Swami Shantanand Saraswati (1913-1997) was the pontiff of the Jyotir Math from 1953 to 1980, and he was a disciple of Brahmananda Saraswati. After assuming as the pontiff of the holy mutt, Shantanand had done good service in the mutt, and he performed pujas to the deities in a well-versed manner. Though there was some misunderstanding between him and few of his guru’s disciples, it was later resolved.
Shantanand Saraswati became a devotee of Lord Shiva at an early age, and used to visit the Shiva temples and eagerly performs Puja and Abhishekham to the Shivalingam. He got married with a noble lady,and done small business at his home for some time, and later he got permission from Brahmananda Saraswati and became a saint.
Shantanand Saraswati’s spiritual teachings were attracted by thousands of western country people, and they began to flow to his Ashram. He was served as the guru at the Spiritual school at London. He properly moulded his disciples, and taught Vedic subjects and other holy texts to them. He frequently interacted with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and described him as the“Master of Vedanta”.
Shantanand Saraswati taught that people must allocate some time regularly and concentrate their attention on doing Pujas and worshipping the gods at the temples. He also frequently used to tell to his disciples, that god has been given this human life as a boon to us, and we must properly utilise it in order to attain SALVATION. He died in the year 1997, and attained MUKTI.
Let us worship the great saint and be blessed.
“OM SRI SHANTANANDA SARASWATI SWAMIGALE NAMAHA”
“OM SWAMY BRAHMANANDARE NAMAHA”
“OM NAMAH SHIVAYA”