The present book contains the memoirs of my life as a
disciple with Nataraja Guru. To put it in his own words, I did not
push any button to become his disciple or to become part of the
Narayana Gurukula Movement, even though an inner longing to be
so had developed in my mind from my early days. Though I
happened to reach the Gurukula through Nitya Chaitanya Yati, whom
I loved as God-like ever since we met and who loved me as a
younger brother, it was Nataraja Guru who treated me as a serious
disciple particularly in the last stage of our relationship. How this
relationship developed as a natural course, without anyone pushing
any button, is narrated in this small book.
The Narayana Gurukula is a Guru-Disciple foundation. The
word ‘gurukula’ means the family ofa guru—a family formed ofa
guru and his disciples. Nataraja Guru, the wisdom successor of
Narayana Guru, founded the Narayana Gurukula in 1923. Initially
started as an ideal residential school for children, it later became
transformed into a school of wisdom. Seekers, regardless of caste,
creed, religion, nationality or gender, find Narayana Gurukula as a
centre where their goal may be fulfilled. Imparting the wisdom secret,
known also as Brahmavidya, as re-valued and restated by Narayana
Guru so that one’s actual life can be transformed into an applied
version of that wisdom, is the primary purpose of Narayana Gurukula.
A comprehensive understanding of all the major religious schools of
thought, branches of science and even the most modem philosophies
of science may become part of this search, on such a way that all
these various disciplines could be perceived as having their own
legitimate chamber in the unitive mansion of Brahmavidya.
Though Nataraja Guru founded the Narayana Gurukula,
Narayana Guru is considered the original Guru of this Movement.
Upon the founder’s attaining mahasamadhi in 1973, his designated
successor Nitya Chaitanya Yati became the Guru and Head of the
Narayana Gurukula, and after his mahasamadhi in 1999, I received
this mantle. It was Swami Nitya who first inspired me to develop
the reading habit, and it was Nataraja Guru who properly guided it.
Both were prolific writers. I never had any idea of becoming a
writer myself. My wish was only to be a part of the Narayana
Gurukula. But the grace of Nataraja Guru which I always felt showering upon me, and the constant encouragement I got from Swami
Nitya, goaded me gradually into the world of writing, both in the
English and Malayalam languages, though I had no formal education in either of these languages.
Nataraja Guru, though filled with love, was tough to deal
with, whereas Swami Nitya was gentle and appealing in his nature.
I had to strike a deal between them to clear my own path in the
spiritual quest. I wrote these memoirs at the request of some of the
Gurukula friends and Gurukula inmates who thought it would give
guidance to future seekers. The one warning I would give all seekers
of wisdom is that without enduring a lot of unplanned afflictions and
agonies you will not attain your goal.
With this word of caution to the aspirants of wisdom, with
gratitude to Mr. Ian Matthew Jaco who thoroughly edited the work
and Dr. Peter Oppenheimer who offered many suggestions. and
with prostrations at the feet of both Nataraja Guru and Guru Nitya
Chaitanya Yati and above all at the feet of Narayana Gury, I present
these memoirs before everyone on the mahasamadhi day of
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