In 1928 Sree Narayana Guru fell ill. He had some urethral complaint. Even though many physicians and doctors attended, his illness oscillated between slight improvements and relapses. He was brought to Sivagiri as desired by him. Towards the end he appeared more and more calm. His eyes appeared to be resting in peace. His face proclaimed that he had already crossed the sea of pain. On 5th Kanni 1104 (1928 September 20) he spoke to the disciples who stood around him in clear tones: “I experience peace.” He wanted them to recite the prayer “Deiva-dasakam”. As the recitation reached the end where it is said: “Let us be in Your ocean of greatness for ever and ever”, his eyes were gently closed for ever. It was at 3-30 noon.
In history we come across a number of cases where seers, saints and great men tried to improve the conditions of mankind. They were either poisoned, crucified or killed. Socrates was poisoned to death. Joan of arc was set on fire. Jesus Christ was crucified. Muhmmed Nabi had to flee from Mecca to Madeena. Alexander the Great who wanted to conquer the world through wars died on his way. Through his wars thousands died. Nepoleon who wanted to unite Europe once said: “If I cannot unite Europe, there in future will only be a league of nations.” He was defeated in Waterloo and deported to St.Helena island where he was slowly poisoned to death. His dreams remained unfulfilled. Through the wars he waged, millions died. The Russian revolution and the Chinese revolution had to pay heavy casualties in terms of human lives.
Bloody revolutions immediately catch our attention. But remember that: “Peace has her victories no less renowned than war.” Here there is a Guru who during his sojourn on earth never uttered a single word against anybody and never created any enemy. He moved among the masses listening to their problems and giving them simple solutions. He stayed with them, dined with them and instilled in them with hope and courage. He advocated the downtrodden to stand on their feet. His words were commands and people simply obeyed. Such was the great faith the people were having in him. He never opposed anything but opposed silently and peacefully everything that stood in the way of progress. When lower castes were denied entry in temples he built temples for them. When education was denied to the Avarnas he built schools for them. He asked the rich to serve the poor. He never called for any slogan shouting, dharna, hartal and road blocking, but asked his people to work hard for progress. The result is the modern Kerala. He was a Jnana Guru in action. His actions were for the emancipation of human life-the soul, mind and body.
And thus he was a sage with a difference.