Sadguru Kripa

In September 1931, Rangappa went to forester Rama Rao's house at Holalkere, at the bidding of Dummi Nanjundappa. There, he saw Sri Dattaraja Yogindra. At first, in Sri Yogindra, he saw Suryamandala (Suns' disc) and in its center, Dattatreya. He remembered Shankara Bhagavan's words and tears of gratitude filled his eyes. His Guru had fulfilled His promise. After sometime, he could see Sri Dattaraja Yogindra. He worshipped his lotus-feet with jasmine flowers and sat at his feet, like Hanuman at the feet of Lord Sri Ramachandra. Sri Yogindra said, "My work is over." Ranganna, who was experiencing Brahmananda, had a shade of doubt whether it was Brahmanubhava. A Guru has to testify it. Yogindra, in answer to the doubt Ranganna had in his mind, said, "It is that."

Dattaraja Yogindra was born at Banavasi (Uttara Kannada). At a young age he experienced thurya. People had mistaken it for madness. Assuming that he would be “cured”, his parents performed his marriage. But, instead of living as a householder, he went to meet great saints like Yerritata of Chelugurki, Lakshmamma of Adavani and Siddharudha of Hubli. At the bidding of the great saint Siddharudha, he discharged his duties as a grihastha (house holder) until he begot a son. Then, Sri Sahajananda came to Banavasi, tested him and passed on all the accumulated thaposhakti that was with him. After the Mahasamadhi of Sahajananda, Yogindra traveled all over the state, performing Aradhana of Sahajananda, and loka sangraha.

How fortunate the world was… Sri Yogindra’s meeting of Ranganna was the very fruition of punya of janma janmaantara of all of us.
Ranganna took part in about four Aradhana Saptahas of Sahajananda.
In 1932, the marriage of Rangappa's daughter was performed with the son of Lokikere Srinivasa Rao. Lokikere Srinivasa Rao was very affluent, but his leanings were always towards Adhyatma. He had practiced yoga and had met many Gurus. But his mind was full of unrest with questions related to Yoga. After the marriage, Ranganna went to Malenahalli with Srinivasa Rao and Shankarappa, Rangappa’s own brother. After the arathi they sat in the temple. Rangappa said:

"This world is the creation of Iswara, who is the master of all, omniscient, omnipotent and Antaryami (he who controls from within). Innumerable universes originate from him, live in him and go to him after their time is over. His true nature is not known to Jeevis, and so they become addicted to "I" and "mine". The upasana of Ishwara, the Lord of all worlds, can be done in Nirguna and Saguna ways. Love Him and develop the following attitude "Let my hands do only your work, Let the feet walk to only serve you. Let my eyes see only your form, let my ears hear only your glory. Let my head fall on your feet. Let my mind be dissolved in you”. Offer the fruits of all your deeds to him. If this feeling becomes constant, He will manifest himself before you as your Guru" Hearing this Srinivasa Rao thought, "I think Ranganna is the Guru, whom I was searching for, all these days".

Rangappa went to Honnali where his brother Shankarappa was a teacher. During evenings, Shankarappa would read Bharatha and Rangappa would interpret it. Those who heard Rangappa's interpretation thought that he was a great Sanskrit scholar. Whereas, he had attended the local school for a couple of years and had learnt letters, writing on sand. Once, when Rangappa interpreted the incident of Lord Krishna's visit to Vidura's home, Bhimacharya, an erudite dwaitha scholar and archak of Sri Raghavendraswamy Brindavan at Honnali, broke into tears. When Rangappa asked for the cause of his behavior he said "Ranganna, today you made me to see Krishna and Vidura. But you stressed Advaitha." Rangappa said, "I am not talking about dwaitha or advaitha. The words in the poem are "eradudorada gadha bhakti". The poet has written it from the stand of Parabhakti. In its peak form Bhakti does not retain two entities. Bhagawan and Bhaktha become one."

After a long discussion Bhimachar was convinced about the greatness of Rangappa. He used to say, "Rangappa is an incarnation of Maharudra". He took initiation from Rangappa but never made it public. From Honnali, Rangappa went to Komaranahalli and worshipped Sri Ranganatha there. He went to Harihara, offered fruits to Sri Harihareshwara there, and returned to Nulenur. Later, Shankaralinga used to say, "When I was on my way to Honnali Ananda swelled."

This is the state of Anandini. There are seven stages in a Sadhaka's journey towards self-realization. They are
(1) Sukecha: Determination to achieve Brahmananda
(2) Atma-Vichara: A systematic enquiry about who one is according to upanishadic logic
(3) Nissanga: The realization that Atman has nothing to do with external world, body and mind.
(4) Vasanakshaya: The real Sadhana. Due to innumerable lives and deaths, a Jeevi is attached to three things. First is dehavasana-concerning his body. Second is Sastra vasana - concerning the studies he has conducted in order to know which path he has to follow. The third is lokavasana - concerning the physical world he is in. Whichever path the sadhaka may initially pursue, he has to, ultimately, follow the one and the only one path which leads him to self-realization. And, that is, to approach the right Guru and know the meaning of Tat-twam-asi. Nanyahpantha Ayanaaya Vidyathe. The above four stages are called Sadhana bhoomikas.
(5) Anandini
(6) Thuryavastha
(7) Thuryathitha.