Swami Premananda of Trichy



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Fast Facts
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Other Names and Nicknames: 
Prem Kumar
Function: 
Master
Traditions: 
Sanatana Dharma
Main Countries of Activity: 
India
Date of Birth: 
November 17, 1951
Place of Birth: 
Matale, Sri Lanka
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
No
Date Left His/Her Body: 
February 21, 2011

Biography

Swami Premananda is the monastic name of self-styled godman Prem Kumar who previously ran an Ashram in the Tiruchirapalli district of Tamil Nadu, India until his conviction on multiple counts of rape and murder in 1997.

Born on November 17, 1951 in Matale, Sri Lanka to a family originally from India, he moved to Tamil Nadu and set up an Ashram near Tiruchirapally (Trichy) in the 1990s.

Initially, the Ashram was noted for taking in orphans, especially girls from the local area as well as refugee families from Sri Lanka . However, allegations concerning his inappropriate behavior towards the girls in the Ashram soon surfaced. After a thorough investigation in 1997, he was convicted on several counts of rape, possession of unauthorized foreign exchange and a single count of murder.

Six others including an elderly uncle of Premananda, Mayilvaganam Pakkirisamy, were co-accused in the case. Pakkirisamy was sentenced to life in prison but died in 2001. Premananda is currently serving a double life sentence. He appealed the judgement to the Supreme Court of India but his conviction for rape and murder was upheld.

According to his devotees as well as eminent lawyer and former Law minister of India, Ram Jethmalani, the judgement is highly controversial.

Teachings

A few quotes of Swami Premananda:

“Ask yourself, what is the truth? Why was I born? How long will I live? What am I going to do? Where will I be ultimately? If you were to seriously contemplate such things you would realise the truth.”

“It is not important to believe in God, or to believe in what I or anybody else tells you, but believe yourself, believe your own heart, be courageous and fearless. Otherwise you cannot do anything and cannot reach anywhere, neither in the world nor on the spiritual path.”

“The way to become selfless is to think of others always and to take care of others.”

“The easiest way to come close to God is through love. True love is the absolute, ultimate sweetness transcending all that is earthly. There is nothing higher. True love is God.”

“Your mind should become peaceful in order to progress.”

“If we can see the divine love that exists in everything, everywhere, we can love all beings in the world and only then can we truly do something good in this world. The heart will become a spring of love and every being will be seen as the Divine.”

“Reach that nice stage – not reacting to anything that goes on around you. Be completely centered in your Self. Nothing else should disturb you.”

“Say, “It doesn’t matter” and take it easy. Make a cup of tea and relax.”

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Locations

There are over 50 Sri Premananda Centre and Groups and 15 Youth Groups around the world , where devotees come together regularly, perform traditional rituals, practise meditation, sing bhajans or join together for service activities.

The main center is Sri Premananda Ashram in the village of Fathima Nagar, about 20 kilometers south of Tiruchirappalli (Trichy), Tamil Nadu, India.

Sri Premananda Ashram
Type: 
Ashram
Details: 

Over the last 20 years the once desert-like area has been transformed into a great garden filled with numerous plants, bushes and trees. The buildings, which are built in a simple way with palm leaf or clay tiled roofs, are all set in the lush gardens.

There are 750 children and 100 adults living in Sri Premananda Ashram. The Ashram residents come from various cultural and religious backgrounds from Sri Lanka , India and many western countries. All are giving service in various Ashram activities and participating in the spiritual sadhanas.

Directions: 

The Sri Premananda Ashram is situated in the village of Fathima Nagar, about 20 kilometers south of Tiruchirappalli (Trichy), Tamil Nadu, India, on the Chennai-Madurai Road.

Trichy has a small international airport, a railway station and two bus stations. From Trichy there are buses and taxis to Fathima Nagar. Fathima Nagar is situated on the Trichy - Madurai road.

Coming from abroad you could take a flight to Chennai, which is situated about 350 kilometers north of Trichy, and travel from there to Trichy by Airplane (less than one hour to Trichy), Train (about 5 hrs to Trichy), Bus (about 6 hrs to Trichy), Taxi (about 6 hrs to the Ashram).

Special Events: 

Many devotees from all over the world come to the Ashram for special festivals such as Mahashivaratri, Guru Poornima or Swami's birthday.

Daily Schedule & Opening Hours: 

In the Ashram Pooja Hall traditional rituals and bhajans (devotional singing) are conducted four times daily.

Services in Location: 

There is a canteen for visitors, various shops, visitor's rooms, administrative offices, a library, meditation room and a dispensary.

Accomodation: 

There are dormitories for the children and presently a new large kitchen and a dining hall are under construction.

Maps and Pictures of Location: 
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Books & Media

Recommended Books: 
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Life Beyond Death and 14 Questions on Reincarnation

by Swami Premananda

(Perfect Paperback)

Con Opinions

Conduct, deeds and character

NIDHI PARKASH's picture

Anyone who is on the seat of guru must be a person of ideal character, conducts and purity in order to become accurate human model for public guidance and to teach the humanity.