Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya
(September 20 1911 – June 2 1990) was a seer, sage and avisionary of the New Golden Era - Founder of All World Gayatri Pariwar.His life and work represent a marvelous synthesis of the noble thoughts and deeds of greatpersonalities like Swami Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo, Mahatma Gandhi, Socrates and Confucius.Rev. Pt. Shriram Sharma was a rishi of the present age whose heart pulsated with compassion for allbeings. Every moment of his life was devoted to the welfare of people and the refinement of the moraland cultural environment. He also pioneered the revival of spirituality, creative integration of themodern and ancient sciences and religion relevant in the challenging circumstances of the presenttimes. His personality was a harmonious blend of a saint, spiritual scientist, yogi, philosopher,psychologist, writer, reformer, freedom fighter, researcher, eminent scholar and visionary.
Acharya Shriram Sharma (revered as "Gurudev" by his disciples) was a great devotee of GoddessGayatri and had attained perfection in realizing its utmost potential. He successfully practiced andmastered the highest kinds of sadhanas described in Hinduism. He also deciphered the hiddenscience of Tantras. He attained the supreme knowledge of the philosophy and science of the GayatriMantra and yoga. He pioneered experiments on simple sadhanas, which could be easily pursued bythe common man / common masses. He initiated programs of spiritual and intellectual refinement of millions of people without any discrimination of religion, caste, belief, creed , gender, or social status.He propagated this knowledge for the Enlightenment of humanity, people across the globe.Shriram Sharma initiated the unique movement of
(thought revolution movement) withthe very first issue of "Akhand Jyoti" ( monthly magazine name). By 1960, he had translated the
4Vedas, 108 Upanishads, 6 Darshanas, 18 Puranas, Yogavashishtha
, and hundreds of
Aranyakas and Brahmanas
in Hindi with lucid commentaries to enable the masses to understand the knowledgecontained in them. The translation was also aimed at eliminating misconceptions, superstitions andblind customs, which were propagated in the medieval era by deliberate misinterpretations of theVedas and other scriptures. Understanding the modern day psychology of the people, andrecognizing the non-relevance, in the present times, of the mythical characters and the background of life depicted in the
, he wrote
" in the narrative and conversational style of theancient
to preach the eternal principles of happy, progressive and ideal life with practicalguidance relevant to the modern age. He wrote about 3500 books on almost all aspects of human life,whether it be the elucidation of the esoteric aspects of the subtle science of spirituality, researchdirections on brain and consciousness, discussions on child psychology and family institutions,guidelines on mental, emotional and physical health, and cheerful attitude in daily life. In hiscomprehensive and penetrating analysis we find no place for delusion, confusion or misconception.Through his literature he strikes a chord of empathy in the reader. The message conveyed in theliterature touches the reader's heart with deep sensitiveness, producing a sea of change in hisattitudes and ideologies.As a part of his intensive study of the Indian culture and religious philosophy, he rediscovered thesociological and psychological importance of pilgrimage. He taught us how the ancient glory and thereal purpose of the
(sacred places of pilgrimage) could be revived in the present times for thewelfare of the masses.