Shri. Rajaram Chougale, the group Editor of ‘Sanatan Prabhat’ periodicals passed away and it was the end of a dedicated life. The burning flame of ‘Kshatra-tej’ got extinguished. From the year 1999 when publication of ‘Dainik Sanatan Prabhat’ was started, he worked in the Editorial Department. Only three months back, he took over as the ‘Group Editor’ of ‘Sanatan Prabhat’ periodicals. His contribution to the mission of welfare of Hindus, Nation and Dharma through the medium of ‘Sanatan Prabhat’ has been very committed. With his demise, although a capable leader of ‘Sanatan Prabhat’ periodicals is gone, the perseverance and commitment with which he undertook his work, will help ‘Sanatan Prabhat’s Editorial Department to carry on the work with the same dedication.
From Difficult life to Editorial Department
Rajaram Chougale, known as ‘Raju Dada’, hailed from Kolhapur. He was born in a farmer’s family and led a life that was full of hardships. Even in such conditions, he completed post-graduation in Arts with English. While working in a hotel, he was preparing for Indian Administrative Commission’s examination. At such young age, he learnt about spiritual practice as propagated by ‘Sanatan Sanstha’ and then, within short period, he became a ‘full-time seeker’ under the guidance of Sanatan Sanstha dedicating himself to the service of propagation of Dharma. In the year 1998, he had gone to Vaibhavwadi, a remote place in Sindhu-durga District for propagation of Dharma during which Sindhu-durga and Goa edition of ‘dainik Sanatan Prabhat’ was started. Raju Dada used to travel a distance of 20 kms from Vaibhavwadi to Tarade at 4.00 o’clock in the early morning to fetch copies of the daily newspaper ‘Sanatan Prabhat’ and used to return to Vaibhavwadi by 4.00 p.m. delivering the newspaper everyday in different ‘waadis’. In this ‘seva’ of 12 hours, he used to even note down news from different ‘waadis’ and in the evening, do the ‘seva’ of compilation of news and take ‘satsangs’. Later, in Devagad area also, he did similar ‘seva’. In those days, reporters were called at the main office of ‘Sanatan Prabhat’ in Goa for 7-8 days training. Once, he had come to the Editorial Department in Goa. His knowledge on politics, administration, geography, history, literature, farming etc. was quite exhaustive. He had mature perspective necessary for an Editor. He had good command over Marathi and English languages. With such qualities, the responsibility of co-Editor was immediately entrusted to him in the Editorial Department of ‘Sanatan Prabhat’.
Dedication for ‘Samashti’ was the goal of his life !
Dedication for ‘Samashti’ was the goal of his life; therefore, he threw himself in ‘Samashti’ seva since he started spiritual practice. He also did ‘seva’ as manager at the old Sanatan’s ashram in Ponda for 3 years. During the period 2001 to 2004, he was the co-Editor of ‘Sanatan Prabhat’s periodicals. Later in 2004, he stopped this ‘seva’ for undertaking ‘seva’ of ‘Dharma-prasar (propagation of Dharma)’. After doing ‘seva’ of ‘Dharma-prasar’ in Sindhu-durga and Ratnagiri districts, he resumed seva in the Editorial Department in the year 2010. He had liking for farming and growing medicinal plants; therefore, in the past 7-8 years, despite being Editor of ‘Sanatan Prabhat’, he looked after Sanatan Sanstha’s Plantation Department at institutional level. He could easily shoulder the responsibilities of annual planting, management of mango crop and preservation and protection of cows. He took special efforts for obtaining ‘Gou-mutra’ in pure form for Sanatan seekers; therefore, today, ‘Goumutra-ark’, a product of Sanatan is available to all.
Raju Dada in ashram !
Love for all was the basic nature of Raju Dada. With this quality, he drew everyone to him. Those, who disagreed with his style of working, were also very close to him. One would never find Raju Dada sleeping after 5.00 a.m. He was advised to take walk due to diabetes. He used that opportunity for ‘seva’. He took up the ‘seva’ of plucking flowers required for ‘puja’ in the ashram. In few days, he streamlined the ‘seva’ of daily requirement of flowers of the ashram. His co-seekers got to learn management skills through even such small ‘seva’. After working in the Editorial Department whole day, Raju dada used to do the ‘seva’ of bringing food for old seekers like Mr. and Mrs. Verekar to their room in the night. This routine was going on continuously for the last 3 years. Verekar couple got so used to the routine that if someone else went to their room with food, they did not feel like eating. Raju Dada was very alert about taking care of sick seekers and serving them by massaging their legs, giving medicines on time etc. Although he used to be very busy as Editor of ‘Sanatan Prabhat’, he lived life of a seeker complementary to ashram life.
Getting rid of ‘birth and death cycle’, was the outcome of his spiritual practice !
‘Jatasya hi Dhruvo Mrutyu:’ means one who is born, death is inevitable, says Hindu Dharma; but its coming to a young person, is destiny. He was not only an intense patriot and devout Hindu; but also a ‘Karma-yogi’ seeker. As part of obeying Guru’s order, he was working in the Editorial Department of ‘Sanatan Prabhat’. Since he undertook spiritual practice under Guru’s guidance, he could achieve 61% spiritual level at the time of his death which indicates that his journey of life was going towards becoming a Saint. Malfunctioning of one kidney, diabetes, blood pressure, piles, heart trouble etc. was the physical distress he underwent but along with that, he had severe spiritual distress too. Even in such situation, he could achieve spiritual progress is the extra-ordinary speciality of his spiritual practice. By attaining 61 % spiritual level, he fulfilled the goal of human life as after attaining 60% spiritual level, one gets rid of ‘birth and death cycle’; he gets a place in ‘Mahaloka’ which is above ‘Swarga-Loka’. We are certain that even in ‘Higher Lokas’, he will continue to progress spiritually. History will take note of the contribution of Rajaram Chougale made through the medium of ‘Sanatan Prabhat’ for Hindus and he will become immortal. We offer tribute to him on behalf of the group of ‘Sanatan Prabhat’ periodicals !
Source : Dainik Sanatan Prabhat
Source : Dainik Sanatan Prabhat