Yogi Ramsuratkumar

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Other Names and Nicknames: 
Visiri Swami, The Beggar, Ram Surath Kumar, Yogi Ram Surat Kumar
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Date of Birth: 
December 1, 1918
Place of Birth: 
a small village adjacent to Kashi, near Varanasi (Benares), India
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
Date Left His/Her Body: 
February 20, 2001
Descendant Gurus: 


Yogi Ramsuratkumar was born on December 1, 1918, along the banks of the Ganges in a small village adjacent to Kashi, near Varanasi (Benares), India. In his childhood, he loved very much to meet the yogis and monks. He was befriended by a number of holy men who built their huts on the Ganges shore or simply wandered nearby.

When he was 12 years old he had an initial spiritual Awakening. When pulling water from a well one night he saw a sparrow on the stone coping of the well wall. In a child-like impulse he threw the rope towards it, striking the bird causing it to fall to the ground. Stricken with uncontrollable sorrow and drenched in tears, he took the bird in his hands and pouring water into its beak in an effort to revive it, but the bird was dead. The bird's death raised a number of questions in his mind. He regretted his act and resented the fact that he acted impetuously, and if had not, the incident could have been averted. The suffering that he experienced filled his heart with compassion towards all creatures.

When he was 16 years old, moved by an immense impusle to search for God, he left his home carrying nothing with him and began his journey in search of a Guru. In 1947, at the age of 29, he was visiting the ashram of Sri Aurobindo in Pondicherry. A disciple there suggested he visit Sri Ramana Maharshi at Tiruvannamalai. He traveled to Tiruvannamalai and lived there for three days and was filled with an even greater spiritual energy. There he happened to see a newspaper clipping that led him to Swami Ramdas at Kanhangad in Kerala.

He then returned to Varanasi. The following year, in 1948, he returned to Sri Aurobindo ashram. Then he went to Ramanashram and stayed there for two months, in proximity of Sri Ramana Maharshi.

Still, he felt the need for a Guru and returned to Swami Ramdas, then returned once again to the Himalayas. In 1952, moved by a powerful inner force, he returned to Swami Ramdas, and this time found in Swami Ramdas the spiritual light he was searching for.

Swami Ramadas initiated him into the holy mantra "Om Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram", by pronouncing it thrice in his ears. Yogi Ramsuratkumar often refers to this instance as his "death", since from this moment on, his ego no longer existed, and he had a profound spiritual transformation.

Yogi Ramsuratkumar travelled across India from 1952 to 1959. Not much is known about the exact whereabouts of him in this period. He finally reached Thiruvannamalai in the Southern India in 1959. He was a "hidden" saint during this early period, with not too many individuals realizing that this "beggar" was someone who is in a high state of consciousness. He was seen near the Tiruvannamalai Temple chariot, at the corners of the Road, under the trees of the Temple. As more and more people started acknowledging the divine presence in him, he then began living in a small house in Sannadhi Street beneath the Temple. He continued to bless the devotees who thronged by the thousands to his house at the Sannadhi Street.

In 1993, his devotees became too many to be handled in a small house and the devotees wished him to have an Ashram which he gently accepted after much persuasion for the sake of his devotees. The Yogi Ramsuratkumar Ashram was constructed at Agrahara collai and occupies total area of 3.5 Acres. The ashram is located in Ramananagar of Tiruvannamalai, within a walking distance from Ramana Ashram, not far from the southeast Lingam on the circambulation route.

On February 20, 2001 at 3:19AM in the Ashram at Thiruvannamalai, Yogi Ramsuratkumar left his body with Mahasamadhi being celeberated the next day, February 21st, at 3P.M.

Among notable followers of Yogi Ramsuratkumar are the American author Mariana Caplan and a spiritual teacher Awakened under the Bhagwan's auspices, Lee Lozowick


The following excerpts are taken from one of his addresses to his followers. He often referred to himself as a "beggar" as a message for followers to not take their egos seriously:

This beggar learnt at the feet of Swami Ramdas the divine name of Rama, and beg, beg all of you not to forget the divine name Rama. Whatever you do, wherever you are, be like Anjaneya -Maruthi thinking of Rama and doing your actions in this world. Live in the world and the problems will be there. If we are remembering the Divine name, we are psychologically sound. May be, we may feel a little some of the problems. Even then the intensity with which we feel if we don't have faith in God is much more than a man of faith - a man who remembers the name of Rama. So this beggar is always begging, begging for food, begging for clothes, begging that you should compose songs on this beggar, build a house for me - a cottage for me - this thing - that thing - so many things. But this beggar will beg of you this also, and you are always giving what this beggar has begged. So this beggar begs please don't forget the name of God. This Divine name has been always of great help to all in the world. You read Kabir, Tulsi, Sur, Appar Swamy, Manickavasaga Swamy - how they emphasized Namasivaya. Don't forget it- this is your heart- this is your soul. Whether it be Om Namasivaya or Om Namo Narayana whether Rama, Siva or Krishna whatever name you choose, whatever form you choose doesn't matter.

But remember the lord with any name, with any form of your choice. Just as when there is heavy rainfall, we take an umbrella, and go on doing our work in the factory, in the field, wherever we go for marketing and catching hold of the umbrella we go though the rain is falling there. But still we work-still we work-do our work. Similarly we have got so many problems all around. This divine name is just like an umbrella in the heavy rainfall. Catch hold of the divine name and go on doing your work in the world. This beggar begs of you and this beggar has received all he has begged of you. So I think none of you will shrink away, when this beggar begs of you, don't forget the divine name. This beggar prays to his father to bless you all who have come here. My Lord Rama blesses you- My Father blesses you. Arunachalaswara blesses you. It doesn't matter to me what name it is. All the blessings of my father for all of you! Well, that is the end. That is all.

Selected sayings:

This name Yogi Ramsuratkumar is not this beggar’s name. It is my Father’s Name. My Father has invested in this Name. Whoever remembers this name my Father will come to their rescue.

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 alone exists. Nobody else. Nothing else. In the past, in the present and in the future, My Father alone exists.

Ramana Maharshi was suffering from cancer. There was much pain. He cried once. Someone said, "Bhagavan, you are crying. You are suffering like this!". They felt, "Bhagavan is dying." Then Ramana Maharshi sat upon the cot and said, "Have I been teaching only this all these years?" It is the body. All diseases, all sufferings come to the body only. Not to the soul. If you are firmly established that we are the eternal spirit, not the body, suffering will not touch us. That is the meaning. There will be no fear of death. You are the soul - all pervasive, all intelligent, all powerful soul. All sufferings, pain, disease, death come to the body only.



Yogi Ramsuratkumar Ashram
1833/1 Chengam Road,
Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu 606003, India
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Only God: A Biography Of Yogi Ramsuratkumar

by First Last


In every spiritual tradition, there is the story of an ardent seeker who, while waiting for God, closes his door to the poor beggar who visits unexpectedly. Later, believing that the Lord has failed to appear, the seeker complains: Where were you? God responds, I came to you many times, in many forms, but always you turned me away. This is the true life story of that symbolic beggar, a hidden saint, a well-educated holy man who begged on the streets of India, Yogi Ramsuratkumar (1918 - 2001). Only God was his creed, and his approach to everyday life. His unusual innocence and radiant presence were recognised by seekers from both East and West, who knew him as the Godchild of Tiruvannamalai, the small city where he lived for forty years. The book also includes the lives and teachings of the holy beggar\'s three distinguished gurus, including Sri Auribindo. With self-revelatory honesty and an enjoyable mix of storytelling, interviews, and fact-finding, this eminently readable biography is an affecting account of an extraordinary life.