Shriram Sharma was a noted philanthropist, spiritual thinker and a freedom fighter of the highest pedestal. He was a great reformer, who worked all his life to eliminate the ills that crop due to ignorance and discrimination based on caste. His most inspiring contribution remains in the field of helping youngsters develop a character in tune with the ancient Indian noble values.
Spiritually enlightened right from the formative years
Son of Mata Dankunvari Devi and Pt. Roopkishore Sharma, Shriram Sharma demonstrated his love for mass welfare and the willingness to sacrifice since his early years. He was born on 20th September, 1911 in Anwalkhera dist., Agra. Despite a strong objection from his family members, he took care of a dalit woman, who was suffering from leprosy.
Panditji tended her, offered her food and shelter in a clean environment. He arranged for a doctor so that she could be given the best possible treatment in those times. When he was just 15 years old, he was visited by his Guru Sarveshwaranandji in his vision and gave him certain instructions. Panditji followed every word of it and recited 2.4 million times that is 24 mahapurashcaranas of Gayatri Mantra for each 24 years.
As a freedom fighter
Shriram Sharma started taking part in the freedom struggle of India at the age of 12 years. He founded the group of young children called Baal Sena that protested against the colonial rule and provided help to the victims of the cruel governmental policies. His family worried about his safety and tried to prevent him from leading these activities.
He fled from home and reached Agra where he became a volunteer of the Indian National Congress. Seeing his unflinching devotion for the liberation from foreign rule, he was given the nickname of ‘Matta’ (someone who is intoxicated with an idea, in his case, freedom of India).
Shriram Sharma jumped the prohibitory orders that were passed after Bhagat Singh was hanged in April, 1931 and was arrested and then released. He showed his relentlessness when he organized a flag procession that was brutally repressed by the police. He arrived at Kolkata to participate in the Rashtriya Adhiveshan of the Indian National Congress in 1933.
In 1953, Shriram Sharma founded the Gayatri Tapobhumi in Mathura and 1008 Kundi Yagya was performed in 1958. This yagya paved the way for Yug Nirman Yojna that aimed at bringing cultural, moral, intellectual and spiritual reforms in the individual.
Achievement in later years
Between 1984 and 1986, he conducted the very profound spiritual investigation called Sukshmikara. It is an experiment in which the vital forces and physical, mental and spiritual energies are channelized. Shriram Sharma also wrote Revolutionary Literature that consisted of 40 books. The set is also known as Krantidharmi Sahitya.
It enlightens us about what the future holds for this world and the message for the new dawn emerging in the 21st century. He left for his heavenly journey on 2nd June, 1990. For honouring his incomparable contribution to the Indian society, the Indian government launched a postage stamp. After his demise, his work was carried forward by his soul mate Mata Bhagwati Devi. She provided her guidance to the Ashwamedha Yagya series and helped spread the mission all over the world.