His Holiness Gurumauli (Shri Shriram Khanderao More )
(The Social Reformer)
Shri Shriram Khanderao More alias Annasaheb, 64, also known as Gurumauli & President, Akhil Bharatiya Shree Swami Samarth Gurupeeth, Trimbakeshwar, a charitable trust, has been engaged in grassroots social reforms for the past four decades, in village Dindori, 25 km from Nashik, Maharashtra. The social reforms that began with free of cost successful programmes for de-addiction, women empowerment, no-dowry mass community marriages, agro empowerment, communal harmony, self-employment for the youth, and so on, from village Dindori, have now penetrated across globe through the trust’s thousands of social services centers. He has been executing Social Reform Programme (SRP) from, a Socio University, Shree Swami Samarth Gurupeeth, Trimbakeshwar that conducts practical workshops, study tours, seminars and training for one and all, free of cost, across global. The aim is to raise new generations, proud of culture and with a scientific bent of mind and confident to face the future. The counselling sessions that are essentially a man & mind healing technique run across more than 6000 centers of Seva Marg across global take into consideration the social, educational and ancestral background of the troubled and unhappy solution seeker and suggests him or her simple easy-to-do self-help techniques. All the activities are carried out on a daily basis through these centers absolutely free of cost by lakhs of dedicated and selfless voluntary activists who have similarly benefitted from it and now want to pass the benefit down the chain to the lowest strata of the society without distinctions of caste, creed or religion. For the past 40 years, he has been striving to better the lives of the last of the lowest in the social strata, empowering them with knowledge and training, making them self-reliant and, in the process, carving out a strong village and agrarian economy that exists through the united colors of communal peace and harmony. Also, an exclusive team of trained volunteers conducts Balsanskar and Yuvasanskar sessions in the Schools and Colleges so as to spread awareness on rich heritage amongst the youth to build incredible future and also provides guidance on Environment conservation. The result of this education and training is : Several lakhs of people have rid themselves of alcohol and abuse, got good jobs or are happily self-employed, women are running small and medium-size businesses, farmers are using the traditional as well as modern techniques and tools of agriculture resulting in more yield. Many volunteers are working towards blood donation camps, cloth donation camps, gender equality campaigns, social engineering through mass marriages, and rehabilitation program for drought affected farmers and so on… Today, the personal counselling continues through all the centers and the Publications Division of Gurupeeth brings out over 70 books in Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati, Kannada, Telugu, Bengali, Sanskrit, English and other languages! Among them is a series on agriculture know-how called Agriculture (Part1-4), a monthly magazine called Shree Swami Samarth Seva and another on personal development called Dnyandan (Part1-4). As an extension of its social revolution drive, a small step has been taken, in decades to come, shall perhaps prove to be giant leap in history of mankind. The multi-specialty Sadguru Moredada charitable hospital has started to build and mark a new beginning in health and happiness for one and all. The reason why the barren lives of millions of rural folk in the interiors of Maharashtra and elsewhere are today blooming with happiness is the 16 – Point Social Reform Programme (SRP) that has been carrying out for the past four decades, holding mass meetings of farmers, womenfolk, jobless youngsters, tribal, deprived & under privileged people and guiding them with knowledge and training. Most recently, Tree Plantation in millions was done by youth who are the part of the Balsanskar and Yuva Probodhan wing of Seva Marg. Several organizations have taken note of this selfless silent social revolution and honoured with awards and citations. The special Award conferred by Maharashtra Government for Blood Donation Camp, in 2006. During the Kargil War, thousands of volunteers had donated blood for the national cause from camps organized by him. Maharashtra Government also honored with ‘Krushi Bhushan award’ in 2014 for the outstanding work for farmers. Zilha Parishad, Nasik also conferred him an award on the occasion of Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Din – 2007 for the distinguished work in the area of Non- Conventional Energy. Collector & District Magistrate, Nasik commended and conferred Letter of appreciation for the efforts during water scarcity management program. He also awarded with ‘Malhari Ratna’ by Jejuri Sansthan to praise His round the clock admirable work towards common man & so on.. Shree Annasaheb More has always stayed away from glare instead choosing to work quietly towards society from the one-room office in the farm at village Dindori, the awards have helped the trust in taking this self-less work to a larger number of people, thus involving them in the Social Reform Programme in national interest.