Sree Narayana Guru was born on 28th August, 1855 in Kerala state, Chempazhanth,iIndia, and attained Samadhi (Divine death) on 20th September, 1928 at Varkala.
Sree Narayana Guru was a great saint and a prolific social reformer, who fought against the evil customs of the caste system of the time. His spiritual attainments were used for transforming the society to a new, harmonious and much needed social order. His conversations were full of wit and wisdom. He never held discourses. Through many poems and verses (in Sanskrit, Malayalam and Tamil), philosophical thoughts, messages and conversations, he expressed his ideas on the problems facing mankind and society.
He gave orientation to the ancient wisdom and culture of India to make them broad-based and applicable to the whole world. He was against superstitious methods and evil practices. He firmly believed in keeping the body, mind and environment all clean and pure. He particularly gave importance to education and the establishment of many industries. He had unconventional, but practical and meaningful ways of consecrating in temples, especially for the masses of oppressed people of his era. These were many of his great efforts, to bring about the regeneration of mankind and society, in Kerala, then India and beyond.
There was a significance between Sree Narayana Guru and other great sages. While the latter did not try to dispel the impression that they belonged to a particular caste or religion, Sree Narayana Guru, through his teachings, declared in unmistakable terms that he did not belong to any caste or religion. He was not opposed to religion as such, but he was determined to eradicate the mere shrubs and weeds that grew around the religions.
According to the Guru, the goal of all religions was the same, so therefore, through his teachings, he promoted the idea of ’whichever religion it suffices, as long it make a better person’. This, in later years, provided an effective solution for the peaceful co-existence of all major religions in the world. For him, the betterment of mankind was more important than religion.
Sree Narayana guru is now considered, across the whole world, as one of the most divine individuals, who believed in the ultimate unity of all mankind, irrespective of caste, creed or religion. The new philosophy as represented in the practical teachings of Sree Narayana Guru, aims at unifying, not only thoughts of just Hindu religion, but also of other religions.