Saturday, November 27, 2010

An Ashoka Tree in Blossom at Kaladi

An Ashoka Tree in bloom inside the Ramakrishna Advaita Ashram in Kaladi, Kerela. The hermitage reminds one of the Belur Math by the Ganga River. The Ramakrishna Mission carries out important work in education and health services.

Adi Shankara was born in Kaladi, by the river Poorna (Periyar). As a boy, Shankara prayer for the river to change its course and come near their home, so that his mother could amble across in a short time. The river, legend has it, came to Shankara's foot print.

A scholar extraordinaire, Shankara united the whole world as a single cultural entity, with his non-dualism, a single God with all the souls as God's indivisible sparks. The same message was carried forward by Swami Vibekananda. Befitting of Ramakrishna Mission to have an Ashram in Kaladi.

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