Glimpses of a Great Yogi #3.28

Here, the mahasamadhi of Yogi Ramsuratkumar, Godchild, Tiruvannamalai has been described.

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 Tuesday, January 30, 2001, Sadhu received a call from Yogi Ramsuratkumar Ashram informing him about the critical condition of Bhagavan’s health. Sadhu spoke to Bhagavan’s devotee, Sri Kumar of Auto Caravan, Chennai, and arranged a car to go to Tiruvannamalai. Accompanied by Smt. Bharati and three other devotees, he rushed to Tiruvannamalai. Justice Arunachalam received the sadhu and arranged for his darshan of Bhagavan. Sadhu spent about half an hour by the side of Bhagavan.

On Saturday, February 3, Sadhu arranged a car and accompanied by Bharati, Vivek, Nivedita and children and the devotees from South Africa, drove to Tiruvannamalai. He had darshan of Bhagavan.

On Tuesday, February 20, 2001, in the early morning Sadhu received message from Suchindram Rajalakshmi, a devotee of Bhagavan, that Bhagavan had attained Mahasamadhi. Nivedita also conveyed to Sadhu the message that she received from Justice Arunachalam about the Mahasamadhi of Bhagavan. Sadhu spent the day sitting at the feet of Bhagavan in the Ashram prayer hall. Swami Muruganandam, Swami Devananda, Sri Balakumar and many other prominent devotees had gathered. Sadhu spent the night with devotees and in the morning sat again at the feet of Bhagavan in the Ashram hall doing Ramanama Taraka Japa. He discussed with Justice Arunachalam and others about the final rites to be performed. Swami Shuddhananda of Anandashram, Kanhangad, also arrived. He had difficulty in reaching the platform on which Bhagavan was kept in a sitting posture as only Sadhu, Ma Devaki and Vijayalakshmi were allowed to be by His side. The Ashram workers were pushing away the crowd that wanted to reach near him. Sadhu helped Swami Shuddhananda to reach the platform and sit near Bhagavan. Hundreds of devotes started pouring in to pay homage to Bhagavan and the crowd was a little restless also when the procession around the hall took place. Before interning Bhagavan’s body in the Samadhi pit, He was seated in a bag and mothers who had gathered there started throwing jewels and coins into it. When Sadhu was looking at them wondering whether Bhagavan needed all that in His journey to eternity, a sudden call came from within and Sadhu lost his rational mooring. The golden ring from his finger came off miraculously and fell into the pit and it became the Asana of Bhagavan when His body was immersed into the pit. Sadhu performed the last rites along with others. He collected the Ashes from the pit for preservation in Bhagavan’s shrine in Bharatamata Gurukula Ashram. After the Mahasamadhi rites were over, Sadhu took leave of Justice Arunachalam, Ma Devaki and left for Chennai with Suchindram Rajalakshmi, Anuradha and Sri Viswanathan. On Thursday morning, Sadhu sent a message to Swami Satchidananda about the Mahasamadhi ceremonies to Swami Satchidananda.



Glimpses of a Great Yogi #3.27

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



In the morning of July 23, Sadhu telephoned to Justice Arunachalam who gave a shocking information that Bhagavan was seriously ill and He was suffering from Cancer.

On Friday, August 11, 2000, Sadhu reached Tiruvannamalai in the evening. Bhagavan was taking rest. The next morning, Justice Arunachalam took Sadhu to Bhagavan who was bedridden and staying in a special room in the Ashram. Ma Devaki and Ma Vijayalakshmi received Sadhu. Sadhu stood by the side of Bhagavan who was lying in the bed with His eyes closed. Ma Devaki told Him, “Sadhu Rangarajan has come”. Bhagavan opened His eyes and asked, “When?” Devaki replied, “Sadhu Rangarajan is here by Your side.” Bhagavan turned and looked at the sadhu. Sadhu offered his pranaams to Bhagavan and Bhagavan also folded His hands and offered pranam to Sadhu even while lying on the bed. His eyes revealed the immense pain and suffering His body was undergoing. He wanted to speak and uttered the words, “Somebody is coming…” and then left it there. He could not speak further. Devaki repeated the words in a bid to make Him complete His message, but He went silent and was looking intensely at the sadhu. Then He closed His eyes and started sleeping. Sadhu sat by His side for five or ten minutes and then decided to leave Him to take complete rest. Ma Devaki and Vijayalakshmi enquired about Bharati, Vivek and Nivedita and when Sadhu was speaking to them, Bhagavan opened His eyes and growled in pain. They all went near Him. Bhagavan again looked at Sadhu and then closed His eyes and started sleeping. Sadhu took leave of Devaki and Vijayalakshmi and spent some time with Justice Arunachalam. Then he took leave of him and other Ashramites, Sri Sankararajulu, Sri Shaktivel and others.

Sadhu was very much distressed by the information that Bhagavan had refused to undergo operation. Some of the devotees were hoping that He will use His spiritual powers and cure Himself. Sadhu faxed a message to Ma Devaki on Monday, August 13, 2000, about persuading Bhagavan to undergo medical treatment:

“Poojya Mataji,

Vande Mataram! Aum Namo Bhagavate Yogi Ramsuratkumaraya! Aum Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram! Salutations and prostrations at the holy feet of my Master, Yogi Ramsuratkumar! Salutations and adorations to you and Ma Vijayalakshmi and to Hon’ble Justice Arunachalam!

This sadhu is grateful to you for permitting this sadhu to have darshan of my Master yesterday morning. This sadhu was overwhelmed with feeling when Bhagavan showed His unique compassion, blessing grace and His utter humility by folding His hands and indicating namaskar to this humble disciple even while He was writhing in pain and suffering. This sadhu has a painful feeling in his heart that though Bhagavan has been with this sadhu every moment guiding him in performing His work outside the Ashram, this sadhu has not been able to be by His side and serve Him. We have told Justice Sri Arunachalam that at any time this sadhu’s presence is needed there, we will be there.

We just received a phone call from Poojya Tapasi Baba Avadhoot of Pune tonight. He feels that though Bhagavan may not undergo any operation, a panel of doctors who are experts in Cancer must examine Him and see that he has the least pain and suffering. Though we are infants before Bhagavan, we have a right and duty to see that we have done our best to see our Father recover fully from this illness whether it is His Divine Play as the faithful take it to be, or it is the Law of Nature as the rationalists feel.

Mother, this sadhu wants to bring to your kind attention and that of Hon’ble Justice Arunachalam a very important information. Though we are strictly obeying the commands of our Master, there are comments and gossips among the public and even among some close devotees of Bhagavan that the authorities of the Ashram have simply been relying on the miraculous powers of Bhagavan to cure Himself and have not done adequate arrangements for expert medical opinion. Perhaps it will be appropriate if we allow some experts to see Bhagavan and give their medical opinion regarding Bhagavan’s health and the treatment given to Him for the information of the public, instead of allowing the general public to see Bhagavan in His present health condition once in a week as it has been reported in the press. You, Mother Vijayalakshmi and Justice are the right persons to ponder over this suggestion and take a decision. Though in the present condition of Bhagavan we cannot seek His command, this sadhu is sure that Bhagavan will guide you from within.

Hope the medical camp today went off well. We await information from Justice Sri Arunachalam about the general medicines required for the camp so that we can intimate our Ramnam volunteers and doctors in our contact all over the country to collect and send as many sample medicines as possible to the Ashram regularly as this sadhu has discussed with the Justice.

This sadhu will be in Chennai in the course of this week and then we will return to Bangalore.

With pranams, Yours in service of Bhagavan, Sadhu Rangarajan.”

On Tuesday, August 15, 2000, Sadhuji received the following reply of Ma Devaki through an email from the Ashram:


Beloved Sadhuji,

Namaskar! Bhagavan received your mail dated August l4, 2000. The message was conveyed [or read out] to Bhagavan by Ma Devaki, and Bhagavan did not reply. When Ma Devaki put forth your suggestion of panel of doctors to Bhagavan, He told Ma Devaki, “Leave the case.” Ma Devaki asked Bhagavan what does that mean, and whether the expression means “ignore it.” Bhagavan said, “yes”.

Convey my love and regards to Smt. Bharati, Vivek, his wife, Nivedita, Ramesh and their two children.

With love and pranams, Rajmohan”

On Wednesday, August 16, Dr. Rajalakshmi, devotee of Bhagavan and patron of Sister Nivedita Academy, who was attending on Bhagavan, phoned to Sadhu and gave the information that Bhagavan was being brought to Chennai on Thursday for medical treatment in Ramana Clinic in T. Nagar. Sadhu, accompanied by Sri S. Ramamoorthy, husband of Dr. Rajalakshmi, reached the Ramana Clinic on Thursday evening, but he could not meet Bhagavan who was under intensive care. Sadhu had to return without having the darshan of Bhagavan. On Friday, Sadhu suggested to Sri Ramamoorthy that Dr. Rajalakshmi must remain by the side of Bhagavan and continue her services to Him. On Saturday, Dr. Kumareshan telephoned and discussed about Bhagavan’s health condition. Sri Ramamoorthy also phoned. On Tuesday, August 22, Sri Ramamoorthy informed Sadhu that Bhagavan was shifted to Apollo Hospital.

On Thursday, September 21, he reached Ramana Clinic where Bhagavan was undergoing treatment. Smt. Shanti Priya, wife of Sri Ashish Bagrodia, and Justice Arunachalam received him. Ma Devaki and Ma Vijayalakshmi took him inside the room of Bhagavan. Sadhu stood for some time by the side of Bhagavan who was fast asleep in His bed. Later, he took leave of Ma Devaki and others and returned to his abode. Dr. Kumareshan telephoned to him giving information about Bhagavan’s health. On Friday, Sadhu sent a letter of appeal to Dr. Rangabhashyam, the founder and head of the clinic, praying on behalf of Bhagavan’s devotees, to bestow the best treatment, care and attention on Bhagavan. He pointed out that though Bhagavan was a Divine Incarnation like Sri Ramakrishna and Bhagavan Ramana, He would not use His spiritual powers for curing Himself and therefore the responsibility of reaching out the best medical attention on Him is that of the devotees.

On Sunday, Sadhu spoke to Sri Shaktivel and to Justice Arunachalam’s daughter. On Monday, he visited Ramana Clinic again and had darshan of Bhagavan Yogi Ramsuratkumar. Bhagavan spent twenty minutes with Sadhu. Sadhu placed before Bhagavan the latest issue of TATTVA DARSANA. He also told Bhagavan about the starting of Vijnana Bharati Hinduism Classes in the Yogi Ramsuratkumar Indological Research Centre in Bangalore on October 22. Bhagavan said, “My Father blesses all your projects.” He also blessed the sadhu for the success of his proposed trip abroad.

Sadhuji wrote a letter to Bhagavan on November 27 expressing his happiness to learn that Bhagavan has returned to Tiruvannamalai from Chennai.

On Saturday, December 9, Dr. Rajalakshmi telephoned and apprised Sadhu about Bhagavan’s health.

Glimpses of a Great Yogi #3.26

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


Sadhu accompanied by some devotees, drove to Tiruvannamalai, May 2, 2000 and reached Bhagavan’s abode by 9.00 AM. As soon as we reached there, Bhagavan called us. He was seated in a chair in a hut which was a part of the Ashram building in the back side. After we were seated before Him, He asked the sadhu, “What is the news?” Ma Devaki told Him that Sri Anil Zutshi and family have come with the sadhu. Sadhu introduced them and Sri Perumal Naidoo. Sadhu told Bhagavan about the engagement of Chi. Vivek with Sow Malathi on May 7, 2000, and showed Him the photo of the bride. Ma Devaki said, Bhagavan had already read Sadhu’s fax in detail. Bhagavan blessed the girl and returned the photos and said, “By My Father’s Grace, everything will be successful!” Sadhu explained to Him the back ground of the girl and said her parents had attended Yogi Ramsuratkumar Jayanti in Bangalore and were very devoted. Bhagavan said, “Father’s Grace!”

Bhagavan was apprised about the job opportunity of Sri Anil Zutshi for a job in USA. Bhagavan blessed Anil and family and wished them all success. Ma Devaki asked whether Anil’s family would accompany him to USA and he replied, they would go with him. Bhagavan remarked that he may have to go to Kashmir again for his daughter’s marriage, because he was a Kashmiri Pandit.

Sadhu gave to Bhagavan a copy of the Foreword by Swami Mukhyananda to Sadhu’s “Vijnana Bharati—Hinduism from Vedic Period to Modern Times”. He also gave Him a copy of the appeal of Global Organization for Value Oriented Education with headquarters at Bharatamata Gurukula Ashram and explained to Him about the association of Dr. Sampooran Singh, Swami Mukhyananda and others involved in the movement. Bhagavan said, the work started by the Bharatamata Gurukula Ashram would grow by Father’s Grace. Ma Devaki asked about Swami Virajeswar. Sadhu told her that the Swami may, if possible, accompany the sadhu when he brings Malathi and her parents to have darshan of Bhagavan. Bhagavan gave His consent to bring them. Sadhu told Bhagavan that, once the marriage of Vivek is solemnized, his family responsibilities would be over and he would be fully free to do Bhagavan’s work. Bhagavan turned to Devaki and said, “Rangaraja thinks that his responsibilities will be over after the marriage of Vivek.” Then He asked, “What about Nivedita?” Devaki was puzzled and thinking that He was asking about Nivedita’s marriage, she said, “Nivedita is already married and she has also got a child.” Bhagavan smiled. Sadhu told Bhagavan that Nivedita was expecting her second child and was in the sixth month of pregnancy. Bhagavan blessed Nivedita for a safe delivery.

Bhagavan told Sadhu that He was weak and was not able to do anything “except sleeping all the time”. Ma Devaki said that Bhagavan refused to stay in the special room constructed for Him in the Ashram, was in the thatched shed throughout the day, and would return to Sudama in the evenings. When Bhagavan decided to leave us, Bhagavan blessed the sadhu and He took as usual, the danda and bowl of Sadhu and blessed them also. Then He blessed the devotees. Sadhu told Bhagavan that he would come with Malathi and her parents and Bhagavan said, “It’s alright.” He then took the papers of Anil Zutshi and blessed him to get the visa and to have a safe journey to USA. He gave prasad to all. Sadhu took leave of Him, Ma Devaki, Vijayalakshmi and other devotees in the Ashram.

Sadhu accompanied by Smt. Bharati, Sow. Malathi, the bride fixed for Ch. Vivek, and her father, Sri Varadan, visited Tiruvannamalai on Sunday, May 14, 2000, and reached there in the morning. Vivek also joined them. Rajeswari Amma arranged a cottage for them as Bhagavan had instructed her. Bhagavan was taking complete rest during the day. He called Sadhu and others at 4.00 PM in the evening. Sadhu introduced Malathi and her father to Bhagavan. Bhagavan asked whether the alliance is confirmed and arrangements for the marriage have been taken up. Sadhu replied in the affirmative. Bhagavan asked the date of marriage and Sadhu replied, “June 22.” Bhagavan called Vivek by His side and asked, “Are you satisfied with the girl decided for you?” Vivek said, “Yes”. Then He called Malathi by His side and asked her, “Have you anything to say?” She was silent. Devaki told her, “If you want to ask Bhagavan anything, you can ask.” Malathi turned to Bhagavan and said, “I want only your blessings.” Bhagavan raised His hands and blessed her saying, “My Father’s blessings!” Devaki told Bhagavan that the place fixed for the marriage is D.S. Kalyana Mantapam, Korattur, Chennai. Bhagavan blessed both Vivek and Malathi for a happy married life. Vijayalakshmi asked about Nivedita and Sadhu said, she wanted to come with them but because she is in the sixth month of pregnancy, we did not want her to take the trouble of a long journey. Bhagavan blessed Nivedita also. Devaki remarked that Vivek had come after a long time and he and Nivedita, when they were children, used to visit Tiruvannamalai very often.

Bhagavan wanted to lie down. The bed was spread for Him and He lay down. Bhagavan wanted Sadhu to sit by His side. He held the hand of Sadhu close to His heart and closed His eyes. Now and then He raised His head and shoulders and was looking into the eyes of the sadhu. He spent about fifteen minutes like that. After half an hour, Bhagavan wanted to see us off. Malathi and Vivek prostrated to Ma Devaki. Bhagavan got up and sat on His bed. Sadhu and all others prostrated to Him again. He gave an apple to each one. Then Bhagavan, as usual, took Sadhu’s stick and bowl in His hand, charged them and gave to the sadhu. Sadhu told Bhagavan about the marriage of Sridhar’s daughter, Kausalya, with Rajesh, and He blessed them. Sadhu also told Bhagavan that he would bring Swami Virajeswar sometime after a week when the next issue of TATTVA DARSANA would also be ready for release. When Sadhu told Bhagavan that Swami Virajeswar’s guru had attained Mahasamadhi, Bhagavan asked what was his name and Sadhu said, “Swami Vidyananda of Rishikesh, disciple of Swami Sivananda”. Bhagavan permitted Sadhu to come again and to bring the swami if he wants. Sadhu told Bhagavan that Vivek and Malathi would come again after the marriage to take His blessings. Sadhu also sought Bhagavan’s blessings for Nivedita’s safe delivery. Bhagavan blessed her.

While leaving, Bhagavan blessed for the fast progress of work in the Bangalore Ashram.

On Friday, June 9, 2000, Sadhu phoned to Bhagavan’s Ashram and spoke to Justice Arunachalam who informed Sadhu that Bhagavan was not keeping well, not meeting anybody nor talking to anyone.

Glimpses of a Great Yogi #3.25

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 Thursday, January 6, 2000, Sadhu accompanied by Vivek, Sridhar, Parthasarathy and Mohan, drove to Tiruvannamalai and reached there by 10.30 AM. Bhagavan was giving darshan in the big hall of the Ashram. When Ma Devaki told him about Sadhu’s arrival, He called us all in. Sadhu and devotees, after offering prostrations to Him, placed the bundle of TATTVA DARSANA January 2000 issue before Him. Bhagavan took the journal into His hand and asked about the contents. Sadhu told Him about the contents. He wanted Sadhu to read first the article of Prof. Kamalam, titled “Yogi Ramsuratkumar, the Almighty”. Then He asked Sadhu to read the editorial titled “Parliament of Religions, Pope’s Visit and Inter-religious Dialogues”. Sadhu also read his editorial note in the issue about his inability to attend the Parliament of Religions in Capetown in December because of the unfortunate delay in receiving the official confirmation of his address on December 2 and arrangements for air ticket and visa to reach there in time. Bhagavan looked at the cover page carrying the ‘Shubha drishthi Ganapathi’ drawn by Sri Baskaradoss inspired by a divine urge from within and Sadhu told Him about the article of appreciation of the picture by Sadhu in the issue, explaining the symbolism of the picture. Sadhu also told Bhagavan about the gift of a Fiat car by Sri Baskaradoss to the sadhu for the work of our Ashram at Bangalore.

Sadhu reported to Bhagavan about the International Conference of Great Religions of Asia at Lumbini, Nepal. Bhagavan listened to it with deep interest. Then Sadhu told Him about the Yogi Ramsuratkumar Jayanti in Bharatamata Gurukula Ashram and Papa Ramdas Sannyas Day Celebration in Anandashram, Bangalore. Bhagavan was very happy to learn that the devotees of Anandashram in Bangalore were visiting Bharatamata Gurukula Ashram. He said, “It is good that they come to your Ashram”. Bhagavan wanted Sadhu to introduce the devotees who had accompanied Sadhu in the visit and Sadhu did so. Bhagavan could not recognize Vivek immediately as he was wearing a spectacle. He asked how long Vivek was wearing a spectacle and Vivek replied, “For the last two and a half years”. Bhagavan asked him to remove the spectacle and Vivek did so. He asked about Vivek’s job and Vivek said he was working in Fitchner. Bhagavan asked about his duration of service. Vivek explained to Him about his work. Sadhu told Bhagavan about the proposal to get Vivek married. He blessed and said “Everything will end well”. He asked Vivek whether he intend to go abroad. Vivek said, he will do so if opportunity arises. Bhagavan smiled and said, “Don’t go to Europe and America. Do work in India. Serve the Motherland, that is sufficient. If you want, you go with father to South Africa.” He then laughed hilariously and then continued, “Don’t listen to this Beggar. He may talk something which is meaningless” and added jovially, “But, follow your father.” He asked Vivek when he met Yogi for the first time. Vivek said, in 1986. He asked Vivek what was his age. Vivek said, “Twenty eight”. Sadhu said, Vivek was just fourteen years old when he met Bhagavan for the first time.

Sadhu told Bhagavan about the pregnancy of Nivedita. Bhagavan blessed her for a safe delivery. Sadhu told Bhagavan about the marriage proposal of Sridhar’s daughter. Bhagavan asked him the name of the girl and the boy and blessed them for a happy married life. Sadhu told Bhagavan about the visit of devotees from South Africa and he wanted Sadhu to inform Him before they come to Tiruvannamalai. When Sadhu requested Bhagavan to sign the issues of TATTVA DARSANA, Bhagavan told him, “Not now. You stay on here.” He asked the Ashram people to arrange for our accommodation and lunch. Before leaving for Sudama, Bhagavan said, “This Beggar’s health is not good. He is living on medicines.” Sadhuji said that they will all pray for His health. Bhagavan said, “My Father will keep this Beggar in this body as long as He wants. If the Father feels that the work of this Beggar is over, He will call Him.”

After Bhagavan retired to Sudama for afternoon rest, Sadhu and his group had lunch in the dining hall. The meals that was offered to Bhagavan in the prayer was given to Sadhu. Then they all took rest in Vishwesh cottage. When Bhagavan came again to the Ashram at 4.00 PM, He called Sadhu and Vivek. He asked Sadhu to take out the copies of TATTVA DARSANA and He put His signature on the copies to be preserved in Yogi Ramsuratkumar Indological Research Centre. He signed two more copies and gave one each to Ma Devaki and Vijayalakshmi. Then He asked for Sadhu’s danda and bowl and He took them into His hands and blessed them as usual. He asked Sadhu whether he had anything more to ask. Sadhu told Him that his only prayer was that the work started at Bangalore must grow. Bhagavan said, “You are doing My Father’s work. The work will grow fast.” Sadhu told Him that he only wanted to rise up to His expectations. Bhagavan said, “You will, My Father’s blessings are there.” Bhagavan gave His blessings for the fulfillment of Sadhu’s mission in Bangalore. Sadhu and his group prostrated to Him again and took leave of Him and returned to Chennai.

Devotees from South Africa, Sri Soma Pillai, his mother Krishnaveni and Sow Prema arrived on Wednesday, January 12. They accompanied Smt. Bharati to Tiruvannamalai for the darshan of Bhagavan. Sadhu phoned to Ashram to inform Bhagavan about their visit. They spent two hours with Bhagavan, stayed in the Ashram and returned on the next day.

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.


Glimpses of a Great Yogi #3.22

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


Sadhuji sent a fax to Bhagavan on March 13,1999 about his visit to Tiruvannamalai on the next day.

Sadhu accompanied by Sri G.V. Sridhar a  nd Sri Mohan, left by car to Tiruvannamalai on Sunday, March 14, in the morning and reached Master’s abode by 9.30 AM. Justice Arunachalam and Sri Shaktivel received Sadhu. After Bhagavan arrived in the Ashram, Sadhu led the Ramnam Chanting in the prayer hall. Then Bhagavan called him by His side. Sadhu introduced the devotees who had come with him. Bhagavan asked Ravi to give Him the copy of the message of Sadhu about his itinerary. It was not readily available. Sadhu explained to Him in detail the itinerary of his South Africa Trip. He told Bhagavan that he was leaving Chennai on 23rd and from Mumbai, will directly fly to South Africa on 24th. Though his flight was through Mauritius, he would not halt there and, perhaps, while returning from South Africa, he may visit Mauritius. Bhagavan blessed the tour programme and said, “My Father is very happy with the work that Rangaraja is doing. Your programmes will be a grand success.” Bhagavan asked about the Ramnavami Celebrations at Chennai. Sadhu said, the devotees will do Akhand Ramnam and celebrate the festival. Bhagavan blessed the programme.

Sadhu told Bhagavan about the bhoomi pooja function of Bharatamata Gurukula Ashram and Yogi Ramsuratkumar Indological Centre at Srinivasanagar, Krishnarajapuram, Bangalore, and said, by His blessings and grace, the function went off well. He said, “It is all Father’s grace.” He asked what all activities we proposed to do in the Gurukula Ashram. Sadhu replied that the main objective was to give training to youth on all aspects of Hindu thought and culture and to send them out to different parts of the country and abroad. Bhagavan asked whether the Research Centre and Library would be attached to the Gurukula. Sadhu replied that they will function in the Gurukula Ashram as part of Sister Nivedita Academy. He said, “My Father blesses for the success of your work.” Sadhu told Him that Nivedita was looking after the construction work of the Ashram. He gave His blessings to Nivedita, Vivek and Bharati. Bhagavan was happy to hear that Haripriya alias Shivaa, Nivedita’s daughter, was going to school. He said, “She will study well, My Father’s blessings to Haripriya!”

Bhagavan took into His hand the copies of TATTVA DARSANA Fifteenth Annual Number 1999. He keenly observed the picture of Mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, on the cover page. He then asked whether there is any article in the journal about Mother. Sadhu replied that he has written an article, “Mother’s Vision of Mother India”, giving a detailed review of Mother’s book, INDIA THE MOTHER – a Selection from Mother’s Words, published by Institut De Recherces Evolutives, Paris and Mira Aditi Centre, Mysore. Bhagavan wanted the article to be read out for Him and Sadhu did so. Bhagavan also went through the copies of RAMNAM by Poojya Tapasi Baba Avadhoot. Sadhuji told Him that the book was intended for distribution to all Ramnam devotees inside the country and abroad. Bhagavan put His signature on the copies of TATTVA DARSANA and RAMNAM to be preserved in the Yogi Ramsuratkumar Indological Research Centre Library. He then took the bowl and stick of the sadhu and blessed him for a “Safe journey abroad for Father’s work.” Sadhu requested Bhagavan to give a message to the brethren outside India. Bhagavan gave the message: “Let them all pray to My Father. Let them always chant His Name. Let them always remember My Father. My Father will take care of them. My Father belongs to all of them. That is all this Beggar’s message!”

Sadhu prayed to Him to give him the strength to spread His name everywhere. He replied, “You will do my Father’s work very well!” Sadhu and the devotees took leave of Him and returned to Chennai, reaching home in the evening. On March 24, Bhagavan’s devotees, Shaktivel and Parimelazhagan came with copies of Bhagavan’s Message.


Glimpses of a Great Yogi #3.21

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


Sadhu sent a fax to Bhagavan on Thursday, December 3, informing Him about the visit of Sadhu to Tiruvannamalai along with the devotees from South Africa on Saturday, December 5. On Saturday morning he left with them, Smt. Bharati, Chi. Vivek, Dr. Subramaniam, his wife and his daughters, Shobana and Vimala, to Tiruvannamalai by a van and reached the Yogi Ramsuratkumar Ashram at 10.15 AM. There was a big crowd in the hall and Lee Lozowick had come with about thirty-five foreign devotees who were seated in the front. Some of the devotees were speaking and some singing. Bhagavan noticed the arrival of Sadhu in the hall and asked Lee Lozowick to conduct him to a chair in front of Him and later He asked Sadhu to sit on the dais. After a while, He asked Sadhu to continue with the satsang when He, Ma Devaki and Vijayalakshmi took a break. Sadhu continued the satsang till lunch break and many devotees who had assembled there took Sadhu’s blessings. After the lunch, Sadhu took the South African devotees to Papa Ramdas Cave on the Arunachala Hill where Bhagavan Yogi Ramsuratkumar had initiated him. Sundaram Swami received them all. After darshan of Seshadri Swami and Ramana Ashrams, they all returned to Bhagavan’s Ashram. By the time, Bhagavan had also arrived there. We had darshan of Bhagavan’s statue in the main hall and then came to the dining hall where Bhagavan was sitting. Sadhu and his group came and sat behind the crowd. Bhagavan asked Lee to call the sadhu to the front.

Sri Rajagopal of Anandashram came there and had a conversation with Bhagavan. Bhagavan immediately summoned the sadhu by His side and commanded: “Anandashram is bringing out a souvenir to commemorate the completion of fifty years of service of Swami Satchidananda to the Ashram and they want this Beggar to write an article. This Beggar is not in the habit of writing. Devaki also can’t write. Therefore this Beggar wants you to write on His behalf. Whatever you write will be this Beggar’s writing.” Sadhu told Him that he had also received a letter from Sri Sriram of Anandashram in this regard. Now that Bhagavan has commanded, the sadhu will do it on His behalf. Bhagavan said, it must be done at the earliest and to be done on His behalf also. He also told Rajagopal that Sadhu would write an article on His behalf and send it at the earliest.

Sadhu told Bhagavan about the devotees of South Africa who have come with him. Bhagavan asked how many have come. Sadhu replied that they were ten, besides Bharati and Vivek. He asked where they were. Sadhu said, they were sitting behind the crowd. Bhagavan asked Sadhu to bring them all to the front. They all came forward. Then He called them one by one, asked them their names and what work they were doing, and then blessed them all. He asked Dhayaram about his surname, Aheer, and enquired him from which state in India his forefather’s went to South Africa. Sadhu said, they must have gone from present day U.P. or M.P. Bhagavan blessed Vimala for a happy married life. Shobana was also in tears of bliss and he blessed her. When He had finished blessing everyone, suddenly Nivedita’s daughter, Haripriya, named Shivaa by Bhagavan, appeared there, and Sadhu was also surprised to see her. She told, she came in a van with her grandfather, Sri Vijayaraghavan, and a group of devotees from Bangalore. Bhagavan allowed all of them in the group to come on by one and take His blessings.

Bhagavan then took into His hand, the copies of Yogi Ramsuratkumar Jayanti Issue 1998 of TATTVA DARSANA placed before Him. He signed a few copies as usual to be preserved in Yogi Ramsuratkumar Indological Research Centre and Ma Devaki helped him to sign the issues. Then He took the danda and bowl of Sadhu and blessed them also as usual. The devotees from South Africa and some from Bangalore made love offerings. He picked up all the money, Rs. 1055/- in total, and thrust the amount into the hands of the sadhu and asked him to accept it. He called Lee Lozowick and asked him to give a copy of his book, “The Death of A Dishonest Man”. When Lee gave him a copy, Bhagavan asked Ma Devaki to issue a cheque for Rs. 4000/- to Lee. He then presented the book to the sadhu telling that the book cost Rs. 4000/- and that He was paying for it on behalf of the sadhu. Sadhu received the book with His blessings. When Sadhu was seated on the chair, Haripriya came and sat on his lap. Bhagavan looked at her and blessed her with a smile. She then went to her grandma. Bhagavan called Sadhu to come to the dais and give a talk. Sadhu spoke for twenty minutes on “Yogi, Yogi Ramsuratkumar and Ramnam”. Bhagavan blessed Sadhu again when he completed the talk. He wished all success to the proposed tour of the sadhu to South Africa and other places. He gave copies of TATTVA DARSANA to the members of Lee Lozowick’s group and other devotees including Sri D.S. Ganeshan, Sri Seetharaman, Sri Hariharan, Sri Jayaraman, Sri Mani, and Sri Gnanagiri Ganeshan.

Glimpses of a Great Yogi #3.20

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


Sadhu started his journey to Tiruvannamalai in the early morning on Friday by car. Sri Mohan, Sri Sridhar and Sri S.G. Padmanabhan, Convener of Ramnam Movement in Tirunelveli, joined Sadhu. When they reached the Ashram site, they found the popular film star, Sri S.V. Sekhar, waiting for darshan of Bhagavan. All sat in the darshan hall and chanted Ramnam. Later, Bhagavan called Sadhu and his friends. Sadhu introduced them all to Bhagavan. Sadhu also presented to Bhagavan a beautiful cup with the South African National Anthem painted on it. He also gave a copy of the national song. Bhagavan wanted Sadhu to read the National anthem in African language and the English translation of it. Sadhu told Him that the national anthem was sung in the inaugural function of Sister Nivedita Academy of South Africa. Sadhu showed Bhagavan the album containing photos of the South African visit and Bhagavan went through it. He asked about the Hindu population in Madagascar, South Africa, etc., and Sadhu gave Him a detailed account about the Hindu diaspora in the African continent. Bhagavan was very happy to learn that Sister Nivedita Academy has spread its wings to South Africa and blessed: “It is all Father’s Grace”. Sadhu told Him about the proposed All Africa Hindu Conference. Bhagavan asked about the dates and gave His blessings. Sadhu showed Him the photo of Robbin Island prison in which Mr. Nelson Mandela was incarcerated and Bhagavan keenly observed it. Bhagavan asked about Rt. Hon’ble V.S. Srinivasa Shastry’s work in South Africa as representative of the British Government in India. Sadhu showed Bhagavan the photo of the foundation stone and plaque of the Greytown School founded by Sri Shastry. Bhagavan wanted Sadhu to read the writings on the plaque and wanted to know about the services of Sri Shastry in South Africa. Bhagavan was very happy to know about the spread of Ramnam Movement in South Africa and Sadhu’s successful tour of the entire country. He then took out some bananas, pealed them and gave to Sadhu and friends as Prasad. He blessed the devotees who had come with the sadhu. The devotees took photographs of Bhagavan with the South African National Anthem Cup in His hand and Sadhu sitting by His side. Mother Rajeswari said that Bhagavan was very happy in the morning when she informed Him that Sadhuji was coming and He said, “My Father blesses Rangaraja!” Sadhu and friends took leave of Him and Bhagavan blessed Sadhu’s danda and bowl before leaving him.

Accompanied by Sri Ravin Raghunannan and Sri Naren Raghunannan, devotees from South Africa, Sadhu drove to Tiruvannamalai on Wednesday, April 22, 1998, and reached the Ashram in the morning. As soon as Bhagavan reached there and got down from the car, He greeted the sadhu with folded hands and Sadhu also offered his pranams to the Master. Bhagavan made Sadhu sit by His side in the prayer hall and lead the Ramnam chanting by devotees. After the chanting, Sadhu introduced the guests from South Africa to Bhagavan. He also presented to Bhagavan a letter from Sri Ori of Vishnu Mandir, Greytown, South Africa, a packet of sweetmeat from Smt. Naren, the souvenir of Lenasia Yuvak Sangh, Hanuman Chalisa and Sister Nivedita Academy’s lessons on Hinduism prepared by Sadhu and printed in Johannesburg. Bhagavan went through the literature and the Vijnana Bharati lessons on Hindu thought, and asked Sadhu to read the last chapter on Jainism. It took forty minutes to complete the reading of the chapter and Bhagavan listened to it with deep interest. He then presented the copies of Hanuman Chalisa calendar to Ravin and Naren. He then asked about the Vishnu Temple of Greytown looked after by Sri Ori. He presented fruits to Sadhu and visitors. He also allowed photos to be taken with the visitors. He permitted Sri Ravin and Sri Naren to take photographs inside the Mandapam. Sadhu told Bhagavan about the proposed visit to Kenya. Bhagavan asked Sadhu whether he would be going to Kenya for the first time and Sadhu answered in the affirmative. He blessed the sadhu for a successful visit. He took the stick and bowl of Sadhu and blessed them as usual and Sadhu took leave of Him.

Sadhu, accompanied by Sri Sridhar, Sri Anand, Sri Kumar and Sri Ravi Shankar, left by car to Tiruvannamalai on Sunday, October 11, 1998, but because of traffic jam, reached Bhagavan’s abode only by 11.00 AM when Bhagavan was busy with a doctor. Ma Devaki and Ma Vijayalakshmi received them and they spent the forenoon in Ramnam chanting in the prayer hall. Bhagavan called Sadhu and the devotees with him at 4.00 PM. A devotee, Sri Subramaniam and his family were present. Sadhu introduced the devotees who came with him. Bhagavan asked in detail about Sri Ravi Shankar. Bhagavan asked Sadhu to sit by His side and was holding the hand of Sadhu all the time. During the two hour conversation, He recalled about the sadhu’s initiation in the Papa Ramdas Cave and all those who were present at that time. He remarked, Sri Sundaram Swami wanted the cave to be called Banyan Tree Cave. Bhagavan also recalled the starting of TATTVA DARSANA in 1984. Bhagavan introduced Sri Subramaniam who used to take care of Him in the early days and also helped His attendant, Sashi, to become a graduate. He also spoke about Sri Ramachandra Rao helping an artist to draw Ramayana pictures after he got him educated and spent nearly Rs. 20,000/-.

Sadhu told Bhagavan about Sri Abhanindranath Tagore and his painting of Bharatamata which received a grand appreciation from Sister Nivedita. Sadhu presented to Bhagavan the copies of his VANDE MATARAM which carried the picture on the cover page. Bhagavan went through the book, page by page and keenly observed the photos and sketches published in it. He asked Sadhu to read the Foreword to the book, written by Acharya J.B. Kripalani, and the appreciation of Abhanindranath’s painting by Sister Nivedita. Bhagavan asked Sadhu how he came in contact with Acharya J.B. Kripalani. Sadhu told Bhagavan about the Vande Mataram Centenary Celebrations organized by him and attended by Sri Kripalaniji who inspired Sadhu to write the history of the immortal song, which was first serialized in ‘Yuva Bharati’ and later published as the maiden publication of Sister Nivedita Academy with Sri Kripalani’s foreword on Akshaya Triteeya Day, April 21, 1977. Bhagavan recalled His listening to the talk of Acharya Kripalani during the freedom struggle.

Bhagavan asked Sadhu about his association with Swami Chinmayananda and Sadhu told Him about his birth in Ernakulam and early days in Kerala, how he came in contact with the Swamiji when Sadhu was a young college student at Ernakulam, and how he was deeply involved in the work of Chinmaya Mission and Vishwa Hindu Parishad because of the inspiration received from the Swamiji. Bhagavan told Sri Subramaniam about His initiating the sadhu on Papa’s Jayanti Day, April 26, 1988, in the Papa Ramdas Cave on the top of Arunachala Mountain. Sadhu placed the copies of latest issue of TATTVA DARSANA before Bhagavan. Bhagavan signed the copies of the journal and also the Second Edition of VANDE MATARAM and formally released them. He gave copies to everyone present. Sadhu told Bhagavan about the visit of Anil Zutshi and Vivek to Hyderabad. Bhagavan enquired about Anil Zutshi. Sadhu also told Bhagavan about his proposed visit to Lucknow to participate in the Swami Rama Tirtha Jayanti and programmes in U.P. for Ramnam Prachaar. Bhagavan enquired about Sri T.S. Sinha, Convener of Ramnam Movement in U.P., and about the location of his house in Prayag.

Bhagavan asked Sadhu about his proposed visit to South Africa and the places he intended to visit in the country. Sadhu told Him that he intended to visit all important places in all the provinces of the country where Ramnam work and Sister Nivedita Academy’s work have already been initiated. Sadhu told Bhagavan about the visit of Sri Dhayaram Aheer, Sri Teddy Kommal and others from South Africa to India in the next month and their wish to have darshan of Bhagavan. Sadhu also told Bhagavan about the invitation of Sri Krishna Carcelle to visit Mauritius. Bhagavan blessed Sadhu for the success of his visit abroad.

Sadhu discussed with Bhagavan the proposed construction of Bharatamata Gurukula Ashram at Krishnarajapuram, Bangalore, to house the Yogi Ramsuratkumar Indological Research Centre and Library. Bhagavan saw the plan for the construction of the Ashram and blessed the project. He also wanted His Father’s blessings to be conveyed to Poojya Sri Tapasi Baba Avadhoot of Pune for mooting the proposal to construct the Gurukula Ashram and making His initial contribution for the purpose.

Bhagavan presented copies of the journal and VANDE MATARAM book to Smt. Pankajam Das, Sri Saktivel, Sri Mani and other devotees who joined us. He took the bowl and danda of Sadhu and blessed them. He also blessed Sri Subramaniam’s daughter who was getting married and his son also. We took leave of Bhagavan.

Glimpses of a Great Yogi #3.19

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


Immediately after his return to Bharat, Sadhuji informed Bhagavan about his safe return to the motherland and on Sunday, August 24, 1997, he proceeded to the abode of Yogiji, accompanied by Bharati, Vivek, Nivedita, Ramesh, Haripriya, Jaya, Suresh and the South African devotee, Sunny. They reached Bhagavan’s abode at 10.30 AM and Bhagavan received them all in the darshan hall. They spent some time in the presence of the Master, chanting Ramnam and Yogi Nam led by Nivedita. Then Yogiji called them by His side. Sadhuji introduced them one by one. He asked Nivedita’s husband Ramesh to sit in a chair and enquired about his work. He also asked whether he had learnt Kannada well. Bhagavan also asked him about his sister and parents and Ramesh told Bhagavan about his parents proposed visit to Badrinath in September. Bhagavan blessed them all. He called Jaya and asked her what she was doing. He blessed her and asked what was the name of Haripriya. Nivedita told Bhagavan about her small physique. Bhagavan gave a banana to the child and made her eat. He blessed her and Nivedita. Then he turned to the South African devotee, Sri Shanmugam Meyyappan, and heard the story of his losing his wife recently. Bhagavan prayed for her soul to rest in peace and blessed him for peace and happiness. He blessed Bharati and Vivek and asked Jaya where she was staying. She replied that she was staying with her brother Ramesh and Bharati recalled the visit of Ramesh to Bhagavan’s abode last week.

Sadhuji reported to Bhagavan about the grand success of his visit to South Africa due to Bhagavan’s grace and blessings. Bhagavan said, “It is all Father’s Grace!” Sadhu placed before Him the photo album of S.A. Visit and the bunch of press clippings showing the coverage of Sadhu’s visit in South African press. Bhagavan went through them and asked Sadhu to read a couple of them – one about the march of Hindu organizations, led by him, in protest of a Christian pastor denigrating Hinduism and another about the talk of Sadhu on “Hinduism, the Religion of Scientific Age”. Sadhuji told Bhagavan about the invitation that he has received to visit South Africa, Mauritius and Kenya again in the year end. Bhagavan gave him permission to go ahead and blessed the proposed tour. Bhagavan took Sadhu’s danda and bowl and asked whether the bowl was new. Sadhu replied that it was the old one, but polished by devotees in South Africa. He blessed them and handed over to the sadhu. Sadhu told Bhagavan about the gift of a scanner by Sri Shammilal, father of Suveera, a child saved by the grace and blessings of Bhagavan, in South Africa. Bhagavan asked about the use of the machine and Nivedita explained to Him how documents and photos could be scanned and copied into the computer.

While taking leave of Bhagavan, Sadhu told him that he would go to Tirukkoilur to see Sri D.S. Sivaramakrishnan.

Sadhu, accompanied by Sri Sunny, Sri Sridhar and Sri Mohan, drove to Tiruvannamalai on Monday, October 20, 1997, and reached the ashram of Bhagavan at 10.00 AM. On the instructions of Bhagavan, Sadhu led Ramnam Chanting in the prayer hall for an hour. Then Bhagavan called us to His presence. It seemed He wanted to tell something, but was silent and pondering for a few minutes. He then called the boy who was attending to Him and asked him to bring the plate containing fruit prasad. He took an apple and gave it to Sadhu. Sadhu placed before Him two bundles containing the copies of the latest issue TATTVA DARSANA. Bhagavan asked Sadhu how many copies he had brought. Sadhu said, “Fifty”. He took one bundle in His hand and asked how many copies were there in the bundle. Sadhu said, “Twenty-five”. He took out the copies and gave one to each of the devotees present. He put His signature on the rest of the copies and gave to Sadhu for preservation in the Yogi Ramsuratkumar Indological Research Centre Library. Sadhu got His signature on the copy which was given to him.

Sadhu told Bhagavan: “I had been to Kanhangad last Sunday. Swami Satchidananda enquired about You and offered His pranams.” Bhagavan joined His palms and said, “Pranams to Swami Satchidananda”. Sadhu told Bhagavan that Sunny (Shanmugam Moodley) was leaving for South Africa on 25th. Bhagavan asked, “His name is Shanmugam, isn’t it?” Sadhu replied, “Yes”. Bhagavan asked, “Where does he stay”. Sadhu said, “In Tongaat”. Bhagavan asked again, “Where is it?” Sadhu replied that it was near Durban in Natal Province. Bhagavan raised His hands and said, “My Father blesses Shanmugam and all our brethren in South Africa”. Sadhu told Him that he was expecting his visa and air ticket to visit South Africa again and he was expected to leave in November end. Bhagavan blessed Sadhu: “My Father blesses you for a successful visit to South Africa and safe return to India after your work there!”

Sadhu told Bhagavan about his programmes in Mysore in November 1st week and at Madurai and Tirunelveli in the second and third weeks. Bhagavan asked for the dates of the programmes and then blessed for the success of the programmes. Sadhu told Him that by His grace, Haripriya’s first birthday was celebrated in a grand manner. He said, “All Father’s Grace!” Sadhu then introduced Sridhar and Mohan and He blessed them also. He gave fruits to all. Sunny wanted to take a photograph. Bhagavan said, “He can take photo.” Sunny took photograph of Bhagavan with Sadhu standing by His side. Bhagavan blessed the stick and bowl of Sadhu as usual. He blessed all of us while we were leaving the Ashram.