It is indeed rare in the history of mankind that great souls like Bhagirath and Dadhichi graced the Earth with the nectar of the holy Ganges and nurtured the roots of divinity
by their tapa
and self-sacrifice. Pandit Sriram Sharma Acharya undoubtedly belongs to this category of divine rishis. His life and work represent a marvellous synthesis of the noble thoughts and deeds of great personalities like Swami Vivekanand, Sri Aurobindo, Mahatma Gandhi, Socrates and Confucius.
Rev. Pt. Sriram Sharma was a rishi
of the present age whose heart pulsated with compassion for all beings. Every moment of his life was devoted to the welfare of people and the refinement of the moral and cultural environment. He also pioneered the revival of spirituality
and creative integration of the modern and ancient sciences and religion relevant in the challenging circumstances of the present times. His personality was a harmonious blend of a saint, spiritual scientist, yogi, philosopher, psychologist, writer, reformer, freedom
fighter, researcher, eminent scholar and visionary. It would require several volumes to record the attainmens of his life. Here we are only giving a glimpse of his superhuman personality.
Acharya Sriram Sharma (revered as "Gurudev" by his disciples) was a great devotee of Goddess Gayatri
and had attained perfection in realising its utmost potential. He successfully practised and mastered the highest kinds of sadhanas described in Hinduism. He also deciphered the hidden science of Tantras. He attained the supreme knowledge of the philosophy and science of the Gayatri Mantra
and yoga. In essence, he perfected a vast range of spiritual disciplines. He pioneered experiments on simple sadhanas, which could be easily pursued by the common masses. He initiated programmes of spiritual and intellectual refinement of millions of people without any discrimination of religion, caste, creed, sex, or social status. He propagated this knowledge for the enlightenment of people across the globe.
The early years:
Sriram Sharma was born on the 20th September 1911 as the son of Pt. Roopkishor Sharma and Mata Dankunvari Devi in Anvalkheda (Dist. Agra, India). That his saintly heart was concerned for the welfare of common masses was clearly expressed since his childhood when, as a small boy, he took a brave step of nursing an old "untouchable" woman suffering from leprosy against the strong disapproval and displeasure of his family.
The eminent patriot, scholar and founder of the Banaras Hindu University Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya initiated Sriram in the worship
of Gayatri mantra
when he was nine years old. On the auspicious day of Vasant Panchami festival, January 18, 1926, a guru
by the name of Swami Sarveshvaranandji – a great Himalayan yogi – appeared before him in astral body from the flame of the dipaka
(lamp)1 during his Gayatri
worship. This sparked the revelation of the divine origin and purpose of his life and bestowed upon him with the grace and guidance of his guru...