...As a part of his intensive study of the Indian culture
and religious philosophy, he rediscovered the sociological and psychological importance of pilgrimage. He taught us how the ancient glory and the real purpose of the tirthas (sacred places of pilgrimage) could be revived in the present times for the welfare of the masses.
The Dev Sanskrati Vishwavidyalaya (Divine Culture
University)3 recently inaugurated under the auspices of Shantikunj
is an instrument for the revival of the Divine Indian Culture
as per his vision.
Gurudev was convinced that modern man could not be persuaded to accept the values of life patronised by ancient spirituality
until and unless these were proved to be scientifically viable for the welfare of the individual and the society. This was indeed a Herculean task, given the trends of intellectual and scientific evolution over past millennium and almost simultaneous deterioration of religion and culture, which had resulted in a near total neglect of spirituality
in the human life and the emergence of blind faiths, misconceptions, and prejudices. The Brahmavarchas Research Institute founded by him in 1979 near Shantikunj
stands as a living example of how his ideas could be implemented and researched in the modern laboratories.
Sukshmikarana Sadhana and the Dawn of the New Era:
During 1984-1986, he carried out the unique spiritual experiment of sukshmikaraña, meaning sublimation of vital force and physical, mental and spiritual energies. He authored a special set of 20 books (termed Revolutionary Literature or Krantidharmi Sahitya) highlighting the future of the world and conveying the message of the dawn in of the New Era of Truth
during the 21st Century. On 2nd June 1990, he voluntarily shed his physical sheath.
Thereafter, his soulmate revered Mata Bhagavati Devi guided the series of Ashwamedha
Yagyas, which accelerated the pace of global expansion of the mission during the critical juncture of the decade of change of a millennium and change of an era. She too joined Acharya Sharma in the subliminal domains of divinity
after leaving her physical body on the 19th September 1994.
The divine light of knowledge and human glory kindled by them continues to illuminate the excelling path of their great mission under the auspices of Shantikunj
and promises the ushering in "The Age of Truth" in the years to come.
The last message of Gurudev unfolds the divine purpose of his incarnation and also assures us of the bright future. Part of it reads: "The light, of which I have been an instrument, a medium, will not extinguish with my withdrawal from the physical realm. I assure my followers that I will continue living and working with them at Shantikunj
and elsewhere in my astral-causal body and guide, help and inspire them in their efforts to lead humanity
into the Golden Era of Truth, Light and Immortality. I will finally merge into the Blissful Luminous causal self, after humanity
has taken a decisive leap into the cosmic consciousness
and attained the light of the New Era of Spiritual Unity, Harmony and Peace. My blessings, love and prayer-filled wishes to all. I will always be with them in their selfless and noble endeavours in this divine work."
This lamp is lighted continuously since that day (Jan. 18, 1926). It is enshrined at Shantikunj, Hardwar.
He did not accept any awards during his lifetime. The Government of India honoured him posthumously by releasing a postal stamp in his name in 1992.
For details see the article "Dev Sanskrati Vishwavidyalaya – A University Foundation…." in this issue.