On March 19th 2010, at the small fishing town of Maravante , Karnataka, this year’s Jeevana Dhana program was observed in an austere and auspicious manner. Every year, Jeevana Dhana day is celebrated on the day when Shree Swamiji renounced the world and took the ascetic robes . on April 15th , 1994 Shree Swamiji took up deeksha from the previous pontiff Brahmykya Sri Sri Raghavendra Bharathi Swamiji.
Sanyasa sweekara marks the beginning of a new life to an ascetic. It is his birthday. Sri Swamiji celebrates this spiritual birthday in a meanigful manner by giving new life to a suffering family.Every year on this holy day, Shreemath adopts a family which suffers from destitution and needs both financial and moral support. This year the family of Smt. Koragu Karvi was adopted.
Smt. Koragu belongs to the fishing community of the Karvis. She is a widow and a mother of eight daughters. Three of them are married and the rest are dependent on her. Life is a struggle to make both ends meet.
Shree math adopted her family and promised support to it. This Jeevana Dhana or adoption ceremony was done in a unique manner. Guruji carefully removed a shawl placed on a thorny plant and wrapped it round Koragu karvi. The Shawl on the thorn represents a life full of suffering and the “abhaya hastha “of Shree Guruji lifts the suffering family from pain and gives a new life.
Shree Guruji has travelled the path of sanyasa for 16 years and has stepped on to the 17th year. Speaking at the program, Shree Swamiji stated how each sanyasa sweekara anniversary is like a mile stone in a highway . It reminds his holiness of the distance he has covered on the road to Ramarajya and the work which needs to be done. His holiness reaffirmed his resolve to work and live for the good of the society.
Shree swamiji stated that this year’s Jeevana Dhana was special because, Shreemath has resolved to give new life not just to one family but for the entire Karvi community . His holiness appealed to Sri. Raghavendra, M.P., the chief guest of the program, for the quick execution of the outer harbour at Maravante which will give a new life to all fishermen of Karvi community. Shree Swamiji also informed the devotees that the survey work on the harbour had already started.