Every episode of the lives of great personalities showers the nectar of inspiring guidance, solace and courage to soothe our minds and heart even in the moments of fury, tension, anguish, apprehension, depression, tragedy, anxiety, dilemma or confusion…. The noble company of such persons is described in the scriptures as of immense help in spiritual, intellectual and moral refinement and arousal of ideal tendencies. Be those the challenges of unprecedented adversities, contemporary problems of a society, nation, or of the world as a whole, or those associated with the routine matters of ups and downs in the lives of most people, the pure intellect and divine sentiments of great persons find amicable and efficient solutions of every problem. Meeting and discussions with them offers instant courage and inspirations.
Finding the noble company of the above kinds of people, who possess absolute integrity and eminence of character and self-less attitude and purity of heart, appears to be almost impossible in the present circumstances. Although, a large number of religious leaders, scholars and dedicated social workers exist in different parts of the globe, the proportion of those having perfect consonance of words and deeds is significantly low. Very few of them can create deeper impulses in the inner minds of their disciples or educe virtuous tendencies in the people who come in their contact. Nevertheless, the vivid memories, the biographies, the historical accounts of the gamut of activities associated with the great lives continues to serve the purpose of their inspiring company and guidance even when they are no more with us.
Biographies of some divinely enlightened saints, altruist social reformers, immortal leaders and architects of modern history are reviewed and presented in the complete works by Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya Volume nos. 50 and 51.
The Volume No. 50 describe important incidents associated with the lives of – Jesus Christ, Gautam Buddha, Mahaveer Swami, Kumarjeeva, Maharshi Panini, King Ashoka, Chanakya, Socrates, Confucius, Aristotle, Shankaracharya, Swami Ramakrishna Paramhansa etc. Special attention is paid on the aspects which would encourage the readers to boldly face the challenges and problems of day-to-day life and inspire them to overcome all hindrances on the way of achieving higher goals of human dignity….. Although the biographies of many of the great personalities are published and might be known to many of us, the grand collection of the rare memoirs of such lives at one place is indeed rare and adds to the significance of these volumes.
The memories of the brilliant messengers of humanity whose self had been refined, culminated and expanded so much that it could encompass the entire world in its domain of affection….Saint Emerson, Father Damiyen, Pope Pious, J. Krishnamurthi, Guru Gorakhanath, Sadhu Waswani, Swami Tukadoji, Jalaram Bapa, Swami Bhakti Vedanta, Saint Fateha Singh, Guru Golwalkar, Swami Muktananda, Sir John Woodroffe etc – are among those, the inspiring events, teachings and contributions of whose creative lives are highlighted here.
At the present juncture of two milleniums of the flow of time, of the conjugation of two opposite trends of materialist advancement and moral decline in the human society, when the crisis of faith has reached an alarmingly high level, one naturally feels apprehensive about the future…. However, even in these moments of despair and threats to the happy survival of humanity and its original culture…., the immortal lives and glorious deeds of great personalities do reaffirm our faith in the divinity existing in the human self and arouse our inner strength with instant enlightenment.