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Gnanananda Seva Samajam Inc., USA

 

GSS Mission Statement 


 

Gnanananda Seva Samajam Inc. is incorporated in the State of Maryland, and will be classified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as a non-profit organization, with the primary objective to promote prayers, devotional songs, and philanthropic services to humanity.


Gnanananda Seva Samajam Inc. is organized for religious and charitable purposes. To help maintain cultural and traditional awareness, this organization will help to promote prayers and devotional songs (Dhakshina Sampradaya Naamasankeerthanam and Dhinasari Vazhipaadu) amongst individuals in North America and to instill Guru Bhakthi (devotion to a Guru) by preaching the gospels of Sathguru Gnanananda Swami and by performing Paaduka Pooja (prayers to the lotus feet of the Guru). This organization will also organize charitable performances by local artists and artists from abroad. Funds raised will be used for the relief of the Poor, the Distressed, and the Underprivileged. Funds will also be used to assist humanity during Natural Calamities.

 

Sathguru Swami Gnanananda Giri

 

 

Swami Gnananda Giri is said to be born on Thai Krithikai day in Mangalapuri to his father Venkopa Ghanapatigal and his mother Sakkubai. His birth name was Subramaniam. In his early childhood, he lost both his parents. He did not take interest in books and studies and, instead, travelled from village to village chanting "Jaya Ganesa" at the tender age of 11. One day, Lord Pandugara manifested himself in a dream to the little boy, telling him that soon he will be led to light by a saint from Kashmir. The next morning, he approached Sivaratna Giri Swami of Jyotir Mutt, Kashmir and became his ardent devotee. Swamigal became well versed in several languages and he was knowledgeable with Vedas, Upanishads, Bhramasutra, and the nuances of Sanathana Dharma. At the age of 40, his saintly name was chosen as "Gnanananda Giri."

 

After his Guru's Maha Samadhi, Gnanananda Giri Swamigal travelled across India on a spiritual pilgrimage and met great saints during his journey. Swamigal then established his ashram at Thapovanam, Thirukoviloor - a paradise for Sathsang, Pooja, Spritual Talks, and for attaining oneness with the Supreme.

 

 

Swami Gnanananda Giri reached Maha Samadhi in 1974 at Thapovanam. His teachings live on forever in the hearts of all of his devotees. He spurred an immense sense of Guru Bakthi in each and every individual who crossed his path. Swami's chief disciple Swami Haridhos Giri, created a worldwide revolutionary movement of his Master's teachings, a foundation upon which Gnanananda Seva Samajam USA Inc. is built upon.

His Holiness Swami Haridhos Giri and His Vision of Namasankeerthanam

 
 
Swami Haridhos Giri was born to Nott Annaji Rao. He frequently visited Thapovanam at an early age and became Swami's chief disciple. Swami aptly called him "Dasar," or true devotee. He was affectionately called "Guruji" by all of his devotees worldwide. Guruji lived, breathed, spoke, thought, and acted the teachings of Swami. He embodied the epitome of Guru Bakthi. Swami blessed Guruji with Thiruvadi Deekshai which gave him the ability to compose profound musical pieces with no effort or prior preparation and allowed him to preach the Hindu scriptures and stories with dynamic command. He would ascend a stage, close his eyes, allow his Master to enter him, and sing beautiful melodies on the spot. Millions of people came to him like bees to a flower to listen to his Bhajana Sampradayam and to his discourses of Saints and the Lords. 
 
 
Guruji established his ashram at Thennangur, known as Dakshina Halasyam, where he built a mesmerizing Panduranga Temple, a Charity Hospital that serves 18 underprivileged villages, a Cafeteria feeding the ashram free of charge, a Bhajan Hall, an Old Age Home, a Goshala (to preserve cows), and self sufficient Cottages for visiting devotees. He set up an organization called GA Trust in Chennai, India to maintain the Thennangur Ashram and to establish Namasankeerthanam.
 
 
His Master's grace allowed him to travel across the world spreading Namasankeerthanam, praising the Lord through music and dance. He began his first Gnananada Seva Samajam Inc., a child organization of GA Trust, in Sri Lanka and later in many other countries. His devotees in Australia, Singapore, Canada, Malaysia, England, Philippines, South Africa, Muscat, Abu Dabi, and Japan still sincerely uphold his vision. In places where Guruji himself did not begin a Samajam group, devotees have started their own Gnanananda Seva Samajam organizations to spread his mission. The mission of GSS USA is target towards this very purpose, to instill Guru Bakthi, retain Hindu traditions, Philanthropic efforts, and to spread Namasankeerthanam.

Guruji always greeted people by saying "Radhekrishna." His iconic "Radhekrishna symbol" was the hand gesture commonly known as the peace sign. With the index finger and middle finger raised, the two-fingered gesture symbolized Lord Krishna and his devoted partner Radha and their divine unison of Jeevaatham (the soul) with the Paramaathma (the Supreme Being).
 
 
During September 1994, Guruji attained Jala Samadhi in Koteeshwar. His disciple, Swami Namananda Giri, known as Namaji, continued his principles and managed GA Trust. With the grace of his Gurus, Namaji allowed GSS Malaysia to blossom with full vigor. After his Samadhi in 2009, Swami Niranjanandha Giri took the spiritual responsibility as Pontiff to continue upholding this age old tradition of Sampradhaya Bhajana and guide us in the path of Guru Seva.

Apart from the regular weekly and monthly activities in Thennangur ashram, we also have Gnanananda Swami's Aaradhana around December/January time, Guruji's Maha Pooja around August/September time, and Namaji's Aaradhana around September/October time. Please click on the Contacts tab above for Thennangur's contact email address and website to receive more information on these events.
 

 

Swami Namananda Giri

Swami Niranjanananda Giri

 
 

What is Namasankeerthanam?

 

 

Sampradaya Bhajans was formulated several hundred years ago. Collectively praising the Lord and
chanting His name is "Namasankeerthanam". Since the 1950’s, His Holiness Swami Haridoss Giri, disciple
of Thapovanam Sathguru Gnanananda Giri, popularized Bhajans through his soul-steering voice. Swami
Haridoss Giri established Gnanananda Seva Samajams in different parts of the world and accomplished
his mission of establishing Namasankeerthanam.
 
Just as there are Trinities in Carnatic Music (Thyagaraja Swamigal, Muthuswami Deekshithar,
and Shyama Sastrigal), in Bhajans there are three Gurus (Govindapuram Bodhendra Swamigal,
Thiruvisanallur Sridhara Venkateswara Ayyaval, and Marudanallur Sathguru Swamigal). They have
designed a paddhathi or Sampradaya (performing in a prescribed manner) which has come to be known
as BHAJANASAMPRADAYA displaying our national integration through songs by various Saints from
different parts of India in different languages.
 
Sampradaya Bhajans begin with Thotaka Mangalam followed by Guru Dhyanam, Guru Abhang,
Ashtapathi by Saint Jayadeva, Tharangam by Narayana Theerthar, and songs by Bradhachala
Ramadasar, Purandaradasar, Sadasiva Brahmendrar, Gopalakrishna Bharathi, Thyagarajar, Oothukkadu
Venkatasubbaiyar, Kabir Das, Mira Bai, etc. The sequence continues with Dhyanam and Keerthanam on various Gods starting with Lord Ganesha, followed by a sequence of Abhangs, and concluding with Ma
ngalam.

 

10 Commandments of Swami Gnanananda Giri

 


1. Be Active but not Hasty

2. Be Patient but not Lazy

3. Be Economic but not Stingy

4. Be Kind but not a Slave

5. Be Merciful but do not be Deceived

6. Be Generous but not Bankrupt

7. Be a Hero but not a Rogue

8. Seek the Wise but do not Hate Others

9. Be a Grahasti but do not be Lusty

10. Be Detached but do not Run to the Forest