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Prime Minister to inaugurate ashram's research centre

By Our Staff Correspondent

PANAJI, NOV. 23. The Thiruvananthapuram-based Santhigiri Ashram, founded by Navajyothisree Karunakara Guru three decades ago, is all set to throw open its state-of-the-art research centre for Ayurveda and Siddha near Kottayam in Kerala on January 2.

The Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, would inaugurate the centre in the presence of the former President, K.R. Narayanan, who has donated his ancestral house at Uzhavoor for setting up the centre.

A three-day international conference on "Health, peace and spirituality" has also been organised.

The Union Minister for Health, Anbumani Ramadoss, will inaugurate the conference on January 3. The ashram's Aatmavidya Kendra (centre for spiritual sciences) would be inaugurated in New Delhi on by Dr. Narayanan on December 1.

Speaking to presspersons here on Tuesday, the representative of the ashram, M.P. Salim, said that the ashram was carrying forward Karunakara Guru's visions of developing a global network of scientists, spiritual leaders, peace activists, intellectuals, and environmental activists.

He said that over 500 delegates from across the world were expected to attend the conference and deliberate on issues such as evolving a lifestyle, medical systems, medicines, the need for re-appraisal, application analysis of case studies, dimensions of spirituality and peace in the global context, role of new spirituality in restoring harmony in life, and the relevance of the teachings of Karunakara Guru.

Mr. Salim said that the ashram was following the path of the Guru under the guidance of Amrutajnana Tapaswini. Following the Guru's calling for annadanam (free food), atmabodhanam (catering to spiritual renaissance), and athurasevanam (care for the ailing), the ashram had set up a chain of Ayurveda and Siddha hospitals all over the country. There were 700 clinics and eight mobile clinics in Kerala along with Ayurveda and Siddha medical colleges in Thiruvananthapuram and Palakkad. The sanyasis from the ashram had undertaken a two-month campaign to spread the message of the Guru and the centre, he added.

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