Glimpses of a Great Yogi – Loving guidance for higher ideals to kids

In the following interactions with Yogi Ramsuratkumar, Godchild, Tiruvannamalai, we could get a glimpse of the extreme care and appropriate help extended by Yogi Ramsuratkumar towards those who come to Him — be it some children or knowledge seekers or just some poor person; the way in which he guided the younger generation; his style of providing friendly suggestions like encouraging the study of Ramayana and Mahabharata;  His friendly conversations with kids, loaded with affection and encouragement; His mode of teaching by asking questions and helping the other person to understand the answer, as though, on their own; the importance He gave for remembering the Gods’ names; and the assurance He gives for the immediate support when His name is uttered;

This is extracted from an chapter from Yogi Ramsuratkumar’s biography by Sadhu Prof. V. Rangarajan named “Glimpses of a Great Yogi”. The full document is available here sribharatamatamandir.org/word/?page_id=412 


GLIMPSES OF A GREAT YOGI–II —The Deekshaa Guru as Seen by the Shishya
by
Sadhu Prof. V. Rangarajan

CHAPTER 2 THE DIVINE MASTER

On June 3, 1988, Vivek came with a glad news that, by the grace of Bhagavan, he had scored 88% in his plus two examination. Though Vivek had made a recent visit with his cousin, Raja to the abode of my Master and had come back with photos of the Master, he wanted to see the Yogi again immediately. Accompanied by his sister, Nivedita and his cousin, Devaki, he left for Tiruvannamalai. The Yogi kept the children with him all the twenty-four hours for the two days. He took them to the house of Sri Dwarakanath Reddy where He arranged for their stay with Him. The children returned on June 5, 1988, with memories[1] of their inspiring and pleasant experiences of their stay with the great Master. They also brought a beautiful photograph of their sitting at the feet of the Yogi. In the next four days, Vivek made another visit to Tiruvannamalai with his uncles for the Darshan of Bhagavan. In the last week of the month, Swami Rakhal Chandra Paramahamsa, a close friend of this sadhu made a visit to Tiruvannamalai and this Sadhu sent a message to the Master that Vivek and Nivedita will be visiting Him again in the month end. Accordingly, the children and their cousin, Raja, made yet another visit to Bhagavan on June 30, 1988, to seek his blessings for success in Vivek’s entrance examination.

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On the auspices Gurupoornima Day, July 29, 1988, this humble servant of the Divine Master Yogi Ramsuratkumar, made a pilgrimage to Tiruvannamalai to call on the Master and present to him the first copies of the second edition of GLIMPES OF A GREAT YOGI and the issue of TATTVA DARSANA, August-October 1988. Chi. Vivekanandan, Kumari Nivedita and Dr. C.V. Radhakrishnan, Professor of Philosophy in Vivekananda College, Chennai, accompanied this Sadhu in the journey. When we reached the abode of the Master, there was a big crowd waiting outside the gate to have His darshan. He was relaxing on the verandah with closed eyes. We waited outside in the hot sun. When the Yogi opened His eyes, He peeped through the iron gate and seeing this Sadhu in the midst of the crowd, called out to me to come in. I told Him about others who had come with me. We were all accommodated in the crowded verandah. “How long did you wait outside?”, He asked with compassion. “For fifteen minutes only”, I replied. “This beggar was relaxing, he didn’t notice your presence”, He said. He asked me whether I had written to him about my coming. I replied in the affirmative. He took out a bunch of letters by His side and found my letter in it. He had not opened the letters because of the flow of incessant visitors. Moreover, my letter did not bear the address from where it came.

We presented the copies of the book and journal. “Oh, the second edition of the book has come out so quick?”, He asked.

“Yes, Maharaj, within eight months after the first one, by Your Grace”, I submitted.

Seeing the extracts of reviews of the book published in different journals, given inside the cover page, He asked me to read them out. Each one of the comments of the journals brought out hilarious laughter from Him. He turned to the devotees and said, “Rangarajan, by writing this book, has made this beggar a ‘Yogi’ – not an ordinary Yogi, but a ‘Great Yogi’—and people, after reading it, come here to see the ‘Yogi’, but see only a beggar!” He again burst into laughter. He suggested to me to send the copies of the book to libraries abroad.

I told the Yogi about an invitation received by me to tour Kanyakumari and other parts of Tamil Nadu to spread the message of the Yogi. He immediately pointed out His finger to Mother Om Prakash Yogini, Perumalappan and other devotees around Him and said, “These people are here and they will take care of the work here. Your work is outside the country, among the children of Mother India settled abroad. Moreover, you have to concentrate on the journal and other publications. You already have enough work on hand.”

The conversation turned towards the topic of Mother Mayee’s stay in Salem. Yogiji remarked that the place where Mother should be is Kanyakumari.

I told the Yogi about a letter of Mother Kirsti published in the latest issue of TATTVA DARSANA. He asked Mother Om Prakash Yogini to read it. He wanted to hear again and again a quotation given therein, from Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, exhorting us to “make a being” – to “raise a mountain of God in our midst”.

He asked me about the financial position of the journal. I told Him, by His Grace, everything was going smooth and all problems get dissolved when I think of Him. Dr. Radhakrishnan also remarked that some problem of his son going abroad got solved as soon as he thought of Yogi’s name. The Yogi remarked, “Yes, that is an understanding between this beggar and his Father. If anybody calls this beggar’s name in any difficult circumstance, My Father rushes to his help.”

The Yogi went inside and brought a copy of THE HINDU, in which there was an advertisement of the Yagna conducted by Bangaru Adigalar at Marina Beach, Madras, wherein there was a quotation from Arnold Toynbee, on the role of India in moulding the future of mankind. He asked us to read it again and again. When Dr. Radhakrishnan remarked that Toynbee was considered a “sage among historians”, the Yogi replied, “Yes, he must be a sage. That is why he has rightly predicted the future role of India”.

The Yogi introduced to us Mother Tilakavati and her sisters and mother and said that they were serving him for many years and whenever they came, they used to read Tiruvilayadal Puranam for him. “My Father is everything. There is no one else, nothing else. This beggar died in 1952. Then Father came into this body. Unless we die, Father will not come in us. Kabir says,

Chaakhaa chaahe prem ras, raakhaa chaahe maan;
Ek myaan mem do khadga, dekhaa sunaa na kaan
चाखा चाहे प्रेम रस, राखा चाहे मान |
एक म्यान में दो खडग, देखा सुना न कान ॥
– Either you can have God or the ‘ I ‘. There cannot be two swords in one sheath. If God must come, I must die”.

On my request, He dictated the quotation.

After seeing off everyone excepting this Sadhu, Vivek, Nivedita and Dr. Radhakrishnan, He asked the doctor to sit by my side, He told him, “You may think that this beggar ignores you and concentrates on these two children”. Dr. Radhakrishnan immediately replied, “No Maharaj, they belong to the younger generation and it is right that you concentrate on them”. Then the Yogi jovially remarked, “You know, Vivek and Nivedita come here very often and they have become my friends. You people do not come often”.

The Yogi concentrated his vision on the children for some time and then asked Vivek: “Your father has taken up man-making work. You want to become an engineer. And Nivedita wants to become a computer scientist. What sort of engineer you would like to become—man-making or machine-making?” He was laughing hilariously for some time and then again asked him, “Would you like to become a man-making engineer?”

“Yes, I would like to be so”, replied Vivek.

The Yogi went inside and brought a book, LECTURES FROM COLOMBO TO ALMORA by Swami Vivekananda. He opened the book. It was a chapter titled “The Sages of India”, and asked me to read it. In the very opening paragraph, one line touched His heart: “The sages of India have been almost innumerable, for what has the Hindu nation been doing for thousands of years except producing sages?” the Yogi turned to the children and addressed them, “See, Vivekananda speaks about man-making work. What has the Hindu nation been doing for thousands of years except producing sages?”

The Yogi made me read the whole chapter from the book. When I finished reading, the Yogi said: “Our country is to produce sages. Our work is not to produce engineers and computer scientists. Our country is concerned only with producing sages. For thousands of years, only producing sages has been our aim. When we know that our goal is god, why should we hanker after other things and waste our precious time”. He again turned to the children and jovially asked: “Will your mother get angry if you go and tell her that this beggar wants you not to become machine-making engineers, but man-making? Will she say that this beggar wants her children also to become beggars like him and not engineers and scientists and ask you not to go to this beggar again?” He burst into a roaring laughter even as the children replied, “No, No.” Then He continued, “Don’t think this beggar in discouraging you from becoming engineers and scientists. My Father will see that Vivekanandan gets a seat in engineering and becomes a great engineer and Nivedita becomes a computer scientist. But remember that your goal is something higher. Your father has brought you up properly and put you in the right line. Do not forget the ideal. Becoming a scientist or engineer is all secondary, the most important is god-realization. Understand?” The children nodded their head.

It was evening and we were still sitting with the Yogi. He sent Vivekanandan to bring coffee for us. Some devotees came and offered dosas and vadas purchased in a hotel. After they left, the Yogi asked me to open the packets and shared the food with us. He said, He had not taken even breakfast because people were coming for His darshan right from the morning. He asked us also to share the kanji (rice gruel) that was brought for Him. After we finished food, we spent some more time chanting Ramnam. On my request, He sang His favourite song on “Our Nation’s Wealth”. He asked me not to write it, and I therefore recorded it in my heart:

Yug yug se aarjita raashtra dhan hai
Ram naam, Ram naam;
Yug yug se poojita desha dhan hai
Krishna naam, Krishna naam;
Yug yug se sevita jaati dhan hai
Shiva naam, Shiva naam;
Yug yug se poojita raashtra dhan hai
Ram-Krishna-Shiva naam, Ram-Krishna-Shiva naam!

–The national wealth acquired in ages is ‘Ramanam’; the country’s wealth worshipped through ages is ‘Krishna-nam’; the wealth adored by the community through ages is ‘Shiva-nam’; the wealth worshipped by the nation through ages is ‘Rama-Krishna-Shiva-nam’.

Late in the evening, Smt. Tilakavati and her sisters came again. The Yogi then decided to relieve us. Telling him about our programme to do Giripradakshina (circumambulating the mountain) of Arunachala in the next morning, we said we will call on Him again after that. We prostrated before Him and took leave of Him. I presented some copies of my book and our journal to the devotees who had come there. The Yogi immediately offered some money. When I hesitated to accept it, He said, “This is only what they have given me. You can take this”. I accepted the Guruprasad and left the place.

We stayed that night in Sri Ramanashram. The next morning, after Giripradakshina, Vivek and Nivedita left for the ashram to pack up things and reach the abode of the Yogi. Dr. Radhakrishnan and this Sadhu visited the abode of Narikkutti Swami on the top of the hill, spent some time with him and then came to the Banyan Tree Cave where this Sadhu had received initiation from Yogi Ramsuratkumar. After sitting there in meditation for a few minutes and doing arati to Maharshi Ramana, Swami Ramdas and Mother Krishnabai, we returned to the abode of the Yogi. The Yogi had taken care of the children. They were just taking food with Him when we stepped in there. We came to know that He was waiting for us also for a long  time. The Yogi fed me, Dr. Radhakrishnan and another devotee with whatever food that was available in His abode. The lunch was very sumptuous. After food, the Yogi started concentrating on me. He asked me to hand over my spectacle to Him. Examining it, He asked me how long I was wearing it. I told him, Swami Sahajanandaji Maharaj presented this to me when I visited South Africa. I reminded Him, during my first visit also He had taken my spectacle in His hand like He did this time and on His advice, I changed it. “That spectacle is still in front of your picture in my shrine, Maharaj”, I told Him. After carefully examining my spectacle again, He said, “So, this is alright for you. I will keep it with me. You please remind me before you leave.”

The Yogi withdrew into deep meditation holding the lenses of the spectacle in between His thumb and fingers. He was chanting Mantra. Then He straight away looked into my eyes. It was all again those thrilling experiences which I had in my first visit. But this time I had the courage and faith to remain completely composed and calm in spite of the powerful vibrations produced by that penetrating look. I was like a child fearlessly sitting on the lap of a mother. But I did feel the charge. All of a sudden He announced, “Now that so many people are here, Rangaraja will give a speech”. I was taken aback. “You can speak on any topic”, He added. Impelled by the Master’s command, I immediately started my speech, in the usual manner, chanting a verse invoking my Master’s name. It is a traditional Sanskrit verse invoking the blessings of all preceptors from Vedic Rishis to one’s present preceptor and this Sadhu has incorporated the name of Yogi Ramsuratkumar into it. I spoke for about fifteen minutes on the Glory of Bharatavarsha, the land that has produced great sages and saints and that has been destined to play the role of Lokaguru since times immemorial. The Yogi keenly listened to it, though He had heard me speak all these things in the Banyan Tree Cave on the day of my initiation by Him on the occasion of the Jayanti of Swami Ramdas. After I finished my talk, the Yogi said, there is a traditional verse in Sanskrit which proclaims the dictum of Manu that the whole world must take its lesson from the masters of this land. I immediately quoted the verse,

Etat desha prasootasya Sakaashaat agrajanmanah
Swam swam charitram siksheran
Prthivyaam sarvamaanavaah!
एतद्देशप्रसूतस्य सकाशादग्रजन्मनः ।
स्वं स्वं चरित्रं शिक्षेरन् पृथिव्यां सर्वमानवाः ।
–“Let all mankind learn the meaning and purpose of their lives from the great preceptors of this land”.

The Yogi remarked that the word agrajanmanah meant the ‘Brahmins’ though I used the more general term of ‘preceptors’ while translating it. I clarified that I used the more general term in order that the word ‘Brahmin’ should not be misunderstood in the light of present day caste system. “The word ‘Brahmin’ always referred to the enlightened men who were dedicated to the higher spiritual pursuit of self-realisation”, I said.

“You are absolutely correct”, He commented, and added, “It is right that you have used the more general term in the present context”. I told the Yogi that Manu calls him a ‘Brahmin’ who never keeps food for the next meal. He turned to Nivedita, showed her the pickle bottle and tins containing foodstuff and said, “See, this beggar is keeping all these things with him. He is, therefore, not a Brahmana. He is a Chandala. But your father must be a Brahmin. He doesn’t have all these, isn’t?” He burst into loud laughter.

I spoke to the Master about a proposal which I was discussing with Dr. Radhakrishnan the previous night. I said, “We wanted to set up under the auspices of Sister Nivedita Academy a centre of research in Indian culture and spiritual science, open to aspiring young men and women from all over the world. In our country we have institutions to teach philosophy and culture in the academic level, but we feel we must set up an institution which will create spiritual missionaries and messengers out of the youth who will come from different countries like Trinidad, Mauritius, South Africa and other parts of the world, undergo thorough training for certain period, and then go back to their respective countries to take up man-making work independently”.

The Yogi was very much elated to hear about this proposal. He raised his palm-leaf fan and blessed us. “This is a very important work. You have to take it up. My Father blesses you to succeed in your endeavour. You start the work. Don’t bother about the results. Karmanyevaadhikaraste–your part is to do the work. Even an attempt is great”.

The Yogi was in an inspired mood. He started singing songs on Bharatamata. Suddenly He asked me, “Who wrote the Sangh prayer—the one they sing in Sanskrit”.

He was referring to the Prarthana of Rashtreeya Swayamsevak Sangh, a voluntary organization of the Hindu nationalists.

“I don’t remember the name of the author, Maharaj. But the Prarthana is there from the days of Dr. Hedgewar, the founder of the Sangh”. I remembered later that the prayer was written by Sri N.N. Bhide at the very inception of the Sangh, under the guidance of the founder.

The Yogi said, “I like that line very much—Thwadeeyaaya kaaryaaya baddhaakateeyam, Subhaamashisham dehi tat poortaye — त्वदीयाय कार्याय बध्दा कटीयं, शुभामाशिषं देहि तत्पूर्तये। ‘We are determined to do your work, give us Your blessings for the fulfillment of that’. That should be the spirit”.

I told the Yogi that Nivedita passed in First Class in Typewriting Higher and she was helping us in type-setting our journal on our electronic typewriter. I added, she was typesetting yet another journal, MAKE HISTORY. The Yogi wanted to see a copy of the journal and I promised to send him one. He turned to Nivedita and said, “Today Nivedita is composing MAKE HISTORY and tomorrow, she will ‘make history’!” He then asked her, “Do you know, Nehru used to write letters to Indira when she was a small girl?”

Nivedita replied, “Yes”

Yogi said, “He wrote to her on History. He told her not only to read history, but make history. So when she became Prime Minister, somebody said, she not only made history, she also made geography”. The Yogi burst into laughter and continued, “So, now, Nivedita is going to make history. Isn’t it?”

I showed the Yogi a book, “The Bugbear of Literacy” by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, lent to me by Narikkutty Swami. He immediately asked me whether I have heard of another famous work of Ananda Coomaraswamy. I replied, “Yes, Maharaj, ‘The Dancing Siva’.” He asked Nivedita, “Have you seen the Dancing Shiva?”

“No, I haven’t seen”.

“But He can be seen in Chidambaram. They say He is there”.

“I haven’t seen the real Dancing Shiva”, Nivedita said. The Yogi burst into laughter. “I have seen the Dancing Shiva pose in Bharatanatyam”, Nivedita added. I told him, she herself has given the Dancing Shiva pose in her Bharatanatya Arangetram (maiden dance performance). “Oh, I see. So you have seen the unreal Dancing Shiva”, the Yogi remarked and laughed loudly. Then He asked her, “Have you seen the Begging Shiva?”

“Yes”

“Where, where have you seen him?”

Nivedita pointed her finger towards Him. The Yogi hilariously laughed. “So you say that I am a real Beggar!” He burst into laughter again. “Your father is Ranga ‘Raja’ and I am a Beggar! Isn’t it?” He made all of us laugh.

Dr. Radhakrishnan told Yogi that Narikkutti Swami narrated to us how he used to offer ‘Passing Show’ (cigarette) to the Yogi to “burn off the karmas of the devotees”. The Yogi laughed from the bottom of His heart.

It was getting late in the evening. The talk then diverted to the topic of coconut shell. He told how somebody broke His coconut shell bowl while washing and how He had to use it carefully afterwards. I then told Him that the one with me was too small to take food. The Yogi went to the adjacent room and searched for a new shell. Because it was dark inside and the electricity supply was cut for some hours, He could not find it. Then He immediately took the one which He has been using for a long time and presented it to me. He told Nivedita, “You must handle it carefully when your father gives it to you for washing. Don’t drop it and break it”. After a pause He added, “Your mother is going to scold this beggar. She will ask why this beggar is giving your father a big begging bowl. Will she?”

“No, No,” Nivedita replied.

The Yogi laughed.

The Yogi presented a shawl also to this humble servant. He gave a tin full of edibles to Nivedita and Vivek and asked them to take it home. He presented some fruits to Dr. Radhakrishnan and He blessed all of us and said, “You have to go a long way. It is already late”. He turned to Nivedita and told, “If you go home very late, your mother will get angry and will not give you food, isn’t it? Will you go to a hotel then?”

When Nivedita nodded her head in the affirmative, He spent some more time with us. Then we all got up and prostrated to Him. He came up to the gate. We told Him that we would go to the temple first, have darshan of Arunachaleswara and Apeetakuchambal and then proceed to the bus stand. He raised His hand and stood there at the door step, blessing us all till we moved down the street. I heard a whispering sound from the bottom of my heart,

“Guru mahimaa, guru mahimaa, Apaara mahimaa, guru mahimaa.”
–Limitless is the greatness of the Divine Master!

On the auspicious Shravan Poornima Day, August 27, 1988, after performing the Yajur Upakarma (changing of sacred thread), this humble servant of beggar visited again my Master’s abode. This time Vivek and his friend, Satish, had accompanied me. The Yogi was awaiting my arrival as I had already written to Him. He was very happy to know that Vivek got admission in the Bharat Engineering College, Madras. He said, “You know, the seats in the Engineering Colleges are very limited and there are a lot of candidates. This beggar appealed to My Father to give two seats – one for Vivekanandan and another one for Manikandan (a nephew of a close devotee, Sri Jayaraman) – and the Father has accepted this beggar’s appeal. Both of you have got seats on merit from Government quota”. He gave lot of advice to Vivek. “Your energy must not be wasted in mugging up lessons. It is for higher purpose. Your father will find out someone to guide you right from the very beginning”. He asked me to make arrangements for regular coaching to Vivek. I told Yogi that Nivedita would be coming in the next morning with a group of girls whom she has recently organized in Madras. He was happy to hear that. I also told him that I had to do the Gayatri Japa on the next day. He advised me to do it in the Arunachaleswara temple premises.

The next morning, when I had just come out of my place of stay. I was surprised to see the Master standing outside on the street facing His abode. As soon as He saw me. He said, “You have to do Gayatri, isn’t it? Come on. I will take you to the temple tank for your bath”. I followed Him into the temple premises. He took me to the Ganga Teertham. We both sat on the steps of the tank, waiting for Vivek and his friend who had gone to bring clothes. The Yogi narrated an experience when a newly married couple seeking His blessings came to Him and took a photo while He was standing on the very steps in 1974: “They wanted to take a photo of this Beggar when I was standing here holding my fan and coconut shell in the hands. A vendor selling conches happened to come here and they took a Valampuri conch and gave that to me to hold in my hand. So the photo was taken here and from out of that, this beggar’s picture in which you find a halo around his head, drawn by an artist, was produced”.

(This picture[2] is often found in the shrines of my Master’s devotees and it is given by Him directly).

I told the Master about the vrata that I start usually on the Gayatri Day and continue up to Vijayadasami, for about 55 days. I sought His command as to whether it must be fasting or silence this time. He pondered over it and said, “You observe fast, you need not observe mouna vrata (silence). You can take some liquid diet”. He paused for a minute and asked, “What liquid diet will you take?”

“Some Kanji (gruel), Maharaj”.

“Where will I go for Kanji today?”

“No, today I will take milk, Maharaj”

The Yogi consented. Vivek had come by then. The Master commanded: “You take bath, go to Dakshinamoorthy Sannidhi and do your Gayatri. This beggar will leave you now. You come to me after finishing your Japa”. He took leave of us.

After the Gayatri Japa, we reached His abode again. Some devotees were there. The Master ordered for milk. I told Him about a small crack which had occurred in the begging bowl given to me by Him. He immediately showed His own bowl and pointed out a small crack and said, “Whenever I take anything, I tilt it to a side.” When the milk came, I tried the trick, but the crack was at the bottom and, therefore, I did not succeed. The Yogi enjoyed the fun. Then He went inside and brought another coconut shell and gave it to me saying, “This is a little smaller one, but you can manage with this.”

A foreigner came and stood at His doorstep. The Yogi asked him to come in. As soon as he entered, He asked him, “Are you a Persian?” He replied in the affirmative. He gave his name as Farook and said that he was a Professor in the University of Paris. The Yogi asked him, “Do you know Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini?”

“Yes”

“Do you know that he is a saint?”

“No Swamiji, but if you say so, I am not going to contradict you”, he said with a smile.

“This beggar thinks that he is a saint.”

“But there are others who call him a devil. So they must be sinners”, said the professor again with a gentle smile.

“No, no. All of them are saints. In this world, this beggar is the only sinner. All others are saints”, the Yogi remarked making all of us burst into laughter. He then added, “You see, Kabir saw only Rama everywhere, in everyone. So also, this beggar sees only saints in everyone.”

All of a sudden His mood changed and He started chanting Ramnam. We joined Him. After sometime, He turned to the professor and asked, “Do you know that both the saints and wicked people are a source of unhappiness?” All of us were perplexed by the question. Then He explained, “When wicked people come to us, they give us unhappiness. When saints leave us, we feel unhappy, isn’t it?” Indeed, a humorous truth!

My Master presented copies of TATTVA DARSANA and GLIMPSES OF A GREAT YOGI to the professor and an advocate devotee. The professor said that he had already seen the books at Madras and was happy to receive them from the Master. Our talks turned to Dr. Sujata Vijayaraghavan’s book on Indian Renaissance. The Yogi said, “She has equated this beggar with great Masters like Sri Ramakrishna, Aurobindo, Ramana and Shankaracharya. What will the Acharyas think when they see this?”

The advocate friend told the Yogi that he had just returned to Tiruvannamalai after seeing Shankaracharya Swami Jayendra Saraswati and added that the latter had enquired about the Yogi. Yogiji asked, “Is it so? Did the Acharya ask about this beggar?” and added, “The Paramacharya also enquired about this beggar to a priest who had gone to see Him.” Again referring to Dr. Sujata’s book, He said, “Well, if she, out of her devotion, thinks that this beggar is equal to them, then she is not wrong. A devotee can think of his or her Master in any form as he or she likes.”

Our attention turned to the coconut shell in my hand. The Master then narrated to us how He got the coconut shell bowl for the first time from a Swami from Ceylon, how He got the fan from Sri Vasudevananda Saraswati Swami who came to Tiruvannamalai, how Swami Gnanananda Giri added one more of it when He went to Tirukkoilur and how He has been since then having two palm-leaf fans tied together.

A poor old man came there and prostrated to Him. My Master introduced him to me saying that he was a poor astrologer reading palms, sitting in front of the temple. He narrated how, one day, another palmist became jealous of him and started hitting him. My Master said, “This beggar asked the other man why he assaulted him, but he gave some false reason. This poor man was hit for no reason and this beggar was so impotent that he could not do anything”. He added, “However, since that day, this beggar visits this friend almost every day and spends some time with him.”

I remarked, “Maharaj, when the Asuras were creating havoc, even the great Rishis were helpless. Even a Rishi like Viswamitra had to take the help of Rama and Lakshmana to put down the Rakshasas.”

The Yogi laughed. He gave some money and fruits to the poor old friend who profusely thanked the Yogi. The Yogi blessed him and sent him away.

Nivedita reached with her group of friends and some elders who had accompanied them. As soon as He saw Nivedita, He asked them all to come in. I introduced them. He made them all sit in a row. Then they placed before him the fruits and love offerings that they had brought. When Nivedita placed before him a set of dhoti and shawl in ochre colour, sent by her mother, Bharati, as offering to the Yogi, the Yogi smiled and said, “Oh, this is a very dangerous thing. This beggar doesn’t wear these clothes. He wears only white.” He then narrated an incident: “Once a Swami was distributing ochre clothes to sadhus. When he offered this beggar a set, this beggar said that he does not wear ochre clothes. For that the Swami remarked, ‘You are not matured enough to wear it’.” In a jovial spirit the Yogi told Nivedita, “So, go and tell your mother that this beggar is ‘not matured enough’ to wear this and he is, therefore, giving it to a person who can wear it.” So saying, the Yogi took those clothes and thrust them into my hand and told Nivedita: “This beggar is afraid to wear this. Your father is bold enough to wear this.”

The Yogi made all of us sing Ramnam. When I told him that one of the girls, Kumari Parimala, wanted to go to Russia for higher studies, He asked her to come forward. She told Him, “When I go abroad I want to do something for our Indian Culture. I want your guidance.”

“What guidance this beggar can give? He knows nothing. You ask Rangaraja. He is a Professor and he knows well. He is doing a lot for Indian Culture and he will guide you.”

I felt it was my Master’s command to me. The Yogi also told her, “Read Ramayana and Mahabharata written by Rajaji. You will get an idea about what you can do for our culture. Everything is there.”

The Yogi went inside and brought a copy of the THEOSOPHIST journal. He showed us a beautiful picture of J. Krishnamoorty with a small boy. He also asked me to read two articles from it.

Before taking leave of Him, one by one all of us prostrated at the Yogi’s feet and took His blessings. The Yogi thrust one fruit in each hand. When He did so into this sadhu’s hand, He held my hand fast and sank into deep meditation. Then He took back the fruit and handed it over to Nivedita and again caught hold of my hand and once again merged into deep meditation. I was also transported to a different realm. When He opened His eyes, I told Him with overwhelming emotion, “Gurudev, you have given me initiation, you have also given me a begging bowl and today you have given me these ochre clothes too. I want you to give me the strength also to live up to your expectations.” The Yogi tightened His grip on my hand and then blessed me. We sat for many minutes like that. At first I was kneeling and when I found that He was not leaving my hand, I sat down by His side. After some time He opened his eyes and turned to Nivedita and told her, “I am a beggar, do you know that?”

Nivedita smiled and said, “I do not know. You say so.”

“You do not believe that I am a beggar!”

“I believe you. But I do not ‘know’ that you are a beggar.”

“Then what do you think of me?”

“I believe you are a Great Yogi”.

The Yogi burst into laughter. “You believe because your father has written that this beggar is a ‘Great Yogi’. But you don’t believe when this beggar says that he is a poor beggar!”

“I believe you, because you claim that you are a beggar.”

“What do you mean by a Yogi?”

Nivedita quoted from the Bhagavad Gita the characteristics of a Yogi. She said, “You are not affected by pleasure and pain, praise and condemnation….”

“But this stone here is also like that. It is not affected by pleasure and pain. Is it also a Yogi?”

“You are not a stone. The stone will break when it is hit with a hammer.”

“Will not my leg break if you hit me with a hammer?”

“No, You are not the body, and therefore you will not be affected even if your leg is broken”.

“How do you know that I am such a Yogi?”

“The other day you told Dr. Radhakrishnan that whosoever thought of you in whatsoever manner, you appeared to them like that. I think of you as a Great Yogi and therefore you appear to me as a Great Yogi.”

The Yogi burst into hilarious laughter hearing her bold and frank reply. After pausing for some minutes, He said, “This beggar died in 1952. Do you know that?” He then looked at me and repeated that statement. I immediately remarked, “And you killed me in April 1988, Maharaj!”

The Yogi exploded into a loud laughter. “Ramdas was capable of killing this beggar. But this beggar has no strength to kill anybody.” The Yogi paused for a minute and added, “This beggar never gives initiation, but your case is an exceptional one.”

He blessed the devotees and asked all excepting me, Vivek and Nivedita to go to the temple. He spent a few more minutes with us and entered into intense meditation for some time. He then conferred His blessings on us again. Standing at the doorstep of His abode, He saw us all off. I saw the glow of the Sun on His face and chanted:

“Tat savitur varenyam, bhargo devasya dheemahi, dhiyoyona prachadoyaat!”
तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि धियो यो न: प्रचोदयात्।

— “We meditate on that excellent light of the Divine Sun; may he illuminate our minds!”

[1] I and my brother enjoyed Yogiji’s company so much that we started visiting him very often. Though I have forgotten the actual conversations, the joy with which Yogiji received us at His place, with his welcoming smile and the excitement in the face, remains ever-green in my memory. On June 3, 1988, my brother, myself and our cousin sister, went to Tiruvannamalai, without any adult accompanying us. We could not get any proper accommodation. We wanted to inform Yogiji about this. We waited for the right moment. By this time, we had learnt how to behave in His presence. We have seen Him in different temperaments – sometimes serious, sometimes angry, many a times cutting jokes and laughing hilariously and at other times just silent. We would speak only when He enquires us. On that day, without beginning any conversation, Yogiji asked us to accompany Him to the temple. (In another such instance, when Yogiji took us to the temple, He showed us, with a lot of excitement, a particular stone on the ground having the name Ramji carved in it).  This time, we all went and sat on the steps of the temple tank. Sri Dwaraknath Reddy, Nutrine Confectionary proprietor, came to the temple while performing Giripradakshina. He saw Yogiji and rushed to the place where we were sitting. Yogi asked him to go home to bring his car and take Yogiji to his house near Ramanashram. We were mentally getting prepared to take leave as Yogiji was going to Sri Dwaraknath’s house. Yogiji, in all his kindness, took us to Sri Dwarakanath Reddy’s house, though we did not even get a chance to express our problem. He made us stay there and He also spent time there with us and the other devotees who came to visit him. We had not even asked and He provided us with an enjoyable and “sweet” stay filled with Nutrine sweets. The way He carried out His plan was so dramatic. Didn’t Sri Krishna shower all the fortunes on his dear friend, Sudhama, who had not even asked Krishna for anything?
Ref. https://yogiramsuratkumarblog.wordpress.com/yoginam-vande-jagadgurum/ by Nivedita.

[2] “This photo was snapped by Sri Vijayasekaran, son of Sri Rajamanicka Nadar, on the steps of Sivaganga Theertham, inside Annamalaiar Temple at Tiruvannamalai”Kovil Tank. Ref. p.192., Amarakavyam by Sri. Parthasarathy.

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Glimpses of a Great Yogi – How Yogi gave food, shelter, knowledge and wealth!

Here is an chapter from Yogi Ramsuratkumar’s biography by Sadhu Prof. V. Rangarajan named “Glimpses of a Great Yogi”. The full document is available here sribharatamatamandir.org/word/?page_id=412 

In this chapter, along with Sadhuji, another devotee, Sri Ranganathan has also shared his experiences of their visit. This visit is so interesting as Yogiji first ensures that they get some food and shelter. He then shares some pearls of wisdom and finally provides for some money also. The readers can also get a glimpse of how Yogiji used to move around in Tiruvannamalai like a king and at the same time, how He expressed the love of an affectionate mother. 


Yogi and Sadhu near Yaga Shala

GLIMPSES OF A GREAT YOGI–II

—The Deekshaa Guru as Seen by the Shishya

CHAPTER 1 

THE MASTER AS A MOTHER AND A MONARCH

The first visit of this Sadhu to the abode of my Master, Yogi Ramsuratkumar, after receiving initiation from Him, on the auspicious Papa Ramdas Jayanti at Banyan Tree Cave in Tiruvannamalai, on April 28, 1988, took place on Thursday, May 12, 1988. The special issue of TATTVA DARSANA which carried a detailed narration of the sudden and unexpected initiation ceremony that took place on Papa Ramdas Jayanti and also an editorial, “Right to Beg”, which was commissioned by the Beggar of Beggars to be written by this Sadhu, was already sent to Bhagavan immediately after its release in a big congregation of His devotees at Pondicherry on May 8, 1988. However, the Sadhu carried a small bundle of the copies of the journal to be placed at the feet of the Master, as usual. A young devotee, V. Ranganathan, who was very eager to have the darshan of the Master, was invited by the Sadhu to join him. Sadhu’s son, Vivekanandan, also joined them and they left Chennai at 3.00 PM. They reached Tiruvannamalai by 7.30 PM and straightaway headed to the abode of the Master. Sadhuji used to keep Bhagavan informed about his visit in advance and therefore, no wonder, Bhagavan was waiting for them. The devotee, Ranganathan, who later presented a beautiful pen picture of the visit in one of the issues of TATTVA DARSANA, writes: “We would not have knocked at his door more than twice, before he came out with a smile on his face, as though he was expecting us. All of us fell prostrate at his feet. He then enquired about Prof. Rangarajan’s health and about his proposed trip to Trinidad and other countries. The Yogi was like a mother receiving her children.”

 

Sadhu had written a second letter before starting to Tiruvannamalai, but it seemed that Bhagavan had missed it. Sadhuji had written about the visit of a devotee, Smt. Indrani, from Trinidad. He told Bhagavan about a call from her and said that she was on her way and would join them the next day. Yogiji made them all sit on the verandah of His abode and Himself sat on the footstep, as if it was His throne. Sadhu gave Yogiji a brief report about the Pondicherry Conference. Yogiji then asked the Sadhu about his future programmes. He blessed the Sadhu for the success of all his lectures and programmes. He also blessed Ranganathan for helping Sadhu in his work.

Ranganathan, while describing the events of the day says: “Yogi Ramsuratkumar then enquired about the magazine, TATTVA DARSANA. When the professor presented him with a few copies of the latest issue, which was the Yogi Ramsuratkumar Special Issue, February-June 1988, he accepted only one and asked the rest to be distributed. He asked the professor to read out the article in which the professor had given an account of his initiation by the Yogi. The Yogi held the torchlight to enable the Professor to read it out for him. He also wanted the editorial, THE RIGHT TO BEG, to be read out. He enquired about the cost of the magazine and how it was met. When Professor told him that some friends were helping him, the Yogi was happy and wished more subscriptions to come.

 

“We were all asked to be seated in a row, the Professor being the one who sat at the head of the row. Another person joined us. He was asked to sit next to me. The Yogi then started to sing RAMANAM in a loud voice. All of us joined him. He then asked the person sitting next to me to go and call a boy from the nearby car-house. When the boy came, Yogi Ramsuratkumar asked him to get a few cups of milk. When this boy was gone, the singing started. We sang for some time RAMNAM and songs on MOTHER BHARATH. He then enquired about Professor’s lectures and remarked in a very clear voice, ‘My Father blesses you! All your lectures will be a great success! But before you start the lecture, if possible, please recall this beggar’s name once. My Father will then immediately rush help to you.’ The Professor told him how he started his speech in the recent Seminar on the Yogi, held in Pondicherry, by chanting an invocation song, which offered salutations to the great lineage of the Guru from the Dakshinamoorthy to Yogi Ramsuratkumar. The Master raised his hand and blessed him.

 

“When the Professor told him that the Yogi’s name helped him to tide over some financial crisis that developed before the printing of the latest issue, the Yogi remarked, ‘Yes whenever you are in trouble, just call this beggar’s name with faith. My Father will rush you help immediately. We have a contract—Myself and Father. Whoever calls My name, My Father will immediately rush help.’ He got up, went into the house, and bought us a copy of a poem[1] written by Arthur Hillcoat, in which the Australian devotee had mentioned the power of the Yogi’s name. He gave it to Professor asking him to keep it with him for some time.

 

“A man then joined us and was made to sit in the line. By then, the boy who had started out to get us milk returned with a few cups of milk. I became a little anxious because one of us might not be blessed with the Prasad, as all of us were not present at the time when the milk was ordered. To my utter surprise, when the Yogi asked Vivek, Professor’s son, to place a cup of milk before everybody there, there were enough cups for everybody there. The ceremony began. And when the Professor brought out his begging bowl to take his milk, the Master took the begging bowl in His hand, blessed it, and transferred some milk from His own begging bowl. When the Master blessed the bowl, even the bowl developed a vision. Yes when we examined the bowl later that day, two marks, like the eyes on its face, were developed.

 

“He then started to sing the RAMNAM in a divine voice. It was soul-stirring music coming from the depth of his heart reaching the depths of our being. We were being transported to another world. Our Master was the Divine Mother Herself. The All-compassionate, Merciful One, took care of all our needs that day. There was not a thing that we wanted in his presence. We were all completely filled with the joy of his presence.”

 

Bhagavan sent a devotee with this Sadhu to Udupi Brindavan Hotel to book rooms for us for that night. He enquired with Vivek about the arrival of Smt. Indrani of Trinidad and asked about her programmes for the next day. He wanted all of us to go to Sri Ramanashramam and take part in the Aradhana Day Celebrations, the next day. After this Sadhu had gone, Bhagavan sat in the verandah for some time deeply absorbed in Himself. A little later, this Sadhu and the person who went with him, returned. We all started to sing again. All of us were a little hungry by then. He called a person who was sitting with us, gave him some money, and asked him to get us something to eat. When the person was gone, the Yogi kept saying, “We have a little more time to spend together.” We continued to sing. Yogiji suddenly got up, went inside, and got a packet of puffed rice and water. He asked Ranganathan to open it for Him and distribute a handful for each one of us and He Himself took some. He gave water to all of us to drink while all of us kept singing RAMNAM and bhajans on Bharatamata.

 

Ranganathan explains how Yogiji gave this Sadhu this first supper in His abode after the Sadhu’s initiation: “The person brought us food to eat. The Yogi shared the Professor’s food with him and asked us to eat. When we could eat no more, he said, ‘Don’t bother! If you can’t, go, give it to the cow.’ A cow was standing near his house. He then gave us water to wash our hands. We sat for some more time with him. All along, we were singing RAMANAM. He then asked us to go to the lodge and take some rest. We fell prostrate at his feet and took leave.” This Sadhu carries the indelible memory of that night’s remarkable supper in which Bhagavan made His chela sit next to Him on the throne of His footstep and pulled the dosa soaked in sambar and chutney from His disciple’s plate when this Sadhu was finding it difficult to swallow the whole lot of food. After spending about three hours with Bhagavan, we all retired to our room.

 

This sadhu got up early in the morning, the next day, and after morning ablutions, performed Sandhyaavandana. He asked Vivek and Ranganathan to go to the railway station to pick up Smt. Indrani. This Sadhu had a pleasant surprise when his Master, Yogi Ramsuratkumar, barged into his room in the hotel in the early morning hours. He received the Master and made him sit on his bed. By then, Vivek and Ranganathan had also returned with Indrani. We ordered coffee for all of us. Bhagavan announced: “This beggar wanted to go to the temple and spend some time there with you people. If all of you are ready, we can go there right now.” Ranganathan was a little hesitant because he had yet to take his bath. Bhagavan said, He could wait till every one of us was ready. We sat there and spent some time in chanting Ramnam. When Ranganathan was also ready, Bhagavan got up and asked us to lock up the room and accompany Him.

 

While going to the temple, Bhagavan walked with the gait of an emperor and we all followed Him as His faithful servants. As Ranganathan rightly remarks, “He, the one who looked like the All-compassionate Mother the previous night, now looked like an All-powerful Monarch.” When He entered the precincts of the temple, it was like Julius Caesar marching into the Roman Palace. The beggars who were seated on both sides of the road leading to the temple saluted Him and He in turn raised His hands and blessed them all, keenly looking into the face of each one of them. He also blessed the devotees who fell prostrate at His feet to seek his blessings.

 

As soon as He entered the temple precincts, He took a right turn and conducted us towards a corner of the temple Prakara. He showed us a big tree standing outside the wall and asked us to look up. Two big honey combs were hanging from the tree and honey was dripping out of them. He was looking at them as though they were the proud possessions of His palace. It seemed the Master had been observing the growth of the honey combs right from the beginning. He was admiring the self-less gift of Mother Nature from which he wanted everyone to learn a great lesson. After observing the honey combs for some time, He took us straight inside the temple to the presence of Lord Dakshinamoorthy seated below a Makizha (Bakul) tree, the Sthalavriksha of the temple. We all sat before Him like the disciples of Dakshinamoorthy in front of the Lord. He was silent for some time, absorbed in deep thought. We were waiting for the words of wisdom from his mouth. He then started talking to us. The topic was “Aggressive Hinduism”. He said, “Strength is religion, anything that makes us weak is irreligion.” This Sadhu felt that the words of the great Swami Vivekananda were echoing from his Master’s bosom. The Yogi added, “Atman, I am, not flesh”. He then turned to us and said, “You know, sandal paste is very cool. But if you go on rubbing two pieces of sandal wood together, then comes fire out of it” and added, “The need for the day is Aggressive Hinduism. You can’t go on sinning. My Father, Shiva, is very compassionate. He is very patient. But once he gets angry, there will be destruction all over. There will be Mahapralaya (The Great Deluge)”.

 

Suddenly an old lady appeared there and fell prostrate at the feet of Bhagavan. She started complaining: “Swami, I have been coming here for the whole of last one week in search of Swami, but I could not see the Swami at all.” By the word “Swami”, the lady meant only the great Yogi, but the Master made pun of the word and with a hilarious laughter, said, “You have come here for one week only, Amma, in search of Swami, but I have been searching for the Swami for a long time, but I have not found Him so far.” He paused for a minute and added, “He must be somewhere around here. You search for Him and so shall I. Some people say that He is not there, but we think He is there somewhere. It is wrong to say that He is not here. If we have faith and search for Him with faith, we will certainly find Him. You go this way and search for Him and I will go that way and search for Him. We will definitely find Him. He cannot be lost. He must be only here somewhere.” The Yogi broke out into a continuous laughter.

 

Yogi again turned towards us and continued: “Only strength is religion. Anything that weakens cannot be religion. You are All-Powerful, you are All-Knowing, you are All-Bliss. Do not be pessimistic. If you are pessimistic, everything is lost. Have hope. You are the Atman. Say that to yourself. Say that for years together. Then see what happens.”

 

Ranganathan politely intervened at this stage and remarked, “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak”. Yogiji replied, “Yes, the flesh is weak. The body is perishable. That is why I am asking you to identify yourself with the Atman. Say you are the Atman, and then see what happens.”

 

About this bountiful flow of wisdom from the Master, Ranganathan remarks, “He gave us the highest truth in the simplest of the words. He had given us knowledge. The previous night he gave us food, shelter and the next day the real knowledge. What else could we have asked for?”

 

Indrani wanted her Mangalasutra (the sacred marriage thread in gold) to be blessed by the Master and took it out and asked this Sadhu to request the Master on her behalf. When this Sadhu conveyed her prayer to the Master, He received the Mangalasutra in His hand, raised it towards the Sun and prayed for a minute and returned it to her, asking her to wear it again immediately.

 

He then took us around the temple, and made us sit in a line on the western side. He wanted us to observe the tip of Arunachala Hill. He would have watched it for five or ten minutes and then the Yogi repeated his words again, “Strength is religion.” As we were perambulating the temple, he said, “The status quo cannot remain. Either you have to expand or contract. Now is the time for us to expand.” The goal was shown to us.

 

Doing a pradakshina around the temple, the Yogi took us to the northern gate of the temple and directed us to proceed to Sri Ramanashramam to take part in the Aradhana Day celebrations. He blessed us all and walked back into the temple.

 

This Sadhu, accompanied by Vivek, Ranganathan and Indrani, walked towards the Ramanashram. We met the officials of the Ashram and after spending some time there with guests who included Swami Devananda from Chennai, walked towards the Peygopuram on the western side of the temple. Vivek dropped Indrani in the lodge and joined this Sadhu and Ranganathan in climbing to the top of the Arunachala Hill. We visited Aalamara Guhai (Papa Ramdas Cave) where the Master initiated this Sadhu during his last visit and sat there for some time in meditation. Sundararaman Swami of the Guhai, who had played host at the time of the initiation of the Sadhu by the Master, received us all. Climbing down the hill after some time, we visited some devotees staying around the temple. Then we proceeded again towards the abode of the Master to spend the evening with Him.

 

We reached His abode by around 6.00 PM. He was sitting at the doorstep as if He was waiting for us. He was not then wearing his turban. He had let his hair hang loose. We all felt that He was Sri Aurobindo himself, the great patriot-saint, who was sitting there. He made us sit in the verandah and watched us with keen interest. A lawyer devotee of the Yogi, Sri Veeraraghavan, from Sri Seshadri Swamigal Adhishthanam, came there accompanied by his wife and mother. He presented the Yogi with a few copies of the journal of the Adhishthanam.

 

A milkman came then and stood at Yogi’s doorstep. The Yogi asked Vivek to get the milk in His mud pot. Vivek brought the milk and gave it to the Yogi. He started to drink the milk straight from the pot. When asked by a lady devotee whether she should heat it up for him, he remarked, “This beggar takes what he gets. He takes anything and everything.”

 

Ranganathan narrates the things that happened later: “The Yogi then introduced the Professor to the lawyer and when the lawyer wanted to learn a little more about Professor, the Yogi asked the Professor to explain to the friend the work being carried on in the SISTER NIVEDITA ACADEMY. The Professor then explained to the lawyer about the Academy and how it was started to revive Spiritual Nationalism. The Yogi nodded his head in approval and remarked that the magazine of the Academy, TATTVA DARSANA, was started with the Yogi’s blessings. When the lawyer wanted to become a subscriber to the magazine, the Yogi said, ‘Yes, we need many more subscriptions.’ He received the money from him, which was a little more than the yearly subscription, blessed it, and gave it to the Professor, holding the Professor’s hand for some time in meditation.” Yogiji recommended to the lawyer to organize lectures of the Sadhu. He assured the Sadhu that his work will never suffer for want of money and His Father will always help the noble cause espoused by the Sadhu.

 

As Ranganathan has concluded his write up on our visit to the Master, “The Master who gave us food, shelter and knowledge had given us wealth too. Then having sent every one out, he asked us whether we needed anything more. What more could we have asked for? He blessed us all and gave us leave.”

Taking leave of Bhagavan, we came to the room and packed up for return to Chennai. Indrani left for Bangalore and we took the bus to Chennai. All our thoughts during the journey centred on the divine experience that we had in the presence of Bhagavan Yogi Ramsuratkumar.

[1]http://pages.intnet.mu/ramsurat/Temoignages/English/Hilcoat.html
Yogi Ramsuratkumar by Arthur Hillcoat

I Travelled From Australia
Indeed I’d Travelled Far
When Came Across A Holy Man
Yogi Ram Surat Kumar

Sat With Him In Silence
Felt A Love Within So Strong
For At Last I Was Before Him
And I Had Waited Long.

Several Times I Had His Blessings
The God Within Me Stirred
An Initiation Into Silence
Spontaneously Occurred.

He Said “When You Have A Problem
From Which You Feel You May Succumb
You Have But To Call My Name But Once
And The Father Himself Will Come”.

In Later Weeks When Troubles Came
And Which I Felt I Could Not Bear
I Called Upon The Yogi’s Name
In A Moment – I Was In Father’s Care.

I Give My Thanks Most Everyday
To Be Given So Much Grace
And When E’re I Sit And Close My Eyes
I See The Yogi’s Saintly Face.

I Have So Often Wondered Why That I
Should Have Been Brought From So Afar
But I’ll Always Look To Him With Love,
To The Yogi – Ram Surat Kumar.

 

Surata Saptaham

A 7-day long lecture series in Tamil by Sri Visiri Shankar at Madurai Kurukshetram on the divine life of Yogi Ramsuratkumar. A summary in Tamil is given here.

surata-saptaaham

மதுரை குருஷேத்திரத்தில் பகவான் யோகி ராம்சுரத்குமார் திவ்ய சரித சுரத சப்தாஹம்!

சப்தாஹ பாரம்பர்யம் கலியுகத்தின் துவக்கத்தில் ஸ்ரீ சுகப்பிரம்ம ரிஷிகள் நைமிசாரண்யத்தில் பாண்டவர் குலவாரிசு பரீட்ஷித்து மகாராஜாவிற்கு ஸ்ரீமத் பாகவதத்தை உபதேசித்த போது துவங்கியது!

ஏழு நாட்களாக ஸ்ரீ கண்ணன் சரிதத்தை எடுத்தோதுவது போல் தெய்வக்குழந்தை யோகி ராம்சுரத்குமார் திவ்ய சரிதத்தை
சுரத சப்தாஹம் விஸ்தாரமாக விளக்கிச் சொல்கிறது.

1 “சுரத ஸப்தாஹ மாகாத்மியம் ” மற்றும்  பகவானின் நர்தரா வாழ்வை விளக்கும் “பாலகாண்டம்”

2 யோகியின் இறைத்தேடல் – மகான் அரவிந்தர் – மகரிஷி ரமணர் – பப்பா ராமதாசர் தரிசனம் – 1952ல்  பப்பாவின் திருவடிகளில் – யோகியின் ஞான மலர்ச்சியை விவரிக்கும்  ” ஞானகாண்டம் ”

3 1952 முதல் 1959 வரை பாரத நாடெங்கும் யோகி பவனி வந்த
அவரே வெளிப்படுத்திய சம்பவங்களின் வருணனை
” திரிதரு காண்டம் ”

4 1959 ல் அருணையை வந்தடைதல் . அருணையில் நிலை கொள்தல் –
1976 முதல் ஜெயந்தி வரையுள்ள ஆரம்பகால சரிதம்
” அருணைக் காண்டம் ”

5 1976 முதல் யோகியின் கருணை வீச்சில் நாலா திசைகளில் இருந்தும் அன்பர்கள் அருணையை நோக்கி ஈர்க்கப்பட்ட  யோகியின் கருணை  விளையாடல்களை தொகுத்து வழங்கும்  ” கருணைக் காண்டம் ”

6 எழுபதுகளில் “உலகம் உனை வணங்கி  உன் உருவை வழிபடும்” என்று  கரிவரத சுவாமிகளின்  அருளிய வரிகளை மெய்ப்பிக்கும் வகையில் –  குமார கோவில் – காணிமடம் -ராஜ பாளையம் – ஸ்ரீவில்லிபுத்தூர் – திருவண்ணாமலை ஆஸ்ரமம் – ஓசூர் – தூத்துக்குடி புதுக்கோட்டை – மதுரை குருஷேத்திரம் – விருதுநகர் குரு  பகவான் ஆலயம் – சென்னை ராகவாஸ்ரமம் – கபாலிநகர் – என ஆலயங்கள் உருவான வரலாறை விளக்கும்  ” ஆலய காண்டம் ”

7 “உலகத்தந்தை யோகி ராம்சுரகுமாரின் பட்டாபிஷேகம்”  சிறப்பு பூஜையுடன் சரதஸப்தாஹம் நிறைவு பெறும் .

யோகி ராம்சுரத்குமார் யோகிராம்சுரத்குமார்
யோகி ராம்சுரத்குமார் ஜயகுருராயா


மதுரை குருஷேத்திரத்தில் சுரத ஸப்தாஹம் முதல் நாளில் …

பாலகாண்டம்

ரிஷிமூலம் நதிமூலம் பார்ப்பதில்லை நாம்! தெய்வம் மானுட அவதாரம் எடுக்கையில் ஒரு பூர்வாஷ்ரம வரலாறு தவிர்க்க முடியாதது!

” இந்தப் பிச்சைக்காரன் காசி அருகே கங்கை கரையில் சிறிய ஊரில் பிறந்தான் ” என்றுதான் பகவான் வெளிப்படுத்தினார்.

உ.பி. மாநிலம் பலியா மாவட்டத்தில் நர்தரா என்னும் சிறிய கிராமத்தில் 1/12/1918 ல் யோகி பிறந்தார்.

அவர் வீட்டின் பின்புறம் கங்கா நதி ஓடுகிறது கங்கா புத்ரனாகவே யோகி வளர்ந்தார். கங்கா பரிக்ரமா வரும் சாதுக்கள் நர்தராவில் கங்கை கரையில் தங்கிச் செல்வதுண்டு. சிறுவனான ராம்சுரத் சாதுக்களோடு ஈடுபாடு கொண்டு சத்சங்கத்தில் இருந்தார்.

கபாடியா பாபா என்னும் ஞானியால் ஆத்மதாகம் ஊட்டப்பட்டார். 12 வயதில் தம் அன்னைக்காக கிணற்றில் நீர் இறைக்கச் சென்றபோது கிணற்றின் சுற்றுச்சுவரில் அமர்ந்திருந்த குருவியின் மீது விளையாட்டாக தாம்புக் கயிற்றை வீச, குருவி துடிதுடித்து இறந்தது ! பதறிப் போன சிறுவன் சுரத், ஒரு உயிரின் மறைவுக்கு தான் காரணமாகி விட்டோமே என்று வருத்தமுற , அது அவரை தீவிர ஆத்ம விசாரணைக்கு இட்டுச்சென்றது.

16ம் வயதில் கையில் காசு ஏதுமின்றி காசி சென்றடைந்தார். விஸ்வநாதர் ஆலயத்தில் ஒரு பேரொளி தம்மை ஆட்கொள்ளும் அனுபவத்திற்கு உள்ளானார்.

காசியில் கங்கை கரையில் சில நாட்கள் அலைந்து திரிந்தார்
சாரநாத் சென்றபோது மீண்டும் ஓர் பேரனுபவத்திற்கு உள்ளானார்

ஊர் திரும்பி படிப்பைத் தொடர்ந்தார். பள்ளி செல்லும் வழியில் இரண்டு முறை சுவாமி விவேகானந்தரின் குரலை கேட்டுள்ளார் :

“தற்போது வாழ்ந்து கொண்டிருக்கும் வாழ்க்கை உன்னுடையதல்ல ”

யோகியின் பால பருவத்திலேயே அவரது ஆன்மிக அம்சங்கள் வெளிப்பட்டுள்ளன!


மதுரை குருஷேத்திரத்தில் சுரத ஸப்தாஹம் இரண்டாம் நாளில் …

ஞானகாண்டம்

கங்கைக்கரை கபாடியா பாபா வழிகாட்டலில் 1946 மற்றும் 1947 கோடை விடுமுறையில் குருவைத் தேடி தென்திசைப் பயணம்.

புதுவை அரவிந்தர் ஆஸ்ரமத்தில் அன்னை தரிசனம். அன்னை அளித்த மலரை ஸ்பரிசிக்கையில் எல்லையற்ற சாந்தியை உணர்ந்து மனித நிலையினும் மேம்பட்ட வாழ்வு ஒன்று உண்டு என உணர்தல்.

அருணை சென்று மகரிஷி ரமணரை தரிசித்தல். இரண்டு மாதம் அங்கேயே தங்குதல். ரமண மகரிஷியிடம் ஆழ்ந்த ஈடுபாடு ஏற்படுதல். அவரது கருணை விழியில் கரைதல்.

கேரள மாநிலம் காஞ்சன்காடு ஆனந்தாஸ்ரமம் சென்று பப்பா ராமதாஸரை தரிசித்தல். அவர்பால் பெரிய ஈடுபாடு ஏற்படாது திரும்பி விடுதல்.

1950 கோடையில் ரிஷிகேஷத்தில் குருவைத் தேடி அலைதல். அங்கே இருந்த போது மகரிஷி ரமணர் மற்றும் மகான் அரவிந்தர் மறைவுச் செய்தி கேட்டு அதிர்ச்சியடைதல்.

ஊருக்குத் திரும்பி தவவாழ்வு மேற்கொள்தல். சமைக்காத உணவு பழங்கள் பச்சைப் பால் மட்டுமே அருந்துதல்.

1952 ஆகஸ்டில் திடீரெனக் கிளம்பி கேரளா ஆனந்தாஸ்ரமம் சென்று பப்பா ராமதாஸரை தரிசித்தல் இம்முறை அவரிடம் நெருக்கம் உணருதல். இவரே தாம் தேடிய ஞானத்தந்தை என்பதை உணர்தல்.

பப்பாவிடம் ராமநாம தீட்சை பெறுதல். ஏழுநாட்கள் இடை விடாத ராம நாம ஜபத்தில் இருத்தல்.

யோகி ராம்சுரத்குமார் பப்பாவின் திருவடிகளில் அவதரித்தல்.


மதுரை குருஷேத்திரத்தில் சுரத ஸப்தாஹம் மூன்றாம் நாளில் …

திரிதரு காண்டம்

1952 முதல் 1959 வரை ஏழு ஆண்டுகள் பகவான் யோகி ராம்சுரத்குமார் பாரத தேசமெங்கும் அலைந்து திரிந்த நாட்களின் அரிய நிகழ்வுகள்:

1952 ன் இறுதியில் ஈரோடு ரயில் நிலையத்தில் ரயில் தண்டவாளத்தில் கால் சிக்க, தந்தையின் உத்தரவு இல்லாததால் அப்படியே சிலையென நின்று விபத்துக்குள்ளாதல். குஜராத்தி அன்பர் ஒருவரால் மருத்துவமனை சேர்க்கப்படல். மீண்டும் தஹியா சென்று சேர்தல்.

1953 ஜனவரி இறுதியில் இரண்டு நாட்கள் மட்டும் ஆசிரியப்பணி
பணிக்குச் செல்லாமல் பாலன் நதிக்கரையில் உன்மத்த நிலையில் ராமநாமம் பாடித் திரிதல்.

உறவினர்கள் மனோதத்துவ மருத்துவரிடம் அழைத்துச் செல்ல தெளிவாக மருத்துவரிடம் பேசி வெளியேறுதல்.

1953 டிசம்பர் 3 பப்பாவை குஜாராத் பவநகர் ஆஸ்ரமத்தில் சந்தித்தல்.
ஆஸ்ரமத்தில் யோகியின் உன்மத்த நிலையால் எழும் பிரச்சனைகள்!
கிர்னார் அனுப்பி வைக்கப்படுதல். முடிவில் ஆஸ்ரமத்தை விட்டு வெளியேற்றப்படுதல்.

1954 – மனைவி இரு குழந்தைகளுடன் ஆனந்தாஸ்ராமம் சென்று நிரந்தரமாகத் தங்க வேண்டுதல்! பப்பா மறுத்து “ஒரு விருட்ஷத்தின் கீழ் புற்புதர்கள்தான் மண்டும்” என்று கூறி வெளியேற்றுதல்.

யோகியின் தனித்த பயணம் தொடருதல்.

பாரதமெங்கும் யோகியின் பாதம் படாத இடமேயில்லை என்னும்
அளவிற்கு யோகி எண்திசைககளையும் சுற்றித் திரிதல்.

பெங்களூரில் விஞ்ஞானி சர். சி.வி.ராமனை சந்தித்தல்.

திருவனந்தபுரம் முதல் கன்னியாகுமரி வரை நடந்து வந்த சாலையின் அழகை ரசித்து மெய் சிலிர்த்தல் !

கோகர்ணத்தில் தினமும் அக்னி ஹோத்ரம் செய்யும் அந்தணர் இல்லத்தை சென்று தரிசித்தல்.

இமயத்தில் வசிஷ்ட குகைக்கு சென்று வருதல்.

திருநெல்வேலி நெல்லையப்பர் கோவில் தரிசனம். ஓர் இரவு எதிரே கடை வாசலில் சயனம்.

பகவானே பகிர்ந்து கொண்ட பலப்பல அரிய செய்திகள்!

இறுதியாக 1959 ல் அருணை வந்தடைதல்!


மதுரை குருஷேத்திரத்தில் சுரத ஸப்தாஹம் நான்காம் நாளில் …

அருணைக் காண்டம்

1959 ல் அருணையை அடைந்த யோகி பழைய பேருந்து நிலைய அரசமரத்தடி, குகை நமச்சிவாயர் ஆலயம், ஆலமரக்குகை போன்ற இடங்களில் ஆரம்ப நாட்களில் வாசம் செய்தார்.
1961 ல் ரமணாஸ்ரமத்தில் சாதுபோஜனம் துவங்கியது.
1962 ல் பிருந்தாவன்ஹோட்டல் திரு கோவிந்தபட் அவர்கள் யோகியை அழைத்துச் சென்று உணவளிக்கிறார்.

1961 முதல் 1964 வரை ஜே.கே. அவர்கள் சென்னை வரும் போதெல்லாம் யோகியும் சென்னை வசந்த் விகார் சென்று ஜே.கே. அவர்கள் உரை கேட்கிறார்.

1962ல் ஆனந்தாஸ்ரம பக்தர் சென்னை திரு தேவசேனாதிபதி இல்லத்தில் யோகி தொடர்ந்து தங்கிட அனுமதி கிட்டவில்லை.
அடையாறு தியாசபிக்கல் சொசைட்டி வாயிற் பிள்ளையார்கோவில்தான் யோகியின் உறைவிடமாகிறது !

1963 ல் ஜே.கே. அவர்களைத் தொடர்ந்து ரிஷிவேலி, மும்பை, டில்லி, காசி செல்கிறார்.

1964 ல் அருணை கோவில் அருகேயுள்ள பாத்திரக்கடை உரிமையாளர் சித்தம் சிவணனைந் பெருமாள் என்ற சடையனை தடுத்தாட் கொண்டு தம் அடியவராக்குகிறார்! அந்நாட்களிலேயே யோகி ராம்சுரத்குமார் நாமத்தை உபதேசிக்கிறார் ! சடையன் தலைமையில் யோகியின் மூடைகளை பாதுகாக்கும் குழு ஒன்றை யோகி உருவாக்குகிறார்.

1965 ல் பலரும் யோகியை திருக்கோவிலூர் ஞானானந்தகிரி தபோவனத்தில் பார்க்கின்றனர்.
குச்சிப்பாளையம் அய்யா முத்துவேல் வைத்தியர், சீனிவாசன் யோகியின் தொண்டர்களாகி யோகிக்கு தொடர்ந்து தங்கள் கிராமங்களில் இருந்து மூடைகளைப் பேணத் தொண்டர் குழாமை அனுப்பி வைக்கின்றனர்.

யோகியுடன் அருணையில் வெளிநாட்டவர் தொடர்பு அறுபதுகளிலேயே துவங்கி விடுகிறது. யோகியுடன் ஆறு மாதங்கள் உடன் இருந்த அமெரிக்க இளைஞர் 1971 ல் யோகியை குறித்து Yogi Ramsuratkumar, The Godchild of Thiruvannamalai என்னும் ஆங்கில நூலை எழுதி வெளியிடுகிறார்.

திருக்கோவிலூர் ஞானானந்த சுவாமிகள் யோகியை தம் பக்தர்களுக்கு அறிமுகம் செய்விக்கிறார். யோகிக்கு அருணையில் தொந்தரவுகள் வந்த போது காவல்துறை உயரதிகாரி திரு பொன்பரமகுரு அவர்களிடம் யோகிக்கு உதவிட வேண்டுகிறார்.

யோகியும் தபோவனத்துடன் தொடர்ந்து தொடர்பில் இருந்தார். ஞானானந்த சுவாமிகள் சமாதிக்குப்பின் பல தபோவனம் பக்தர்கள் யோகியின் வழிகாட்டுதலை ஏற்றனர்.

திரு ராஜமாணிக்க நாடார், திரு ராஜதுரை நாடார் போன்ற சிவகாசி அன்பர்கள் யோகியின் அடியவர்கள் ஆகினர். யோகியின் பக்தர்கள் வட்டம் அவர்களால் விரிவடைந்தது.
திரு ஞானகிரி கணேசன், SP ஜனார்த்தனன், பார்த்தசாரதி, முருகேசன்ஜி என யோகியின் அடியவர்கள் பெருகினர்.

தமிழறிஞர்கள் டாக்டர் தெ.பொ.மீ. பெரியசாமித்தூரன், அ.ச.ஞானசம்பந்தன் என கவிஞர்கள் குழாம் யோகியின் மீது கவி மழை பொழியலாயானர்!

தமிழ்கூறும் நல்லுலகு யோகியைப் போற்றத் துவங்கியது!

1976 டிசம்பர் 1 ல் அருணை சுப்பையா மடத்தில் அன்பர்கள் யோகியின் முதல் ஜயந்தியை சிறப்புடன் கொண்டாடினர்!


மதுரை குருஷேத்திரத்தில் சுரத சப்தாஹம் 5 ம் நாளில்

கருணைக் காண்டம்

1959 ல் அருணையில் நிலைகொண்ட யோகியின் கருணை விளையாடல்கள் அளவற்றவை!

காம தேனுவாய், கற்பக விருட்சமாய், யோகி அருள் மழை பொழிந்தார்

புன்னை மரத்தடியிலும், தேரடி மண்டபத்திலும், பாத்திரக்கடைத் திண்ணையிலும், எளிவந்த நாயகனாய் அமர்ந்து அருள் பாலித்த யோகிக்கு
1975 ல் அன்பர்கள் அருணை சன்னதித் தெரு இல்லத்தில் வீடொன்று வாங்கி வந்தமர வேண்டி நின்றனர்! சிறிது காலத்திற்கப்பின் சன்னதித் தெரு இல்லம் அவர்தம் அருள் விளையாடல்களின் மையமாகியது!

அருணை கோவில் கும்பாபிஷேகத்தின்போது யோகியைத் தரிசித்த கலைமகள் ஆசிரியர் கி.வா.ஜ. யோகியின் அடியவராகி யோகியின் மீது பாமாலைகள் பாடி மகிழ்ந்தார்! பல பாடற்தொகுதிகள் நூல்களாக வந்துள்ளன!

பாடகர் K.J. ஜேசுதாஸ் யோகியின் அருளுக்குப் பாத்திரமாகி காணிமடம் ஆலய நிதிக்காக மூன்று இடங்களில் இசைக்கச்சேரி நடத்தி உதவினார்!

இசைஞானி இளையராஜா யோகியை பற்றி தமது அனுபவங்களை ஹிந்து நாளிதழில் எழுதினார். யோகியின் மீதான தூரன் பாடல்கள் ஒலிநாடாவை ஆயிரம் பிரதிகள் பதிவுசெய்ளித்தார்!

எழுத்துச் சித்தர் பாலகுமாரன் அவர்களை யோகி தடுத்தாட்கொள்ள அவரது எழுத்துக்கள் பல்லாயிரம் உள்ளங்களை யோகியைத் தரிசிக்க அருணையை நோக்கி ஈர்த்தது!

குமரி மாவட்ட பக்தர் திரு பொன்னையா அய்யப்பன் யோகியின் அடியவராகி மாதாஜி ஓம் பிரகாஷ் யோகினியை யோகியின் அருள் வளையத்திற்குள் கொண்டு சேர்க்கிறார். யோகியின் அருளாணைக் கிணங்க திரு ராஜமாணிக்கனார் குமாரகோவிலில் ஸ்ரீ ராம்ஜி ஆஸ்ரமத்தை கட்டி மாதாஜிக்கு அளிக்க அங்கே யோகியின் நாமம் கோடி அர்ச்சனைகள் திருவிளக்கு வழிபாடுகள், ஜயந்தி விழாக்கள் மூலமாக யோகி நாமம் திரளான மக்கள் பகுதிக்கு அறிமுகமாகிறது!

அடுத்து காணிமடத்தில் தபஸ்வி பொன் காமராஜ் அவர்களால் யோகியின் முதல் ஆலயம் எழுகிறது! அதற்காக அருணையில் யோகியின் முன்னிலையில் பத்திரிகையாளர் சந்திப்பு நடைபெறுகிறது! தபஸ்வி தமது ரம்யம் பஜன்ஸ் மூலம் தமிழகத்தின் மூலை முடுக்குகள்தோறும் யோகியின் நாமத்தைச் சென்று விதைக்கிறார்!

யோகியின் நாமம் மக்களளைச் சென்றடைகிறுது!

சென்னை சாது ரங்கராஜன் அவர்களின் தத்வ தர்சன் ஆங்கில காலாண்டிதழ் அவரது நிவேதிதா அகடமி வெளியீடுகள் பகவானின் கருணையை வெளிப்படுத்தும் செய்திகளை தாங்கி வந்தன!

மதுரை திருநகர் கோ. சங்கராசுலு அவர்கள் அருணை அரசுக்கல்லூரி
முதல்வராக இருந்த போது தினமும் மாலை யோகியைத் தரிசிக்கும் பாக்கியம் பெறுகிறார். யோகியின் கருணையில் நெகிழ்ந்து இனிய பாடல்கள் புனைகிறார்!

சேலம் சாரதா கல்லூரியில் பேராசிரியராகப் பணியாற்றி ஒரு தெய்வீக வாழ்விற்கு தன்னை அர்ப்பணிக்க காத்திருந்த மாதேவகி அவர்களை யோகி ஆட்கொள்கிறார்.

வருமானவரித்துறை உயர் அதிகாரியாகப் பணியாற்றிய அன்னை விஜயலட்சுமி அவர்களும் தம் வாழ்வை யோகியின் பணிக்கு அர்ப்பணிக்கிறார்கள்.

யோகியின் கருணையினால் சுதாமா உருவாகி சுதாமா சோதரிகள் யோகியின் சேவையில் தங்கள் வாழ்வை அர்ப்பணிக்கின்றனர்!

சென்னை அன்னை ஓம் பவதாரிணி அவர்கள் யோகியின் கருணைக்குப் பாத்திரமாகி யோகியின் ஜயந்தி விழாக்களை பிரமாண்டமாக நடத்தி தமிழ்கூறும் நல்லுலகெங்கும் யோகியின் புகழை கொண்டு சேர்க்கிறார்கள். யோகி ஜயந்திமலர் சிறப்பாக வெளியிடுகிறார்கள். இவரது நவசக்தி விஜயம் மாத இதழ் யோகியின் செய்திகளை தாங்கி வந்தது!

பகவானால் சுசீந்திரம் ராஜலட்சுமி என அழைக்கப்பட்ட அன்னை யோகியின் அருளால் ராம நாம இயக்கத்தை துவங்கி கொளத்தூரில் யோகிக்கு ராகவாஸ்ரமம் உருவாகச் செய்தார்.

நெய்வேலி லிக்னைட்டில் பணியாற்றிய திரு ஆர் கே ஆழ்வார்
யோகியின் அன்பிற்கு பாத்திரமாகி யோகியின் எழில் வண்ண புகைப்படங்களை பாதுகாத்து நமக்கு வழங்கி யோகியின் வரலாற்றில் இடம் பெறுகிறார்.

ஜஸ்டிஷ் அய்யா அவர்களுக்கு சன்னதித் தெரு இல்லத்தில் பூட்டிய அறைக்குள் சிவத்தாண்டவ காட்சி அருள்கிறார்.

பகவானின் கருணை வெள்ளம் பலரையும் அருணை நோக்கி ஆகர்ஷித்தது !


மதுரை குருஷேத்திரத்தில் சுரத ஸப்தாஹம் ஆறாம் நாளில் …

ஆலய காண்டம்

” இந்தப் பிச்சைக்காரருக்கு நிறைய மந்திர்கள் வரும்” என்ற யோகியின் வார்த்தைகள் தொண்ணூறுகளில் நிதர்சனமான உண்மைகளாகியது!

1989 குமரி மாவட்டம் குமாரகோவிலில் ஸ்ரீ ராம்ஜி ஆஸ்ரமம் யோகியின் முதல் வழிபாட்டு மையம் உருவானது ! மாதாஜி ஓம் பிரகாஷ் யோகினி
சகோதரர் முருகதாஸ் அந்த மையத்தை யோகியின் நாம கேந்திரமாக்கினர் !

15/4/1990 யோகியின் முதல் ஆலயம் அமைக்கும் பாக்கியம் தபஸ்வி பொன் காமராஜ் அவர்களுக்கு அருளப்பட்டது . காணிமடம் மந்திராலயம் அடிக்கல் நாட்டுவிழா! காஞ்சன்காடு ஆனந்தாஸ்ரமம் சச்சிதானந்த சுவாமிகள் அடிக்கல் நாட்டினார்கள்!

14/1/1991 காணிமடத்தில் பகவானின் விக்ரகம் மகர ஜோதி தோன்றுகையில் பிரதிஷ்டை!

1/9/1993 காணிமடம் மந்திராலயம் கும்பாபிஷேகம்!

15/10/1993 திருவண்ணாமலை ஆஸ்ரம முட்கம்பி வேலி அமைக்கும் பணி யோகி துவங்கி வைத்தார்.

26/2/1994 அருணை யோகி ஆஸ்ரம அடிக்கல் நாட்டுவிழா ஆனந்தாஸ்ர சச்சிதானந்த சுவாமிகள் அடிக்கல் நாட்டினார்கள்!

1995 ஆஸ்ரம கட்டிட நிதிக்காக சிறப்புமலர் வெளியீடு ஸ்வாகத மண்டபம் GRACE திறப்புவிழாக்கள்!

1998 ல் ஓசுரில் பகவான் யோகி ராம்சுரத்குமார் பஜன் மந்திர் கட்ட திரு சொர்ணநாதன் செட்டியார் அவர்களுக்கு பகவான் அனுமதி.

25/1/1998 ஒசூர் பஜன் மந்திர் அடிக்கல் நாட்டுவிழா தத்துவஞானி பெருமாள் ராசு அய்யா அவர்கள் தலைமையில்! 10/3/2000 கும்பாபிஷேக விழா!

1998 ல் தூத்துக்குடி புதுக்கோட்டையில் திரு கைலாசம் அவர்கள் ஆலயம் கட்ட அரசுநிலம் ஒதுக்கீடு! கூரை வேய்ந்து யோகி தியான மையம் துவக்கம்.

1/2/2002 ராஜபாளையம் முறம்புவில் திரு சற்குணம் அய்யா அவர்கள் யோகி ஆலயம் அமைத்து கும்பாபிஷேகம்.

யோகி ஸித்தியான பின்னும் யோகி முன்னுரைத்தபடி ஆலயங்கள்  எழுந்த வண்ணம் உள்ளன !

சென்னை கொளத்தூரில் யோகி சிலையுடன் ராகவாஸ்ரமம்.

தூத்துக்குடி புதுக்கோட்டையில் பிரம்மாண்ட ஆலயம்.

நாகர்கோவில் பேயோடில் யோகி ஆலயம்.

சேலம் யோகி ஆலயம்.

மதுரை குருஷேத்திரம்.

விருதுநகர் யோகி குரு பகவான் ஆலயம்.

நாசரேத் யோகி பஜன் மந்திர்.

சென்னை கூடுவாஞ்சேரி கபாலிநகர் யோகி அபயம் ஆலயம்.

கோவையில் ராம்ஜி மையம்.

திண்டுக்கல் அருப்புக்கோட்டை ஆலய கட்டுமானங்கள் நடந்து வருகின்றன!

ஈரோடு, மாம்பலம், கரூர், கோலார், சென்னை சத்சங்கம், மயிலை சத்சங்கம் என எண்ணற்ற யோகி மையங்களில் யோகி நாம ஜபம் முறையாக நடந்து வருகின்றன!

இல்லந் தோறும் யோகி நாமம் அன்பர்கள் உள்ளங்களில் ஆயிரமாயிராம் கோவில்கள் எழுந்து வருகின்றன!


மதுரை குருஷேத்திரத்தில் சுரத ஸப்தாஹம் 7 ம் நாளில் …

உலகத் தந்தை யோகி பட்டாபிஷேக விழா!

எண்பதுகளின் இறுதியில் உலகத் தந்தை யோகி ராம்சுரத்குமார் எனப் பிரகடனம் செய்தனர் காணிமட பக்தர்கள் தபஸ்வி பொன்காமராஜ் தலைமையில்!

எழுபதுகளில் அருளப்பட்ட கரிவரத சுவாமிகள் பாடலிலேயே உலகம் உன்னை வணங்கும் என்ற வரிகள் யோகி உலகத் தந்தையாவார் என்பதை முன்னறிந்து வெளிப்படுத்தின!

யோகியைப் பற்றிய முதல் நூலை எழுதியவரே ட்ரூமன் கெய்லர் என்ற அமெரிக்க இளைஞர்! யோகி துவக்க நாளில் இருந்தே உலகோர் பலராலும் போற்றப்பெற்றார் அவரைச் சுற்றி இந்தியர்களும் வெளி நாட்டவர்களும் எப்போதும் இருந்து வந்துள்ளனர்!

யோகி தமது அவதார நோக்கத்தை தந்தையின் பணி என்றே குறிப்பிடுவார். அது பிரபஞ்சம் தழுவியது என்பதையும்வெ ளிப்படுத்தியுள்ளார்!

யோகியின் வெளிநாட்டு பக்தர்களில் முக்கியமானவர்கள் அமெரிக்காவின் லீ லோஸோவிக், பிரஞ்சு தேசத்தவர் மொரிஷியஸ் நாட்டில் வசிக்கும் கிருஷ்ணா போன்றவர்கள்.

யோகியின் கருணை உலகளாவியதாக உள்ளது! உலகோர் நேசிக்கும் உத்தமத் தந்தையாக அவர் திகழ்கிறார்!

சுரத சப்தாஹ நிறைவு நிகழ்ச்சியாக ஸ்ரீராமர் பட்டாபிஷேகம் போல்
மங்கள நிகழ்வாக உலகத் தந்தை யோகி ராம்சுரத்குமார் பட்டாபிஷேகம் நடைபெற்றது! உலகம் உய்ய யோகி விட்டுச் சென்றுள்ளது அவர் திருநாமம் ஒன்றே!

யோகி ராம்சுரத்குமார்
யோகி ராம்சுரத்குமார்
யோகி ராம்சுரத்குமார்
ஜயகுரு ராயா!

Collecting His Hair and Nails

Yogi Ramsuratkumar’s physical body was not a mere body for His devotees.

Here is an extract from “Only God” by Regina Sara Ryan on Yogi Ramsuratkumar’s reaction about Ma Devaki’s act of collecting His nails and hair.

….”At Sudama, we would either be with Yogiji or we would be talking about him or be doing something for him. There was nothing else to be discussed or thought. Ma Devaki used to collect even his hairs that fell down,” Nivedita recalled.

Her father, Sadhu Rangarajan, was also privileged to spend two weeks in residence at Sudama during that year. As he watched, Devaki, in expression of her devotion and constant care, lovingly clipped the Godchild’s finger-nails, even as he slept. “She placed them in a box in which she saves such things,” the sadhu noted. Rangarajan, always the rationalist, was at first repulsed by the notion of preserving such relics…even the fingernails of his master. Although the beggar had apparently been asleep this whole time, as if hearing the sadhu’s thoughts, he opened his eyes.

“Rangaraja,” Yogi Ramsuratkumar asked, “have you been to Kashmir?”

“No, Bhagwan,” the sadhu answered.

“There they have the hair of Mohammed. Have you been to Sri Lanka?”

“No, Bhagwan.”

“There they have the tooth of Buddha. Have you been to Sarnath?” Without waiting for another response, Yogi Ramsuratkumar concluded: “Devaki can collect this beggar’s nails!”13  (End Note Reference 13. Sadhu V. Rangarajan, personal interview, Bangalore, India, October 2002).

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Here is an extract from Ma Devaki’s Diary” on Yogi Ramsuratkumar’s reaction regarding the collection of Sri Aurobindo’s nails and hair.

…Once before, in that same space of the veranda, an article was read out from the newspaper (at His request) wherein there was a vivid description of how Sri Aurobindo’s attendant had collected the hair, nails, etc. of his great Master. Bhagavan pointed out then “You see, Is the physical body of Sri Aurobindo a mere body?” hinting that those relics were Sri Aurobindo Himself.

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Here is an experience shared by Smt. Rajlakshmi!

Smt. Rajlakshmi had the habit of collecting the Swami’s hair that falls and sticks on the shawl. When Swami walks, with the other Sudhama sisters walking before Him, Smt. Raji would follow Him and without touching Him, she used to carefully remove the hair from the shawl and preserve it. Once, Swami was walking from the hut towards the car, after his morning breakfast at the ashram. He was briskly blessing the devotees who were standing there in a row. At that time, Smt. Raji noticed a hair on the shawl. When Smt. Raji tried to remove the hair, something happened – may be Swami felt her touch or something else happened, Swami suddenly looked at her.  After a serious glance at her, he became very serious. He did not look at the devotees who had lined up. He simply put His face down and without looking at the devotees, he entered the car and left for Sudhama. This caused disappointment to the devotees. A few people blamed Smt. Raji for disturbing Swami. Smt. Raji became terribly upset. All she was doing was to collect the fallen hair. She considered it as a Prasad and she had been collecting it and preserving it as her precious possession.

The people who were in the close circle of Yogi Ramsuratkumar had an important responsibility of not disturbing Him in His work. They had to be always alert and ensure that they do not anything that would hamper Bhagawan’s work. As His work was at a different level beyond our cognition, the close devotees, while enjoying the warmth of His affection, had to be careful in their minute actions also.

Smt. Raji wondered how to set things right, if she had committed some mistake. So she wrote a letter explaining her position and apologizing for any mistake that she might have done.  She took the letter to Sudhama. Swami was informed that she was waiting at the gate. Usually Swami would ask the person to come in and meet Him. But on this particular day, He Himself came to the gate, accepted the letter and asked her to leave.

Later when He came back for 10 O’clock Darshan, at around 10.30 AM, He called Smt. Raji. He was sitting at the place outside the Pradhan Mandir where the small vigraham of Swami is now kept near the entrance, along with a Ganesha idol on the other side. In a very kind and loving tone, Swami told Raji that she had not committed any mistake and that she need not worry. He held her hand for some time, and blessed her nicely. With renewed enthusiasm, she continued to collect Swami’s hair this way.

After many days, once, while sitting in the breakfast hut, Swami noticed a hair on his lap. He called Smt. Raji and gave it to her pointing out that she has been collecting His hair. Swami recognized the faith and devotion of His devotees and always enhanced their Shraddha and Bhakti without obstructing it in any way.

Yogim Vande Jagadgurum (Part 9 of 9)

Yogi letter to nivedita

Yogim Vande Jagadgurum – My Salutations to Yogi Ramsuratkumar

Yogi Ramsuratkumar attracted us by his simple and unconditional love. He would not order us or force us in any way to do anything. Yet he got us to do what he wanted. Rather than making His messages sound like a lecture or advice, He made it seem like a casual conversation between friends.

Yes, we were His “friends”[i]. He once apologetically told Prof. C.V.R that he has been ignoring the professor and has been talking only to the kids. In another instance, I got to know from the famous music director, Sri Ilayaraja that Yogiji asked him to come later as he was “busy with this begger’s friends”[ii].

As I was very talkative, in course of time, I even raced Vivek in grabbing Yogiji’s full attention[iii]. But, no one can take Yogiji for granted. There were also instances when it would seem like Yogiji didn’t even recognize me when I enter his abode and he would ask his typical question “Your name?”

Gradually we learnt how to behave in his presence; when to be serious and disciplined; and when to be more casual. The typical example is to not shift the glasses when he gets us milk from the local tea stalls.

Usually, when we were not having conversations, Yogiji would make us repeat some songs, shlokas or namavali. Sometimes, he would get some book and make us read them aloud.

I have had opportunities to fan Him with his Palm hand fan. I had lit his cigarettes. He used to move his face backwards and tell smilingly that he is afraid as I bring the fire too close to his beard.

One of his indirect ways of teaching was to make us read the words of great men, like this one from Vivekananda – “… For what has the Hindu nation been doing for thousands of years except producing sages?”[iv]

During that period of our life, dilemmas were averted and personal decisions were quick, as we just had to ask Yogiji what He wanted us to do. He told me, Vivek and Prof. C.V.R’s son, Bhaskar that we should not be donating blood. He wanted our “blood, bones, flesh and everything for a higher cause.”[v]

One day, when I conveyed my interest to visit Anandashram, Yogiji felt very happy[vi]. Picking up on that, I visited Anandashram multiple times. He encouraged the members of Yogi Ramsuratkumar Youth Association to spread Ramnam and help in achieving Mataji Krishnabai’s target of 15,500 crores.

Yogiji had a style of coaching that was very personal. He would suggest things that he wants us to do, in a very friendly manner. He motivated us to set high ideals for ourselves by saying encouraging words like “you will make history”[vii].

The key messages were – to always have faith (he would say F_A_I_T_H with a lot of emphasis); to remember Him in difficult times; to speak the truth; to eat nellikkai (amla) regularly; to keep in mind that the highest goal of life is not earning wealth even though we need to carry out the job assigned to us. There were other ordinary things too that any grandparent would loving tell their grandchild, like – not to rest the chin on the palm; and to learn cooking, especially sweets, from the chef uncle in the neighbourhood.

Rather than fulfilling every wish of ours, He instructed us to accept the situation, like the case when He advised Vivek to take up Civil Engineering that was allotted to him, while Vivek wanted to go in for Computer Engineering that was available at a price.  Once, while answering my prayers at Sudhama, Yogiji assured that he would always be with me. He induced a feeling of courage and strength that His protective shield is ever present.

Even the highest truth about His divinity was a lengthy jovial dialogue between me and him, spanning across many visits wherein he would ask “Do you know that I am a beggar?”[viii]And I would end up giving reasons as to why He is a Great Yogi. He thoroughly enjoyed my praise that was filled with innocence. These interactions were meticulously captured in my father’s magazine, Tattva Darsana, which served as Yogiji’s mouth-piece during that period.

One of my prized possessions is a letter from Yogi Ramsuratkumar, where he wrote “ॐ रंगराजा को परमपिता आशीर्वाद देते हैं। निवेदिता को मेरा आशीर्वाद । योगी रामसुरतकुमार तिरुवणामलै ॐ”meaning “Om. My master blesses Rangaraja. My blessings to Nivedita! Yogi Ramsuratkumar Tiruvannamalai Om”.

Wasn’t Arjuna just a medium for Krishna to communicate His teachings, the Bhagavad Gita, to the entire humanity? The divine play of Yogi Ramsuratkumar with us was not meant from us alone to enjoy. It was for the benefit of His numerous ardent devotees who are eager to know more and more about this Divinity that lived in our midst, Yogi Ramsuratkumar.

May Sri Yogi Ramsuratkumar, the king of preceptors and the beloved of Lord Rama, protect us!
योगीरामसुरत्कुमारगुरुराट्रामप्रिय: पातुन: | [ix] yōgī rāmasuratkumāragururāṭ rāmapriyah pātu nah |

Yogi Ramsuratkumar, Yogi Ramsuratkumar, Yogi Ramsuratkumar, Jaya Guru Raya!

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[i]Glimpses of a Great Yogi, Part II-A, p. 18.
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[ii]Glimpses of a Great Yogi, Part II-B, p. 43.

[iii]Glimpses of a Great Yogi, Part II-A, p. 39.

[iv]Glimpses of a Great Yogi, Part II-A, p. 19.

[v]Glimpses of a Great Yogi, Part II-B, p. 11.

[vi]Glimpses of a Great Yogi, Part I, p. 61.

[vii]Glimpses of a Great Yogi, Part II-A, p. 23

[viii]Glimpses of a Great Yogi, Part II-A, p. 24, 31, 33, and 36.

[ix]Yogi Ramsuratkumar Guru Raja Ashtakam, Shaaktasri Dr. K. Vaidyanaata Shaastri

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 !