Sunday 27 November 2016

Hindu View of Life

He was born into a family tradition enriched itself by rigorous and austere religious  practices.  His  parentage  left  a  deep  and  indelible impress  of  uncompromising  spiritual values,  of  strict  and  rigorous  adherence  to  religious  practices  and  observances.  His  education  at 

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. 

..... Mananeeya P Parameswaranji writes of Sri Guruji.... contd

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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