Before his Mahasamadhi in 2009, Swami Satyananda Saraswati had given his spiritual successor, Swami Niranjananda Saraswati, the mandate to establish a sannyasa peeth for the re-integration of India’s spiritual heritage and culture into the fabric of present-day society.
Sannyasa Peeth came into existence on 6th December 2010, the first anniversary of Sri Swamiji’s Mahasamadhi. As per his directive, this is a centre dedicated to safeguarding and propagating the lofty ideals of sannyasa, a place where people from all walks of life can come to learn the art of imbibing sanskriti into their lives.
Our ancient sages and thinkers created such a vibrant and enduring spiritual culture that we are following it even today. It is on the strength of this culture alone that our civilization has survived to this day. But in this age of material hypnosis, man is forgetting himself, forgetting his own culture and sanskriti. Sanskriti is that which refines and sublimates our thoughts and actions. Samyak kriten iti sanskritih – When all our actions are performed in just the perfect manner, that is when they assume the form of sanskriti.
This is the lesson which we have to learn and to pass on – imbuing perfection into our lives. The ideals of the sannyasa way of life have to be blended into society in a practical and realistic manner, so that every individual is able to experience sanskriti in their life. The sannyasa lifestyle aims towards awakening and expanding one’s mind, a goal which we all can and should strive for. It is for the fulfilment of this very aim that Sannyasa Peeth has been established at Paduka Darshan Gurukul on the holy banks of the Ganga in the historic city of Munger.