Glimpses of a Great Soul
Param Poojaniya Shri Guruji,
Madhavrao Sadashivrao Golwalkar,
Dwitiya (second) Sarsanghachalak,
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, RSS
1906 Born 19th February - Magha Krishna 11, Shaka 1827 in Nagpur. Only surviving son among 9 children. Affectionately called "MADHU" by mother. Father's name is Shri Sadashiv Balkrishna Golwalkar and Mother's name is Laxmibai (Taijee).
1922 Completes Matriculation Examination
1924 Completes Intermediate Examination at Hislop College, Nagpur
1926 Passes B.Sc. Examination at Banaras Hindu University (BHU)
1928 Passes M.Sc.(Zoology) Examination at B.H.U., Banaras, U.P.
1929 Goes to Madras for further studies but returns to Nagpur
1930 Teaches at Banaras Hindu University. First contact with RSS.
1932 Appointed Sanghchalak at B.H.U. Meets RSS founder Dr. Hedgewar at Nagpur.
1933 Guruji returns to Nagpur and joins Law College
1934 Appointed Karyawaha (Secretary) of Nagpur Shakha and sent to Bombay as full time worker, Pracharak.
1935 Completes L.L.B. course.

1936 His urge towards spiritual salvation takes him to Sargachi in Bengal State. Takes DEEKSHA from Swami Akhandanandji of Ramkrishna Math.
1937 Returns to Nagpur following samadhi of Swami Akhandanandji. Translates speeches of Swami Vivekananda delivered at 1893 Chicago Religious Conference. Also wrote "WE OR OUR NATIONHOOD DEFINED" in three days.
1938 Appointed Sarvadhikari of OTC, Officer's Training Camp.
1939 Sent to Calcutta for Sangh work.
1939 Appointed Sar-Karyavaha , all India General Secretary, at Guru Pooja Utsav.
1940 RSS founder Dr. Hedgewar passed away on 21st June at 9.27 a.m. Shri Guruji is appointed as next SARSANGHCHALAK on 3rd July.
1942 Calls for more Pracharaks. Thousands of swayamsevaks offer to devote full time for Sangh Work.
1945 Second World War ends. The shadow of partition looms over the country. Shri Guruji visits Sindh.
1947 3700 swayamsevaks attend Sangh Shiksha Varg in Punjab. Bharat attains Independence on 15th August. But country is divided.
1948 On 30th January Mahatma Gandhiji is assassinated. Sangh wrong-fully banned on 4th Feb by Government. Shri Guruji and thousands of swayamsevaks are arrested. Over eighty thousand swayamsevaks offered Satyagraha to get the ban lifted.
1949 Ban on Sangh is lifted on 12th July. Shri Guruji tours the country and is given a tumultuous welcome everywhere.
1952 Delegates to Pandit Deen Dayalji the work of Jan Sangh. Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram is formed.
1955 Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh work started. Shri Dattopant Thengdiji delegated to do the work.
1956 51st birthday is celebrated with several huge functions.

1962 Smriti-Mandir, Memorial, at Doctorji's Samadhi in Nagpur is naugurated.
1964 Vishwa Hindu Parishad is formed.
1965 Participates in Security meeting called by Prime Minister Shri Lal Bahadur Shastriji at the time of Indo-Pak war.
1966 1st conference of Vishwa Hindu Parishad takes place at the time of Maha-Kumbha in Prayag and delegates work to Dada Saheb Apteji
1970 Vivekananda Rock Memorial inaugurated, it's work entrusted to Shri Eknath Ranadeji, former Sar-karyavaha. Shri Guruji operated for Chest Cancer.
1971 A letter of congratulations is sent to Prime Minister Shrimati Indira Gandhiji on victory in war with Pakistan (which results in formation of Bangladesh - formerly East Pakistan).
1972 Akhil Bharatiya Karyakarta Baithak, all-India worker's meeting, takes place at Thane, Mumbai.
1972/73 Health in the later part of the year deteriorates. Tours the country for the last time.
1973 Returns to Nagpur on 14th March. Attends Pratinidhi Sabha, representative's meet, and speaks for the last time. Participated in the evening Sangh Prarthana on 5th June and there after breathed his last around 9p.m. For 33 years he toured the country, guided swayamsevaks, met dignitaries, social and religious leaders, politicians, thinkers old and young and wrote thousands of letters giving guidance in varied fields of life. He had left three letters for the swayamsevaks. The first letter was related to the appointment of Poojaneeya Balasaheb Deoras as the next Sarsanghchalak. In the second letter he expresses a desire that there should not be any memorial in his name. The third letter - In all humility he also begged forgiveness from the swayamsevaks for any displeasure to the swayamsevaks that might have occurred while he was the Sarsanghchalak.
Distinctive Features Of Param Poojaniya Shri Guruji'S Life And Work
He was a great scholar, wide and well read. He could talk on any subject with effective participation.
His memory power was very remarkable.
He was a man with vision - a person who could look into the future and prepare his followers. For instance, he gave a very early warning of Chinese invasion of India (1962) and was the first person to do so boldly.
He united various Sants and Sadhus on the platform of Vishwa Hindu Parishad which since 1964 has blossomed into a worldwide organisation.
He was a great soul of spirituality. He could have worked for his own salvation (Moksha). Instead he devoted himself to the service of Society.
He could mix easily with all age groups and social groups, and win over their affection.
He always shunned publicity in spite of his personal magnificent work and achievements. He worked and sacrificed for the good of the Society without desiring publicity-It was his path of life.