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Complete Works of Sri Narayana Guru – A Timeless Kerala Warrior against Caste

While fighting against the Caste System in Hinduism, many opt for the easiest option, condemn and reject all the teachings of Sanatana Dharma, and take refuge in some other religion. But there have been several champion social reformers who realized that the caste system is a creation of selfish-minded people and is not part of core teachings of Sanatana Dharma. One such social reformer was Sri Narayana Guru (1854-1928), who brought about revolutionary change in Kerala by organizing the lower caste people. His motto was one caste, one religion, one god – echoing the Brahman concept in Hinduism.

When some unenlightened Brahmins objected to Sri Narayana Guru worshipping a Shiva lingam, he immediately retorted I am not worshipping a Brahmin Shiva but an Ezhava Shiva. He represented mainly the Ezhava caste in Kerala. He cleaned the dirt accumulated on the universal messages in Sanatana Dharma and wrote hymns and built new temples.

National Book Trust has brought out the complete works of Sri Narayana Guru in English. It is translated and introduced by Muni Narayana Prasad. In his works written in Sanskrit and Malayalam, Narayana Guru concentrates on the Brahman concept.

The highlight of the translation is the use of simple words to explain some of the complex philosophies expounded by Sri Narayana Guru.

‘Narayana Guru – Complete Works: translated and introduced by Muni Narayana Prasad’ is a prize catch for anyone interested in Sanatana Dharma.

Priced at Rupees 200, the publisher is National Book Trust.