Sri Acharya(Master) Ekkirala Bharadwaja
[30 oct 1938 - 12 April 1989]
gurureko jagat sarwam brahma vishnu sivatmakam
guroh parataram naasti tasmat sampoojayet gurum
The guru alone is the manifest whole,
himself being the creator, the sustainer
and the destroyer of all that exists,
none else exists other than He
Humble salutations to such a one, The guru
-sri guru geeta
Acharya E.Bharadwaja was born on 30th October 1938 and was a post-graduate in English literature. After a decade of intellectual quest for Truth, he was converted by a profound spiritual experience at the Samadhi Mandir of Sri Saibaba of Shirdi. Thereby he left Indian Administrative Service(IAS), which is a highly respected position in the society and took a poistion as Lecturer of English literature for the ease of spreading his master's teachings. Thereafter he devoted himself to a lifetime of intensive research into the lives and teachings of several saints, travelling extensively and personally contacting many of them. Like many other great men he also insisted on the necessity of a Sadguru to direct one smoothly in the spiritual path. The culmination of all this is a series of books on Sri Sai Baba of Shirdi and many more great saints. He says, Sai Baba of Shirdi is the matchless saint, is a blend of all religions and is the answer to all the questions of present day and spirituality. Other books that explain and prove existence of God in a scientific manner and the necessity of resorting to a Sadguru are also invaluable. His writings are getting translated into several other languages of the world.
He made those who contacted him to start spiritual disciplines easily and live a richer, purposeful,righteous and peaceful life. Towards this end in view he founded the Shirdi Sai Cultural Mission at Vidyanagar and Sai Baba Mission in Ongole. He also founded a Telugu fortnightly(now monthly), SaiBaba, which continues to spread his messages, and was the main source of inspiration in the construction of several Sai Baba temples. After a life of incessant activity spreading the teachings of Sri Sai Baba of Shirdi, he attained Maha Samadhi on 12th April 1989. His Samadhi is located at Ongole, Andra Pradesh, India. Though he has left his mortal frame, even now He responds to the call of his devotees. Presently, his work is being carried by the Sri Master Universal Sai Trust & Acharya Bharadwaja Peace Foundation, Ongole, Andhra Pradesh.
He emphasized on satsang, parayan, mahapurusha sandarshan among the various means in the path of sprituality. He lived a life where there were not mere teachings rather practical demonstration of what he taught. Pranams to such a sadguru.