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During a temporary absence of the pandit who dealt with the clerical work of the ashram, Mahesh saw an opportunity to assume the role of clerk to the guru. He checked through the incoming mail and offered to read certain of the letters out loud to Guru Dev. It came for his blessing from some state in India asking that they are going to perform a big yagya and they want the blessings of Shankaracharya. And that letter was there and that date was approaching, about a week was left.
And that I thought was a letter very responsible for the organisation to answer. And I asked Guru Dev, "Oh, oh, the answer of this letter? And he would just not mind it, because in his eyes just one organisation doesn't mean anything, or something. But, I thought it's a very great responsibility of the organisation, it's if someone wants Shankaracharya's blessing then it's for the organisation to reply, and reply his blessings and create goodwill and inspire that organisation.
Over the following days Mahesh repeatedly attempted to solicit a response from the guru but without result, and then went so far as to suggest that he write something himself, He recalls Shall I make a draft and read to Guru Dev, or anything? And He said, "What you will write? Mahesh returned to his own room to gather his thoughts How to write?
What to do? Now supposing if I was a Shankaracharya? What I'll say in that letter? And I said. The main thing is, that they should get inspiration from the blessing of Shankaracharya. As an organisation doing this great yagya , inspiring the people in the locality for religious life, so they should have the approval of Shankaracharya for this good act of religious value. And in the evening - it was just a very short thing, because nothing very long has to go from Shankaracharya, who is a great authority on religion, so very short inspiration.
I made some few lines. In the evening when I opened the door and entered and I read out that thing, in one simple breath quickly. And it sounded so apt, so appropriate. And then he said, "Will these people get it if you write? Then send it. I said; "Yes, they can get it, it's yet four days.
Then I quickly wrote and put on a seal of Shankaracharya and did the whole paraphernalia, and sent it. From that day probably I gave an impression that I could write something useful. That was the first thing. And from there, the letters came to me for replying and I was replying and sometimes reading to him. Wishing to get even closer to the guru he attempted to attune himself to the master's thinking And the method that I adopted was just to sense what he wants at what time - what he wants. I picked up activity as a means to adjust to his thought, to his feelings.
Then I was living around him without even feeling that I was living. It's a very genuine feeling of complete oneness with Guru Dev, just like that. People who have seen me moving with Guru Dev know that I was not as if in this isolated, single body or something.
This adaptability is what I found most useful for me, as far as Guru Dev is concerned. Very great fortune to have found him.. In his role of secretary he collated some of Guru Dev's lectures which were published by the ashram. Guru Dev's teaching was firmly based on traditional wisdom, shined and polished by his own experience. We see example of this in his reference to the central yoga doctrine contained in Patanjali's Yoga sutras - 'yogash-chitta-vritti-nirodhah' - ' yoga is the stopping of the fluctuations of consciousness' YogaDarshanam Shankaracharya Swami Brahmanand Saraswati states Calm without a wave in any part of the pool of water, that manner a person can see his own face.
This indeed is "darshan" sight of "atma" self or soul. The book of quotations was first published in the Vikram year a year of the Indian calendar which spanned across Shortly after the introduction of the book of quotations had been completed, a visit was arranged to Delhi. On Wednesday 15 th October several weeks before the guru's arrival there the brahmachari convened a press conference My own self in different forms. It gives me a great pleasure to welcome you all and have your company here this afternoon.
Swami Brahmand Saraswati Maharaj, the present Shankaracharya of Jyotirmath Badarikashram in the Himalayas is a magnetic personality with a sweet amalgam of High Wisdom and Love of humanity. He combines in himself the Knowledge of the self with the mysterious powers -- the siddhis arising out of yogic perfection and hard penances, which he has undergone throughout his life. He is a great living yogi and scholar and is revered by millions of Hindus as their Supreme Religious head.
This great Saint of the modern age was born in U. It may be recalled that it was a long persuasion of about twenty years which could convince Param Virakt Swami Brahmanand Saraswati to accept the great responsibility of the Shankaracharya at the age of seventy. From the tender age of nine when he came out of his home in Search of God, till this time, his life was mostly spent in the lonely hidden regions of the Himalayas, Vindya Giris and the Amarkantakas which are rarely frequented by men and are chiefly inhabited by wild animals. For years together he has lived in hidden caves and thick forests where even the midday sun frets and fumes in vain to dispel the darkness that may be said to have made a permanent abode there in those solitary and distant regions.
But today he is easily accessible as he is now the presiding head of Shri Jyotirmath which is the greatest religious institution of the Hindus of Northern India, covering all different creeds and sampradayas and branches lying under the fold of Hindu Religions.
One unique principle of the great Sage that distinguishes him completely from other living saints of today is that he does not accept money as gift from his visitors or disciples.
This brief description attempts to mirror a few hurried and short glimpses of the life journey of this great living sage who has actually transformed into a living fact the inner latent potentiality of the soul. He has known the great universal Truth, whose realisation is the aim of the entire scheme of life. For him the mists of ignorance have completely disappeared and having known the Divine Reality he has verily become an embodiment of the great Divinity.
He believed in one's varna by birth. Not the instances were cited, but the inferences drawn from the instances. He saved us that waste, waste of planning. I feel like reading this book again and again. Gurudev Dutt focuses on the quantum control of condensed matter systems. The ambience of the place and the articles used by Gurudev make his subtle so alive that it is experienced by devotees.
His aim of life, if the life of a realised soul can be said to possess any such aim, is to broadcast the message of the Great Divine light that he has himself realised, the Light that is the Soul of all human beings. Having himself attained the pinnacle of Self development, he aims at transforming the worldly minded people into the Godly minded, and through his inner Divine touch to change the materialistic hearts of iron into spiritual hearts of gold.
His entire personality emanates the sweet perfume of spirituality. His face radiates that rare light which comprises love, authority, serenity and self assuredness that comes only by righteous living and Divine Realisation -- one feels as if some ancient Maharishi mentioned in the pages of the Upanishads has assumed human form and feels that it is worth while leading a pious life and to strive for the realisation of the Divine. His Spiritual teachings are simple and clear and go straight home to heart.
He strictly adheres to the course of inner development laid down by the Systems of Indian Philosophy and ethics and he raises his voice never in opposition but always in firm support of the Truths and principles contained in the Hindu Scriptures.
According to the tradition from the worldly point of view, the dignity of the Shankaracharyas throne has got to be maintained by the rich paraphernalia around his Holiness, but those who have come in his contact know the fact that the private life of the Sage is quite simple and renunciation. I believe that he is a living embodiment of titanic spiritual force. If I were asked on the basis of my personal experience, about the living saints of today, as to who is the greatest amongst them, I would unhesitatingly name Shri Jagatguru Shankaracharya Swami Brahmanand Saraswati Maharaj of Jyotirmath the Beacon Light of the holy sanctuaries of the Himalayas.
Shri Shankaracharya Maharaj has clear insight into the mind and the thoughts of the modern age. His teaching and commandments are based on sound reasonings which are quite agreeable to any reasonable thinker. He is a great critic of prejudices and narrowmindedness arising out of irrational love of caste, creed, nationality or any "ism".
His life is a living proof of the Truth of the Vedas and Shastras. He has opened a new era of renaissance of True Religion. He extends his recognition to anything that is good in any religion. He is accessible to all. Everyone can enjoy and derive benefit from his holy Darshan and elevating discourses. He is coming shortly to shower his blessings on the busy and restless souls of the metropolis. I beseech you, my friends, to extend your hearty co-operation for the great cause in the interest of each individual of our society, in the interest of our nation and in the interest of the world at large.
The great Saint of the Himalayas is coming in your midst and in the fitness of the great occasion, I appeal to your good sense to extend your valuable support so that his elevating discourses may reach the masses in every nook and corner of our country and abroad. Thanking you for giving me a pertinent hearing, I would like to say something, in short, about the shrine of Jyotirmath, the prime spiritual centre of Northern India and the headquarter of Shri Shankaracharya Maharaj. Jyotirmath is one of four seats established by Adi Shankaracharya in this continent -- two thousand and five hundred years ago.
It is situated in the heart of the Himalayas miles up from Hardwar and only 18 miles south of Shri Badrinath and may be said to be the queen of the Himalayas for natural beauty and spiritual values. Jyotirmath it was that the first Shankaracharya selected for his stay in Himalayas where he taught the highest philosophy of existence -- the Vedanta - to his disciples, wrote his immortal commentaries on the eleven principle Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita and Brahma Sutras and established a seat of Spiritual light to function as sansorium sic , a supreme centre of the Eternal Religion of India to keep the Light of Pure civilisation and culture burning for all the millennium to come.
It is an ancient culture centre of yoga, the Light House which has preserved and disseminated the Light of the Sanatan Dharma all the way down the ages. When the president came to Guru Dev for darshan it seems the guru explained many things to him, placing great emphasis on how important it is for a ruler to consult with maharishis and yogis in order to be able to make balanced decisions. He told him very clearly Daa tabhii se rasaatala ko chale gaye.
The guru was by now in his eighties and because of concerns about his health he returned to his ashram in Varanasi and stopped touring. However, after some months a decision was made to travel to Calcutta for a speaking engagement. Whilst staying in Calcutta it was necessary for doctors to attend the guru and apparently he breathed his last on Wednesday 20 th May vaisakh shukla saptami , barely a fortnight after his arrival in the city. It is said that the cause of death was jalodara dropsy or oedema. The guru's body sitting upright and cross-legged was then transported back by train from Calcutta to Varanasi for the funeral rites of jal samadhi immersion in water.
The lifeless body was taken to Brahmanivas Ashram in Varanasi from where it was then taken by boat to Kedar Ghat and then to Kedareshwar Mahadeva Mandir, from where the seated corpse, sealed in a stone casket alongwith some personal effects, was ceremoniously lowered into the River Ganga. It is told that when Guru Dev had initially been offered the post of Shankaracharya he was very reluctant to accept the honour and capitulated only after considerable persuasion.
It is said that Swami Karpatri , his long-time disciple since , managed to persuade him and that Guru Dev then declared But if you so like, I honour your words and am ready to shoulder the responsibilities of the piiTh monastery management. By shouldering this responsibility, I would be serving the cause for which Adi Shankaracharya stood. I fully dedicate myself for the mission. Tripathi, Pilgrims Publishing, , p He went on to give more than thirteen years of conscientious service but at no time did he name a successor, so, when some weeks after his death a shortlist of disciples who might succeed him was produced, questions were naturally raised about its provenance.
On the basis of the document purported to be the will of Guru Dev a disciple named Swami Shantanand Saraswati was promptly enthroned as Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math, on 12 th June Swami Shantanand Saraswati. Swami Karpatri. According to Diana L. When Mahatma Gandhi traveled through India, tens of thousands of people would gather wherever he stopped in order to 'take his darsan.
Similarly, when Swami Karpatri, a well-known sannyasin who is also a writer and political leader, would come to Varanasi to spend the rainy season 'retreat' period, people would flock to his daily lectures not only to hear him, but to see him. Because of doubts over the legitimacy of the guru's will and concerns about the credentials of Swami Shantanand Saraswati, Karpatri now proposed that another candidate be considered and on 25 th June Swami Krishna Bodhashram was installed as Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math he laid a condition that he would not involve himself in any legal disputes, and this condition was accepted.
Swami Krishna Bodhashram. According to Shankara tradition only a brahmana brahmin can become a sannyasi swami , and only a sannyasi can be a guru and take disciples. But not everyone can be a guru. Actually, only brahmanas are in the position to be a guru. On account of his Kayastha varna caste , Brahmachari Mahesh could never have hoped to succeed his master nor could he ever become a guru himself. In fact, having participated in the installation of his gurubhaiee brother disciple Swami Shantanand, he withdrew from ashram life to spend time alone at a remote location in north India.
Later, when asked about the conditions there, about whether there were any wild animals in the caves, he replied The entrance is through an opening only big enough for one person to enter. Down there is quiet. No sound. Cool in summer. Warm in winter. I do not break silence by seeing or talking to anyone. Apparently he sometimes met with an elderly sannyasi to whom he confided his desire to visit the city of Rameshwaram in southern India. He recalls that at first the old man identified by Swami Srikanta Bharathi, as Tat Wale Baba discouraged him from going there, but after six months or more, when the brahmachari still talked about the idea, the sannyasi suggested that it might be better for him to go, just to get rid of the desire.
Meanwhile, back at Guru Dev's ashram, things were not going well for Mahesh's gurubhaiee as rivalry over the title of Shankaracharya was now turning into a legal battle. In January those who supported Swami Krishnabodhashram's claim to the title filed a suit in the Munsif Court at Lucknow, while Swami Shantanand Saraswati applied for a certificate of succession.
Some believe that Brahmachari Mahesh spent years in seclusion, but it is likely that he actually stayed in Uttarkashi for no more than a matter of months before leaving to accompany an ailing lady from Calcutta an 'aunt' said to be a wealthy widow, of a family of 'zamindar' - 'landlords', - who called Mahesh 'beta' - 'son' and whom he called 'mataji' - 'mother' to a medical facility near Bangalore in southern India. But there was no provision for travellers to stay overnight in that hotel. After having his meal in that hotel, Mahesh asked the Iyers for a place to stay.
Since there was no provision for lodging, they suggested that he may sleep on the steps, in the nearby temple. In the rain and cold of that place it was not possible to stay outdoors. So the problem was serious. Mahesh saw a very small room next to the kitchen of the hotel and asked for permission to stay there. But it was stacked with firewood and was quite uninhabitable.
Somehow Mahesh prevailed upon the owners, neatly stacked the fuel in one corner and made enough space to stretch himself. He was quite pleased with the arrangement, and the others sympathized with him too. Rama Rao was its manager then. He was a well educated person with deep interest in philosophy and was living a virtuous life. It was his routine, at the end of the day's work in the Bank, to have coffee in the local hotel of Rama Iyer and spend the evening on the steps of the temple near by, with a few of his office colleagues , talking about various matters of general interest and also covering religious and philosophical topics.
During that time, one evening, they saw Mahesh sitting all alone, with a gentle smile of deep contentment. His bright eyes, the charming smile on his lips and total composure attracted Rama Rao and his friends. They enquired about Mahesh's identity. They were most impressed by his smiling response, pleasing voice, gentle laughter as well as easy handling of subjects of religious and philosophical import. Clad in unstitched pure white silk, having long black curly hair and beard, innocent, ever twinkling eyes, soft but very clear voice, easy rendering of religious and philosophical subjects, at once impressed the group.
Day after day, they engaged themselves in covering topics of righteous living based on religion and Indian philosophy. They were eagerly looking forward to the meeting every evening. The hotel owner brothers too joined the group. Finally they concluded that this person was a consummate Yogi. Later this title was tagged on to the several projects and institutions Mahesh floated in the coming days in India, US and Europe. In spite of the best treatment she received there, within a few days she breathed her last. Mahesh felt totally lost and bereaved as if he lost his own mother.
He now felt like an orphan. After fulfilling necessary obligations to the Mother, Mahesh felt desolate not knowing where to go and what to do next. He learnt that miles down south of India from Madanapalli on the east coast, there was the town by name Rameshwaram, where there was a very large and ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva established by Lord Sri Rama himself.
It has become famous over these centuries. I must go there! I now see how and why I have been brought here by Mataji. Thank God. Several months later he travelled further south to Rameshwaram and to Kanyakumari. I left and went to Trivandrum, to the biggest temple. I was followed by a man and he asked me to speak about the Himalayas - he arranged a 7 day lecture program and he supplied the topics. In 6 months I was lecturing in Delhi. At this stage I had never initiated anyone. When I got to Hardwar the philosophy had become clear - to turn the mind inward was easy! During his time in the south, he spent several months in Kerala moving from town to town advocating a method of meditation.
The technique he taught necessitated repetition of a mantra , a practice he claimed was easy and very effective at bestowing happiness. Responding to an advertisement in a local paper, Mrs Thankamma N Menon and her husband attended a three and a half-hour talk at Ernakulam and afterwards met with the speaker. Many others were interested in learning this easy method of meditation, amongst them Sri C R Vaidyanathan. I was really sceptic about this "Ananda" business. Swamiji made me offer puja to Guru Deva and under closed doors gave me Mantra of the Ishta Devata I chose and asked me to repeat the same and also gave the necessary instructions in the new method for meditation.
That is a feature which has surprised many of us closely moving with him. Maharshi Bala Brahmachari always acts as the messiah between his "Gurudev" and his own disciples. He modestly claims to be only the conduit pipe conveying the Gurudeva's blessing on to his devotees in Kerala, or to use his own expression, he is only the "bulb through which the spiritual electrical current from Gurudev shines in radiating light on all". Although teaching in the name of his guru, the brahmachari appears to have taken to promoting a novel philosophy of his own, offering assurance that the quest for spiritual fulfillment does not require one to forgo any material comforts the theory being that only a sannyasi can benefit from abandoning desires whereas the householder only finds happiness in the fulfillment of desires.
He explained One is quite opposed to the other. A Sanyasi renounces everything of the world, whereas a householder needs and accumulates everything. We have two different sets of Mantras to suit the two ways of life. Mantras for the Sanyasis have the effect of increasing the sense of detachment and renunciation and also have the power of destroying the objects of worldly affections, if there should survive any such objects for him.
Quite contrary to this are the Mantras suitable for the householder which have the efficacy of harmonising and enriching the material aspect of life also. Five or six months after the library talks in Trivandrum, a yajna religious ceremony was celebrated at Cochin, Kerala in late October during which the brahmachari made several speeches.
The event was commemorated by the publication of a booklet entitled 'Beacon Light of the Himalayas' containing transcripts, photographs and a signed handwritten message which includes the following I have found a treasure in the Dust of His Lotus Feet and now I invite you to share it with me and make yourself happy. See, the path is straight and entry is free. Come on with faith and you will find that the very cause of your peacelessness and misery will be eradicated and you will be adorned with lasting peace and real happiness in your day to day life.
Wake up from the deep slumber of apathy and agony and enjoy all glories of life material and divine. Uttarkasi, Himalayas. In response to a question about the name 'Maharishi' he explained