His Holiness Dr. Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji, the Founder of Avadhoota Datta Peetham, Mysore, India, is recognized far and wide for his extraordinary vision and compassionate heart.
Sri Swamiji has established Shuka Vana (Parrot Park), an aviary in the serene premises of Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Ashrama. This park has numerous rare and colourful species of Parrots.
Sri Swamiji has cherished and nourished a deep love and intimacy with all living creatures since his childhood. As a toddler he played with cows, calves, deer, and dogs. His parents and other elders had observed with astonishment his ability to effectively communicate with the different species.
Sri Swamiji says “When we see the smile of another individual we respond with a smile, recognizing and acknowledging the sameness of species, even if we do not share the same language, culture, or ethnicity. But we do not do the same with animals, birds, reptiles, or insects.
“A parrot, on the other hand, naturally identifies with and shares the expressions of all those whom it notices around it, regardless of species. It empathizes with everyone and everything that it comes in contact with, and blends its voice with theirs. It makes no distinction, be it a speaking or coughing human, a meowing cat, a mooing cow, a barking dog, a ringing telephone, a beating hammer, a slamming car door, or a beeping electronic gadget. Anything that makes a movement or a sound attracts a parrot’s attention and it mimics the sound and sometimes the movement with as much accuracy as its capacity will allow. Its talent for reproducing human speech and songs arises out of this empathy and inclusiveness, granting it the required level of concentration to grasp the nuances of sound. Because it ignores the differences, a parrot is not intimidated at the magnitude of the task of learning to speak different tongues or repeating the sounds made by different objects.” says Sri Swamiji.
Sri Swamiji declares, based on ancient Indian texts, that parrots have the ability to travel into invisible spiritual dimensions and to convey essential nourishment to departed human souls. He shares with us hitherto unknown significant facts about parrots according to Numerology, Astrology, Musicology, and Yoga.
Sri Swamiji says that birds are vital to the existence of the human race and that their alarmingly diminishing numbers in recent times do not bode well. He urges the halting of needless deforestation and pollution of the atmosphere. He appeals for a better informed, sensitive, reverential, and friendly treatment of the avian species.
The Shuka Vana is a distinctive aviary where one gets the most astonishing opportunity of being in the divine presence of the living, breathing deity that presides over one’s own zodiac sign, and a parrot that represents one’s planet and birth date. Here you will find the parrot that stands as a symbol for each day of the month as well. It is of great benefit to individuals to view these rare birds. The reverence shown to these parrots will exert a strong positive influence on their lives. Offering services to the parrot such as feeding, housing, training, and health maintenance, will enhance both the individual’s worldly and spiritual lives.
Shuka Vana compassionately gives shelter to injured & uncared birds also. Sri Swamiji has taken a serious resolve to take care of physically challenged birds that are not receiving proper care with their owners who have lost interest in them.