C. Rajagopalachari, former Governor-General of India, was a well-known Congress leader of India.
I first visited the Ashram in January 1936. Besides Indian devotees of Bhagavan, I found some foreign devotees also seated in the Hall. I was struck by the high spiritual atmosphere of the place surcharged with deep silence; Bhagavan radiating love and simplicity.
I am a person belonging to the Visishtadvaita [qualified Advaita, expounded by Ramanuja] school of thought. Being impressed by Bhagavan I asked him how to reconcile it with the Advaita school. After a pause, Bhagavan said, “You have to workout your karma anyhow and you are saved.” Ever since I have been pondering over that upadesa and felt benefited.
The moolasthanams [sanctum sanctorums] of temples are places where saints lived and had visions of Him. The Ashram is such a place and I feel convinced that the aura that was there continues today.