One day, (on July 13, 1992), in the afternoon, I decided to go to Tiruvannamalai to seek Yogi Ramsuratkumar’s blessings and to ask him for some guidance regarding the course that I should take after graduation. At that time, Smt. Prema happened to visit our house. She readily agreed to accompany me. We were in a hurry as it was already late in the afternoon. When we arrived at Tiruvannamalai, it was late in the evening. We were not sure if we would be able to see Him that day. We were praying that we should be able to get a glimpse of Him and be able to just ask Him about the admission.
On arrival at Tiruvannamalai, we directly rushed to Yogi’s house and knocked at the gate. Yogiji opened the door and came out. Yogiji showed Himself in a different Alamkaaram (decoration) that day. He was wearing just his Panchakachcham without the turban and Jubba. The hair was let loose and it seemed as though it was flowing. He had covered Himself with a plain cloth like Angavastiram. He was in a blissful mood. He was shining like a Vigraha. Prema felt as though she was seeing Lord Rama in person.
Yogi enquired us about the purpose of our visit. He told me that I could take up M.Sc. in Mathematics. He blessed me. He asked Prema if she wanted to say anything. Prema replied that she did not have anything in particular to say. She said that she was very happy that she could have His darshan that day. Yogiji blessed both of us. He mentioned that He was busy doing some work inside His house. After checking with us that we do not have anything more to tell him, He blessed us and asked us to leave. We immediately left for Chennai, having fulfilled the purpose of the visit, and having a very good darshan of Yogi Ramsuratkumar, in an unusual appearance.
Though the darshan lasted only for 5 minutes, it was one of the most memorable visits for Smt. Prema as Yogiji was in such a joyful mood and He gave us this “ekaanta seva” – a special darshan – just for us.
(Thanks to Smt. Prema Jagannath for sharing the above incident).
There was a period when it was so easy to take decisions. All we had to do was to go to Him, place before him the choices available and ask Him on what needs to be done. He would tell us what we need to do and the decision was made. No choices. No dilemma. No confusion. Yogiji would take personal care and attention. When Vivek wrote his board exams, Yogiji blessed him and asked him to work more on Mathematics. That year, the Maths question paper happened to be very difficult and this was even reported in the newspapers. (See “Glimpses of a Great Yogi Part I.pdf” page 46)
When Vivek got admission into engineering, Yogiji was very happy and he mentioned that in that specific year, he had prayed to His Father for two students – One was Vivek and the other was Manikandan. Yogiji was happy that His Father answered His prayers and both of them got admissions in Engineering colleges. Yogiji added that sometimes His Father would reject His applications. He said that He was very happy because that time His Father obliged for both of them.
It was indeed a rare privilege and a great blessing to get Yogi Ramsuratkumar to tell us what we need to do. But at the same time, it has to be understood that it was not as easy as it might seem. After all, we are humans. We have feelings and personal preferences. My brother, Vivekanandan, went to Yogi with a request that he should be permitted to take Computer Science specialization in Engineering. Yogi enquired the details. He got to know that for Civil Engineering, because of Vivek’s good marks, he could get admission under Government quota without having to pay any donation. But for Computer Science specialization, there was a donation that had to be paid which we could not afford. Yogi asked Vivek to take only Civil Engineering. Vivek felt that it would be good to take Computers with the help of the financial assistance from some relatives. But Yogiji insisted that he should take only Civil Engineering. Yogiji even said that Vivek had to link River Ganga with River Kaveri. So he should take up only Civil. As per Yogiji’s order, Vivek studied Civil engineering and after that, he did ME in Structural engineering. But it was not easy for him to give up his choice with regards to pursuing his studies in the field that he wished to work on. (See “Glimpses of a Great Yogi Part II.pdf” page 5)
So what matters here is only our willingness to accept what Yogi wants us to do. Now that Yogiji is not present in His physical form to guide us, our intuition will guide us. We need to strengthen our faith and learn to accept any situation to be Yogi’s blessings being showered on us, even though, on the face of it, it might seem like a disaster.