Shriram Sharma

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Shriram Sharma
Pt.ShriramSharma Smiling.jpg
Born(1911-09-20)20 September 1911
Died2 June 1990(1990-06-02) (aged 78)
Haridwar, India
Other namesSri Ram Matta, Gurudev, Vedmurti, Yug Rishi, Guruji
Known forFounder and Patron of All World Gayatri Pariwar (AWGP)
Home townAnwal Khera, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
Spouse(s)Bhagawati Devi Sharma
Websitewww.awgp.org

Shriram Sharma (20 September 1911 – 2 June 1990) was a social reformer, a prominent philosopher, and founder of "All World Gayatri Pariwar", which has its headquarters at Shantikunj, Haridwar, India. He is popularly known as Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya by the members of the Gayatri Pariwar.

He pioneered the revival of spirituality and creative integration of the modern and ancient sciences and religion.

Birth and early life[edit]

Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya was born on 20 September 1911 as the son of Pt. Roopkishore Sharma and Mata Dankunvari Devi in Anwalkhera District.[1]

The Great freedom fighter and founder of Banaras Hindu University, Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya solemnized his sacred thread ceremony (Yagyopaveet) and initiated him in Gayatri Mantra.[2]

At the age of fifteen, his Spiritual Guru, a Himalayan Yogi, Sarveshwaranandji appeared in his vision during the worship in the astral body. As per Sarveshwarandji's instruction, Shriram performed twenty-four mahapurashcarañas (2.4 million recitation) of Gayatri Mantra each for twenty-four years. He visited the Himalayas four times for higher spiritual attainments. At the same time he took active part in Indian freedom movement and was sent to jail three times.[citation needed]

Participation in Indian Freedom Movement[edit]

Shriram Sharma on a 1991 stamp of India

Fellow freedom fighters nicknamed him as "Matta" (the Intoxicated, obsessed, completely devoted to the idea of a Free India) on account of his dedication and devotion.[3] Much of his writing and poetry were published in the Hindi newspaper Sainik (soldier) under the nickname of Matta.

After the hanging of Bhagat Singh, he was arrested for breaking prohibitory orders in April 1931 in Agra but released shortly afterwards. Undeterred, he announced a flag procession in the village of Parakhi near his home village Awalkhera. The government again issued prohibitory orders and the police force attacked the procession with batons. Shriram was struck unconscious and carried to a nearby hospital where doctors discovered a piece of cloth from his flag stuck between his jaws, which he had taken into his mouth to save from the police.

In 1933, he left for Kolkata to attend the Rashtriya Adhivation (national meeting) of Congress, but was arrested and sent to Asansol jail with other national leaders such as Mahamana Madan Mohan Malaviya, Swaruparani Nehru, Devdas Gandhi, Rafi Ahmad Kidwai etc.[4] At the age of 25 he was again arrested on charges of flag hoisting on government establishments and transferred to different jails. He was released after almost one year.

The yearning for literature[edit]

To help people, his aim was to diagnose the root cause of the ailing state of the world today and enable the upliftment of society. He recognized the crisis of faith, people’s ignorance of the powers of the inner self, and the lack of righteous attitude and conduct.

Realizing the potential of inspirational literature and its importance in sparking an intellectual evolution, he had chosen writing as the principal mode towards uprooting the evil tendencies and blind faith from people’s minds and replacing it with wisdom, strength and spiritual bliss.

Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya initiated the movement of VICHAR KRANTI (Thought Revolution) with the very first issue of Akhand Jyoti. By 1960, he had compiled and translated the 4 Vedas, 108 Upanishads, 6 Darshanas, 18 Puranas, Yogavasishtha and various Aranyakas and Brahmanas with lucid commentaries to enable the masses to understand the knowledge contained in them. The translation was also aimed at eliminating misconceptions, superstitions and blind customs, which were propagated in the medieval era by misinterpretations of the Vedas and other scriptures. This contribution to the world of knowledge and human culture was highly acclaimed and appreciated by scholars like Dr S Radhakrishnan, Acharya Vinoba Bhave; the distinguished title of "Vedmurti" was conferred upon him in its recognition.[5][6]

Understanding the modern day psychology of the people, and recognizing the non-relevance, in the present times, of the mythical characters and the background of life depicted in the Puranas, he wrote "Pragya Purana" in the narrative and conversational style of the ancient Puranas to preach the eternal principles of happy, progressive and ideal life with practical guidance relevant to the modern age.

He wrote many books on almost all aspects of human life, whether it be the elucidation of the esoteric aspects of the subtle science of spirituality, research directions on brain and consciousness, discussions on child psychology and family institutions, guidelines on mental, emotional and physical health, and cheerful attitude in daily life.

His discourses manifested a similar sense of eloquence. The simplicity of language in his orations and his ability to establish a rapport with the audience is said[by whom?] to have had a hypnotizing effect on the listener’s mind.

Establishment of Shantikunj and Brahmavarchas[edit]

According to the pressing need of the modern times, he established Shantikunj in Haridwar, as a spiritual center for implementing the teachings of different Rishis. He also established the Brahmavarchas Research Institute in Haridwar, a center for inter communion of science and spirituality, where interrelation between these two aspects is studied. The prime aim of setting up this Institute is to establish the ancient Indian Yogic Philosophy as the science and art of living.[7]

Acharyaji pioneered the resurrection of the rishi culture by a simultaneous renaissance and expansion of the reformative and constructive endeavours of the leading rishis of the Vedic Age. He reviewed the immortal contributions of the divine culture of India to the rest of the world and endeavoured for nurturing and re-establishing the foundational elements of the Indian Culture and the roots of its divine nature in new scientific light through several activities of the Gayatri Pariwar.

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 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.

Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya (the Divine Culture University) inaugurated in 2002 posthumously, under the auspices of Shantikunj is an instrument for the revival of the Divine Indian Culture as per his vision.[8]

The dawn of the New Era[edit]

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 40 books (termed Revolutionary Literature or Krantidharmi Sahitya) highlighting the future of the world and conveying the message of the dawn of the New Era of Truth during the 21st Century.

Selected works[edit]

Biographies[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shri Ram Sharma Acharya, Chronology". gurudev.awgp.org.
  2. ^ "Seer-sage of the new golden era". akhandjyoti.org.
  3. ^ Sri Ram Sharma Acharya. Indian Post. Retrieved on 6 December 2018.
  4. ^ Swatantrata-Sangram ke Sainik (Sankshipt Parichay). 33, District Agra. Suchna Vibhag (Information Department) Lucknow, UP. pp. 52–53.
  5. ^ Brahmavarchas (2001). Sanskriti Purush Hamare Gurudev (in Hindi). Shri Vedmata Gayatri Trust, Shantikunj. pp. 51–56.
  6. ^ "Yugrishi Vedmurti Taponishtha Pt. Sriram Sharma Acharya: Seer-Sage of the New Golden Era" Akhand-Jyoti (bimonthly) Jan–Feb 2003
  7. ^ "Estiblishments of Gayatri Pariwar".
  8. ^ "Founder-Patron, Devsanskriti Vishwavidyalaya".

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