SANTHIGIRI ASHRAM: The divine spiritual-center of peace and equality
Meanwhile, the scientific research is focused on traditional medical system like Ayurveda and Siddha. These kinds of medical treatments and their achievements are not properly documented. It is a hard process. The Indian government has given tax exemptions to the organization to carry out this process effectively.
The tax exemptions help conglomerates to contribute their CSR funds to these research programs.
‘Annadanam’, ‘Athurasevanam’, and ‘Athmabodhanam’ are the three prime services provided by Ashram. Of these three, ‘Annadanam’ gains greater prominence due to its welfare angle. Is this a feasible project?
Annadanam has been started on 1968 by Guru, and is a part of organization’s prime-ideologies. We are providing free food to all visitors and officials of the ashram. The service is not limited to some main centers, but available in all branches of the ashram across the country. The program has been started by Guru, and is being continued with all respect, purity and dedication.
Santhigiri Ashram is extensively contributing to the educational sector of our country through world class educational institutions and educational-aid schemes like ‘UttaraSree Educational Aid Program’ and K.R. Narayana endowment. Are you getting any government support or financial aid for this?
Through the educational schemes, the Ashram is trying to support bright students from underprivileged people from lower social sector. These schemes are aimed at providing financial and moral support to the poor students. The organization is not entirely depending upon contributions in order to carry out its services. It has some active income sources, mainly Ayurveda and Siddha health-services and consumer goods units. The profit, gained through this services and products, is utilized in providing charity services. Except some tax exemptions, the government is not extending any financial aid to the institution. They may not have such schemes to support our activities.
The ‘Ashram’ is keen to propagate universal brotherhood and religious-equality. What is the prominence of religious-equality in present socio-political scenario?
Our country is a secular, democratic, nation. Indian constitution empowers every citizens of our country to practice and believe in any religion. Our belief should not hurt other person’s ideologies. Basically, love is the core factor of all religious ideologies. Though our ashram has its own ideologies and practices, we will not try to hurt other religious believes, instead we propagate the language of love and brotherhood.
How the life and ideologies of Navajyothisree Karunakara Guru is influencing the day to day affairs of Santhigiri Ashram?
The head of the above organizational setup would be the spiritual head of the Ashram known as Sishyapoojitha, whose words shall be followed scrupulously in all matters Sishyapoojitha Janani Amritha Jnana Thapaswini is the present spiritual head of Santhigiri Ashram. There is no difference between Guru’s ideologies and Ashram’s activates. The ashram is totally obliged to propagate Guru’s ideologies. Each and every activity of the ashram is based on Guru’s vision. Guru has gifted us a good lifestyle, specifically a humanistic life-approach.