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Sree Narayana Guru

"Happiness is the primary quest of man. Happiness indeed is the supreme end of all spiritual and mundane human endeavors. The human soul finds its greater joys in the shining happiness of the abiding and the everlasting rather than in the momentary pleasures of the senses. The grand journey of the soul is towards this great goal. The attainment of this goal gains in fullness as human communities grow in inner improvement.

In a community gaining physical, moral and spiritual prosperity, religious institutions and observances are seen to have been of great help. Such institutions therefore could serve a purpose. But all these can be sustained only by the economic well being of the community. With this in view, agriculture, trade and technology have to be developed and improved

The worldly and the spiritual are not diverse or contradictory; but are directed to the same end As the well-being of the body is achieved when all its limbs function in unison, so does it require for mankind to attain its supreme goal of abiding Happiness, all worldly and spiritual activities are tuned into perfect coordination."
 

Sree Narayana Guru


*** Guru wrote these words more than a century ago. It is believed that it was in connection with the setting up of Sivagiri (literally the Mount of Bliss) as a spiritual abode and home of Sanyasins in the Sree Narayana Dharma lineage.

 

Saint, seer and reformer Sree Narayana Guru whose mortal life spanned the last two centuries (1856 – 1928) was borne in the southwest Indian state of Kerala. The vision of the great Guru is the light in which this campus functions and plans. Sree Narayana Guru is singular in the philosophy and manner through which he has ever so silently brought about a deep running qualitative transformation in the way men live. This process is still continuing. His presence and vision have been historically unique in the way they have been influencing and transforming the life and outlook of the whole region cutting across all segments of religion, race, believes, economic status and political orientation. The core of his philosophy is that Knowledge that leads to inner transformation of man bringing about the achievement of happiness for one and all is fundamental to all human achievements irrespective of the manner and methods that the individuals and groups may adopt.

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