REPORT ON SADHU PROF. V. RANGARAJAN’S
ELEVENTH VISIT TO SOUTH AFRICA—1
Sadhu Prof. V. Rangarajan, who left Bangalore on the auspicious Yugadi Day, March 23, 2011, on his eleventh visit to South Africa, reached Johannesburg via Mumbai on Saturday, March 24, and took to a flight to Durban the same noon. He was received at King Shaka International Airport, Durban, on his arrival, by Swami Ramakripananda, Mata Amritamayi, Smt. Ambi Indharen and other devotees of Sarva Dharma Ashram, and he drove to the Ashram at Chatsworth. His disciple Swami Balasimha Bharati and other devotees received him in the Ashram. In the evening Sadhuji addressed a special gathering in connection with Ramayana Week Celebrations in the Ashram and spoke on the significance of Ramayana as a piece of literary work, historical narrative, compendium of moral and ethical values and a didactic work on Hindu philosophy.
Consecration of Three Divine Mothers
On Sunday, March 25, Sadhu Rangarajan consecrated exquisite idols of Mother Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati obtained by the Ashram from Jaipur. Sadhuji performed a special havan and abhisheka to the idols and addressed a gathering on the occasion on Mother Worship. He explained the symbolic significance of the Hindu deities, Saraswati, Lakshmi and Kali and the material manifestation of the three deities in the form of the Holy Motherland of the Hindus, the Bharatavarsha.
Programmes in Pietermaritzburg
On Monday, March 26, Sadhuji, accompanied by Smt. Kashmira, Convener of Sister Nivedita Academy of South Africa and Sri Ranjiv Nirghin, Chairperson of Midland Hindu Society, proceeded to Pietermaritzburg for a week long programme in the city, especially in connection with Ramayan Week concluding with Ramanavami. He addressed the Sunnyside Park Old Age Home inmates on Tuesday, March 27, in the morning and spoke about the Goal of Life according to Hindu sages and seers and the importance of Vanaprastha Ashram. In the evening he addressed Hindu Satsang at Copesville and spoke on the allegorical presentation of Vedic philosophy in the Ramayana. His talk was followed by a question and answer session.
On Wednesday, March 28, Sadhuji addressed a congregation of Thornville Hindu Society and spoke on the Hindu way of life as illustrated in the Ramayana. On Thursday, March 29, he addressed a congregation of the Integral Yoga Centre and spoke on Spiritual Realization. On March 30, his talk was in the Sanatan Ved Dharma Sabha and he spoke on Ramayana and Hindu Dharma. On Sunday, April 1, 2012, Sadhuji addressed the devotees of Siva Subramania Temple in Pietermaritzburg and spoke on the Shiva Tattva. Later he returned to Chatsworth.
Programmes in Durban
On Monday, April 2, 2012, Sadhu Rangarajan addressed the Verulam Andhra Sabha and spoke on the Moral Fibre of Hindu Philosophy. On Tuesday, April 3, Sadhuji spoke on the Scientific Rationale of Hindu Way of Life in the Isipingo Hindi Society. On Wednesday, April 4, he conducted a workshop for the youth at Vedanata Ashram at Tongaat and spoke on the Ideal Youth According to Hindu Scriptures. In the evening, Sadhuji performed a Mrityunjaya Homa and Pradosha abhisheka and pooja to Lord Shiva in the Sarva Dharma Ashram, Chatsworth.
On the second day of youth workshop at Vedanta Ashram at Tongaat on Thursday, April 5, 2012, Sadhuji presented the examples of Ideal Youth like Bharata, Nachiketa and Kautsuka, depicted in the mythology, Upanishads and ancient Sanskrit literature. In the evening, Sadhuji addressed the Satya Sai Satsang at Chinna Tirupathi Temple in Tongaat and spoke on the universality of Hindu religion and Unity of Godheads.
On Friday, April 6, 2012, Sadhu Rangarajan addressed the Hanuman Jayanti Celebrations at Sri Gopal Lal Temple, Verulam. He explained the symbolic significance of the Characters in Ramayana Epic with special reference to Hanuman. In the evening he performed a special havan for Hanuman Jayanti in the Vedanta Ashram at Tongaat and gave a discourse on Ramayana Epic. On Saturday, April 7, 2012, Sadhuji visited the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Forest Retreat in Albert Falls.
Programmes in Cape Province and KwaZulu Natal
Sadhu Rangarajan flew into Cape Town on Monday, April 9, 2012. He addressed a congregation at Radhakrishna Temple and spoke on Hindu way of life and God Symbolism.
[Sadhuji will be addressing various programmes in Cape Town till April 13 when he will fly out to Johannesburg for programmes in Gautang Province till April 28, 2012. Akshaya Triteeya on April 24, 2012, the auspicious day to worship Sri Bharatamata, will be held in Pretoria. He will fly back to Durban on April 28 for his programmes in Natal Province which includes the Centenary Celebrations of South African Hindu Maha Sabha in the last week of May. Sadhuji is expected to return to Bharat on June 5, 2012,. ]
South Africa Visit – 24th March 2012 to 4th June 2012