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).
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.
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 pleasecontact us
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 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'
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 (a Trustee 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.
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.
The Trust has been very active and there are a number of exciting projects underway.
Trust continues to make progress electronically archiving copies of
"Shri Shankaracharya Upadesha,"' the newsletter published by Guru Dev's
ashram containing discourses by Guru Dev. We hope to complete the
scanning by year's end.
Beautiful Book from a Board Member
Board is supporting the publication of a book titled 'Reminiscences' by a
Board Member whose father was a direct disciple of Guru Dev. The book
contains his father's reminiscences of Guru Dev, along with
correspondence between them, as well as correspondence with
Restoration of Archived Wire Recordings
the late 1960's, old 16mm film footage of Guru Dev was discovered at a
cinema in Lucknow, India, along with a collection of 'wire recordings'
(literally reels of wire) of Guru Dev singing devotional music and
giving discourses. Some rough tape recordings were made of the wire
recordings but the original wire recordings are believed to have been
stolen. Copies of the film footage and the tape recordings were carefully digitised, corrected and circulated, before later being shared on YouTube. The
quality of the voice recordings has always been a problem, very noisy
indeed. The Trust has now engaged a professional recording engineer to
restore the tapes. He has so far been able to reduce much of the background
noise using modern digital technology. We are very grateful to the
anonymous donor in New Zealand who is funding the restoration of the
Upcoming Book - 'The Nectar of Vedanta'
of our Board Members is preparing a book titled 'The Nectar of Vedanta'.
It presents Vedanta through the teaching of Swami Brahmanand Saraswati
(1871-1953) and his principal followers, Swami Shantanand Saraswati
(1913-1997) and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (1918-2008). 'The Nectar of
Vedanta' is scheduled for publication by the Trust in 2017.
you enjoyed reading of your Trust's activities. In my next letter, I
plan to preview some beautiful translation work being done both in
Europe and in Fairfield, Iowa. In
the meantime, the Trust will continue with its mission of preserve and
publish materials pertaining to the life and teaching of Guru Dev. We
appreciate greatly your interest and continued support.
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.
donations directly fund the above projects. The Guru Dev Legacy Trust
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.