Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam - Delhi Union
ന്നവയപരന്നു സുഖത്തിനായ് വരേണം (ആ.ശ. 24)
SNDP Yogam follows Guru's social activities and its work is based on the famous Quote of Sree Narayana Guru Devan:
“Without differences of caste,
Nor enmities of creed',
Here it is, the model of an abode,
Where all live like brothers at heart”
SNDP Yogam has been divided into 3 formation and they are:
Yogam (Top Level Body)
Union (Middle Level)
Sakhas (Lower level)
Objectives of the organisation
The main objectives of the organisation are:
Introduce Sree Narayana devotees to each other and spread teachings of Sree Narayana Guru Devan.
Help socially and economically weak in education.
Work in co-operation with other organizations for the betterment of all.
Educate members about all religions.
Establish a Temple and a School.
Provide financial help to victims of disasters.
The History of The JagatGuru Sree Narayana Gurudevan
A noble, great power had been working towards the spiritual and social awakening of the community. It was none other than the great Sree Narayana Guru Devan. By installing a rock from the Neyyar River as Sivalinga at Aruvippuram on the Sivaratri day of Kumbha month in 1063 Aandu (1888), He started a silent revolution in the history of Kerala/world. It caused a social revolution, which uprooted the old social system of Kerala. Gradually, Aruvippuram became a pilgrim center. On Vavu (Full moon) day, people began to come there to offer sacrifice. The deciples of the Guru which included the famous poet KumaranAsan, decided to give food to the pilgrims, which led to the creation of 'VavoottuYogam' (serving food to the people who come as pilgrims).
In 1889, Vavoottu Yogam had been expanded. Thus an organization, 'Aruvippuram Kshetra Yogam' had formed. On Malayalam Era 1078 Dhanu 23, (1903), a special meeting of Aruvippuram KshetraYogam was conducted. They decided to change that into a big Yogam for the progress of Ezhavas both in religious and material ways. Thus, on 1078 Edavam 2, (1903, May 15), with Sree Narayana Guru Devan as its President, 'Aruvippuram Kshetra Yogam' has been registered as 'Aruvippuram Sree Narayana Dharma ParipalanaYogam' according to the Indian Companies Act, No.6, 1882.
The permanent chairman of the Yogam was Sree Narayana Guru Devan. N. Kumaranasan was elected as the General Secretary. Up to 1919, July 20, he was on the post, except in 1904 (1079 Vrischika 10). Difference of opinion exits about the role of the Guru in its establishment. On verifying the original records of registering the SNDP Yogam with the Government as a limited company, the following facts can be derived. The Government file (No 8338) regarding the registration has two parts. Pat I contain the bye -laws and proceedings, having sixteen clauses. None of the clauses speaks of any caste. The sixteenth clause clearly states of the 'casteless' nature of the organization. Below the bye-laws, eleven persons have put their signature. The first signatory witnesses to the document were resident of the Siva Temple, P. Narayana Pillai. Narayana Pillai was the most trusted deciple of the Guru. He installed the first idol of the Guru at Thellicherry together with Moorkoth Kumaran.
Part II of the file (No 8338) gives a different picture. It is an application to the Dewan of Travancore to register the Sree Narayana Paripalana (SNDP) Yogam as a limited company. The applicants are P.Parameswaran and Marthandan Krishnan . Here the caste provision of the organization is clearly stated: " promoting and encouraging religious and secular education and industrious habits among the Ezhava community". The license of the Yogam was issued to the applicants P. Parameswaran and M. Krishnan.
The Yogam engaged itself in the laudable efforts of eradicating untouchability and voicing the fundamental human rights of the working class. These efforts actually paved the way for many of Guru's followers to accept later the Marxist interpretation of socialism as their most acceptable ideal. Under the aegis of Dr. Palpu, Kumaran Asan, T.K. Madhavan, C.V. Kunjuraman, Moolur Padmanabha Panickar and others, several drastic changes were brought about in the social structure and texture of the Kerala community. The role that Sree Narayana Guru Devan played was only of a catalyst and not as a fighter in the front lines. To others he set an example by his own personal life. His high dignity and sense of oneness with mankind did not allow him to give vent to anger or protestation against any particular person or community. He believed that there was only one caste for man and that was humanity. In this attitude he was uncompromising. This organization has done invaluable service in the epic struggle against caste system in Kerala.