Nārāyana Guru (1856–1928), also known as Sree Nārāyana Guru Swami, was a Hindu saint, sadhu and social reformer of India. Gurudevan, as he was fondly known to his followers, led Reform movement in Kerala, revolted against casteism and worked on propagating new values of freedom in spirituality and of social equality, thereby transforming the Kerala society and as such he is adored as a prophet.
Nārāyana Guru is revered for his Vedic knowledge, poetic proficiency, openness to the views of others, non-violent philosophy and his resolve to set aright social wrongs. Nārāyana Guru was instrumental in setting the spiritual foundations for social reform in today’s Kerala and was one of the most successful social reformers who tackled caste in India. He demonstrated a path to social emancipation without invoking the dualism of the oppressed and the oppressor.
Guru stressed the need for the spiritual and social upliftment of the downtrodden by their own efforts through the establishment of temples and educational institutions.
Guru Dharma Society is a non profit, charitable society that serves to uplift the needy community regardless of race or religion. The Society helps low income families by providing them monthly food provisions, free medical examinations, free tuition, etc. We also provide immediate aid to victims of natural disasters, urgent medical needs, etc. The Society obtained tax-exemption in 2011.
However, after many years of carrying out our welfare activities, we believe that we need to have a holistic approach to address this age-old problem of poverty. We realise that we need to have an integrated plan encompassing welfare, skills training, empowerment, job placements and counselling. Hence, our Society plans to expand our welfare program to include skills training, job placements and counselling. The Society will be a “one-stop aid” centre that can address the needs of the less fortunate. This holistic approach will enable the less fortunate and opportunity to enhance their standard of living and self sufficiency leading to financial independence.
We welcome volunteers who share our same vision and passion to join us on this endeavour. It is said that “Service to Man Is Service to God.” Interestingly, not all of us can volunteer our time for aiding the less fortunate as there are usually many things that can deter us from this noble deed. Hence, we in GDS consider ourselves s very lucky to be able to humbly serve the less fortunate.
Our volunteers and members are given a chance to explore their leadership potential by channelling their skills and talents into organizing activities like fund raising, women empowerment, youth camps, etc. Although we are a ‘no frills’ Society, we assure you many “thrills” and satisfaction. The only qualification required for being a volunteer are : Big heart & Big Smile
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Centre For Immediate Aid (CENTRAID)
Centraid was established by our past President Datuk Ravindra Dass during his term to provide immediate aid to the best extent possible by the society for victims of fire, floods, etc. Our premise is available to be used as a relief centre is necessary.
We have provided stoves, clothes, uniforms and bags to the long house fire victims.
We have extended huge amount of cloth, dry food items for the major Johor floods and Tsunami victims. In fact, our centre was used as one of the points of collection of clothes from the general public for the Tsunami victims.
On the 15th of May 2012 our society decided to continue weekly academic coaching to the needy children from the food distribution program. They are provided with basic study materials and given a lot of exercise to improve their weak areas. The coaching classes are run by volunteer teachers.
Volunteers are most welcomed to assist in this activity. An hour of your week may help change the future of a child.
Sponsors for these students are also welcomed.
12 Dec 2010 both the Patrons of Guru Dharma Society (GDS) attended the Back to School and Bermesra Bersama extended families of GDS at Centraid. The families under the food provision program attended the hi-tea while the children received bags, school stationeries and uniforms from the Patrons after a motivational talk on the role of education to uplift ones life. The families also got a chance to voice out their concerns to the Patron’s themselves.
Medical Camps- Cervical & Breast Cancer Awareness
Obstetrical & Gynaecological Society of Malaysia (OGS) and Johnson & Johnson in collaboration with Guru Dgarma Society organised several Women’s Health Clinic to educate the women around the vicinity on Breast and Cervical Cancer, the camp had begun since July 2005 and is
ongoing annually. Participants undergo the full screening test and are given advise and necessary counseling and referrals.
Everyone from all walks of life (rich or poor) can love & take care of
mother earth. 8 April 2012, in conjunction with World Earth Day and Global Peace Day
11.11.12, the society together with Datuk Kathijah Suleiman, Datin Wong Fong Leng, Mr Bala, Anaantha (THR DJ) and the underprivileged youths from vicinity planted 21 fruit & flower plants within the vicinity of our premise.
Aim: To create awareness amongst the less privileged youths of the importance of sustainability & greening earth. The activity also promotes a sense of belonging, ownership when they plant the plants. Their interpersonal skills are also put to test.