YOGI RAMSURATKUMAR, RAMNAM AND RAMAJANMABHOOMI
Sadhu Prof. V. Rangarajan
Prediction of Bhagavan Yogi Ramsuratkumar
Wednesday, August 5, 2020, will be recorded in the history of Modern Bharatavarsha as a golden day when the awakened Hindu society launches the reconstruction of the most ancient Rama Temple at Ayodhya, with the Prime Minister of the country, Sri Narendra Modi, performing the bhoomi poojan for the re-establishment of the Mandir. This sadhu remembers the day, thirty-six years ago, when his Master, Yogi Ramsuratkumar, predicted that Ram temple would be rebuilt. Divine Mother Mayee of Kanyakumari directed this Sadhu to Bhagavan Yogi Ramsuratkumar who initiated this humble worker for the Hindu cause into His disciple and called him a Sadhu. The day this humble worker landed in Tiruvannamalai in search of his Master was 1st of September 1984. Searching for his Master, he approached his friend, Rajendran, who was Karyavah of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in Tiruvannamalai for help. The friend at first could not recognize whom this sadhu was referring to as Yogi Ramsuratkumar and said that there were many North Indian Sannyasins in that place and he did not know whom I was referring. Then this sadhu explained to him that the Mahatma would be holding a palm-leaf fan and a coconut bowl in His hand as this sadhu has seen in his photo. The friend immediately jumped up and said, it was the ‘Visiri Swami’ and he was staying in His abode near the temple cart. He took me to the abode of Bhagavan. Bhagavan came out of His abode and received both of us with a keen look. The friend introduced himself as Rajendran, Karyavah of RSS, and introduced this sadhu as ‘Prof. Rangarajan from Madras’. After looking at us for a few minutes without uttering anything, the Mahatma told my friend: “This Beggar has to discuss many things with the professor. You can leave him here and go. Though this sadhu and his friend were surprised by the reply, the friend immediately took leave of us and the Mahatma conducted this sadhu into His abode.
We have given a vivid description of what transpired for the next two and a half hours between the Master and the disciple in our magnum opus, GLIMPSES OF A GREAT YOGI. This sadhu gave a detailed report to the Mahatma about his past life, getting inspired by Sri Guruji Golwalkar, Sarsanghchalak of RSS, when the sadhu was just ten years old, and joining the RSS movement; later, when he was just a student in the college at Ernakulam, getting inspired by Swami Chinmayananda who along with Sri Guruji Golwalkar founded the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and this sadhu becoming a full time worker of RSS taking up the responsibility as organizer of the Parishad and also becoming Secretary of Chinmaya Mission in Trichy, organizing the Gita Gnana Yagna of the Swamiji in Srirangam; becoming an Editor of Hindusthan Samachar News Agency started by the RSS; joining Eknath Ranade, the former General Secretary of RSS, who took up the mission of setting up Vivekananda Rock Memorial at Kanyakumari and serving as Assistant Editor of ‘Yuva Bharati’ , ‘Brahmavadin’ and ‘Vivekananda Kendra Patrika’ the publications of Vivekananda Kendra. When this sadhu spoke about the dream of the great Hindu leaders to see the restoration of Ram Mandir at Ayodhya and the struggle of thousands of Hindus for achieving that, the Master’s eyes emitted a powerful glow and He uttered, “Rangaraja, the Mandir will come up there.” Though at that time, this sadhu took it as a casual remark, time has made him realize that it was a farsighted prediction of the great Master. When this sadhu expressed his desire to write Bhagavan’s biography, he simply smiled, got up and collected some books already published—”YOGI RAMSURATKUMAR, Godchild, Tiruvannamalai” by Truman Caylor Wadlington, and some poetic works in Tamil by Ki. Va, Jagannathan – and handed them over to this sadhu putting His signatures on the first pages of the books as Yogi Ramsuratkumar and also as Rangarajan telling this surprised sadhu that both are same. Before leaving Him, when this sadhu expressed his desire to get initiation from Him, He simply smiled and said, “Why? You have already got it from a great man. Continue your practices. My Father blesses you!”
Bhagavan’s Emissary to South Africa
The next visit of this sadhu to the abode of the Master was on 12th January 1985 when the whole world was celebrating the birth day of Swami Vivekananda and the Government of India had declared the day as the National Youth Day. A devout couple from South Africa, Smt and Sri T.M. Moodley, had accompanied this sadhu to Bhagavan’s abode. We found Bhagavan in an ecstatic mood saying, “Ah! Rajiv Gandhi has declared Swami Vivekananda’s birthday as National Youth Day!” In the course of their conversation with the Master, the couple told Him that there were millions of Hindus in South Africa who needed His guidance. Bhagavan laughed aloud and told them, “Mount Arunachala cannot move from here to South Africa. Therefore this Beggar cannot move from here. You take Rangaraja. He is a Professor”. This sadhu took it as a joke. However, he was amazed when he got, within a few months, an invitation from Swami Sahajananda of Divine Life Society of South Africa, inviting him to visit the country to edit “YOGA LESSONS FOR CHILDREN” based on the writings of Bhagavan Sivananda, which the society wanted to bring out as a prestigious publication on the occasion of the Centenary of Swami Sivananda. With the blessings of Mother Mayi of Kanyakumari, Bhagavan Yogi Ramsuratkumar and this sadhu’s Shilshaguru, Poojya Swami Chinmayananda who commanded this sadhu to go abroad and “roar into the ears of the sleeping Hindus”, this sadhu left the shores of India for a four month long tour of South Africa, Mauritius and Reunion. After his return from abroad, sadhu wrote the biography of Yogi Ramsuratkumar and the book titled GLIMPSES OF A GREAT YOGI received a Benediction from Swami Chidananda, President of Divine Life Society, Rishikesh. and it was released by Bhagavan Yogi Ramsuratkumar on His Jayanti on December1, 1987. Bhagavan wanted just one copy, but one hundred copies were placed at His feet and He arranged for the distribution of the book to all His devotees.
Initiation of Shishya by Bhagavan
Sri Sundaram Swami, who was living in the Banyan Tree Cave, popularly known as Papa Ramdas Cave, was a close friend and colleague of this sadhu when both of us were workers of RSS in Tamilnadu. Though Sri Sundaram had renounced his worldly life and was living as a recluse in the Baniyan Tree cave, during the period of Emergency declared by Smt. Indira Gandhi, he was incarcerated for his past association with the RSS. After the Emergency, he continued his sadhanas in the cave. He organised the Jayanti of Papa Ramdas, Guru of Bhagavan Yogi Ramsuratkumar, in the Papa Ramdas Cave on April 26, 1988. He invited this sadhu to preside over the celebrations and this sadhu accompanied by his son, Vivekanandan, and Sri Shekar, a former soldier of INA founded by Netaji Subhas, reached Tiruvannamalai, a day in advance. Before climbing up the Arunachala Hill, sadhu met Bhagavan and took His blessings. When sadhu told Him that he would come and meet Bhagavan again after the function, Bhagavan smiled and said, “Why? We have already spent good time today.” The sadhu replied that he will just say “Namaste” before leaving Tiruvannamalai. This sadhu did not even dream that the most significant turning point in his life was going to take place on the next day. On the auspicious occasion of Papa Ramdas Jayanti, Bhagavan accompanied by two devotees, walked into the Banyan Tree Cave Ashram. It was the sudden and most unexpected appearance of Yogi Ramsuratkumar there. He announced the purpose of His sudden visit as to spend some time with the ‘Professor’. Little did this ‘Professor’ imagine that there was something most unexpected to happen in his life in the next few hours. The Master coolly told the organizers that there were many others who could speak and He virtually dragged this sadhu from the meeting place into the cave. And then happened the greatest ‘nuclear explosion’, in the life of this sadhu. The Master initiated him into the sacred mantra – Aum Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram — which He himself received from Papa Ramdas who had sat and meditated in the very cave where we were sitting. What else other than the punya accumulated in the past births could bring in such a great fortune! Mahapurusha samsraya is not merely sitting in the presence of a great preceptor. To transform oneself into a humble and effective instrument for the Master’s work is the summum bonum of this contact. This humble servant got the blessings of the Master for that transformation that day when He declared His disciple as a ‘Sadhu’ and an instrument for His Father’s work. Though He converted this proud professor into a humble Sadhu, He insisted that nothing should be given up even from the name and therefore He called his disciple as ‘Sadhu Prof. V. Rangarajan’, the name that has stuck forever. The preceptor, unlike other Acharyas who give a new Sannyasa name to a disciple, retained the name given by this Sadhu’s parents and repeatedly emphasized, “Renunciation is not giving up anything, nor is it taking up anything…. Till yesterday, you were doing things as you wished, but from now onwards, this Beggar is going to do my Father’s work through you.”
Birth of World Ramnam Movement
The first massive gathering of the devotees of H.H. Yogi Ramsuratkumar, addressed by this Sadhu was hardly a fortnight later. It was a two-day national seminar on “Destiny of Human Race and the Mission of His Holiness Yogi Ramsuratkumar” organized by ardent devotees like Sri A.R.P.N. Rajamanickam, Industrialist, and Dr. K. Venkatasubramanian, Vice-Chancellor of Pondicherry University, and held at the Kamban Kalai Arangam, Pondicherry, on May 7 and 8, 1988. Devotees of Bhagavan gave this Sadhu a cordial welcome when he reached the Kalai Arangam, the venue of the Seminar. Pandita Indrani, a devotee from Trinidad, also joined the Sadhu. Eminent writers and scholars addressed the seminar. Sri Ramani Guruji released the Fourth Annual Number of TATTVA DARSANA dedicated to Yogi Ramsuratkumar on May 8, 1988, and Sri Rajamanickam received the first copy. Dr. Balachandran and Sri Shankararajulu, former Registrar of Madurai Kamaraj University, referred to the work of Sadhuji, “GLIMPSES OF A GREAT YOGI”, and the special issue of TATTVA DARSANA. The mission of the Sadhu in spreading the message of the Master throughout the country and abroad now started. Bhagavan used to say: “It is not easy to get a Guru, a spiritual master. It may take sometimes many births to get a spiritual master.” But the Master Himself comes into the life of the disciple when the appointed hour comes, or, in other words, when the instrument is ready for His work. Bhagavan was preparing this sadhu for His work and the charging of spiritual energy continued uninterruptedly. This sadhu felt a deep ecstatic experience and was reminded of the experience that Vivekananda as Narendra received from his Master, Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.
Yogi Ramsuratkumar Jayanti Celebrations under the auspices of Sister Nivedita Academy at Triplicane, Chennai, on Thursday, December 1, 1988, turned out to be a grand and colourful function by the grace of the Divine Master. A significant development on the occasion of the Jayanti Celebrations was the decision to launch YOGI RAMSURATKUMAR YOUTH ASSOCIATION, a movement of the youth as a wing of SISTER NIVEDITA ACADEMY as instructed by the Master. When Vivek and Suresh, who were Engineering students, had visited the abode of my Master to appraise him about the preparations for the Yogi Jayanti, they made a fervent prayer to Him to allow them to start a youth organization named after Him. Yogiji was at first amused at their request and asked them jovially: “Why do you want a youth organization named after this Beggar? Why not have an organization named after Kamaraj or Karunanidhi or any big political leader?” The youth calmly replied to Him that they wanted to do some social and spiritual service in His name. Yogi pondered over their request for some time and then told Vivek: “Well, you can start the youth organization, but it must function as a wing of Sister Nivedita Academy right under the guidance of your father.” He also delineated the prime work that the youth must undertake—spreading of Ramnam Japa Yagna to fulfil the dream of Mataji Krishnabai to complete 15,500 crores of Japa for world peace. At the time of the Jayanti Celebration, the proposal was given due consideration and it was decided to have the inauguration of the Yogi Ramsuratkumar Youth Association in a special grand function. The inauguration of YOGI RAMSURATKUMAR YOUTH ASSOCIATION took place in a grand function at Vemuru Ranganathan Chettiar Hall, Triplicane, on December 8, 1988. Sri Lee Lozowick, Spiritual Head of HOHM Community, Arizona, was the guest of honour. Prominent devotees of Master, like AR.PN. Rajamanickam and Prof. A.N. Balasubramaniam attended the function. The function, presided over by this Sadhu, started with the songs of Periaswami Thooran on Master, rendered by Sri Thooran’s daughter, Smt. Saradamani Chinnasami, and Sri Jagannathan.
In fact, the work of spreading Ramnam started immediately after the initiation of this sadhu by his Master and in June 1988. In a small congregation of villagers in Thangadu in Nilgiris, for observing a fire walking ceremony, this sadhu had appealed to them to chant the Ramnam Taraka Mantra and send the Japa counts to this sadhu. The devotees there under the leadership of Sri Mohan, had taken up the sadhana regularly and systematically. Devotees in other parts of Tamilnadu and outside were also encouraged to take up Japa Sadhana regularly and quite a few families organized home satsangs to chant Ramnam in congregations under the auspices of Yogi Ramsuratkumar Youth Association which had already come into existence. However, the idea of starting a World Ramnam Movement under the auspices of Yogi Ramsuratkumar Youth Association lodged in the bosom of this sadhu after his meeting with the Master prior to his visit to Nilgiris for the fire walking ceremony. The villagers in Thangadu, who came to know about the proposal, made an appeal that the movement must make its beginning in the Nilgiri Hills like Mother Ganga making Her descent from Gangotri and prayed that the fire walking ceremony of the tribal brethren must be made an occasion to make the beginning. This sadhu conceded to their request and asked Mohan to accompany him on his visit to Kanhangad to get the formal consent of Poojya Swami Satchidananda to announce the starting of the movement.
Bhagavan Foresees the Advent of Ramarajya in 21st Century
After the Mahasamadhi of Mataji Krishnabai on February 12, 1989, when Sadhu visited Master’s abode on March 5, 1989, Bhagavan pointed out the great mission in the sadhu’s life to which his whole lifetime was to be dedicated. Mataji had started the massive japa yajna of chanting 15500 crores of the Ramnam Taraka, Aum Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram for World Peace, of which 1757 crores had been completed before Her departure from the physical body. Master suggested to the sadhu to take up the task of spreading Her mission of the nama japa yajna all over the country and abroad, for the completion of the astronomical target fixed by Her. Bhagavan asked Sadhu about the date on which he gave initiation to this sadhu in the Banyan Tree Cave and also questioned whether this was the second such experience that this sadhu received from Him. This sadhu could only manifest tears of joy in reply. This sadhu recalled that, after giving initiation to him in the Banyan Tree Cave, Bhagavan called in Vivek and told him that he could take his father back home and He would call him when He needed him for His work. Intuitively this sadhu realized that Bhagavan was going to make him an instrument for a great work. . The seed of the idea of launching a World Ramnam Movement to spread the mission of Mataji was sown in the bosom of this sadhu when this sadhu met his Master on March 6, 1989. However, he advised this sadhu to call on Poojya Swami Satchidananda, successor of Mataji in the Anandashram, and His suggestion to this sadhu to go to Anandashram and seek the blessings of His Gurubhai, Swami Satchidananda, was also for that purpose. Swami Satchidananda blessed the starting of the World Movement for Ramnam.
Poojyapada Yogi Ramsuratkumar’s grace and blessings made the visit of this sadhu to Mumbai, from 1st to 7th April 1989, to start the World Ramnam Movement there, a grand success. As the Ramnam Movement started growing in leaps and bounds, the need to produce enough information material, note books to write likhit japa, and pictures of Lord Ram and Bhagavan Yogi Ramsuratkumar was felt. Tulasi malas were obtained from Anandashram, Kanhangad, for distribution to devotees doing regular Ramnam Japa. Pamphlets in English and Tamil explaining the importance of Ramnam and about the World Ramnam Movement were printed. On May 20, 1989, Prof. Devaki of Sarada College, Salem, (now Ma. Devaki of Yogi Ramsuratkumar Ashram) called on this sadhu. Pamphlets, Malas and some negatives of Bhagavan’s photo were handed over to her to enable her to carry on the campaign. Sri Hemadri Rao, a devotee who had taken initiation from the sadhu on Buddha Poornima Day, also came to make offerings on the occasion of the anniversary of his initiation. The very next day, this sadhu wrote letters to Poojya Swami Satchidananda of Anandashram and Bhagavan Yogi Ramsuratkumar. Sadhu gave the latest developments about the Ramnam movement to Bhagavan.
On July 10, 1989, in the early morning, this sadhu, accompanied by Vivekanandan, Nivedita and devotees from the Nilgiris, started for Tiruvannamalai to meet Bhagavan. We reached his abode in the afternoon and spent two hours from 1-00 PM to 3-00 PM with Bhagavan. This sadhu introduced the devotees from Nilgiris. He was happy to know about their work. He then made us chant two new mantra gathas–“Jayatu jayatu, jayatu jayatu. RamsuratkumaraYogi, Ramsuratkumara Yogi” and “Rama rama, rama rama, rama rama, rama rama; Rama rama, rama rama, rama rama, rama ram.” He asked Nivedita to practise this regularly. This sadhu reported to Him about the progress of the Yogi Ramsuratkumar Youth Association activities. He was very happy to receive the report. This sadhu read out a letter from Poojya Swami Satchidananda and Yogi was very happy that Nivedita got swamiji’s blessings for “eternal happiness”. He permitted this sadhu to send the accumulated likhit japa sheets and note books to Omprakash Yogini of Ramji Ashram, Kumarakoil. He told the devotees from the Nilgiris, “Rangaraja has taken up the Ramnam campaign on a very big scale. Before December 1999, at least ¼ th of the target of Mataji Krishnabai must be completed. By the twenty-first century, we will see Ramarajya here.” When we promised Bhagavan that we all will strive to fulfil His command, He raised His hands and blessed us. We all chanted Ramnam. Bhagavan spoke on the efficacy of Ramnam chanting. He spoke about the effect of Ramnam on Bharata who stayed in Nandigram and, after fourteen years, got darshan of Ram, on Sita who was constantly chanting Rama’s name sitting in Ashoka Vana, on Samartha Ramdas and on Papa Ramdas who chanted the name constantly.
Pooja of Ram Shilas for Ayodhya Ram Temple
The two-room rented apartment of Sadhu Rangarajan in an old building in the busiest part of Triplicane in Chennai became the beehive of intense Ramnam movement activities and a place of visit to many of ardent devotees of Bhagavan Yogi Ramsratkumar from far and near. The stream of frequent visitors also drew the attention of the people in the neighbourhood who also got attracted to the Ramnam Japa Yagna and activities of Yogi Ramsuratkumar Youth Association. October 30, 1989, the day on which this sadhu’s talk on “Spiritual Basis of Patriotism” was broadcast by All India Radio, Chennai, was also important as Ram Shilas to be taken to Ayodhya for construction of the magnificent Ram temple at Ayodhya, were brought to the humble abode of the sadhu and devotees gathered to offer pooja to the Shilas. Ramnam Japa counts coming from various parts of the country and abroad were growing in leaps and bounds and the monthly counts increased to more than one crore. Reports of the Ramnam counts were sent every month to Poojya Swami Satchidananda of Anandashram, Kanhangad, to be included in the Japa Counts of the “Nama Japa Yagna for World Peace” initiated by Poojya Mataji Krishnabai. Preparations began for a Ramnam Nam Saptaha culminating in the Jayanti of Yogi Ramsuratkumar.
Incredible are the ways in which Bhagavan plays His leelas! On October 26, 1990, in the morning, this sadhu who was on tour of Bhagavan’s home state U.P., on Ramnam Prachar, accompanied by Sri R.K. Lal, President of Swami Rama Tirtha Pratishthan, boarded a bus to Prayag. It was at that time the entire U.P. was caught in the grip of a crisis caused by unprecedented violence unleashed by the State Government under the Chief Ministership of Mulayam Singh Yadav against Sadhus, sants and devotees of Ram from various parts of the country who were arriving for Kar Seva on the occasion of Panchkoshi Prikrama in Ayodhya. It was only a couple of days earlier that the Ram Janmabhoomi Rath of the Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sri L.K. Advani, which was entering U.P. after covering various other States in the country, was stopped and Advani taken into custody by the U.P. Police. In various parts of the State, sadhus, sants and Ram bhaktas proceeding to Ayodhya by trains, buses and other vehicles were detained by the police. When the bus in which this sadhu was travelling to Prayag reached Rae Bareily, suddenly a group of police men stopped the bus for search, and seeing this sadhu in ochre robe, decided to take him into custody as there was an order of the Government that any sadhu or sannyasi entering the State must be detained. Sri R.K Lal, who had been a Government Officer in UP, protested and informed the police officer that this sadhu was from Tamilnadu and had come for the Jayanti of Swami Rama Tirtha on the invitation of the Swami Rama Tirtha Pratishthan . When police insisted to take this sadhu into custody, the co-passengers in the bus came for the sadhu’s support and they, along with Lal, threatened to court arrest if the sadhu was arrested. The police officer was helpless and he warned that the sadhu would be detained the moment the bus reached Prayag. As soon as the bus entered Prayag, right in front of the bungalow of Sri T.S. Sinha, Retired Deputy Collector, which was on the right hand side of the national highway, it was stopped. We alighted from the bus and entered into the bungalow. Sri Sinha happened to be the father-in-law of Sri Lal’s son, Virendra, and he received us with all cordiality. Sinha asked the policeman to leave this sadhu under his care and the policeman obliged and left. Later Sinha fell prostrate at the feet of the sadhu and all the members of the family including Sinha’s sons and son-in-law also followed. He jovially said that he did not want the police to detain the sadhu, but he was going to detain him in his bungalow as his distinguished guest till the crisis outside cooled down and situation became calm. This sadhu told him about the Ramnam Japa Yagna work that his Master, Yogi Ramsuratkumar, had entrusted to him. Sinha assured the sadhu that he will fully cooperate with the sadhu in spreading Ramnam, but he wanted the sadhu to hold the Ramnam Satsang within the four walls of his bungalow, with his kith and kin and other Ram devotees attending it, till situation outside came to normalcy. The campaign for the World Ramnam Movement began right in Sri Sinha’s house and for the next few years, Sri Sinha became the Convener of the movement in U.P. and accompanied Sadhu to various parts of the State in spreading the movement.
Developments in Kar Seva Movement at Ayodhya
On October 30, 1990, the day of Kar Seva by Ram Bhaktas in Ayodhya Ram Mandir, lakhs of devotees had gathered in spite of the cancellation of train services and stopping of all types of transport to the temple city. At the time of Kar Seva in the Mandir in the morning, this sadhu was sitting in the Pratishthan and doing Ramnam Japa along with other devotes. In the afternoon, we received the news of brutal lathi charge and police firing on unarmed Kar Sevaks inside the Ayodya temple and in the surroundings, injury to Sri Ashok Singhal, World President of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, merciless killing of Ram Bhakatas and many of the bodies of Kar Sevaks dumped into the Sarayu River. The whole nation was rudely shaken by the reports and newspapers all over the world reported the massacre of Hindus in Ayodhya. News Channels carried the video clippings of brutal police action and Jain Studios produced a detailed documentary available even now in YouTube. There were chaos and commotion everywhere in U.P. and, on the next day, there was an attempt by fanatic Muslims around the Pratishthan to attack the inmates in the Pratishthan. The Hindu neighbours came out with guns, swords and lathis in their hands to give protection to the Pratishthan. This sadhu had to cancel his return ticket to Chennai in view of the cancellation of train services.
On November 1, a special Ramnam satsang with chanting of Hanuman Chalisa was held in the Pratishthan premises to pay homage to the martyrs of Ramjanmabhoomi Agitation. Special satsangs were held in the houses of devotees. This sadhu distributed the pictures of Bhagavan Yogi Ramsuratkumar and arranged for regular chanting of Ramnam. A fresh train ticket was purchased for return journey to Chennai and devotees saw off the sadhu at Lucknow Railway station on Tuesday, November 6. We found devotees of Ramnam among the co-passengers and distributed books and literature on Bhagavan to them. Reached Chennai on Thursday, and on the very next day, November 9, wrote a detailed letter to Bhagavan narrating all that had happened in the trip to North India:
Bhagavan Approves of ‘Tattva Darsana’ Editorial on Ramajanmabhoomi
Sri AR.PN. Rajamanicka Nadar, after the grand congregation of Bhagaan’s devotees in Pondicherry where he introduced the Sadhu as Bhagaan’s initiated disciple and got the special issue of TATTVA DARSANA released, arranged a tour of the Sadhu in the southern districts of Tamilnadu to spread the message of Bhagavan. Sri Nadar arranged posters printed with Bhagaan’s photo and Sadhu’s tour programme displayed in important towns and cities where rousing receptions were given to Sadhu. Sri Nadar himself accompanied the Sadhu in a weeklong tour and also made a music party also accompany so that Bhajan’s on Bhagavan were conducted wherever Sadhu gave talks. Sadhu visited the houses of Bhagavan’s devotees where he was received with padapooja and due honours. Sri Nadar extended his wholehearted patronage and support to Sadhu’s services to Bhagavan through SISTER NIVEDITA ACADEMY, YOGI RAMSURATKUMAR YOUTH ASSOCIATION and TATTVA DARSANA.
Sri Nadar was a staunch supporter of the Congress Party and he once even printed a big advertisement in a leading daily seeking support to the party in elections. He put a portrait of Bhagavan in the advertisement which also carried the names of other saints and sadhus including that of this sadhu invoking their blessings for success of the party. When this Sadhu brought this to the notice of Bhagavan, He simply smiled and remarked, “Rangaraja, we can’t control these people. Just ignore them.” Sri Rajamanickam was aware that Bhagavan was a great admirer of Gandhi, Nehru and great leaders of the Congress Movement which fought for India’s Independence, and therefore he thought that there was nothing wrong in invoking Bhagavan’s blessings for the party’s success in general elections.
However, Sri Rajamanickam did not approve of an editorial in TATTVA DARSANA strongly supporting the Ramajanma Bhoomi Movement and criticizing the so called secular politicians who objected to the movement in order to appease the Muslim community and garner the support of Muslim vote bank. When Sri Rajamanickam expressed his disapproval of the editorial and advised the Sadhu that TATTA DARSANA which was meant to spread the cause of Bhagavan Yogi Ramsuratkumar should not discuss the burning political issues, Sadhu had to bluntly tell him that the speeches and writings of this sadhu which sprang from the bosom of his heart were inspired by his Guru’s will and no one could interfere in the editorial freedom of the journal. Not only that the patronage and advertisement support to the journal was immediately stopped by Sri Rajamanickam, he even persuaded a prominent educationist and close devotee of Bhagavan, Dr. Venkatasubramaniam, to speak to Bhagavan about starting another journal to replace TATTA DARSANA as His mouthpiece. When the educationist devotee met Bhagavan at Tiruvannamalai and spoke about the editorial in TATTVA DARSANA, Bhagavan asked His assistant to bring the copy of the particular issue, gave it to the devotee and made him read the editorial titled “Hindutva and Hindu Rashtra” for Him. When the devotee finished reading, Bhagavan asked him, “Is there Sadhu Rangarajan’s signature at the end of the editorial?” When the devotee said, “Yes”, Bhagavan asked for his pen and Bhagavan put His signature below that of Rangaraja and said, “Sadhu Rangarajan is my principal disciple and whatever he speaks and writes is my view.” The educationist who was totally shocked and embarrassed returned to Chennai, met the Sadhu, and narrating whatever had happened, profusely apologized for misunderstanding the Sadhu. Sadhu told him that it was all the game of the Divine Master. Sri Nadar also repented for his action.
Bhagavan – A Worshipper of Bharatamata
Bhagavan Yogi Ramsuratkumar was literally a worshipper of Bharatabhoomi. He used to sing a song in Hindi melodiously in His sweet voice, beginning with the words ‘Bharath Bhoomi Bhavani’ and explain the meaning very sweetly, very kindly: “Such sons are produced by you Oh Mother Bharat! These sons conquer the whole world, do ‘viswajit yagna’ — they give up everything, take the mud-pot in hand, and wander like sannyasins. These are Maanis – They keep their self-respect. They are Daanis — they give away everything and walk with the mud-pot. They are the Gnanis of great wisdom! You have given birth to such people — Oh, Mother India!’” To Him, the Ram Nam, Krishna Nam and Shiva Nam are not just names of deities of worship, but the most sacred possessions of Bharatavarsha. On July 29, 1988, Gurupoornima Day’ when this sadhu was in His presence. There were many devotees who had gathered for his darshan. Bhagavan sang a song in Hindi:
Yug yug se aarjit raashtra dhan hai Ram naam, Ram naam;
Yug yug se poojita desha dhan hai Krishna naam, Krishna naam;
Yug yug se sevit 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’. ”
Bhagavan asked the Sadhu to speak on any topic for fifteen minutes. Sadhu immediately chose the topic , the glory of Bharatavarsha, and delivered a short speech. TheYogi 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. The sadhu replied: “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. Yogi asked which of the lines was most inspiring. This sadhu replied that all the lines were equally inspiring. The Bhagavan said: “I like that line very much—’Thwadeeyaaya kaaryaaya baddhaakateeyam, Subhaamashisham dehi tat poortaye’—”We are determined to do your work, give us Your blessings for the fulfillment of that”. He added, that should be the spirit of every patriotic son of the Motherland.
India has to Play its Part
Bhagavan firmly believed in the fulfilment of the vision of his Master, Sri Aurobindo on the re-emergence of Akhanda Bharat as Hindu Rashtra. Bhagavan said, “This beggar believes in the vision of his spiritual teacher, Sri Aurobindo, who had a dream and vision of a universal unity and peace on Earth and furthermore, of a race of spiritual supermen. Sri Aurobindo told at the time of Indian Independence that the partition of India itself was wholly wrong. But our leaders at that time did not listen to it. Sri Aurobindo has even predicted that India will be united again. The integration of India is unavoidable. That will happen soon. Then India will lead the entire world. The spirituality of the Hindus will be spread throughout the world. The prediction will come true very soon. India has now to play its part in the World. Europe played its part—material part. Now India has to play its part, by taking mankind in the spiritual path, to God. In the 21st century, Indians will learn languages of many other nations, go there with the philosophy of Vivekananda, Aurobindo, Mahatma Gandhi and shape the people of the world. We do not want to rob, we want to raise them along a spiritual line.”
Call of Seers and Saints
Seers, saints and spiritual leaders of the Hindu society have all given a call to all Rama Bhaktas to light lamps in their houses, temples and spiritual centres, chant Ramnam when the Bhoomi Pooja of Rammandir takes place on August 5, 2020. We recall our editorial in TATTVA DARSANA, November 1988-January 1999, where we had given a clarion call: “Bring all spiritual leaders under one umbrella to provide succour and inspiration to people. Bring all people under the benign patronage and protection of selfless and self –abnegating spiritual leaders. This is the right royal way to establish Rama Rajya once again in this sacred land –Rama Rajya which all our modern saints and sages have been dreaming. This is the Message and Mission of Yogi Ramsuratkumar, the illustrious God-Child of Tiruvannamalai, who claims three great spiritual giants –Sri Aurobindo, Maharshi Ramana and Swami Ramdas –as His three Fathers and who calls Himself a “Beggar” with no special message of His own to deliver, but striving to spread the Message which has already been given by great saints like Swami Vivekanda, Sri Aurobindo, Swami Rama Tirtha and many others –the Message of Spiritual Nationalism — the Message of Akhanda Bharat – the Message of Ramachandra Mahaprabhu: Jananee Janmabhoomischa Swargaadapi gareeyasi –‘ Mother and Motherland are More sacred than the Heaven.’ As true sons of this glorious land inheritors of a sacred heritage, let us rededicate ourselves to these lofty goals and surrender at the feet of the Holy Sage, Yogi Ramsuratkumar, who stands as a living symbol of the universal spiritual brotherhood and the nationalism that elevates us to aspire for the higher ideal of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – the World Family — and to become humble instruments of the Almighty! Hearken to the call of the Yogi!”
Besides lighting the lamps on the occasion of Ramajanmabhoomi Mandir Shila Nyas and chanting the tarakamantra, Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram, we must all take a pledge that we will continue the Japa Sadhana regularly in our hearth and homes every day for achieving the goal of Akhanda Bharat. Mataji Krishnabhai started the Nama Japa Yagna to make people all over the world chant 15,500 crores for world peace. Before Her Mahasamadhi on 12th February, 1989, about 1757 crores were completed in about ten years. Now already two rounds of 15,500 crore japa chanting has been completed and in the third round about 200 crores have been done. We appeal to all Ramnam devotees to send their Nama Chanting counts for the Mahayagna. As Bhagavan Yogi Ramsuratkumar has pointed out, whether Ramnam, Shivanam or Krishnanaam, all are the Rashtra Dhan—the wealth of this nation. Please send your japa counts and every month we are forwarding to Anandashram the counts that we receive in crores from devotees all over the world.
Jai Sri Ram! Vande Mataram!