Calender of events in Gurudev's Life

Year Event
July 3, 1886 Birth
1895 Joins Sir Parshuram Bhau High School, Jamkhandi
Nov.25, 1901 Initiation into spiritual life, by Shri Bhausaheb Maharaj, Umadi at Jamkhandi
1902 Matriculation exam. Receives coveted Jagannath Shankarsheth Scholorship in Sanskrit. Stood second in Mumbai Provice.
1902 First mystical experience at Jamkhandi.
1903 Joins Deccan College, Pune
1903 Mutt at Inchagiri
1904 Sad demise of Gurudev's father.
1905 Varjivandas Scholorship in Inter exam.
1906 Published his article - An Ideal Critic, in Deccan College Journal
1907 Passes B.A. Receives Bhau Daji Scholorship
1907 Dakshina Fellow in Deccan College
1908 An article - The Centre of the Universe, published
1908 Huge expanse of spiritual light seen by Gurudev alongwith friends and Prof. Wodehouse, from Prof. Wodehouse's bunglow. After the mystical experience, Prof. Wodehouse said, 'My spiritual career began today.'
1908 Visits Annie Besant at Benaras. The venerable lady attentively heard all the details of the spiritual experiences of young Gurudev and asked whether he was initiated by a Master. On getting the reply in the affirmative, she asked whether he had with him a photograph of his Spiritual Teacher. Gurudev handed over the photograph of Shri Bhausaheb Maharaj, on seeing which, she exclaimed : "You are in safe hands."
1909 Serious illness overtook young Gurudev. However, Shri Bhausaheb Maharaj assured his mother, "Weep not mother. Your son shall have no fear of death till sixty years. He has to carry on a great mission of Lord."
1910 First meet with Shri Amburao Maharaj
1911 Tutor in English, in Fergusson College, Pune
1912 Article in Modern Review, kolkata, Vindication of Indian Philosophy, published in reply to strictures on Indian philosophy, by Prof. Hardayal
1912 Curator in Deccan College, Pune
1914 Spiritual Master Shri Bhausaheb Maharaj's Niryana.
1914 M.A. Awarded Chancellor's and Justice Telang Gold Medals
1914 Professor of Philosophy in Fergusson College, Pune
1915 Lectures at Bangalore on the Philosophy of Upanishads at the time of foundation of Shankar Sanskrit Academy
1916 Lost his only son in infancy
1916 Publication of a Critical Edition of Carlyle's Signs of the Times and Characteristics
1916 Correspondence with Shri Aurobindo Ghosh, who on reading Gurudev's writings on Greek Philosophy observed : The Perfect writer and Scholor.....possesses in a superlative degree the rare gift of easy and yet adequate exposition and leaves us charmed...enlightened and satisfied. A complete history of Greek Philosophy by this 'perfect writer and scolor would be a priceless gain.'
1917 Lokmanya Tilak asked Gurudev to enter polotics. On getting a reply that he had an inherent liking for religion and spirituality, Lokamanya said: Arvindbabu is also a mystic like you.
1917 Started the quarterly : Indian Philosphical Review, with Professor A. Widgery.
1918 Lost his wife and mother within a span of 2 months due to plague epidemic, totally devastating his family.
1920-21 Gurudev attained spirtual pinnacle, crowned as Sadguru.
1922 Second marriage with Manutai Vaidya of Islampur (Sangli district), as per instructions received in meditation from Shri Bhausaheb Maharaj
1924 Resigned from the Life Membership of Deccan Education Society
1924 Started Academy of Philosophy and Religion. Launched a scheme of the Encyclopaediac History of Indian Philosophy in sixteen volumes.
1925 Constructed his home at Nimbal and after Nam Saptah (meditation programme) started staying there.
1925 Birth of daughter - Shakuntala
1926 Publication of his first monumental work, 'Constructive Survey of Upanishadic Philosophy'
1926 Publication of - Jnaneshwar, Tukaram and Ramdas Vachanamrutas (Nectar of saints teachings)
1927 Publication of 'Sant Vachanamruta'
1927 Publication of History of Indian Philosophy, Vol.II, The Creative Period (in collaboration with Dr. S. K. Belwalkar)
1927 Invited to Allahabad University as a Professor of Philosophy, by Dr. Ganganath Jha, the then Vice-Chancellor
1928 Delivered Rao Bahadur Kinkhede Lectures under the auspices of Nagpur University, which were posthumously published under the title : The Bhagavadgita as a Philosophy of God Realisation.
1929 Delivered Basu Malik Lectures on Vedanta, under the auspices of Calcutta University, which were posthumously published under the title : Vedanta, the Culmination of Indian Thought.
1933 Publication Of, 'Pathway to God in Marathi Literature'.
1933 Nirvana of Shri Amburao Maharaj (Baba)
1936 Started initiating Mumukshus (people desirous of begining spiritual career)
1937 Presided over the XIII Indian Philosophical Congress held at Nagpur.
1940-41 Birth of second son, who also short-lived and passed away within 4 months period.
1942 Second building constructed at Nimbal.
1945 Became Vice-Chancellor of Allahabad University.
1946 Awarded coveted Emiratus Professorship by Allahabad University.
1947 Awarded : D.Litt. degree by Allahabad University.
1947 Delivered foundational lectures in Kaushik Endowment, Pune, presided over by the then Chief Minister, Shri. B. G. Kher, who said : 'I shared with Prof. Ranade the Sanskrit Prize at the University Exam. What a great good fortune would it be if I were to share his spiritual prize as well'.
1947 Marriage of daughter, Shakuntala with Shri Vishwanathrao Apte, a noble family of Gwalior.
1947 Delivered lectures at Ahmedabad under the auspices of Gujarat Vidya Sabha on (1) The spiritual task before New India, and, (2) How humanity can be one? These were later brought out in a book form under the title : The Conception of Spiritual Life in Mahatma Gandhi and Hindi Saints
1952 Lectures at Rashtrapati Bhavan and Constitution Club, New Delhi.
1954 Publication of 'Paramartha Sopan' (source book of Hindi) by Dr.S. Radhakrishnan, who observed : 'I enjoyed Shir Ranade's friendship and affection from the first time I met him. His simplicity, his integrity, his sweet and affectionate nature impressed all those who came into contact with him. Dr. Ranade lived philosophy and was touched by the Grace of God. My life is richer for having known him.'
1954 Publication of 'Pathway to God in Hindi Literature'. The book was released by Dr. Rajendra Prasad at Rashtrapati Bhavan, who said : 'So the philosophy which we have inherited from the past now lives in him.'
1954 Lectures at Karnataka University, Dharwad, which were published posthumously under the title : Pathway to God in Kannada Literature.
1955 Publication of 'Eknath Vachanamrut'.
1956 Publication of 'Philosophical and Other Essays' Part I.
1956 Amrut Mahotsav (70th birth celebration at Jamkhandi)
June 6, 1957 Mahaniryana (Left his mortal coil) Gurudev's last message - "Our only pursuit should be to follow the will of God and meditate on Him. If we do this, I think, He will come to our help in all circumstances."