Narayana Gurudev

Jagath Guru Sree Narayana Gurudev’s message to Thiya and Billawa Communities of Karnataka & Kerala

Jagat Guru Sree Narayana Gurudev

Jagatguru Sree Narayana Gurudevs message to Thiya & Billawa Community and well observed by the Guru! – PROSPER THROUGH EDUCATION! HELP ONE ANOTHER!!

The Guru was beyond caste and creed. He had transcended all those narrow considerations.
Yet he had great compassion for the community where he came from.
This is quite incredible as for a person of his stature.
We forget all our past. But, he doesn’t. He is not with the past.
Yet he is with the past. He is with the present. And he is for Future!
He feels that the future should be brilliant for the mankind – especially from the
lower socio-economic state to which people were suppressed, they should be uplifted.
He very well knew that then only is spiritual development possible.
The real anti-dot lies in self-improvement.

His thrust is chiefly on socio-economic state. He was quite aware that this could
be brought about through progress in education and industry.
It is not necessary that all should learn. Those who cannot learn, need not learn.
They must then take to industry and should be enterprising.
Everyone is endowed with great spiritual qualities which one should translate.
That is why the Guru spoke of many key issues.
Man should transcend social degeneration. All depressing state should go.
People should help one another like a combination of high qualities.
A man of industry can help a child of education.
A good professional can help a prospective entrepreneur.
Everything is possible as the Guru said! He didn’t speak any impossible thing.
Everything is possible, provided we have the will – the will to change ourselves!

Since people do not progress, they don’t want other to progress.

Once Ibsen wrote, “Poverty is the backbone of politics”. Poverty is maintained
in order to maintain politics.

The Guru had no such thing.
He was not jealous of anybody. His spirit was so pure. His heart was so pure.
The Guru wanted everyone in the community to prosper either through education
or industry or in any other field. Because the material aspirations of the people should be fulfilled.
There should be great goals in life – and there is no point in living in economic
and social thralldom.

Basically, it is rare for a brother to give a helping hand to his own brother
even at home, true of our community.
It is a bitter experience for almost anybody. If someone prospers, everything is
done to cause his downfall by the rest with a vengeance. How vehement!
This is what is going on now. This trend should change.

We cause our own downfall. But, what is the use?

Unless we listen to the Guru, there is no hope.
We have to translate all his dreams into reality.
There is hope only in translation of the Guru’s dreams – both
spiritual and material.

Not that for our convenience, we can take one and discard the rest.
No such thing. It is all a right set of Commandments for the progress
of man.



Sree Narayana Guru was born under the star ‘Chathayam’ in the month of ‘Chingam’ in 1856 AD (1032 of the Malayalam calendar) in the village of Chempazhanthi in Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala as the son of Madan Asan, a farmer, and Kutti Amma. Yet Gurudev reportedly told some of his followers that he was actually born in 1030. When his 60th birth anniversary was being celebrated 1916 he laughingly said “my 60th birthday (sashtabhdhapoorty) was quite a while ago.

His parents, ‘Madan Asan’ and ‘Kutty Amma’ endearingly called him ‘Nanu’. At the age of five, he began his education in the neighboring school in the old “Gurukula” model.’Madan Asan’ was also a teacher (“Asan”) who was learned in Sanskrit and proficient in Astrology and Ayurveda.

Sree Narayana Guru was born under the star ‘Chathayam’ in the month of ‘Chingam’ in 1856 AD (1032 of the Malayalam calendar) in the village of Chempazhanthi in Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala as the son of Madan Asan, a farmer, and Kutti Amma. Yet Gurudev reportedly told some of his followers that he was actually born in 1030. When his 60th birth anniversary was being celebrated 1916 he laughingly said “my 60th birthday (sashtabhdhapoorty) was quite a while ago.

About Family
His father was Madan Asan and his mother Kuttiyamma. His family, Vayalvaram house, enjoyed a high level of social respectability and economic status. He was named Narayanan and came to be called Nanoo. Nanoo had three sisters.In those days peoples was divided into higher caste and lower castes,society was in the strangulating grip of caste system.The peoples practised untouchability and not co-operate with each other.

At the age of five, Nanoo began his education in the neighboring school in the old “Gurukula” model.From his childhood he exhibited prodigious powers of memory. He learned things quickly, and thoroughly remembered what he learned.’Madan Asan’ was also a teacher (“Asan”) who was learned in Sanskrit and proficient in Astrology and Ayurveda. As aboy, Nanu would listen to his father with keen interest narrated stories from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata to the simple folks of his village.young Nanu continued to be educated at home,under the guidance of both his father and uncle Krishnan Vaidyan who was a reputed Ayurvedicphysician and a Sanskrit scholar, where he was taught the basics of the Tamil and Sanskritlanguages and traditional subjects such as Siddharupam, Balaprobhodhanam and Amarakosam. Afterhis elementary education in this school, he became the disciple of a great Sanskrit scholar
‘Raman Pillai Asan’ of Puthuppally Varanappally familyin Central Travancore. He learned poetry, drama, logic, poetics and grammar from Kummampally Asan. Nanoo loved solitude and contemplation. During his stay at Varanappally he showed his talent for poetry. He composed some hymns and devotional songs
During his stay in Varanappally nanoo was called Nanoo Chattampy (chattampy in those days meant “senior student’ or “monitor”)

During 1881 nanoo returned from varanappally and started teaching children’s for some time.From that time the people respectfully called him “Nanoo Asan”.

According to the custom of the time a wedding could be solemnized in the absence of the bridegroom if the bridegroom’s sister offered a thali to the bride. Nanoo Asan’s wedding was formally solemnized that way in 1882.The marriage was conducted at the behest of his guardians and Nanoo Asan soon stopped going home. After two months he left his native place forever.

As a Spiritual Wanderer
Thus Nanoo began his career as an itinerant sanyasin. He became a ‘Parivrajaka’ (one who wanders from place to place in quest of Truth). He spent his days in forests, caves, seashores, and in temples. When hungry, he would eat what was offered by strangers. During this period he stayed for a short while in the house of Perunnalli Krishnan Vaidyar, a renowned scholar and physician of Travancore, and studied some rare medical books written by him. It is believed that he first met the Chattampi Swami here.Their meeting proved to be the beginning of a intimate friendship.In 1884 nanoo met Thykkattu Ayyavu, a distinguished yoga guru of Trivandrum. Ayyavu Swami was a well-known instructor of yogic practices. From him Nanoo learned ‘yogasanas’, practices like Nauli, Dhoudi, and Khadam and Khechari mudra. This was around 1884 (1060).

Gurudevan’s father Madan Asan died this year 1884. Naniasan records the incident thus:
“One day I and Gurudev were sitting on Aruvippuram Rock when he looked at me and said ‘Madanasan must be dead’. After while a messenger came bearing the news of Madan Aasan’s death.

Gurudevan observed tapas and meditation in Pillathadam cave at the top of the Maruthwamala. The maruthvamalla Hills was located in kanyakumari district,Tamil Nadu.SreeNarayanaguru was enlighted in the cave of marutvamall hills.Guru found this hills and cave as guru was a wanderer for seeking truth.SreeNarayanaGurulived in this cave and sustained himself mostly with berries and tubers, and drank from the mountain brooks.During those days, guru prayed to god. Conceiving the supreme to be Shiva. While guru sat for hours in the same posture in the solitude of the cave, a cobra and a tiger guarded him.
On one occasion guru became very hungry and at that time guru saw At that time he saw a leper coming to him with a begging bowl. It contained fluffed tapioca. The leper offered it to guru. Like intimate friends they ate from the same bowl. The leper was not an apparition. He was an actual man.How did he come there, was a mystery! After partaking of the food he bade farewell with out either of them making any attempt to know each other.Soon people came to know that Gurudev was observing tapas at Maruthwamala. Some of them reached Maruthwamala, facing hazards, and had a darsan of Gurudev.

Gurudev’s mission in life began to evolve: redressing the evil customs and the removing caste discriminations which corroded Indian society. He was to reform the oppressed classes that had dropped off the scale of the caste system. The conditions in Kerala at that time were appalling. Divided among themselves, the people were steeped in superstition. Not surprisingly Swami Vivekanda described Kerala as a ‘lunatic asylum’.During this period of wandering as a sanyasin, Sree Narayana Guru spent his time mostly among the low-caste people. No doubt because he wanted to make them aware that his life’s mission was to reform them.Gurudev lived among the poor and partook of their food. Fish was part of the diet. At night he would sit on the seashore looking at the sea, lost in meditation. The people came to know him intimately. It was at this time that the people began to call him ‘Nanoo Swami’. Soon they came to believe that Narayana Guru was a great yogi who performed miracles.People of all religions, including Christians and Muslims, respected him. There were also those who misunderstood Gurudev, out of ignorance about his life and deeds. But he was unaffected by praise or criticism.He slept in inns, wayside rest-houses and on open grounds. Experiencing for himself the inequalities, injustices and evil customs which existed in society, this itinerant life went on for four to five years and it played a vital role in moulding Narayana Guru’s later activities. In the course of his travels he once reached the place Aruvippuram in Neyyattinkara. Aruvippuram was then a dense forest, teeming with wild animals.


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