Be very vigilant. Keep your thoughts pure till the end of your life. By doing so, you will become eligible for several noble and spiritual achievements. All living beings will bless you'
-Sri Ongarananda Swami
ONGARA ASHRAM was founded in 1960 at Mayiladuthurai in Nagai Quaide Millet District of Tamilnadu, India, on the birthday of Para Brahma Sadguru Om Sri Siddhar Swamigal, its founder. On 1/19/1962 he told his chief disciple "Take charge of the Ashram and through its activities spread divine wisdom. Occupy the Ongara Peeta and render selfless service to the entire world. I bless this effort to promote Sathya, Dharma and Nyaya (Truth, Righteousness and Justice)".
Siddhar Swamigal's mission for mankind was created in the form of Ongara Ashram, a non-religious organization with a universal target of affording happiness/ Santhosham (Eternal bliss) to every living creature. He created the Ashram to spread his message of divine love and open space meditation as a powerful method to achieving it.
Every mind has a potent energy hidden in it. This energy is indeed, a powerful energy.It has the ability to convert the mind with a hard-core attitude to a soft and sublime one. One can see the divine light. It can give a delightful experience of the body blossoming with fragrance and a distinct halo surrounding it. Such a person who experiences this is said to be in touch with divinity. He is the person who can make others also experience the divinity. He is righteous and truthful throughout his life and experiences the true happiness.
The Ashram has been set up in many places in South India (including Tamilnadu, Pondicherry) as well as in the Far East and the United States of America. Even today the disciples receive messages from this divine soul. They all know and believe that Siddar Swamigal is the guiding spirit - that He is the divine light! Siddhar Swamigal has a disciplined set of followers and thousands of devotees. They practise austerity as per the principles/divine seeds set out by Him.
He initiated His Holiness Swamy Ongarananda, his prime disciple, to spread the message of divine love and eternal bliss till his last breath. Swamy Ongarananda is now on a mission spreading this message and the concept of Open space meditation, through Ongara Ashram. The Ashram is registered with the United Nations (UN) as a peace creating spiritual institution. In line with the teachings of the Guru, Sri Siddhar Swamigal, the ashram spreads the message of love and peace through a number of ways with the motto of "Cosmic power, Earthly action".
Where is this super energy in the mind situated? Who identifies it? Who spots it in us? How can we be made to feel and experience this divinity? Who helps us achieve this? Is he human? Is he divine? Is he God? The answer is simple. It is the teacher or the Sadguru who can spot this divine energy in each one of us and help us channelise this energy into making us blossom and bloom into flowers that will never fade.
A Sadguru is sent by the Almighty. He is born from time to time. He is a divine creation. His duty is to nurture and look after the people who need help. He upholds Dharma, Truthfulness and Righteousness. He guides the people in the right path. He helps them realise and see the Almighty. He guides them through the process of meditation and penance to achieve their goal of experiencing divinity. He helps in removing the restlessness in the mind of the people and helps them live their life to attain everlasting bliss.
He is quick in identifying a true and sincere disciple and guides him through the selected path to attain the state of tranquility, thereby leading to the experience and feel of God. No one other than the Sadguru can take up this stupendous task. It is a difficult task and he decides upon different paths for different people who are his disciples. He does not propagate or makes one practice a theoretical or mathematical formula to attain the ultimate. Instead, his is a meticulous approach framed after careful understanding of the disciple and his abilities. He keeps observing, following and blessing his disciple with abundant love throughout his life span, protecting him and making him achieve his main objective. He is selfless beyond comprehension.> Sri Duttathreya, Sri Pathanjali, Sri Adi Sankar, Sri Ramanujacharya, Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Ramalinga Swamigal, the four great Nayanmars or great seers of Lord Shiva, the famous Vaishnavite saints who worshipped and sang in praise of Lord Vishnu, were all born into this world during different eras and difficult times, to help, teach and guide the world on the correct path of truth. One such sadguru is Sri Siddhar Swamigal of the Ongara Ashram.