time to time great teachers come forth to guide us on our journey to
spiritual enlightenment. One such teacher was Swami Brahmanand Saraswati
(1871-1953). Known to his followers simply as “Guru Dev”
or “divine teacher,” Swami Brahmananda was the
Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math, the highest position of spiritual
leadership in north India, and the master of many great spiritual
teachers, including Swami Karpatri (1907-1982), Swami Shantanand
Saraswati (1913-1997) and Maharishi
Mahesh Yogi (1918-2008).
supreme truth in simple words that dispel all confusion, strife,
anxiety, restlessness and fear and provide the sincere seeker with a
direct path to unlimited and permanent happiness.
Guru Dev Legacy Trust is a
non-profit organization whose mission is to
locate, preserve and publish the oral discourses of Guru Dev, along
with other materials pertaining to his life and teaching. The Trust has
placed some of these materials on this website, and will add more as
they become available and have been translated to English. The Guru Dev Legacy Trust is
committed to eventually creating a complete archive of all discourses
of Guru Dev to be readily available to all at no cost. We
need more help, especially to assist in
translation work, so if you can help in anyway pleasecontact us
site is dedicated to sharing the 'nectar words' of this spiritual
teacher, teachings that get to the point and go straight to the heart..
The word 'yoga' is often
interpreted as meaning the physical or Ashtanga yoga, which
involves performing bodily postures, but the word actually predates
this form of yoga, as
in the ancient Scriptures the word 'yoga'
most often refers to an inner mental state. Link to Discourse 2
> > Guru
Dev on the teaching of 'Yoga'
An acoustic guitar with dedication of 'Jai Guru Dev',
with unique hand-drawn autographed artwork of
sunset/sunrise by world famous musician,
Singer-Songwriter Donovan Leitch, is available to
the person who makes a generous enough donation to the Guru Dev Legacy
Donovan & Paul Mason (a member of Guru Dev Legacy
Donovan is a
strong advocate of transcendental meditation (TM), and has been since
1967 when he first met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (Guru Dev's
assistant for over a decade). It may be recalled that in
with friends, John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and
Donovan spent time in India studying the practice and
philosophy of meditation. Donovan heads the Musical
Wing of the David Lynch Foundation (DLF) whose goal it is to spread
transcendental meditation, and on April 4th 2009, Donovan
performed at the concert, as did Beatles Paul
McCartney and Ringo Star, and wonderful flautist Paul Horn (best
known for his amazing record, the 'Inside'
LP), and together with singer Mike Love of
The Beach Boys, they performed a catchy
little song entitled 'Cosmically
Conscious' written by Paul
McCartney whilst all
of them were attending the same meditation course in Rishikesh, India, in 1968 . Also performing at the concert in 2009, at
Radio City Music Hall,
in New York City, were Sheryl
Crow, Eddie Vedder, Ben
Harper, Moby, Bettye LaVette and Jim James.
15th November 2015, whilst
handing over the guitar to Guru Dev Legacy Trust member, author Paul
Mason, Donovan penned a
dedication in permanent marker, writing 'Jai Guru Dev',
phrase used in praise of Guru Dev, Shankaracharya Swami Brahmanand
Saraswati, who is said to have taught transcendental meditation to
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Guru Dev Discourses The
Trust continues to share recent translations of Shri Shankaracharya
Vachanamrit this month. We are still ahead of our publication schedule,
with the posting of “Be Attentive” (Final Time).
look forward to newly translated discourses in future months. There are
a team of translators, editors and proofreaders working to complete a
book of Guru Dev’s translated talks. http://www.gurudevenlightens.com/Final_Time.html
Guru Dev gave
a great many
discourses, some short and some long. His secretary, Brahmachari Mahesh
was tasked with collecting transcripts of his master's talks. These
transcripts formed the basis of the ashram's publications, notably the
ashram newsletter, 'Shri Shankaracharya Upadesha'. So, these
newsletters, published in Hindi, form a record of Guru Dev's teachings
and as such should be preserved and digitized for posterity, else they
will most likely disintegrate and decompose, wherever they are. It is
the duty of those who offer gratitude to Guru Dev for the teaching he
bestowed, to preserve these teachings for future generations. Jai Guru
News from India Swami
BrahmananandSaraswati legacy has been preserved by generations of
families in India, who are bringing that to out very soon. Recorded
interviews with living disciples of Guru Dev, newly gathered
photographs, letters, and manuscripts being brought out. We will share
progress as Math and Government approvals are received by those in
of Vedanta Trust
Vedanta through the teaching of Swami Brahmananda Saraswati and his
disciples, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Swami Brahmananda Saraswati is
definite for 2017. For those seeking the common thread and the great
wisdom offered, it will be well worth the wait.
Viewings, and Listenings The Trust has
create a complete bibliography of all available Guru Dev teachings,
translated in English or only available in Hindi currently. This should
prove useful as our Archives grow. Works and recordings in Hindi and
their translations will be included.
If there are
any photos of Guru Dev out there that you can share, please do.
We’ll share them gladly. Enjoy!
The Trust functions only as an archivist, not as a
organization. Persons wishing to learn Transcendental Meditation are
encouraged to take personal instruction at any one of the hundreds of
Transcendental Meditation Centers throughout the world. The Guru Dev
Legacy Trust applauds the work of the organizations founded by
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to teach Transcendental Meditation but is not
affiliated with any of these organizations and does not speak for them.
donations directly fund the above projects. The Guru Dev Legacy Trust
Charitable Organization registered with the New York State Office of
the Attorney General and
is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S.
Internal Revenue Code. Your contribution is tax deductible under U.S.
federal and state tax law.
No person representing The
Trust receives remuneration.