|SADHU PROF. V. RANGARAJAN, the Founder Trustee of the Academy,
inspired by his Siksha Guru, H.H. Swami Chinmayananda, and mentor, Sri
Guruji Golwalkar, entered into dedicated service to the Hindu cause over
three decades ago and has shouldered important responsibilities in
institutions like CHINMAYA MISSION, RASHTRIYA SWAYAMSEVAK SANGH, VISWA
HINDU PARISHAD, SWAMI VIVEKANANDA MEDICAL MISSION and VIVEKANANDA KENDRA.
He visited South Africa for the first time in 1984 to edit the YOGA
LESSSONS FOR CHILDREN, a prestigious publication of the Divine Life
Society of South Africa, on the occasion of Swami Sivananda Centeneary.
He also visited Mauritius and Reunion, carrying the message and mission of Mother Bharat to Her children in those distant lands. Lauding the work of Sadhu Rangarajan abroad, his Shiksha Guru, H.H. SWAMI CHINMAYANANDA, said, "We need such champions of Hinduism, who scream into the ears of the sleeping Hindus, reviving and revitalizing them in their hearty consciousness of their proud past".
Sadhu Prof. V. Rangarajan received initiation from his Deeksha Guru, H.H. YOGI RAMSURATKUMAR Godchild Tiruvannamalai, on April 26, 1988. Since then he has been travelling all over the country and abroad, propagating the Ramnam Taraka Mantra in accordance to the command of his Master. He visited South Africa again in 1996 for the World Hindu Conference at Durban and since then made three more visits, setting up the centres of the Academy and spreading its work in that country.
|"I will take this opportunity for
saying a few words about Professor V. Rangarajan. He has shared his lofty
ideas and inspiring thoughts with us all in a very very dynamic and
thrilling manner. You all know: Brahmavit brahmaiva bhavati (Knower of
Brahman becomes Brahman); and you also know: "As a man thinketh so he
becometh." Constantly thinking about Swami Vivekanandaji, constantly
thinking about such noble patriotic souls like Bankim Chandra Chatterjee,
Aurobindo Ghosh and Subrahmanya Bharatiyar, who saw in India a veritable
Divine Shakti, a verit able deity, not merely a land, not merely a nation,
but a living force of all our herats, a dynamic, a potential force to
transform humanity into divinity -- thus, in their inner intuitive vision
they beheld the eternal, living reality, the true saviour Bharatavarsha
and the redeemer if not today at least tomorrow of the future of mankind;
they adored, they eulogized in their intuitive vision their spiritual
identity of their self with the soul of India, Bharata Shakti -- and
Professor V. Rangarajan, who is amongst us, in constantly thinking about
these lofty souls, their sublime ideas and their inner spiritual intuition
of their Divine Mother, beloved Motherland, "Matrubhoomi, Bharatavarsha, "
he has imbibed verily their fervour - their patriotic fervour - and love
for India, and the great spirit of adoration of India so that, when he
speaks, their own words come through him. Constantly thinking of
Vivekananda, he has himself become an inspired orator".
-- H.H. SWAMI CHIDANANDA, World President, Divine Life Society, Rishikesh, in his speach, following Sadhu Rangarajan's address in Swargashram, Rishikesh, on October 26, 1987