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A Brief Introduction about the Author

 Name: Yogi Sri Ramananda Guru. His father named him Logidasan, which is actually the name of their clan deity. Since his maternal grandmother called him Sridharan, he was known by that name for some years. The doctor who treated him believed that more than the medicines it is the grace of Lord Murugan saved him. So he named him Murugan. From that day till he received sanyasam, he was called M.P. Sridhar Jayamurugan.

Date of Birth: 1960-07-16

Parents: Balu - Arichandirakani

Place of Birth: A little village named Karaisuthuputhur, about 40 kilometres towards the north of Kanyakumari coast. This village which once belonged to the Travancore territory, is today a part of the Radhapuram taluk of Tirunelveli District.

Polio Attack: After his first birth day he was attacked by polio, as a result of which all the organs below the hip became incapacitated.

Educational Qualifications: For about twenty years he had to spent his time in the hospital to take treatment for his disease. So with all the difficulties, he could study only up to fifth standard.

Schools Attended: TDTA Middle School and RC Primary School.

Teachers He Loved Most: Mrs.Devanesam Thangaiah, Mrs.Sowandiram Ammal, Mr.Johnson.

Evergreen School Day Friends: Kasimurugan, Poomiyalanda Perumal, Gopal, Senthur Pandiyan, Krishnavel, James, Sinna Jamindar, Abdul Rahman, KPK Rajan, Christopher, Jayasingh, Glory Santhini, Kamila Begam, Maragatham, Annakili, Muthukumar, Jayakumar and Kinetha.

Yogi Sri Ramananda Guru as a child
Literary Interests: In the hospital, in order to make him forget his physical pains, his father and sisters used to narrate stories from Ramayana and Mahabharata, which helped him develop the creative skills. 

First Creation: As a fifth standard student his keen interest in writing stories made him write a skit named kollaikaran in the morning and stage it on the same evening in a function arranged by the students council.

Development of Literary Experience: His friendship with creative heads like Sekar, Jayakumar, and Jayaraman, helped him write and direct stage drams like Amudha oru Kaaaviya kanni, Raavanin Marupakkam, Silambarasi, Paanchaali Sabatham. He was all the more encouraged when in 1977 the Weekly Tamil magazine Raani published his short story named Thookukayiru and poem named Mayakkam

Spiritual experience: In 1979 a Siddhar by name Oomaiyan touched his primary chakras and awakened him. Although he did not clearly understand at that time, he experienced a kind of blissful stage.

Change of Place: In 1980 he left his native place and moved to Aragandanallur where his father was engaged in business. Only after his arrival in Aragandanallur, he could experience the different realities of the social structure. For the first time he came into direct contact with social disparities like the aggression provoked by ancestral property, the deterrence induced by poverty, and the ignorance that pervaded the whole society. He was immensely shocked by what he experienced. He came to a conclusion that the social values upheld by him so far were incorrect.

Yogi Sri Ramananda Guru with his Mother and Sisters
Atheistic thinking: He came to sincerely believe that the blind religious beliefs of the mass were the real cause for social evils like slavery, superstitions, and poverty. The books of Karl Marx, Lenin, and Mao which he read at that time also strengthened this belief.

Political Entry: The communist ideology of the 1980s attracted him into serious politics. He participated eagerly in the communist campaigns and other political activities. After a period of time he was disheartened by the power politics and money laundering that existed within the political movements. Eventually he disassociated himself from political movements and identified himself with the militant groups that sincerely fought for the social upliftment of the marginalized.

Change of Thinking: It did not take very long for him to realize that the militant groups that claimed they were fighting for the marginalized were actually serving the ruling class. All these mixed experiences occurred at a very short period of time. As a result he came to accept that communism is good as a theory but not down to earth. At this time the guidance of his father and the requests of his friends made him join the Congress party. Although he served the party for some time, he did not like the power conflicts within the party. So he realized that involving in politics is a waste of time.

Literary Training: Lack of interest in Politics gradually paved the way for concentration in literature. Realizing the need for professional training, he began to systematically study the Tamil literature under the guidance of Pulavar S. Kannan and Kavignar Pennaivalavan. Side by side he mastered English and Sanskrit under the guidance of his friends Velu Naicker and Aranganathan respectively.

Business Involvement: He began to look after full time his father’s general store. Along with his father’s business he joined hands with his friend Mahendra Kumar Jain in jewel business.

Suicide Attempt: From 1980 to 1987 his active life was revolving around politics, literature and business. From May 1987 there was a setback in his life. On July 15 1987, he consumed several sleeping pills in an attempt to end his life. The intense treatment of Dr. Purushothaman saved his life.

Vow of Renunciation: The disgrace caused by the failure of suicide attempt and the fear of public ridicule greatly frightened him and kept him in silence for a few days. But his characteristic warrior spirit rose again and inspired him to dedicate his life in the service of God and the people. He took a vow of renunciation on August 24 1987 in the presence of Anthili Lakshmi Narasimmar.

Spiritual Practices: He learned the intricacies of Yoga from Kothandapanipuram Chidambaram Pillai, and systematic meditation techniques from Madurai Vijayarangaragavan. But none of these trainings quenched his thirst for Truth. As he was on the lookout for the right master, he was met by a Siddhar who wished to remain anonymous, in Pachaiyamman temple Aragandanallur. This Siddhar taught him systematically Kundalini exercises suited to his body condition. From 24th January 1988 he observed strictly the vow of celibacy and touched the peak of Kundalini at 1.30 midnight of 20th March 1991.

Training in the Sastras: He learned systematically Astrology from Kothandapanipuram Chidambaram Pillai, Kadakal Duraisamy Gounder and Aragandanallur Pattusamy Iyer. Renugonda Rajendran Raju and Trivandrum Krishnamenan have taught him Mantra sastra. He learned the use of Atharvana Veda from Madhavan alias Keezhaiyur Baby. Apart from these, several siddhars, yogis, and mahaans have come to him to teach the secrets of Gnana Margam i.e. the path of wisdom.

Weird Experiences: He has had direct visions and experiences of subtle energies as a result of the teachings and trainings imparted to him by the mantra yantra goddesses. Having mastered the rare tantric subjects he could have out of body experience, astral travel and control over the five elements of the universe.

Other Experiences: He has come to know the art of hunting and the nature of wild animals from the Gypsy Ranga. From the transgendered Vimala he has come to understand their emotions and lifestyle. He has learned the down to earth problems of the prostitutes from the sex worker Rajeshwari. He has heard the other side of the beggars from Kuppusamy. The prisoner Ramesh has shared with him about prison experiences. Desa Sanjari Vedantapuri has taught him about the variety of people. The Military officer Robert Vincent who has served the Army in two Pakistan wars, has briefed him about the modern war tools and techniques. He has learned about the lifestyle of those on the highway from the lorry driver Arockiasamy. Thus one can see that the author has had direct and indirect experiences of the variety of people we have in the different strata of society. 

First Spiritual Discourse: On 15-08-1994, on the occasion of Tiruvannamalai Arunagirinathar Fest, he delivered his first spiritual discourse on the topic: Lifestyle expounded by Hindu Religion. The discourse was highly commended by Prof. S. Sathiyaseelan, Arivoli, Rukmani Devi, Playback Singers Pithukuli Murugadoss, T.M.Soundrarajan and several others.

First Remuneration: The monthly magazine of Tirumalai Tirupathi Devesthanam named Sapthagiri, published his poem:Karisal Nilathil Kannan Geetham. For this poem he was awarded Rs. 150 and a special admission into the temple.

First Prize: At the age of ten, he won a special prize in the Tiruvasagam Recitation contest and received the same from Tirumuruga Kirubanandavariyar.

Founding of the Trust: To carry out the cause of religious and social services, a trust named Vivekananda Seva Samithi was founded in 1995 in Sri Mangala Vinayagar Temple near the Aragandanallur Polic Station. The members were his friends N. Subramaniyan, V.V. Santhaanam, K.R.Babu, R.Sakthivel, R. Lakshminarayanan, K. Harishankaran, S. Selvaperumal, P.Nirmalkumar, S. Rajkumar and P. Radhakrishnan.

Introductory Talk in the Temple
Services: Temple renovation services, eye operations and providing spectacles for hundreds of people, providing tricycles for the physically challenged, providing self employment opportunities for widows and the abandoned old people, arrangement of free weddings for the economically poor girls, free evening classes in several villages, special health camps to prevent leprosy and philerial diseass, general medical camps, special classes on Puranas, Ithihasas, and Bhagavat Geeta, life coping and soft skills training for students, meditation camps, and the list of services goes on.

People who can never be forgotten: The affectionate girl named Sharmila who was taking treatment along with him in the Trivandram hospital. She died at the age of 8 leaving an indelible mark about the pains of death. The nurse Abarna Nair, who was strict at the same time very kind. His friend Velu Naicker who taught him to always swim against the current in life and learning. Dr. Bala Krishna Panicker, who with his ayurvedic mastery tried hard to cure his polio attack, but failed in front of fate. His father Balu who never said ‘no’ to him. His friend M.S.K.Akbar who stood by him in all his trials. Tiruvannamalai V. Danush who gave him several opportunities, for his talents.

Renunciation: On 14th January 1997 at 6-15 am. He received the Sanyasaa Diksha from Maha Avatar Srimath Rudra Paramahamsar.

Dawn of the Ashram: The preparatory work for the Maha Sri Ramananda Guru Madam, began in March 1999 and completed in 2000.

Yogi Sri Ramananda Guru with his Foreign Disciples
Services of the Ashram: Eternal poojas offered to the ultimate avatar Bhagavan Sri Krishna, Yagams for individual and social welfare, conducting homas, providing life solutions on the basis of mantra sastra, Siddha-Ayurveda Medical Research, Full time free medical service, publishing research results of mysterious sastras and rare arts, Astrology research, Organic Agriculture, Educational services, political awareness related services, inter religious harmony, and multipurpose social services. 

Disciples: Engineer K. Govindasamy and Doctor V.V. Santhaanam are his first disciples

Books by the Author

1. Ullankaiyil Sigaram
2 Irappirkkum Pirappirkum Naduvil
3 Yar Gnani
4 Jothida Parikarangal
5 Pilligalai Vazhi Nadathi Selvom
6.Indhu madhasamparathayangal een etharkkaga

Turning point in his writing Career: With the ardent efforts of his disciples R. Venkatramanan and Salem Srinivasan he wrote a series of articles about the existence of spiritual realities on the topic: Innoru Ulagam. These articles were published in the monthly magazine called Deiveega Aavigal brought out by C.M. Rathinasamy. These articles fetched him several readers from America to Sri Lanka.

As a Journalist: He is a guest editor of Dhyana Boomi montly spiritual magazine; Editor of monthly weird magazines like Om Pesum Aavigal and Nalamvala Pesum Aavigal; He is also the chief consultant astrologer for the Sri Lankan Jothida Kesari, which is a part of the Daily Veera Kesari.

Interview in Vijay TV
Television Appearance: He has participated in the Kelvigal 1000 programme of Vijay TV, Special Guest in the Urimaikural programme of Makkal TV, Several times in the Meyya Poyya programme of Vasanth TV, special guest in the karuthu yutham of Kalaignar TV, and several other television programmes.

Special Qualifications: A complete knowledge of mantra sastras; An in-depth knowledge of Astrology and Vaastu sciences; A clear understanding of the national and international political history; Master of modern art and literature; Environmentalist; A scholar who thoroughly understands the rural cultural heritage and knows exactly how to fulfill their expectations; A counselor who handles problems within the family on psychological grounds and provides practical solutions; A powerful speaker who can deliver discourses on spiritual and literary topics.

Achievement Award from the Governor
Special Awards: Bharathi Paniselvar Award from the editor of Puthiya Paarvai Dr. M. Nadarajan in the presence of Kalaimamani Vikraman on behalf of All India Tamil Writers Association; life time achievement award from Tamil Nadu Honarable Governor Surjith Singh Barnala, on behalf of Asandas Institue in Singapore; Aanmeega Seva Ratna award from Chennai Mayaor M. Balasubramaniyan on behalf of Arignar Anna Trust; Thathuva Perasiriyar Award from Actor Charuhasan, in the presence of State Chief Election Commisioner Chandrasekaran on behalf of Tamil Nadu Cinema Kalai Mandram.

Vision for the Future: Designing an educational system that not only prepares the student for a living but more for life; weeding out the politics that has crept into Spirituality; Working against forces that try to collapse the interest in the mother tongue; Training people to be strictly sincere and pure in public life; Preserving the eco system by insisting that every house must have a tree; Destroying the disparities on the path of knowledge development; Working towards a new world order where ancient wisdom and modern science blend; Working for Agricultural development and industrial advancement; Establishing schools, colleges, art training institutes and so on.

Yogi Sri Ramananda Guru with his Chief Disciple Dr.V.V. Santhaanam

Yogi Sri Ramananda Guru
Sri Guru Mission
Villupuram Road
Kadaganur Post 605755
Villupuram District
Tamil Nadu
Cell Number: +91- 9442426434

+ comments + 7 comments

October 15, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Dear Guruji,
It is a very excellent article.Totally worth reading it to know more about you.Thanks to the person who took the pains to translate it from Tamil to English


October 16, 2012 at 9:08 AM


February 10, 2013 at 4:47 PM

dear swamiji
pranams from janakiraman.
as a worshiper of puvarasankup
pam sree laksminarashimma swamy i in my heart want to meet you.but as a simple man among thousands of our ignorant people i am in a lack of freely approaching you . but i have so many things to UPADESAM from you. i request you from my heart shall i come to meet you ?

February 10, 2013 at 4:47 PM

dear swamiji
pranams from janakiraman.
as a worshiper of puvarasankup
pam sree laksminarashimma swamy i in my heart want to meet you.but as a simple man among thousands of our ignorant people i am in a lack of freely approaching you . but i have so many things to UPADESAM from you. i request you from my heart shall i come to meet you ?

June 6, 2016 at 2:45 PM

உலகில் எத்தனையோ உறவு முறைகள் உண்டு. உங்கள் ஆசைகளையும் கனவுகளை நிறைவேற்றும் உறவு முறைகள், உங்கள் கடமைகளையும் உரிமைகளையும் உணர்த்தும் உறவு முறைகள் என பல்வேறு உறவு முறைகள் இருந்தாலும் இவற்றிற்கு அப்பாற்பட்டு ஓர் உறவு நிலை உண்டு.

அது குரு சிஷ்ய உறவு என்பதாகும். உண்மையில் குரு சிஷ்ய இணைவு என்பது உறவு முறை என்று கூறக்கூடாது. இது உறவு முறை அல்ல உயிர் முறை. தன் உயிரின் மூலம் எங்கே இருக்கிறது என அறிய வழிகாட்டும் ஒருவர் குரு. அப்படி பார்த்தால் இது உயிர் முறை தானே? உங்கள் வாழ்க்கையில் இருக்கும் உறவு முறைகள் எதோ ஒரு சுய நலத்தின் அடிப்படையில் இயங்கும். சுய நலத்தின் சதவிகிதம் வேறுபடுமே தவிர தன்னலமற்ற உறவு இருக்கவே முடியாது. ஆனால் குரு என்பவர் தன்னலமற்ற கருணையை என்றும் பொழிபவராக இருக்கிறார்.

தற்காலத்தில் குரு சிஷ்ய உறவு முறை மற்றும் குருவின் தன்மை ஆகியவை கேலிக்கு உண்டான விஷயமாகிவிட்டது. சுயநல சிஷ்யர்கள் சுயநலமிக்க போலி ஆன்மீகவாதிகளை நாடி செல்லுவதால் இன்னிலை ஏற்படுகிறது. தங்கள் வாழ்க்கையின் சின்ன பிரச்சனைகளை தீர்த்துக்கொள்ள ஆன்மீகவாதியை நாடும் இவர்கள் பிறகு இவர்களை குரு என நினைத்துக் கொள்ளுகிறார்கள்.

குரு தன்மை என்பதை பற்றிய போதிய அறிவில்லாததால் பார்ப்பவர்களை எல்லாம் குரு என்பார்கள் சிலர். பள்ளியில் கற்றுக்கொடுத்தவர்கள் ஆசிரியர்கள், அவர்களை கூட குரு என அழைப்பார்கள். குரு வேண்டுமானால் ஆசிரியராக இருக்கலாம். ஆசிரியர்கள் என்றும் குருவாகிவிட முடியாது.

என்ன குழப்பமாக இருக்கிறதா? ஆசிரியர் உங்கள் அறிவை வளர்ப்பவர். குரு உங்களின் உயிரை வளர்ப்பவர். உங்களின் உள்ளே ஒளியை வழங்கி அறியாமையை போக்குபவர். ஆச்சாரியன் என்ற வார்த்தை ஆசிரியரை குறிக்கும். மஹாபாரதத்தில் அர்ச்சுனனின் பாத்திரத்தை உணர்ந்தால் இக்கருத்தை புரிந்துகொள்ளலாம். வில்வித்தை கற்றுக்கொடுத்த துரோணாச்சாரியார் அர்ச்சுனனுக்கு ஆச்சாரியார், ஞானத்தை வழங்கிய ஸ்ரீகிருஷ்ணன் அர்ச்சுனனுக்கு குரு.

உங்களின் உலகப்பார்வையை மாற்றி உயிர்ப்பிக்கச் செய்பவர் குரு. இந்த உயிர்ப்பிக்கும் தன்மைக்கு தீக்‌ஷை என பெயர். வடமொழி சொல்லான தீக்‌ஷா என்ற வார்த்தை தமிழில் தீக்‌ஷை/ தீச்சை / தீட்டை என பல வழிகளில் அழைக்கப்படுகிறது.

குரு அனைவருக்கும் தீட்ஷை அளிப்பதில்லை. ஒரு ஆன்மா ஆன்மீக உயர் நிலை காண தயார் நிலையில் இருப்பதை கண்டு அதற்கு மட்டுமே குருவால் தீட்ஷை வழங்க முடியும். தீட்ஷை என்றால் என்ன என பலருக்கு தெரியாததால் பல்வேறு போலிகள் தீட்சை கொடுக்கிறேன் என ஏமாற்றுகிறார்கள்.

August 5, 2016 at 8:26 AM

nice post, can you also provide mahalakshmi stotram which will be chanted in favour of Goddess Lakshmi...

October 26, 2016 at 11:54 PM

வணக்கம் குருஜி, உங்களுடைய பதிவுகளை சில வருடங்களுக்கு முன்னர் படித்தேன், ஆனால் எதோ காரணங்களால் தொடர முடியவில்லை, ஒரு நண்பர் நினைவு படுத்தவே மீண்டும் படிக்க தொடங்கினேன், உங்களுடைய பதிவு மிகவும் சக்தி வாய்ந்ததாக இருக்கிறது. வாழ்க்கை பற்றிய புதிய நம்பிக்கையை கொடுத்துள்ளது. மிகவும் நன்றி குருஜி.

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