Gnanaswaroopaa ! Karunaamoorthi ! Yogi Ramsuratkumaaraa !

When we used to visit Yogi Ramsuratkumar, our favorite hotel in Tiruvannamalai was Hotel Udupi Brindavan. Its proprietor, Sri Ramachandra Upadyaya is an ardent devotee of Yogi Ramsuratkumar. During those early visits, we were so happy to have our food viewing the picture of Yogiji in that hotel, as it was a time when Tiruvannamalai had not fully recognized the true worth of its treasure, Yogi Ramsuratkumar. This hotel was very special also because there were instances when Yogiji would come to the hotel room to speak to my father, Sadhu Rangarajan, saying that He would not be disturbed in that place.

Prior to shifting to the current location in the lane, the hotel used to be present right on the main road, close to the temple. Some time back, Sri Upadyaya had shared with me his experience about the circumstances under which the hotel had to be shifted and how Yogi Ramsuratkumar supported him during those tough times.

Before the residents of Tiruvannamalai started recognizing Yogi Ramsuratkumar, during the time when He used to roam around in the streets of Tiruvannamalai like a beggar, Sri Upadyaya’s brother-in-law (or some such relative) was one of the few people in Tiruvannamalai who realized the inherent greatness of Yogiji. He instructed Sri Upadyaya to provide food free of cost to Yogiji whenever He came to their hotel. Tiruvannamalai being a place filled with beggars, many hotels would shoo-away Yogiji considering Him to be an ordinary beggar. So Yogiji always felt immensely indebted to them for their kind gesture.

Many years ago, Sri Upaadyaya faced this situation of having to shift his hotel from the main road. The owner of the place demanded this hotel to be moved out. Not only that, he spoke some very harsh words at Sri Upaadyaya. When Yogiji came to know about this, He was extremely upset. “Oh! He told you like that. He could have said those words at this dirty beggar. How could he say that to you!” Yogi seemed to be much more hurt compared to the pain that He would have felt if someone had shouted at Him. Yogi had so much affection towards Sri Upaadyaya that he simply could not digest the insult faced by him.

Then, moving onto the next course of action, Sri Upaadyaya mentioned about this new place to which he intends to shift. He also conveyed his concern about the impact on business since he would be moving from the busy main road to the lane. Yogiji caringly enquired about the amount that he used to make when the hotel was in the main road and also the amount that he would require to make in the new place to run the business smoothly. Sri Upaadyaya shared all the financial details and mentioned a certain amount that he would need to make for the business to be successful. Yogiji carefully listened to the details.

A specific date and time was fixed for the opening of the hotel in the new premises. Yogiji was also informed of the same. On the appointed day, when Sri. Upadyaya went to the hotel premises, he was pleasantly surprised to find that Yogiji was already waiting there for them to arrive. Such was the importance that Yogiji had given for that event.  After that day, Yogiji started visiting the hotel everyday and He would check with Sri Upadyaya whether he was getting sufficient number of customers. This daily visit to bless Sri Upadyaya continued till the time Sri Upadyaya happily announced to Yogiji that he was getting the required business which was same or a little more than what he was getting prior to the shifting.

Why should Yogi Ramsuratkumar, who is beyond success or failure, be so much worried about a particular person’s success in business? The answer is straight-forward “சென்சொற்று கடன்” – it is the gratitude for the food provided to Him at a time when others had denied.

Here, I would like to share my personal opinion. When someone shares with us their suffering, it is probably not the time to quote Yogi Ramsuratkumar’s advice on “accepting things as they come, as nothing but God’s grace”.

In spite of being the personification of Jnana, Yogi Ramsuratkumar always demonstrated His Kaarunyaa or compassion, when a devotee was in trouble. I have personally seen this when Yogiji was anxiously waiting for the telegram about the successful completion of the operation that Sri Dwaraknath Reddy underwent; and also in another instance, when Yogiji requested my father to directly go to the hospital where Sri Balakumaran’s wife was undergoing an operation.

Wishing and praying for the good of our beloved ones or those who are suffering – is probably as important as – handling difficult situations by developing a sense of contentment, acceptance, and gratitude. Acceptance of the personal sufferings and wishing good for others when they are suffering is what Yogi Ramsuratkumar showed us in action by being the Jnana-swaroopam and also at the same time, a Karunaa-moorthy !

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