Various birthdates have been offered for Guru Dev, Shankaracharya 
Swami Brahmanand Saraswati.

In the Hindi biography of Guru Dev ('Shri Jyotishpeethaddharaka' by
Shri Rameshwar Tiwari, published 1965) the birthdate is given
as 'maargashiirshha shukla dashamii, vikrama samvat 1928' i.e.
Margashirsha 10th 1928, whilst the Western calendar date is
calculated to be 'December 21, 1870'.

In an early version of Brahmachari Mahesh's 'Our Guiding Light'
(included in 'The Beacon Light of the Himalayas' published 1955) it
is stated:- 'He was born on Margashirsh Shukla 10 Samvat 1928
(equivalent to December 1871)'.

It is generally accepted that there is a difference of fifty-six / 
fifty-seven years between the Vikam and Gregorian calendars. Checking 
with the computer program Calendar Magic, the Vikrami date is shown 
to be equivalent to Thursday 21st December 1871 in the Gregorian 
calendar.

However, a different date is offered by the Transcendental Meditation
organisation, that of 20th December 1968 (the date offered in the
revised text of MMY's 'Our Guiding Light' in 1965) - corresponding
with Pausha 6th 1925 in the Vikami calendar - a date hitherto
unmentioned in connection with Guru Dev.

Since Guru Dev's birthday is celebrated, it would be good to know the 
correct date of his birth. Does anyone have any relevant information?






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