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Guru Dev,
Swami Brahmananda Saraswati

A historical perspective of the tradition from which this knowledge comes


Titles "Guru Dev" and "Maharishi"

Swami Brahmananda Saraswati is affectionately known as "Guru Dev" or "great teacher".  All teachers in India are warmly referred to as "Guru Dev".  The same is true of the title "Maharishi" which means "great seer".  These titles are used in India to denote the greatness of a sage.  They are bestowed on the teacher by the disciples.

 This was confirmed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in his interview with CNN's Larry King on 12 May 2002.
Larry King asked: "Is "Maharishi" a title or a name?"
Maharishi replied: " Title. I think people begin to call - significant of the characteristic of the word "Maharishi". "Maha" means great and "rishi" is a seer. The seer of reality. The seer, that's what people called, and it became a sort of name."

(From CNN's transcript here.)

Swami Brahmananda Saraswati, Guru Dev (1870 - 1953)

Guru Dev was born into a Brahmin family in the village of Gana, near Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh, North India. At the age of nine he left home to follow a spiritual path of renunciation. At around the age of 14, he found his Master, Dandi Swami Krishnanand Saraswati, in Uttar Kashi. Later, on his Master's instructions, he retired to a cave, resolving not to emerge until he had attained Enlightenment. In 1902, he was initiated into the order of "Sanyas" (renunciant) by his Master at the Kumbh Mela, a spiritual celebration held in India once every twelve years.

In 1941, after decades of silence, Swami Brahmananda Saraswati, Guru Dev, finally accepted an invitation to be the first Shankaracharya (spiritual leader) in 150 years of Jyotirmath in India.


Shankaracharya Swami Bhramananda Saraswati,
Guru Dev


Adi Shankara (circa 8th century CE)

Jyotirmath is one of the four centers of Vedic knowledge established by Adi-Shankara, in the 8th century AD, in the north of India.  Adi Shankara was the great reviver of Vedic knowledge.  He had four principal followers: Padma-Pada, Hasta-Malaka, Vartika-Kara and Trotaka.  Each of these disciples established a seat of learning in the north, south, east and west of India. Jyotirmath is the northern seat which was revived by Swami Brahmananda Saraswati, Guru Dev, in 1941.


Adi Shankara

Adi Shankara's Master was Govinda Bhagavatpada, the disciple of Gaudapada.


Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Swami Brahmananda Saraswati, Guru Dev, was the spiritual guru of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Maharishi was born on January 12, 1917 and  is the founder of the worldwide Transcendental MeditationŽ  (TMŽ ) Movement.  Maharishi is believed to have been born near Jabalpur, India and graduated from Allahabad University with a degree in physics. He was  Guru Dev's Secretary for 13 years.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

In 1955, after spending two years in silence in Uttar Kashi, in the Himalayan foothills, Maharishi began teaching the Transcendental MeditationŽ  program. He trained thousands of teachers of the TM technique around the world like Farrokh and Ruffina Anklesaria. More than five million people around the world have been taught to meditate by these meditation instructors.


Farrokh K. Anklesaria, Barrister-at-law (left)
and Ruffina F. Anklesaria, M.A.,
Directors of the Transcendental Stress Management Organization (TSMO)

Farrokh & Ruffina Anklesaria

The Anklesarias have a collective teaching experience of over 60 years teaching the TMŽ technique around the world.  They have established their own organizations,  the Transcendental Stress Management Organization LLC, and The Enlightened Sentencing Project, a non-profit organization, to teaching the Transcendental Stress Management Program(SM)The Anklesarias are not affiliated to the TMŽ organization.


Honoring Guru Dev, Maharishi and the Vedic Tradition of Masters

We honor Guru Dev and Maharishi, and the long line of Vedic Masters before them, for preserving and passing on the ancient knowledge of Veda over the centuries, from Master to disciple.  Because of this august tradition of Vedic Masters, and the skill of the "great seer", Maharishi, in training teachers of meditation all around the world, millions of meditators in this great tradition have been created.  We express our appreciation in the simple way it is done in India, with the words, "Jai Guru Dev", meaning, "Thanks to Guru Dev", "Thanks to the Beloved Teacher".







Adi Shankara


Mahesh Yogi


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