Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam is organisation formed to
propagate and promote the moral teaching and Dharma of Shree
Narayana Guru. Dr. P. Palpu, a devotee of Sree Narayana, was
one of the founder. According to the biography of Narayana
Guru written by Moorkoth Kumaran, the organization was registered
on 15 May, 1903 under Travancore Regulation 1 of 1063 (Indian
Company Act IV 1882). Sree Narayana Guru was the Patron and
life time President of the Yogam. Mahakavi Sri. Kumaranasan
was the first General Secretary. Kumaran Asan was the peerless
pioneer among modern Malayalam poets. He was one of the dedicated
disciples of Sree Narayana Guru. In fact the spiritual philosophy
and the battle against caste that illumine Kumaran Asan’s
poetry were inspired mainly by association with and inspiration
from the great Guru.
The Guru objected to
the definition of the word 'community' (samudayam) that was
given in the constitution. It was limited to those communities
known as Ezhava, Thiya, Billava . He wanted it to be changed
into the community of the human family. His follower's thought
it was not pragmatically feasible to have such a global basis
for their organization. When he saw that they were not prepared
to have such a wide vision, after cautioning them of how it
would adversely affect their purpose he agreed to give his
blessings, probably with the hope that some day they would
realize the narrowness of their tribalistic affinity. The
Guru wanted the Yogam to function as the vanguard of his 'Liberation
Movement'. But the leadership of the Yogam could not rise
up to the expectation of the Guru. It could function only
in a caste organization. Hence, in 1916, the Guru sent his
resignation letter to Dr. P. Palpu. The Guru attributed 'caste
pride' to the leaders of the Yogam and declared that he belonged
to no caste non-religious.
General Secretary SNDP YOGAM
Natesan is an asset to the community he guides. Through his
enduring efforts he created a conducive atmosphere to the social
tranquillity and it was not a contrivance. His moral standards
of honour, allegiance to duty and truthfulness are well-known.
Vellapally is the son of Kesavan
and Devaki who belong to the reputed family of Vellapally in
Kanichukulangara. The family has been closely linked with the
industrial sector in Kanichukulangara where coir factories predominantly
occupy as mainstay of the economy.
He is a devout man to his family.
His children can rarely recall him discussing politics at home.
Vandana, Tushar and wife Preethi are the members of his family.
The main objectives of the organisation
• Introduce Shri Narayana devotees to each other and spread
teachings of Shri Narayana Guru
• Help socially and economically weak in education
• Work in cooperation with other organizations for the
betterment of all.
• Educate members about all religions.
• Establish a Temple and a School.
• Provide financial help to victims of disasters.
The Yogam engaged itself in the laudable efforts of eradicating
untouchability and voicing the fundamental human rights of the
working class. These efforts actually paved the way for many
of Guru's followers to accept later the Marxist interpretation
of socialism as their most acceptable ideal. Under the aegis
of Dr. Palpu, Kumaran Asan, T. K. Madhavan, C.V. Kunjuraman,
Moolur Padmanabha Panickar and others, several drastic changes
were brought about in the social structure and texture of the
Kerala community The role that Narayana Guru played was only
of a catalyst and not as a fighter in the front lines. To others
he set an example by his own personal life. His high dignity
and sense of oneness with mankind did not allow him to give
vent to anger or protestation against any particular person
or community. He believed that there was only one caste for
man and that was humanity. In this attitude he was uncompromising.This
organisation has done invaluable service in the epic struggle
against caste system in Kerala.
SNDP's follows Guru's social activities and its work is based
the famous Quote of Guru:
“ Without differences of caste,
Nor enmities of creed',
Here it is, the model of an abode,
Where all live like brothers at heart ”
SNDP Yogam has been divided into 3 formation and they are
• Yogam (Top Level Body)
• Union (Middle Level)
• Sakhas (Lower level)
It is head-quartered in Kollam, Kerala.
Schools and Colleges
SNDP founded schools and colleges in the independent India.
Previously the only private colleges were those managed by the
Church. The movement started with SN College, Kollam and continued
to late 70s. Great leaders like R. Sankar had the vision for
future. According to M.A.John (idealist Congress leader), R.
Sankar was the best Chief Minister kerala had and R. Sankar
ministry laid the foundation for long term progress in Kerala
- in the form of educational institutions and industries.
A Multicaste Organization
Though SNDP Yogam is mainly managed by Ezhava community, there
is nothing in the bye-laws stopping other castes or religions
into the body. As had been the case, many social reformers of
other 'castes' were close friends or associates of SNDP Yogam.
This include notable names like Mannathu Padmanabhan (founder
of Nair Service Society), V.T.Bhattathiripad, M.C.Joseph(Rationalist)
and in recent times Singer Yesudas and P.A.Backer who produced
the movie on Sree Narayana Guru. Both Mannam and Marxist leader
A.K.Gopalan were influenced by Guru and shed their caste endings
from their names
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