Located in the sylvan, southern-most Indian state of Kerala, Santhigiri Ashram was founded in 1968 by Navajyothisree Karunakara Guru, a teacher(Guru) in the absolute sense of the term.
Guru, whose coming to the world was prophesied by great souls such as Christ, Prophet Mohammad, Buddha,Nostradamus and Aurobindo has l
aid the foundation of a universal spirituality which will one day bring peace to the entire world, freeing it from the age-old animosities of class, caste, creed, gender, race and religion.
Santhigiri Ashram, situated in quiet green surroundings ringed by hillocks at Pothencode, 21 km north of Kerala’s capital city Thiruvananthapuram, serves as the fulcrum of a ‘Guru-Shishya Parampara’ (Guru-Disciple lineage) founded by Navajyothisree Karunakara Guru as per Divine Revelation. The ‘Santhigiri Parampara’ has followers in different parts of the world who have adopted a worship system based on faith in One Universal God with Guru as the path to that Transcendent Supreme Plane (Guru Margam). As several of Guru’s disciples, including small children, are blessed with direct insight into spiritual truths through clairvoyance (darsanam), this path is known as ‘Darsana Margam’ also.
Guru, whose simple and earthy manner encompassed all in the golden glow of His compassion, founded Santhigiri Ashram from a thatched hut (Parnasala) in 1968, in pursuit of “That which will bring eternal peace to the soul.” It was here that Guru attained spiritual completion in 1973, opening the way to spiritual truths and knowledge hitherto unknown to humanity. Guru merged in ‘Adisankalpam’ (the Plane of Primordial Consciousness) on 6th May, 1999, at the age of 72. As per Divine direction, Guru’s body has been placed in the ‘Parnasala’, which has been reconstructed as a magnificent monument in the shape of a full bloomed lotus in white marble.
Today, as predicted by Guru, His guidance continues to emanate through His foremost disciple,Shishyapoojitha Janani Amritha Jnana Thapaswini , to anyone who seeks it.The guidance of Guru acts as a corrective force, removing the inherent ‘karmic’ and other infirmities in an individual ‘jeeva’(soul, life-force), aiding its journey to the ultimate destination the Supreme.
Santhigiri Ashram is well known in India and abroad. It daily attracts hundreds of devotees, well-wishers and tourists. It is a centre of pilgrimage for spiritual seekers, several of whom have been guided to it by ‘visions’ or clairvoyance.
The Ashram functions as a registered voluntary, charitable non-government organization , aiming to spread the Guru’s message and to fulfill a three-fold mission of ‘Annadanam’ (free food to all), ‘Athurasevanam’ (care for the ailing) and ‘Athmabodhanam’ (spiritual realization) set by the Guru. A nucleus of renunciates (sanyasis, sanyasinis, brahmacharis and brahmacharinis) and a vibrant community of householders (grihasthashramis) carry out the day-to-day activities of the Ashram as per the Guru’s directives.
The main Ashram at Pothencode is spread over 100 acres, comprising a ‘Prarthanalayam’ (Prayer Hall), Parnasala (Guru’s Abode), Sahakarana Mandiram (Shrine of Togetherness), kitchen, dining hall, work centers and accommodation facilities for more than 1500 inmates. There are 16 branch ashrams, including New Delhi and Bangalore. Prayer meetings are held regularly in various cities of India and abroad.
A holistic healthcare doctrine propounded by Guru(Nava Arogya Dharma Siddhantham) has resulted in the revival of the traditional Indian systems of medicine -- Ayurveda and Siddha. The Healthcare and Research Divisions at the Ashram are at the forefront of research into these systems and also new frontiers in social sciences. TheSanthigiri Research Foundation(SRF) has been accorded the status of aScientific and Industrial Research Organisation (SIRO) by the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. This Foundation undertakes Social Research also. The Healthcare Division runs a chain of treatment centers and hospitals across India and overseas, besides medical colleges, a research center for Ayurveda and Siddha and a modern Ayurveda and Siddha medicine manufacturing plant.
To provide purposeful ‘karma’ to the Ashram inmates and generate income for its activities, a number of agricultural and industrial units are being run under the aegis of the Ashram.
The character and work of a person are determined by the quality of the soul. Performance of ‘Karma’ (work) according to ‘Dharma’ (rightful conduct) improves one’s character and work. Only a true Guru, who has access to the mysteries of life, can guide mankind in that Dharma. Discerning disciples have, through spiritual visions and experiences, perceived Navajyothisree Karunakara Guru to be the preceptor of such stature.