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Guru Dev - Shankaracharya Swami Brahmananda Saraswati

Guru Dev Legacy Trust

From 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).

Guru Dev spoke 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.

The 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 please contact us

Guru Dev Discourses

This 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 first posting here is a seasonal one, Guru Dev on the topic of the traditional 'festival of lights'.
        Link to Discourse 1  > >  Guru Dev on the meaning of 'Diwali' festival

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'

It is said that in September 1945, when the Second World War was over, newspaper reporters wanted to know the reaction of Shankaracharya Swami Brahmananda Saraswati, Shankaracharya of Jyotirmath (Guru Dev). 
        Link to Discourse 3  > >  Guru Dev on gaining victory over the 'Inner Enemies'
        Link to Discourse 4  > >  Guru Dev on the 'Salt Statue in the Ocean'

        Link to Discourse 5  > >  Guru Dev advises; 'Always be on the Lap of Bhagwan'

        Link to Discourse 6  > >  Guru Dev on offering donations to him

        Link to Discourse 7  > >  Guru Dev on cows

Link to Discourse 8  > >  Guru Dev on 'Siddhis' (yogic powers)

        Link to Discourse 9  > >  Guru Dev gives guidance about the need for a meditation practice

        Link to Discourse 10  > >  Our viewpoint is not limited to one place, it is universal
        Link to Discourse 11  > >  We provide medicine and recommend the diet

        Link to Discourse 12  > > Who gets to achieve the Supreme goal?

       Link to Discourse 13  > > Be Attentive

       Link to Discourse 14  > > Unbelievers

       Link to Discourse 15  > > Desire and Aversion

        Link to Research    > >  Four ashrams associated with the life of Guru Dev

                 Link to Research    > >   Material in Hindi - हिन्दी में

It is intended that other lectures by Guru Dev on a wide range of topics will follow soon!!!

Guru Dev Video and Audio Material

Guru Dev Lucknow 1952
Guru Dev - Shankarcharya Swami Brahmananda Saraswati. Lucknow, India, March 1952

You can watch two versions of the Guru Dev movie:-
        1. Guru Dev movie original black/white & colour film footage (silent)
        2. Guru Dev movie original black/white & colour film footage (with added titles and soundtrack)

Guru Dev, Lucknow, March 1952
Guru Dev - Shankarcharya Swami Brahmananda Saraswati. Lucknow, India, March 1952

Guru Dev can also be heard snging Sanskrit verses preserved as 'wire' recordings. These are used as soundtracks to newly created videos which include English translations of the Sanskrit. Three of the recordings are verses said to be composed by Adi Shankara, the founder of the Shankaracharya order:-,
        video 1. 'Shri Charpata Panjarika Stotram' ('A Handful of Rags Verses') - 'Bhaja Govindam'  
        video 2. 'Uma Maheshwara Stotram' ('Verses to Uma and Maheshwara')   mp3        
        video 3. 'Narmada Ashtakam' ('Eight verses to the Narmada river')
        video 4. 'Guru Pranaam' ('Eulogy to the Guru')

We also have wire recordings of Guru Dev teaching (in Hindi) - duly converted to mp3 format:-:
        mp3  5. Guru Dev 'upadesha' ('discourse') Part 1 of 4, Lucknow, India, March 1952
  - text & translation
        mp3  6. Guru Dev 'upadesha' ('discourse') Part 2 of 4
, Lucknow, India, March 1952
        mp3  7. Guru Dev 'upadesha' ('discourse') Part 3 of 4, Lucknow, India, March 1952
        mp3  8. Guru Dev 'upadesha' ('discourse') Part 4 of 4, Lucknow, India, March 1952

July 2016 Re-issue of mp3's - most files have been improved by being re-mastered

1.  'Shri Charpata Panjarika Stotram' ('A Handful of Rags Verses') - 'Bhaja Govindam'   mp3
2.  'Uma Maheshwara Stotram' ('Verses to Uma and Maheshwara')   mp3       
3.  'Narmada Ashtakam' ('Eight verses to the Narmada river')   mp3     
4.  'Guru Pranaam' ('Eulogy to the Guru')   mp3
5.  Guru Dev 'upadesha' ('discourse') Part 1 of 4, Lucknow, India, March 1952  - text & translation
6.  Guru Dev 'upadesha' ('discourse') Part 2 of 4, Lucknow, India, March 1952
7.  Guru Dev 'upadesha' ('discourse') Part 3 of 4, Lucknow, India, March 1952
8.  Guru Dev 'upadesha' ('discourse') Part 4 of 4, Lucknow, India, March 1952

Book of untranslated upadesha of Guru Dev
           Can anyone help with translations of any of these upadesha  or any of the sound files?

Special Offer
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 Trust

Donovan & Paul Mason, St Ives, 15th November 2015 Donovan & Paul Mason, St Ives, 15th November 2015 Donovan and Paul Mason, St Ives, 15th November 2015
Donovan & Paul Mason, St Ives, 15th November 2015 Donovan & Paul Mason, St Ives, 15th November 2015
Donovan & Paul Mason (a member of Guru Dev Legacy Trust)

 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 1968, along with friends, John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, 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.

On 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', a phrase used in praise of Guru Dev, Shankaracharya Swami Brahmanand Saraswati, who is said to have taught transcendental meditation to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Jai Guru Dev guitar hand-signed Donovan
'Jai Guru Dev' acoustic guitar autographed by Donovan
(with artwork by this respected singer / songwriter)
photo of Donovan commencing artwork on guitar    video clip of Donovan drawing on guitar

Guru Dev Legacy Trust
Newsletter from the Chairman July, 2016

As promised last month, here is an update on our Trust’s progress:

Wire Recordings of Guru Dev
Restoration continues and I am glad to announce that additional recordings are being put up on 
Guru Dev's poignant discourses and beautiful voice have been preserved, and now restored. The Trust expresses our deep appreciation for the donation of a generous benefactor in New Zealand. Your gift has now propagated Truth worldwide.

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). You can 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.

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 Dev

Wonderful 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 India.

Nectar of Vedanta
Trust publication of 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.

Readings, Viewings, and Listenings
The Trust has begun to 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!

Enjoy Guru Purnima!


Guru Dev Legacy Trust newsletter 30th May 2016

Guru Dev Legacy Trust

The Trust functions only as an archivist, not as a teaching 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.

All donations directly fund the above projects. The Guru Dev Legacy Trust is a 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.

जय गुरुदेव  Jay Gurudeva

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