474 – 2451545
Sakhas :- 75
Temples :- 15
Schools :- 5
Guru mandirams:- 35

19. Kundara Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Elamballur , kundara p.o , Kollam.
Phone No:- 0474 – 2546060
Sakhas :- 43
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- 23

20. Pathanamthitta Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Pathanamthitta, p.o box – 48 689645 , Pathanamthitta
Phone No:- 04682 – 222225
Sakhas :- 58
Temples :- 5
Schools :- 7
Guru mandirams:- 48

21. Ranni Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Ranni p.o , 689673 , Pathanamthitta
Phone No:- 04735 – 227092
Sakhas :- 50
Temples :- 2
Schools :- 3
Guru mandirams:- 44

22. Adoor Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Adoor, p.o , Pathanamthitta
Phone No:- 04734 – 228185
Sakhas :- 75
Temples :- 5
Schools :- 2
Guru mandirams:- 35

23. Thiruvalla Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Thiruvalla p.o - 689101 , Pathanamthitta
Phone No:- 0469 – 2700093 , 2604032
Sakhas :- 59
Temples :- 4
Schools :- 5
Guru mandirams:- 54

24. Karthikappally Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Karthikappally, Haripad p.o , Alappuzha
Phone No:- 0479 – 2412276
Sakhas :- 102
Temples :- 10
Schools :- 7
Guru mandirams:- 72

25. Kuttanad Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Mankombu, Thekkekara p.o , Alappuzha
Phone No:- 0477 – 2704740, 2704440 , 2702602
Sakhas :- 71
Temples :- 19
Schools :- 5
Guru mandirams:- 31

26. Mavelikkara Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Opp.pvt Bus stand ,Mavelikkara – 690101 , Alappuzha
Phone No:- 0479 – 2302268
Sakhas :- 111
Temples :- 5
Schools :- 2
Guru mandirams:- 97

27. Chengannur Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Chengannur p.o, 689121, Alappuzha
Phone No:- 0479 – 2452216
Sakhas :- 62
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- 54

28. Cherthala Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Cherthala p.o – 689121 , Alappuzha
Phone No:- 0479 – 2452216
Sakhas :- 99
Temples :- 2
Schools :- 3
Guru mandirams:- 75

29. Kayamkulam Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Near k.s.r.t.c Bus Stand, kayamkulam p.o, Alappuzha
Phone No:- 0479 – 2441062
Sakhas :- 39
Temples :- 2
Schools :- 1
Guru mandirams:- 28

30. Ambalappuzha Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Kidangaamparambu p.o, Alappuzha
Phone No:- 0479 – 2254676 , 2233465
Sakhas :- 52
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- -

31. Kanichukulangara Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office ( Shathabthi smarakam)
Kanichukulangara p.o – 690506 , Alappuzha
Phone No:- 0479 – 2441062
Sakhas :- 55
Temples :- 3
Schools :- 3
Guru mandirams:- 12

32. Changanasserry Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Changanasserry p.o – 686903 , Kottayam
Phone No:- 0481 – 2420915
Sakhas :- 56
Temples :- 9
Schools :- 4
Guru mandirams:- 55

33. Highrange Union

Address :- Dr.Palpu Memmorial S.N.D.P Union Office
Mundakkayam p.o – 686513 , Kottayam
Phone No:- 04828 – 272548 , 274548
Sakhas :- 41
Temples :- 7
Schools :- 4
Guru mandirams:- 32

34. Kaduthuruthy Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Kaduthuruthy p.o – 686604 , Vaikkom , Kottayam
Phone No:- 04829 – 282033
Sakhas :- 29
Temples :- 8
Schools :- 2
Guru mandirams:- 14

35. Kottayam Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
M.C.Road , Kottayam p.o – 6860051 , Kottayam
Phone No:- 0481 – 2568913 , 3292025 , 3258278
Sakhas :- 93
Temples :- 11
Schools :- 12
Guru mandirams:- 59

36. Mennachil Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Mennachil , Pala p.o , Kottayam
Phone No:- 04822 – 212625
Sakhas :- 49
Temples :- 9
Schools :- 4
Guru mandirams:- 42

37. Vaikkom Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Vaikkom p.o – 686141 , Kottayam
Phone No:- 04829 – 232577
Sakhas :- 65
Temples :- 9
Schools :- 15
Guru mandirams:- 50

38. Adimali Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Devikulam , Adimali p.o – 685561 , Idukki
Phone No:- 04864 – 222152
Sakhas :- 44
Temples :- 22
Schools :- 3
Guru mandirams:- 15

39. Idukki Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Idukki Coloney p.o , Cheruthoney – 685602 , Idukki
Phone No:- 04862 – 235009
Sakhas :- 19
Temples :- 5
Schools :- 1
Guru mandirams:- 7

40. Malanadu Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Kattappana p.o – 685508 , Idukki
Phone No:- Nil
Sakhas :- 52
Temples :- 12
Schools :- 5
Guru mandirams:- 42

41. Peerimedu Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Perumedu p.o – 685531 , Idukki
Phone No:- 04869 – 232671
Sakhas :- 24
Temples :- 3
Schools :- 6
Guru mandirams:- 10

42. Thodupuzha Uion

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Thodupuzha East p.o – 685584 , Idukki
Phone No:- 04862 – 222432
Sakhas :- 43
Temples :- 8
Schools :- 8
Guru mandirams:- 5

43. Kunnathunadu Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
P.P Road, Perumbavoor- 683542 , Eranakulam
Phone No:- 0484 – 2522585 , 2592585
Sakhas :- 70
Temples :- 10
Schools :- 6
Guru mandirams:- 13

44. Koothattukulam Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Koothattukulam p.o- 686662 , Eranakulam
Phone No:- 0485 – 2253296
Sakhas :- 22
Temples :- 4
Schools :- 1
Guru mandirams:- 6

45. Moovattupuzha Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
S.N Road, Moovattupuzha p.o- 686661 , Eranakulam
Phone No:- 0485 – 2832587
Sakhas :- 29
Temples :- 4
Schools :- 1
Guru mandirams:- 3

46. Kothamangalam Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Kothamangalam p.o- 686691 , Eranakulam
Phone No:- 0485 – 2823275
Sakhas :- 22
Temples :- 1
Schools :- 1
Guru mandirams:- 2

47. Kanayannoor Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office, Sahodhara nagar
Mullaserry canal Road , Cochin - 682011 , Eranakulam
Phone No:- 0484 – 2370500
Sakhas :- 75
Temples :- 37
Schools :- 8
Guru mandirams:- 36

48. Paravoor Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Main Road , Paravoor p.o- 683513 , Eranakulam
Phone No:- 0484 – 2444512
Sakhas :- 71
Temples :- 7
Schools :- 2
Guru mandirams:- 3

49. Vyppin Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Vachakkal, Edavanakkadu p.o- 682502 , Eranakulam
Phone No:- 0484 – 2506444
Sakhas :- 20
Temples :- 3
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- 2

50. Cochin Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
M.N.Thacho Road , Thoppumpadi , Cochin- 682005 , Eranakulam
Phone No:- 0484 – 2231544
Sakhas :- 23
Temples :- 5
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- 6

51. Aluva Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Palace Road , Aluva- 683101 , Eranakulam
Phone No:- 0484 – 2623506
Sakhas :- 55
Temples :- 6
Schools :- 1
Guru mandirams:- 9

52. Thrissur Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Vadakkechira Road,Chembookavu , Thrissur- 680001 , Thrissur
Phone No:- 0487 – 2330872
Sakhas :- 103
Temples :- 8
Schools :- 1
Guru mandirams:- 3

53. Mukundapuram Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Irinjalakuda North - 680125 , Thrissur
Phone No:- 0480 – 2820953
Sakhas :- 74
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- 15

54. Mala Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Mala p.o - 680732 , Thrissur
Phone No:- 0480 – 2897577
Sakhas :- 23
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- 20

55. Peringottukara Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Karuvakkulam Road , Peringottukara - 680565 , Thrissur
Phone No:- 0487 – 2272788
Sakhas :- 61
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- 20

56. Guruvayoor Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Gandhi nagar, Guruvayoor - 680101 , Thrissur
Phone No:- 0487 – 2553345
Sakhas :- 50
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- 10

57. Kodungalloor Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Kizhakke nada , Kodungallor - 680664 , Thrissur
Phone No:- 0480 – 2802634
Sakhas :- 79
Temples :- 1
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- 1

58. Thalappilli Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Parlikkadu,Vadakkanchery,Thalapilli p.o - 680623 , Thrissur
Phone No:- 0487 – 2201810
Sakhas :- 36
Temples :- 1
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- 1

59. Chalakkudy Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
S.N.Nagar South, Chalakkudy - 680307 , Thrissur
Phone No:- 0480 – 2704306
Sakhas :- 97
Temples :- 6
Schools :- 3
Guru mandirams:- Nil

60. Puthukkad Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Puthukkad p.o - 680301 , Thrissur
Phone No:- 0480 – 2757434
Sakhas :- 65
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- Nil

61. Chelakkara Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Chelakkara p.o - 680586 , Thrissur
Phone No:- 9249149227
Sakhas :- 29
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- 10

62. Kunnamkulam Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Anjoor p.o , Cheruvathani - 680523 , Thrissur
Phone No:- 0488 – 5228502
Sakhas :- 13
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- Nil

63. Nattika Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Thriprayar p.o , Nattika - 680556 , Thrissur
Phone No:- 0487 – 2402299
Sakhas :- 42
Temples :- 1
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- 30

64. Palakkad Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Kingini,Mettupalayam street , Palakkad – 1 , Palakkad
Phone No:- 0491 – 6523889
Sakhas :- 89
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- 10

65. Chittoor Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Chittoor college p.o - 678104 , Palakkad
Phone No:- 0492 – 3272030
Sakhas :- 31
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- 1

66. Alathoor Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Alathoor p.o - 678541 , Palakkad
Phone No:- -
Sakhas :- 48
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- Nil

67. Mannarkkad Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
S.N college Building , Mannarkkad - 678582 , Palakkad
Phone No:- 04924 – 246648
Sakhas :- 31
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- 5

68. Ottappalam Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Shornur - 679122 , Palakkad
Phone No:- 0466 – 2221232
Sakhas :- 59
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- Nil

69. Kollamkodu Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Kollamkodu p.o - 678506 , Palakkad
Phone No:- 0492 – 3262092
Sakhas :- 38
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- 1
70. Kuzhalmandham Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Kuzhalmandham p.o - 678702 , Palakkad
Phone No:- 0492 – 2274453
Sakhas :- 35
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- Nil

71. Koyilandi Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Railway station Road , Koyilandi , Kozhikkode
Phone No:- 0496 – 2675425
Sakhas :- 33
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- Nil

72. Vadakara Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Narayana nagar , Vadakara, Kozhikkode
Phone No:- -
Sakhas :- 65
Temples :- 5
Schools :- 5
Guru mandirams:- 3

73. Thiruvambadi Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
S.n.d.p union building , Thiruvambadi , Kozhikkode
Phone No:- 0495 – 2252385
Sakhas :- 35
Temples :- 5
Schools :- 2
Guru mandirams:- 6.

74. Kozhikkode North Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office , Sreenarayana guruvarashramam
Kannur Road, West Hill, Athanikkal , Kozhikkode
Phone No:- 0495 – 2462320
Sakhas :- 32
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- -

75. Kozhikkode South Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
K.R . Complex , Near 4th Gate, Kozhikkode
Phone No:- 0495 – 2418905
Sakhas :- 34
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- 1
Guru mandirams:- 2

76. Balusserry Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Arappidika, Balusserry , Kozhikkode
Phone No:- 0496 – 2643465
Sakhas :- 33
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- Nil

77. Perambra Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Krishna Building , Perambra – 673525, Kozhikkode
Phone No:- 0496 – 2651835
Sakhas :- 20
Temples :- 1
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- Nil

78. Nilamboor Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office
Chungathara p.o - 679334 , Malappuram
Phone No:- 04931 – 23744
Sakhas :- 39
Temples :- 1
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- 20

79. Perinthalmanna Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office, Sree narayana Vihar
Pattambi Road , Perinthalmanna , Malappuram
Phone No:- 04933 – 226842
Sakhas :- 48
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- Nil

80. Thirur Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office,
Thozhuvanoor p.o, Vattappara, Valancherry , Malappuram
Phone No:- 0494 – 2645744
Sakhas :- 104
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- Nil

81. Ponnani Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office,
S.N.D.P Building, Chamravattam Jn. Ponnani , Malappuram
Phone No:- 0494 – 32581111
Sakhas :- 58
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- Nil

82. Malappuram Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office,
Maliyekkal Building, Manjeri Road , Malappuram
Phone No:- 0483 – 3299258
Sakhas :- 35
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- 1

83. Manjeri Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office,
Vaipparapadi , Manjeri , Malappuram
Phone No:- 9388215453
Sakhas :- 20
Temples :- 1
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- 3

84. Sulthan Batheri Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office, Sree narayana Giri
Police station road , Sulthan Batheri - 673592 , Wayanad
Phone No:- 04936 – 222275
Sakhas :- 48
Temples :- 3
Schools :- 5
Guru mandirams:- 6

85. Mananthavadi Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office,
Mysore road , Mananthavadi , Wayanad
Phone No:- 04935 – 244188
Sakhas :- 22
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- 1

86 . Pulpalli Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office,
Pulpalli Town , Wayanad
Phone No:- 04936 – 242522
Sakhas :- 16
Temples :- 1
Schools :- 4
Guru mandirams:- 4

87. Kannur Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office,
Sree narayana nagar , Kannur – 670001 , Kannur
Phone No:- 04972 – 707871
Sakhas :- 68
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- 5

88. Thalipparamba Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office,
Thalipparamba p.o , Kannur
Phone No:- 0460 – 2207273
Sakhas :- 45
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- 3

89. Thalasseri Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office,
Temple road , Thalasseri , Kannur
Phone No:- -
Sakhas :- 70
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- 1

90. Iritti Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office,
Iritti p.o , Kannur
Phone No:- 0490 – 2491769
Sakhas :- 37
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- 10

91. Hosdurg Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office,
Kanhangad , Hosdurg p.o , Kasaragod
Phone No:- -
Sakhas :- 60
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- 3
Guru mandirams:- 4

92. Vellarikkundu Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office,
Vellarikkundu p.o , Kasaragod
Phone No:- -
Sakhas :- 19
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- Nil

93. Kasaragod Union

Address :- S.N.D.P Union Office,
Creecamp , Bank road , Kasaragod
Phone No:- -
Sakhas :- 14
Temples :- Nil
Schools :- Nil
Guru mandirams:- Nil

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