Shri Shankaracharya Upadesha

108 Discourses of Guru Dev,
Shankaracharya Swami Brahmananda Saraswati

previously entitled 'Shrii Shankaracharya Upadeshamrita'

Front cover of Shri Shankaracharya Upadesha
* 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
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 Shortly thereafter, the unpublished translation of 'Shri Shankaracharya Upadeshamrit' was placed online for all to share.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!



Vol. I

Cover of 108 Discourses of Guru Dev


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. 
ISBN 978-0-9562228-0-0

Amazon review by Michael Laughrin, awarding it five stars 5.0 out of 5 stars 

"The most important and BEST spiritual book written in the last 100 years, "
December 23, 2009
By  Michael Laughrin (North Royalton, OH USA)

108 Discourses of Guru Dev by Paul Mason is, in my opinion, the most important and BEST spiritual book written in the last 100 years. Swami Brahmananda Saraswati was affectionately known as Guru Dev.

Guru Dev was the Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math, the northernmost of the 4 seats of the Shankaracharyas established by Shankara between 1500 and 2000 years ago. This northernmost seat was vacant for many years until Guru Dev, who had been leading the life of a solitary saint living in the forest and mountains, finally agreed to take the seat.

These little 'sermons' (none is longer than 4 pages) are exceedingly clear, uplifting, and to the point. This volume has the discourses in the original Hindi and also in English (thank God, as my Hindi is not what is used to be). Of all the modern spiritual books that I have read, this one cuts through the junk like a sword and reveals the diamond truth that is at the core of the Vedic teachings. Most of the important topics are mentioned, such as Enlightenment (moksha), meditation, karma, the caste system, possessions, obstacles on the Path, Maya, dharma, and many, many others.

In my opinion, you must buy this book. 


"I 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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