Sivananda — A World-Force

When Sivananda speaks, the world listens. His resplendent personality and pristine perspective, brilliant intellect and all-compassionate disposition coupled with his impetuous fervour to uplift mankind have made him a veritable God-man.

Swamiji says: “To raise the fallen, to lead the blind, to share what I have with others, tobring solace to the afflicted, to cheer up the suffering, to love my neighbour as my own Self, toprotect cows, animals, women and children—these are my aims and ideals. I will help you andguide you. I live to serve you all. I live to make you all happy. This body is meant for service.”

This is his thrilling message to the people of this atomic age Swamiji has, by years ofarduous work, created a new world—“Ananda Kutir” or the “abode of bliss”—for the quickspiritual progress of all types of seekers after Truth, suitable to various tastes, temperaments andstages of evolution. Spiritual truth is eternal, but it has to be restated and redemonstrated in a humanlife in order that it may be a living and shining example before all of us. Swamiji’s life is one of longstillness of prayer perfectly blended with dynamic activity through selfless service.

The story is oneof strenuous spiritual endeavour and service in the cause of suffering humanity often in the face ofgreat trials. The supreme devotion and efficient organising capacity of his worthy disciples onwhom has descended the Grace of the Master have amazed everyone who has paid a visit toSwamiji’s Ashram. It may be said without any hesitation that Swamiji’s mission is well on its wayto becoming a world-force.

The story of Paramahamsa Sivananda’s life is a study of religion in practice. Swamiji hasastonished the world by the versatility of his genius, by the many-sidedness of his faculties and bythe contributions, innumerable and diverse in character, which he has made to the world. Having attained realisation he has striven to impart the benefit of the citadel of Truth. The Siddha Jnanis, of whom there are great examples in human history, are personages like Lord Buddha, Jesus Christ, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and others. Swami Sivananda himself, judging from the work he is doing, exemplifies the ideal type of Siddha Jnani.


18 great books about yoga by Swami Sivananda

  1. Bhagavad Gita for Busy People

    An abridged edition of the Gita which contains its quintessence for the use of students, doctors, advocates and busy people.
    Formats.pdf(105 kb), .html (53 kb)

  2. Conquest of Anger

    Highly practical methods for the control of anger.
    Formats.pdf(103 kb), .html (57 kb)

  3. Conquest of Fear

    The causes of fear and its eradication.
    Formats.pdf(100 kb), .html (58 kb)

  4. Easy Steps to Yoga

    These Easy Steps to Yoga are laid out with a special view to enable the novice to ascend without much difficulty the heights of spiritual attainment.
    Formats.pdf(553 kb), .html (526 kb) | Buy Print Edition

  5. Essence of Yoga

    This book was chosen for being sent to every new member of the Divine Life Society on enrolment. It is, as it were, the ‘Beginner’s Guide to Divine Life’.
    Formats.pdf(330 kb), .html(288 kb), .epub (141 kb), .mobi (226 kb)

  6. Guru-Bhakti Yoga

    A compilation of Swami Sivanandaji’s “sayings” on Guru and Guru Bhakti Yoga.
    Formats.pdf(353 kb), .html(290 kb) | Buy Print Edition

  7. Kundalini Yoga

    The theory that underlies the cosmic power has been analysed to its thinnest filaments, and practical methods have been suggested to awaken this great pristine force in individuals. It explains the theory and illustrates the practice of Kundalini Yoga.
    Formats.pdf(779 kb), .html(1,120 kb) | Buy Print Edition

  8. Light, Power and Wisdom

    This small book is your pocket Guru, handy friend, invigorating tonic and soft goad.
    Formats.pdf(197 kb), .html(156 kb), .epub (106 kb), .mobi (289 kb) | Buy Print Edition

  9. May I Answer That?

    Scores of the most-common and not-so-common questions on spiritual life and Sadhana are answered here by Swami Sivananda with a clarity and lucidity that defy description. A book for every thinking person.
    Formats.pdf(376 kb), .html(337 kb) | Buy Print Edition

  10. Mind—Its Mysteries and Control

    For gaining mastery over the mind, you have to know what it is, how it works, how it deceives you at every turn and by what methods it can be subdued. In this book, the subject has been dealt with; and the nature of the mind, the various forms that it assumes, the secret of its inner workings and the way to control it are fully and clearly explained.
    Formats.pdf(708 kb), .html(692 kb), .epub (379 kb), .mobi (990 kb) | Buy Print Edition

  11. Practical Lessons In Yoga

    A practical but non-technical presentation of Yoga.
    Formats.pdf(453 kb), .html(627 kb) | Buy Print Edition

  12. Practice of Karma Yoga

    How to spiritualize ones activities. The doctrine of Karma and Reincarnation is also covered.
    Formats.pdf(473 kb), .html(456 kb) | Buy Print Edition

  13. The Science of Pranayama

    Pranayama is an important limb in the Yoga of meditation. It is equally necessary for all in their daily life, for good health, success and prosperity in every walk of life. How it is so, is explained in these pages.
    Formats.pdf(766 kb), .html(905 kb)* | Buy Print Edition

  14. Self-Knowledge

    These are the lessons of love, peace and unity. My philosophy and teachings are not for the chosen few, the cultured and the wealthy alone. I am a friend of the poor, the outcaste, the sick, the oppressed, the forlorn, the guilty but penitent transgressor.
    Formats.pdf(523 kb), .html(523 kb), .epub (279 kb), .mobi (730 kb) | Buy Print Edition

  15. Thought Power

    A book of perennial interest and many-sided usefulness for self-culture, self-knowledge, acquisition of the power of personality and success in life.
    Formats.pdf(254 kb), .html(222 kb), .epub (160 kb), .mobi (387 kb) | Buy Print Edition

  16. Vedanta for Beginners

    The under-pinning of Indian philosophy shorn of abstruse jargon and written in simple, lucid style. A great book for beginners as well as a handy reference for one and all.
    Formats.pdf(213 kb), .html(186 kb)* | Buy Print Edition

  17. What Becomes of the Soul After Death

    All you wanted to know about death and the life beyond.
    Formats.pdf(434 kb), .html(423 kb)*, .epub (591 kb), .mobi (962 kb) | Buy Print Edition

  18. Yoga in Daily Life

    This is a book with a message of hope, success in life, of peace, of bliss and of the secret of life itself.
    Formats.pdf(361 kb), .html(496 kb) | Buy Print Edition


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