A Gold Medalist in MD (Medicine), Dr. Pranav Pandya, qualified for US medical services in 1975. But, inspired by his Guru seer-sage Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya, he gave up the lucrative offer and stayed in India for altruistic cause. This was the beginning of a Guru-disciple relationship that asked for more sacrifice and penance before molding him into a global messenger of Indian culture.
He gave up his job with BHEL as the in-charge of ICU (Cardiology) and joined the Yug Nirman Mission at Shantikunj as the Director-Brahmavarchas Research Institute in 1978. Under the noble guidance of Acharyaji, he laid the foundation of pioneering work in bringing science and spirituality together.
He initiated path-breaking research studies on Ayurveda, Psychology, Yagyopathy and on the therapeutic benefits of meditation and the pranayam. He carried out deep study and research in Indian scriptures and co-authored many books on scientific spirituality during the years 1978 to 1990 in close proximity of Acharyaji.
More significant phase of his life began in 1990 when Gurudev Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharyji took Mahasamadhi. As the Head of the global ?Gayatri Pariwar?, he has established its branches in 80 countries. In continuance of his efforts he has presented scientific aspect of Indian Culture to the Parliament of Worlds Religion in 1993. He has addressed joint session of House of Lords and House of Commons in UK in February 1992.
As a global messenger of Gurudev Pandit Shriram Sharmaji'svision of Bright Future Dr. Pandya inspired youths and talents all over India and abroad to take up the three-fold path of Sadhana (self-discipline), Upasana (adoration and adoption of divine values) and Aradhana (self-less service). Under his dynamic leadership, the Gayatri Pariwar fraternity has blossomed into a world-wide organisation with nearly 100 million followers.
Dr. Pandya is the Editor of a prestigious magazine Akhand Jyoti presenting the scientific aspect of spirituality. The magazine is published in different languages including English. It has more than 6.5 lakh subscribers.
He has been honoured by several organizations and societies for his distinguished services to the nation and the world community at large.