Said About Guru

Rabindranath Tagore Sivagiri Mutt – 22-11-19
I have been touring different parts of the world. During these travels, I have had good fortune to come into contact with several and Monarchies.But I have frankly to admit I have never come across none is spiritually greater than Swami Shree Narayana Guru of Malayalam may a person who is on a par with him in spiritual attainment.I am sure, I shall never forget that radiant face illuminated by the self effulgent light of divine glory and those Yogic eyes fixing their gaze on a far remote in the distant horizon.
Mahatma Gandhi – 1925, March 13.
I feel it as the greatest privilege in my life to have visited the beautiful state of Travancore and to have a darshan of venerable sage Shree Narayana Guru. I had the fortune to say one day in his holy Ashram. Her Excellency the Regent Empress also spoke to me about the greatness of Guruswamy. I fervently hope that you.
Jawaharlal Nehru (Place : Sivagiri Mutt Date: 1985 Oct 16)
I feel very happy to come to a place where a great man lived and gave his message to the people. Where great men have lived, that place becomes a holy ground something like temple, because of their thoughts and prayers that lie enshrined there. Shree Narayana Guru lived here and from here radiated his message-the message of no cast, no division and he wanted to build up a casteless and classless society. That message is still very much needed in these days. In order to get a casteless, classless society what are we to do ? Many things have to be done. But the general approach which I presume is Shree Narayana Guru’s approach-the approach through the mind and heart and not of compulsion and coercion. Where there is not this taming of the heart and mind all other changes are likely to be superficial. I am most happy to have come to this place to pay my tribute to his great man who lived here and spread his message from here.
V.V. Giri 1967 December
Among the galaxy of erudite Saints who ennobled and enriched Indian’s cultural heritage, Shree Narayana Guru occupies a pride of place. By Sheer dint of his lofty ideals, unflinching loyalty to the canons of humanity, justice, truthfulness, ‘Bhakti’ and his utter selflessness, transparent sincerity, humility, total renunciation of mundane desires and a commanding grip over spiritual Knowledge, Shree Narayana Guru acquired a halo of His own and en-dared Himself to all strata of his devotes. Nothing gave him greater joy than to witness the amelioration of the deplorable plight of the ‘have nits’ and underdogs of human society. He was peerless in compassion for the poorer sections of the community. A purely materialistic existence divorced from the ethical and spiritual elevation of the individual is inimical to the development of harmoniously balanced, integrated human society. The spiritual leaders like Shree Narayana Guru have made valiant efforts towards focusing the attention of our people on these vital facts of deriving spiritual solace and blissful joy.
Dr. Zakir Hussain (Place: Sivagiri Mutt, Date: 1967 December Oct 16)
Shree Narayana Guru who felt the presence of God all the living beings of the Universe, is the Philosopher of Adwaitha-Vedanta of 20th century. It is said that sanyasin by virtue of their indomitable spiritual favor and power of meditation project the World to sustain itself. Shree Narayana Guru has provided the veracity of the above statement beyond suspicion. Viewing from the above prospective, Shree Narayana Guru is none other the than the true reflection of the term ‘divinity’. His sublime Philosophy has enlightened the humanity beyond the frontiers of India. The message of Shree Narayana Gurus all more important in the present world than anything else.
Acharya Vinobabhave
Shree Narayana Guru is considered as one of the five or ten Avatars that have appeared in India during the last hundred years. I had an opportunity of meeting him in the year 1925 when I had been to Kerala for VaikomStyagraha. In those days he was residing at Varkala. There I had talked to him for an hour or two. My humble respects to the memory of this great sage.
M. Romain Rolland Oct 16
Glasenapp does not say anything regarding the new religious manufestations in South India which are not negligible, such for e.g. is the great influence during the past 40 years in the State of Travancore on nearly two millions of this followers (He passed away in 1928) His teaching permeated with the philosophy compared with the mysticism of Bengal, of which effusions of love (Bhakthy) inspire in him a certain mistrest. He was, one might say, a Janine of action, a great religious intellectual, who had a keen living sense of the people and of social necessities. He has contributed greatly to the elevation of the times with that of Gandhi.
Dr. Dr.S.Radhakrishnan 1967 December
A great Social Reformer, a staunch Promoter of Hindu Religion, and a true Philosopher Shri Narayana Guru was a revolutionary Yogi of Kerala, Chopping of heads, and creation of chaos and confusion are not the necessary ingredients of revolution. Any sincere effort to transform of civilized life is revolution.
Deena Bandhu C.F. Andrews, 1922 November 15
I had a vision of God in human form. Shri Narayana Guru who was renown in the Southem – most of India was that “Supreme Being.”
Theosophical Society 1928 September Oct 16
During recent centuries no one in India has enjoyed so much reverence as Shri Narayana Gurudev commanded, a reverence so glorious so enduring, so comprehensive, so universal and so pure. Like the sun, by mere presence, he spread his light and love…… His life or renunciation has shown to numerous people the secret of the path of dedicated service or Karma Yoga. Rishi Narayana who has awakened Kerala patanjali in Yoga, Sankara in wisdom, Manu in the art of Government, Buddha in renunciation, Muhammad in strength of sprit and Christ in humility, after 72 years spend in the drama of human life has gone to whence he came……For future generations he will be one of the divine personalities among the incarnations of God and the superhuman beings of India’s religious.
Shri Narayana Guru had not much to talk to me. For he was the “Mahatma” Of high intellectual Supremacy.
Swami Chinmayananda
Can India rediscover Her Heart? Can Religion a Philosophy of the Upanishads help us in meeting the challenges of our Nation? Can they rediscover our moral balance? All these burning questions are answered in living life by the Sivagiri Ashram. May his blessings be upon all of us, Gurudev was the personification of love as Jesus Christ and Lord Buddha.
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