INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON INTER-RELIGIOUS HARMONY IN TIRUPATHI [17th & 18th OCT 2016]
The International Seminar on Inter-religious Harmony, organized by Sree Venkateswara University (SVU) in collaboration with Guru Dharma Pracharana Sabha (GDPS) of Andhra unit was held on 17th & 18th October 2016, in the University premises at Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, INDIA.
Many eminent scholars and thinkers from different walks of life participated.
All the relevant papers of good standard is being published by the Sree Venkateswara University (SVU) in book form.
THE PROPHET OF ONE WORLD: BIOGRAPHY OF VISVAGURU IN ENGLISH [12 SEP 2016]
Dr. S. Mohandas, a senior Medical Surgeon by profession, born in the Aruvippuram family graced by Sree Narayana Guru and Chattambi Swamikal has penned a book named 'The Prophet of One World' a saga of Sree Narayana Guru.
Dr. Mohandas says, "I plan to use all the returns from this book for charity, like organ transplantation for the poor".
The work is an amalgamation of a biography, reference book, anthology and a commentary on the VISVAGURU.
The Holy Sanctification of Uthara Sivagiri Sree Narayana Gurudeva Temple at Alpha II, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India was conducted from 23rd to 27th March 2016, at the behest of Guru Dharma Pracharana Sabha (GDPS), Noida.
GDPS Noida keeps a common platform for all those who believe in and conduct their life through the path of Sree Narayana Guru's teachings.
LOKAM believes that the great Guru's blessings will always be there for their noble works.
GOLDEN WORDS OF SREE NARAYANA GURU ON TOP OF THE WORLD
Sree Narayana Guru's famous words 'ONE CASTE - ONE RELIGION - ONE GOD - FOR ALL MEN' is engraved on a stone memorial fixed at the highest all weather motorable pass in the world in Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir at the behest of Colonel Sreeghanlal P. Raman (Rd).
This symbolizes the greatness of the virtues of Guru, which is above all in this world.
LOKAM salutes Col. S.P.Raman for this highest level of act in propagating the wisdom of Sree Narayana Guru.
VIBRANT YELLOW IN THE PINK CITY - JAIPUR [24 SEP 2015]
Among the brilliance of pink color in the world famous Jaipur City in Rajasthan, be it the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) or the Amber Fort (the Gem of Jaipur) or be it the City Palace, there stands a Narayana Guru Temple, illuminating the ambience with the serene yellow radiance akin to the one existing at the sacred Sivagiri in Kerala.
Sree Narayana Guru Dharma Sewa Samiti (SNGDSS), Jaipur has its origin way back in 1988, when some like-minded Narayana Guru devotees had joined together & had started holding monthly meetings albeit, in an amorphous manner.
SRI NARAYANA GURU: A SHORT BIOGRAPHY [01 AUG 2015]
This brief biography of SREE NARAYANA GURU in English by Professor J. Indira & Rajeev Srinivasan is a comprehensive and excellent write-up which traverse through the life of Guru and the influence of his teachings fostered on the social order.
Copyright to the booklet is vested in the authors Prof. J. Indira and Rajeev Srinivasan.
LOKAM is obliged and thankful to the wonderful authors for giving this opportunity to understand the sacred life and wisdom of NARAYANA GURU.
Judith Opio-Ojeda, a devotee of HUMANITY & ONENESS, works at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in USA.
Judith believes that we are not NOBLE by birth. We are NOBLE only by virtue of the way we think, speak, and act. The person who practices true love has the wisdom of non-discrimination and it informs all their actions.
Judith who tends to write poetry the most, shares her 'Noble Thoughts' in this segment, giving inspiration to a LOKAM of equality and non-discrimination.
Dr. Padmanabhan Palpu, LMS, DPH (Cantab) FRIPH (London), was a social revolutionary and a relentless fighter for the cause of the downtrodden in Kerala.
He was one of the founder members of Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) Yogam along with Sree Narayana Guru.
Dr. Padmanabhan Palpu was born on 2nd November 1863 in Petta, Trivandrum, India. He belonged to a wealthy and educated family, which at that period of time, was considered to be an 'untouchable' community.
Mooloor S. Padmanabha Panicker was a renowned poet, a social reformer, a multi-faceted genius and above all a follower of the great Sree Narayana Guru.
The literary masterpiece, Kavi-Ramayanam, written at the age of 22 by Mooloor, is considered as the motivational force behind the 'Temple Entry Proclamation' in 1936, which lifted the ban to enter Hindu Temples for the so-called backward classes.
The famous Mezhuveli Anandabhootheshawara Temple, which was consecrated by Sree Narayana Guru in Mezhuveli village of Pathanamthitta district was built at the behest of Mooloor.
Mahakavi Kumaran Asan the great poet and scholar, was one of the triumvirate poets of Kerala, the others being Ulloor and Vallathol.
He was also a philosopher, a social reformer and above all, a disciple of Sree Narayana Guru.
Asan was born in a merchant family in Kayikkara Village of Chirayinkeezhu Taluk, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. Kumaran was the second son in a family of nine children. His father's name was Narayanan Perungudi and his mother's name was Kaali.
Sahodaran Ayyappan was one of the outspoken followers of Sree Narayana Guru.
He was a great social reformer, radical thinker, journalist, orator, notable poet and politician. He is regarded as one of the most outstanding personalities of Kerala for his remarkable services to the society and contribution towards the social renaissance in Kerala.
Sahodaran Ayyappan was born as the youngest of the nine children of Kochavu Vaidyar and Unnuli, a traditional family of Cherai in Vypin Island of Ernakulam.
C. Kesavan was the Chief Minister of Travancore-Cochin during 1950-1952. He was born into a humble family of traditional weavers in 1891 in, Mayyanad, Kollam.
C. Kesavan was influenced by the work of Dr. Padmanabhan Palpu, the social reform campaigner and a founder of the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) Yogam. He became an activist for the downtrodden, seeking an improved socio-economic position for them, and in the 1930s he suggested that they should abandon Hinduism. He was an atheist.
Dr. P Natarajan (Nataraja Guru), a sage, and disciple of Narayana Guru, was the second son of Dr. Padmanabhan Palpu, the social revolutionary.
Nataraja Guru was the founder of Narayana Gurukulam, an institution devoted to the contemplative study and propagation of Narayana Guru's teachings.
Born in Bangalore, India, Nataraja Guru went to Kandi in Sri Lanka for doing his matriculation, after the primary schooling in Trivandrum & Bangalore. He completed his Bachelor's and Masters degrees in Madras.
R. Sankar was the third Chief Minister of Kerala from 1962 to 1964. He was also the first Congress Chief Minister of the State.
R. Sankar, apart as a great Politician is known as a Statesman, a Great Educationist, Intelligent Lawyer, Administrator, Orator, Writer, Editor, Social Reformer and the former General Secretary of Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) Yogam and Sree Narayana Trust.
Sankar was born on April 30, 1909 to Raman and Kunjaliamma in Puthoor, Kottarakkara. He did his schooling in Kottarakkara and in 1924, he joined Maharajas College where he took his graduation in Chemistry. Later he studied Law at the Government Law College, in the State Capital.
Earnest Kirk was the first European disciple of Sree Narayana Guru, who took the path of spirituality under the great Sage.
Earnest Kirk came to India to explore the great Indian traditions and to learn about spirituality. The quest for spirituality led him to meet several social and spiritual leaders all across India.
Initially after coming to India he joined the Theosophical Society of Annie Besant. He was also associated with the Sree Ramakrishna Mission, Arya Samajam, Brahma Samajam, and Ramana Maharshi's Ashram.