Karunakara Guru

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Other Names and Nicknames: 
Navajyoti Sri Karunakara Guru, Nava Jyoti Sri Karunakara Guru
Sanatana Dharma, Jnana Margam, Bhakti
Main Countries of Activity: 
India, Mexico, USA, Germany
Date of Birth: 
Place of Birth: 
Chandiroor, Alapuzha, Kerala, India
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
Date Left His/Her Body: 
Other Related Gurus: 
Sri Narayana Guru, Khureshia Fakir


Karunakara Guru was born into a modest family in Chandiroor, Alappuzha district, Kerala, India. He lost his father Sri Govindan when he was only nine months old and spent his early years at his mother Smt. Karthyayani’s house.

From his childhood days, he said he received spiritual experiences. The most significant of these was the presence of a figure in an aura of bright light that he perceived within him at all times. He mumbled a few words only when prompted by this figure and was mistaken to be mute. Due to this, he was not sent to school. The bright light started fading and disappeared completely by the time he reached nine years. He started speaking normally after this and received some informal instruction. He later realized the figure in the celestial light to be Sri Krishna.

Being as an ascetic from an early age around the institution of Sivagiri Madam of Sri Narayana Guru, his apparently calm poise drew the attention of devotees who came in large numbers to the place at that time and made them be attracted to his presence.

In 1957, he left Sivagiri and shifted to Varkala. There he started his ashram called Santhigiri Ashram. There, thousands of people used to come to seek directions in their material, emotional and spiritual life.

The teachings of Karunakara Guru inspired many creative writers of Kerala. His influence inspired O. V. Vijayan to write Gurusagaram.

Super hit Malayalam movie Guru was taken by Director Rajeev Anchal due to the influence of Karunakara Guru's teachings.

Karunakara Guru died on May 06,1999.


Manu is the first human archetype or the projection of formless God. From him evolved the concept of the solar system and the human life in it. Therefore, Manu is the Creator of the human universe, the first Preceptor, the Adi Guru, the Adam of humanity. All human beings are the self-same image of Manu, the cosmic human archetype. The scriptures have also mentioned that Manu is our ancient most Father. The name ‘Manushya’, ‘Manav’ in Indian languages and ‘Man’ in English might have originated from Manu. The origin of the Guru concept is also from Manu. It has been mentioned in the Vedas and Puranas that God’s foremost creation was the sages, from whom the tradition of Guru-Sishya parampara originated.

Sagely incarnations manifest in the world from time to time in the lineage of Manu for the spiritual evolution of mankind. It is this concept of Sanatana dharma (eternal religion) which gives it the resilience and tolerance to respect other spiritual masters, be they from any continent, class or caste, community or belief systems so long they preach the oneness of humanity as well as the fundamental values that govern human life. The Almighty guides the world through such spiritual masters who manifest from time to time from the Manu lineage.

The epoch of a Manu is known as Manvantara. It is related to the age of the universe and measurement of human evolution through time zones such a Manvantara, chaturyugas (age quartets) and yugas (aeons). These segments of time as aforesaid said are under the spiritual authority of Manus, the primal ancestors who reign spiritually over every Manvantara. There are the clusters of 14 such Manus and Manvantaras constituting a Kalpa – a span of evolution and dissolution. Time is calculated by years, months and days as per the movement of the sun and planets in relation to the earth. Kalpa, Manvantara, Chaturyuga and Yugas are larger time segments for the calculation of cosmic time. Each Manvantara has been further split into 71 chaturyugas. Presently the world is passing through the first quarter of Kali yuga, i.e. the 28th chaturyuga of the 7th Manvantara.

Everything went on fine until the 3rd chaturyuga of this Manvantara when a sage, the spiritual authority in the lineage of Manu, erred in his spiritual understanding. The name of the sage thus erred was Satya Trana. This is a new revelation that goes back to the spiritual history of the 3rd Chaturyuga. This revelation surpasses the vision of saints, sages and prophets of known human history. Even the Vedas, the earliest scripture of mankind do not mention about this spiritual cataclysm or original mistake.

Having experienced the nature of indivisible consciousness, Satyatrana took himself to be the ultimate truth, Brahman, the Almighty God. An individual, though he might realize God or the indivisibility of consciousness, cannot equal himself to the Almighty, the inconceivable and unknowable. It was an egoistic perception. As a consequence of this mistake, a curse came forth from Brahman, the Almighty God. As a result of the curse, from the 3rd chaturyuga to 7th chaturyuga, the world passed through a long age of darkness and barrenness. Until the 7th chaturyuga, the world was plunged in spiritual darkness.

The memory of Manu was lost to mankind due to the mistake happened in the Manu lineage. World began to move on the crippled legs of dharma from then on. Utterances like ‘Aham Brahmasmi’ (I am God), Tat Twam Asi (You Are That), Ayam Atma Brahma (This Self is Brahman), Pragyanam Brahm (Consciousness is Brahman) etc. began to be taught and accepted as highest wisdom. It was like a drop of water from the ocean claiming the status of the enormous ocean itself. The divine dharma was tainted by the ego of man. This history of the origin sin is never before revealed in any scriptures.

Thereafter, when the sages prayed for light and the pious thirsted for the mercy of God, Almighty authorized three spiritual powers– Brahma, Vishnu and Siva, as the medium of spiritual enlightenment. This was in the 7th chaturyuga. The history of Brahma began only in the 7th chaturyuga when the trimurty tradition commenced. By and by, after the 12th Chaturyuga, the error of Satyatrana was repeated in the Trimurty tradition too. Brahma, Vishnu and Siva were equated with Brahman, the Almighty God. After many ages, this is now the 28th chaturyuga. The name of Manu had been forgotten, the time order of Manu was altered and in place of Manu, Brahma was installed as the progenitor of mankind.

Great souls with immense spiritual power but tainted by egoistic visions and realizations fell from the grace of God. They remain as spiritual pollutants in various astral spheres blocking the spiritual progress of humanity. The spiritual pollution of last 25 chaturyugas (3rd to 28th chaturyuga) thus exists in the world which is standing as a hurdle in the path of man’s spiritual progress. These deviated souls include yogis, sages and spiritual masters with great spiritual accomplishments and wondrous divine powers (siddhi) are standing in various astral dimensions as spiritual pollutants.

These spiritually fallen souls have harmed several great souls who came to redeem mankind from the spiritual fall. The revelation from the Light of Brahman to Santhigiri is that 2444 great souls have been sent by Almighty God since the dawn of this Kali yuga in different parts of the world to rectify this spiritual error and re-establish the ancient-most spiritual path ordained by the Almighty, i.e. Sanatana Dharma. The dimension of the pain and persecution undergone by these great souls is not perceived clearly as it is covered in the jargon of religious dogma. In one or other dimension, the efforts of the sages and prophets have been blocked by these estranged spiritual powers known as Yogabhrashta, Satan or jinnee. This explains the present spiritual stalemate in the world. Since the error occurred in India, the correction should also begin from India. Therefore, the responsibility of leading mankind spiritually rests on India.

The world is yet to wake up to the Godly Light that has made known the above said revelations - the truth of the spiritual pollution affecting the world, the episode of the original sin of mankind and the subsequent spiritual fall and the institution of the mediation of Trimurty tradition, the divine scheme of the Manvantaras, the divine interventions in the rectification of the error in the present age, the persecution of the prophets and sages in the hands of opposing spiritual forces and finally the manifestation of that Godly Light amongst us in the form of Navajyoti Sri Karunakara Guru, the founder Guru of Santhigiri Ashram, on whose auspices this effort is being made to unite all religions in the oneness of God and humanity. The ideology of Santhigiri, therefore, links all religions in a single chord of historical evolution with a hope to unite mankind. This hope attains significance in the present period of spiritual perplexity and social discord.


Situated amidst green hills and valleys near the southern most sea cost of Kerala, India, about two hours journey from Kanyakumari, the confluence of three oceans.

Santhigiri Ashram

About 21 KMS from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, well known for the Lotus Parnasala, the resting place of Navajyoti Sri Karunakara Guru.

Santhigiri Ashram
Santhigiri P.O.,
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695589, India
+91 471 2419313/6060026/2419056/6611111
Contact Persons: 
Organizing Secretary, General Secretary, Director

Bus or cab available from Thiruvananthapuram rail-station/airport to Santhigiri Ashram

Special Events: 

August-September - Guru Jayanti(birthday of Guru), Nava Oli Jyotirdinam on May 6th (the day of merger of Guru in the eternal consciousness)

Daily Schedule & Opening Hours: 

Prayers at every three years day and night (6AM,9AM,12Noon,3PM,6PM,9PM,12Midnight,3AM)

When to Go: 

Throughout the year.

Attractions, activities, and more to see: 

The resting place of Guru in the form of a gigantic Lotus Parnasala built in marble (91 feet tall), Traditional Ayurveda and Siddha treatments and therapies, very near to tourist places such as Varkala, Kovalam, Kanyakumari and Kerala backwaters

Admission : for all people, male and female, no caste or religious restrictions. Dress code: Dhoti for men and Sari for women for prayers and other spiritual functions. Note: Seven days entry restriction for women during their menstrual cycles.
No Prior registration
Services in Location: 

Rooms (on rent), provides free vegetarian food to the visitors,services of ayurveda and siddha hospitals and panchakarma centers run by the ashram for rejuvenation treatment


AC and Non AC Rooms ranging from Rs.500/- to 2000/-

Prices and Fees: 
No entrance fee, donations accepted