Guru Dev - Shankaracharya Swami Brahmananda Saraswati
Shankaracharya Swami Brahmanand Saraswati,
Shankaracharya of Jyotirmath (1941-1953)


'By virtue of your complete unattachment to vyavahaara (daily business) you had a great influence on folk. Your guidance was that you did not accept puja donations. He did not accept money etc. left at someone’s departure, on any occasion. A signboard was placed in your tent and attached at the peeth bhavan informing svashtikarana karanevaali (ones who chant benedictory mantras), whereupon was written';

भगवत्पूज्यपाद अनन्तश्री विभूषित
जगद्गुरु शंकराचार्य ज्योतिष्पीथाधीश्वर
स्वामी ब्रह्मानन्द सरस्वती जी महाराज
के दर्शन पूजन दीक्षा आदि में द्रव्य चधाने का निषेध है 


“Bhagavatpuujyapaada Anantashrii Vibhuushhita,
Jagadguru, Shankaraachaarya Jyotishhpiithaadhiishvara,
Swaamii Brahmaananda Sarasvatii jii Mahaaraaja
ke darshana, puujana, diikshaa, aadi men dravya chadhaane kaa nishhedha hai.”


meaning:-

IT IS PROHIBITIED TO MAKE OFFERINGS OF WEALTH
IN THE DARSHAN, PUJA, DIKSHA etc.
OF
BHAGWATPUJYAPAD ANANTASHRI VIBHUSHIT JAGADGURU SHANKARACHARYA JYOTISHPEETHADHISHWAR
SWAMI BRAHMANAND SARASWATI JI MAHARAAJ



'After the populace of Kanpur had delivered their offerings of faith, Maharaj Shri told to them in his upadesha (teaching);

"Such welcome and praise for me is not necessary. But, according to Bhaaratiya Sanskriti (Indian culture) etiquette exists concerning the welcome of the guru and so it is fit. To that we agree. But henceforth, our welcome is this, that you give us some of your time. Because, according to the deity, such is the worship. Similarly when the guest comes you should give welcome accordingly. We are come down from the Himalayas, then our reception also is similarly like the Himalayas, you should give some big thing. In worldly existence time is the most precious thing, therefore do our welcome with that. Deliver that thing that is extremely precious to you. We see that of all the things beloved by man, are the durguna (defects, flaws, blemishs, faults). Man is not ready to let go of them. Wealth he expends, disgrace he bears, the body it becomes feeble, but he is not concerned. Therefore, offer your best loved flaws to us. This is our service and worship. These are the gifts we receive.

In Kanpur it is a custom to make gifts of thaili (small bags). But we are not someone who is contented with a thaili of stones and jewels, rupees and paisa (paisa are small coins). You should give to me bags of the durguna (flaws) of mankind."'

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- quotes from 'Shri Jyotishpeethoddharak' the biography of Guru Dev
     translation into English by Premanand Paul Mason



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