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Sri Swami Sivananda

1887 - 1963

An active saintly man, much devoted to serving his fellow human beings, Sri Swami Sivananda was a physician, monk, and founder of The Divine Life Society.

He used to write instructions for himself on bits of paper which he stitched together into notebooks. These injunctions included: Give up salt, give up sugar, give up spices, give up vegetables, give up chutnies, give up tamarind. Serve Bhangis, serve rogues, serve inferiors, remove faecal matter. Do not revenge, resist not evil, return good for evil, bear insult and injury. Forget like a child any injury done by somebody immediately. Never keep it in the heart. It kindles hatred.*

He was the author of many excellent books on all facets of yoga which are kept available today in free editions on the web by The Divine Life Society.

*Quotations and other information on this page are drawn from this biography of Sri Swami Sivananda on the website of The Divine Life Society.

Photo courtesy of The Divine Life Society



There is an excellent biography of Swami Sivananda here on the website of the Divine Life Society.



All About Hinduism
by Sri Swami Sivananda
An introduction to Hinduism.

Amrita Gita
by Sri Swami Sivananda
A condensed summary of the main types of yoga.

Conquest of Anger
by Sri Swami Sivananda
Practical methods for controlling anger.

Conquest of Fear
by Sri Swami Sivananda
Causes of fear and methods for eradicating it.

Bhagavad Gita for Busy People
by Sri Swami Sivananda
An abridged version of the most revered Hindu scripture.

Essence of Yoga
by Sri Swami Sivananda
This book was sent to new members of the Divine Life Society when they joined.

God Exists
by Sri Swami Sivananda
Arguing the case for the existence of God.

Guru Tattva
by Sri Swami Sivananda
Is a Guru absolutely necessary? Who is a Satguru? How far can he help his Chela (disciple)? What are the duties of a disciple? What is the meaning of Initiation? Swami Sivananda answers these questions in this book.

How to Get Vairagya
by Sri Swami Sivananda
Practical advice for cultivating dispassion.

Jnana Yoga
By Sri Swami Sivananda
A nice overview of Jnana Yoga, the yoga of wisdom.

Kundalini Yoga
by Sri Swami Sivananda
Theory and practice, including suggested methods for waking the Kundalini.

Life and Teachings of Lord Jesus
by Sri Swami Sivananda
A collection of lectures and essays on Jesus Christ.

Light, Power and Wisdom
by Sri Swami Sivananda
According to the Divine Life Society, "This small book is your pocket Guru, handy friend, invigorating tonic and soft goad."

May I Answer That?
by Sri Swami Sivananda
Answers to questions about spiritual life.

Mind -- Its Mysteries and Control

by Sri Swami Sivananda
This book explains what you need to know to gain mastery over the mind: what it is, how it works, how it deceives you, and by what methods it can be subdued.

Parables of Sivananda
by Sri Swami Sivananda
A collection of short edifying stories.

Practice of Brahmacharya
by Sri Swami Sivananda
A g uide to control of sexual energy and celibacy.

Radha's Prem
by Sri Swami Sivananda
A play about Bhakti Yoga, the path of devotion.

Sivananda Vani
by Sri Swami Sivananda
Personal notes of Sri Swami Sivanandaji to his beloved disciple, Shri Panna Lalji of Amritsar. These notes cover every aspect of spiritual life and is applicable to every aspirant.

Sixty-Three Nayanar Saints
by Sri Swami Sivananda
In addition to biographies and sayings of the sixty-three nayanar saints, this book contains articles on Saiva Siddhanta philosophy and the life of Saint Manicckavasagar.

Temples in India
by Sri Swami Sivananda
Brief descriptions of the prominent places of pilgrimage in India, their locations, and the spiritual legends connected with them.

Thought Power
by Sri Swami Sivananda
Advice for cultivating one's personality and succeeding in life.

Thus Awakens Swami Sivananda
by Sri Swami Sivananda
A brief collection of aphorisms.

Thus Spake Sivananda
by Sri Swami Sivananda
An exhortation to live a spiritual life.

Vedanta for Beginners
by Sri Swami Sivananda
Principles of Hindu philosophy in a simple, lucid style.

What Becomes Of The Soul After Death
by Sri Swami Sivananda
Includes a translatin of the Isavasya Upanishad.


This page was published on January 30, 2000 and last revised on May 8, 2000.

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