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Shankaracharya Brahmananda Saraswati

I honour Shankaracharya Brahmananda (1871-1953) - aka Guru Dev - and his gurudeva Krishnananda. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (1918-2008) who brought ◦Transcendental Meditation to the world, made it clear in Beacon Light of the Himalayas (PDF) and otherwise that he was a messenger and pipeline of Guru Dev.

❀ WHAT IS GOOD ON THE GOLD SCALES? The Gold Scales is a quite extensive, family friendly site, rich in content. It contains classic works, and a quite large collection of traditional and modern wisdom, including sayings of avid thinkers, sound art and various extracts. Here are many proverbs, quotations, tales and fables too. That is the main profile.

❀ SITE OWNERSHIP AND LOCATION. The non-profit site is located at the ◦University of Trondheim and has been up since 1995. The cultural historian Tormod Kinnes, MPhil, manages the site.

❀ TOPICS THE SITE DEALS WITH. As part of its art content the site presents art paintings, especially paintings from the history of art, but not on all its pages. Reasonable benchmarks for what is permissible picture content have been furnished by the site's host, the university of Trondheim. But one should check the illustrations of the pages that children take them in, just to make sure. Parts of the site's humorous, original art content bear some likeness to art of Picasso, and he was disliked to the degree that critics called him insane for a decade (Warncke, vol. 1, p. 10, 12.)

The site contains prolific investigations of far-fetched teachings of one guru line, but is not anti guru for that matter. And very much like ◦Dr Philip G. Zimbardo I don't say that sects and cults are bad in all cases, but that the free society may hold better promises of fulfilling lives if the inner bases are good enough and not violated overly much.

❀ NO-MISSION. The Japanese no is taken to stand for works that could enrich your life, widen your horizons, and go into understandings that offer progress or other benefits. Hovering conditions need to be all right and not too detrimental too. It should be wise to take to heart what is deeply feel to be true and good, well and rightly, and things could open up. [Purpose]

❀ A BASIC GRASP ON LIFE. From basics well mastered and enjoyed in a widening circle, fit development is catered to. Compare Huston Smith's:

Shunryu Suzuki's [Zen] is ordinary. . . Four months before his death, I had the opportunity to ask him why satori didn't figure in his book, his wife leaned toward me and whispered impishly, "It's because he hasn't had it"; whereupon the Roshi batted his fan at her in mock consternation and with finger to his lips hissed, "Shhhh! Don't tell him!" When our laughter had subsided, he said simply, "It's not that satori is unimportant, but it's not the part of Zen that needs to be stressed." . . . . His life represented the Soto Way. (In Suzuki 1999:9)

Explanations of yoga words and Buddhist words are on separate pages. Links are furnished on top of the page and at the left bottom. [Buddhism] [Learning Pages]

❀ WHO VISIT? The most typical US visitors attend Stanford, Berkeley, Harvard, and the University of Virginia, according to Quantcast. Visitors also use,, and and For more: [Site statistics]

After 15 November 2005 there have been some 11,500,000 pageviews (Google Analytics, 22 January 2014).

❀ FREELY GIVEN, WITH FEW EXCEPTIONS - and no strings attached then.


Site description, Literature  

Mahesh Yogi, Maharishi (presented as Maharshi Bala Brahmachari Mahesh Yogi Maharaj). Beacon Light of the Himalayas: The Dawn of a Happy New Era. Souvenir of the Great Spiritual Development Conference of Kerala, October 1955. ◦PDF and Paperback.

Mason, Paul. 108 Discourses of Guru Dev: The Life and Teachings of Swami Brahmananda Saraswati, Shankaracharya of Jyotirmath (1941-53). Vol 1. Penzance, Cornwall: Premanand, 2009.

Mason, Paul. The Roots of TM; The Transcendental Meditation of Guru Dev and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Penzance, Cornwall: Premanand, 2015.

Suzuki, Shunryu. Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. New York: Weatherhill, 1971.

Warnche, Carsten-Peter. Pablo Picasso 1881-1973. Edited by Ingo Walther. Vols 1-2. Köln: Benedikt Taschen, 1995.

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