Param Pujya Shri Ranchhoddasji Maharaj, lovingly called “Gurudev” by his followers is the founding father of SSST. His principles and ideology have continued to be a the guiding strength for the Trust and our multifarious activities.
Gurudev was an ardent devotee of Lord Rama as a young boy. Born into the royal priest family of the erstwhile Kingdom of Gwalior, as a young boy he joined the hermitage of Shri Balkrishnadasji of the Ramanand sect who kept him under his tutelage and initiated him into Virakt Diksha (a high level of ascetic renunciation). He was thus named Ranchhoddas after his renunciation. He traversed the country, across villages, cities, mountains and temples by foot in search of truth and self-realisation. Gurudev spent many years meditating and spreading his teachings. His life became an example of righteousness and of selfless service to the needy. Lakhs of followers gathered to hear Gurudev’s discourses and teachings wherever he went. Gurudev led many who were lost in the mayhem of vices back to the right path of simple and honest living.
Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, the work initiated by Gurudev was formalized into the Shri Sadguru Seva Sangh Trust in 1968. The name of the Trust amalgamated the core principle of ‘seva’ (selfless service) and the ideal of righteousness as taught by Gurudev. SSSST has since then endeavoured to follow these principles through each of its welfare projects.
Thousands of followers visit the Sadguru Seva Sangh Trust annually from across the world to render volunteer service to the cause and ideology inspired by Shri Ranchhoddasji Maharaj. Though Gurudev left for His heavenly abode in 1970, His endearing soul and timeless teachings of ‘mutual respect, equality, selfless service and life of dignity for all’ continue to guide the work of the Trust and provide the value framework on which the Trust stands strong.
Vision and Mission
Vision: 'Service to Humanity'
Mission: 'Food for the hungry, clothes to the destitute and sight to the blind’