Shankaracarya of the North

Vidyasankar Sundaresan vsundaresan at HOTMAIL.COM
Mon Feb 16 02:56:11 UTC 1998

>I don't know how widely it is known that the late Shankaracharya
>Shantananda Sarasvati published a collection of spiritual stories:
>Title:  The man who wanted to meet God: myths and stories that explain
>        inexplicable.
>Author: His Holiness Shantanand Saraswati
>Publ.:  Element Books Ltd., Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 8BP, UK.
>Date:   1996 (first ed. 1992)
>ISBN:   1-85230-843-5
>The blurb says: "His Holiness Shantanand Saraswati was Shankaracharya
>Jyotir Math in Northern India from 1953 until his retirement in 1980.
>Holiness comes from the ancient Advaita or nondualist tradition of
>knowledge and meditation and is one of Indas' greatest living saints.
>continues the work of his predecessor HH Brahmananda Saraswati
>in making mantra meditation available to people of many religious

Two other publications of Sri Santananda Sarasvati are listed in the catalogue.

1. Good Company: An Anthology of Sayings, Stories and Answers to

2. Pure Wisdom: Insights for Those Seeking Happiness and Peace of Mind

In addition, see Andrew Rawlinson, "The Book of Enlightened Masters:
Western Teachers in Eastern Traditions" for some general information on
(ex-TM) British followers of Sri Santananda. This is a rather well
researched publication, and provides reliable lineage information for a
number of Hindu and Buddhist traditions that have found a home in the


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