108 Discourses of
Shankaracharya Swami Brahmananda Saraswati
previously entitled 'Shrii Shankaracharya Upadeshamrita'
* श्री शंकराचार्य उपदेशामृत *
ब्रह्मलीन जगद्गुरु भगवान श्री शंकराचार्यश्रीमद्
स्वामी ब्रह्मानन्द सरस्वती जी महाराज ज्योतिर्मठ बदरिकाश्रम हिमालय
के पावन उपदेश
the Hindi booklet edited by Rameshwar Tiwari
Hindi text online - हिन्दी में
by Premanand Paul Mason
© Paul Mason 2006, 2009
Several people have attempted to translate these discourses into English. Back in the the early days of the Internet the occasional discourse would appear in one's mailbox, attributed to 'Muni' - 'muni' is a Sanskrit word meaning 'silent one'. Later, an American by the name of LB Shriver, with little knowledge of Hindi himself, organised for the discourses to be translated in India, and then set about the task of coaxing the results into good polished English. He was given help with this task by Cynthia Humes and they worked together on the project, its working title being 'Rocks are Melting'. But, when no publication was forthcoming, Paul Mason set about fulfilling the promise he made to himself back 1976, resulting in the 2009 release of a 3-volume set of translations, entitled 'The Life & Teachings of Swami Brahmananda Saraswati Shankaracharya of Jyotirmath (1941-1953)', the first volume of which is '108 Discourses of Guru Dev' - the first published translation of the Hindi 'Shri Shankaracharya Upadeshamrit', which was met with enthusiam from those interested in his teachings.
LB Shriver died on 27th May 2013, and Doug Hamilton emailed LB Shriver's friends, telling them of his passing. Shortly thereafter, the unpublished translation of 'Shri Shankaracharya Upadeshamrit' was placed online for all to share. Here is a link to the 'Rocks are Melting' webpage, >>>
'Rocks are Melting', translation of 'Shri Shankaracharya Upadeshamrita'
But Cynthia Hume had created her own translation, which she intended to have published at some time, but time passed and it seemed as though the manuscript would remain unseen, However, in December 2013 a paperback entitled, 'The Sweet Teachings of the Blessed Sankaracarya Swami Brahmananda Saraswati' was published by Lulu (available from Amazon), a valuable additon to the body of literature we have on Guru Dev.
In April 2014, G.Veeresalingam, who lives in Gujarat, contacted Paul Mason, offering to share the fruits of his own translation work. In June he sent a pdf of his translations, and has generously offered to share it via this website >>>
'Upadheshamritam', G Veeresalingam's translation of 'Shri Shankaracharya Upadeshamrita'
Each translator brings a slightly different strength, and comparison of the different translations can only result in a richer, deeper understanding of these discourses. Happy reading!
& TEACHINGS OF
SWAMI BRAHMANANDA SARASWATI
SHANKARACHARYA OF JYOTIRMATH (1941-1953) Vol. I
Translation of श्री शंकराचार्य उपदेशामृत Shri Shankaracharya Upadeshamrita, 108 Hindi discourses of Guru Dev, with notes, transcription of Devanagari text & transliteration of Sanskrit quotations.
234mm x 156mm, 352 pages on quality coated paper - 38 illustrations.
Amazon review by Michael Laughrin, awarding it five stars
loved the book (which I took from my friend so that is why I am sending
her a new one!).
It really touched me. It was so soothing to hear his words." - SM USA
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