Navasrushti International Trust was founded by Acharya Guru Swami Sachidananda Bharathi and was registered on 8th September 2005 as the controlling organization for all regenerative movements initiated by him. It was registered in Kerala with a global coverage. The registered office of 'Navasrushti International Trust' is Dharma Bharathi Ashram, Mulanthuruthy, Kochi. Swami Sachidananda Bharathi is an Air Force Officer turned seeker of truth and promoter of peace. Membership of Navasrushti International is open to all peace loving people of good will above 18 years of age, from all over the world, who are in full agreement with the aims and objectives of the Trust.

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Shantivanam - Nagpur

1. ‘Navasrushti Ashram’

At the heart of every Shantivanam will be a ‘Navasrushti Ashram’ providing the necessary spiritual orientation and guidance to all establishments and their activities within the Shantivanam, based on the contents of this book. .

The Navasrushti Ashram and all other establishments within a Shantivanam will function under the moral leadership and spiritual guidance of an ‘Acharya’ trained and initiated by the Acharya-guru of Navasrushti International Trust.
The Navasrushti Ashram will be responsible for the security, maintenance, landscaping, cultivating and gardening etc., as well as for watering and nurturing the plants so as to keep the Shantivanam secure, well-maintained, ecologically healthy and environmentally beautiful at all times and in all seasons.
Men and women aspiring to join as members of the Navasrushti Ashram Community will be trained for a minimum of one year by the Acharya. Upon successful completion of the training, they will be given ‘diksha’ (‘initiation’) by the Acharya and will be accepted as members of the Ashram Community. (Please ref. Appendix – B for membership of the Ashram)
The Navasrushti Ashram will be essentially responsible to provide a strong spiritual foundation and orientation to all activities of  the Shantivanam at the heart of which it exists. The Ashram will strive to fulfill its spiritual responsibilities by promoting the following peace-building programmes:

  1. Inner Peace Meditation Programmes: Promoting peace within individuals and families through forgiveness and reconciliation will be the most important peace-building programme that will be undertaken  by all Shantivanams. The Inner Peace Meditation (also known as ‘Shanti Yagna’ Meditation) developed and authored by the Founder and Acharya-guru of Navasrushti International Trust will be taught and promoted by the members of Navasrushti Ashrams for this purpose.
  2. Spiritual Guidance & Counseling Programmes: Providing spiritual guidance and counseling to needy individuals and families will be another important service that will be rendered by all Shantivanams. This is another task that the Navasrushti Ashram within a Shantivanam will be responsible for. Training programmes and ‘Retreats’ will organized by the Navasrushti Ashram for this purpose.
  3. Spiritual Regeneration Programmes: Providing training and reorientation programmes to members interested to work for spiritual unity and regeneration of India will be yet another important service to be rendered by all Shantivanams. Members of Navasrushti Ashrams will be responsible to organize and conduct such training and reorientation programmes.

2. ‘Dhyana Kutirs’

 Meditation cottages for different religious groups under the name ‘Dhayana Kutirs’ will be established in every Shantivanam with inspiring quotes from their respective Scriptures and saints.

These ‘Dhyana Kutirs’ will surely help to promote understanding and harmony among the various religious communities. They will also make every Shantivanam a Center for inter-religious understanding and communal harmony.

3. ‘Mathru Bhavan’

Every Shantivanam will have a home of love and service named ‘Mathru Bhavan’ to take care of the poor and helpless old people and children in the region surrounding the Shantivanam.

The Mathru Bhavan will also provide non-formal education as well as nutrition supplements to poor children living around the Shantivanam.

4. ‘Gavrani Gosadan’

Every Shantivanam will have a diary to be named ‘Gavrani Gosadan’ to keep cows for milk and manure for meeting its own needs and for helping the people living around the Shantivanam.

5. ‘Jaiva Oushadhi Kendra’

Every Shantivanam will have a garden and nursery for herbal/medicinal plants and organic vegetables  for meeting its own needs and for helping the people living around the Shantivanam.

In addition to the above five establishments that will be common to all Shantivanams, the first Shantivanam at Rama Village near Nagpur will have the following three additional establishments:

1. ‘Dharma Bharathi Bhavan’

‘Dharma Bharathi Bhavan’ will promote and coordinate the activities of the Second Freedom Struggle of India & Dharma Bharathi Mission (DBM). Promoting the Second Freedom Struggle with the basic goal and motto ‘Hunger-free, Caste-free and Corruption-free India’ will be a common nation-building mission of all Shantivanams. The following four Campaigns and Movements initiated as part of the Second Freedom Struggle to achieve its goal will also be promoted by all Shantivanams.

  1. Hunger-free India Campaign
  2. Quit India No. 2 Campaign
  3. Education for Nation-building Campaign
  4. Enlightened National Politics  Movement

 (Please refer to the book ‘The Second Freedom Struggle of India – An Integral Revolution for a Hunger-free, Caste-free & Corruption-free India’ & to Manual-2012 of DBM published by Navasrushti Publicationsfor further details)

2. ‘Tyagarchana Bhavan’

‘Tyagarchana Bhavan’ will promote and coordinate the activities of Tyagarchana Shanti Mission & Dharma Rajya Vedi (DRV).

The Tyagarchana Shanti Mission, as mentioned in the Introduction to this book, is an inter-religious mission for a culture of peace in India through inter-religious cooperation and communal harmony.

Tyagarchana Shanti Mission had its birth from the pain and agony of the Muzaffarnagar communal violence in September 2013.

(Please refer to the book ‘Tyagarchana Shanthi Mission’  published by Dharma Bharathi National Institute of Peace & Value Education (DBNI) for further details)

3. ‘DBNI Center’

‘Dharma Bharathi National Institute of Peace and Value Education (DBNI) has been responsible for providing training and orientation supports to DBM and DRV and all their activities. The ‘DBNI Center’ that is being established in the first Shantivanam at Rama village near Nagpur will promote and coordinate these training and orientation programmes of DBNI.
‘DBNI Center’ will organize and conduct leadership development camps for communal harmony and inter-religious understanding. Special Camps will be organized for student members of NSS & NCC for inter-religious understanding and communal harmony.
Seminars and study classes to promote inter-religious cooperation for nation-building and various other training & orientation programmes for teachers, students, parents, youth, women etc.  will also be organized by the ‘DBNI Center’.

NIT has received the Shantivanam Ashram – Nagpur as a gift of love from its founder Swami Ishanand in January 2012. This Ashram is being developed into the ‘National Center’ for NIT, DBM, DCP, DBNI, DBSFR etc. The plan of action for Shantivanam Ashram and its vision and mission are included in DBM Manual-2012 (pages 18-21). This will be a major project of NIT.

The primary objective of Shantivanam Ashram will be to have an ‘Eco-Spiritual Community of love’ of men and women fully dedicated and committed to the vision and mission of national regeneration and global peace living and working together as a close-knit family. Shantivanam should also become something like a new ‘Sevagram’ for DBM and the Second Freedom Struggle of India.

Swami Sachidananda Bharathi
( Founder & Acharya-guru, DBM )

‘Begin with self, begin today and begin small’