Swami Sharad Puri is the founder of the Shivedale School in Haridwar, one of the best holistic educational institutions of the country. Ever since a young boy, he received training by Guru Mahamandaleshwar Santosh Puri Gita Bharati, a renowned lady saint and scholar. In order to understand the plight of people and possible solutions for dispelling ignorance, he went on a pilgrimage to all the holy places in different parts of India.
Swami Sharad Puriji’s passion for knowledge, inspired by the Divine within, opened a new but novel vision of serving the people through the education of young minds. He says “As education is the search for knowledge and the Vedas are aimed at the highest education of the Self (the Brahman or Absolute), both modern and Vedic education must be combined to train the young for the future of India and the world.” Swamiji not only believes in but also puts into practice the dictum of vidya dan—charity of knowledge, as the greatest of all. A born problem-solver and an incarnation of patience, his life is totally dedicated to education and serving the poor.
Swami Sharad Puri Ji is the chief patron of Anantbodh Yoga. Swami Ji is running many charitable organizations also.
Swami Sharad Puriji’s passion for knowledge, inspired by the divine within, opened a new but novel vision of serving the people through educating the young mind. He says “education is search for knowledge and Veda is aimed at highest education of Self (The Brahman or The Absolute), then both modern and Vedic education must combine to train the young for future of India.” Swami not only believes but translates the dictum of Vidya Dan, (charity of knowledge) is the greatest of all. Swamiji laid down many objectives for an integrated education:
- To promote Vedic Values and education for dispelling ignorance combine modern education and tools.
- To bring about integration in society through Value and Integral education
- To provide basic minimum needs and education to homeless, underprivileged, and destitute children.
- To provide shelter and home to senior citizens while inspiring them to guide the young minds in a spiritual environment for a harmonious society.
- To awaken woman towards self-reliance by offering them education and providing basic needs
A humble beginning made by Swami Sharad Puriji in the year 2000 by establishing Shivedale School on the banks of Ganges at Kankhal in Haridwar, Uttrakhand, India. Swamiji’s experienced guidance, a constant inspiration to teaching staff and students; Shivedale School now serves about 2000 students out of which more than 100 are fully supported by the management. Swamiji is continuously offering his guidance to staff and students for becoming a better person for family, society, and nation. Swamiji stress upon understanding one’s Real Self should become an integral part of modern education so that ancient and modern wisdom can create a society aimed at peace, liberty, and fraternity and cooperation. Mairtichhaya is another project on which swami is working which will translate the vivid principles of Vedas into reality. Maitrichhaya is home for homeless, destitute, and senior citizens where Swamiji will work relentlessly for the upliftment of people, society, and nation