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'Guru Deva and Language
When the preceding Shankaracharya [Swami Brahmanand Saraswati] went to Lucknow, people told him that the town possessed an Urdu culture and spoke Urdu language. He replied that it would not matter. He would do his duty irrespective of the extent of the benefit people derived from his visit.'
Extract from p133, A Tradition of Teachers: Shankara and the Jagadgurus Today, William Cenkner, Motilal Banarsidaa, 1983.
'The Shankaracharyas are not public wonder-workers and are not sought out for the manifestation of yogic powers. The only exception to this was the previous guru of Jyotirmatha [Swami Brahmananda Saraswati] who displayed wonders, such as lighting ritual fires and producing prasada offerings, which disquieted the priests of the Badrinath temple.'
Re: Swami Akhandanandji Saraswati
'It was the inner inspiration of the Baba
* [Shri Udiyababa ji Maharaj] that impelled Maharajashri [Swami Akhandanandji Saraswati] for renunciation and he was initiated for Sanyasa, by his Holiness Swami Shri Brahmanand Saraswati, the Shankaracharya of the Jyotishpeethadhishver. Maharajashri was a member of the editorial board of the Kalyana in Gorakhpur for seven years before he was initiated to Sanyasa.'
* Shankaracharya H H Swami Shantanand Saraswati also worked at Gita Press in Gorakhpur and was also a follower of Shri Udiya Baba before taking sanyas from Swami Brahmanand Saraswati.
Dandi Swami Shivanand Saraswati Ji Maharaj in message to
'I am Dandi Swami Shivanand Saraswati Ji Maharaj, a 75 year old disciple of Guru Swami Shantanand Saraswati Ji Maharaj, Shankaracharya of Jyothir Math, Badrik Ashram, Himalayas. Last year he passed away. I came to Venezuela six years before with the intention to create a Shankaracharya Organization all over America. I got registered at Venezuela and I have made many Sanyasins and Brahmacharis at this place, but my progress is very slow in this country because my teaching is not easily entering into the minds of Venezuela`s people. My period of life is very less on hand. Therefore, I am thinking that if I get the opportunity to reach and contact the religious Hindus in New York, then I hope that within a very short time they will pick up my teaching and in this way I may get success to create the Shankaracharya Organization over there. Many organizations like Satya Sai Baba and Hare Krishna have already reached over there, but up till now Shankaracharya Organization has not reached. This is one of the oldest, strongest and most powerful organizations in Hinduism, being two thousands four hundred (2400) years old in India. Many Hindus are aware of this fact. The greatest desire of my life is to create this Organization on a large scale. My motive in life is not to earn money or to earn name and fame. I would like to say that I am ready to sacrifice my life to teach you all free of charge, but I need your cooperation and faith with strong will power.
Only I can say that the present Mahatma, Brahmachari Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who is shining like a sun in the world, is a disciple of my Grand Guru, Swami Brahmanand Saraswati Ji Maharaj, who was the Shankaracharya of Jyothir Math, Badrik Ashram, Himalayas. After his death my Guru took over the charge as Shankaracharya. He sat on the Guru's seat for about twenty eight (28) years and voluntarily left the post and made his Guru Brother, Swami Vishnu Devanand Saraswati Ji Maharaj, to seat on the Guru's seat. He remained nine and half (91/2) years and then passed away. Now at present Swami Vasudevanand Saraswati Ji Maharaj, my Guru Brother, is seating on the Guru's seat of Jyothir Math, Badrik Ashram, Himalayas. This is the clear picture of my math and by this you all can know with no doubt that I am authentic. I wish to come down to your country if you all wish and cooperate so that you all may see the real picture of Truth. At present I am the Shankaracharya of Venezuela at Maracay Ashram.'