There are some friends, whose lives are worth narrating in the story of Yogi. Their lives cannot be separated from Yogi. They lived in Yogi and Yogi lived in them. Such great devotees got tremendous transformation in their lives due to the gracious association of Yogi. Some of them even attained God Realisation and some others were on the path towards God. Now we are going to have the glimpse of a great devotee, a great human and a great sadhaka, Sri.Murugeshji.
Sri Subbaiah Nadar and Smt Annammal had five daughters. Smt Thayammal was the eldest and Smt Shenbagammal was the youngest. Smt Pushpammal was the second daughter of Sri Subbaiah Nadar. All the five were highly devoted to Lord Siva. Smt Thayammal would not take her food without feeding a sadhu. She was married to Sri Sinnamani Nadar of Tuticorin. He was the founder of Tamilnad Mercantile Bank Ltd., Tuticorin Spinning Mills Ltd., and many other industries. His only son Sri Ganeshan was married to Padmavati of Sivakasi. Sri Ganeshan was more interested in public activities and so Sri Sinnamani Nadar had to train the eldest son of Sri Ganeshan to handle the business activities. Sri Murugeshan was the eldest son of Sri Ganeshan. Sri Sinnamani Nadar trained Sri Murugeshan to look after the business empire he had created. Murugeshji learned sincerely from his grandfather. He had three younger brothers, one elder sister and two younger sisters. They all lived in a big house at Tuticorin. After the demise of Sri Sinnamani Nadar, Murugeshji had to look after the mill and other family industries. He got married to Rajakumari of the same town. After the demise of Sri Sinnamani Nadar, Smt Thayammal shifted to a small house and lived alone remembering Lord Siva all the time till her end.
In the earlier days, Murugeshji had his own way of life and he never cared about anything and anybody. But after the marriage his life got changed a little. He got the first blow in the life. He was having everything in his life, but, was not blessed with a child even after seven years of married life. It was the first sorrow he encountered in his life and this sorrow took him towards God. Their family deity was Lord Muruga of Thiruchendur. The couple used to perform Sasti Vratham every year, for six days, staying in the temple complex at Thiruchendur. All the six days they remembered God and remained fasting. They did this vratham for another few years and at last they had been blessed with a son. They named their son ‘Sinnamani’, as Murugeshji had great love and regards for his grandfather. Within another few years, the couple got Meena, the daughter and Senthil, another son. With the children, the life of Murugeshji was filled with joy and prosperity.
Murugeshji’s mother was an ardent devotee of Sri Ramakrishna and Sri Saradha Devi. Murugeshji had to have his schooling at a Ramakrishna Mission School at Thirupparaithurai conducted by Sri Sidbhavananda Swami by the compulsion of his mother. The Swamigal was full of compassion and a strict disciplinarian. Even though Murugeshji did not like the atmosphere there, he had to continue his education there. His parents were particular that he should have his schooling in that school under the guidance of the Swamigal as they had great reverence for Sri Sidbhavananda Swami. The experiences he gathered at the school helped him later. So, he admitted his two children Sinnamani and Senthil in a Ramakrishna School at Madras, even though the children protested.
In 1975, Murugeshji was restless. He started feeling a sort of emptiness in him in spite of his wealth, health and other both mundane and psychological possessions. He felt that life was monotonous with the repetition of the same desires and disappointments. He grew tired with the same pleasures, defeats and success. He was able to sense that there was a different sort of life, but could not have the clarity, what it was and how to get it. He was not aware from whom he could know about it. He went through the life of Sri Ramakrishna and Vivekananda and also some scriptures. He understood through the books, that the eternal reality was God and all other things of life were just an illusion and passing clouds. Moreover, invariably in all the scriptures and in the biographies of the saints and sages he could see the mention of GURU, who alone could show the path to Divinity. He craved to have a guru. He started searching his guru. Whenever he got time, he set out in search of his Guru. He visited several saints who were popular then and their Mutts and Ashrams. He could not be attracted by any of them. He searched for his guru in various holy places. He could not find his guru till 1976.
In 1976, May 31st, he visited Tiruvannamalai, along with his Christian friend Mr.Peres. He knew from his grandmother Smt Thayammal that her father Sri Subbaiah Nadar came to Tiruvannamalai to live his final years as a sanyasi and died there. Sri Subbaiah Nadar’s samadhi (grave) was also at Tiruvannamalai. Murugeshji wanted to visit the samadhi. He went to the samadhi and paid his homage. He then visited the famous Lord Arunachala Temple and there he enquired whether he could see any saintly person at Tiruvannamalai. Somebody told him about ‘Visiri Samiyar’, who used to sit in the evening at the Theradi Mandapam and at night he would sleep at the corridor of a vessel shop, nearby the mandapam. Murugeshji kept in his mind the exact place, where he could meet the ‘Visiri Samiyar’. He, then went to Ramnashram and went back to the lodge to take rest. In the evening he came to the Theradi Mandapam.
Murugeshji purchased some flowers to offer ‘Visiri Samiyar’. When he approached the Theradi Mandapam, he could hear a loud joyful laughter. So far he never heard such a laughter loaded with full of joy. He went towards the direction of the joyful laughter. He could see the ‘Visiri Samiyar’, sitting up in the Mandapam. Murugeshji hesitated for a moment. The look of ‘Visiri Samiyar’ was more or less like a beggar. Yet he could see something different in ‘Visiri Samiyar’. He was attracted. So far, he was not attracted by any other saints either popular or unpopular, but, that odd ‘Visiri Samiyar’ attracted him. The Samiyar seemed to be different from the conventional Godmen. He was dirty and in rags, but still full of divine bliss.
Murugeshji slowly climbed up towards the Samiyar. He placed the flowers at the feet of the Samiyar and prostrated before him. ‘Visiri Samiyar’ caught hold of his hand and asked him to sit before him. The ‘Visiri Samiyar’ seemed to be very strange. His dress was very dirty. He was neither a sanyasi nor a sadhu. He looked like a beggar. The Samiyar, surrounded by his men, who were also in dirty dresses, was full of divine energy and attracted Murugeshji. There were several big gunny bundles nearby the Samiyar. It was a strange assembly of apparent vagabonds, but it attracted the spiritually inclined Murugeshji. The Samiyar talked in chaste English. And his laughter, his joy was contagious and Murugeshji could feel at home in his presence.
‘Visiri Samiyar’ enquired his name and from where he came. Murugeshji replied. He again enquired how Murugeshji knew him. Murugeshji told that he got information about him at the Temple. Yogi laughed with great joy and told, “My Father has sent you here!” There were other devotees too. ‘Visiri Samiyar’ was talking to them for a long time. Murugeshji with his friend was sitting there patiently and observing the Samiyar. He could feel his mind becoming calm and serene in the presence of the ‘Samiyar’. He was silently sitting in front of the Samiyar. After 10.30 in the night, the whole group moved to the corridor of the vessel shop. The attendants shifted the gunny bundles to the shop. A mat was spread on the raised platform in the corridor of the shop. The Samiyar settled there. The attendants were sitting on the left side of the Samiyar. On the right side Murugeshji and his friend were sitting. The other devotees had already left.
The Samiyar asked Murugeshji whether he knew the name of that beggar, pointing himself. Murugeshji said no. The Samiyar slowly and seriously said, “This beggar’s name is Yogi Ramsuratkumar. Will you repeat?” Murugeshji said, ‘Yogi Ramsuratkumar’. Yogi once again pronounced his name. Murugeshji repeated. For the third time Yogi repeated and Murugeshji followed. In the very first meeting the initiation process completed between the guru and his beloved devotee. That powerful initiation started doing its magic thereafter in Murugeshji’s life and carried him to his goal safely. After considerable time in deep silence, Yogi told Murugeshji, “Now you can go my friend. This beggar leaves you.” Murugeshji immediately started from there, vacated the lodge and came back to Tuticorin directly. The long search for guru ended with a happy note for Murugeshji. He was directed to a great spiritual master none less than Lord Krishna Himself as his guru, by the grace of God, he felt.
After Murugeshji reached his place Tuticorin, he could not forget the Samiyar at Tiruvannamalai, Yogi Ramsuratkumar. The Samiyar’s name ‘Yogi Ramsuratkumar’ came into his mind again and again and he found a taste in pronouncing the name. He was remembering Yogi almost all the time. He could not resist the deep desire of seeing Yogi again. In the next weekend, along with the Christian friend, he again went to Tiruvannamalai to see Yogi. He reached Tiruvannamalai in the early morning. He finished his morning ablutions and reached the vessel shop to see Yogi there. But Yogi had left the place already. Murugeshji enquired the people there about where the Samiyar might have gone. They told him that during the daytime the Samiyar would stay beneath a punnai tree, behind the railway station. Murugeshji set out in search of the place. He reached the railway station and enquired there. The people there pointed out the exact place where Yogi was sitting. Murugeshji ran towards the place, where his guru was sitting.
It was a big punnai tree, standing majestically in the center of an agriculture farmland. Manicka Gounder and his wife Rajammal looked after the farmland. The couple was hard working and also kind hearted. The couple not only looked after the farmland, but also Yogi and his assistants by giving them the food whenever they could not get food. Under the shadow of the punnai tree, upon a mat, Yogi Ramsuratkumar was sitting and his assistants, Perumal, George, Durai and Jagannathan were standing to his left, singing, “Yogi Ramsuratkumara Jaya Guru Jaya Guru Jaya Guru Raya”. Murugeshji reached the punnai tree with his friend. He prostrated before Yogi Ramsuratkumar. Yogi patted on his back and said “Rama, Rama”. Yogi asked Murugeshji to sit on the mat in front of Yogi. Murugeshji obliged. Yogi enquired about the friend, who had accompanied Murugeshji. He was Peres, his friend and assistant, Murugeshji introduced. Yogi asked the friend also to sit. Yogi enquired what Murugeshji was doing. Murugeshji gave his visiting card. Yogi got the visiting card and looked at it for a long time.
“So, you are the managing director of a spinning mill”, Yogi enquired, “What can this beggar do for you my friend?” Murugeshji did not answer. Actually, he did not know what to answer. He was keeping silent. Yogi was waiting for his reply. Yogi picked up a cigarette and lighted it. He smoked deeply and looked at Murugeshji intensely. Murugeshji wanted to answer but he could not express his mind in words.
Yogi asked him where he got his school education. Murugeshji told that he had his schooling at Thirupparaithurai under the guidance of Swami Sidbhavananda. Yogi became delighted and said, “Oh, you got the opportunity to have the association of the great disciple of the direct disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa! You are really blessed”. Yogi told Murugeshji that the Swami had done God’s work by translating the Bagavad Gita into Tamil. He also told that the Swami was the instrument to take the Bagavad Gita to almost all the Hindus’ homes in Tamilnadu.
Yogi enquired about Murugeshji’s family. Murugeshji replied that his parents were Sri Ganesha Nadar and Smt Padmavati and his grand parents were Sri Sinnamani Nadar and Thayammal. He also said that his grandmother Thayammal’s father was Sri Subbaiah Nadar, who had renounced and came to Tiruvannamalai to attain God. Yogi expressed his joy to know that Murugeshji was the great grandson of Sri Subbaiah Nadar. He enquired whether he knew Smt Shenbagammal and her children. Murugeshji replied that they were his relatives.
Yogi asked Murugeshji how he could find him. Murugeshji told that since from a few months his mind was restless. He went through the teachings of several saints. All the saints were insisting the necessity of guru, who alone could guide one into Divinity. So he searched for a Guru. He went to several places and met several popular and not so popular saints and sadhus, but his mind could not accept anyone as his guru. Finally he went to Puttaparthi to see Sri Sai Baba and met him. There also his mind did not accept Sri Sai Baba as his guru. Suddenly he remembered his great grandfather Sri Subbaiah Nadar and wanted to see his samadhi at Tiruvannamalai. He reached Tiruvannamalai and paid his respect at the samadhi of Sri Subbaiah Nadar. Then he visited the famous Annamalaiyar Temple and enquired the people there whether he could meet any saint at Tiruvannamalai. He got the direction towards Yogi.
Yogi listened to the tale of Murugeshji and told him that Murugeshji got the guidance of Puttaparthi Sri Sai Baba and the latter had sent him to Yogi. Murugeshji said “Sri Sai Baba didn’t ask me to go to Tiruvannamalai and I could not feel anything there. But, when I reached here, to your feet, I felt, I have reached my home.” Yogi laughed in joy and replied, “No Murugeshji, you got the guidance from Sai Baba and he directed you to this beggar.” At that time the dog Sai Baba came running from nowhere and Yogi addressed Sai Baba, “Sai Baba, see, who have come here!” Yogi was laughing and laughing and Murugeshji became shy and blushed.
Yogi enquired Murugeshji, how the mill was running. Murugeshji said that the mill was in a bad shape and like any other industries, it had also its ups and downs. Yogi became very serious and paused for a few minutes. Then he enquired about the town Tuticorin and the famous Lord Siva Temple there. Yogi also remembered that Tuticorin had one more name and Murugeshji told that Tuticorin was earlier called as Thirumantiram Nagar. Yogi also told that there should be a lot of peepul trees at Tuticorin. Murugeshji was wondering how Yogi knew that. He enquired Yogi whether he had visited Tuticorin ever. Yogi replied that he visited Tuticorin during his return journey from Swamithoppu, the place of Muthukutti Swamigal. Murugeshji was wondering how deep was the knowledge of Yogi about the places of saints and sages of India. Yogi then expressed his desire to see Murugeshji’s family. Murugeshji told that he would bring his family when he would visit Yogi next time.
After the enquiry about the business, place and family of Murugeshji, Yogi talked about Muthukutti Swamigal and his service to the Nadar Community people. He also told Murugeshji about the book of Akilathirattu, which was narrated by Muthukutti Swamigal, in the dream of a devotee. Yogi explained about the book to Murugeshji repeatedly and Murugeshji got the passion to go through the book.
Yogi also talked about Swami Ramthirth, a saint from Punjab. Yogi told Murugeshji that Swami Ramthirth was a contemporary of Swami Vivekananda. He informed Murugeshji that Swami Vivekananda presented a pocket watch to Swami Ramthirth and the watch would always show 1, o’ clock, indicating that there was only one, God. Yogi explained to Murugeshji about Swami Ramthirth, “Swami Ramthirth was a mathematics professor. He renounced his life and did severe penance on the banks of the Ganges, chanting “Om” ever. He loved Mother Ganga. He realised my Supreme Father. He preached people about Father. He went to America and other countries and gave lectures about my Father. All his lectures were compiled later by his disciples in six volumes. The book was named ‘In The Woods Of God Realisation’. Yogi requested Murugeshji to go through the books of Swami Ramthirtha and told him to locate the address at Lucknow from where he could get the books. The way Yogi presented about Swami Ramthirth and his books kindled Murugeshji’s passion to procure the books immediately and go through it.
Murugeshji asked Yogi whether Swami Ramthirth was his guru. Yogi told that Swami Ramthirth passed away in 1906, but he directed Yogi to his guru. Murugeshji again asked about the guru of Yogi. Yogi became very serious and said, “This beggar has three Fathers. Ramana Maharishi, Sri Aurobindo and Swami Ramdas. Ramana kindled, Aurobindo did a little more and my Father Swami Ramdas completed the process. My Father Swami Ramdas wanted this beggar to chant Ram Nam all the 24 hours but this beggar is just whiling away the time by smoking, eating and talking. But still my Father Swami Ramdas loves this beggar and protects this beggar.”
When Yogi Ramsuratkumar talked about his guru, his face and his entire being changed into a charged seriousness that affected the gathering around him. A divine spiritual vibration prevailed in the whole atmosphere. Yogi was glittering then with divine brilliance. This radiation from Yogi changes people. It creates an appetite, longing for God in the hearts of sincere aspirants. Murugeshji felt that at last he could find his real GURU. He was in ecstasy and saluted the guru with a reverential prostration. Yogi patted him on his back and allowed him to return to Tuticorin. As soon as Murugeshji reached Tuticorin, he enquired through his north Indian business clients about Swami Ramthirth. With great efforts he was able to get the books of Swami Ramthirth. He also personally went to Swamithoppu with his wife and children to visit the famous Muthukutti Swamigal Temple and got the book Akilathirattu. He also got the information about Anandashram of Swami Ramdas at Kanchangod in Kerala State. He carefully and deeply went through the books of Swami Ramthirth, ‘In the Woods of God Realisation’, all the six volumes.
The works of Swami Ramthirth absorbed him totally. Thereafter he would talk and quote only Swami Ramthirth. He felt as if he was possessed by Divinity. His pattern of life got changed. His vision of life became more realistic and slowly he was able to perceive the secrets of maya, the illusion. After he went through the works of Muthukutti Swamigal, he got the conviction that Muthukutti Swamigal had come again in the form of Yogi Ramsuratkumar. He visited his guru again, this time with his wife and children, and introduced them to his guru. He said that his family belonged to Yogi Ramsuratkumar.
Murugeshji was then 37 years old. Papa Ramdas also renounced the world at the age of 37. Papa was a spinning master by profession. Murugeshji was also a spinning master by academic qualification. Those resemblances also thrilled and encouraged Murugeshji to travel in the divine path. Murugeshji thereafter used to spend a few days with his guru along with his family at Tiruvannamalai at regular intervals. Yogi became very near and dear to his family also. In due course Yogi called Murugeshji as his ‘King’, Rajakumari, Murugeshji’s wife as his ‘Queen’ and the children as his ‘Prince and Princess’. Yogi showered his love, affection and attention on that family. The author, during his twenty five years of association with Yogi, had never seen Yogi, showered his immense love and attention more on anybody else than Murugeshji.
Murugeshji got the conviction that everything happened by the will of God, Guru. For him God was Guru. He had the faith that his guru had accepted him totally and he had nothing to worry about. At that time the mill was financially in a very bad condition. Yogi requested Murugeshji to appoint the son of Sri Manicka Gounder, who had looked after Yogi during his stay beneath the famous punnai tree, in the mill as an office assistant. Murugeshji without any hesitation, immediately appointed Thirugnanam, the son of Sri Manicka Gounder in the spinning mill. Within a few months, a boom period started for the spinning mill and within a very short time the mill became financially very strong and healthy.
Again within a short time Yogi requested Murugeshji to appoint Sri Manicka Gounder’s another son in the mill and Murugeshji appointed the boy Pitchandi also in the mill, as office assistant. In a very short time the mill started making all time high profits, in a mysterious way. However Murugeshji was as usual calm and serene. He was majestically living with his guru, all the time remembering him, not bothering about name, fame and money.
In 1976, Murugeshji frequently visited his guru. His guru prescribed him the lives and teachings of various saints. Murugeshji went through the same. He went through Naradha Bakti Sutra, Avadoota Gita, Bagavad Gita and many more scriptures and Vedantic teachings of various saints. He always was contemplating on the conversation he had with his guru and whenever he got the opportunity to interact with the other devotees of Yogi, he would talk hours together glorifying his guru’s highest spiritual state, wisdom and compassion. The devotees would be spellbound while listening to Murugeshji. The family members of Murugeshji were astonished on seeing the magnificent change in Murugeshji. He poured his love and affection on all his family members equally. His respects towards his father turned into a sort of reverence. His love upon his children made them extremely happy. His concern and care for his wife thrilled his wife. There was a total change in Murugeshji’s life after he met his guru. Whenever his children would cry in the night, he would put them on his lap and would chant Yogi’s name. Within a few minutes the children would have a deep, trouble-free sleep. His conviction and faith on his guru and his name grew rapidly and this faith made him reach the other shore safely.
On 8/1/1977, the author reached Tiruvannamalai with the proposal to commit suicide. But Yogi saved him in a mysterious way. The next day Murugeshji arrived with his family. Sri Sivasankaran and his wife Prema with their two children from Sivakasi reached Yogi, the next day. All the three had never known each other, even though they had met in the presence of Yogi previously. Murugeshji was the richest, Sivasankaran was richer and the author was a pauper. That combination was made with the divine binding on Yogi.
Yogi then stayed with the three friends day and night. During the daytime Yogi engaged the ladies by requesting them to sing songs for him. During then, the three friends looked after the children of both Murugeshji and Sivasankaran. The day session was under the punnai tree and in the evening the group would move towards the mandapam in the circuitous route along the railway line. Yogi then used to garland Murugeshji in the morning, when the latter reached the punnai tree. He requested Murugeshji not to remove the garland at any point of time and so he had to wear the garland throughout the day.
In the evening around 5 o’ clock Yogi would walk back to the mandapam. Yogi would catch hold of Murugeshji’s hand and would walk with him as if a newly wedded husband took his beautiful wife with all the pride and bliss on his face. Murugeshji would feel shy. To add more to this situation, when this group passed the railway gate, a group of young nuns from the nearby church would wait there to see and enjoy the amusing parade of the group, Murugeshji in the hands of Yogi, Sivasankaran carrying a small gunny bundle, the author holding a stick tied with peacock feathers, the ladies carrying the children following the men folk and the assistants of Yogi carrying the heavy gunny bundles on their heads and shoulders in a line. On seeing the nuns, Yogi would blush with shy smile. After a few moments, he would laugh and dance in ecstasy. Then both Yogi and the nuns would exchange pleasantries. But all other members of the group would feel shy with their heads down during that time. Finally they would reach the mandapam after a two hour walk. After reaching the mandapam, Yogi would allow the friends to go to their rooms to take rest. Within a short time, Yogi would again come to Sivakasi Nadar Chatram, where the friends had stayed. The whole night he would talk with the friends in one room, allowing the ladies to take rest with their children in the other rooms. Sometimes after the children slept, the ladies also would come and sit before Yogi.
A few days passed in the same way everyday. One evening during that period, Yogi explained the troubles and sufferings he experienced in Tiruvannamalai in the hands of senseless thugs of the city. The whole atmosphere became very sensitive and the friends were pained on listening to Yogi’s sufferings. Both the ladies Rajakumari and Prema were then in the other room. They didn’t know anything about the conversation. A few minutes later they came to Yogi. The latter asked them to sing songs. The ladies sang songs one after another. In the meantime Yogi lay down and slept with a melodious musical snore. Rajakumari suddenly started singing one song that explained the sufferings of Lord Siva. The friends, who listened to the sufferings of Yogi the whole evening, had the anxiety to see how Yogi would react after the completion of the song. Rajakumari completed the song. There was an unwarranted pause. Yogi slowly got up and asked Murugeshji, “Murugeshji, what is the meaning of this song?” Murugeshji immediately responded in a choking voice, “It is just your story Swami!” Yogi presented a broad smile and again went to sleep.
The next day the friends were sitting with Yogi at Sivakasi Nadar Chatram. Yogi gave his palmera fan to Murugeshji and requested him to fan Yogi for some time. Yogi was sleeping in the gentle breeze due to the fanning. After some time, Murugeshji gave the fan to the author to continue fanning. The author saw something had been written on the fan by Yogi. There was one date mentioned on the fan 17/1/1977. The friends were thinking that some VIPs might have the appointment with Yogi on that date and so, they thought that Yogi would relieve the friends within that date.
That particular date also arrived, but no VIP visitors came to Yogi. In the evening around 7 o’ clock, Yogi sent Sivasankaran and the author to bring milk for all. The friends went to the hotel and ordered for the milk. There was an announcement in the radio that the then Prime Minister of India, Smt Indira Gandhi had withdrawn the state of emergency in the country that have been imposed in 1975 due to the extraordinary situation prevailed then. The announcement also informed that the general election would be conducted soon. The friends brought the milk to Yogi. Yogi asked the friends whether they had heard any news. The friends told Yogi about the withdrawal of emergency in the country. Yogi received the news but did not respond. The whole night he did not talk to anybody and did not sleep also. All the time he was writing something with his fingers on the cot, on which he was laying down. The atmosphere was so tense and heavy. Nobody was able to near Yogi. None could attempt to talk to him. If anybody tried to inform or enquire something, Yogi would turned them away. It was very strange and it was new to the friends. The friends didn’t disturb Yogi. They were sitting before Yogi and keeping silence throughout the night. None slept in the night. In the early morning around 5 o’ clock Yogi got up and asked the friends to come to the punnai tree after completing their morning ablutions. Then all alone he went to the vessel shop.
After finishing the breakfast, the friends went to the punnai tree. Yogi was there lying down on the mat with the same seriousness, writing something with his fingers on the mat. The assistants told that Yogi did not take anything since from the morning. The friends and others were able to feel the deep silence in the atmosphere and they sensed that a silent, secret and divine work was going on. Yogi’s every mood was contagious. If he was in joy, the whole world around him would be in joy. If he was serious, the whole atmosphere would become serious and tense. If he was in sorrow, the people around him would feel the heaviness of sorrow.
In the noon around 12 o’ clock, Yogi got up and asked Murugeshji to arrange chapattis for all from Sundar Tea House. The tense period ended and it seemed that Yogi had completed his unusual work. Murugeshji sent his assistant to bring chapattis for all. As soon as the chapattis were brought from Sundar Tea House, Murugeshji placed the parcel in front of Yogi. Yogi asked Murugeshji to open the parcels. Murugeshji opened them. Yogi asked Murugeshji, Sivasankaran and the author to sit in a line in front of him. The friends sat before Yogi. Yogi put the chapattis in his coconut shell and made them into small pieces. He poured the gravy into the coconut shell. He blended the chapattis with the gravy and gave little by little to the friends and asked them to eat. In this way Yogi fed the friends with his own hand and remarking, “Murugeshji, there is a meaning behind this leela. One day you will understand.” In another few years all three friends’ families became very close and intimate to each other, having the center in Yogi Ramsuratkumar, their guru.
After the lunch, Yogi was relaxing and the friends were sitting before Yogi. Yogi casually recited a couplet from Hindi. The way Yogi recited any verses and couplets in Hindi or Sanskrit languages would reach the hearts of the listeners directly. Murugeshji enquired the meaning of the couplet. Yogi explained the meaning, “Walking, walking and walking. The destination, the goal, the home is 18 miles away. I am tired. My legs are painful. I cannot move further. Whom to be blamed?” Saying this, Yogi laughed and laughed for a long time. The whole group was astonished on seeing the blissful state of Yogi. The meaning conveyed that the self is the painful factor preventing one reach the real home. When one eradicates one’s self, there he is at his real home!
The next day, the friends and their families, as usual, visited Yogi under the punnai tree. Yogi taught the ladies how to sing the first song on Yogi, “Ulagam Unai Vanangum”. The whole day the practice was going on and the friends were looking after the children. In the evening, as usual, the whole group returned to the mandapam. Yogi did not ask the friends to go to their resting place. In the night after 10 o’ clock, the whole group moved to the corridor of the vessel shop. Yogi lay down on the raised platform and the friends with the family members occupied the floor in front of Yogi.
It was very cold and chilly wind also played its part on the psyche of the family members. Around midnight Yogi asked the friends and the ladies to follow him asking the attendants to look after the children. Yogi took them to a house in the Sannathi Street and knocked at the door. A middle-aged man opened the door. He prostrated on seeing Yogi and invited Yogi and others inside the house. Yogi requested the man, Sri Iyyachamy Iyer, the owner of ‘Bell Studio’, a photo-shop, to allow the ladies to use the toilet. Sri Iyyachamy Iyer immediately called his wife to take the ladies to the toilet. Since from evening the ladies were struggling and were not even able to convey the discomfort to their husbands in front of Yogi due to their modesty. On seeing Yogi’s understanding and concern, Murugeshji was moved to tears. Sri Iyyachamy Iyer asked Yogi whether he could offer some milk. Yogi asked him whether the milk would be sufficient for all. Sri Iyer told that there was enough milk for all. Yogi and everybody sat in the big hall of the house. The wife of Sri Iyyachamy Iyer served milk to all. Yogi and the friends drank the hot milk. Then Yogi got up suddenly and walked here and there for sometime looking intensely at everybody. Suddenly he flashed and declared, “Murugeshji, this beggar used to call himself a beggar. But there is nothing to be begged by this beggar either in this world or in the heaven. This beggar used to call himself a sinner. But you cannot see such purity either in this world or in the heaven other than this beggar. My Father has sent this beggar for a specific work. This beggar needs a few people to do his Father’s work. This beggar is doing that work, Murugeshji.” For some more time the group was sitting there and then again moved to the vessel shop after thanking Sri Iyyachamy Iyer. After some time, Yogi relieved the friends and their families to go to the Sivakasi Nadar Chatram.
In the next day, Murugeshji was practising pranayama, sitting under the western side of the punnai tree, from where he was not visible to Yogi. Yogi was lying down on his mat. Suddenly Yogi got up and was looking for Murugeshji. He could not see Murugeshji. Yogi asked where Murugeshji was. Murugeshji immediately responded, came out from his place. Yogi asked what he was doing. Murugeshji responded that he was attempting to do pranayama. Yogi became very serious and asked, “Who asked you to do pranayama?” Murugeshji was bewildered on seeing the anger of Yogi and told that Swami Ramthirtha in his book mentioned about pranayama. Yogi said, “People should do pranayama under the guidance of a guru, at a proper place. Otherwise it will not yield the required result. It will only produce negative result which will cause severe setback in one’s system.” Yogi paused for sometime and said again with all compassion, “Murugeshji, my King, all your tapas and efforts will take you to your guru’s feet. Thereafter you need not bother about your spiritual growth. The guru will take care of you. The guru will see that you reach God. Even if you want to escape from the guru, the guru will not leave you. Like a frog in the mouth of a cobra, the disciple cannot escape from guru. The only thing the disciple should do is, remembering guru and the guru mantra all the time. That is sufficient. Don’t try to practise any method to reach God. Remember your guru, Murugeshji. That’s enough.” After pausing for a few minutes, Yogi again started talking, “Murugeshji, whatever happens, happens by the will of my Father. So nothing is wrong, Murugeshji. Everything is perfectly all right. My Father cannot commit any mistake. So, nothing is wrong, Murugeshji! Have faith in my Father. Have faith in my Father’s name. This name Yogi Ramsuratkumar is not this dirty beggar’s name. This is my Father’s name. Remember this name. That is enough, Murugeshji.” Murugeshji shed tears and slowly started chanting, “Yogi Ramasuratkumara, Jaya Guru, Jaya Guru, Jaya Guru Raya.” Everybody assembled there followed him, chanting the holy mantra with Murugeshji. The whole atmosphere was heavily charged with divinity and everybody there, felt it. Yogi was glowing with divine brilliance.
Then an old swami came with handful of arugampul (grass) as offering. He saluted Yogi and sang a song composed by him, comparing him with the cotton, which suffered at various stages to become a perfect garment. Yogi enjoyed the song. Yogi requested the swami to sit near him and touched him all over the body. He peeled off a banana and fed it with all love to the swami. The swami was sitting for some time and after getting the permission from Yogi he saluted Yogi and left the place.
Later in 1989, Yogi took some of his friends including the author to the hill and several other places and finally came to the big temple. The Panju (Cotton) Swami came to the temple. He became very old, should be more than 90 years. He had become totally blind. The man who accompanied Panju Swami told him that Yogi was sitting in the temple. Panju Swami told the helper to take him to Yogi. Yogi received him with all love and fondled Panju Swami. Yogi asked the author whether he could recognize the Swami. The author told that he could recognize Panju Swami. Yogi took the Swami’s walking stick and played with it as if he shot stars with gun. Yogi touched the Swami’s whole physical frame and showered his immense love and blessings to the blind old swami. He kept the swami with him for another few minutes. Then he requested the helper of the swami to take the swami to his place. All the time Panju Swami was serene and glowing with divine light. Panju Swami was taken to his place by his assistant. Yogi remarked, “My Father made Panju Swami whole!”
In the later years, Koothadi Swami, who was also a great devotee of Yogi since from early 1970’s, became very old and he too became blind. This swami used to dance in ecstasy in God’s remembrance, that’s why he was called ‘Koothadi Swami’. Due to the old age and blindness he was struggling on the streets of Tiruvannamalai. There was nobody there to look after him. Yogi made arrangements for his stay in the Atithi Ashram nearby Yogi Ramsuratkumar Ashram till his end. Yogi requested Swami Hamsananda, the founder of Atithi Ashram to look after Koothadi Swami properly. Swami Hamsananda accepted to keep Koothadi Swami with all care. Occasionally Yogi would go and see Koothadi Swami either on the way to the ashram from Sudama or on the way to Sudama from the ashram. During one such time, Yogi asked the driver to stop the car in front of Atheethi Ashram and called for Swami Hamsananda to enquire about Koothadi Swami. Swami Hamsananda came to Yogi. Yogi enquired about Koothadi Swami. Swami Hamsananda said that Koothadi Swami was all right and he was sitting in the verandah. Yogi asked Swami Hamsananda to bring Koothadi Swami near the car. Koothadi Swami was brought near the car. The swami expressed his desire to touch Yogi’s feet. Immediately Yogi lifted his feet to the window of the car and Koothadi Swami touched Yogi’s feet and got delighted. He thanked Yogi for his compassion. Yogi patted him and left for Sudama. In a few months Koothadi Swami passed away.
Murugeshji and the friends liked the punnai tree. It was a huge tree just in the backyard of the Tiruvannamalai Railway Station. The shade of the tree would last from morning till evening covering the places, where Yogi and the devotees were sitting. Yogi used to sit facing the Holy Arunachala Hill and the devotees would sit facing Yogi. The view of the hill was wonderful. One could see the whole structure of the hill from the punnai tree. Behind the place where the devotees sat, water would flow from the well being pumped by an electric motor. In the summer, it was quite soothing to wet the legs in the running water and listening to Yogi. Sri Manicka Gounder and his wife Smt Rajammal, who were cultivating the land for lease, would always be at the disposal of Yogi. Daily they would offer food to Yogi and his attendants. Sometimes Yogi would share the food with the devotees too. The food would be very simple but tasty. Both Sri Manicka Gounder and his wife Rajammal worked hard in the field growing vegetables and edible leaves like pudina and kothumalli. Yogi sometimes would get those plants from Manicka Gounder and gave them as prasad to the devotees.
Murugeshji wanted to buy the land with the punnai tree for Yogi to build an ashram. He expressed his desire to Yogi. Yogi told Murugeshji that it would be very difficult to purchase the land because the title deed would be highly complicated legally. Murugeshji told that he would send the legal team from his mill and would study the possibility of purchasing the land without any legal hindrance. Yogi tried to persuade Murugeshji to give up the idea, but on seeing Murugeshji’s deep intention, he allowed him to proceed. After Murugeshji got back to his place at Tuticorin, he sent his legal team consisting of three lawyers and one auditor to scrutinise the legal possibilities of purchasing the land. His team found out that the land was the property of Arunachaleswara Temple and it had been transferred to more than ten hands and it was impossible to purchase the land without any legal implications. Murugeshji had to drop the idea of purchasing the land. (Now, the punnai tree has been cut down and a lot of houses have been built in that farm land. The place has become a township now.)
There was no sign of Yogi leaving the friends to go back their homes. Of course the author had no home to go, but he had a court case to attend. The ladies urged their husbands to take leave of Yogi to go home, but, the friends were in the intoxication of Yogi’s company. Rajakumari, Murugeshji’s wife was upset, as she did not tell her mother in law and other relatives about the too long absence with the children. After Yogi fed the friends with his own hand, the attitude of the friends, particularly Murugeshji’s went totally indifferent towards the family and the business. He would say that his guru knew everything and guru alone was the doer of all things.
This language threatened Rajakumari. She imagined that her husband would become a sadhu or mendicant leaving her and the children alone. That fear made her hysterical and one day she refused to see Yogi, weeping in the other room when Yogi came to the Sivakasi Nadar Chatram. Yogi enquired Murugeshji about Rajakumari. Murugeshji explained the situation. Yogi, after a long pause, told Murugeshji that the friends could then disperse. Yogi instructed Murugeshji that he should come to Yogi again only with Rajakumari and also when Rajakumari wanted to see Yogi. Till that time he should not visit Yogi. Murugeshji nodded with a heavy heart. The friends took leave of Yogi. Murugeshji went to Tuticorin, Sivasankaran to Sivakasi and Parthasarathy to Bangalore via Vellore.
After Murugeshji reached Tuticorin, his native place, he was always contemplating on his Guru Yogi Ramsuratkumar. The joyful roaring laughter of the guru was always ringing in his ears. Even though he was in his daily routine, looking after the business and family, he wished to be alone, sitting beneath a big peepul tree, just in front of his house, in the garden. He would go through again and again Swami Ramthirtha’s ‘In The Woods Of God Realisation’, all the six volumes. There happened an inner renunciation that transformed his entire being.
That transformation of Murugeshji baffled his wife Rajakumari. She was afraid on seeing his silence and peace, which was radiating from his being. She wanted to penetrate Murugeshji, but Murugeshji was calm and serene and always remembering his guru. He seemed to be in a different plane. On seeing the condition of her husband, Rajakumari became hysterical and complained to her mother in law about the attitude of her husband. Murugeshji’s mother Smt Padmavati tried to counsel her son quoting various scriptures to him, but he in turn explained the secret of the mission of his guru, quoting the saints and other scriptures. His mother was baffled too. Rajakumari became sick and all the relatives advised Murugeshji that he should not remember Yogi or keep his photos in the house. Murugeshji thought that his guru was making the situation. He realised that his guru preferred to dwell in his heart in secrecy. So, he did not protest while they removed the photos of his guru from the house. He remembered his guru within himself, concealing from others, even from his wife.
In another six months, in the mid of 1977, Murugeshji suffered a severe heart attack and he had to be in hospital for several months. During his hospitalization he could find enough time to tune his being with his Guru Yogi Ramsuratkumar. Somehow Yogi could get the report on Murugeshji’s health through some other relatives of Murugeshji. After Murugeshji’s discharge from the hospital, he went back to his normal life. Even though he apparently lived a normal life, he totally renounced everything in his heart and dedicated everything at the holy feet of his guru.
In 1980, Murugeshji took his family for a trip to Maharashtra to see the samadhi of Shirdi Sai Baba and the river Godhavari at Nasik. He took his family to a nearby hill where he heard that Rama during his vanavasa (exile in the forest) lived in the hill with Sita and Lakshmana. The hill was covered with thick bushes and huge trees. All the family members trekked on the rough path and reached the top of the hill. It was noon. They finished their lunch there and after sitting for sometime in the serene atmosphere there, they started coming down. They missed the path. They were coming again and again to the same place and could not find the path to reach the bottom of the hill.
The Sun was descending in the west. Rajakumari was agitated and the children were frightened. Murugeshji was silently searching for the way to get down the hill. It was getting dark. Suddenly Rajakumari remembered Yogi’s assurance that whoever and whenever one remembered him, His Father would come to the rescue from the challenging situations. Immediately she started chanting Yogi’s Name, ‘Yogi Ramsuratkumar’. Within a few minutes a sadhu came from nowhere. He enquired why still they were in the hill. He told that within the nightfall one should reach the bottom of the hill. Murugeshji explained that they had missed the path. The sadhu took them in the right path and left them on the road, where their car was parked. The family was relieved. They reached the hotel safely.
Rajakumari wondered on seeing the effect of Guru Mantra, ‘Yogi Ramsuratkumar’. She felt guilty for ignoring Yogi and his name all these years. She wanted to see Yogi again, but she did not reveal the intention to her husband. Murugeshji did not try to take advantage of the situation, even though he watched his wife chanting Yogi’s name. He had full faith in his guru. He believed that his guru would create situations to change his wife.
In a few days, after Murugeshji and his family returned from their Maharashtra trip to Tuticorin, one of Yogi’s devotees, Sri Janardhanan of Bangalore, happened to visit Tuticorin to attend a marriage. He contacted Murugeshji over phone expressing his desire to see Murugeshji at home. Murugeshji invited him to his house. Janardhanan came to his house. Murugeshji and his family had already met Janardhanan several times earlier in the presence of Yogi at Tiruvannamalai.
Yogi had asked Janardhanan to go through the Kamba Ramayanam. Janardhanan got fascinated by the Ramayanam and was able to recite byheart more than one thousand songs from it. As soon as Janardhanan reached Murugeshji’s house, he wanted to tell Ramayanam to all the members of Murugeshji’s family. Rajakumari was in the kitchen. Janardhanan took the liberty to sit in the dining hall and called Rajakumari and Murugeshji to sit with him to listen to Ramayanam. He recited Ramayanam for more than half an hour. Everybody listened to him. It was always funny to listen to Ramayanam from Janardhanan. He would not say the exact meaning of the songs, but would add his own imagination and elaborate the same. Janardhanan’s visit kindled the remembrance of Yogi in Rajakumari. Her intention to see Yogi strengthened, but, out of her shyness she did not reveal it to her husband. After some time, Janardhanan took leave of them to go to Bangalore.
In the same year 1980, during the Christmas holidays Murugeshji took his wife and children to Madras. There they spent two days. Rajakumari was then always thinking about Yogi. She remembered the miraculous guidance of the sadhu, who guided her family to the bottom of the hill. She believed that she got the help only because of the grace of Yogi. She wanted to see Yogi. Tiruvannamalai was hardly three and half hours journey from Madras. So, suddenly she expressed her desire to see Yogi to her husband Murugeshji. Murugeshji told her that first they would meet Swami Mayananda of Tindivanam, who wrote the first song on Yogi and then, if still she wanted to meet Yogi they could go to Tiruvannamalai, which was hardly one hour journey from Tindivanam. Rajakumari agreed.
On January 1st, 1981, the family went to Tindivanam in a taxi and met Swami Mayananda. While talking with the family, the Swami glorified Yogi in great ecstasy. Rajakumari, listening to Swami Mayananda got enough courage to meet Yogi after four years. The family went to Tiruvannamalai and stayed again in the Sivakasi Nadar Chatram. Murugeshji sent his assistant with his visiting card to Yogi and asked him to get an appointment to meet Yogi at the Sannathi Street house. The assistant went to the Sannathi Street house and knocked at the door. Ramakrishna, a young boy, opened the door. The friend gave the visiting card to the boy to hand it over to Yogi. He requested the boy to fix an appointment with Yogi for Murugeshji’s visit with his family. The boy gave the card to Yogi and told the detail. Sri Sivasanakaran and his wife Smt Prema with their children were already there with Yogi. Yogi saw the visiting card. He then gave the visiting card to Sivasankaran. Yogi requested the latter to go to Sivakasi Nadar Chatram and bring Murugeshji and his family to Yogi.
Sivasankaran went with the friend to the chatram and saw Murugeshji. Sivasankaran told Murugeshji that Yogi wanted him to bring Murugeshji and his family to Yogi’s place. Rajakumari again hesitated. An unknown fear developed in her. Murugeshji didn’t interfere and didn’t compel his wife to visit Yogi. Rajakumari knew Sivasankaran and his wife. They were distant relatives to her. She learnt that Sivasankaran’s wife Prema and children also were there with Yogi. So her fear somehow subsided. She told Murugeshji that she would be ready within a few minutes to visit Yogi. In another 15 minutes Sivasankaran took Murugeshji’s family to the Sannathi Street house. After four years, Murugeshji fulfilled Yogi’s conditions to meet him again. The reunion was celebrated with a roar of joyful laughter from Yogi.
Yogi thanked Sivasankaran for bringing Murugeshji again to Yogi. He caught hold of Murugeshji’s hand and brought him inside the Sannathi Street house. This was the first time for Murugeshji to visit the house. Yogi made him sit with him on the same mat. Yogi requested Rajakumari and children to sit with Prema and her children. Yogi garlanded Murugeshji. For a long time Yogi caught hold of Murugeshji’s hand. Occasionally he would see his beloved king and burst into joyful laughter. Murugeshji was also in extreme ecstasy to see his guru again after four years. All his sufferings, due to the cruel isolation from the guru, at last came to an end. During those four years, he learnt how to be alone, how to think and how to fast. Those great three acts helped him to realise his guru and his mission. The reunion with the guru enabled him to reach the highest state of God Realisation.
Yogi said that Murugeshji’s hand was extremely warm and enquired Murugeshji how he felt. Murugeshji accepted that his hand was warmer than Yogi’s hand. Yogi concentrated for sometime, holding Murugeshji’s hand and then asked how Murugeshji felt. Murugeshji replied that both were of the same temperature. Yogi again concentrated for some more time and asked again whose hand was warmer. Murugeshji replied that now Yogi’s hand was warmer than his. Yogi expressed his happiness that he could bring down the temperature of Murugeshji. Then Yogi entered into normal conversation, enquiring about the family and the business. Murugeshji replied that everything was going on very smoothly. Yogi enquired about his health. Murugeshji said that there was no problem. Yogi requested Murugeshji to take nellikkai (amla) daily.
Yogi enquired Murugeshji how he spent time in the past four years. Murugeshji replied that it was not a problem because Yogi was always in his heart. Murugeshji also said, “Swami, people use to say that you are free from all attachments, but, it is not true because I have bonded myself tightly with you and you cannot be free from me ever.” Yogi on listening to Murugeshji’s words, started laughing and laughing and the whole atmosphere was in pure spiritual joy. Yogi responded that he was happy to be attached with a great soul like Murugeshji. After a few hours, Yogi relieved Murugeshji and his family to leave for Madras.
After her visit to Yogi, Rajakumari’s fear was totally gone. She got the faith that Yogi was the incarnation of God and would protect her and her beloved family for ever. After the visit to Yogi, Murugeshji, whenever he could find time, would take his wife and children to visit Yogi, mostly with Sivasankaran and his family. Murugeshji and Sivasankaran became very close friends and in due course the author also became very close to those friends. The friends used to write letters to each other and would send a copy to Yogi, on the request of Yogi. Janardhanan of Bangalore also joined the club. But in a few months he had a friction with Murugeshji and had to be away from Murugeshji.
From 1981 to 1984, Murugeshji was the King for Yogi and not a single day passed in Yogi’s life without mentioning Murugeshji. In the meantime Murugeshji was instrumental to correct the author’s life with Rathika, which was the passionate dream for Rathika and her relatives. Rathika was the wife of the author, who had deserted her for several years. Murugeshji was also instrumental to bring the author from Bangalore to Sivakasi, on Yogi’s approval. He also helped several other Yogi’s devotees financially and also in other means.
From 1981 to 1984, the trio Murugeshji, Sivasankaran and Parthasarathy with their families visited Yogi several times. Once, during the spring of 1981, the friends made a plan to go for a pilgrimage covering south India, starting from Bangalore by van. Before reaching Bangalore, the friends decided to stay with Yogi for three days. The friends started in two cars and reached Tiruvannamalai. They stayed in Sivakasi Nadar Chatram. The friends were talking casually sitting in the staircase of the Chatram and suddenly Yogi was there standing before them. The friends prostrated before Yogi and took Yogi to the room in the upstairs. Yogi recited a Hindi couplet and told the meaning of the song. “Krishna has grown enough now, calling Nanda as father, Yasodha as mother and Balarama as elder brother.”
Yogi was there for another one week in the Sivakasi Nadar Chatram with the friends. The tour program had to be cancelled as Yogi said, “This beggar is enough for you people. There is no need for you people to go anywhere in search of my Father.” Yogi stayed with the friends for the whole one week. Yogi did not allow anybody to disturb the atmosphere. It was such a divine period for the friends, who got the opportunity to taste the divine spiritual nectar of a Realised Soul. The friends got the intoxication of the divine madness from their guru.
During this time, Yogi once said in a choking voice, “This beggar committed a great mistake by running away from his family to remember my Father all the time. But this beggar is very happy on seeing you friends, even though you all are living in the family and still remembering my Father all the time. This beggar feels at home with you friends. This is Vaikuntha for this beggar. So far this Beggar’s Name is there in this world, the names of Murugeshan, Parthasarathy and Sivasankaran will also be there.”
One of the group members Smt Devi who was a distant relative and a friend of Smt Padmavati, the mother of Murugeshji, wanted to go back to Sivakasi as the tour program was cancelled. So, Murugeshji told Yogi that everybody was leaving and Yogi should tell where they should go. Yogi asked the group to go to Madurai, take rest for a few hours in Rathika’s parent’s house and then to Kodaikanal and stay there for a week together and then to disperse. The group started in the late evening and reached Madurai early in the morning. After taking rest for a few hours at Rathika’s parents’ house at Madurai, the group started for Kodaikanal and stayed there in a big villa for a week. The whole one week the friends cherished Yogi, his sweet and wise words. They remembered Yogi and talked about him ceaselessly. They felt as if they were in a different world. After a blissful stay at Kodaikanal for a week, the group dispersed.
The author, Sivasankaran and Murugeshji used to meet at Tuticorin or at Sivakasi and stay together for three days every month on the suggestion of Yogi. Sometimes they would go to some secluded places and remain there for three days remembering their Guru all the time. During one such get-together among the friends at Tuticorin, the friends planned to walk from Tuticorin to Tiruvannamalai. The distance between Tuticorin and Tiruvannamalai was around 500 km. Murugeshji had walked from his place Tuticorin three times, twice with the author and once along with an assistant. First in 1981, the friends Murugeshji, Sivasankaran and the author started their expedition to Tiruvannamalai by walk, but they had to stop their expedition near Ettayapuram, a small town, about 50 km away from Tuticorin. Everybody in the group had severe pain in their legs and could not walk further. To add to the worst they were also drenched in the heavy, sudden cloudburst. It all happened even before they had covered 50 km from Tuticorin. The friends abandoned their plan to walk and dispersed from Ettayapuram by bus, both Sivasankaran and the author to Sivakasi and Murugeshji to Tuticorin.
During their next visit, the friends narrated Yogi about their attempt to walk from Tuticorin to Tiruvannamalai. Yogi laughed for sometime, but he somehow encouraged the friends to walk again. The friends again started walking for three days every month. Thus they completed the expedition within six months. In the final stretch, the friends took their families also to walk with them. The final 65 km was so harsh for the ladies and they had to break 5 km before Tiruvannamalai. They got into the car and reached Yogi at Sannathi Street house. Yogi listened to the tale of the friends’ adventure and consoled the friends. The friends were with Yogi for a few days in his abode in great ecstasy and left again to their places. In the next month they covered the last 5kms by walking and reached Yogi.
Yogi gave all freedom to the friends. Once, the friends expressed their desire to cook food for him. Yogi gave permission and also gave the menu. Yogi asked the friends to make ‘suraikkai soru” (rice with bottle gourd) and gave the recipe for it. His only condition was that the ladies should not help them in the process. The friends didn’t know cooking, but still the friends accepted the task and brought rice and other essential items for cooking. Under the supervision of Yogi, somehow the friends cooked the suraikkai soru and prepared coconut thuvaiyal for the side dish. Oh, it tasted heavenly and everybody enjoyed. The presence of Yogi made the suraikkai soru tastier and not because of the ingredients or formulas or the cooking skill of the friends.
During that visit, Yogi one day asked everybody, including the children to write poems on Yogi. The friends and the family members wrote songs on Yogi. Yogi appreciated everybody’s songs and asked everyone to sing their songs. Then Yogi gave a bunch of papers to the author and asked him to write leisurely about Yogi. Yogi said that his writings would become an AMARAKAVYAM. (This book could happen only after Yogi passed away. This book is the result of Yogi’s wish and grace. Even though the author has not ventured so far in writing any book, the grace of Yogi has created a situation for him to write this book.)
Once in 1983, during one of the visits of the friends Murugeshji, Sivasankaran and the author to Yogi at Tiruvannamalai, Yogi received a telegram from some friends in the US, informing him about their arrival in India to meet Yogi. The third day, the friends from the US reached Yogi. They alighted from the flight at Madras Airport and hired a taxi to come straight to Yogi’s Sannathi Street house. Yogi received them with all love and affection. A lady with her two children bearing Indian Hindu names and her friend, who was visiting India for the first time came inside the house. She introduced the friend to Yogi. She said to Yogi that he was a scientist and was spiritually inclined. Yogi was talking to the visitors for sometime and suddenly focusing his attention on the scientist friend. The scientist of Nasa who had not interested on Yogi first, suddenly got up and kneeled down before Yogi. He said that he could see Jesus in the form of Yogi. Tears welled up in his eyes and rolled down his cheeks. Yogi got up from his seat and stood before the scientist who was still kneeling. The scientist, with great hesitation asked Yogi whether he could kiss Yogi’s hand. Yogi laughed and said, “This beggar is dirty and you cannot withstand the bad smell.” The scientist told, “It is the purest I have ever seen! It is my Jesus hand!” He caught hold of Yogi’s hand and kissed with reverence.
After an hour of lively talks with the friends from the US, Yogi told them that they could leave him. They enquired when they could come again to meet Yogi. Yogi said, “This beggar is busy. These friends came from a long distance to see this beggar. My Father says that this beggar should be with these friends. This beggar has seen you people nicely. There is no need for you to come again. You can proceed as per your program.” Those friends were shocked and disappointed to hear Yogi. They prayed to Yogi to give them any time to visit Yogi again, but, Yogi expressed his inability to spare time for them. They were upset and went to Ramanashram.
Murugeshji felt uneasy on seeing Yogi’s indifferent attitude towards the friends from the US and also was feeling guilty. Yogi told, “Murugeshji, these friends from the US, come to India to see various people like this beggar. They will go to all the ashrams and holy places in India, but you people came all along from Tuticorin and Sivakasi to see only this beggar. And as soon as this beggar relieves you, you people would return back to your places without wandering here and there. So, my Father says, this beggar should spend time with you people as long as it is possible.” Yogi retained the friends for a week and the friends were staying in the Sannathi Street house with Yogi singing and dancing, in blissful ecstasy.
In the month of December 1982, Yogi requested the friends to go to Madras and stay near the Krishnamurti Foundation at Vasantha Vihar on Greenways Road in Adayar to see J.Krishnamurti daily and listen to his talks. The friends Murugeshji, Sivasankaran and the author went to Madras and stayed in Andhra Mahila Sabha, which was near Vasantha Vihar. The friends stayed at Madras for more than 15 days and daily they saw J.Krishnamurti. They also attended his four talks. After the third talk, the author was able to get a warm and loving hug from J.Krishnamurti. The author was standing in a remote place and observing J.Krishnamurti’s moving after the talks. On seeing the author, Krishnamurti came to him directly and enquired him, “What for you are waiting here sir?” The author replied, “Just to see Krishnaji.” Krishnamurti presented the author with a broad smile and hugged him with all love. The author was thrilled and his whole physical frame became vibrant with a divine ecstasy. After the fourth talk also, in the next day, Krishnamurti came to the author and patted him on his back and went away.
The friends returned to their places. After a few days they again went to Tiruvannamalai to see their beloved guru Yogi Ramsuratkumar. Yogi enquired the friends who got the opportunity to touch J.Krishnamurti. During the New Year Day in 1983, everybody except the author caught hold of J.Krishnamurti’s hand to greet him “Happy New Year.” So, everybody in the group told Yogi that they got the luck to touch J.Krishnamurti. The author was keeping silence. Yogi curiously enquired the author whether he got the opportunity to touch Krishnamurti. The author replied that he did not touch Krishnamurti but Krishnamurti touched him. On hearing this, Yogi laughed and laughed and the author blushed.
In 1982, during one of the visits to Yogi at Tiruvannamalai, Yogi asked the friends to meet once in every month and remain together for whole three days in a secluded place. The friends would meet accordingly and all the days and nights they would discuss and debate the teachings and life of Yogi. Only a few hours would be spent for sleep and rest of the time would be so alive, vibrant and energetic. The friends would not bother about food and other comforts. They would always prefer an isolated, remote place where there would be no human habitation. After Murugeshji passed away in 1984, Yogi asked the author to remain in solitude for three days every month and the author also spent three days every month in solitude in remote, secluded places, totally alone, remembering his Guru Yogi Ramsuratkumar.
“Remembering Father is Life. Forgetting Father is death.” Yogi was one day repeatedly uttering throughout the day with all the seriousness, when the friends Murugeshji, Sivasankaran and the author were with Yogi. Murugeshji specifically asked Yogi whether any method or Yoga should be adopted to remember Father. Yogi responded that he had no idea of any Yoga. He also said that his master Swami Ramdas asked him to remember Ram nam all the time. Yogi paused for sometime and asked the author to chant “Yogi Ramsuratkumara Jaya Guru Jaya Guru Jaya Guru Raya”. The author and the other friends chanted the holy mantra for another few minutes. Yogi gestured to stop chanting. After a few minutes’ pause he said, “Murugeshji, my king, somebody has told, it will take 32 years to learn all the four Vedas and scriptures. After 32 years of learning the Vedas and scriptures, one will understand the value of my Father’s name. So, let us remember Father’s name all the time and not bother about Vedas and yogas. Remembering Father’s Name is Life and forgetting Father’s name is death, Murugeshji. Let us all live eternally with Father. And my Father will take care of us. We need not bother about our spiritual growth.” Yogi again asked the author to chant Yogi’s name. From morning till late night Yogi was going on telling the value of chanting guru’s name.
Murugeshji was constantly remembering Yogi’s name mentally. He would not exhibit outwardly that he was spiritually inclined and doing some sadhana. He kept Yogi inside his heart, deep inside without the notice of anyone. He would not allow others to either comment or criticise his way of life, which was totally one with his guru. He lived his normal life, as the managing director of a big cotton spinning mill, with all the majesty but deep inside he was like his guru, free from all attachments of the mundane life. He restricted his talks with others and used words when it was absolutely necessary. Most of the time he was sitting silently, all the time remembering and contemplating upon his guru. His favorite place was under the big peepul tree in his home garden, just in front of his house.
There were numerous visits the friends Murugeshji, Sivasankaran and the author made to their guru at Tiruvannamalai. Every time the friends spent a few days with Yogi in a blissful state. The friends were wondering, while there were a number of great sadhakas why Yogi was concentrating on the friends, who they imagined, were ignorant people belonging to business community. Once Murugeshji asked Yogi, “Swami when we are here, you are spending all your time with us. Other people might be thinking that Swami is showering his powerful blessings on us to make us Realised Souls, but, here we are just cutting jokes and discussing the history and politics. I think you have caught the wrong people, Swami.”
On hearing the words Yogi became very serious and said, “Murugeshji, this beggar cannot see a person without the direction from my Father. Talking about other subjects may be insignificant, but being together with this beggar is the most significant event. The real work done goes unnoticed. It has been covered with these significant or insignificant talks. The masters have their own way to do Father’s work. The real work is, uniting, merging the chosen beings with MY FATHER. That’s all.” Yogi also said, “You don’t know, Murugeshji, we were together, we are together and we will be together. We cannot exist without each other. When Lord Siva comes, He comes along with His Ganas. When a guru comes, he comes along with his dearest devotees. When the guru departs, the devotees also shall go, after finishing my Father’s work. We are all together Murugeshji, eternally.” Yogi’s voice was choked and the friends were shedding tears.
“The king bee would bring any potential worm to its nest and would go on stinging it, till it becomes another king bee. Likewise a guru also works on his disciples till the disciples get the state of the guru. The process is painful but there is no escape,” Yogi once described to the friends.
Once when the friends were talking among themselves, the author was telling that the devotees’ flow to Yogi had been reduced. So, he insisted that they should visit Yogi frequently. On hearing the author, the friends immediately decided to start for Tiruvannamalai to see Yogi. Only a week earlier they had visited Yogi. So, Yogi was surprised to see them again and enquired whether they had anything important to tell. Murugeshji told about the conversation they had among them. On hearing this, Yogi, showing the door, explained “See the door. The door is always closed. This beggar sees only those people whom my Father wants this beggar to see. This beggar is not meant for the masses. Let the people go to Sai Baba and J.Krishnamurti. This beggar does not need a crowd. This beggar needs only a few people who can do my Father’s work.”
Till the end of 1983, whenever the friends visited their Guru Yogi Ramsuratkumar, Yogi would spend the whole time with the friends during their entire stay at Tiruvannamalai. Yogi showered his love and grace on Murugeshji and used to call him his KING. While somebody asked Yogi, “Swami you are calling Murugeshji your King, but, where is his Kingdom?” Yogi instantly replied, “My heart!”
During the spring of 1983, Yogi wanted Murugeshji to make an audio cassette of the songs of Sri Periasamy Thooran on Yogi Ramsuratkumar. Yogi also suggested that Murugeshji could get the guidance of Sri Periasamy Thooran regarding the singers. Murugeshji, as soon as he returned to Tuticorin, worked hard for four months and made the cassettes. The details of this have been given earlier in this book in the chapter on Sri Periyasamy Thooran.
Yogi once asked the author to write songs on Yogi combined with the names of the three friends. The author wrote a few songs on Yogi accordingly. Yogi enjoyed and asked the author to sing the songs repeatedly at every time the friends visited Yogi.
During 1983, Murugeshji, the author and Anand, a young devotee of Yogi again walked from Tuticorin to Tiruvannamalai. The time was during the Deepam festival. They were nearing Madurai. Both Murugeshji and Parthasarathy suddenly felt that they were missing the experiences of witnessing Yogi’s interaction with the other devotees. The friends thought that as it was the festival time, a lot of crowd would always be around Yogi and they could enjoy the durbar of Yogi among the other devotees, sitting in a corner. So, they stopped walking and went to Tiruvannamalai by bus from Madurai.
They reached Tiruvannamalai early in the morning. They directly went to the Sannathi Street house and knocked at the door. Yogi came out from the house and took the friends inside. Yogi did not allow anyone else, as usual, while the friends were with him. Initially they were sitting in the hall. There was a lot of crowd due to the Deepam festival in Tiruvannamalai. The devotees wanted to have a glimpse of Yogi. So they knocked at the door frequently, but, Yogi wanted to spend time with the friends alone. The friends were disappointed but at the same time they could feel the divine ecstasy in Yogi’s presence. Yogi took them to the backyard of the house and all were sitting near the well so that the knocking sound could not disturb them.
The friends stayed in the house for another four days. It was impossible to go out of the house as there was always a crowd waiting at the door to see Yogi. All the four days Yogi fed the friends with fruits, which were there already. There were some biscuits also. That too was shared. Then, on the third day, Yogi asked the author to collect all the remaining fruits, biscuits, honey and other eatables and put it in a big aluminum vessel. Yogi asked the author to mash and mix them with hands. The author pleaded that he would go and wash his hands and then would do the job. Yogi told by touching the author’s hands, “Your hands are holy, Parthasarathy. You can do it right now.” The author mashed and mixed the assorted eatables. Yogi asked the author to bring a lotus leaf, which was stored near the water pot by Yogi. The author got one leaf and washed the same. He put the leaf before Yogi and served the mixture on the leaf. Yogi asked Murugeshji and the author to sit in front of him and asked them to take food from the same leaf. The friends were hesitating. Yogi told, “Look, we are all friends. There should be no formalities among friends.” Yogi and the friends finished that day’s meal. For the four days, nobody had taken coffee. So, on the fourth day, Murugeshji suggested to Yogi to send the author to bring coffee for all. Yogi said, “Murugeshji, we are here doing our Father’s work. We should not waste time. Let us not bother about coffee and other eatables.”
In another four months Murugeshji had to breathe his last and so Yogi wanted to be with Murugeshji all the time to make him Whole, totally one with his Father. In the evening, during the Deepam time Yogi asked the friends to go to the upstairs to watch the Deepam at the top of the hill. Yogi went outside and stood on the staircase of the house. A lot of devotees came and prostrated before Yogi. Yogi witnessed the Deepam from the staircase and the friends from the open terrace in the upstairs of the house. After the Deepam, again Yogi and the friends sat in the hall and talked. It was very hard to recollect all the talks of Yogi during the several visits of the friends, but, every time it was full of joy, celebration and peace. In another two days Yogi allowed the friends to go to their places.
In the mid of January 1984, the friends again visited Yogi. During the meeting Yogi asked Murugeshji and the author to go to Anandashram at Kanchangod in Kerala State and stay there for three days. In the month of February, the friends went to Anandashram and stayed there for three days. Yogi asked the friends to enquire Swami Satchidananda about Yogi’s past life with Papa Ramdas. Yogi also asked the friends to go through the old editions of The Vision, the monthly magazine from Anandashram, from 1950 to 1955 to get the reference and recordings of Yogi’s past life with Papa Ramdas.
Earlier Yogi had told the friends that in the Gospel of Swami Ramdas, compiled by Swami Satchidananda there was a mention about Yogi. The author then responded that he had gone through the Gospel several times and there was no mention about Yogi in the name of Ramsuratkumar. Yogi said that he had been mentioned in a different way in the book as Bihari. Immediately the author was able to recollect all the events mentioned in the Gospel of Swami Ramdas, referring to Yogi. With his unique shy smile, Yogi acknowledged and accepted what the author recollected from the Gospel of Swami Ramdas.
During their stay at Anandashram, the friends searched all The Vision magazines from 1950 to 1955 but they could not get anything new apart from the things already mentioned in the Gospel. The only thing the friends could note that Yogi was mentioned as R.S.Kunwar instead of Bihari. The friends asked Swami Satchidanandha why he had changed the name of Ram Surat Kunwar to Bihari in the Gospel of Swami Ramdas. The Swami with his mysterious smile told, “Bihari sounds nice. Isn’t it?”
There at Anandashram daily they met Mataji Krishnabai and Swami Satchidanandha and listened to them. The atmosphere and vibrations of Anandashram were pure and spiritually charged. The friends with their wives blissfully spent their time there. After their blissful stay in Anandashram for three days they took leave of Mataji Krishnabai and Swami Satchidananda and left Anandashram with a heavy heart. They reached Coimbatore by train. From Coimbatore they travelled by Murugeshji’s car to reach Puravipalayam near Pollachi to see Koti Swami, as instructed by Yogi. Koti Swami showered his grace and love on the friends. He gave food as prasadam to the friends. The friends enjoyed the unique way of Sri Koti Swami and were alone with Koti Swami for more than two hours. After the meeting of Sri Koti Swami, the friends returned to their places.
Within a week’s time after returning from Anandashram, the author visited Yogi at Tiruvannamalai. During that visit Yogi informed Parthasarathy that a famous author of a spiritual magazine, wanted to take interview of Yogi on 3/3/1984. Yogi wanted both Murugeshji and the author to be with Yogi at the time of the interview. Yogi asked the author to convey this message to Murugeshji personally. Yogi also instructed the author to inform Yogi about the arrival of both the friends through letter. The author went to Tuticorin to see Murugeshji to convey the message. On receiving the message, Murugeshji organised his visit with the author to Tiruvannamalai on 2/3/1984. He also reserved the whole first floor of Sivakasi Nadar Chatram at Tiruvannamalai where he organised the interview of the famous editor Sri Manian with Yogi. He informed the author Sri Manian the place of interview and got the confirmation of the date and time of the interview.
On 2/3/1984, early morning, both Murugeshji and the author reached Yogi Ramsuratkumar at Tiruvannamalai. Both the friends went directly to Sannathi Street house. Yogi received the friends with all love and joy. Yogi told that Father wanted both Murugeshji and the author to be with Yogi during the interview. On 3/3/1984 morning around 9 o’ clock, Yogi took both the friends to Sivakasi Nadar Chatram, where Murugeshji arranged rooms for the interview. The famous author Sri Manian with his assistants and cameraman came around 11 o’ clock. He professionally arranged everything and put the mike of a Tape Recorder in front of Yogi and started asking questions. Yogi, as usual in his unique way, not bothering about the formalities, kept Sri Manian near him and patted Sri Manian all the time and laughing with all joy. The cameraman was going on taking snaps of Yogi in different angles but Yogi was least bothered. All the time he was laughing and enjoying. The author Sri Manian and his assistants asked several questions referring to the rituals and customs of Hindu religion. Yogi requested the editors’ team to excuse and admitted that Yogi did not know anything about the rituals and the customs of any religion.
“Why there was none in the Hindu religion serving the humanity wholeheartedly like the people in Christian Missionary?” one of the assistants asked the question. Yogi became very serious and went on describing the noble services of many people like Mataji Krishnabai and several other organisations like Ramakrishna Mutt and Anandashram. Yogi said the individuals and those organisations of the Hindu religion were serving the humanity in all the ways physically, psychologically and spiritually. Those great saintly individuals and their organisations not only looked after the physical needs of the people but also took care of their mind and imparted the divine wisdom too, Yogi explained with divine authority. On witnessing the bright spiritual aura of Yogi while explaining the greatness of the Hindu Saints and their mission, the whole team of the magazine realised that they were not sitting before an ordinary man but before a great spiritual master. After listening to Yogi, the whole team bowed and prostrated before Yogi with all reverence.
The team came with the conventional religious questions and they just wanted to verify the answers of Yogi, but, once they realised the spiritual energy of Yogi, they could not ask any other questions because it seemed to be absurd to ask questions to a great Yogi. Everybody preferred to be with him with total silence and listen to him. Later in the magazine they printed Yogi’s photo in a beautiful way and wrote a few sentences about Yogi’s spiritual energy. The photo of Yogi brought new devotees to Yogi Ramsuratkumar in large numbers.
After the interview was over, the author of the spiritual magazine and his assistants prostrated before Yogi and took leave of him. Yogi and the friends stayed back in the Chatram for a few more hours. Yogi listened to the friends’ meeting with Mataji Krishnabai, Swami Satchidanandha at Anandashram and Sri Koti Swami at Puravipalayam. The friends narrated their experiences to Yogi. Yogi showed great interest in listening to the experiences of the friends with Sri Koti Swami. Sri Koti Swami, when people asked for some demands and desires, would say, “Go and lay down” showing a particular place. The people also obeyed the Swami. The friends narrated their experiences with Sri Koti Swami. Yogi enjoyed and used the same exact words that Sri Koti Swami used. Both the author and Murugeshji then enquired about several things of the past life of Yogi and Yogi replied to all their questions. Suddenly Yogi pretended that he had revealed some secrets. He accused the friends that they had plucked words from Yogi. He repeated the same words of Koti Swami, particularly to Murugeshji, “Go and lay down.”
During that visit Yogi poured all his attention on Murugeshji without allowing any interruption from anybody. The whole 3rd and 4th of March, Yogi poured his abundant grace on Murugeshji. In the evening around 4 o’ clock on 4th, Murugeshji asked some questions relating to Yogi’s past life. Yogi playfully told Murugeshji, “Go and lay down,” in the same way Sri.Koti Swami uttered, but with gracious look. Whenever Murugeshji asked questions, Yogi repeated the same words “Go and lay down.”
On the 5th March 1984 morning, Yogi relieved the friends to start for their places. The friends prostrated before Yogi. They came out of the house and started walking on the street. Usually when Yogi relieved the friends, they would go immediately not turning back again, but, that time Murugeshji, after he came out of the house, turned back and saw Yogi repeatedly. Yogi was standing at the doorstep initially to send off his beloved King. On seeing Murugeshji frequently turned back and saw him with great reverence, he stepped down to the street and raised both his hands to bless Murugeshji. Murugeshji again prostrated before Yogi and walked on the street. He turned his face again and again to see Yogi. Yogi was on the street and raised both his hands to bless Murugeshji. The friends had to turn left and Yogi disappeared. That was the last meeting of Murugeshji with his Guru Yogi Ramsuratkumar.
On 4/4/1984 evening, Murugeshji was in Calcutta to introduce his younger brother to some of his business clients. Murugeshji wanted to retire from all the activities of the mundane life. He along with the author had planned to go for Ganga Pradakshina without telling anybody. He arranged everything accordingly in the mundane life. However Yogi arranged the other way for Murugeshji. During Murugeshji’s visit to his business client’s office at Calcutta, he suffered a massive heart attack. His business client called for an eminent cardiologist immediately. The doctor rushed in immediately and examined Murugeshji. He realised the serious condition of Murugeshji. He arranged for an ambulance to shift Murugeshji to a nearby hospital. The ambulance arrived within a few minutes. Murugeshji was put on a stretcher and was about to rush to the hospital. His business client tried to comfort Murugeshji by saying that the latter didn’t have the need to fear because he was in the best doctor’s hands. Immediately Murugeshji responded in a feeble voice, “Everybody is in the hands of God.” Those were the last words Murugeshji uttered. On 4/4/1984, exactly at 4 o’ clock in the evening, Murugeshji breathed his last. It was a peaceful end. He was 45 years old. On 5/4/1984 evening, the body was brought from Calcutta in a charted flight. The body was put in the pyre in the same evening and lit by Murugeshji’s sons Sri Sinnamani and Sri Senthil. A glorious life ended abruptly.
After three days, the author who was broken and shattered by the sudden demise of Murugeshji visited Yogi at Tiruvannamalai. As soon as the author knocked at the door, Yogi himself came immediately and took him inside. Slowly Yogi enquired the author about Murugeshji’s demise. Yogi minutely enquired, how the body was brought, who lit the pyre and what happened to the box in which Murugeshji’s body was brought from Calcutta. Finally Yogi declared, “Murugeshji has become one with my Father. Murugeshji is worshipable.”
Smt Lalita, Murugeshji’s younger sister, had become an ardent devotee of Yogi since the early 1980’s. On seeing her brother Murugeshji’s tremendous transformation, devotion and deep involvement with Yogi, she also got the touch of Yogi. She had the privilege to become an ardent devotee of Yogi. She had been wondering earlier on seeing the transformation of her brother Murugeshji, after his acceptance of Yogi as guru. The transformation of her brother strengthened her faith upon her Guru Yogi Ramsuratkumar. She visited Yogi several times along with her mother Smt Padmavati or with her friends. Everytime she visited Yogi with her friends, Yogi used to shower his grace and attention on her. Yogi spared his whole time for her whenever she visited Yogi. Smt Lalita was suggested by Yogi to go through ‘Savitri’, the famous work of Sri Aurobindo. Smt Lalita bought the book ‘Savitri’ and had gone through it. The book Savitri absorbed her totally and she would never miss to quote Savitri whenever she talked about Yogi, life and God. Her involvement with Savitri and Yogi was amazing.
After Murugeshji’s demise, her devotion for Yogi had not diminished even though Murugeshji’s other relatives’ faith and love on Yogi became a naught. Lalita’s mind was filled with Yogi’s remembrance. She was all the time chanting Yogi’s name. During her last visit to Yogi she presented Yogi a woolen shawl in which she embroidered a peacock. Yogi appreciated the artistic work of Smt Lalita and was wearing the shawl for a very long time.
During her visit to Yogi in 1985, she expressed her desire to see the temple and the caves of the holy hill. Yogi took her with her friends to the temple and the hill. Yogi spent the whole day with Smt Lalita and her friends. Yogi cared for Lalita intensely on that day by showering his abundant love and grace and relieved her in the next day. Within a few days after she reached her place Tuticorin, she was murdered in the broad day light, in her own house for the petty gain of a six sovereign gold chain.
After the demise of Murugeshji, his wife Rajakumari was totally shattered and her children Sinnamani, Meena and Senthil felt the loss of their beloved father. However their devotion for Yogi got strengthened and they always remembered Yogi. Even though the children were young, their love and devotion for Yogi were tremendous. Yogi mysteriously arranged everything for the children, who got married with the suggestions and blessings of Yogi.
Smt Rajakumari was allotted a cottage in the ashram as per the instructions of Yogi and the cottage was meant for Smt Rajakumari exclusively. Yogi ordered the administration that the cottage should not be given to any other devotee. Rajakumari alone could stay with her friends and children. Smt Rajakumari spent several months in the ashram every year and whenever she found it difficult to live in the ashram due to her failing health, she would go back to Tuticorin to live with her children. In spite of the great loss of her beloved husband Murugeshji and material loss of the family property, it is amazing and inspiring to see the staunch faith of Smt Rajakumari and her children on Yogi Ramsuratkumar.