And seldom does it happen that amidst human kind, souls come forth to guide the world. When they do so, they are the beacons of truth. In a simple, yet endearing manner, they put wandering souls onto the path of self-realisation. All that they seek is the soul’s evolution,your ascendancy to the Supreme. It is a selfless quest,for which they have been ordained by the LordSriman Narayana. That is the truth. Om Tat Sat.
“I come when my devotees call me.” And the divine beacon is here. With a radiance of Koti suryas, a heart like the expansive horizon. The quintessence of the very Sriman Narayana. Her Holiness Sri Sathguru Swami Gnanananda Sarasvathi. A Jivan Mukta. A Divine Guide.
HH Sri Sathguru Swami Gnanananda Sarasvathi
Once a Householder, always a Jivan Mukta. The divine descent happened at Annakara near Guruvayur on the 14th August, 1929, into an aristocratic, affluent and respected family. She received Her education at the St. Joseph’s European Girls High School and the Holy Cross College at Tiruchi. Her communion with the Divine began from an early age. She had rare spiritual experiences and visions from the tender age of seven years. At the age of eighteen she was married to Shri Paliath Divakaran Achan, eldest son of the Yuvaraja of the Cochin Royal Family. While living as an ideal grahasta – a loving, selfless mother and a devoted wife - She led a life of great austerity guided by the ideal that a householder was to be a sanyasin at heart. She performed intense spiritual sadhana, involving the severest tapas and continuous communion with the Divine, demonstrating to the world that one could live the life of a householder and yet be a Jivan Mukta, a liberated soul totally established in the Divine. In 1972, She received a Divine Command to take Sanyasa and took Vidwat Sanyasa receiving the name of Sri Sathguru Swami Gnanananda Sarasvathi.
Sri Gnana Advaitha Peetam - a divine bridge
After taking Sanyasa, Sri Sathguru established Sri Gnana Advaitha Peetam in September, 1976 with the following major objectives :
- To transform the abstract philosophy of Advaitha into a living rhythm through the path of Saranagati
- To give and grant aid to deserving persons engaged in traditional occupations and to preserve the ancient philosophical traditions of India
- To improve the condition of the weaker sections of society regardless of caste and creed.
Sri Sathguru has striven for the renovation of old dilapidated places of worship, having great spiritual heritage, reviving their ancient traditions. Sri Sathguru has helped the poor, needy and destitute, transcending the barriers of caste, creed and religion. Sri Sathguru has been personally training several Brahmacharis and householders, spreading the special message of total detachment and self-surrender. Sri Sathguru has been tirelessly propagating the path of Saranagati, as taught in the Srimad Bhagavad Gita as being the most appropriate for the present age. Know thyself, rise you living soul, know what this birth can give : Saranagati. And a vision of Sri Sathguru’s lotus feet and radiance.