Glimpses of a Great Yogi – Part III – Chapter 2

CHAPTER 2

MARCH OF YOGIJI’S MISSION

On March 26, 1994, Smt. Bharati Rangarajan left for Tiruvannamalai with the following epistle of Sadhu to his Master:

“Poojya Sri Gurudev,

Vande Mataram! Aum Namo Bhagavate Yogi Ramsuratkumaraya! Aum Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram! This Sadhu’s humble prostrations and salutations at Your Holy Feet! Salutations and adorations to Ma Devaki and all Sudama Sisters!

1. Ever since this Sadhu returned from Tiruvannamalai, this Sadhu’s mind is immersed in the thought of Your immense kindness, confidence and trust in this Sadhu whom You have made a trustee of the Yogi Ramsuratkumar Ashram Trust! I pray, please give me the strength to rise not only up to Your expectations, but also to that of every one of Your devotees so that this Sadhu could be an effective instrument for Your task.

2. This Sadhu has extracted and translated passages from Ma Devaki’s introduction to Sri T.P.M.’s book, omitting the Tamil verse portions. Sri Michel Coquet has not come here, nor has he replied to our letter sent to his Trichy address. If he has already left for France, we shall post a copy of this article to him after Ma Devaki goes through it and approves of it. Ma Devaki could do necessary corrections and changes, etc., and send us the duplicate copy of the article. We intend to make use of the article in the forthcoming issue of TATTVA DARSANA also.

3. We have not so far received the photographs and the text of speech of Poojya Swami Satchidananda in the February 26th function. We eagerly await them for publication in TATTVA DARSANA.

4. Sri T. Bhaskaradoss, Proprietor of M/s Expo Track, who is an expert artist in making models of buildings and pavilions for national and international exhibitions, has agreed to make a model of our proposed Ashram building in plaster of Paris. This Sadhu wants to bring him to Your presence on April 1, 1994, to seek Your blessings. He will then collect the copies of the plans and sketches of the building for the model.

5. TATTVA DARSANA First Decennial Number and Telugu edition of GLIMPSES OF A GREAT YOGI are getting ready. We hope to come with the first copies to Your presence on April 14. We pray for blessings.

6. Poojya Omprakash Yogini had announced in the February 26th function in Your presence, about the Ramnam Prachar Padayatra at Kanyakumari on 19th and 20th of April, under the leadership of this Sadhu. They are going ahead with the arrangements. This Sadhu seeks Your permission to participate in it. Our Tirunelveli convener of Ramnam Movement wants to avail the opportunity to organize programmes in the district on 16th and 17th April. This Sadhu needs Your permission to confirm the programmes.

7. Our Maharashtra Convener, Sri Shriram Naik, had written to us in last January about his proposal to arrange Ramnam Prachar programmes in Bombay in April end. He has fixed programmes in Shanti Ashram, Borivili, and other places from April 23 to 30. If Bhagavan approves of it, this Sadhu could confirm the programmes.

8. Our Ramnam Convener of Australia, Sri Harish Hari, has sent us a packet of fragrant flowers  to be placed at Your Holy Feet, along with the Guru Mantra, “Yogi Ramsuratkumar, Yogi Ramsuratkumar, Yogi Ramsuratkumar, Jaya Guru Raya”, written by him. He telephoned to us from Australia to know about the significance of the Guru Mantra and prayed for Your blessings. We pray for Your blessings to him.

9. Chi. Vivekanandan brought the third note book containing the manuscript of Sri D.S. Sivaramakrishnan’s commentary on T.P.M.’s sutras on Sri Rama Jaya Rama Jaya Jaya Rama. Sri D.S. Sivaramakrishnan has written to us about his health and wants us to visit Tirukkoilur to be with him for a day or two to go through the entire manuscript. We have agreed to the proposal. We have asked a Ph.D. student of Vivekananda College to recopy in typescript the entire manuscript so that it could be easily edited and laser typeset after this Sadhu sits with Sri Sivaramakrishnan.

10. A Ramnam Prachar satsang is arranged at Erode by Sri D.S. Ganeshan on April 7. We intend to attend that and pray for Your blessings for the success of the function.

11. By Your grace and blessings, Kum. Nivedita’s Veena performance on 21st was a grand success. Chi. Vivek is leaving for Chidambaram tomorrow. The children want me to convey their prostrations to You and seek Your blessings.

With saashthaanga pranaams, Your humble disciple,

Sadhu Rangarajan.

Encl: a/a”

Bharati returned from Tiruvannamalai on the next day with a letter from Ma Devaki conveying Bhagavan’s specific instructions to the Sadhu with regard to the work of His mission and His profuse blessings to the Sadhu for the success of the plan of action:

“YOGI RAMSURATKUMARA YOGI RAMSURATKUMARA

YOGI RAMSURATKUMAR JAYA GURU RAYA!

Sudama

27-3-94

Revered Swamiji,

My Namaskarams. Bhagavan received the letter you sent through Bharati and made me read it a few times. He wanted me to write the following replies:

1. Bhagavan wants to go through the translation of my forward a few times before He permits me to make any corrections if necessary. As Dr. Radhakrishnan and Vijayalakshmi IRS have come today, it is a busy day and so we will send the article in two days’ time along with Swami Satchidanandaji’s speeches on 26-3-94. (The speeches are being transferred to paper from the video and audio cassettes. It needs on more listening.)

2. Bhagavan wants Swamiji to kindly inform Vidwan Lakshmanan  by phone, of the same message about Swami Satchidanandaji’s speeches. He too can kindly wait for another three to four days. Also

please let him know that Bhagavan has not permitted to print my letter to him in “Bala Jothidam”. Please convey my thanks to him for his kind letter.

3. Bhagavan gives permission to the following requests and also sends His Father’s blessings for the programmes:

a) You can come with Mr. T. Bhaskaradoss on April 1.

b) Bhagavan is happy to learn about the Telugu edition and the First Decennial Number and sends His blessings for them.

c) His Father’s blessings for your programme in Bombay from April 23rd to 30th.

d) Bhagavan is happy to receive the New Zealander’s fragrant flowers and sends His blessings to him. Bhagavan also wants you to explain the significance of Guru Mantra to him.

e) His Father’s blessings for Sri D.S. Sivaramakrishnan and Swamiji for their combined work on commentary on T.P.M.’s song.

f) His blessings for Ramnam Prachar Satsang on April 7th in Erode also.

Bhagavan also sends His Father’s blessings to Chi. Vivekananda and Kumari Nivedita. He is happy about the success of Kumari  Nivedita’s Veena performance.

My humble namaskarams to your holy feet, Swamiji.

With Pranams once again,

Ma Devaki”

The letter also carried a big Devanagiri Aum signature of Bhagavan at the bottom, putting His stamp of approval.

On Friday, April 1, 1994, Sadhuji accompanied by Sri Bhaskaradoss, his wife Chitra and daughter Jayanti (Gujili), left for Tiruvannamalai and reached Master’s abode at 10-30 AM. There was a big crowd there, but Master received Sadhu and his party. Devaki made some space for the Sadhu to sit by Master and the guests sat with the devotees. A new song on Ma Devaki was sung by devotees. Then Master made all sing the song, “Aaya kalaikal arupattinalu” by Kamban. Bhagavan asked a young Sadhu, Premananda, sitting in the crowd, to explain the import of the song. Premananda gave the meaning in two or three sentences. Bhagavan turned to Sadhu Rangarajan and said: “Rangaraja could give a commentary on it.” Sadhu stood up and gave a talk for fifteen minutes, beginning with the concept of Vak in the Vedas and concluding with the relief from all sufferings by means of knowledge. Bhagavan appreciated the talk and said, “Thank you, thank you very much.”

Sadhu introduced Bhaskar and Chitra to Bhagavan. Sri D.S. Ganeshan also joined us. After all other devotees were seen off, Bhagavan asked Bhaskar and Chitra to sit near Him. He called Gujili to come closer to Him. Sadhu recalled that she had sat on Bhagavan’s lap when she was just 9 months old. Master pulled her nearer and made her sit on His lap. He asked her about her bangles, about the aunty who got it for her, and then asked whether she knew His name. She said, “Bhagavan”. The Master then made her repeat the name “Yogi Ramsuratkumar” three times.

Sadhu spoke to Bhagavan about the proposed programmes at Erode, Tirunelveli and Bombay and Bhagavan blessed for the success of the programmes. Sadhu told Him about message from Sri D.S. Sivaramakrishnan. Bhagavan asked Sri D.S. Ganeshan to give to the Sadhu a letter from Sri D.S. Sivaramakrishnan. Sadhu read it and explained to Bhagavan about Sivaramakrishnan’s inability to come to Tiruvannamalai. Sadhu told Bhagavan that right now he was busy with the work of TATTVA DARSANA and will go to Tirukkoilur after he got free from the present commitments. Bhagavan asked Sadhu to take his own time. Sadhu also told Bhagavan about the arrangements he has made to copy the manuscript of Sri Sivaramakrishnan and assured that he will go to Tirukkoilur while returning to Chennai and meet Sivaramakrishnan.

Sadhu read out to Bhagavan, letters from Sri Chandramouli and Sri Paranjpe and the article of Sri Chandramouli on the meeting of Bhagavan and Kanchi Paramacharya. Devaki recalled the discussion about Paramacharya’s remark about Bhagavan’s greatness, but Bhagavan immediately asked Sadhu not to publish that.

Bhagavan suggested to Premananda to meet the Sadhu at Chennai and spend some time with him. Devaki told Sadhu that Bhagavan wanted Sadhu’s name to be mentioned as the translator of her article. Sadhu discussed with Bhagavan Bhaskar’s intention to make a model of the Ashram. Bhaskar gave his card to Bhagavan and explained to him about his work. Bhagavan asked Sadhu to take him to the Ashram site and get the plans for him. Bhaskaradoss wanted to sing a song and Bhagavan permitted him. He and Chitra sang a song and then broke down in ecstasy. Bhagavan blessed them profusely. Sadhu told Bhagavan that their marriage was arranged by Sadhu and prayed that they must always be happy. Bhagavan said, “When Rangaraja has blessed their marriage, they must remain happy!” Sadhu told Bhagavan that he would come after the TATTVA DARSANA is ready.  Bhagavan gave permission to him to leave and blessed Sadhu’s danda and coconut shell as usual. Sadhu left for the Ashram site, met Mani and Sundararaman from whom Bhaskar collected the plan, and then we visited Valliammai Achi, Seshadri Swami Ashram and Ramanashram before proceeding to Tirukkoilur.

At Tirukkoilur, we were received by Sri D.S. Sivaramakrishnan, Seetharaman, Prof. Muthuveerappan and his family. Vivek had come there. We visited the shrine of Swami Gnanananda, and the Ulakalanda Perumal Temple where Sadhu met his friend and classmate, Mathivanan, whose family Sadhu blessed. Sadhu spent some time in the night with Sivaramakrishnan and took rest in the Tapovanam. Next morning we returned to Madras. Sadhu spoke to Justice Arunachalam who sent his peon to collect Sadhu’s signature on some papers of the Ashram Trust.

On Thursday, April 7, 1994, Sadhu proceeded to Erode by Kovai Express from Chennai. Sri D.S. Ganeshan and other friends received him at Erode. Pon Kamaraj and his party from Kanimadam also joined him. Sadhuji addressed a grand meeting of Yogi Ramsuratkumar devotees in Erode. Next morning Sadhuji visited some houses of devotees and a rehabilitation home for children. He distributed photos of Bhagavan, Ramnam note books and Prasad to devotees. Later he proceeded to Mettur with Sri Ganeshan. Sri Krishnan of Chemplast and his wife, ardent devotees of Bhagavan Sri Satya Sai Baba, received Sadhu. They arranged a programme at Murugan temple for pradosha pooja and Sadhu addressed a gathering of devotees and spoke on Bhagavan Yogi Ramsuratkumar and Ramnam Movement. He left in the night and reached Madras in the morning on Saturday.

On Friday, April 15, Sadhu proceeded to Tirunelveli by Nellai Express in the night and reached there in the next morning. Sri S.G. Padmanabhan, Convener of Ramnam Movement in Tirunelveli, received Sadhu and took him to the house of Sri S.G. Subramaniam, Prant Sanghachalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Smt. Ammani Subramaniam extended a cordial welcome to the Sadhu. Sadhu then proceeded to Ramji Ashram at Kumarakoil where Sadhvi Om Prakash Yogini, Murugeshan and other devotees received the Sadhu. On Sunday morning, Sadhu visited Lakshmipuram and spent some time with the Mahan Siddhar, Gnanananda Yogi. Then he went to Vellimalai and was received by Swami Mathurananda. On Monday, Sri Pon Kamaraj and his children took Sadhu to their house and to Kanimadam where he was received with padapooja and honours. Sadhu performed padapuja to Bhagavan’s idol and addressed the gathering there. Sadhu stayed in Vellimalai for night rest.

The Ramnama Prachar Yatra under the leadership of the Sadhu in Kanyakumari organized by Sadhvi Omprakash Yogini, commenced on Tuesday, April 19, with an inaugural talk by the Sadhu in the morning. Fifty-one persons including some sannyasins joined the Sadhu in the yatra, which covered various temples, and meetings were held in various villages where the Sadhu was given a rousing reception with padapooja by mothers in front of their houses. Sadhu being on fast, took only some fruits, buttermilk and saltless rice on the way and continued the walk with Ramnam Japa. The yatra reached Krishna Temple and Sadhu took rest in a school for the night. There was a question and answer session for the mothers.

Sadhu resumed the yatra on the next morning visiting many temples on the way. A number of karyakartas of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Hindu Munnani and Ayyappa Seva Sangham also gave a rousing reception to the Sadhu everywhere. Sadhu spoke about the need to awaken the spirit of patriotism and respect for our culture and heritage apart from our spiritual sadhanas. In the houses visited on the way, the mothers lit lamps and received the Sadhu with padapooja in the traditional way. Sri Sukumaran Nair, and Sri Satyamoorthy joined the Sadhu who addressed a large gathering to conclude the yatra. Later Sadhu left for Madurai and reached there in the early morning on Thursday. From there he proceeded to Chennai by train and reached there in the afternoon. Sow Vijayadurga, sister of Chiranjeevi, their mother and Krishnaprabha who did the translation of GLIMPSES OF A GREAT YOGI into Telugu, came to see Sadhu to discuss about the publication of the book.

On Friday, April 22, 1994, Sadhu started his journey to Mumbai and was accompanied by his sister, Alamelu, and her granddaughter, Saranya. The next afternoon, they reached Bombay Dadar where they were received by Sri Shriram Naik, Convener of Ramnam Movement in Maharashtra, and Bhagavan’s devotees Rajani Bhagve, Diana and R.R. Srivastav. Smt. Naik gave a cordial reception to Sadhu at their home in Borivili. In the evening Sadhu went to the Ayyappa Samaj and addressed a congregation on Ramnam Movement. On Saturday, a number of devotees of Bhagavan including Sri A.R. Rao and family, called on the Sadhu and took Prasad of Bhagavan from him. The Ramnam Satsang in Shanti Ashram was well attended. Sadhu’s sister and her granddaughter were taken by Sri Sundar, Sadhu’s nephew, and Sadhu went to stay with Sri A.R. Rao who had the privilege of printing the inaugural edition of GLIMPSES OF A GREAT YOGI in his Manorama Press at Chennai in 1987 and receive Bhagavan’s blessings and grace. Sadhu spoke to Bharati in the night and got the information that TATTVA DARSANA First Decennial Number was placed at the feet of Bhagavan who released the first copy and took twenty five copies for Himself for distribution. The issue carried the editorial, “Seventeen Years of Sadhana” on the work of Sister Nivedita Academy, Lee Lozowick’s “Poems of A Broken Heart”, “Holy Meeting”– article of Chandramouli on Bhagavan’s meeting with Kanchi Paramacharya, “The Sufi”, short story by Paranjpe, “One Beyond the Reach of Thought”, article of Ma Devaki on Bhagavan, and “Yogi Ramsuratkumar Remembers”, reminiscences of Bhagavan on Ramana.

On Saturday, April 24,  Sadhu visited the office of TATTVA LOKA, a spiritual journal promoted by Sringeri Sharada Peetham and met the editor Sri T.R. Ramachandran and his assistants. Sadhu also visited another devotee, Sri Prem Daswani. An octogenarian devotee, Sri V.V. Sapre also called on Sadhu. On Tuesday, April 26, Dr. Ravindra Ramdas, an erudite research scholar on Indians Abroad, called on Sadhu. Later Sadhu wrote a letter to Bhagavan about the successful march of the Ramnam Movement:

“Poojya Sri Gurudev,

Vande Mataram! Aum Namo Bhagavate Yogi Ramsuratkumaraya! Aum Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram! This Sadhu’s humble prostrations and salutations at Your Holy Feet! Salutations and adorations to Ma Devaki, the mothers in Sudama and all our brethren there!

By your grace and blessings, the Ramnam Prachar programme at Erode and Mettur on April 7& 8, and at Kanimadam on April 18 and the Padayatra in Kanyakumari on April 19 & 20 were all a grand success. At Nagercoil when this humble servant of Yours was received with padapooja in more than a hundred houses, this Sadhu had forgotten himself and was aware of the presence of Your Holiness only wherever this Sadhu went.

Reaching Bombay on 23rd April, we had a hectic programme of campaign here. On 23rd, the Ayyappa Samaj of Bombay, and on 24th, the Shanti Ashram of Borivili had arranged grand programmes and hundreds of devotees had the opportunity to feel Your very presence by their side when this Sadhu spoke on you and Ramnam.

Sow. Bharati spoke to me on phone on 24th night and this Sadhu is immensely happy that the first copy of the First Decennial number of TATTVA DARSANA was placed at Your Holy Feet on Saturday and You blessed it.

Yesterday, this Sadhu met Sri T. R. Ramachandran, Editor of TATTVA LOKA of Sringeri Sharada Peetham, published from Bombay. He and the Asst. Editor, Sri Prem Daswani, have already got Your darshan, and they wanted me to convey their pranams to Your Holiness. Sri Shriram Naik also offers his pranams.

Here, programmes have been arranged in various places like Bandra, Andheri, Sion and Thane and this Sadhu has a tight schedule till 3rd May. We hope to make yet another tour of Pune, Satara, Sajjangad, etc., at some other time. We will leave for Madras on May 3rd night and reach there on May 5th.

This Sadhu is sure that by Your grace and blessings, the Ashram work there is fast progressing. This Sadhu wrote a letter to Poojya Swami Satchidanandaji reminding him of His promise to address a Ramnam convention at Madras. We pray that the international convention must be blessed by the presence of both, Your Holiness and Swamiji, and of course, of Devaki Ma.

With Prem and Aum, Your humble disciple,

Sadhu Rangarajan.”

In the evening on Tuesday, there was a grand satsang in the house of Sri R.R. Srivastav at Andheri. On Wednesday, Smt. and Sri Subramaniam received Sadhu in their abode with padapooja and arranged a satsang in which Sadhuji replied to many questions of the devotees. In the evening there was another Satsang in the residence of Sri A.R. Rao in Sion Chunabatti, attended by many devotees. Sadhu spoke on “Science of Sadhana”. On the next day, Sri Ranganathan of Thane received Sadhu and other devotees at his abode and arranged a satsang at Dattatreya Temple. On Friday, April 29, Sow. Rajni Bhagve arranged a satsang in her house which was attended by Bhagavan’s devotees Diana, Nandadulal Mazumdar and others.

On Sunday, May 1, 1994, Sadhu, accompanied by Sri Naik and his family, visited Vajreshwari. He had darshan of Yogini and also sat under the tree where Swami Nityananda sat and meditated. Later, they visited Bhagavan Nityananda’s Samadhi and spent some time with the families of Ranganathan and Naik. Sadhu also had bath in the hot springs. They visited Nityananda’s Ashram and Muktananda’s Ashram before returning to Borivili. On Tuesday, May 3, Sadhuji took leave of all devotees of Bombay and started his return journey to Chennai. Sri Shriram Naik, Rajni Bagwe, Diana, Srivastav and other devotees saw him off at Mumbai Railway Station. Sadhuji reached Chennai on the next evening. On 9th May, Sadhu wrote to Bhagavan giving a detailed report:

“Poojyapada Sri Gurudev,

Vande Mataram! Aum Namo Bhagavate Yogi Ramsuratkumaraya! Aum Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram! This Sadhu’s humble prostrations and salutations to Your Holiness! Salutations and adorations to Ma Devaki, Sudama sisters and to all devotees of Bhagavan Yogi Ramsuratkumar!

This Sadhu successfully completed a hectic programme of Ramnam Prachar Yatra in Greater Bombay for eleven days from 23-4-1994 to 3-5-1994 and returned to Madras on 4-5-1994. By the blessings and grace of Bhagavan, all the programmes in Bombay were a grand success. Sri Shriram Naik, our Bombay convener who is a senior lawyer in the Bombay High Court, spent all the ten days with this Sadhu. He had made announcement to the devotees that this Sadhu would visit houses and accept bhiksha only from those who participated in the Ramnam movement and therefore Ramnam devotees vied with one another in organizing Ramnam satsangs in their respective areas. Smt. Akhilandeswari, foster daughter of Sri D.S. Sivaramakrishnan Iyer of Tapovanam, and her husband, Sri C.S. Ranganathan, had organized a programme in the Datatreya Mandir, Thane. They and their sons poured out their love and devotion to this Sadhu. They want this Sadhu to convey their respectful pranams to Your Holiness.

On the 1st of May, we had also organized a spiritual picnic to Vajreshwari and Ganeshpuri. We had bath in the hot springs there and we visited the Ashrams of Bhagavan Nityananda and Muktananda.

There was invitation from Pune, but we decided to make a separate programme of visit to Pune some other time so that we could spend sufficient number of days in the city, apart from visiting places like Satara, Sajjangad, Kolhapur, Akalkot and other such areas where devotees want to organize Ramanam Prachar Satsangs.

Sri R.K. Lal of Swami Rama Tirtha Pratishthan, Lucknow, has written to us inviting us to visit Tehri Garhwal and other areas in the Himalayas for Ramnam Prachar in the second week of June as the climate is congenial, but we have just returned from Bombay and the time is very short for preparing for the Himalayan tour. We have written to Sri Lal that we will confirm the programme after this Sadhu gets Your permission.

Sri D.S. Ganeshan left for Tirukkoilur  on 5-5-1994, as he received message from Sri D.S. Sivaramakrishnan seeking his presence there. It seems, Sri Sivaramakrishnan needed his help to visit Pondicherry for some treatment. We have asked Sri D.S. Ganeshan to inform us about the programme of Sri Sivaramakrishnan. If only the latter’s health permits him to sit with this Sadhu for two or three days to go through the manuscripts of the Tamil work by Sivaramakrishnan, this Sadhu will go to Tirukkoilur this week.

Yesterday, being the second Sunday of the month, we had, as usual, an Akhand Ramnam Satsang here. Smt. Rajalakshmi had come and Sri Mani telephoned to us. He told this Sadhu that there will be a programme there on 15-5-1994. We intend to be there on the occasion.

Smt. Bharati, Chi. Vivek and Kum. Nivedita want me to convey their namaskars to You and Ma Devaki.

With saashthaanga pranaams, Your humble disciple,

Sadhu Rangarajan.”

On May 12, Sadhu left for Tirukkoilur and Bharati informed Bhagavan about his visit to Tirukkoilur to meet Sri Sivaramakrishnan and to finalize the work of latter’s book. She also informed Bhagavan that Sadhu would come to Tiruvannamalai on 14th evening. Sadhuji was received by Sri Sivaramakrishnan and Sri Ganeshan at Tirukkoilur. He also met Swami Chidrupananda. On the next day, he sat with Sri D.S. Ganeshan and Sri D.S. Sivaramakrishnan and gave a thorough reading to latter’s manuscript and finalized the work for printing. Sri Rama Gopalan of Hindu Munnani and some Swayamsevaks of RSS met him there and he presented some books to them.

On Saturday, May 14th morning, Sadhu attended prayers and homa in the Sannidhi of Swami Gnanananda. In the evening he left with Sri Ganeshan, Sri Sivaramakrishnan and his grandson Mani, by car, to Tiruvannamalai.   As usual, there was a big gathering of devotees, but Bhagavan received us as soon as He saw us and made us sit before Him. He asked Sadhu whether we had finished the work. Sadhu said that they had completed it and also told Him that it was our intention to add D.S. Sivaramakrishnan’s “Stuti Panchakam” also. Master wanted it to be read out to Him. He asked the Sadhu to explain the first poem and Sadhu gave a lucid translation. Regarding the title which Sadhu suggested, Bhagavan said: “You have chosen a good title, but this Beggar wants to give you five alternatives and we can think of the best one.” Sadhuji agreed and He said, we could do it leisurely. Regarding the foreword, when it was suggested that we could ask Swami Nityanandagiri to write, Bhagavan asked: “Will not Rangaraja write?” Sadhuji replied that he would write the publisher’s note and then He said, “You may ask him.” However, when Sadhu told Him that Swami Nityanandagiri was abroad and will be returning only in June, He suggested that we could ask Sri Sankararajulu. Sri D.S. Sivaramakrishnan suggested the name of Justice Arunachalam also. Sri Arunachalam who was present there agreed to do it.

Sadhu reported to Bhagavan about the success of the programmes at Erode, Mettur, Kanyakumari, and Bombay. Bhagavan said, “All is Father’s Grace!” Sadhu placed before Bhagavan the manuscript copied by Nivedita. He blessed it. Then he handed over to Master an offering from Sri V.V. Balasubramanian of Bombay. He handed over it back to the Sadhu with some other offerings He had received from Kuwait.  Pon Kamaraj, Sri R.K. Murthy and others also made offerings and Bhagavan handed over them also to Sadhu for the Trust. A number of devotees including Justice Varadarajan of Supreme Court had come and taken His blessings. After seeing them off, Bhagavan asked Sadhu to go to Ashram site and discuss with Mani about the programme on the next day. After visiting the site and attending Arati there, Sadhu returned to Tirukkoilur  with Sri D.S. Sivaramakrishnan for night rest.

On Sunday, May 15, Sadhu left for Tiruvannamalai with Sri D.S. Ganeshan and reached Ashram site. Sri Sadayappan spent some time with Sadhu. Bhagavan also arrived there. Sadhu sat with Bhagavan in the darshan hall for some time. He had breakfast with Bhagavan. Justice Raju and Justice Venkataswamy and their families joined us. Sadhu and D.S. Ganeshan later visited the house of Sri P.K. Ramaswami and Swami Mathurananda met Sadhu there. When the Sadhu came back to Ashram site, Bhagavan had arrived again after a break, and the meeting of Yogi Ramsuratkumar Ashram Trust started. There were a number of invitees and guests there. Some gold bangles and a land donated by Sri Srinivasan was auctioned for rupees twenty two and thirty thousands respectively. Many devotees spoke after Mani gave a welcome speech. Sadhu in the course of his speech spoke about his role in the trust and appealed for united and disciplined effort on the part of devotees to make the mission a success. Some promises for about thirty three lakhs were made by the invitees.

Sadhu had lunch with the Master. Solidaire Srinivasan gave some photos taken by him. A devotee, Appan, recalled his visit to Triplicane. Sadhu told Bhagavan about the operation of Valliammai Achi and he sought permission of Bhagavan to return to Madras with Justice Arunachalam. Bhagavan gave the permission. He also gave permission to Sadhu to visit Tehri Garhwal after correcting the Sadhu by telling that it is not in Himachal Pradesh, but in U.P. When Sadhu made a proposal that he would like to undertake a padayatra from Kanyakumari to Kashmir for Ramnam Prachar, Bhagavan said, it was not necessary and Sadhu could continue the present plan of action. After Bhagavan blessed the danda and kamandalu of Sadhu, he took leave of Bhagavan and started for Madras with Justice Arunachalam, Dr. Ramanathan and John Parimelazhagan. On the way they visited Brahmasthanam of Mata Amritanandamayi. They came to Vijaya hospital and gave Bhagavan’s Prasad to Valliammai Achi. Later, Justice Arunachalam dropped Sadhu at his abode.

A grand Gayatri Havan and Ramnam Satsang was held at the residence of Smt. Prasoona on Sunday, May 22, 1994, and a number of devotees of Bhagavan from Madras City, outskirts and Kalahasti attended the programme. Bhagavan’s Prasad was distributed to all devotees. Swami Rakhal Chandra Paramahamsa called on the Sadhu on the next day and Pon Kamaraj and his group came for a satsang at Sadhu’s abode on Monday, May 30. Another Gayatri Yagna and Ramnam Satsang were held at Akhila Sivalingams’s house on Sunday, June 5. On Tuesday, June 7, Sadhu wrote a letter to Bhagavan about his immediate plans:

“Poojyapada Sri Gurudev,

Vande Mataram! Aum Namo Bhagavate Yogi Ramsuratkumaraya! Aum Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram! My humble prostrations and salutations to Your Holiness! Salutations and adorations to Ma Devaki and sisters of Sudama!

This Sadhu has received a letter from Sri R.K. Lal. President of Swami Rama Tirtha Pratishthan, Lucknow, requesting this Sadhu to postpone his visit to U.P., scheduled for this month, to October. They want more time to fix up programmes in Tehri Garhwal, Rishikesh, Hardwar, and other places in the Himalayan plateau. Sri Lal feels that if we could combine our U.P. tour with our visit to Lucknow for Swami Rama Tirtha Jayanti Celebrations from October 21 to 23, he could also accompany us to various places. We also feel that we could extend our visit then to Delhi, Chandigarh and other such places in the North.

Meanwhile, Sri Sargunam of Rajapalayam, Sri Pon Kamaraj, Sri Perumalappan of Srivilliputhur and our Ramnam devotees in the South wants this Sadhu to make a visit to the southern districts of Tamil Nadu this month. We, therefore, intend to have our programmes starting at Rajapalayam on 25th June and to visit other places in the last week of this month and in the first week of July. We seek Your blessings for this change in our Ramnam Prachar tour programme.

Copies of the manuscripts of Sri D.S. Sivaramakrishnan’s “Arunai Yogi Guru Nama Mahimai” have been sent to Justice Sri Arunachalam and Sri G. Sankararajulu for their foreword. We are making further arrangements for the printing of the book.

By Your benign grace and blessings, Kum. Nivedita has passed M.Sc. in First Class, obtaining 86%. She intends to go in for research work in the Ramanujam Institute of Mathematics of University of Madras. She seeks Your blessings for getting admission and for the success of her project. Chi. Vivek is busy completing his project work in Annamalai University to qualify himself for the M.E. Degree. Sow. Bharati wants me to convey her pranams to You and Ma Devaki.

With saashthaanga pranaams, Your humble disciple,

Sadhu Rangarajan.”

On Sunday, June 12, Sadhuji, accompanied by Sri Ramamoorthy and Dr. Rajalakshmi and other devotees of Bhagavan, proceeded to Kunrathoor and reached Tiruvorakaperumal Temple where he participated in Ganesha Gayatri Pooja and laid foundation stone for Rama Temple. In the evening, the regular Akhanda Ramnam satsang took place in Sadhu’s abode and Bhagavan’s devotees attended. Sadhuji received a very important information for his biography of Bhagavan. Kripakaran, through a telephone message, informed that  the date of occupation of the Sannadhi Street house in Tiruvannamalai by Bhagavan was  on 15-2-1977, after the key was obtained on 3-2-1977.

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