Thursday, February 20, 2014

Some English books on Kanchi Shankaracharya Mahaswamigal and His Teachings


Many acquaintances have enquired about English Books on Kanchi Shankaracharya Mahaswamigal. Here are some of them. 

They can be purchased online at Amazon, (it is very expensive in Amazon, so please check) and other places like Giri 

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (P.B. No. 2946, New No. 18, 20 & 22,East Mada Street, Mylapore, Chennai-600 004; Phone Number: 044 - 2464 3450, 2464 3420) and at Shankara Matams etc.

1) Paramacharya of Kanchi: A spiritual and human relationship : recollections from my diary [Import] [Paperback] M. Y Ghorpade (Author) 

2) Hindu Dharma: The Universal Way of Life 

3) The Vedas [Paperback] Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati/Sankaracharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham 

4) Voice of the Guru/The Guru Tradition [Hardcover] 

Jagadguru Sri Chandrasekhara Sarasvati Mahaswamigal Himself (Author) 

5) Sri Sankara Bhagavatpadacarya's Soundaryalahari

Soundaryalahari (Bhavan's book university) (Bhavan's book university) [Hardcover] Jagaduru Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Mahaswamigal Himself(Author) 

6) Introduction to Hindu Dharma

Illustrated [Paperback] Michael Oren Fitzgerald (Author) 

7) Gems from the Paramacharya - Pocket Book Languages: English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Oriya, Assamese, Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam. 

This pocket sized mini book starts with Dasopadesam (Ten codes for living) by the Paramacharya. This is a collection of 'quotable quotes' from the Mahaswami covering various subjects. The insightful quotes were compiled by several ardent devotees. Every quote is indeed a Gem. (There are more compilations to come). These are thought provoking and will appeal to even the lay reader. The last page carries the famous benediction from the Mahaswami 'Maitrim Bhajatha' Excellent production quality. Ideal companion to be carried in brief cases. Perfect gift to like minded people, busy executives and college students. Send email to for the book.

8) Mahaswami 100 – Select speeches of Paramacharya (English only)- 2 Volumes 

One hundred of the Mahaswami's speeches on various aspects of life, carefully selected to answer many unasked questions in the minds of today's Indian. His clear views, and inspring logic, will make the reader pause and reflect. His compassion for human welfare and concern for the country speak volumes about him and what he stood for. Excellent production quality. In the age of globalisation might be a good gift for international associates.

9) Moment of a Life Time (Compilation of experience of devotees) (English only) 

Mahaswami is one of the most admired and venerated personalities of modern India. When one comes to know more about Him, His life and His work, it would be difficult to regard Him as a mere sectarian head of a religious institution in Tamil Nadu. He not only brought about resurgence, but was also a source of illumination and inspiration to seekers both in India and abroad. If one digs a little deeper, the many dimensions of this spiritual monarch, scholar, saint and social thinker make it evident why He was able to inspire the learned as well the common man. His knowledge about various subjects was encyclopedic. He made a deep impression on people and had a profound influence on those who met Him through his simple and spartan way of living. Moments of a Lifetime presents a rare cross section of experiences presented by ambassadors, politicians, scientists, religious leaders, artists, journalists and so on. A great treat for those who were fortunate enough to have met him, for the wonderful memories these would evoke. An excellent introduction to those who have never met him, for it brings to fore nuances of a great spiritual master of India. Excellent gift for the self and others. 

10) Mahaswami Darshan (125 select and rare photographs) 

His radiant presence brought a certain peace and calm to anyone who went to see him. But the pictures in Mahaswami Darshan present more than that. They capture vividly various moods, expressions and actions. A rare collection put together from various sources over the years. A must for the family library. Good gift for various family functions including Grahapravesam, Upanayanam, etc. 

11) The Saint and Sangita 

A Fragrant Garland to Kanchi Mahaswami (English) The Paramacharya is known for His masterly knowledge of music. He is known too for His love for listening to good music and for His solicitude for musicians. Over the years numerous Carnatic musicians have deemed it a great privilege to perform in His presence and for Him. He has honoured many musicians by recognising them as Asthana Vidwans of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam. Sri. Garland Rajagopalan, Chennai, a keen devotee of the Mahaswami and an eminent musicologist, has put together this publication. It brings out rare insights and several little known facts about the Mahaswami's keen interest in music and his depth of knowledge. Excellent production quality. A must for students of music, music teachers, devotees who appreciate music and those devotees who revel in learning new things about the Mahaswami. 

12) Upanayanam and Vivaha 

This publication specifically addresses three subjects of increasing interest amongst various devotees. Upanayana, Marriage and Gruhasthasrama. There are several publications that describe the rituals to be followed but none talk about the purpose and context in which we must understand the roles of Upanayana, Vivaha & Gruhasthasrama in our lives. The Acharya deals with those subjects with His characteristic simplicity and clarity. 

13) Eternal Bliss (Vol. I & II – Medium Size) – English. (Vol. I & II – Coffee table Size) – English. 

The book are just not coffee table books or alike. It presents the life and times of a 'Saint extraordinary of 20th century', through some rare pictures and some of his thought provoking views on several subjects. It is not a book to be glanced through. Every picture, every word must be savoured and cherished. For those who have been fortunate enough to have met Him and interacted with Him, this book is a rare treasure. For those who have only heard of Him, this is an excellent introduction to His Holiness and His work. For those who have never heard of Him or met Him, this is a peep into the life of an extraordinary human being who lived a hundred years to serve the cause of humanity. 

14) Sri Chandrasekharendra Vijayam. 

This publication in English is based on. Divya Charitram by Samabamurthy Shastrigal, Published in 1957. Mahaswamigal Varalaru, Published by Alliance in October, 2002. A Succint Biography by Srimatam Kancheepuram 1999. His speeches on a wide variety of subjects related to Hindu Dharma are now available in English and several other Indian languages. His extensive travel on foot across the country, his erudition, compassion and simplicity continue to influence any one who is exposed to his life. The Sri Chandrasekharendra Vijayam, in addition to being a travel dairy, over several decades of his parikrama across the length and breath of India, covers his major addresses as well. 

15) Voice of God – Vol. I to VII 

Languages: English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Oriya, Assamese, Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam. Sadguru Vachanamrut – Vol. I to VII 
Author: Jagaduru Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Mahaswamigal Himself
Written by the eminent writer Ra Ganapati originally in Tamil.

16) Mahaswami Telephone Directory/Address Book 

This carries the history of the 2500 year old Peetam and a brief biographical sketch of Maha Swamiji , a calendar for four years and nice photographs on the top of each page. Excellent production quality. Devotees would cherish having a such a Telephone Directory/Address book that is very different from the mundane ones every one is used to. Once again an excellent gift item for friends, relatives and like minded people.

17) A Search in Secret India

Author --- Paul Brunton. Contains a chapter wherein he describes how he got to meet Kanchi Shankarcharya, Who in turn guided him to Ramana Maharshi. An absolute masterpiece.

18) A Sacred Thread: : Modern Transmission of Hindu Traditions in India and Abroad

Author: Raymond Brady Williams. Contains many chapters about Kanchipuram, Shankara Matam and our Kanchi Periyavas.

19) Guru Samarpanam

This book is aimed to propagate Hindu dharma through Maha Periyava’s words.

The book was released by HH Shri Vijayendra Saraswati Swamigal on 22 July 2012. 

Shri. V Ravi Sharma

Sri Ayyappa Bhajanai Sangam

29, North Mada Street

Villivakkam, Chennai - 600 049.

Ph: 094441 09431, +91 44 2617 3963


20) The Jagadguru : Interviews of visitors from abroad with His Holiness Jagadguru Sri Chandrasekharendra Sarasvati Mahaswamigal Sri Sankaracharaya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham

Author: Dr. V. Raghavan
Publisher: Association for Hindu Dharma, Chennai

Available here at

21) The glorious temples of Kanchi (this book was given by HH Bala Periyava)

Author: 'Panmozhi Chelvar' Shri T.V.R. Chari

22) The Voice of Shankara --- Sankara-bharathi

Editor: Shri N. Veezhinathan

23) Biography --- The Sage of Kanchi 1894 to 1994

Please send a mail to
Phone: 044 2474 7066, 4266 8005

24) Sri Kanchi Maha Periyava (English)

For the 1st time ever, the divine story of Sri Kanchi Maha Periyava in Chitra katha (story with pictures) form.

25) Sri Kamakoti Pitha of Sri Sankaracharya (1976)

Author: Johannes Voet

Publisher: Madras : B.G. Paul

26) Paramacharya: Life of Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam : Originally Written in Tamil Under the Title Sri Jagadguru Divya Charitram by Sri S. Sambamurthy Sastri:

27) Gurudeva --- Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Maharaj

Please see the below link about the details of the above book on Kanchi Pudhu Periyava HH Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal:

28) Copper Plate Inscriptions Belonging to the Sri Sankaracharya of the Kamakoti Pitha

Please see the below link for more details about the book.

Tamil books list can be viewed in the below link:


  1. Nice to have all the collections in one place.
    Good work

    Hara Hara Shankara

  2. Very nice info. is no longer working. Other sites are OK. Jaya Jaya Shankara, Hara Hara Shankara!

  3. Thanks for the information.
    Good to know that "Hindu Dharma" is available now. It was out of print sometime ago.
    BTW, No. 12 should read "Upanayanam" and not "Upanayam" :-)

  4. Thank you Sir for sharing the list and availability. I purchased all 8 volumes of Voice of God from Maha Swami Vidyalaya in Rajakilpakam, near Tambaram.

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