The father of Ancient Wonder of Vedic mathematics His Holiness Jagadguru Sankaracharya Sri Bharati Krishna Tirthji maharaja. He was Better Known Among His disciples by the Beloved Name Jagadgur, or Gurudeva was a great and diving personality. He was an exceptional Writer and silver-tongued speaker. Gurudeva was Known for his vast and versatile learning, His spiritual and educational achievements. His all life is the example of the service of humanity.
According to His disciple Manjula Trivedi( the former Honorary General Secretary Sri Vishwa punarnirman sangha, Nagpur):-
Gurudeva was born of highly learned and pious parents March 1884. His father late Sri P Narasimha Shastri was then in service as a tahsildar at Tinnivellly (madrasah Presidendsy) who later retired as a Deputy Collector.
Childhood name of the Gurudev was Venkatraman. He was an exceptionally brilliant student and invariably toped in his entire education career. He passed his matriculation examination from the Madras University in January 1899 topping in his all subject as usual.
He was awarded the title of “Saraswati” by the Madras Sanskrit association in July 1899 in his 16 years of age for his proficiency in Sanskrit.
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After winning the highest place in the B.A examination, Sri Venkatraman Saraswati appeared at the M.A examination of The American College of Science, Rochester, New York from Bombay centre. In 1904 at the age of just twenty, he passed M.A Examination in seven Subjects simultaneously securing the highest honours in all which is perhaps the all-time world record of academic brilliance. His subjects include Sanskrit, Philosophy, English, Mathematics, History and science.
Sri Venkatraman started his public life under the guidance of late honourable Sri Gopal Krishna Gokhale in 1905 in connection with the National education movement.
Later on, He had become the Principal of new open National college at Rajmahendrifor the next three years. But due to immense interest in the field of Indian spiritual science or Adhyatma Vidya, he proceeds to Sringeri Math in Mysore and nest eight years he spent in the most profound study of the most advanced Vedanta philosophy and practice of the Brahma sadhana. In nearby Sringeri, he delivered many lectures on Adhyatam and mathematics in several institutes.
There was no branch of knowledge which he did not know and that also Sastrically. He was equally learned in Chandahsastra, Ayurveda and Jyotish Sastra.
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After the several years of the most advanced studies, the most profound meditation and the highest spiritual achievement Prof. Venkatraman Saraswati was initiated into the holy order of sannyasa at banars(Varanasi) by His Holiness Jagadguru Sankaracharya Sri trivikram tirthaji Maharaj of sharadapeeth on the 4th July 1919. This occasion he was given the new name swami Bharat Krishna Tirtha.
Later on, in 1925 he adorns the Govardhan Maths Gadi after the successive request of His Holiness Jagadguru Sankaracharya Sri Madhusudan tirtha of Govardhan math puri. Then on his entire life touring India from corner to corner and delivering lectures on Sanatana Dharma and by his scintillating intellectual brilliance powerful oratory magnetic personality sincerity of purpose indomitable will purity of thought and loftiness of character he took the entire intellectual and religious class of the nation by storm.
V. S. Agarwala( General Editor) says about Jagadguru: Jagadguru Sankaracharya Sri Bharati Krishna Tirthji maharaja Was a Marvellous Person with Surpassing Qualities and was a prolific writer and eloquent speaker. He could speak for several hours at a stretch in Sanskrit and English with the same felicity, and the intonation of this musical voice left a lasting impression on the minds of this listener. He attracted large audiences. He was an ardent admirer of Bhartrhari, the Great scientific Thinker of Golden Age of Indian history in the different field.
In his life span, he was written many book poem slokas on various issue. In which Vedic Mathematics is one of them. There is one more book “Sanatana Dharma ” which is also the favourite book which is written by the swami ji. He had composed more than 3000 slokas in adoration of various debas and devices.
Manjula Ji exact word remembering his beloved Gurudev said :
“Jagadguru Sankaracharya Sri Bharati Krishna Tirthji maharaja activities were many-sided. He is such a divine personality it is impossible to draw a sketch. To hear him was a pleasure. To see him was a privilege. To speak to him was a real blessing and to be granted an exclusive interview -Ah!! that was the acme of happiness which people coveted most in all earnestness. The magnetic force of his pleasant personality was such that one word, one smile or even one look was quite enough to convert even the most sceptic into his most ardent and obedient disciple. He belonged to all irrespective of caste or creed, and he was a real Guru to the whole world.”
Jagadguru Sankaracharya Sri Bharati Krishna Tirthji maharaja had been done tremendous work to the cause of service of humanity spreading of spiritual enlightenment and revival of Vedantic ideal. 1957 was on the tour of U.S and U.K. The excessive strain of the vast hurricane tour abroad came as a severe blow to his health. As a result, he fell seriously in November 1959 and despite the best available treatment shed off his mortal frame and took Mahasamadhiat Bombay on 2nd February 1960.
The whole life of Jagadgur is the example of the simplest living and highest thinking. he has always been remembering for his excellent
His Holiness Jagadguru Sankaracharya Sri Bharati Krishna Tirthji maharaja has left us, but his work and words will forever remain in the hearts of us.
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