D. S. Sarma joined the profession of letters as a lecturer in English and served several Govt. Colleges of Madras. Afterwards he became a Principal. He was not a professional philosopher but philosophy was in his blood. He was well versed in Vivekananda-Ramakrishna literatures and wrote many articles on them. He had books in English on the Gita and the Upanishads. Renascent Hinduism, The Experience of Sri Ramakrishna-Vivekananda and Western Civilization, The Ramakrishna Movement, Intellectual Knowledge and Spiritual Experience etc. are some of his remarkable works.

Of all the religious movements that have sprung up in India in recent times, there is none so faithful to our past and so full of possibilities for the future, so rooted in our national consciousness and yet so universal in its outlook, and therefore none so thoroughly representative of the religious spirit of India, as the movement connected with the name of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and his disciple, Swami Vivekananda. In a way, the true starting point of the present Hindu Renaissance may be said to be Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. For his life represents the entire orbit of Hinduism, and not simply a segment of it. ...In fact, Sri Ramakrishna is a unique figure in the history of Hinduism, because, without much education and scholarship, he traversed the entire region of religious experience by his own tapas and confirmed by his own personal testimony the truths of the Hindu scriptures.15