Hedgewar did not wear the
robes of a sannyasin; nor did he run away from the normal way of life in the society. But
his inner being enlarged itself to include the entire society: the society at large became
his family. He remained a life-long celibate to be able to apply himself totally to the
task he had charged himself with. He was indeed a sannyasin in essence, though not in
He lived only for 50 years. But the fragrance of his life will permeate the society for
hundreds of years to come. Persons influenced by his thoughts, words and deeds are
countless indeed. The incense-stick burns itself into ashes, but spreads its aroma in the
surroundings. By wearing himself out, Doctor Hedgewar created a generation of dedicated
social workers with unsullied nationalist spirit, character, and total identification with
Hindu society, ever willing to sacrifice themselves in the nation's cause.
A tiny lamp lit seven decades ago has now become an effulgent star shining in the
national horizon surrounded by a galaxy of millions of shining stars in the expansive
skies, illumining cities, villages, hamlets, homes and hearths. With every passing day,
the star shines brighter and brighter.