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Hariharan at Bailur Math
The Sanyasini is the Co Founder of the math Swamini Savitha Nayak,mother of Gautam Nayak narrated here.
I was fortunate to meet the mother as she came to the Ashram from a secluded place where she was doing penance over two years.Prior to my leaving she went back to her retreat.
I was moved to see her doing all the sundry work of the Ashram with the utmost happiness and one ness.
I could shoot some nice photo's of Matha, especially when she came to Swarna Ganga to give Arkyam-sacred offerings to the river thanking the river and the Pancha Bhuthas' by reciting relavent Slogas and giving quite a few Rasagullas which I am sure would have been a merry feast to the hundred of fishes that were rejoicing the serene interaction.
About Bailur Math
The Ramakrishna Movement collectively has been contributing to the welfare and progress of humanity by serving the poor, the needy, the sick, the downtrodden, by running schools, collages, orphanages and dispensaries, hospitals, relief and rehabilitation work for the victims of natural and manmade calamities and rural development works. This is the Ramakrishna Movement, and is the driving force behind our Ashrama, the Bailur Math, and is moving along the same current with the same goal. The Ramakrishna Movement has both monastic and non-monastic organisations. This Ashrama, the Bailur Math is a monastic organisation.
This Ashrama at Bailur, Karkala Udupi, (Popularly known as Bailur Math) is not a branch of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission, Belur, but it works on the same principles and closely follows the same ideals and ideology
Under the guidance and encouragement from the Swamis of the Ramakrishna Order, a group derived strength to love and live a pure spiritual life. One of the Swamis took personal interest in guiding the group. Amidst them was a boy by name Gautham Nayak, he was in his teens studying in Pre-university. Embodiment of purity, love and equanimity, he had all divine qualities that we find in a saint. Brilliant and merited, he was loved by all. The blessed parents who had him as their child too were extremely pious, all loving and noble. Four years passed, the boy’s education was nearing completion. The group had no place of its own. Mother, Smt. Savitha Nayak had conceived the idea of building an Ashrama for those who renounce the world and strive for spiritual attainments and service of mankind. So, she bought a land at Bailur. The boy, having completed his education, now a youth wanted to renounce and join Ramakrishna Math and Mission. But before he leaves he wanted to build up the Ashrama in the land purchased by his mother. Work started and first thing to come up was a beautiful stone Mantapa of Holy Mother Sharada Devi. Soon well-educated three Brahmacharins left their home and hearth and joined the Ashrama. A few women too wanted to renounce, and a separate women wing Sri Ramakrishna Sharada Ashrama came up. A compassionate at heart, enthusiastic, gifted and competent woman from Manipal, Smt. Sumatha Nayak, came forward to take the responsibility of building an Ashrama and looking after the needs of renunciates of the Ashrama. She is the present founder president of the Sharada Ashrama.
The whole set up received a thunderbolt jolt, when Gautham, who was the pioneer, builder who toiled all through, encountered Leukaemia. First time he fully recovered, four months later in a relapse he was chosen by the Lord of the universe to be His forever. He had lost his father 3 years back. On the last day of his holy life he received Sannyasa, his life’s cherished aim, under the name Swami Chitprabhananda and peacefully lay on the lap of the Divine Mother.