Guru Dev Legacy Trust

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).

“My life truly began 16 years ago at the feet of my master when I learned the secret of swift and deep meditation, a secret I now impart to the world.”
- Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Los Angeles, 29th April 1959

“God resides in the heart of every person at every moment.
He is always ready to take care of you.
Develop your spiritual powers.
This is true knowledge.
And to apply oneself to His service is true devotion.”
- Guru Dev, Swami Brahmananda Saraswati

The Trust

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 already placed some of these materials on the Trust’s website and is busy collecting and publishing more. The Trust is committed to eventually creating a complete archive of all discourses of Guru Dev.

Projects in Process

1. Collecting and scanning materials pertaining to Guru Dev’s life and teaching and creating transliteration files.
2. Creating and maintaining the free website at hosting discourses, sound recordings, photographs, and links to film footage.
3.  Liaising with key individuals in India to share existing materials and locate other printed materials.
4. Identifying any specific locations associated with Guru Dev, with a view to creating a guide book, which could be used by visitors to India.
5. Translation of ‘Shri Shankaracharya Vaaksudha’, the first book of Hindi discourses produced by Guru Dev’s ashram, in 1947.
6. Translation of a very early biography of Guru Dev, written in Hindi in 1952.

Additional Projects
1. Translation in various languages.
2. Publish material providing background.
3. Organize conferences, seminars and journals.
4. Establish a complete edition of all of Guru Dev´s teachings and make it available.
5. Sponsor research into the life and teaching of Guru Dev.
6. Coordinate with other organizations with complementary goals.
7. Construct a monument honoring Guru Dev at his birthplace in Gana, near Ayodhya, U.P.

Guru Dev‘s Teachings

Guru Dev serves as a teacher of human development to perfection. His Guidance is invaluable for development of personality and spirit, and His Knowledge provides for our personal progress to enlightenment. Guru Dev spoke supreme truth in simple words. His words have universal relevance to people of all cultures, religions, and times. Therefore he often was referred to as a real Jagad Guru (universal teacher).

“Everyone is part of that permanent consciousness (satchitananda), whose essence is purity, intelligence, and freedom, the witnesser and experiencer of all.”

“Only by coming into contact with one´s highest Self one can become happy. There is no other way.”

“Spiritual practice is a staircase by which the devotee climbs to God, and God climbs down to the devotee. Carry on your spiritual practices regularly, while conducting your daily life and activities in such a way that you always benefit others. Spiritual practices will not only give you liberation, but wealth and honor also. Become powerful and live out your life.”

“When the mind gets to Paramatma (highest Self ) then it becomes still. Afterwards it does not desire anything else.”
- Guru Dev, Swami Brahmananda Saraswati

With his Insight into our shared human condition and purpose, Guru Dev has offered us with an understanding of society‘s road towards fulfillment.

“His Spiritual teachings are simple and clear and go straight home to heart.”
- Bal Brahmachari Shri Mahesh Ji
15th October 1952

For more information please contact:
The Guru Dev Legacy Trust
attn: Daniel Friedman,
740 West End Avenue,
Suite 34.
New York,
NY 10025. USA

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.

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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.

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जय गुरुदेव  Jay Gurudeva