Glimpses of a Great Yogi #3.23, #3.24

Here are some interactions of Sadhu Rangarajan with Yogi Ramsuratkumar, Godchild, Tiruvannamalai.

This is extracted from a chapter from Yogi Ramsuratkumar’s biography by Sadhu Prof. V. Rangarajan named “Glimpses of a Great Yogi”. The full document is available here 

GLIMPSES OF A GREAT YOGIIII   Bhagavan’s Actions Through The Disciple




On Sunday, September 5, Sadhu faxed a message to Bhagavan informing Him about his safe return to India and his intention to visit Tiruvannamalai.

Accompanied by Smt. Bharati, a group of devotees consisting of Sri Sridhar, Sow. Kausalya, Sri Mohan and Sri Chandrasekhar, Sadhuji drove to Tiruvannamalai on Thursday, September 9, 1999, and reached Master’s abode. Bhagavan received Sadhu and showered blessings on him. Sadhu met Sri T.S. Arunachalam and discussed with him the latest developments in the Ashram. Later, a meeting of the trust board took place in the presence of Bhagavan and Sow Vijayalakshmi and Ma Devaki also joined us. Bhagavan asked Sri Arunachalam to discuss all matters about the trust with the sadhu and Sri Arunachalam said, he had already done that. Then Bhagavan asked Sadhu to give Him a report about the South Africa visit. Sadhu gave a brief report about the successful visit and the invitation to him to attend the proposed Parliament of Religions and release of a book on Mahakavi Bharati there in the year-end. Sadhuji presented the bulletin of Hindu Voice International on South Africa visit and Bhagavan asked Sadhu to read it out and also a pamphlet on Bharatamata Ashram and profile of Sadhu. Blessing the sadhu, Bhagavan said, “Rangaraja, you have done a great work for My Father. My Father’s blessings will be on you wherever you are.” He heard with keen interest about the opening of Sister Nivedita Academy centres in South Africa and Botswana. He asked about the States in South Africa and Sadhu gave a list and told Bhagavan about his participation and delivering a benedictory talk in the swearing in ceremony of Mr. Popo Molefe as Premier of North West Province of South Africa. Bhagavan asked about Robin Island where Mr. Nelson Mandela was incarcerated. When Sadhu told Bhagavan about his meeting Mr. Mandela on the occasion of World Hindu Conference and Mr. Mandela’s remark that he was calm and peaceful in the jail because he spent time in reading Bhagavad Gita, Bhagavan said that it was because of Mahatma Gandhi’s influence on him.

Sadhu told Bhagavan about the progress of the construction work of Bharatamata Ashram and the plans to train up dedicated workers as missionaries of Mother Bharat. He also told Bhagavan that Smt. Bharati will move to Bangalore after the marriage of Vivek to look after the work of Ashram. Bhagavan asked Sadhu to call Bharati and devotees from Madras near Him. Sadhu called them and Bhagavan blessed all of them. Bhagavan blessed Vivek’s marriage also. Sadhu told Him about the prayers of South African devotees, Smt. Pramilla and Smt. Sarojini, for His blessings for their health. Bhagavan wanted to see their photos in the album and blessed them. After He took leave of us all and left for Sudama, we moved into the dining hall where prayers were offered to Him. The food that was kept for Him was offered to Sadhu as prasad.

On Friday, October 29, Sadhu received official invitation from Vishwa Hindu Parishad to visit Lumbini and Sadhu faxed a letter to Bhagavan informing about his visit to Tiruvannamalai on the next day to discuss about the programme of his visit to Nepal.

Accompanied by a group of devotees including Sridhar, Mohan, Parthasarathy and Kannan, Sadhu drove to Tiruvannamalai on Saturday, October 30, 1999. Krishnamurthy, Lalitha and family followed in another car. We reached Bhagavan’s abode in the forenoon. Justice Arunachalam and Sankararajulu received the sadhu. Bhagavan called Sadhu at 11.15 AM. and made him sit by His side outside the main Ashram building. He asked whether the devotees who had accompanied Sadhu were from South Africa. Sadhu replied they were devotees from Chennai, working in Lucas-TVS and actively participating in our Ramnam movement. He asked their names and tried to recall R.K. Murthy. He blessed them all. Sadhu showed to Bhagavan the invitation for First International Conference of Great Religions of Asia to be held at Lumbini, Nepal. He received it and browsed through it, keenly looking at the photos of Kanchi Shankaracharya Sri Jayendra Saraswati and the Royal Couple of Nepal. Bhagavan remarked that Kanchi Math was closely associated with Nepal and the royal family for generations. He asked Sadhu to read the letter from Sri Balakrishna Naik and Sri Madhav of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, inviting the sadhu to the conference. Sadhu read it out. He asked Sadhu how he would go to Gorakhpur and from there to Lumbini, and what were the dates of his travel. Sadhu explained to him his itinerary. Bhagavan blessed Sadhu for the success of his journey and said, “Whatever you do and wherever you go and speak, it is all My Father’s Work and His blessings are always with you!”

Sadhu told Bhagavan that after his return from Nepal, we would have Yogi Ramsuratkumar Jayanti Celebrations and inauguration of Bharatamata Gurukula Ashram and Yogi Ramsuratkumar Indological Centre at Bangalore. Bhagavan blessed the project. Sadhu told him that he had not received the air ticket and visa for the Parliament of Religions in South Africa. Bhagavan asked the dates of the Parliament and Sadhu replied that it was from 1st to 8th December 1999. Sadhu also told Bhagavan that if he were to go, he would go only after Yogi Ramsuratkumar Jayanti. Sadhu also told Him that Nivedita would receive the key of the new building today and we would start shifting things from Chennai to Bangalore. He expressed His happiness that the work was fast moving ahead with His Father’s Blessing. Sadhu asked Bhagavan to give him guidance to go ahead with the projects and He replied, “My Father will guide you. You are doing His work.”

Sadhu placed before Him the copies of TATTVA DARSANA, August-October 1999 issue and said, it was dedicated to Swami Nishreyasananda. Bhagavan asked details about the Swami and Sadhu replied that his Centenary fell on September 14, 1999, and he was the pioneer of Ramakrishna Movement in the African continent. He was the Founder and Spiritual Director of Ramakrishna Vedanta Societies in Southern Africa. Bhagavan asked whose disciple was the Swami. Sadhu replied that, probably, he had taken initiation from Swami Saradananda. Bhagavan asked whether the Swami was from Trichur. Sadhu said, the Swami was born in Trichur, Kerala, and he walked on the footsteps of Swami Vivekananda and went abroad. Bhagavan asked Sadhu to read out his article in TATTVA DARSANA paying tributes to the Swami and also his article on Guru and Gurukula. Sadhu read them. Bhagavan signed ten copies of the journal for Gurukula Ashram library, sent three copies for Sudama sisters and gave one copy each to all devotees present.

Sadhu asked the details of the family of each and every devotee and blessed them. Sadhu told Him that Sri Anil Zutshi had phoned yesterday offering his salutations to Bhagavan and Yogi blessed him. Sadhu asked Bhagavan for a message to be delivered in the Lumbini conference. Bhagavan said, “This Beggar has nothing, but my Father will give the message through you.” He then took the bowl and stick of the sadhu and charged them as usual. He also allowed the devotees to take photos with Him. After He blessed us all again, we took leave of Him.


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