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What is the basis of Hinduism? Is it based on Manu Parampara or Trimurty System? This was the question asked by Navajyotisri Karunakara Guru, whose life mission was to enlighten not only the Hindus but also the whole humanity about the existence of a spiritual governance that is God’s alone. The Puranic tradition or the Trimurty tradition mentions that Brahma, Vishnu and Siva are the authorities of creation. The Vaishnavites claim that Vishnu is the Creator; the Saivites say it is Siva while the Sakteyas say it is the Goddess. There are yet others like Ganapathyas and Sauravas who assign Ganapati and Surya as the source of creation. There is also the cult of Krishna, which finds the origin of creation from Krishna. Either all of them are correct or all of them are wrong. Let us respect all of them. Our inquiry is to know whether there is a universally acceptable view in Hinduism about the origin of man and the universe.
A cow is born from a cow, an elephant from an elephant. Then from whom did the first human originate? It must obviously be from a self-same archetype. That human archetype is Manu, the first projection of God from whom evolved the concept of the solar system and the human life in it. Therefore, Manu is the Creator of the human universe, the first Preceptor, the Adi Guru, the Adam of humanity. All human beings are the self-same image of Manu, the cosmic human archetype. The scriptures have also mentioned that Manu is our ancient most Father. There is no doubt that the name ‘Manushya’, ‘Manav’ and ‘Man’ in English originated from Manu. The origin of the Guru concept is also from Manu. It has been mentioned in the Vedas and Puranas that God’s foremost creation was the sages, from whom the tradition of Guru-Sishya parampara originated.
All religions in the world originated from the work and sankalpam of gurus and sages. Therefore, the spiritual administration of the world is in the hands of the gurus in the Manuparamapara. That was the original spiritual administration in the world. Then man sinned against God. In the third chaturyuga (chaturyuga is a cluster of satya, treta, dwapara and kali ages) of the present Vaivaswata Manu, an error happened to a great preceptor in the Manu parampara, who declared that ‘Aham Brahmasmi’ – I am God. As a result, a curse fell from Brahman. ‘May the memory of Manu be lost to humanity.’
The world was sunk into darkness as a result of this curse. The memory of Manu was erased and the spiritual administration of the Manu Parampara did not work any longer. Long ages passed without the radiance of Brahman. Then the sages prayed for light sitting in solitary forests and mountain caves. The knowledge they received was codified as the Vedas. Compassionate to the earnest prayers of the sages, Brahman initiated a correction for another spiritual medium for the sake of humanity. He empowered three spiritual entities - Brahma, Vishnu and Siva as the medium of spiritual realization to compensate for the eclipse of Manu Parampara. This happened in the seventh chaturyuga. Subsequently, for long ages, the trimurty system prevailed in the world. The tradition of worshipping gods and goddesses prevailed not only in India but also in all other civilizations. The mythology of gods in ancient civilizations like Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greek, Roman, etc. is a proof for this.
Trimurty system worked well from the seventh to twelfth chaturyuga. Now we are in the Kaliyuga of the 28th chaturyuga of this Manu cycle. There are 71 chaturyugas in a Manu cycle. This is the seventh Manu cycle in the Manvantara order. The time of fourteen Manus constitutes a kalpa, a cosmic age of the Supreme, after which the created world is dissolved and a fresh one starts. In each yuga there would be four kaalanthara gurus and a sandhi guru (example Krishna, who came in between dwapara and kali yuga) for the spiritual guidance of mankind. Various other gurus come under these kaalanthara gurus for different durations like 5000, 2500, 1500, 1000 or 500 years. This is the spiritual administration of the Manvantara order or Manu Parampara.
The Trimurty system repeated the same mistake that had happened earlier to the Manu Parampara, i.e. equating what God created as God Himself, of equating the Trimurty gods with Brahman. Nothing is equal to Brahman, as everything is only a part of it, said Navajyotisri Karunakara Guru. Brahman has once again initiated a correction in this Kali yuga in order to bring back the lost spiritual regime of the Manu Parampara through the medium of Navajyotisri Karunakara Guru. The history of Santhigiri Ashram constitutes these divine revelations. From the commencement of this Kaliyuga, God had sent 2444 mahatmas to initiate this spiritual process. However, these truths had not been made known to them as they had been sent only to prepare the ground for the arrival of the great Mahatma, Navajyotisri Karunakara Guru for initiating a great spiritual awakening. It is the commencement of a new spiritual age. These truths about the Manu Parampara have never been revealed to anybody before. Therefore, it is a new beginning.