avajyothisree Karunakara Guru was born at Chandiroor in the pre-dawn hours of Thursday,1st September, 1927 (Malayalam Era 1103). Chandiroor is a beautiful village, as the name itself suggests,i.e. the land of the moon or the moon-lit land, in Alappuzha district of Kerala. Here the lustrous white patches of sand resemble a silvery carpet as if laid by the Almighty in preparation for the Divineordination. The beautiful, tranquil, verdant paddy fields, groves and trees bearing abundant fruit give theland an air of surfeit and plentitude justifying the epithet µGod¶s Own Country¶. Lulled by the constantcaress of a mighty ocean and soothed by the cool waters of the Western Ghats, lotus bearing ponds andlakes, God could not have found a better place for His earthly sojourn. The monthof
(Malayalam Calendar) or
has a special cultural and spiritual significance in theIndian tradition. As per astrology, the star of
) in the month of
is especiallyhallowed for various reasons. Guru was born on the 16th of
under the auspicious star
The divine child opened its eyes to see a small oil lamp shimmering tranquil aura! Then a thatched littlehut made from the leaves of the blessed
(coconut) tree. The first moments of the Divine on the earth,among mortals! Navajyothisree Karunakara Guru - the soul chosen and ordained by
(GodAlmighty) to rebuild the evolutionary and empirical edifice of the unfolding transcendental truth; thereformer of the conceptual aberrations of the
lineage; the first manifested of
; thePrimordial Preceptor even to
- the First Guru of mankind. Transcending all spiritual planes in thecosmic manifestation, He became one with the
and of the
! According to the vision of Sri Aurobindo, the Supramental Lightdescended upon earth on 24th November, 1926, which iscelebrated as
at Aurobindo Ashram. Navajyothisree Karunakara Guru was born a little over nine months after this descent of the Supramental Light.
House had nothing to boast of ± power, pelf, education, social status or family name. It was alower middle class family and Smt. Karthyayani, Guru¶s mother, was not known for any extraordinaryqualities, either in worldly matters or spiritual wisdom. However, she had some special experiences whenshe was carrying Guru. She had the µvisions¶ of thousands of celestial beings in different attires coming in procession to prostrate before her. She could not understand what it meant. Some of them in that grouplooked like
, some like angels and Christian priests with long gowns and there were womenin
. Some were telling the beads in their hand. People with different looks and attires appeared infront of her uttering prayers. They silently moved aside, after bowing before her. Several among themlooked like noble souls, but she could not understand their religious identities. They appeared and bowedeven when she moved about. These experiences lasted till the delivery. She used to tell her younger sonAravindan that while she was carrying µ
¶ (Guru) she had experienced great ethereal bliss andwas able to see celestial appearances. In her womb was the great soul through whom these celestial beingswere to get deliverance!
In those times, there were hardly any vehicles and doctors. When the mother developed labour pains, thevillage midwife was summoned. It was past midnight, but still the delivery did not take place. No one inthe house slept. The few people who had assembled there became restless and concerned. While the puzzle and anxiety continued the grandfather (mother¶s father) went to the pond in the house-yard and began to wash up in order to pray. Standing waist-deep in water, he prayed with a heavy heart. At this, a pregnant cow appeared from nowhere. It collapsed in the house-yard whining loudly, writhing in pain andanguish. In a few moments, it had become breathless and dead. The villagers had never seen such a cowin their village. The birth of the child took place soon after this incident.