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Narayana Guru
« on: October 04, 2009, 01:50:13 PM »
Varkala Narayana Guru was the social reformer of Kerala, who
lived about 150 years back.  In fact he was the forerunner to
fight against caste-differences and untouchability in Kerala
and Tamil Nadu.  He met Bhagavan Ramana in the Hill during
one of his visits to Tamil Nadu.  He was amazed at the sight
of Nivritti Stithi of Bhagavan Ramana, who for him, stood as
the finest example of Sahaja Nirvikalpa Samadhi state.  He
wrote immediately the famous Nirvriitti Panchakam, the five
verses on the state of no-thoughts.

Narayana Guru also stood as example for various brahmin-baiters
who simply hated Brahmins without any ideas of Brahminism
and Godhead, who abound in Tamil Nadu in post 1960 scenario.

1. Narayana Guru believed that unless he mastered Upanishads
and Vedanta, he had no right to talk against casteism.  So,
he studied assidously Sanskrit and Vedanta and various bhakti
literature before he started his mission.  He was from a lower
caste parentage in Kerala

2. He worked against class-differences and untouchability but
never disliked Brahmins, whom he considered were (most of them, at least in Kerala) quite learned in Vedanta and scriptures.
He trusted that he had to learn these only from Brahmins. 

3. He also made it a point that vegetarianism and preventing
cow-slaughter should also be followed by other castes and these
again, should be learnt from Brahmins.  Once, a gentleman     
told him:  "We are drinking cow's milk.  The milk is also a product
from blood. Then, why not we eat beef?"  Narayana Guru replied:
"Fine, You have taken your mother's breast-milk.  When your
mother died, did you bury her or cremate her or simply cut her
and ate her flesh and blood?" 

(Heard from Brahmasri Nochur Venkataraman's sat-sangh, Day 5, Sunday).
 
Arunachala Siva.