Meditation & Philosophy

Philosophy of the Masters & Meditation Training Monday at 17h30 Classes in Vedantic philosophy and meditation practice, either presented as a formal lesson or as a question-and-answer session, where all spiritual/religious inquiries are welcome. What is the Mystic Philosophy of the Masters? Subjects expounded in the Mystic Philosophy of the Masters includes: Cosmogony Formation and dissolution of

Karma as Disease

Karma as Disease by Swami Isvaramayananda The only existence is consciousness, manifesting itself in infinite variety, in a perpetual flux of energy patterns within energy fields, within energy patterns within energy fields ad infinitum. This is the universe, and the universe is God. The body of God is the infinite ocean of

Meditation, the Only Way to Liberation

Sunrise meditation at the Sivananda School of Yoga Meditation, the Only Way to Liberation By Swami Isvaramayananda Consciousness is layered: a spectrum of co-extensive, interpenetrating vibrations. The yogi knows that the mind is not man‘s highest quality of consciousness, and that reason is not man‘s highest faculty. To attain realisation, he/she must

Transcending Religion (by Manly Palmer Hall)

Members of the Sivananda School of Yoga in Delhi Transcending Religion: A manifesto based on statements by Manly Palmer Hall Our yoga centre offers enlightenment in the form of the eternal verities as shrined in the Scriptures, and in the ways humanity has ever received Divine guidance and revelation; that is in meditation

Yoga

Navaratri in Rishikesh with two of our Sivananda School of Yoga sadhaks Yoga by Swami Isvaramayananda Yoga is the mystical path within, and transcending, religion. For the Hindu, Sanatana Dharma (Eternally Righteous Way) is the religious foundation of Yoga. For a yogi of a different culture, Hinduism provides a traditional background. Who

My Guru

My Guru By Swami Karunananda Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya Sri Swami Isvaramayandandaji Saraswati Maharaj is a True Guru. Of this, his disciples, of which I am one, have no doubt. My spiritual journey with my Guru began on the 17th January 1985 when I accompanied a friend to Sivananda School of Yoga

The Philosophy of Life

The Philosophy of Life By Sri Swami Krishnananda Courtesy of www.swami-krishnananda.org Beloved immortal Atman. Human life has been always considered very sacred because it is accepted that it has a very noble purpose to serve and it is directed towards the achievement of something sublime, though invisible today to mortal eyes. Right

The Next Step in Meditation

The Next Step in Meditation By Sri Swami Krishnananda Courtesy of www.swami-krishnananda.org Question: Swamiji, you said that we should forget we are human beings. How is it to be done – that is, how are we to forget that we are human beings? Swamiji: I will tell you one thing now. How can

The First Step in Meditation

The First Step in Meditation By Sri Swami Krishnananda Courtesy of www.swami-krishnananda.org Our eyes are telling us that everything is different from every other thing. If we look at the body of a person, we will find that every part is different from every other part, but they are not really disconnected. Even

How to Meditate

How to Meditate By Sri Swami Venkatesananda So many textbooks are available on meditation nowadays that everyone has some idea of what it is all about. In brief, meditation is the most wonderful adventure: ‘Discovery of self’. Meditation enables us to enjoy consciously the peace, happiness and revitalisation that we unconsciously have in sleep.

Guru and Disciple

Guru and Disciple by Sri Swami Venkatesananda Courtesy of Divine Life Society of India In his books Swamiji has given the essence of traditional teaching, imparting to those teachings the secret message of how to keep in touch with this truth, how to make it an integral part of one’s life. The

Why Yogis do not Solicit Teachings from Discarnate Souls

Why Yogis do not Solicit Teachings from Discarnate Souls  By Swami Isvaramayananda In 2002 Swami Isvaramayananda, President of the Sivananda School of Yoga, issued the pamphlet titled "A True Spiritual Path - True Mysticism Compared with Religion, Occultism and Intellectual Investigation". It summarizes the philosophy of Swami Isvaramayananda, and the Yoga School's

The Diet of the Yogi

The Diet of the Yogi Every sadhak (practitioner) who is initiated has to resolve to remain a vegetarian for life. This means that the disciple may not deliberately consume any substance derived from the killing or cruelty to any mammal, marsupial, bird, reptile, amphibian, fish, mollusc, or other creature in the

True to Yoga

True to Yoga An explanatory contradiction of descriptions, misinterpretations and misrepresentations encountered in Western media Preamble Yoga’s only purpose — Yoga’s only purpose — is Moksha; that is, liberation from reincarnation and other effects of nescience, via God-realisation: a state of enlightenment-&-liberation referred to in Judeo-Christian as well as Hindu scriptures, but little understood and expounded

What Is Yoga?

“The first time I visited the Sivananda School of Yoga, I fell in love with the depth of peace and love at the Ashram. Each time thereafter I would reconnect with the bliss of that first day.”  What Is Yoga? Contrary to popular western belief, Yoga is a philosophy,

Insights into the Vegetarian Ethic

Insights into the Vegetarian Ethic Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya Inter-mammalian cannibalism & insights into the vegetarian ethic Uncomfortable considerations for the meat eater, hunter and wearer of animal furs and leather coats: “But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.” — Genesis 9:5 “Ye shall not eat

Be a Yogi

Be a Yogi By Swami Isvaramayananda In northern Kerala, near the town of Kanangad, lies Anandashram, a beautiful haven of peace founded by Papa Ramdas. A remarkable feature of this ashram is its freedom from politics. As a policy promoted by all, there is no gossip or disclosing "because it is only

Swamis and the Swami Orders

“The deep wisdom and loving compassion I have experienced here have been an inspiration, a comfort and a guiding light.” Swamis and the Swami Orders The members of the Sivananda Yoga Centre who wear orange clothes are ‘swamis’. Traditionally, we address them as ‘Swami’ or, with affectionate respect ‘Swamiji'. The

Swami Karunananda

Swami Karunananda Swami Karunananda, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Trustee of the Yoga School, is a nun of the Saraswati branch of the holy Swami Order. Born on 6th April 1950, she entered the ashram as a brahmacharini in 1985. Swami Chidananda Maharaj initiated her into monastic brahmacharia in 1990, and into the

Swami Venkatesananda

Courtesy of www.swamivenkatesananda.org Swami Venkatesananda Swami Venkatesananda was born was born in Tanjore on December 29th 1921 to a South Indian Brahmin family. Even in his youth he was both scholarly and full of fun, a trait which endear him in later life. At the age of fourteen after discovering a book by

Swami Sivananda

Photo courtesy of the Divine Life Society of India ""Build a shrine of devotion in your heart.Enter the silence.Live the life transcendent." — Swami Sivananda Swami Sivananda “Born on the 8th September 1887, in the illustrious family of Sage Appayya Dikshitar and several other renowned saints

Prerequisites of Spiritual Sadhana Part 1

Photo courtesy of the Divine Life Society of India Prerequisites of Spiritual Sadhana Part 1 By Sri Swami Sivananda Maharaj Extract from Sadhana: A Textbook of the Psychology and Practice of the Techniques to Spiritual Perfection I will dwell here upon the main qualifications necessary for launching upon the actual Sadhana. All

Sadhana for Mastering the Mind

Sadhana for Mastering the Mind by Swami Sivananda Courtesy of www.SivanandaOnline.org You take great care of the body. You desire that it should be clean, healthy, beautiful and strong. You take bath with sweet soaps and hot water. You regularly feed it with nourishing food. If there is the least pain or

Swami Krishnananda

Photo courtesy of www.swami-krishnananda.org Sri Swami Krishnananda Swami Krishnananda was a highly respected philosophical writer, especially on metaphysics, psychology and sociology (in both the Hindu and Western traditions). Born on the 25th April 1922 into a highly religious family, he became well-versed in the sacred Hindu texts. His spiritual yearnings led him

Inspiring Svadhyaya for Aspirants

Photo courtesy of www.SivanandaOnline.org Inspiring Svadhyaya for Aspirants By Sri Swami Sivananda Maharaj Courtesy of the Divine Life Society of India Physical Body And Life Divine This body is a bubble. It is like lightning. This world is a play for two days. It lasts today. It continues tomorrow. No more. No more.

Swami Isvaramayananda

Swami Isvaramayananda Swami Isvaramayananda Saraswati, President, Chairman, and spiritual leader of the Sivananda School of Yoga, is a monk of the Holy Swami Order. He was ordained in 1988 by His Holiness Pujya Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj, World President of the Divine Life Society of India. Swami Isvaramayanandaji is an acknowledged expert in the mystical,

The Gods and the Celestial Heavens

Photo courtesy of www.swami-krishnananda.org The Gods and the Celestial Heavens By Swami Krishnananda From the Divine Life Magazine, March 2007 The tripartite arrangement of the Universal Being into the subjective, objective and the principle of an intermediary consciousness, namely adhyatma, adhibhuta and adhidaiva, raises also the question of the whole range of theological enunciations, since

Swami Chidananda

Photo courtesy of the Divine Life Society of India Sri Swami Chidananda Swami Chidananda was the President of the Divine Life Society founded by His Holiness Swami Sivananda. Born on 24th September 1916, Swami Chidananda attended primary school in Mangalore, high school in Madras, and then acquired a Bachelor of Arts at

You are What you Choose to Become

You are What you Choose to Become By Sri Swami Chidananda Maharaj From "Ponder these Truths" by Swami Chidananda Published by The Divine Life Society, 2001 The great Upanishadic seers of realisation have declared that life and the outcome of life for each and every individual is a matter of constant, continuous, moment by moment,

The Necessity of Introspection

Photo courtesy of www.SivanandaOnline.org The Necessity of Introspection By Sri Swami Chidananda Maharaj From "Ponder these truths" by Swami Chidananda Published by The Divine Life Society, 2001 Radiant Immortal Atman! Beloved and blessed children of the Divine! Scriptures and saints and those who have had their fingers burnt by running after the