Adoration and worship of Motherland is the hallmark of the Hindu way of life. To a Hindu the Gods and Goddesses of worship are just symbolic representations of the One Nameless Formless Ultimate Reality—the Consciousness-Force—that is the creatrix of the entire universe. The visible manifestation of the Mahashakti is the Motherland whom the Vedic Rishis as well as Avatara Purushas like Lord Sri Rama eulogized as greater than the Heavens.
As long as the Hindu race adored and worshipped the Motherland as superior to all gods and goddesses and the Heaven, the Holy Land of Bharatavarsha remained as the Loka Guru attracting humanity aspiring for divine knowledge and wisdom to Her shores. Those who came seeking knowledge and salvation were welcomed with warm hospitality of the Hindu Nation. However, those Mlecchas like the Greeks, Shakas and Hunas who wanted to aggress the sacred motherland of the Hindus and came with drawn out swords were overpowered, bundled and thrown out by the valiant heroes of our Bharat.
The day the Hindu race, in its self-forgetfulness, lost sight of the sanctity of the Motherland, there arose a Jayachandra who betrayed Prithviraj by inviting a Mleccha Mohammad Ghori to attack our own nation and Bharatavarsha fell a victim to a long spell of dishonour, degradation and centuries of slavery.
However, even during the period of trial and tribulation, Mother Bharat did produce spiritual savants and sages like Samarth Ramdas, Guru Nanak, Bandha Bairagi and Sri Vidyaranya and also valorous children like Rana Pratap, Guru Govind Singh, Chatrapati Shivaji and Krishna Devaraya to carry on the fight against the aggressors. During the period of subjugation of our Motherland by European forces, modern saints like Swami Dayananda, Maharishi Bankim Chandra, Swami Vivekananda, Swami Ram Tirtha and Mahayogi Sri Aurobindo rejuvenated the nation by once again instilling the spirit of patriotism in the children of the motherland and giving them a new Mantra of “Vande Mataram”. Dr. Keshav Baliram Hedgewar, by founding the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, sowed the seed of a new order of dedicated Deshabhaktas constantly adoring and worshipping the Motherland.
Sadhu Prof V Rangarajan, a humble Swayamsevak of the RSS from his childhood, was inspired by the ideals of Sister Nivedita, the illustrious disciple of Swami Vivekananda, who wanted every youth in India to turn out into a patriotic servant of the Motherland and sacrifice himself or herself, like the great Dadhichi of yore who donated his backbone to create a mighty Vajrayudha, for the protection of the Motherland and Her children. A renowned writer and a retired IAS Officer, Sri V. Sundaram, has recently written about the Sadhu in a leading daily, ‘News Today’ published from Chennai, paying glowing tributes to the work of the Sadhu, in the following words:
“I have just finished reading a very inspiring book titled ‘Saga of Patriotism—Revolutionaries in India’s Freedom Struggle’ written by Sadhu Prof V. Rangarajan and R. Vivekanandan. This book has been published by Sister Nivedita Academy in Bangalore. This book contains inspiring and enlightening biographical sketches of great revolutionaries like Madame Cama, Mahakavi Bharathiyar, Sister Nivedita, Champak Raman Pillai, Bhaga Jatin, Madan Lal Dhingra, Lala Har Dayal, Dr Hedgewar, Rash Bihari Bose, Veer Savarkar, Bhagat Singh, Chandrasekar Azad, Sri Aurobindo, V O Chidambaram Pillai, Mangal Pande, Kartar Singh Saraba, Ram Prasad Bismil, Khudiram Bose, Surya Sen, Sardar Udham Singh and Nethaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
“Sadhu Prof. V. Rangarajan is the Founder Trustee of Sister Nivedita Academy in Bangalore. Inspired by his Siksha Guru, H H Chinmayananda and his mentor, Sri Guruji Golwalkar, Sadhu Prof V Rangarajan started dedicating himself to the advancement of the sacred cause of Sanathana Dharma and Hindutva more than three decades ago. He has held important positions of trust and responsibilities in institutions like Chinmaya Mission, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Vishva Hindu Parishad, Swami Vivekananda Medical Mission and Vivekananda Kendra.
“Sadhu Prof V Rangarajan served with distinction as the Associate Editor of Yuva Bharathi for the youth from its inception on 15 August, 1974. He wrote a series of articles on the great patriots and revolutionaries of India who had willingly and cheerfully laid down their lives upon the altar of India’s freedom. Most of the biographical sketches included in this volume under review had appeared in the issues of Yuva Bharathi in the 1970s. When that shameless predatory dictator Indira Gandhi imposed the illegal Emergency upon the country starting from 25 June 1975 to 21 March 1977, Sadhu Prof V Rangarajan founded the Sister Nivedita Academy. To begin with it started as a small study group of patriotic youth, to inspire manliness and courage in our frightened youth to fight against dictatorship and tyranny. This later flowered and developed into an Institute of Hindu thought and culture in 1977 and its main objective is to foster the spirit of patriotism and respect for our ancient culture. In establishing the Nivedita Academy, I have no doubt whatsoever that Sadhu Prof V. Rangarajan was moved by the following deathless words of Sri Aurobindo in his pamphlet Bhawani Mandir which he wrote ‘for the revolutionary preparation of the country’: ‘If India is to survive, she must be made young again. Rushing and billowing streams of energy must be poured into her: her soul must become, as it was in the old times, vast, puissant, calm or turbulent at will, an ocean of an action or a force. Many of us, utterly overcome by Tamas, the dark and heavy demon of inertia, are saying nowadays that it is impossible, that India is decayed, bloodless and lifeless, too weak ever to recover; that our race is doomed to extinction. It is a foolish and idle saying. No man or nation need be weak unless he chooses; no man or nation need perish unless he deliberately chooses extinction…..We have to create strength where it did not exist before; we have to change our natures, and become new men with new hearts to be born again….We need a nucleus of men in whom the SHAKTI is developed to its uttermost extent, in whom it fills every corner of the personality and overflows to fertilize the earth. These, having the fire of Bhawani in their hearts and brains, will go forth and carry the flame to every nook and cranny of our land.’
“The maiden publication of Nivedita Academy was VANDE MATARAM published in 1977. It was authored by Sadhu Prof V.Rangarajan. Achariya J.B.Kripalani blessed the founding of the Nivedita Academy which synchronized with the Centenary Celebrations of the composition of the BANDE MATARAM song by Bankim Chandra Chatterji (1838-1894). This book was released on the auspicious day of Akshaya Triteeya, the day sacred for the worship of Bharat Matha on April 21, 1977. Achariya J.B.Kripalani in his inspiring forward to this book wrote as follows: ‘Sri V. Rangarajan has done some original work in giving the history of our National Anthem, Vande Mataram. It was necessary because thousands of our pre-independence patriots had to suffer grievously in uttering and singing this song which before independence was considered the National Anthem. Some of them lost their lives for singing this song. Every patriot from Khudiram Bose to Bhagat Singh and Rajguru died with the mantram of Vande Mataram on their lips. It had become spontaneously the National Anthem adopted by the mass of our people’.
“Ever since then, the Nivedita Academy under the exalted leadership of Sadhu Prof V Rangarajan has made rapid strides by setting up Centres not only in India but also in South Africa, Botswana, Kenya and Singapore. The Academy is involved in multifarious activities like publication of books, journal and newsletter, conducting orientation courses on Hindu thought and culture for students all over the world and spearheading a spiritual movement for collective Sadhana for world peace.
“Sadhu Prof V Rangarajan later established the Bharatamata Gurukula Ashram at Bangalore on December 1999. Can anyone doubt that this is a duly deserved spiritual fruit of the Sadhana of service of a humble Swayamsevak like Sadhu Prof V Rangarajan, a great social activist whose resplendent life of service and self sacrifice has been totally dedicated to the service of Bharat Mata and all her children for more than four decades? Bharatamata Gurukula Ashram serves as an abode for several children of Mother Bharat, both from India and abroad, where they can reside in an atmosphere quite similar to that of our ancient Gurukula system of ancient India.
“For spiritual and social activists like Sadhu Prof V. Rangarajan our beloved mother-country is not just a clod of earth, nor an unreal figure of speech, nor a contrived fiction of the mind. It is a mighty Shakti, composed of the Shakthis of all the millions of units that make up the nation, just as Bhawani Mahisha Mardini sprang into being from the Shakti of all the millions of gods assembled in one mass of force and welded into unity. To quote the appropriate words of Sri Aurobindo in this context: ‘This Shakti we call India, Bhawani Bharati, is the living entity of the Shakthis of more than 300 million people (now more than 1000 million!), but she is inactive, imprisoned in the magic circle of Tamas, the self-indulgent inertia and ignorance of her sons….. What India needs especially at this moment is the aggressive virtues, the spirit of soaring idealism, bold creation, fearless resistance, courageous attack….. We need to cultivate another training and temperament, another habit of mind. We would apply to the present situation the vigorous motto of Danton, that what we need, what we should learn above all things is to dare and again to dare and still to dare.’
“These inspiring thoughts and emotions rushed and gushed to my mind when I read Sadhu Prof V.Rangarajan’s introduction to his book ‘SAGA OF PATRIOTISM’: He has clearly brought out the historic fact that in the last two decades of our struggle for independence from 1927 to 1947, when the non-violent, non-cooperation movement led by Mahatma Gandhi was becoming popular among the masses, a sinister and deliberate attempt was made by some unscrupulous politicians to paint the earlier phase of our armed struggle for the cause of freedom, hallowed by the sacrifice of great revolutionaries like Madame Cama, Bhaga Jatin, Madan Lal Dhingra, Rash Bihari Bose, Veer Savarkar, Bhagat Singh, Chandrasekar Azad, Mangal Pande, Kartar Singh Saraba, Ram Prasad Bismil, Khudiram Bose, Surya Sen, Sardar Udham Singh and Nethaji Subhash Chandra Bose, as an insignificant period of senseless violence and misguided patriotism. As Sadhu Prof V Rangarajan rightly concludes: ‘Though it is a historic fact that the non-violent, non- cooperation movement proved to be a total flop and when the Quit India Movement took a violent torn, Gandhi had to withdraw it, and that the final blow to the British Empire was given by the Indian National Army led by Nethaji Subhash Chandra Bose which created mutiny in the Army, Navy, Air Force, compelling the British to leave India.’ “
To rekindle the spirit of adoration and worship of Motherland once again in the present day children of the Motherland, especially the youth, Sri Bharatamata Mandir as envisaged by the great patriot saints like Sri Aurobido, Subramania Bharati and Subramania Shiva, has now been set up in the premises of Sri Bharatamata Gurukula Ashram at Krishnarajapuram in Bangalore and the consecration was done by His Holiness Swami Vishwesha Teertha of Udipi Pejawar Mutt, in the presence of late Sri H.V. Sheshadri, former Akhil Bharat Prachar Pramukh of RSS, on Wednesday, December 8, 2004. A six-foot tall black granite idol of Sri Bharatamata standing with Her lion behind Her, was installed according to Tantric rites. Swayamsevaks in Bangalore took active part in the installation and consecration of the Mandir, where today, daily poojas, aradhana, abhisheka and festivals of the Divine Mother take place regularly, attracting devotees from far and wide. The Ashram today houses Yogi Ramsuratkumar Indological Research Centre, named after the Deeksha Guru of Sadhu Rangarajan who took initiation on April 26, 1988, and Sri Guruji Golwalkar Hindu Resource Centre with a vast Library consisting of thousands of rare books, journals and press clippings for the benefit of research scholars on Hindu thought and culture from inside the country and abroad.
SADHU PROF. V. RANGARAJAN, visited South Africa for the first time in 1984 to edit the YOGA LESSSONS FOR CHILDREN, a prestigious publication of the Divine Life Society of South Africa, on the occasion of Swami Sivananda Centeneary. He also visited Mauritius and Reunion, carrying the message and mission of Mother Bharat to Her children in those distant lands. Lauding the work of Sadhu Rangarajan abroad, his Shiksha Guru, H.H. SWAMI CHINMAYANANDA, said, “We need such champions of Hinduism, who scream into the ears of the sleeping Hindus, reviving and revitalizing them in their hearty consciousness of their proud past”.
Sadhu Prof. V. Rangarajan was born on 22nd October 1940 to Sri S.R.Venugopalan and Smt. Janakiammal at Ernakulam, Kerala State, India. He did his Post Graduation in M.A. (Philosophy, First Rank holder from University of Madras). He served as Bureau Editor, Hindustan Samachar News Agency; Associate Editor, Yuva Bharti, Vivekanda Kendra Patrika and Brahmavadin; Secretary, Chinmaya Mission, Viswa Hindu Parishad and Swami Vivekananda Medical Mission; and Visiting Professor of Indian Thought and Cultural Heritage of India in Sacred College and Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai.
He received initiation from his Deeksha Guru, H.H. YOGI RAMSURATKUMAR Godchild Tiruvannamalai, on April 26, 1988. Since then he has been travelling all over the country and abroad, propagating the Ramnam Taraka Mantra in accordance to the command of his Master. He visited South Africa again in 1996 for the World Hindu Conference at Durban and since then made three more visits, setting up the centres of the Academy and spreading its work in that country. Sadhu Rangarajan is also a member of the International Coordination Council of Vishwa Hindu Parishad Overseas and participant in the Vishwa Dharma Prasar Yaatra of sadhus and sants to different countries.
H.H. SWAMI CHIDANANDA, World President, Divine Life Society, Rishikesh, in his speach, following Sadhu Rangarajan’s address in Swargashram, Rishikesh, on October 26, 1987, remarked: “I will take this opportunity for saying a few words about Professor V. Rangarajan. He has shared his lofty ideas and inspiring thoughts with us all in a very very dynamic and thrilling manner. You all know: Brahmavit brahmaiva bhavati (Knower of Brahman becomes Brahman); and you also know: “As a man thinketh so he becometh.” Constantly thinking about Swami Vivekanandaji, constantly thinking about such noble patriotic souls like Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, Aurobindo Ghosh and Subrahmanya Bharatiyar, who saw in India a veritable Divine Shakti, a verit able deity, not merely a land, not merely a nation, but a living force of all our herats, a dynamic, a potential force to transform humanity into divinity — thus, in their inner intuitive vision they beheld the eternal, living reality, the true saviour, Bharatavarsha, and the redeemer if not today at least tomorrow of the future of mankind; they adored, they eulogized in their intuitive vision their spiritual identity of their self with the soul of India, Bharata Shakti — and Professor V. Rangarajan, who is amongst us, in constantly thinking about these lofty souls, their sublime ideas and their inner spiritual intuition of their Divine Mother, beloved Motherland, ‘Matrubhoomi, Bharatavarsha’, he has imbibed verily their fervour – their patriotic fervour – and love for India, and the great spirit of adoration of India so that, when he speaks, their own words come through him. Constantly thinking of Vivekananda, he has himself become an inspired orator”.
TATTVA DARSANA Quarterly, the official organ of the Academy, was launched in 1984 and Swami Chinamayananda rightly pointed out in the inaugural issue, “Sri V. Rangarajan is fully capable of delivering the goods through the journal, TATTVA DARSANA, which is the urgent need of the times. It is my firm understanding that he has the spiritual preparation, in both study and practice, and by a conspiracy of destiny, he had a gruesome total training in all areas of journalism. When such a well equipped person, having the necessary intense consciousness of our culture, starts a jourjnal, it cannot but assert our goal. Even though the market is saturated with trash, I am confident that TATTVA DARSANA will have all success, and I am looking forward to seeing its glorious trail of service to the Hindu Nation.” The journal is now entering into the twenty-eighth year of publication.
Bharatamata Gurukula Ashram & Yogi Ramsuratkumar Indological Research Centre, set up in 1999, is dedicated to train a lay order of missionaries of Mother Bharat to serve Her children all over the world. Sri Guruji Golwalkar Hindu Resource Centre is coming up in the premises of Sri Bharatamata Mandir. The construction work of the Centre is fast progressing. The auditorium hall, dormitories, kitchen, dining hall and the computer-cum-library room are ready. Now the laying of the floor tiles, painting, plumbing, carpentry, electrical fittings, room furnishing and the construction of Gopura above the shrine of the Divine Mother are to be taken up.
All these works are possible only because of the unstinted help and patronage of our devotees who have been responding voluntarily and spontaneously to our humble appeal. The library room is to be furnished with shelves to accommodate more than ten thousand books on religion, culture, philosophy, science, literature and art, collection of hundreds of back issues spiritual, cultural and scientific journals, thousands of press clippings of various articles, features and news from news papers and journals procured and preserved in the last four decades, and hundreds of audio, video, CD and DVD of talks, especially those of Sadhu Prof. V. Rangarajan delivered inside the country and abroad during the last forty years.
We intend to provide all facilities and accommodation to devotees from within the country and abroad who intend to make an intensive and serious study of Bharatiya culture and heritage and go out as messengers, not of any sect, Sampradaya or organization but as children of Sri Bharatamata, to spread the message of unity and universality among all people. Facilities for scanning of rear books and publications, internet and web services to make research materials available to ardent students all over the world, and regular classes and programmes to coach them on all aspects of Hindu thought and cutlture will be provided by the Centre.
Anwar Shaikh, a patriotic and enlightened Indian who was settled in England, in his introduction to his article, “Bharat Mata” published in his LIBERTY Quarterly, Volume Two, Issue Nine, July 1995 and which he dedicated to Sadhu Rangarajan, paid glowing tribute to the Sadhu in the following words:
“In India, a sadhu is an ascetic who has turned his back on the world and attained Siddhi through this process.
“However, Professor Rangarajan is a sadhu with a difference. Why? Because he is not only a devotee of God but also a lover of Bharatamata, a doctrine close to my heart.
“During the mid-seventies, as India touched its political nadir through fear, frustration and fiasco, starting with the traumatic Chinese invasion, 1962, and subsequent wars with Pakistan, the great Sadhu felt the need for saving Bharat Mata with a programme of patriotic action as dictated by the Vedas. He founded on the auspicious Tamil New Year’s Day, April 13, 1977, the Sister Nivedita Academy, “an organization of patriotic youth inspired by the Bhavani Mandir ideal of Sri Aurobindo. The Academy is dedicated to promoting dharma by creating revolutionary patriots through the zeal of Aggressive Hinduism.” The highly applauded “Vande Mataram” is a brainchild of the Professor Sadhu Rangarajan, who has held several important positions for the last twenty-five years. As an acknowledgement to his national passion for Bharata Mata, Swami Chinmayananda remarked about the Sadhu, “We need such champions of Hinduism, who scream into the ears of the sleeping Hindus reviving and revitalizing them in their hearty consciousness of their proud past.”
“A worthy aspect of the Academy is that it actively promotes the ideal of Spiritual Nationalism. This is true Hinduism for being the righteous and liberal way of life but has been turned into a swamp for lacking patriotic zeal and action. The Spiritual Nationalism of India is not a vice but a great virtue because it does not seek to aggrandize narrow nationalism and this is confirmed by the fact that Sister Nivedita was an Irish and not an Indian lady. The Professor Sadhu Rangarajan quite rightly believes that the Veda is the ambassador of universal brotherhood, thus making Hindu Dharma the religion of mankind. This is why he started the International Ramnam Movement to bring about world peace through message of unity.
“Rashtra Dharma is the true ideal of the Academy. It means that as there is an individual self, there is also a national self and one should seek self-realization through the patriotic service of national self, which is none else by Bharat Mata, the Mother of us all, the Divine Incarnation.
“As a mark of respect, I am pleased to dedicate this article: “Bharat Mata” to this great Sadhu.”
Sadhu Rangarajan and Sri Bharatamata
SADHU PROF. V. RANGARAJAN
Founder & Spiritual Head, Sri Bharatamata Gurukula Ashram &
Yogi Ramsuratkumar Indological Research Centre,
Sister Nivedita Academy, Sri Bharatamata Mandir
Srinivasanagar, Krishnarajapuram, BANGALORE 560 036
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