(Last Updated on : 26/07/2012)
Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar was born on 19th February 1906, and popularly known as Param Pujaniya Madhavji. He was the second "Sarsanghchalak" (Supreme Chief) of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and was a famous Hindu Nationalist leader of India. His life was wholly dedicated to the service of Motherland. Pure like fire, tender like a flower, his was a personality lofty like the Himalayas
. He was a great leader with indomitable courage and a sharp intellect.
Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar had 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 Madhav.
Teachings of Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar
He instilled patriotism in the hearts of millions of youths of the country. He explained to them the Hindu way of life and philosophy in simple words. Like a true friend, he shared in the joys and sorrows of his countrymen. He transformed them into Effective instruments for the worship of Bharat Mata as her worthy children. He demonstrated that strength derives from organization. He travelled untiringly through the length and breadth of the country almost a hundred times during the 33 years of his glorious tenure as Sarsanghchalak, kindling in the society the immortal flame of enduring love for the Motherland.
Spiritual Life of Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar
He had scaled the highest levels of spirituality through his intense austerity and perseverance. By constant study and reflection he had become a veritable treasure of knowledge. He was a voracious reader even as a boy. He avidly read whatever books he could lay his hands on, from childhood through youth. Several are the disciplines in which he had acquired commendable mastery - History, Art, Religion, Culture, Sciences, Sociology and Economics, to name a few; and he dedicated all his stupendous intellectual faculties to the service of the country. He vastly expanded the network of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in multiple directions, and inspired and guided thousands of efficient dedicated workers spread throughout the country.
Later Life of Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar
Madhavji Golwalkar died of Cancer on June 5, 1973 in Nagpur
, in the Indian state
. He had written three letters as his testament and kept them with instructions to be opened after his demise: the first addressed to all the Swayamsevak brethren, the second about his successor, and the third relating to his posthumous rites.