In August of 2021, Dr. Gowrishankar the CEO of Sringeri Math, wrote to us, explaining the following:
‘…You are free to come to Sringeri to seek Jagadgurus’ Blessings and Guidance. And also, we can arrange a Sanskrit class/ Shloka chanting classes from India to your upcoming ashram.
You have been blessed with a sacred mantra by Jagadguru. As directed by Jagadguru, you may continue to initiate the mantra to qualified shishyas.
The Gracious Blessings of Jagadgurus are conveyed for your welfare and prosperity. ’
Around one year later, during our third trip to India, on the 2nd of August, 2022, after first visiting my Guru Swami Paramarthananda in Chennai, we arrived at Sringeri Math, and almost straight away went into a meeting with Dr. Gowrishankar.
The meeting was very successful. He accepted our offer to become an Honorary Director of the Ashram as well as promising to help us in the future in various ways.
When the time is right, he will organize a priest to come to live with us in Greece who will be in charge of rituals and the study of the Vedas, particularly the study of Yajur Veda, which is associated with Sringeri Math.
Dr. Gowrishankar will also organize a person to come and live with us who has experience in the traditional way of looking after and keeping cows. The Ghosala, as it is called, will supply the Ashram community with pure and fresh dairy produce.
At the end of the meeting Dr. Gowrishankar left open the possibility that, at some point in the future, when the Ashram is fully operational and can be seen to be operating in accordance with a pure and authentic, traditional Advaita Vedanta Ashram, there is every possibility we may become a branch of Sringeri.
In April 2023, we will once again visit Sringeri Math and speak with Dr. Gowrishankar, in order to deepen our relationship with him and to seek his continued guidance and support and to seek the Blessings and Guidance of His Holinesses the Jagadgurus.