Swami Maheshananda Giriji Maharaj was a direct and prime disciple of Swami Nrisimha Giriji Maharaj, one of the most revered Paramhansa saints of the twentieth century.
An adept in Vedanta and other Indian philosophical traditions, Swami Maheshananda ji had been a keen student of western philosophies and modern science, be it Plato, Kant or Gurdjief, he had fathomed with deliberateness the depth of their ideologies. By studying the past in the light of the present he advises the framing of future conducive to self-enlightenment. His approach is not to keep truth in a glass case sheltered from the onslaught of observation and reason, but rather to season it by exposure to both. He does not propose to bring the old order back, considering such ideas as meaningless dreams of the lazy. He wants humanity to understand the fundamental co-ordinates of ‘absolute’ culture to deduce all practical cultures. He is sure that the revitalization of Hinduism can come only through drinking the ambrosia of knowledge churned out of the cream of Vedanta by Sri Shankara.
ABOUT SWAMI MAHESHANAD GIRI JI MAHARAJ:
Nearly 85 years ago, Swami Ji was born in a Brahmin family in Jodhpur state. After studying Vedas, Karmakand (process of conducting ceremonies), astrology etc. at home and formally learning about grammar, vocabulary, logic, Meemanasa (laws of interpretation) etc., & modern education. This led him to visit Western countries where he acquired the deep knowledge of Science & Philosophy. After returning to India, Swami ji renounced worldly life, even while in the first stage of life, and traveled around the whole of India & Kailasha Mansarovar many times, during which he remained in the close proximity of self-realized souls like Maharshi Raman, Sri Chandrashekhar Bharati (Sringeri Shankaracharya). During this period he gained the inside experience of Ramakrishna Mission, performed penance in Uttarkashi, Lohaghat, Kashmir etc. Swamiji took the order of monkhood from the Mahamandaleshwar of Dakshinamurty Math, Acharya of Niranjini Akhara, Sri Swami Nrisimha Giri Ji Maharaj from whom he systematically studied the trilogy of Gita, Upanishad & Brahmasutra and promulgated it in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh etc. In the year 1957 Swami Ji was appointed as the Acharya Mahamandaleshwar.
He reorganized and strengthened the Sanskrit Mahavidyalayas (colleges) in Delhi & Varanasi. He also established a Math (Monastery) along with a huge Shiva-Temple of an unprecedented style in Mount Abu. Swamiji preached the eternal truth revealed by the Vedas in various cities across India like Kolkata, Kanpur, Delhi, etc.
Many of his lectures have been published as books. Apart from these he also wrote some books. For the sound publication of books written by Sri Shankaracharya and their elucidations, Swami ji has set up an organization that has been publishing books. Under Swamiji’s guidance, the celebrations of the 12th century of Sri Shankaracharya were accomplished by the Sannyasins. Incessantly devoted to Vedanta and preaching the same, Swamiji achieved videh-kaivalya (left his mortal frame) on 16th October 2008. Even a respectful pranam (bow) for such a divine personage is also an act of indefinite punya (purification achieved by virtuous deeds).