The Vision and Mission of Shri Manik Prabhu Samsthan
Our vision is to create a society that sees everything in the Almighty;
and the Almighty in every thing.
The vision of Shri Manik Prabhu Samsthan is to make humanity aware of the true purpose of life and to teach every single individual to be ‘happy’ in the true sense of the word. It wants to see the world happy, since ‘happiness’, according to the Upanishads, is the true essence of our being “आनन्दो ब्रह्मेति व्यजानात्”. The Samsthan envisages a society free of hatred and full of love, free of ignorance and full of knowledge, free of misery and full of joy, free of pessimism and full of hope. We draw our inspiration from the Vedic saying “एकं सद्विप्रा बहुधा वदन्ति” which means ‘One alone exists; sages call it by different names’. Shri Sadguru Manik Prabhu Maharaj propounded the all-embracing principles of ‘Sakalamata-Siddhaant’ based on this very Vedic concept.
Our mission is to propagate the message of Sakalmat –
the gospel of universal brotherhood and love.
Our mission is to make people understand that the diverse paths people take in their individual religious and spiritual pursuits, actually lead them to the same goal – the one and the non-dual Brahman – which is the embodiment of supreme and un-adulterated form of happiness, manifesting itself in all forms of life. When whatever is, is HAPPINESS, and we all are an extension of the same supreme bliss pervading the universe, then, where is the scope for sorrow? In fact our master Shri Sadguru Martand Manik Prabhu Maharaj (the third Achaarya to the illustrious Guru-Parampara of Shri Prabhu) has set the agenda very clearly for us. In one of his Vedantic compositions in Marathi he says ‘अद्वैत बोधु आम्ही हाचि हो आमुचा धंदा’ which, when translated into English, means ‘if somebody were to ask me as to what is it that I do, or what is my profession, then, my straightforward answer, with all my conviction, would be – I teach Advaita, I profess Advaita in its purest form and I do all that which leads people to the realization of Advaita – the feeling of oneness of the individual self with the Supreme Self. Advaita, in very simple terms means the feeling of ‘oneness’ – the oneness of the individual with the society, the oneness of the ‘shishya’ (disciple) with the ‘guru’ (master), the oneness of the seeker with the sought; and Advaita, by implication, leads to ‘Abheda’ – the feeling of non-discrimination. If one visits Manik Prabhu Samsthan and acquaints himself with the activities that the Samsthan, as a socio-spiritual organization is engaged in, one would realize that the Samsthan is steadfastly pursuing the single-point agenda of establishing ‘Advaita’, the feeling of non-duality, thereby discouraging all sorts of dualistic and divisive tendencies and removing all sorts of discrimination (Abheda). You can experience it when the priests perform Maha Pooja to the holy Samadhi of Shri Prabhu, proudly reciting verses from the Vedas and the Upanishads declaring the essential oneness of the Supreme Reality; you can experience it when thousands of people, irrespective of caste, creed, religion or social status, queue-up in the Bhandaarkhanaa (the temple kitchen) to partake the bliss of Maha-Prasad in a rare display of equality and camaraderie; you can experience it when you see people of all faiths praying in solitude before the holy Samadhi of Shri Prabhu Maharaj; and above all, you can experience it when you see hundreds of poor, disadvantaged, destitute and physically challenged children being nurtured, trained and educated with utmost care and love in different educational institutions being run under the aegis of Shri Manik Prabhu Samsthan, to make them into ‘equal partners’ of social change in order to make this world a ‘happier place’ to live in.