AUM PRANAVA ASHRAM TRUST
Birthplace: Nellikuppam, Cuddalore, near Pondicherry in Tamil Nadu, India.
After school education, took up work in the Administrative Department of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning in Puttaparthy, Andhra Pradesh, India.
(At that time, aged 17, he was the youngest staff member of this esteemed institution)
Marriage to Edeltraud Englert@Shenbagavalli in Chennai on 21.12.1995.
Edeltraud Englert @ Shenbagavalli
AUM PRANAVA ASHRAM TRUST
Birthplace: Lilienfeld, Austria, Europe.
After school education, and rather short detours via Biology as well as Theatre Film and Media Studies at the University of Vienna, she settled with English Literature and French Studies at the same University.
Took up work in the English Department of the University of Vienna for two years from 1992 to 1994.
Came to India in 1994 (Prasanthi Nilayam, Puttaparthy, Andhra Pradesh) which marked a new beginning in her life.
After their marriage in 1995, their daughter Savitri was born in Tenkasi in September 1996. Three months later, starting from 23 November 1996, they started taking up orphaned/semi-orphaned children from slum areas and surrounding villages into their family home in Melagaram (near Tenkasi) to provide the children with regular school education and a warm home for the children's better development.
On 10.09.1998, they registered the non-governmental, charitable and non-profit Aum Pranava Ashram Trust, which serves as the legal framework for all their social activities.
To cut a long story short, very soon more and more children from economically backward areas and challenged social layers were admitted into the fold & care of the ashram's wings.
An Old-Age Home was founded in 2004 due to social pressures experienced by elderly people without proper family support. Being abandoned by their families or losing them to misfortune in life, they look for secure places to stay and to spend the evening of their lives in a peaceful way.
Because of God's Grace and kind-hearted friends and supporters,
we were able to expand our social activities and give more space, love and care to the needy.
:) Thank You (:
The following list can only be in-exhaustive, since a more comprehensive one would also have to contain Ramana Maharishi from Thiruvannamalai, Paramahamsa Yogananda, Swami Shivananda of Rishikesh (founder of Divine Life Society) and his prime disciples Swami Sathyananda (Bihar School of Yoga) as well as Swami Vishnudevananda (International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres and Ashrams) and other inspirational people, who we cannot all mention on this limited page.
Also not cited are those "personal signposts" who have largely influenced us in our thinking and acting. Their names are Chithiram Pillai (for Visvanathan) and Krystyna Karkowska-Krauze (who was an inspiring source for Traude).
Without them we would not be who and what we are today. We extend our most humble, sincere and grateful Pranams to all of them.
Official Website of Prasanthi Nilayam (the name of the ashram in Puttaparthy, Andhra Pradesh, India).
His teaching which fills so many volumes of books is still very simple and can be summarized in mottoes like "Be Happy and Make Others Happy" - "Help Ever Hurt Never". They sound so simple but it is not so easy to really put them into daily practice. That's what people who have known 'Swami' (this is how millions of people refer to Him) are doing in all their sincerity and earnestness - to put the teachings into every-day life practice.
For us, i.e. Traude and Visvanathan, Swami was (and continues to be) our spiritual father and mother. Puttaparthy was our spiritual cradle - He shaped our lives in a very significant way and - in all His overwhelming Love and splendid Grace - was always there to help and guide us on our journey.
Paramahamsa Yogananda wrote about her in his book Autobiography of a Yogi. His meeting with her is recounted in the chapter titled "The Bengali 'Joy-Permeated Mother'", where she explains her background:
"Father, there is little to tell." She spread her graceful hands in a deprecatory gesture. "My consciousness has never associated itself with this temporary body. Before I came on this earth, Father, I was the same. As a little girl, I was the same. I grew into womanhood, but still I was the same. When the family in which I had been born made arrangements to have this body married, I was the same... And, Father, in front of you now, I am the same. Ever afterward, though the dance of creation change around me in the hall of eternity, I shall be the same."
Biography and all details: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anandamayi_Ma)
Official website: http://www.anandamayi.org
Official Website - 50 Divine Thoughts by Swami Chandrashekarendra Saraswati (Mahaperiyavar) - http://www.kamakoti.org/miscl/divine50.html
His purity and great spiritual strength, his simplicity and austere, truthful lifestyle and wisdom served hundreds of thousands of people as an unfathomably deep source of energy and faith. So it was with us.
Gnanananda Giri was one of the most illuminating spiritual lights in the South of India during the 20th century.
Long ago, I heard my husband chant one of his sayings, and it never left my memory after that. It helped me to regain clarity and focus in so many situations throughout so many years:
Ullathondrum Ullathillay (What is visible, has no existence)
Ullathinum Nasamillay (What is really existent, carries no destruction in it)
Nasamullathu Ullathillay (Whatever is destructible, has no existence)
Rama Rama! Pahi Ma! (Rama Rama! Protect Me!)
Original in Tamil:
ராம ராம பாஹிமாம்