2009-11-17 16:54:08 UTC
Sri Swami Brahamanda Saraswati Maharaj of Jyotir Math
with all blessings from him both great and small.
Sri Swami Brahamanada Saraswati Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math
Rajaram Mishra, later to become Swami Bramhananda Saraswati,
was born on Thursday, 21 December, 1868 in village Gana, which
is close to the city of Ayodhya, in North India. Rajaram was enrolled
at the Sanskrit Institute at Kashi at the age of eight and later
a student of Swami Krishnanand Saraswati of Utter Kashi.
Rajaram took the renounced order and became Chaitanya
Brahmachari. He was well known and often referred to as 'Guru
Dev'. By the age of twenty-five, it is said that Chaitanya had become
fully established in Unity Conciousness and had completed a full
study of the Scriptures.
At the turn of the century, at age 34, at the Khumbha Mela at
Allahahabad, Chaitanya was ordained by his master into the order
of Sanyas, thus becoming Sri Swami Brahmananda Saraswati, and
recieved the insignia of the Holy Tradition of Sri Adi
On Tuesday, 1 April 1941, at the age of 72, Swami Brahmamanda
Saraswati was invested, with traditional rites, as the Shankaracharya
of Jyotirmath, Badrikashram, Himalayas, and given the title Jagadguru
Maharaj Shri, Rajaram Mishra, was born on Thursday, December 21,
1870. in village Gana, near Ayodhya. 
On Sunday, 20 December 1868 in the village of Gana close to
Ayodhya, Rajaram Mishra was born. 
Several different accounts agree that Guru Dev was born on Thursday,
which was the 21st. December 29th 1868 was Sunday. 
He was born on the 20th December 1868, but his hour of nativity
claimed him for the recluse order and for that of the secular. (4)
Sri Swami Brahmanada Saraswati:
1. "Maharishi: The Biography"
By Paul Mason
Barnes and Noble
A Critical Review of the man who brought TM to the West.
2. "The Whole Thing, The Real Thing"
By Rameshwar Tilwari
The Biography of Sri Swami Bramhananda Saraswati,
Shankacharya of Jyotirmath.
3. "Our Spiritual Heritage"
By Lynn D. Napper
Hesperides Books, 1998
An informal history of the Shankacharya Tradition by an early a
dopter of TM, TTC 1968.
Paper. Illustrated. Bibliography.
4. "Love and God"
By Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
SRM Publications, Oslo Norway 1965
Official Biography of Guru Dev by Maharishi - 'Our Guiding Light'
"Strange Facts About a Great Saint"
By Raj R. Varma
Jabalpur, India 1980
Varma & Sons Pub.