To All Swayamsevak brethren The body has been weakening at a rapid pace during the last one month. The doctors have lost all hope. Everyone seems concerned with the thought that this body cannot last for more than a few days. We are thus faced with the important question of the future set-up of the work of the Sangh. It is certain that the Sangh will continue to function in a worthy manner, along the lines set out in our constitution. In line with the same constitution we have also to consider the ..
The motto of our work has been, "Worship the Nation", "Worship the Ideal". There is no place in it for hero worship. The physicians seem to feel that my body may not survive for long. In any case the body is ephemeral, and is bound to pass off sooner or later. After life has fled, decorating the corpse etc., would appear funny and meaningless. Likewise, it is unnecessary to idolize or raise memorials to anyone except the founder who was the embodiment of the mission of the Sangh...
My dearest and respected Swayamsevak brethren- The body of Parama Poojaneeya Dr. Hedgewar attained rest on 21st June 1940; and in accordance with his wish, the onerous office of Sarsanghachalak fell to my lot. At that time I knew little. And yet, all the senior workers extended their warm-hearted co-operation and guided me. I was thus able to carry on the work for the long period of 33 years. It now appears to be God's will that I should hand over the responsibility to a worthy successor to ensure ..
M. G. Vaidya It is ironical but true that RSS, the foremost organisation of Hindus in Hindustan that is Bharat, was thrice banned by the government—not an alien government, but by our own government. Of the three bans, the first, imposed on February 4, 1948, was the severest and the fiercest because, it was under the guise of the alleged involvement of the RSS in the murder of one of the greatest men in recent history, I mean Mahatma Gandhi. A thoughtless bullet from a pistol by Nathuram Godse killed ..
Courtesy: "I too had a dream", pg.181 to 185 - Dr. Verghese Kurien, Roli Book Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi In 1967, as Chairman of NDDB, I was asked to be a member of a high-powered committee, set up by the Government of India, to look into cow protection. It was a collection of rather individualistic and interesting personages. Justice Sarkar, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, was appointed its Chairman. Among the other members of this committee were Ashok Mitra, who was then Chairman of the Agricultural ..
Dr S.S. Aggarwal Shri M.S. Golwalkar had a multifaceted personality. Since he was a highly spiritual person, he could express himself correctly even in those fields in which he had no experience. So wide was his knowledge that once the specialists were debating and wondering as to which branch of science had he done his masters? He had expressed his opinion almost on all subjects. In many cases his predictions have come true and have left an impression that he could read the future. His reading ..
- V Sundaram, IAS (Retd.)Courtesy: Tattva Darsana,Quarterly, January – March 2006, Vol. 23 No.1 Editor Sadhu Prof. V. Rangarajan.What is a Nation? Hindu Rashtra since Ancient TimesSangh ShakhaOur Rich HistoryShri Guruji as SarsanghachalakShri Guruji: Confluence of Two Missions Supreme Sacrifice Homage..
- Sadhu Prof. V. Rangarajan Author is Founder Trustee of Sister Nivedita Academy, Bharatmata Gurukula Ashram and Yogi Ramsuratkumar Indological Research centre and Sri Bharatmata Mandir, Bangalore. February 24, 2006 is the beginning of the Centenary Year of Paramapoojaneeya Sri Madhavarao Sadashivarao Golwalkar, the Second Sarsanghchalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh...
The fulsome homage paid to Shri Guruji on his demise by eminent personalities in every walk of national life made it clear that the controversies about him were reduced to ashes along with his mortal frame and his unique contribution to the nation’s life shown in all splendour. Making a significant departure from parliamentary practice both Houses of Parliament paid tributes to this great man, who was a member of neither house. The following selected tributes highlight the greatness of this classic ..
(With the Editor, Organiser Weekly, September 1958)Q : We are not developing our economy fast enough. China is developing faster. Should we not follow their example? A : China has sold itself to a foreign ideology. We need not got so fast that we lose our national identity. What is the use of going round the world with a begging bowl, only to import large numbers of foreign experts, technicians etc., whose chief interest in our country will be only to wage their cold war here?Q : What is the chief ..
(With friends in Kerala, Karnataka, January 1969)Q : Some feel that they are discriminated against in religious and social affairs by being denied 'yajnopavita', 'gotra' etc. What do you say? A : They can be given yajnopavita and gotra. There is nothing wrong in this. If they do not know the gotra they can be given the gotra of the priest. That was being done in olden days and is sanctioned by the Shastras. In the Shastras, it is also said that all those who do not come under any gotra belong to Kashyapa ..
(With teachers and friends on different occasions)Q : What is your opinion about the prevailing educational system in our country?A : It has neither the good elements of the modern system prevalent in the West nor the positive content of our ancient system. Our young men do not even know that we have an ancient history rich with excellence in all fields of life. In the absence of any positive goal before the student, no wonder he takes to reading vulgar and foul literature to while away his time...
(With the Special Correspondent, Organiser, December 1957)Q : Which should be our national language?A : I consider all our languages as national languages. They are equally our national heritage. Hindi is one among them which, by virtue of its countrywide usage, has been adopted as the State Language. It will be wrong to describe Hindi alone as the national language and others as provincial languages. That would not be seeing things in the right perspective...
(With Newspaper Editors at Delhi, June 1970)Q : Even after all these years as an independent nation, communal tension in India has not abated. What is your diagnosis?A : The main reason for Hindu-Muslim tension is that the Indian Muslim is yet to identify himself fully with India, its people and its culture. Let the Indian Muslim feel and say that this is his country and these are his people, and the problem will cease. It is a matter of changing his psychology...
(With Pressmen at Delhi, April 1966)Q : What, do you think, is the permanent solution to the Indo-Pakistan dispute?A : Historically, this has been one country. Merely because a man professes a particular way of approach to God, that does not take away his nationality. If this be accepted, the people living on the other side of the present border, but actually in our own country, should be treated as ours. Therefore we have been saying that the independent existence of this State called Pakistan which, ..
(With Pressmen in Bangalore, November 1965)Q : In the recent war with Pakistan, Muslims have been loyal to us.A : That is because they were afraid. I told once that if there was a major defeat to our army, there would have been an upsurge by these people in our country. Fortunately, there was no defeat. Our army is marching from victory to victory. Seeing that it would be very dangerous for them if they revolt, they have showed discretion and kept quiet. Now only that, out of sheer fear, they have ..
(With the Editor, Organiser, December 1965)Q : What do you think of Tashkent? Should the Prime Minister go there?A : I think the Prime Minister should not go to Tashkent. Russia has not condemned Pak aggression. It has put the aggressor and the victim of aggression on the same footing, and called them together for talks. Q : If Russia had condemned Pakistan, Pakistan would never have agreed for any talks in Russia...
(With Pressmen in Bangalore on 16-12-1971, the day Pak forces surrendered in Bangladesh)Q : How do you view the present situation in the country?A : The people are one and united against the enemy. It shows that intrinsically we are one. But it is the political adventurers who divide us into more than one. However, we have proved that we can pull together as one nation in times of crisis...
(With Pressmen at Bangalore, February 1973)Q : What is your reaction to the Simla Pact?A : It is all patchwork and nothing decisive. Now probably it has ceased to be operative. Nothing has been done. Recognition of Bangladesh as a separate entity by Pakistan has not yet come. The problem of POWs is still hanging in the air. ..
(With the Editor, Organiser, October 1967)Q : Government does not seem to know what is to be done next in Kashmir. It does not want to lose Kashmir and it does not know how to keep it! A : There is only one way to keep Kashmir - and that is by complete integration. Article 370 must go; the separate flag and the separate constitution must go too. If it is necessary to have, President's Rule is a temporary thing. Within a year or two there will have to be fresh elections. And the new Vidhan Sabha may ..
(With friends and pressmen on several occasions)Q : Do you think that there is any basic defect in all the various modern 'isms'? A : Yes. They all stem from materialism. And materialism has no answer to the very fundamental question : "Why at all should people aspire for world unity and human welfare? Why should they feel pained at the sight of man set against man? Why should we love each other?" From the materialist point of view we are all equally gross entities, each separate and exclusive in ..
(With friends and pressmen on Several Occasions)'HINDU', 'BHARAT' ETC. Q : What does the word "Hindu' indicate, according to you? A : The word 'Hindu' denotes a society. That is the current meaning also...
Q : With all the multitude of faiths, sects, castes, languages, customs and habits, how can you call this a single society at all? Where is the single way of life you call 'Hindu'? A : Well, this questions stems from a superficial view of our Hindu life. A tree, for example, appears to be full of heterogeneous parts like the branches, leaves, flowers and fruits. The trunk differs from the branches, the branches from the leaves all as if entirely different from one another. But we know that all ..
Q: Is RSS a political organisation? A: It is not political in the sense that it does not participate in day-to-day elections, the race for power and all that. It is a cultural organisation, which emphasises the oneness of the country and the people. If there are any things, which appear to be detrimental to the oneness of the country, we try to express our views and educate the people about them...
Q : In view of the arduous religious practices traditionally prescribed, our common mass of people are unable to adopt them in their daily life. Are there any simple practices and 'samskaars' which can be prescribed for them?..
Q : Some say that the theory of Moksha leads one to think of oneself alone and makes him keep aloof from his social obligations and duties. Is it correct? A : That is only a misunderstanding of the concept of Moksha. The 'Self' that is contemplated upon is not the physical self. It is the 'Self' which is Immanent and Transcendent and is All-Comprehensive. As such a man who thinks of 'Self' does not become conscious of his small personal self at all. Q : The idea of Moksha was conceived of, it is ..
Doctor Keshav Baliram Hedgewar, the founder of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, was born in 1889 in Nagpur. From his early childhood until his very last, his life burned like a steady lamp in the cause of the motherland. Even as a child of eight he threw away in disgust the sweets given to him in his school on Queen Victoria's birthday saying that it was a sign of slavery. He amazed his elders by his strange questions such as- "How is it that these Englishmen coming form thousands of miles away have ..
Shri Guruji - Biography..
The following is a talk given by Paramapoojaneeya Sri Guruji Golwalkar in the Sangh Shiksha Varg (Officers Training Camp) of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh held at Nagpur, on Thursday, 7-5-1942. This was delivered when the country was still under the thralldom of British rule. Though more than six decades have gone since he gave this clarion call to the Hindu Nation to shun the inherent weakness of disunity and lack of national consciousness which has brought its downfall, the condition of the Hindus ..
Nowadays people seem to be very much worried about my health. However, I have directed Dr. Thatte to draw up my tour programme for the ensuing Sangh Shiksha Varga Camps. I have a feeling that if the programme is drawn up and kept ready, I may be able to go through it somehow. ..