Tuesday, June 06, 2006

"Sri Guruji Darshan" Series :65 - Challenge of the situation:

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Challenge of the situation:

The main challenge before Guruji was the expansion of Sangh work. For this, we needed workers who would be regularly present on the spot and train local workers. After careful thinking, a plan was chalked out to send PRACHARAKS to all the distant parts of the country. Even in the initial years, several workers had gone to Sangh work, but they went as students or teachers or took up jobs in places other than their home town so that they can start Sangh work in the new places. However, this time, the call was full time workers who take up Sangh work as their life's only mission.
In this context, Guruji gave the clarion call for Pracharaks through his speech on Varsh Pratipada day in 1942.
" It is our great good fortune that we are born in these dangerous times which we must view as most auspicious. The golden moment that arrives in the history of a nation after centuries, is coming our way. If we sleep at such a crucial hour, no one would be more unfortunate than us. He only achieves immortal fame who stands up four square in the face of adversities. Let us therefore face the present adversity with serenity and determination. Consider it as the excellent opportunity to bring out the best in us.
Rejuvenation of a fallen nation should be possible at the most within one generation. But what is our condition today? Even after 17 long years of strenuous efforts, our work has remained far too limited. The sangh stands by the Truth and so it will certainly succeed and redeem its pledge. Once we give our word, we shall have to prove its worth even if we have to sacrifice ourselves in the process.
So keep aside all your thoughts about family and your presonal fortunes for a period of atleast one year. Adopt this life of treading on a razor's edge. Be prepared to be hard to yourself. Concentrate all your time, thoughts, and all your energy on this very task. We have to be vigilant about this and steel ourselves for achieving the success of our Cause."

Shubham

Note : All the mails that have been sent as part of the "Sri Guruji Darshan" series can now be viewed at the website http://shrigurujidarshan.blogspot.com . Other websites on SriGuruji :
www.golwalkarguruji.org and http://www.shriguruji.org/

"Sri Guruji Darshan" Series :64 - Sensitive heart

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Sensitive Heart

This incident is narrated by Sri Lingayya Chaudhary, Sanghchaalak of Andhra Pradesh Prant. Once while passing through market of Hyderabad, Sri Guruji spotted a fruit-vendor. He immediately asked to stop the vehicle. After getting down from vehicle, he took that fruit vendor in his arms. Later he told, this person was a millionaire in Lahore. Due to partition he had to leave Lahore. Sri Guruji had stayed in his house at Lahore. On seeing his condition, Sri Guruji's soft and sensitive heart was pierced. His words of encouragement gave the much needed strength to the devastated hearts of the Hindus who had to leave their home and hearth during partition.

Shubham

Note : All the mails that have been sent as part of the "Sri Guruji Darshan" series can now be viewed at the website "
http://shrigurujidarshan.blogspot.com

Thursday, June 01, 2006

"Sri Guruji Darshan" Series: 63 - Creating goodwill

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Creating goodwill

Shri Guruji became Sarsanghchaalak in 1940. This story goes back to 1941 or 1942. After coming back to Nagpur after completing the pravaas, Guruji came to know that Pandurang Dhargave, a shishu Swayamsevak is ill. In tune with the samskaras instilled in sangh shakha, swayamsevaks would visit the house of fellow swayamsevaks and enquire about their health and welfare. As living example of these principles, Shri Guruji took Sri Krishnarao Moharil to Pandurang's house. Pandurang was lying on the bed. Pandurang's father after seeing some neatly dressed people coming towards their home, said to Pandurang, "Some Maharaj is coming to our house". Pandurang out of curiosity came at doorstep when Guruji reached his home. Guruji first asked Pandurang to lie down and checked his pulse. After enquiring about the treatment being given, Guruji came to know that Pandurang's father can't afford doctor's fees. Shri Guruji asked Sri Moharir to bring Dr Pandey so that his treatment can be started. Dr Pandey duly came and treated Pandurang. He didn't even charge any money towards the treatment and medicines . Such was the goodwill Shri Guruji had created.

Shubham

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

"Sri Guruji Darshan" Series :62 - Comparing personalities

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Comparing personalities :

It was not that Shree Guruji did not have any natural short-comings when he was the Sarasanghachalak or that there was no difference between him and Doctorji. In the beginning days his words used to be sharp and cutting. Sometimes it would even hurt. He could not suffer incompetence or laxity from anyone. But gradually he became soft-spoken. He acquired sweetness of speech, curt behaviour was also replaced by affection and tolerance. He realized that such qualities were required for building a strong organization.Doctorji was also hot-tempered by nature. But after he made Sangh as his life mission, not only did he acquire mastery over his incisive tongue but also developed all such qualities that were necessary for building up the organization. Thus he made himself as role model of a life dedicated to the Sangh. A similar transformation occurred in Shree Guruji's life also. He gradually became an ocean of love that would assimilate all together people with their good and bad points and assigning them suitable role for achieving the nation's good. And he himself remained alert that no disparity existed between his words and his deeds.

Shubham

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

"Sri Guruji Darshan" Series :61 - Historic speech on becoming Sarasanghachalak

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Historic speech on becoming Sarasanghachalak

On assuming the position of Sarasanghchalak, Shree Guruji made the following historic speech. The message was strong and conveyed the following, "He who cannot bow down to a great man like Doctorji can achieve nothing in his life. I feel very proud to offer my worship to such a great soul. Worship with sandal paste and flowers is of a low order. The real worship is to try to become the object of worship itself. Shivo bhutva Shivam yajet – to worship Shiva is to become Shiva himself. This is the special feature of our Dharma. Doctorji has entrusted to me the onerous responsibility of the Sarasanghachalak. But this is verily the throne of Vikramaditya. Even if a rustic boy sits on it, he will dispense only an even handed justice. Today an ordinary person like me is destined to sit on it. But Doctorji will inspire even a person like me to say the right things. Now let us set ourselves to the task with full faith and confidence and take it forward with redouble vigour and enthusiasm. This is not the time to shed tears. This is the time to set aside our grief and take Doctorji's unfinished task to its logical fulfillment. Doctorji has not handed over to us a hallowed organization that would crumble under no time. Our organization is an impregnable citadel. Doctorji has made its walls so strong that those seek to breach them will have their own heads broken."

Shubham

Monday, May 29, 2006

"Sri Guruji Darshan" Series: 60 - Sarasanghachalak - Acceptance by one and all

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Sarasanghachalak - Acceptance by one and all


The passing away of Doctorji resulted in some controversy over Shri Guruji’s appointment as the Sarasanghachalak. Shri Guruji was practically not known to anyone outside the Sangh circles. Some people felt that after Doctorji’s passing away, Sangh should be governed by an advisory council. Other people felt that Sangh should get active in the field of politics.

But all these efforts were brought to naught by the following actions. A meeting took place of five Sanghachalaks in Akola, along with some important personalities like Shri Appaji Joshi (considered by many as Doctorji’s right hand), Shri Babasaheb Ghatate (Nagpur Sanghachalak), Shri Kashinathpant Limaye (Maharashtra Sanghachalak). They all unanimously agreed that Doctorji’s choice of Shri Guruji was the most appropriate. This was in line with Sangh’s ‘one leader‘ system. Accordingly they decided in the homage-offering meeting on the 13th day of Doctorji’s demise, Shri Guruji’s name be officially announced as the new Sarasanghachalak. It was in this public function, that formally Shri Guruji became the 2nd Sarasanghachalak with the first pranam being made to him by Nagpur District Sanghachalak, Shri Babasaheb Padhye.

Shubham

Friday, May 26, 2006

"Sri Guruji Darshan" Series: 59 - Handing over the baton.

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Handing over the baton.

During the camp in Nagpur in 1940, Doctorji had said in his final highly emotion-charged address, "Today I see before me the Hindu Rashtra in a miniature form. Every one of us Swayamsevaks should make the cause of Sangh the mission of his life and make the Hindu society so strong that no one would dare to cast an evil glance at it. May every worker return to his place with the mantra, `Sangh is my life's mission' etched in his heart'".

After this speech, within ten days Doctorji's health deteriorated considerably. He realized that his end was near. He sent for Shri Guruji and said to him in the presence of all those present "Now the entire Sangh responsibility is entrusted to you. Accept this first and then you may do whatever you want to my body." Shri Guruji was deeply grieved at the talk of succession and said, "Why do you say so? You are going to get well soon." Doctorji said, "Maybe, but do not forget what I have said."

At that historic moment, Doctorji has appointed his successor to the next Sarasanghachalak. Finally he breathed his last on Friday June 21, 1940 leaving lakhs of Swayamsevaks in grief.

Shubham

"Sri Guruji Darshan" Series: 58 - Setting targets for work in cities and villages

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Setting targets for work in cities and villages

A camp of senior Swayamsevaks was held at Chandrapur in Vidarbha. Doctorji wanted to visit this camp but could not do so due to his extreme ill-health. Hence he wrote to them saying that he felt sad about his inability to attend the same. But at the same time, he wanted all the Swayamsevaks to pledge themselves to increase the Sangh work to one percent Swayamsevaks in rural areas and three percent in the cities in the next three years. Clarifying the type of Swayamsevaks who would form these percentages, Shri Guruji said that they should be capable of providing leadership, be equipped with such qualities that he should be able to take 60-70 people with him, be their friend and guide and able to win their trust and confidence.

It is difficult to know the reason for deciding such percentages by Doctorji, the situation in 1942 makes one wonder if he wanted to use this tremendous youth force for writing the golden chapter in the independence movement of Bharat. However it was precisely for want of such strength that Shri Guruji could not strike a decisive blow at the foreign rule even in the crucial period of the 2nd World War. But a vast scheme of pracharaks for spreading the work came into effect from this time onwards.

Shubham

"Sri Guruji Darshan" Series: 57 - Shri Guruji's love for everybody.

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Shri Guruji's love for everybody.

A story from Bhagyanagar(Hyderabad), Andhra Pradesh: Shri Guruji's car stopped at a traffic signal. Suddenly he opened the door and almost ran towards a person who was selling fruits on the streets. That person also noticed Shri Guruji and ran towards him. Shri Guruji embraced him, patted on his back, and soon was back in his car. The accompanying karyakartas were surprised. Who is that person? Why so much affection for him in Shri Guruji's heart? When asked, Shri Guruji, wiping his tears, said only this much: "He was in Lahore before partition; he was a farmer there".

Shubham

"Sri Guruji Darshan" Series: 56 - A caring father-figure

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A caring father-figure

Late Shri Damu-anna Date was a very senior pracharak. He was quite young at the time of Shri Guruji. A karyakarta in Pune was diagnosed with diabetes. Then Shri Guruji sent certain Ayurvedic medicine for him. He also sent some more of it, and wrote in the enclosed letter "Damu's father also suffers with diabetes. So give him the other part". Damu-anna would often get very emotional while recollecting this incident later.

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"Sri Guruji Darshan" Series: 55 - Guruji's affection towards children

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Guruji's affection towards children

Padmakar Pant, staying in Dhanakawadi, Pune, is in his seventies now. He was a baal Swayamsevak when he had gone to welcome Shri Guruji at the railway station. All baal Swayamsevaks were made to sit down at the platform and it was a coincidence that Shri Guruji's compartment stopped right in front of this kid. He lovingly inquired about this kid. When told, "I don't have parents, I stay with my maternal aunt", Shri Guruji held him close with affection and said, "Do good seva of your aunt, OK!" Later, this baal Swayamsevak became a pracharak. After being pracharak for some time he came back and had a job. He was an active karyakarta invloved in all the activities. Whenever Shri Guruji met him, he would always inquire about his aunt.

Shubham

"Sri Guruji Darshan" Series: 54 - Story behind Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram(VKA)

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Story behind Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram(VKA)

VKA is an organization running thousands of Seva projects for our Vanavasi brothers staying even in the most inaccessible forests throughout our motherland. Here's a story of founder of VKA Ma. Shri. Balasaheb Deshpande.

He was an officer in government's Social Welfare department. He was seeing the problems faced by these tribal brethren. He also experienced the limitations of the government system. He met Shri Guruji and openly expressed his feelings. His wish was to quit his job and devote his full time and energy for these poor, illiterate and innocent people. Shri Guruji gave him complete backing. He provided DeshpandeJi with karyakartas, pointed him to some people who would financially support him, and most importantly, Shri Guruji gave him 'vision'. He brought to DeshpandeJi's notice the evil plot of British to separate these people from the mainstream by terming them as 'Adivasi'. Thus was established the first hostel for Vanavasi students at Jashpur in the then Central Province (now in Chhattisgarh). Shri Guruji always felt an immense need to eradicate the evils leading to discrimination in our society. He would strive to help them rise above all these discriminations and be united as sons of this motherland. He believed that this feeling of samarasataa will lead to organizing people. A strong and organized society shall solve the problems of the suffering people and the down-trodden."

Shubham

"Sri Guruji Darshan" Series: 53 - Aatmeeyata

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Aatmeeyata

Shri Guruji and some kaaryakartas while on pravaas were having tea in a seva-basti (slum). Tea was prepared with less milk and was filtered through a dirty cloth. After having tea, many of the kaaryakartas started to have vomiting sensation. But Shri Guruji was as jovial as ever. When somebody asked him the secret, Shri Guruji replied that instead of tea, his attention was on the affection and aatmeeyata that he experienced in seva-basti (slum).

Shubham

"Sri Guruji Darshan" Series: 52 - Knowing personal details of various Karyakartas

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Knowing personal details of various Karyakartas

Late Shri Vaman Vasudev Agashe was one of earliest Kaaryakartas of Satara. Whenever in baithaks, he used to stand up for his "parichaya", Shri Guruji used to say " What Vamanrao ? Which part of the body is taken off now ? " (Shri Guruji was aware of many operations being performed on Shri Vamanrao). All kaaryakartas used to feel heartened that their topmost leader remembers a great degree of detail about them.

Shubham

"Sri Guruji Darshan" Series: 51 - Setting personal example against untouchability

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Setting personal example against untouchability

This happened while Shri Guruji was studying at the famous Banaras Hindu University. One of the students who was considered untouchable (by others as well as the student himself) met Shri Guruji asking him whether it is possible to arrange for his own food. Shri Guruji talked to and changed hearts of all other students at bhojanalaya and arranged for food of that student, free of cost. His mess bill was shared by others. This arrangement was working for 2 years.

Shubham

"Sri Guruji Darshan" Series: 50 - Reaching places which even an MLA could not.

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Reaching places which even an MLA could not.

Shivaji Shakha is conducted behind Kamal Talkies, Nagpur. Shri Guruji used to attend Shivaji Shakha which is conducted behind Kamal Talkies, Nagpur. Once when he was gone to Shakha, he couldn't spot Gopal Humne who was the Mukhya Shikshak of the shakha. After enquring about him, Shri Guruji came to know that he was sick. After Shakha was over, Shri Guruji said let's go to Gopal's house. It was rainy season in Nagpur. Shri Guruji along with 4-5 Swayamsevaks reached Gopal's house after walking 1KM through muddy roads. After reaching Gopal's house, Shri Guruji enquired about his health and arranged for the medicines. All this was being watched by the residents of nearby slums. They asked Swayamsevaks accompanying Guruji "Who is this maharaj with beard" ? After they came to know that Shri Guruji was akhil bhaarteeya adhikaari of Sangh they remarked "Our local MLA never came to our slums whereas Guruji inspite of being such a big person had come to see a small child".

Shubham

"Sri Guruji Darshan" Series: 49

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Sarakaryavaha role

In 1939, Doctorji announced Shree Guruji's appointment as Sarakaryavaha (General Secretary of Sangh) during the Raksha Bandhan festival. This was clearly from the point of view of Doctorji's fast deteriorating health and also to ensure growth of Sangh.

Shree Guruji was in this position for a very short time of ten months only. But during this, work was not only progressing in nearby states like in Madhya Pradesh but also in distant places like Punjab, Delhi and even Karachi. Thus it had started to assume an all-Bharat character. The total number of Swayamsevaks had crossed one lakh by this time.

Shree Guruji had a dual role during this time - he not only had to shoulder the Sarakaryavaha role but also had to look after the health of Doctorji.

Shubham

"Sri Guruji Darshan" Series: 48

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Serving anyone in trouble

This is another story, which depicts the service nature of Shree Guruji. He was close to a blind person by the name Wamanrao Wadegaonkar, who was also staying in Nagpur. Around 1934-35, he had to undergo a major operation but being blind had to depend on others. The question was as to who will serve him after such a major surgery. Shree Guruji solved the problem by shifting to his residence just before surgery. He not only stayed with him during the surgery but also took care of him thereafter. He even went to the extent of cleaning Wamanrao, after his calls of nature. Wamanrao's eyes used to fill with tears remembering the above incident, noting that such a scholarly person would go to any extent to extend affection and care.
Actually Wamanrao had no love for Sangh at all. But from the day Shree Guruji became Sarasanghachalak, he automatically used to talk of `our' Sangh.

Shubham

"Sri Guruji Darshan" Series: 47

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Serving the Guru Part II

Shree Guruji was like a trusted lieutenant on the side of Doctorji, wherever he went. Doctorji's health was fast deteriorating but it was Guruji's nursing that really helped him. When his temperature became high, Doctorji would become delirious and would go on mumbling. Normally a patient in such state babbles incoherently but even in that state Doctorji talked only of Sangh work. Shree Guruji, who was constantly on his side, was overwhelmed with veneration for Doctorji and could feel the Divine Cause of Sangh entering the innermost recesses of Doctorji's heart.

Shree Guruji's service towards Doctorji was akin to the service that he had done with his Guru Swami Akhandananda, a couple of years before in Sargachhi. His service did go rewarded and Doctorji soon became well.

Shubham

"Sri Guruji Darshan" Series: 46

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Faith in the leader

Shree Appaji Joshi, considered the right hand of Doctorji, recalled this incident during the baithak at Sindi. He recalled the discussion of the topic on where should a Swayamsevak bow next after bowing to the Flag at the Sanghsthan. He and Shree Guruji differed on setting a definite system on this. While Shree Guruji forcefully argued in favour of constitutional norms, Appaji emphasized on a system that was within the family spirit of the Sangh. Finally, Doctorji decided in the favour of Appaji. Appaji recalls that he was closely watching Shree Guruji but there was no resentment on his face. Besides there was no bitterness in his words at any time thereafter. This mental balance and faith in the leader was appreciated by one and all in the baithak.


Shubham

"Sri Guruji Darshan" Series: 45

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Baithak at Sindi

In February 1939, an important meeting took place between Doctorji and his prominent co-workers at Sindi. The purpose of this meeting was to have a free discussion on a variety of subjects like the progress of Sangh work, Shakha system of work, commands used therein, the prayer and so on. The idea was to have a approach which would be uniform across Bharat. Note that the current Sanskrit prayer of the Sangh was adopted at this meeting.
The participants included Shree Guruji, Appaji Joshi, Balasaheb Deoras and others. The meeting took up the items one by one and discussed them frankly and openly. Each participant would give his views and offer suggestions. But in the end Doctorji would wind up the discussion and would announce what was desirable and what was not. There were times wherein debates would last for 8 hours at a stretch.

In this meeting, Shree Guruji would also state his views without any mental reservations. On many points his thinking used to be quite sharp and aggressive. But once Doctorji would give his decision, Shree Guruji and all others would accept it in good faith.

Shubham

"Sri Guruji Darshan" Series: 44

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Future Sarsanghachalak

Doctorji's extreme hard work in starting and growing the Sangh work had resulted in his health getting affected. To ensure continuity of work, the decision of deciding the new Sarasanghachalak had started to appear on the top of his mind. He once asked Shree Appaji Joshi, who was considered his right hand, "What do you think of Shree Guruji as the future Sarasanghachalak?" Appaji Joshi unhesitatingly replied, "Excellent! A most proper choice". Thus Doctorji had finalized upon his successor.

Note that years later, Appaji Joshi was asked a question by one known person, "Appaji, you were the right hand of Doctorji. Ideally you should have been the new Sarasanghachalak" . Appaji Joshi replied,"Yes, I was the Doctorji's right hand. But Guruji was his heart". This remark displays the greatness of Appaji in acknowledging the greatness of Shree Guruji. This also displays the greatness of Doctorji for having nurtured such Swayamsevaks who gave importance to others over self - an extremely rare quality in today's world.

Shubham

"Sri Guruji Darshan" Series: 43

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Sarvadhikari role

Doctorji wanted to involve Shree Guruji more and more in Sangh work. Hence he made him the Sarvadhikari, the overall chief of the Sangh training camp in Nagpur in 1939. This was a period that was the turning point in Shree Guruji's life. This camp proved to be the decisive event that determined the direction of his life. It was at this camp that the treasure house of Shree Guruji's sterling qualities necessary for Sangh work came to light before the Swayamsevaks. In his role as the Sarvadhikari, people witnessed the following – his limitless affection for the Swayamsevaks, his boundless capacity for work, his pleasant disposition, his learned oratory as well his deep study and thinking.

Doctorji was very happy that everything he had looked for was happening. The camp made it possible for him to see Shree Guruji becoming what he desired of him for the work of Sangh.

Shubham

"Sri Guruji Darshan" Series: 42

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Sangh work rejuvenated

Though Shree Guruji returned to Nagpur, he generally remained pensive. He was undecided what to do next. He would still visit the Ramakrishna Ashram. His mind was in a state of turmoil over the field of action that he had chosen. Having known the Shree Guruji had returned back, Doctorji was very happy. He had a series of meetings and discussions between himself and Shree Guruji. During these talks, Doctorji once again placed before Guruji his point of view that a person equipped with the knowledge and experience of spiritual life should not lose himself in the pursuit of personal happiness but should pledge all his powers to the cause of national regeneration.

Doctorji's appeal went home. Doctorji's own life was an open book for Shree Guruji. And this propelled Guruji back into Sangh work but now with a rejuvenated force.

Shubham

"Sri Guruji Darshan" Series: 41

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Swami Vivekanda's ideals: Reason for Sangh work

In 1939, Shree Guruji had a detailed discussion with Shree Madholkar, the well known Marathi author and editor of the daily "Tarun Bharat", Nagpur. Shree Madholkar asked Guruji a personal question with his permission. The question was that why did Guruji leave Sangh and join the Ramakrishna Ashram and later on join Sangh back again. Did he feel that Sangh's stand was different from that of the Ashram.

This was totally an unexpected question and Guruji fell silent and with eyes half closed he thought for a few moments. Then he said the following

"Right from the beginning, my inclination was towards both – spirituality on one hand and task of national regeneration on the other. During my stay in Banaras, Nagpur and Calcutta, I realized that if I stayed with Sangh I would be able to do this work more effectively. I think I am doing this in consonance with Swami Vivekananda's philosophy, guidance and method of work. No other great personality's life or teaching has influenced me so much as that of Swami Vivekananda. I believe that by doing Sangh work I shall be carrying out only his work."

Shubham

"Sri Guruji Darshan" Series: 40

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Returning to Nagpur

Swami Swami Akhandananda's (Baba) health deteriorated considerably and he passed away on Feb 7, 1937. Shree Guruji had spent about 5-6 months with Swamiji in his quest for self realization and spiritual knowledge. Hence the passing away of his Guru left him in a state of mental shock that was beyond description. He still continued in Sargacchi.

But he also had to think about his future life. Hence he had a word with Swami Amitabh Maharaj , whom Guruji had approached in Nagpur and was with him at the Ashram. As answer to this, Amitabh Maharaj described the dialogue between himself and Baba whereis Baba had predicted the future course of Guruji's life. On learning about this, Guruji accepted the wishes of Baba. Accordingly Amitabh Maharaj returned with Shree Guruji to Nagpur in March 1937.

Guruji continued to stay in Ramakrishna Ashram in Nagpur,during which period Guruji translated Swami Vivekananda's Chicago address into Marathi. After a month, Amitabh Maharaj called Guruji's maternal uncle and asked him to take Shree Guruji to Doctorji. It was thus that Doctorji got Guruji again, the future Sarsanghachalak.

Shubham

"Sri Guruji Darshan" Series: 39

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Mission of Guruji's life - Selfless service

All the inmates of the Sargacchi Ashram knew about the selfless service done by Shree Guruji for Swami Akhandananda (Baba). Baba's legs had to be pressed before he went to bed. Guruji did this regularly and would stop only when Baba went to sound sleep. Baba usually got up at four in the morning. Guruji was generally up and active before that. He would place Baba's wooden slippers near Baba's feet. All the inmates used to wonder – whether Guruji ever slept at all ?

The following dialogue between Swami Akhandananda (Baba) and Swami Amitabh Maharaj (whom Guruji had approached in Nagpur) describes the future path to be undertaken by Guruji (after leaving Sargacchi Ashram).

Once after spiritual discourse, Amitabh Maharaj suggested to Baba that Madhavrao (Guruji ) had a desire to go to Himalayas . To which Baba replied, "It seems that he will work with Dr Hedgewar in a spirit of selfless social service. He may certainly go to the Himalayas once for a while. But see that he doesn't take that to solitude."

These remarks indicate that Baba had gauged the pulse of Guruji based on his selfless service towards him. And hence he successfully predicted that Guruji had the ability to work and lead such an organization, which will perform the unity of entire Hindu society.

Shubham

"Sri Guruji Darshan" Series: 38

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Perfection in everything

A remark once made by Swami Akhandananda regarding Guruji really proved prophetic. An inmate of the Sargacchi Ashram once told Swamiji that the new M.Sc. disciple (i.e Shree Guruji) had cleaned all the brass utensils so thoroughly that they shined like gold. To this Swamiji replied, "Yes but bear in mind, whatever work he takes up will turn into gold."

This remark really proved to be true. The period that Shree Guruji reined over the RSS really marks a golden chapter in the history of RSS as well as Bharat.

Shubham

"Sri Guruji Darshan" Series: 37

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Winning Baba's mind

Shree Guruji had completely dedicated himself to service of Swami Akhandananda (Baba) at the Sargachhi Ashram. One day one inmate of the Ashram received a telegram informing him that his father was seriously ill. He did not have the courage to ask for Baba's permission to go home but he did so on the insistence of his fellow inmates. Baba was displeased and scolded him. Guruji came to know about it.

So while pressing Baba's feet Guruji said, "Swamiji, you should not have scolded him like that. Poor fellow is grief –stricken." Baba asked in return, "Who are you to advise me ?". But Guruji persisted with all humility. Finally, his selfless service succeeded in winning over Baba's mind, who affectionately inquired about the disciple's father and also arranged for some money for his journey home. But by that time the disciple had decided not to go home.

This story really drives home the point regarding the kind of human relationship that Guruji wanted to maintain.

Shubham

"Sri Guruji Darshan" Series : 35.1

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Serving the Guru

At Sargacchi, Shree Guruji immersed himself un-reservedly in the service of his Guru, Swami Akhandananda. Most of his time was spent with his Guru during which he did chores like washing his clothes, bathing him, serving him tea, preparing his meals, making his bed and so on. Swami Akhandananda was old and was immensely pleased with the selfless manner in which Shree Guruji looked after him. Swamiji was often unwell and on such occasions, Shree Guruji would spend the entire night at his bedside.

While serving his Guru, Shree Guruji saw a living example of dhyan, sadhana and Samadhi in Swami Akhandananda's life. He also had an opportunity to listen to various impressions expressed by the guests, Bharteeya as well as foreign, visiting the Ashram. He would listen to the various aspects of Vedic philosophy expounded by several men of authority on the subject.

Shubham

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At Sargacchi, Shree Guruji used to be involved in the service of his Guru, Swami Akhandananda. Shree Guruji grew a beard during his stay there. The flowing locks of the beard used to radiate his face. This was noted by his Guru. Accordingly one day, Swamiji lovingly stroked the long hair of Shree Guruji’s beard and said, "It looks good on you. Don’t ever cut it". Shree Guruji remembered his Guru’s advice and the flowing locks remained a permanent feature of his life.

Looking at the sadhana and service performed by Shree Guruji and at Swami Amitabh Maharaj’s behest, Swami Akhandananda decided to perform the initiation of Shree Guruji. Swamiji had to take the consent of Thakurji i.e. Ramakrishna Paramhansa to do the same. Accordingly on Jan 13, 1937 on the auspicious day of Makar Sankranti, the ceremony took place in Vinod Kuti, Swamiji’s residential cottage. After the initiation, Shree Guruji was sent to the temple for Darshan, where he met Swami Amitabh Maharaj. He said,"This is red letter day for me to be noted in the words of gold. This experience is too sacred for words. I can never forget the touch, the love, the whole bearing of the master as conferred upon this favour of the blessed and all the time I trembled. I feel changed. I was not what I was minute ago." One of the messages that Swami Akhandananda gave during the initiation which Shree Guruji never forgot in his life was that of never hankering for personal happiness, never to fear adversity and always to live his life for God.Even after initiation, Shree Guruji continued with Guru-sewa at Sargacchi, as was required by the rules. He was fully immersed in his life and never thought of his own comforts or difficulties.

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Sadhana at Sargacchi

At Sargacchi, on entering the Ashram Shree Guruji entirely forgot the world outside. Guru-seva and intense meditation became his very life. This chapter of his life remained quite mysterious, and it came as a sudden turn in his life. Also, later on when Shree Guruji completely identified himself with Sangh activities, he never talked about his sadhana or Guru-seva at Sargacchi. Hence whatever little information about his life at the Ashram is available could be obtained from his Guru-bandhu Swami Amitabh Maharaj.

Swami Amitabh Maharaj has made the following remarks about Guruji, "The way Guruji had done vigorous Sadhana at Sargacchi Ashram, I can vouchsafe that the RSS has obtained a Narendra "king of men" as its leader".

Shree Guruji on his part was also very close with Swami Amitabh Maharaj. In one of the letters to him he had said, "I do not have sufficient words to describe my stay at Sargacchi. It was due to you that great fortune came to my share. It fills my heart with great gratitude". These words give an inkling of the great universe of inner self that he had experienced at Sargacchi.

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Leaving for Sargacchi

Shree Guruji's desire for the Self-Realization became so intense that one day, without telling anyone (either his parents, relatives, friends including Doctorji) he set out in search of his Guru. The saintly person whom Guruji approached was Swami Akhandananda, one of the young men whom Shree Ramakrishna Paramhansa had selected for realization. Swami Vivekanda was his guru-bandhu (co-disciple). Sadhakas desirous of initiation at the Ramakrishna Ashram in Nagpur were called by Swami Akhandananda to come over to Sargacchi Ashram. In turn, at the Nagpur Ashram, Amitabh Maharaj (whom Guruji had approached) and Swami Bhaskareshwarananda (head of Nagpur operations) were very impressed by Shree Guruji's personality. They inturn provided consent to Shree Guruji to leave for Sargacchi.

This resulted in Doctorji receiving a jolt. But despite knowing about this, never did he ridicule or criticize Shree Guruji about it to anyone. He firmly believed that Shree Guruji would return and join Sangh work again.

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Inclination towards spirituality

While Guruji had come in contact with Sangh and Doctorji, his identification with Sangh work was not complete. He leaned more towards the Ramakrishna Ashram in the Dhantoli area of Nagpur city. He had developed an intimate relationship with it. After the day's work was over, he used to spend most of his time at the Ashram. With every passing day, he became interested in the spiritual activities like meditation, discussions in spiritual topics etc. He slowly began intense yearning for the Self-Realization.

Doctorji was greatly worried at this development. This was obvious because on one hand the nation was faced with the challenge of achieving freedom and on the other hand gifted people like Shree Guruji were merely striving for liberation of self. Doctorji himself had dedicated his life at the altar of the motherland and had set an example. But as of yet he was unable to persuade Shree Guruji to accept this viewpoint . . . .

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About Hindu-Muslim riots

During his college days, Guruji used to interact and debate via letters with Baburaoji Telang, one of his many friends. In one letter, Guruji gives his opinion about the Hindu-Muslim conflicts.

"What is my humanitarian stand on this? I always say that we should not hate anyone but if situation demands then do the rightful. During one of the interactions in front of my house, you had an opinion that after witnessing their barbarian assaults, it is very difficult for human tendency not to hate!! We had an agreement on doing rightful things, even beating if situation demands. Our difference was on the matter of "hate" or "not to hate". Krishna also preaches in Geeta that, "fight a war, furiously as you can but after coming out of and thinking above anger and hatred. Fight a war because it's your duty."

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Sri Guruji's thoughts on Bharat's contribution to the World

History has recorded that it is in this land alone that, right from the hoary times, generation after generation of thinkers and philosophers, seers and sages rose to unravel the mysteries of human nature, dived deep into the world of Spirit and discovered and perfected the science of realization of that Great Unifying Principle. The penance and sacrifice and experience of hundreds of centuries of a whole nation is there as the inexhaustible fountain-head of this knowledge to assuage the spiritual thirst of the world.

The outside world, on the other hand, did not take to the study of this science of Spirit. Even to this day, they have remained extroverts habituated to study the outer world through their senses. The senses too go outward and as such they cannot lead to the vision of the inward nature. The Westerners, therefore, have remained ignorant of the knowledge and experience of the world of Spirit however much they might have unraveled the mysteries of the world of matter. Our ancestors who, on the other hand, crossed to realms beyond the senses could see within and have a glimpse of that glorious Inner Reality.

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Sri Guruji's view on social consolidation amongst Hindus, expressed in a talk with Friends at Udupi, December 1969

Q : How do you think can the affluent people like the industrialists, planters etc., play their role in social consolidation?

Guruji's answer :

I shall give the example of the tea planters of Assam to make a few points clear. There are some plantations owned by the British. They go to the worker's houses, pat their children and personally look to their medical needs. They build chapels in their estates. They encourage the workmen to attend the church prayers along with themselves. They offer some extra benefits to those who attend. They engage a priest to give weekly sermons to the churchgoers. By such inducements and persuasion they have succeeded to a large extent in converting their workers to Christianity.

By contrast, there are many Hindu tea planters, whose relations with their workers are anything but cordial. They only try to squeeze out as much work from the workers as possible. The workers naturally revolt. The tension is not limited merely to the economic aspect. There is absolutely no social intercourse between the two. They hardly visit the worker's abodes, much less share their joys and sorrows.

What a tragic contrast! It is high time that our countrymen such as planters and industrialists display a human touch and fulfill their social and religious obligations and responsibilities towards the workers under them.

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Association with Sangh work and Doctorji

In 1934, Shree Guruji was appointed as Karyawaha of the Shakha at Tulsibagh. The same year Dr Hedgewar sent him to Mumbai for spreading the Sangh work there. The only training camp of Sangh was to be held as early as 1935 in Akola, Maharashtra. And Shree Guruji was made as the Sarwadhikari, the overall chief of the camp. He discharged the responsibility with great ability. Doctorji was immensely pleased to see the atmosphere at the camp brimming with joy and enthusiasm. In Nagpur, Shree Guruji often took part in his meetings. The bond between Doctorji and Guruji was increasing. While only 2 years had passed since knowing each other, Doctorji had assessed Guruji as a man of exceptional qualities and wanted to bestow upon him greater responsibilities.

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Decision regarding marriage

Fr financial reasons, Guruji had to leave his research in Chennai unfinished and had to return to Nagpur. He started working as a teacher in his uncle's coaching classes and also enrolled himself in a law college. At this time, his aged parents often tried to coax him into matrimony. Guruji used to just laugh away and once told his father, "I have no desire to get married. I don't think I would be happy as a householder ". But his mother continued to urge him to marry saying that their family would end if he did got married and that she did not want it. Once, when hard-pressed for this, Guruji replied, "Please do not talk about the family coming to an end. Even if many families like ours come to an end for the good of the society it would be very much necessary in its present day condition". Looking at this strong determination of their son, never again did his parents advocate marriage to him.

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From a narration by Maananeeya Dattopant Thengadi-ji during his visit to the US shakhas in 1998:

"As Sarsanghchalak Sri Guruji mostly travelled by train in the general sleeper class. Thengadi-ji and Sri Guruji were once travelling from the south to Nagpur. It was a long and tiring journey and Guruji found it hard to get sleep. Thengadi-ji thought that making Guruji read some boring book would help get sleep. Thinking so, he pulled out the book of Railway Time Table and asked Guruji to read it. As Guruji started reading the Time Table, Thengadiji went asleep. When he woke up after a couple of hours he saw Guruji still reading the Time Table! That puzzled Thengadi-ji and he asked as to what was so interesting in that Time Table. Guruji's answer was "dekhiye, since I keep travelling, it is useful to know the train timings by-heart. This is a very interesting book from that point"!

There is a Subhashita which goes thus:

Amantram aksharam naasti nasti mulam anaushadhi
ayogyo purusho nasti yojakah tatra durlabha.

Every letter can be made into a mantra. Every plantroot has a medicinal value. No person can be considered as incompetent. Unfortunately, those who can make these three things happen - the organisers, the planners, the leaders, the administrators and the visionaries, the yojakas are very rare.

Sri Guruji is indeed one such a rare person !

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Nizam's aquarium visit

After completing M.Sc in Banaras, Madhavrao chose marine life as his thesis for PhD and proceeded to Chennai (erstwhile Madras province). He was not there for long time as his father Bhauji had retired and could not finance his stay there. But this incident happened during Madhavrao's stay at the aquarium in Madras. Once the Nizam of Hyderabad chose to visit the aquarium. Now a ticket was required by anyone wanting to see the aquarium. The authorities of the aquarium did not want to collect the fees from the Nizam considering his background and status. But Madhavrao insisted that rules are the same for everybody and had the Nizam buy a ticket, just like anybody else !

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Remembering faces even years later

Guruji was visiting the Kerala Prant, and one afternoon, the family of one swayamsevak, consisting of his wife and 5-7 yr old daughter, had come to meet him. They had brought some tea in a thermos flask for him. On seeing Guruji and his long flowing beard covering his mouth, the little girl asked her mother in Malayalam, "how is he going drink the tea we have brought ? where is his mouth ?"

Everyone laughed and the girl's father was a bit embarrassed. So Guruji started enquiring what the girl said. The father denied to tell at first, but after Guruji pursued, he told him. And Guruji gave his characteristic laugh.

After about 15-20 years, Guruji was in some other town in Kerala, and was visiting a swayamsevak's house. The newly wed vadhu of the house brought a cup of tea for the guests and while taking the cup from her plate, Guruji observed with a smile, "now you know, how am I going to drink the tea ?" The young girl blushed and ran into the kitchen. Then Guruji narrated the incident that had happened several years ago and everyone was amazed to note that he not only remembered the incident of the little girl, but could remember her face and even recognize her after she had grown up.

Such was the memory of Shri Guruji and he would remember each and every details of any person coming in contact with him. This aatmyeeyata of the highest functionary towards all the swayamsevaks played an important role in making Sangh such a strong organization.

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Concentration despite Scorpion bite

Once while he was a student in BHU, a scorpion stung Guruji on his foot. But he just made a cut where it had stung him to allow the toxic blood to flow out followed with bathing the spot with potassium permanganate and went back to studying. When his friends saw this, they asked as to how he could continue reading when the scorpion had stung him. On this Guruji replied that the scorpion had stung him only on the foot and not on his head. So he had no problem in continuing reading.

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Meeting with Dr Hedgewar

In 1932, while Shree Guruji was teaching in the Banaras University, he and another lecturer friend called Shri Sadgopal (who was also lover of Sangh) were invited by Dr Hedgewar to Nagpur for Vijaya Dashmi function of the Sangh. The guests were welcomed with garlands and were taken around the Sangh Shakhas in Nagpur. While in Kashi, Guruji had only superficial knowledge of the Sangh and was impressed with the self-inspired spirit of discipline. But during the stay in Nagpur, the personal contact of Dr Hedgewar gave Guruji the clear idea of Sangh work. Guruji immensely liked the idea of organizing Hindus. As a result on returning to Banaras, Guruji started to take more interest in the University branch of the Shakha.

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Entry into Sangh

Young men like Bhaiyaji Dani, had arrived in Kashi in 1928 for further studies and had started Shakha there. Bhaiyaji also tried to benefit as much as possible from Madhavrao's qualities as a teacher. This resulted in Madhavrao visiting the Shakha often. The boys not only took Madhavrao's help in studies but also arranged for his speeches in the Shakha. They used to behave with Madhavrao as if he was their patron and chief of the University Shakha. As a result, Madhavrao became quite intimate with Bhaiyaji Dani and other Swayamsevaks.

The credit of Daniji being able to complete his education in the University goes largely to Shri Guruji. Bhaiyaji Dani too on his part made a major contributing in popularizing the Madhavrao' name as Guruji in the Sangh.

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What they said about Guruji . . .

Acharya Vinoba Bhave
Sri M.S.Golwalkar was a leader with a `broad national outlook' who always thought on all India basis. Sri Golwalkar had faith in spiritualism and had great regard for other religious faiths. He did not have a narrow view of any religion. In fact, he had love for the Muslims and only wanted them to join the national mainstream.

Smt. Indira Gandhi
He held a respected position in national life by the force of his personality and the intensity of his conviction, even though many of us could not agree with him.

Sri Jagjiven Ram
He was able to create a large following and enforce strict discipline among his followers. Anyone who succeeds in introducing discipline among a large body of people does a national service.

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Earning the Title of Guruji

Madhavrao got an opportunity to work as a lecturer in Zoology in Banaras Hindu University in 1930. Though he taught Zoology, he was also willing and able to teach his students and friends subjects like English, Economics, Mathematics and Philiosophy. For this he had to do some study himself before teaching others but that never put his spirits down nor did he shirk it down. If some books were not available even in the library, then he would even buy them. In addition to this, a major portion of his salary would be spent in paying the fees of his promising poor students or even buying books for their sake. It was a little wonder that because of this social and helpful attitude, he was very popular with his friends and students. As an outcome of this, everyone started calling him Guruji. This name became a common practice in his Sangh life and later throughout the country.

Note that the beard and flowing locks are a different story and belong to a later period.

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Sri Guruji's guidance of Samskaras in shakha

Once when Sri Guruji was on a tour of Kerala, some teenaged Swayamsevaks played a game in his presence. Afterwards, he asked one of the Sawyamsevaks, "What is the name of the game?" The boy replied, 'Extinguishing the lamp'. Then Sri Guruji asked a grown-up Swayamsevak "Has the boy told the name right ?" When replied in the affirmative Sri Guruji said, "No game should be named like this. In our culture, putting out a lamp is considered inauspicious. Here we say keep the lamp of knowledge burning bright. Even in games the names should be such as to inculcate good samskaras." Needless to say the very next day the name of the game was changed to 'Challenge'.

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Various leaders' opinion on Guruji

Sri Zail Singh
Sri Guruji personified the ideal of simplicity and dedication to duty. He ardently believed in the reforms of Hindu culture and traditions and worked for it zeolously.

'Radiance' a Muslim weekly.
Though it would appear paradoxical, yet the fact remains that he was respected among thinking Muslims - not because of his philosophy but because of his courage of conviction, pure honesty, free from hypocrisy.

Jain Muni Sushil Kumar
The presence of Sri Golwalkar - a great man of culture - was most essential during these hard times through which the country is passing.

Sri L.K. Advani
Sri Guruji was Swami Vivekananda of the modern era, steadfastly dedicated to the building of a great and glorious Bharat.

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Guruji's quote on Banladesh formation

In 1971, Bangladesh was formed after defeating Pakistan. So, Indians were happy and celebrating the formation of a friendly state, Bangladesh. At that time, Sri Guruji told his friends later on:

`If the present friendly Bangladesh turns to an extremist Islamic regime, we would have two independent enemies in the east and north-west. It would be dangerous from the point of view of national security to be trapped in such a position, where you have two independent enemies on two sides'.

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Inclination towards Sangh thoughts

When Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru had assassinated Saunders for his atrocities, Guruji had written a letter to his friend, Baburao Telang in Jan 1929. The summary of the contents is as follows:

"Heard about the explosions in Lahore. Feels gratified. It is a matter of satisfaction that although to a small extent the insult meted out to the nation by the power crazy foreign rulers was avenged." He writes further " There has to be a new national awakening amongst people. The relationship between the Hindus and Muslims will be have to be known to all. The Brahmin and non-Brahmin controversy needs to be ended. I am neither a big leader nor a worker of any group. But everyone needs to contribute to this task".

Note that at that time Guruji was not associated with Sangh in any way at that time but the thoughts provide the background of his inclination towards Sangh's ideas. Hence it is no wonder that eleven years later he guided the RSS as its Sarasanghachalak.

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Guruji strongly disapproved of students and also teachers using guide books. He insisted that students should read the actual texts. He felt that guide books only provided a short cut to passing exams, but not for gaining real knowledge. Once a teacher using a guide gave a wrong meaning of a subject. Guruji immediately told him that the meaning was wrong. The teacher did try to justify the meaning by means of the guide. On which Guruji said if such is case, then the guide is also wrong. The story goes further, wherein the teacher took Guruji to the Principal, who reprimanded him for such remarks. While the principal also realized that the teacher along with the guide was wrong, he told Guruji that it was not correct for him to insult the teacher in public.

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Guruji's quote on the need for the RSS

After the partition, when a reporter of the Dharmayug, Mumbai based Hindi Weekly, asked Guruji: what is the need for the RSS in the wake of formation of Pakistan and as such there was no cause for a Hindu – Muslim conflict ? "

Guruji says: " The Sangh was never established to have a conflict with anyone; nor for countering it. The main objective of the Sangh is character building of the nation.... If the Hazrat Mohammed Saheb had not been born and the Hindu society had been disoriented as at present, the organisation of Hindus by the Sangh would have been as inevitable".

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Sri Guruji's Phenomenal memory

( from a personal experience of Sadhu Prof. V. Rangarajan published in Tattva Darsana, Quarterly, January - March 2006, Vol. 23 No.1 )

The first meeting with the great colossus occurred in the life of this writer when he was just a shishu (child) Swayamsevak at Ernakulam, sometime after the first ban on RSS was lifted in 1949. Sri Guruji was on a whirlwind tour of the country and he came to Cochin State, now part of Kerala. There was big gathering to see this great man. This little Swayamsevak who was also sitting in a row at the Sanghasthan wanted to have a closer glimpse of the saintly personality. He stealthily jumped to the front of the row, but the Sangh Pracharak in charge noticed it and caught him by the ear and pulled him back to his place. Two penetrating eyes from the podium noticed what was happening. After the program was over, Sri Guruji summoned by his side this little boy with a clean shaven head, wide ears and a nose that had turned into red because of anger, patted on his back and after enquiring his name, jovially remarked that you looked like `Gajamukh' (Lord Ganesha) when you were angry. He then gently advised that we came to the Sanghasthan to learn discipline and breaking the order was not good. "Now you can have a close look" he told the boy and hugged him. This first impression was the best.

Many years later, when this boy became a youthful and active Swayamsevak at Tiruchirapally in Tamilnadu where he had settled down, Sri Guruji came to the town and there was a baithak (gathering) of karyakarthas (workers). The local Pracharak introduced the young to him saying, "Rangaranjan, from Srirangam". To the utter surprise and amazement of all including this writer, question came from Sri Guruji, "He is the Gajamukh of Ernakulam, Isn't it?" That was the prodigious memory of Sri Guruji. He could remember the names and places of origin covering the length and breadth of the country. For him all Swayamsevaks were members of his large family and as head of the family, he had keen interest to know everything about them.

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Guruji for Jammu and Kashmir integration

According to 3rd June declaration, all the 600 and odd Princely States were to become independent after 15 August 1947 and were free to join either Bharat or Pakistan or remain independent. British bureaucrats were playing mischiefs, continued their underhand dealings with the Princes and prodded quite a few of them against joining Bharat. The ruler of Jammu and Kashmir was one such prey of Mountbatten and hence was in dilemma. Sardar Patel, knowing the minds of Maharaja, pitched in Guruji to talk to him. Guruji flew to Srinagar on 17 October 1947. He convinced Maharaja the futility of remaining independent and the advantage of joining Bharat. He also assured that Patel would look after the interests of all sections of the Kashmir people. Finally, the Maharaja signed the Instrument of Accession to Bharat within few days.

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Physical stamina

Though Guruji ate little, he used to do lot of exercises. His favorite sport in Banaras was to swim across the Ganga. He also went to the gymnasium for workouts like Dand and Baithak. He had achieved great skill at the Mallakhamba also. Once while he was in the gym, he asked one of the onlooker boys whether he was interested in learning the Mallakhamba. When the boy replied in the positive, Guruji taught him the technique with such an ease and guile that the boy was left wondering as to how a college teacher could be so adept at such a strenuous exercise.

Such characteristics of strong body and yoga discipline were to help Guruji later during the irregular and difficult part of his life due to which he could lead the Sangh ably.

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Courage and confidence

During partition days Guruji ceaslessly toured the Punjab area to see the rescue activities. It was September 1947, rainy days. Guruji started from Jalandar to Ludhiana. Floods had washed a railway bridge on the way at Chahedu. But he would not stop, rather proceeded in a railway trolley. Even the trolley could not proceed further as the bridge had given away with only the sleepers precariously balancing on the hanging rails. But Guruji neither halted nor faltered for even a moment. He stepped further from one sleeper to another and crossed a distance of 150 yards. Just below his feet was the surging water of the river. The accompanying workers followed him. Guruji reached Ludhiana in time to the amazement and boundless joy of one and all.

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Once a well-known doctor gave Guruji a complete check up and found that though his health was good, he had very low blood pressure. So the doctor asked him about his daily diet. On being told, he calculated the number of calories and was stunned by their low number. He asked Guruji that how could he live on such a diet and further how could he exist. Guruji replied jokingly that wasn't it a fact that he was alive and strong.

The fact was that Guruji ate very little food, enough to maintain his bodily existence. His lifestyle was as simple as a common man. It was said that his physique was in such a yogic state that it needed only little amount of food.

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Excerpts from a Baudhik Delivered on 6th march, 1942 at Nagpur.

Source: Sri Guruji Samagra : Volume 3

On Karyakarta Nirman:

With sangh work growing far and wide, there is a need to develop more and more karyakartas. We clearly are short of karyakartas. So, how are we to develop more karyakartas ? Definetely , its our own responsibility to create karyakartas. And such a task should first start within ourselves. Each of us should first become a good karyakarta.

If we decide first that whether someone else does work or not, I will go about doing my work, then to a certain extent, we can fulfill the shortage of karyakartas by ourselves becoming one. If every swayamsevak thinks and acts in this fashion, then this will inspire other swayamsevaks also. No swayamsevak will feel that he is alone, as everyone is working actively.

When Sangh was started, Dr Ji was alone.But he was instrumental in building such a huge organization. Today, we are lakhs of swayamsevaks.We have taken a vow of uniting the people. Why should we be afraid of the threats and challenges that we face. No vow can be fulfilled without tapasya and self control. In any Vrata, difficulties will always come. Unless and until we cast of fear and selfishness, we cannot achieve success. We appreciate the sacrifice of others, but when it comes to our turn, our feet start shaking. Until we come forward and offer ourselves altar of the sacrificial fire, how can we expect sacrifice from others.

During the time of examinations, the student sacrifices all external attractions and concentrates all his energy on the books. Day and night, he doesn't think of anything other than studies and the examination. We should adopt the same approach in facing today's situation. The society is facing several threats and challenges today. At this hour, we cannot be enmeshed in our personal lives alone. Like a student facing the examinations, we need to rise to the occasion and focus all our time and effort in achieving our goal. That is the foremost duty for us today. It is our fortune that we are born today at the time of crisis.

At this historic hour, if we are caught sleeping, it will be the most unfortunate thing to happen. This is the time to bring our most noble qualities in facing the challenges. Our ideals are Shivaji and Rana Pratap. They faced the most dangerous circumstances with an iron will. If we can remember and follow them at this hour, then we can prove to the world that there is no power in this world that can malign the consciousness of this great nation.

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Banaras Hindu University Library and love for books

Banaras Hindu University founded by Pt Madan Mohan Malviya was a unique institution that used to attract youth from all over the country. Guruji entered the university in 1926 to do his Bsc in Zoology and followed it with an Msc degree. During his tenure there, he used to frequent the library quite often. The library was stocked with over one lakh books. Guruji was probably the most frequent visitor to the library. His reading was diligent and wide-ranging Sanskrit epics, Western philosophy, inspiring thoughts of Ramakrishna Paramahansa and Swami Vivekananda, the main scriptures of various religions and sects and many books on scientific subjects. It is said that Guruji had seen all the books there and had read a majority of them.

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Mastery over many languages

In his middle school, Madhav had read about Shakespeare and used to narrate all the stories to his friends in a fascinating manner. In his fourth standard, he used to write letters in English to his maternal uncle in Nagpur. As his father's job was transferable in various places in the Hindi belt, Madhav learnt Hindi well. Marathi, being his mother tongue was well known to him, anyway. Because of living in a variety of places, he came in contact with people speaking a variety of languages. As a result his mind became broadened and the thought that took root was that all Bharatiya languages were his own.

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Correcting the Bible teacher

Madhav secured admission in the Hislop College, a missionary institution and passed in 1924 with merit. Once, during the course of a class-lecture, the teacher, Prof. Gardener, wrongly quoted a verse from the Bible. Madhavrao promptly pointed it out, "Sir, what you said is not accurate. The line reads thus." The surprised teacher, who had taught the Bible for years, sent for a copy of the text. It was found that what Madhavrao had recalled was the correct version. The learned professor was all praise for the talent and memory of his young student. This incident proved that though he was brought up in a Hindu religious environment at home, his knowledge of other religions was equally good.

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Concentration

In the class, Madhav used to read some book while the teacher was teaching another one, but he was at the same time mindful of what was being taught. Once when the teacher saw some other book in Madhav's hands, he thought the boy was not paying attention to his studies. So in order to teach him a lesson, the teacher stopped a boy who was reading a lesson and asked Madhav to read from that point onwards. Without a moment's hesitation, Madhav took the text-book and began to read from the point where the first boy had left off. Both the students and the teacher were amazed. Not only was the teacher's ploy failed but Madhav demonstrated how clever and concentrated a person can be.

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Razor sharp memory

Madhu was rather mischievous, but always good in studies as well as in sports. He was agile, though not particularly well built. When Bhauji sat for worship, little Madhu too sat beside him, and quickly learnt the Mantras by heart. Endowed with a stupendous memory, he could recall whatever he once heard with ease and precision. After hearing a story he could narrate it to others with further elaboration added to it. Naturally a large circle of friends would always surround him. He had an unsatiable thirst to learn and understand everything that came his way with alacrity and enthusiasm.

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Sri Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar, was the second Sarasanghachalak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. His was an impressive personality: dignified gait; a long flowing beard reaching down to his chest; curly locks of hair touching the shoulders; a face luminous with innate intellect and learning. His was an inspiring presence. It aroused instant reverence. Whoever saw him spontaneously folded their hands and bowed their heads. Such was Param Pujaniya Sri Guruji.

It has been 100 years since Guruji's birth. This year is the "Guruji Janma Shatabdi" year. His is life is still a source of inspiration of all of us. Presented herewith are the stories, speeches and anecdotes covering his entire life. Hope reading these stories instill inspiration in the minds of the reader.

Birth of a leader:

Some people are born great, being born in rich and famous families. But the family of Guruji had not such background of fame or greatness (so was the case with any of the Sarsanghachalaks. Rather they made their respective names great). Shree Guruji was born in a very ordinary family of Sadashiv Golwalkar (also called Bhauji) and Lakshmibai (also called Taiji). The date and tithi of his birth was half past four in the morning of Magha Krishna Ekadashi Vikram Samwat 1962 i.e. Feb 19, 1906. He was named Madhav, though everybody called him Madhu. He was the fourth offspring and of the nine children that his parents had, only Madhu survived. It is said that Guruji's mother had prayed to God that to allow her son to be alive at least for her. But God had other plans, meaning the child was kept alive not only for her but for serving the entire nation.

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