A Sanatan Tradition
Shankara has an unparalleled status in the Sanatan tradition and deserves true credit for restoring the glory of Advaita Vedanta. He travelled all over India to help restore the study of the Vedas. His teachings and tradition form the basis of Smartism and have influenced Sant Math lineages.
Among the most illustrious sanctums established by Adi Shankaracharya is the Ramchandrapura Math in Shimoga district of Karnataka. Veiled in the cover of lush evergreen forests of the Western ghats, Ramchandrapura Math is an abode of sanctity and peace.
Shri Vidyananda Bharathi was appointed as the first head of Ramchandrapura Math, after that generations of Shankaracharya of this Math have upheld dharma and worked tirelessly for the moral and spiritual upliftment of the masses.
Shri Raghaveshwara Bharathi currently upholds the illustrious order of the Ramchandra Math. His unique vision for the emancipation of the society encompasses moral, material and spiritual upliftment for the masses. He has undertaken various activities that seek to restore the pride and confidence in Sanatan Dharma. Gaudiksha and Akshara Diksha are among the most notable programs conducted under his guidance.
Gau or Cow has been a matter severe social and political contention in contemporary India. Not many realize the special bond that cows and especially native cows share with our civilization. There are plenty of scientific explanations that denounce the consumption of beef. In fact cattle ranches and clearing of virgin forest land for cultivation of fodder crops is among the leading causes of global warming. Cows also connect us with the glories, of our past, which gives us confidence and shapes our identity. An individual that doesn’t identify with his roots tries to dawn the identity of the most attractive contemporary social culture. Such people find it difficult to create a niche for themselves in the competitive world and are often stricken by a moral and identity crisis. From Soviet Russia to India’s North East, it is this cultural disconnect that can be associated with the rapid increase in crime and decline in social harmony.
Through Gau Diksha Guru Raghaveshwara Bharati ji is trying to promote the awareness about Gau Diksha through rational discourses. The mission not just seeks material contributions but equally recognizes intellectual contributions for raising awareness about cow welfare.
Animal Slaughter on any pretext cannot be justified. The idea of killing a being just to satiate one’s sensory lust cannot be justified. The initiative for banning slaughter of innocent animals must begin with Native cows, which are a symbol of our pride and rich cultural heritage. Under the guidance of Guru Raghaveshwara Bharati ji, Akshara Diksha program has been lobbying against cow slaughter in India. A petition requesting the same has already been shared with the authorities. It’s heartening to see the wide interest and participation of youngsters in this moral cause. A large number of young men and women have been actively promoting the cause using latest social media tools, which has helped create awareness about the topic.
Famous Russian thinker Leo Tolstoy once quoted:
As long as there are slaughterhouses there will be battlefields.
The true parameter of development is not haphazard growth but the development of a sustainable value based social structure. Under the guidance of Guru Raghaveshwara Bharati ji, we are sure that the glories of our past will be restored.