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SRI SWAMI SIVANANDA

                  
Swami Sivananda


life period : 1887 - 1963 | place of birth : Tamil Nadu, INDIA

parents : Vengu Iyer,parvatiammal |  nationality : Indian

occupation : Hindu spiritual teacher and a proponent of Yoga and Vedanta

teacher/guru : Vishwananda Saraswati    |   education : Medicine

website :  www.sivananda.org

“ The mental ability to concentrate is inherent to all;

it is not extraordinary or mysterious.

Meditation is not something that a Yogi has to teach you;

you already have the ability to shut out thoughts. ”

    

 “ There is no lasting bliss in perishable objects.

In the infinite alone is true bliss.

The Yoga of devotion points the way to attain the infinite.

It cleanses the heart, steadies the mind, elevates

the emotions, sublimates the impulses.

It transmutes base desires into spiritual urges.

It transfigures the animal in man into a divine being.

It turns one’s mind from the miseries of the world

to the protecting feet of the Lord. 

 

“ A mountain is composed of tiny grains of earth.

The ocean is made up of tiny drops of water.

Even so, life is but an endless series of little

details, actions, speeches, and thoughts.

And the consequences whether good or bad of

even the least of them are far-reaching. 

 

BOOKS BY THE MASTER      

“ Kundalini Yoga: The Shakti Path to Soul Awakening " ... " Mind: Its Mysteries and Control " ...

" Divine Nectar " ... " Devīmāhātmyam: Śrīdurgāsaptaśatī, Mūlabhāgepāhavidhisahitā " ...

" Practice of Karma Yoga " ... " Sivananda Gita " ... " Lord Siva and His Worship " ...

" Japa Yoga: A Comprehensive Treatise on Mantra Devi Mahatmya " ... " Thought Power " ...

" Autobiography of Swami Sivananda " ...

" Sadhana: A Textbook of Psychology & Practice of Techniques of Spiritual Perfection " ...

" The Bhagavad Gita " ... " Spiritual Experiences " ... " Tantra Yoga Nada Yoga and Kriya Yoga " ...

" Twenty Important Spiritual Instructions " ... " Health and Hygiene: with Anatomy and Physiology " ...

" Sivananda Lectures " ... " Sure Ways for Success in Life and God Realisation " ... " Triple Yoga " ...

" The Principal Upanishads " ... " Essence Of Vedanta " ... " Divine Life for Children " ...

" Self Knowledge " ... " Yoga In Daily Life " ... " Mother Ganga " ... " Samadhi Yoga " ...       

" Upasana: In the Presence of the Divine " ... " Ten Upanishads " ... " All About Hinduism " ...

" Brahma Sutras " ... " The Science of Pranayama " ... " Concentration and Meditation " ...

" Practical Lessons in Yoga " ... " The Essence of Bhakti Yoga  " ... " Lectures on Yoga and Vedanta " ...

" Lord Krishna, His Lila and Teachings " ... " Dhyana Yoga " ... " Voice of Himalayas " ...

" How to Cultivate Virtues and Eradicate Vices " ... " Conquest of Mind " ... " Lives of Saints  " ...

" May I Answer That? " ... " Lord Shanmukha and His Worship " ... " Satsang and Svadhyaya " ...

"Life and Teachings of Lord Jesus " ... " Sadhana Chatushtaya " ... " Know Thyself " ...

" Wisdom in Humour " ... "  Pearls of Wisdom , Practice of Vedanta " ... " Hatha Yoga " ...

" Stories Form the Mahabharata " ... " Kundalini Yoga: The Shakti Path to Soul Awakening " ...

" Philosophy of Dreams " ... " The Science of Pranayama " ... " Home Remedies " ...

" Narada Bhakti Sutras " ... " Meditation Know-How " ... " Yoga for the West " ...

" Every Man's Yoga " ... " Sure Ways for Success in Life " ... " Health and Hatha Yoga " ...

" The Culture of Will and Memory " ... " How to Control the Wandering Mind " ... " Guru Tattva "

" Sixty-three Nayanar Saints " ... " Chhandogya Upanishad " ... " Brihadaranyaka Upanishad " ...

" Essence of Principal Upanishads " ... " Upanishad Drama " ... " Dialogues from the Upanishads " ...

" Upanishad for Busy People " ... " Brahma Sutras II " ... " Philosophy and Meditation on OM " ...

" Srimad Bhagavad Gita " ... " Ethics of the Bhagavad Gita " ... " Essence of the Gita " ... " Gita for the Blind " ...

" Gita Meditations " ... " Sarvagita Sara " ... " Jivanmukta Gita " ... " Moksha Gita " ... " Practice of Vedanta " ...

" First Lessons in Vedanta " ... " Jnana Yoga " ... " Care of the Eyes " ... " Asthma " ...
" Yoga-Vedanta Dictionary " ... " Vedanta for Beginners " ... " Yoga Sara Upanishad " ... " Waves of Ganga " ...

" Voice of Sivananda " ... " Heart of Sivananda " ... " Bhakti Rasamritam " ... " Sayings of Sivananda " ...

" Select Teachings " ... " Perennial Teachings " ... " Illuminating Teachings " ... " Essence of Teachings " ...

" Spiritual Treasure " ... " Elixir Divine " ... " Gems of Wisdom " ... " Analects of Sivananda " ...

" Sermonettes of Sivananda " ... " Aphorisms " ... " Nectar Drops " ... " Upanishads for Layman " ...

" Light, Power and Wisdom " ... " Spiritual Lessons, I and II " ... " Precepts for Practice " ... " Wisdom Nectar " ...

" Easy Path to God-realisation " ... " Revelation " ... " Jnana Ganga " ... " Himalaya Jyoti " ...

" Ambrosia " ... " Swami Sivananda Speaks " ... " Sivananda Upadeshamritam " ...

" Thus Awakens Swami Sivananda " ... " Spiritual Teachings " ... " Sixty Divine Pearls " ... " Raja Yoga " ...

" Practice of Yoga " ... " Yoga Maharnava " ... " Yoga Samhita " ... " Yoga Teachings " ... Easy Steps to Yoga " ...

" Essence of Yoga " ... " Yoga for the Modern Man " ... " Yoga and Realisation " ...

" First Aid to the Injured " ... " Conversations on Yoga " ... " Yoga, Questions and Answers " ...

" Yoga-Vedanta Sutras, I and II " ... " Yoga of Synthesis " ... Swara Yoga " ... " Yoga Asanas " ...

" Yogic Home Exercises " ... " Radiant Health Through Yoga " ... " Yogic and Vedantic Sadhana " ...

" Yoga Kundalini Upanishad " ... " Necessity for Sannyasa " ... " Spiritual Experiences " ... " Sankirtan Yoga " ...

" Yoga Sastra of Siva " ... " How to Get Vairagya " ... " Siva's Treasure " ... " Practical Guide for Students of Yoga " ...

" Daily Meditations " ... " Daily Readings " ... " Siva's Teachings, A to Z " ... " So Says Sivananda " ...

" Divine Treasure " ... " Pearls on the Shore of Wisdom " ... " The Gateway to Bliss " ... " Guru and Disciple " ...

" Guru Bhakti Yoga " ... " Sivanandaism " ... " How to Become a Yogi " ... " Immortal Teachings " ...

" Sivananda's Elixir " ... " Philosophy of Life " ... " An Encyclopaedia of Spiritual Knowledge " ...

" Dynamic Spiritual Awakening " ... " Thus Illumines Swami Sivananda " ... " Treasure of Teachings " ...

" Sadhana for All " ... " Path to God-Realisation " ... Path to Perfection " Ananda Gita " ... " Amrita Gita " ...

" Correspondence Courses in Yoga " ... " Yoga Way to Peace " ... " How Westerners Practise Yoga " ...

" Bhakti and Sankirtan " ... " Yoga Samhita " ... " Fourteen Lessons on Raja Yoga " ... " Peace and Perfection " ...

" Waves of Bliss " ... Light Divine " ... " Wisdom Sparks " ... " Vedanta Jyoti " ... " Secret of Self-realisation " ...

" In the Hours of Communion " ... " Science of Reality " ... " Joy-Bliss-Immortality " ... " Family Doctor " ...

" Vairagya Mala " ... " Philosophy and Yoga " ... " Jnana Jyoti " ... " How to Become Rich " ... " Adhyatma Yoga " ...

" Steps to Self-realisation " ... " Temples in India " ... " Ashrams and Saints " ... " Beauties of Ramayana " ...

" Sangita Lila Yoga " ... " Sangita Bhagavata " ... " Shraddhanjali " ... " Pushpanjali " ... " Maha Yoga " ...

" Bhakti Rasamritam " ... " To the Mind " ... " Philosophy and Teachings of Swami Sivananda " ...

" World Parliament of Religions " ... " Unity of Religions " ... " World's Religions " ... " All About Hinduism " ...

" Hindu Fasts and Festivals " ... " Gems of Prayers " ... " World Peace " ... " God Exists " ...

" Gospel of Divine Life " ... " Lord Siva and His Worship " ... " Essence of Ramayana " ... " Ananda Lahari " ...

" Devi Mahatmya " ... " Pocket Prayer Book " ... " Stotra Pancha Ratna " ... " Stotra Chintamani " ...

" Stotra Ratnamala " ... " Pilgrimage to Badri and Kailas " ... " Hindu Gods and Goddesses " ...

" Idol Worship " ... " Lord Krishna " ... " Story of My Tour " ... " Great Men and Women " ...

" Saints and Sages " ... " Lives of Saints, II " ... " Stories from Yogavasishtha " ... " Philosophical Stories " ...

" Spiritual Stories " ... " Illuminating Stories " ... " Divine Stories " ... " Parables of Sivananda " ...

" Ramayana Drama " ... " Brahmacharya Drama " ... " Divine Life Drama " ... " Inspiring Stories " ...

" Brahma Vidya Vilas " ... " Radha's Prem " ... " Saint Alavandar " ... " Siva Leelas " ...

" Essays on Philosophy " ... " Studies in Western Philosophy " ... " Inspiring Messages " ...

" Illuminating Messages, I and II " ... " Telegraphic Messages " ... " Message to Mankind " ...

" llumination " ... " Thus Inspires Swami Sivananda " ... " What Becomes of the Soul After Death " ...

" Music As Yoga " ... " Satsanga Bhavan Lectures " ... " Lectures on Yoga-Vedanta " ... " " Doon Lectures " ...

" Radio Talks " ... " Sivananda: Day-to-Day, Volumes 1 to 32 " ... " Inspiring Talks of Gurudev Sivananda " ...

" Wisdom of Siva " ... " Prescriptions for HappinessInspiring Songs " ... " Ethical Teachings " ...

" Sivananda Smriti " ... " How to Cultivate Virtues and Eradicate Vices " ... " Conquest of Anger " ...

" Practice of Brahmacharya " ... " Conquest of Fear " ... " Advice to Women " ... " Sthree Dharma " ...

" Universal Moral Lessons " ... " Moral and Spiritual Regeneration " ... " Bliss Divine " ...

" Self-realisation " ... " God-realisation " ... " Religious Education " ... " Students' Success in Life " ...

" Children's Divine Treasure " ... " Education for Perfection " ... " True Education " ...

" Practice of Ayurveda " ... " Practical Household Remedies " ... " Bazaar Drugs " ...

" Practice of Nature Cure " ... " Health and Long Life " ... " Health and Happiness " ... " Tuberculosis " ...

" Health and Diet " ... " How to Live Hundred Years " ... " Home Physician " ... " Massage " ...

" How to Get Sound Sleep " ... " Home Nursing " ... " Constipation, Its Causes and Cure " ...

" Blood-pressure " ... " Boon to Diabetics "

Kuppuswami was his name. He was born on the 8th of September, 1887, in Pattamadai, near Tirunelveli in the Tamil Nadu state of South India.

 

Kuppuswami’s greatest pleasure was in serving Sadhus and Sannyasins, enjoyed physical exercise, after two years of study of medicine he possessed the knowledge of a fifth year student. Because of this, he was freely admitted into the operation theater and dissecting room in the very first year. Professors finding him to be intelligent, industrious and promising, took him into their confidence and engaged him as their assistant.

When Kuppuswami was half way through his medical course, father passed and mother ill. To support himself Dr. Kuppuswami started a medical journal “AMBROSIA”. He served as editor and initial financier for the journal. Kuppuswami himself wrote many articles under different pseudonyms. He received articles on the ancient system of Indian medicine from Ayurvedic physicians. Though the journal was in English, he reserved a few pages for prescriptions in Tamil. Through his journal, Kuppuswami strove to dispel people’s ignorance in matters of personal hygiene and public health. He laid the emphasis not on remedial prescriptions, but on health building and disease prevention. Health, hygiene and dietetics received special notice. Readers felt a significant spiritual touch in the pages of “Ambrosia”. 

In 1913, Dr. Kuppuswami was presented with an appealing opportunity for service. Kuppuswami reached out needy at malaysia where indian workers in rubber plantations received little med attention. He told friends: “Book knowledge will not take us far. I studied anatomy. I dissected the human body. But I could not find the Atman (Soul) within (the human body)!”

“The Atman can be seen only when the ego is destroyed,” interjected a friend. He was appointed at once to the Senawang Estate Hospital. Dr. Kuppuswami had to dispense medicines, keep accounts and attend to patients. In his work, Dr. Kuppuswami was methodical, painstaking and conscientious. He exhorted his helpers to keep the place clean because cleanliness was the greatest medicine the hospital could offer. He cheered patients with his humour and spoke encouraging words to raise their spirits. At once, sick persons felt greatly relieved.

While at Swarg Ashram, the Master kept a diary in which he recorded his thoughts. He used to meditate even up to sixteen hours a day. His method of developing a virtue was to take one at a time and practise it for a month. He admitted that he, too, used to kill scorpions in the beginning.

"I did not have any outstanding experiences during the period of my spiritual practice. There was no external or internal obstruction in the progress of my practice (Sadhana). That was the only outstanding feature. I made meditation-deep meditation-the keynote of my inner life. It gave me smooth and continuous progress and rapid arrival at the final spiritual experience."

The Master founded the Divine Life Society in 1936, in premises that were once used as cowsheds. But it did not take long for seekers to be drawn to his magnetic personality and the Society grew rapidly. The former Dr. Kuppuswami became Swami Sivananda Saraswati of the Sankaracharya order.

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