Vishvamitra is regarded as the Seer of Gayatri
mantra, a creator of a new world. Sapta-Rishis including Vishvamitra had in the ancient times performed tapascarya on the sanctified land on which at present Shantikunj
campus stands and had attained the grace of Adya-sakti Gayatri. I was inspired by Gurudev to build an ashram at this very land. The subtle vibrations of creative sadhana
of Vishvamitra are still intensely active here. Mahapragya has been given the status of Yug-sakti here and by installing idols of its 24 primary emanations, the message of Adya-sakti (Primordial Creative Power) of vasudhaiva kutumbakam and of steadfast and pure wisdom and righteousness was proclaimed from here. Several sadhaks have performed Gayatri
anusthans and have grown spiritually. The Vishvamitra tradition is being revived here by conducting research about the power of sound and the technique of Savitri.
All-round training to vanprasthis was given in the ancient times in Gurukul Aranyak of Jamdagni which was located at Uttarakshi. Facilities were provided for training of wise, mature and aspiring persons in the performance of sadhana
and penance. In Shantikunj
arrangements have been made to impart training to parivrajak vanprasthis and public service workers. Children are imparted training in moral education in this Asrams Gurukul vidyalaya and all-round training is being given to sadhaks in Yug-silpi vidyalaya.
Devarshi Narada had performed tapascarya in Guptkashi. He used to play Veena and was constantly engaged in the work of public awakening. He used to give righteous guidance to the people by arousing their positive emotions and tendencies. Yug-Nirman music training school of Shantikunj
has trained thousands of parivrajaks, who undertake tours in their regions and move in a group in jeeps in furtherance of Narad tradition.
Vashishtha had preached Yog-Vasishtha to Ram at Devprayag. He integrated religion with statecraft. The founder of Shantikunj
had participated in the Independence Movement from 1930 to 1947 and had undergone torture in jails. Later, the society was guided by him through the medium of books, literature; and everything which could be possible was done for the integration of spirituality
Adya Shankaracharya had performed tapascarya at Jyotirmath and had established four dhams (spiritual centres) in four corners of the country. His object was to integrate different cultures and to awaken people through religious institutions. This work of spreading Yug-cetna is now being conducted by Shantikunj
through the network of Gayatri
saktipithas, Pragya sansthans, Svadhyaya mandals, etc. which have been established throughout the country in the tradition of Adya Shankaracharya.