There is a well-known and very meaningful description that in creation Bhārata is mökśa-bhūmi and the rest of the world is karma-bhūmi. Bhārata is the terrain endowed with vibrancy especially conducive for spiritual sadhana. This is corroborated also by the appearance of countless saintly personages throughout the ageless history of this land. It is doubtful whether any other country can boast of such a long and ennobling succession of mystics and saints through the millennia. Incidentally, it is the well-spring of spirituality sustained and nourished by saints and savants which enabled our society to withstand cultural onslaughts from alien hordes and from materialistic trends. It is in this sense that centrality of Dharma has been regarded as the unique characteristic of our civilization.
The manner in which Bhagavān Sadguru Śrīdhara Swami (7.12.1908 19.4.1973) carried forward the above lustrous legacy and mission is a glorious chapter in the twentieth-century cultural history of Bhārata. His ceaseless endeavour to strengthen the inner core of society through moral and spiritual upliftment and through spreading social awareness is legendary.
A remarkable circumstance which impresses all is that Bhagavān Sadguru Śrīdhara Swami was heir to several legacies. Basically he was a modern- day expositor of the age-old Upanishadic precepts and also a visible personification of the timeless mystical tradition. In addition he was widely recognized as an incarnation of Guru Dattatreya of yore on the one hand and of Śrī Samartha Rāmadāsa on the other. In fact he is the most recen adherent of the Rāmadāsī stream of sādhana.
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