SANTHIGIRI ASHRAM: The divine spiritual-center of peace and equality
In this era of intolerance and violence, a spiritual center situated in the rural Kerala at Pothencode in Trivandrum district is wholeheartedly dedicating itself to propagate peace and equality.
Instead of forcefully insisting its followers to embrace peace by blindly following Vedas, it is guiding everyone irrespective of religion, cast or class for acquiring peace through service, ‘Karma’.
Showing respect and mercy to the co-inhabitants on the mother earth, the ashram concentrates its service in Three Pillers, including ‘Annadanam’, ‘Athurasevanam’, and ‘Athmabodhanam’.
Apart from the core services, it extensively contributes to the society through social, spiritual, welfare and cultural activities.
The Ashram was founded by Navajyothi Sree Karunakara Guru in 1964 as a charitable, non-religious, Organization to fight human sufferings. Guru taught his disciples the language of global peace, saying ‘the religion I believe is of Friendship, Brotherhood, and Truth’.
The organization is recognized by ministry of science and technology as Scientific and Industrial Research Organization. Moreover, it was also acknowledged as a social research Organization. Considering the relevance of its activities, the government has granted tax exemptions to encourage its activities.
Presently, the Organization has nearly twenty branches, and is aggressively expanding its presence across the country; and its ideologies, even, attained acceptance in certain foreign countries.
Swami Gururethnam Jnana Thapaswi, Organizing Secretary of Santhigiri Ashram, has a leading role in the authorities of the Ashram. He is an eminent organizer, orator, writer, and social activist. He has extensively contributed in spreading Guru’s ideologies globally. For this purpose, he has visited USA, UK, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Russia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany, Italy, Brazil, Sri Lanka and many more.
Moreover, he is an active member of several socio-cultural organizations like A.P.J Abdul Kalam Foundation, O.V. Vijayan Foundation, Pravasi Malayali Foundation, Union of German Malayali Association, Swasthi Foundation, G. Devarajan Foundation, Prem Nazir Foundation, Media Research Foundation, National Forum for Peoples Rights and many more.
Unique Times got an opportunity to do an exclusive interview with this spiritual leader.
Santhigiri Ashram is selected as a social and scientific research center by the Indian government. Kindly say some few words about this achievement?
Social research and scientific research are entirely different sections. Social research deals with the study of Indian culture, ancient saints, spiritual movements and spiritual renaissance like Jesus Christ, Prophet Mohammed, Socrates.