the most famous university – Benares Hindu University – where the atmosphere was throbbing with the living presence of Mahamana Malaviya ji molded him in a manner not possible elsewhere. The rare privilege to come under the spiritual magnetism of Swami Akhandanandaji, a
direct disciple of Shri Ramakrishna Paramahams a and the Gurubhai of Swami Vivekananda, gave Shri Guruji a unique opportunity to nourish his in-born spiritual tendencies to the fullest extent.
To add to all these, Shri Guruji came into intim ate contact with Dr. Hedgewar who was the very personification of dedication to Hindu nation. Th
e touch of Dr. Hedgewar gradually transformedand finally decided the direction of Shri Guruji's momentous life. In him, we find a blending of
the influences of the life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda and Shri Aurobindo and also Lokamanya Tilak, the father of Indian unrest. This was a rare combination pregnant with tremendous possibilities. As Guruji's life unfolded through its various stages, the world witnessed the presence of an organizer, a transformer, a philosopher and a prophet, all rolled into one. Shri Dattopant Thengadi with his in
tuitive perception described Shri Guruji as "The great sentinel". With genuine poetic inspiration Shri Thengadiji sang the glory of Shri Guruji in the following couplets.
O Mighty master! To the tune of Thy finger
The oceans dance and the mountains move
Crowns are raised and melted down
Thou art supreme, - Here and Above. (... p5, The Great Sentinel)
2. The Mission
The mission, the destiny, entrusted to Shri Guruji as the head of the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh was to bring about national regeneration.This required a restatement of the tenets and practices, views and objectives of Sanatana Dharma in terms of the new Yuga Dharma, in a manner both intelligible and applicable to the modern generation. Moreover, this had to be done in the context of the emerging world situation. No country, much less an important one like Bharat, could live in isolation. The way Bharat shaped itself was of critical relevance to the shaping up of the world. Shri Guruji knew it only too well. Though his prime concern was national resurgence and reconstruction, Shri Guruji knew that Bharat had a global role to play.
The international situation that presented itself at that time was one of great peril. There seemed to be no option left before the world. It was in the grip of two conflicting systems and ideologies – capitalism and communism - locked in a no holds barred combat, each claiming to be the sole
custodian of a world redeeming philosophy and a model for humanity.
The main theme of my life is to take the message of Sanatana Dharma to every home and pave the way for launching, in a big way, the man-making programme preached and envisaged by great seers like Swami Vivekananda. - Mananeeya Eknathji
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