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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..


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

Recently added:

New English translations from Vaaksudha, a book about Guru Dev´s discourses compiled by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1947:
This is the first English translation of the complete book; 'The Nectar Words of Shri Shankaracharya':
Discourse 24 7. How To Destroy Vasana
Discourse 25 8. How To Become A Karma Yogi?



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 Discourse 16  > > When a devotee moves towards Bhagvan, Lakshmi moves towards the devotee

       Link to Discourse 17  > > Guru Dev on the personal and impersonal aspect of Brahman or God" of Guru Dev

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

                 Link to Research    > >   Material in Hindi - हिन्दी में



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'  
mp3
        video 2. 'Uma Maheshwara Stotram' ('Verses to Uma and Maheshwara')   mp3        
        video 3. 'Narmada Ashtakam' ('Eight verses to the Narmada river')
  mp3      
        video 4. 'Guru Pranaam' ('Eulogy to the Guru')
  mp3

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?


Newsletter from the Chairman

Guru Dev Legacy Trust newsletter, May 2016
Guru Dev Legacy Trust newsletter, July 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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