Friday, 15 April 2016

Leaders of Renaissance in Kerala - Sree Narayana Guru (1856-1928) (Chapter-2)

Leaders of Renaissance in Kerala - Sree Narayana Guru (1856-1928) (Chapter-2)
31. The theme of the conferece was “Not for argument but to know and inform others”. He visited the Satyagrahis at Vaikkom in 1924.

32. When Gandhiji visited Kerala in connection with Vaikom Satyagraha in 1925, he also visited Guru.

33. Mahathma Gandhi wrote in the guest book at Sivagiri,  “I consider it the greatest good fortune of my life to have visited the beautiful Travancore state and met the most venerable saint, Sree Narayana Guru Swami trippadangal”.

34. Guru’s second visit to Sri Lanka was in 1926.

35. Sree Narayana Dharma Sangham was registed in 1928. Guru attained samadhi on 20th September 1928 (5 of Kanni month of Kollam Era).

36. The slogan popularised by Sree Narayana Guru-”One caste, one religion and one God for mankind.”.

37. He also exhorted “ Liquor is poison, make it not, sell it not, drink it not”.

38. “Organize and strengthen, Educate and Enlighten” was also the advice of Guru.

39. He taught “ Whatever may be the religion of a man, it is enough if he becomes virtuous “, “Ask not, Say not, think not caste”, “ Act that one performs for one’s sake should also benefit other “.

40. The novel ‘Guru’ by K.Surendran depicts the life of Sree Narayana Guru.

41. The film ‘Yugapurushan’ directed by R.Sukumaran based on the life of Guru.

42. Sivalinga Swamikal was the first Sanyasa disciple of Guru. In 1925 he appointed Bodhananda Swamikal as next of kin.

43. Anandatheertha Swamikal was his last Sanyasa disciple.

44. The first work of Sree Narayana Guru is Gajendramoksham Vanchipattu. His other famous works  are Atmopadeshasatakam, Darshanamala, Daiva Dasakam, Nirvritipachakam,Janani Navaratna Manjari etc.

45. Sivagiri pilgrimage, now known as Sivagiri Theerthadanam, was conceived by Vallabhasseri Govindan Vaidyar and T K Kittan Writer. It was duly approved by Gurudevan on January, 1928.

Guru’s Famous Teachings:

1. -One Jati(Caste) One Matham(Religion), One Daivam(God) for Man

2. -All are of one Self-fraternity Such being the dictum to avow,In such a light how can we take life And devoid of least pity go on to eat.

3. -Ask not, Say not Think not caste. Think only Gods.Acts that one performs For one’s own sake Should also aim for the good Of other men.

4. -Love of others is my happiness, Love that is mine is happiness for others. And so, truly, deeds that benefit a man Must be a cause for other’s happiness too.

5. -Grace, Love, Mercy -all the three – Stand for one same reality- Life’s Star. He who loves is who really lives.

6. -Whatever may be the difference in men’s creed, dress, language etc. because they all belong to the same kind of creation, there is no harm at all in their dining together or having marital relation withone another.

7. -Liquor is poison Make it not Sell it not Drink it not.

8. -Devoid of dividing walls Of caste or race Or hatred, We all live here In Brotherhood.

9. -Progress through education. Strengthen through organisation.

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