Thursday, April 9, 2009

Darsanalaya Ashram

Action in Contemplation is the concept of Darsanalaya Ashram. People from all walks; irrespective of cast, creed and faith is behind the functions of the Darsanalaya and the peaceful ambiance of Ashram. All those who visit Darsanalaya are well absorbed to this ambiance irrespective of age and health factor. Hope radiates in the gentle, calm and serene surroundings. Darsanalaya Ashram committed to the Vision ‘With the People for Goodness’ and Mission to ‘Create Equality, Solidarity and Friendship among People’
Darsanalaya Ashram is a mission centre of S H Province of CMI Congregation. SH Province has acquired about 10 acres of land in 1996 to setup a mission centre at Chandpur Village of Faridabad District, Haryana. After six years of initiation, the centre has introduced dynamic new approach to serve the people. Compassionate and friendly organizational skills of the missionaries well accepted by the people and Darsanalaya Ashram become an intimate centre for the local community. Long years of reflection, meditation and knowledge of herbal treatment; they could easily adopt and practice Social Work, Community Development, Students Scholarship Program, AIDS Awareness Campaign, Yoga Therapy, Herbal treatment, etc.

Darsanalaya Ashram has started with same spirit of Jesus Christ and Blessed Chavara. It is a place of silence and solitude. The Ashram vicinity has powered with spiritual vibrations. This is an Ashram where people can come form all lifestyles irrespective of cast and creed. It is an Indian Christian Ashram for the search and social reformation in collaboration with other religions and religious sects.

The inspiration of Ashram Concept originated from the love for Christ; the Master and Lord who humbled humanity to Universal Love and serving the poor; and inspired by the visionary founder Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara of the CMI Congregation. Blessed Chavara was a visionary. He was a reformer of the church in Kerala. He imbibed the spirit, to serve the people from the long hours in solitude and silence. Bl. Chavara is one of the trios who founded the first Indian religious congregation. He took the initiative to start the educational institution and it was open to all irrespective of caste and creed. It initiated a great social change in the cast ridden society of Kerala. His step to print media expanded the horizons of people’s knowledge. He was the pioneer in visualizing the emancipation of women in Kerala. He was also the pioneer in visualizing the need of caring for the poor and the aged in the society. He has touched people of all the walks of life at his time and ever.
Jesus Christ is the one who showed a new way of universal love and service, a friend of sinners and tax collectors, invited people to become the children of God. Jesus always found time to be with his Heavenly Father and moved through the villages and cities like a compassionate human being. “I prefer mercy than sacrifice”, “love one another” He and His teaching are simple and understandable for the ordinary people. His solitude and silence in the wilderness made his the way to the light and the truth. All his actions originated from his search in solitude.

Darsanalaya Ashram located in a beautiful and innocent village area on the banks of Yamuna River. It is in a village called Chandpur, at Latitude: N28.323060°, Longitude: E77.457470° and about 20 KM away form Faridabad city of Haryana state in India. It is bounded by the National Capital Territory of Delhi on its north, Gurgaon District on the west, and Uttar Pradesh State on its east across Yamuna River. There are around 27 villages around this ashram.

Ethnic Diversity
The village population is consisted of different casts and traditions. The main classes of people in this area are Jats, Rajputs, Brahmins, Ahirs, Banias, Harijans, Gujars. Almost all are belong to agricultural communities. There are also categories like village artisans, craftsmen and certain other menials who helped in the agricultural operations. These included the village blacksmith, the carpenter, the oil man, the barber, the washer man, the village potter and some others.
Though the villages have improved in external appearance, the essence of village life remains the same. The life of villager’s remains rooted in their age-old customs and traditions. The villagers have retained their essential frame work of rites and rituals, fairs and festivals, taboos and superstitions. The people remain deeply attached to the tribe, caste or sub caste to which they belong. Their social relations, marriages, eating, drinking, and other dealings are still endogamous. The impact of democracy, secularism or socialism is not so apparent. The tolerance, catholicity, simplicity and spontaneity have made rural life gay and enjoyable.
Since the Ashram is open to all and they often come with family or individually to participate in the activities of Ashram; to share their joy, sorrows and to pray together. Activities starts at 4.30 am.
Darsanalaya keeps an atmosphere of silence in and around the ashram vicinity. People who visit the ashram enjoy the simple vegetarian food and fresh air with Yoga and meditation in the atmosphere of silence. Darsanalaya aiming to develop a center for true seekers.
Ashram has developed an idea of 'Garbhagraha Anubhava' meditation (Womb Experience). Fr. Aji Sebastian the visionary and the Aacharya (Director) of the Ashram was in silence for a year in Saccidananda Ashram, at Narsingpur, M.P state of India, for the experiment of 'Garbhagraha Anubhava'.
In this busy world people are in stress and confusion and they always run here and there for the solace. When a human being was in the womb of its mother, it was alone in its solitude. If you want the life, you have to go through this womb experience. All the creatures in this universe need a time for unknown existence to be known. In this busy world people forget the cause of their life, i.e. Solitude and silence. They forget their existence. The answer to our unsolved problems and questions will be answered if we listen to the voice that speaks from within us. “The Kingdom of God is within you”, “You are the Temple of God”. Darsanalaya Ashram is a place to repose in the busy schedule of this world. Garbhagraha Anubhava is going back to the womb, the most protected and holy of holies of a human being.
Ashram inmates are not in a separate world of theirs. They observe and study the problems and issues of the world. The problems related to children, women, rich and poor, healthy and weak, family and society are our issues too. Each individual in the community is responsible for the things that happen in the society.
Darsanalaya promote the Echo-Friendly life style and raise voice against the social evils like child labor, HIV/AIDS discrimination and its stigma, sex imbalance, abortion, female feticide, poverty, sexual abuse and trying to promote value based education in rural and urban areas, Religious harmony and Ecumenical fellowship, Creating Equality, Solidarity and Friendship among people.
Darsanalaya Ashram and its activities originate from the deeper levels of meditation in solitude and silence. The Divine energy that we receive from the meditation moves to the social activities.
The ashram is not a dream of an individual, but it has become a dream of many. So many families and individuals from far and near are the members of Darsanalaya family. The Support and guidance from all are invited always. Many hands are behind the Darsanalaya Ashrams’ humanitarian and developmental activities and the vision of the ashram is getting fulfilled, ‘with the people for goodness’.
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