Resolution-1 150th birth anniversary of Shree Narayana Guru
Participate in the Guruvarsham celebrations
The Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal of RSS welcomes the initiative taken by various organisations and sections of society to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Shree Narayana Guru from August 29, 2004. Shri Narayana Guru represents the most valuable contribution of Kerala to the renaissance movement of Bharat in the 19th-20th century. He ranks among the greatest spiritual stalwarts like Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Shree Ramakrishna Paramahansa, Swami Viveka-nanda, Shri Ramanna Maharishi and others, though he was born in a backward community considered not only untouchable but also unapproachable. But his real claim to greatness was in his spiritual enlightenment that was the outcome of his prolonged penance that gave his words sanction and authority which only a rishi can give. Attainment of high spiritual realisation did not make him oblivious to the sufferings of his countrymen. Along with a team of socially conscious youths, the Guru organised a Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam for uplift of his community.
This had a chain reaction in the form of similar social organisations cropping up of other communities as well. The cumulative effect was that there came into being an all round resurgence among the Hindus of Kerala, at the top of which stood the unique personality of Shree Narayana Guru as the guiding light.
The recent multifaceted development witnessed by Kerala can be traced to the spiritual outlook of Shree Narayana Guru. His approach was absolutely positive and constructive, with no word of condemnation or vilification. The ideals and methods of the great Guru have been an unfailing source of inspiration and guidance. He stands out as the supreme symbol of hope and redemption for the depressed classes. The memorable phrases: Organise and become strong; educate and become enlightened; work hard and become prosperous, acquired the sanctity of mantras. Many social evils were eradicated from Kerala within a short while.
The historic temple entry proclamation made by Maharaja Balarama Varma on November 12, 1936 transformed Kerala and about which Swami Vivekananda in 1892 said that it was a ?lunatic asylum? in view of the prevailing extreme social evils like untouchability, etc. The transformation was so prompt that within a short span of 45 years in 1937, Mahatma Gandhi described it as a ?holy place of pilgrimage?. Behind this great social change, the teachings and guidance of the great Guru became discernible.
More than 60 temples, which the Guru personally consecrated, became leading centres of light and learning. Untouchables were transformed into a community blessed with vigour and dynamism. National leaders like Swami Shradhananda, Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore went to pay homage to the Guru and received guidance from him.
In grateful memory of this spiritual stalwart and social reformer, the Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal (ABKM) calls upon the Hindu society in general and Swayamsevaks in particular to participate in the Guruvarsham celebrations and also to understand the life and imbibe the teachings of this great saint.