This is the core purpose of Karuna. The ultimate purpose of all our activity is to fine tune the body & mind to relish the nectar of our true nature, i.e. Eternity, knowledge and bliss. Self sufficiency in food, energy and housing to keep the body going and for happiness we 'dig in', so a perfect balance of material and spiritual needs is maintained. Members at Karuna are aspirants of this mood and are happy to share their experiences towards this end.
At Karuna we don't use electricity from the national grid. All power is sourced from solar energy and hydroelectric power. The climate and water resources are good for cultivation all through the year. The potential is good. Various systems of organic farming are being practiced. At present 20 varieties of fruits are growing.
Karuna is surrounded by forests and peaks on either side, with paths for a short forest stroll or an all day trek, with spectacular views, tropical forest and wildlife.
My name is Nevil Moncher and I am a Mumbai-born Parsi, who came to live in solitude in Kodaikanal, South India in the 80s. I have been fighting to protect this pristine land ever since through a number of court cases to protect forests, lakes, close factories and illegal buildings, protecting and developing trees, wildlife, flora and fauna, as well as developing fair-trade for crops for locals, etc.
After nearly 10 years of environment activism I decided to ‘put to practice what you preach’. Since 2000 I have put my total energy into developing Karuna – an off-grid, sustainable community, to bring it to what it is today.
If you would like to watch a short video with photos about the history of Karuna Dham then please watch it below: