‘Samratchana‘ means Total Protection. The path to self-realization is depicted in the logo of Samratchana. “Saranam Abayam Aiswaryam” (Prostration Protection Prosperity).
The symbol in the logo illustrates the following truth:
At the base is a red, 8-petalled Lotus flower. The feet of the Lord rests on this Lotus flower. The Lord resides in the lotus blossom of a Yogi, whose heart is mellowed with love. ‘Yogi hridh padma vasinae’.
Above it is Baba’s hand. If one steadfastly holds on to the Lord’s feet ‘Saranam’ (Surrender), Baba offers him/her ‘Abayam’ (Protection). The palms of His hands are imprinted with Divine symbols namely, the Lance of Lord Muruga, Lord Rama’s bow and arrow, the Conch and Chakra of Lord Krishna, the Trident, the Mazhu of Lord Siva, and all 10 symbols of the 10 incarnations of God — proof that the Divine is manifest within Him.
For the total trust place in Him, He bestows upon him/her all 8 forms of wealth – Ashta Aiswaryam (health, wealth, strength, wisdom, courage, food, heritage, knowledge), indicated by the 8-petalled Lotus flower.
If one is truly deserving, Baba will even grant ‘Moksham’ (Liberation), indicated by the Jyothi (Light) surrounding the hand.
The Concept of Samratchana
Samratchana is God’s Pride, world’s envy!
Samratchana engages itself in multi-faceted activities which range from serving the society to universal family to welfare of the world.
Serving the Society
Samratchana focuses on solving the material needs of man, thereby enabling one to aspire for the Spiritual. In today’s hustle and bustle, one spends most of their time and energy in making ends meet, thereby lacking time to realize the inner-self. Samratchana resolves the fundamental problems of unemployment and insecurity that today’s youth face, by providing knowledge resources free of cost, thus giving them self-esteem and ways to make their living. And in present day society where both parents work to make ends meet, the youth who feel abandoned, find a caring shoulder to rest their troubled minds and distracted hearts in Siva Shankar Baba, the master architect of Samratchana.
Volunteers who have understood Baba’s concept of Universal Love and the whole world being one family render various services. Some of the services include healthcare, educational programs, technical training, language courses, legal counsel, and much more. These services are all rendered absolutely free of cost. As the services are offered free of cost, the need for money as a resource was successfully eliminated. Within Samratchana, you can find an enthusiastic crowd, drawing inspiration from Baba – Samratchana’s first volunteer, working selflessly for the society.
Universal Family (Vasudeva Kudumbam)
Sree Rama Rajya community living or universal family (Vasudeva Kudumbam) concept has been devised by Baba with an aim to bring the whole world under one roof, where people forget differences, live in amity and friendship, treating everyone as their own kith and kin. This is the only way to resolve conflicts that are prevalent in today’s world.
The community living center established at Kelambakkam, near Chennai, is well set amidst picturesque settings, where the heart of nature abounds in its beauty. The secular community center includes all facilities aimed at reducing the individual work load, bring in the concept of sharing and concentration on the development of body, mind and reaching across to the inner self.
The inhabitants live as a big family sharing the love, peace, contentment and selflessness that they have inculcated from Baba. There is no difference of opinion amongst these members as they have realized that they are the first set of role models in Baba’s dream mission of making the world realize that it is one large family.
Welfare of the World
Samratchana is not a religious organization; it is a secular organization that focuses on total and complete development of the body, mind and the soul.
Religions are just different paths to reach the same God! Love is the only factor that can bind people all over the world. On this basis, festivals of all religions are celebrated in Samratchana. Apart from temples for various deities, Sree Rama Rajya commune boasts of true secularism as it includes a Church, Mosque, Buddha Vihar, Jain temple, and Gurudwara.
Each evening a Sathsang is conducted in the Poorana Brahmam temple where Bhajans, and Baba’s spiritual discourses provide an aspect of peace to the mind, and helps us understand the Light within.
Homams and Yagnas such as, Sudarshana Homam, Pratyankara Yagna, Agora Veerabhadra Swami Yagna are performed for peace and prosperity in the world. A Maha Yagam is conducted every Pournami (full Moon day) followed by “Sathya Narayana Pooja”. These yagams and pooja help overcome the materialistic and spiritual difficulties of the seeker.
Shortest Path to Liberation
Meditate on the words “SHANKARAM SIVA SHANKARAM” – the easiest, fastest way to experience the Divine Force within you.
The 8 names of Lord Vishnu (the Preserving force of all that is good) are contained in the mantra “Shankaram Siva Shankaram”. This mantra also contains the force that destroys all evil, Lord Siva. Siva means ‘Love’ – the essence of all religion. Siva also implies wisdom gained by practicing unconditional Love. ‘Shankara’ is another name for Lord Siva.
‘Shankaram’ in the first part of this mantra is repeated to remove the ignorance that clouds our intellect and cleanse us by destroying all that is evil within us.
‘Siva’ in the middle part of the mantra implies the wisdom gained after the destruction of negative forces within us.
‘Shankaram’ in the last part of the mantra is repeated to experience Divine bliss using the wisdom gained by removing all that is negative within us.