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

Make this a Perfect Day

Make this a Perfect Day By Sri Swami Chidananda Maharaj  From "Ponder these truths" by Swami Chidananda Published by The Divine Life Society, Rishikesh, 2001 Beloved and blessed presence, adorable Holy Master, thou who hast drawn us into thy proximity at the commencement of this golden day! Bless us that we may live each

Prerequisites of Spiritual Sadhana Part 2

Prerequisites Of Spiritual Sadhana Part 2 By Sri Swami Sivananda Maharaj When we consider any question, a number of different aspects of the same question will have to be thought over if we are dealing with the matter so as to be complete. Usually it is some one of the aspects that gets the

A True Spiritual Path

Photo of some of our Sivananda School of Yoga sadhaks visiting Rishikesh A True Spiritual Path True Mysticism compared with Religion, Occultism and Intellectual Investigation By Swami Isvaramayananda This statement is for advanced aspirants for its essential message is about a high state of enlightenment, essential for liberation from the cycle of

Pleasing the Guru or Oneself?

Photo courtesy of www.SwamiVenkatesananda.org Pleasing the Guru or Oneself? By Swami Isvaramayananda In Hindu literature about the guru-disciple relationship there is mention of the importance of pleasing the guru. Obviously this does not refer to sycophantic favours, which would leave any guru unmoved. Our finest guruseva is diligent sadhana – prayer, japa, contemplation and

What is the Mystic Philosophy of the Masters?

What is the Mystic Philosophy of the Masters? Classes in Vedantic philosophy and meditation take place on Monday evenings from 17h30 to 19h00. These classes are led by Swami Isvaramayanandaji Maharaj, mystic, esotericist and spiritual leader of the Sivananda School of Yoga. They are extremely popular as Swamiji has a wonderful way of communicating

Philosophy of the Masters

Navaratri ceremony with devotees from the Sivananda School of Yoga, during a yatra to the Divine Life Society of India Philosophy of the Masters The Highest Yoga and our Way to Liberation The Rationale Compiled and edited by Swami Isvaramayananda Immortal Atmaswarupa, Because the process of rebirth renders you oblivious of your previous

What is Mantra Repetition and Meditation?

“For some, and for me, this is a real-life “cave” for the yogi who strives in yearning quest for the Infinite.” What is Mantra Repetition and Meditation? Japa (Mantra Repetition), the occult science of repeating mystical sound formulae, is an essential, indispensable part of Tantra, the inner sadhana (spiritual

Mantra and Meditation: The Essence of Yoga

Photo courtesy of www.SivanandaOnline.org Mantra And Meditation: The Essence Of Yoga By Swami Isvaramayananda An offering at the Holy Lotus Feet of Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj Pujya Swami Venkatesanandaji Maharaj Pujya Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj Mantra A Mantra is a mystical sound formula comprised of letters, syllable(s),words or phrases which, when repeated

Karma Yoga

Karma Yoga By Swami Isvaramayananda “Serve, love, give, purify, meditate, realise; Be good, do good, be kind, be compassionate.” — So said Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj Immortal Atmaswarupa, Revered Devotee of the Lord The following is only for advanced disciples, who live harmlessly, and whose support of others’ charitable efforts should be in

Krishna Jayanti

Photo courtesy of www.statuestudio.com Krishna Jayanti An account offered at the holy lotus feet of Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj Pujya Swami Venkatesanandaji Maharaj Pujya Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj By Swami Isvaramayananda  Janmashtami Krishna Krishna Mahayogin Bhaktaanaambhayayankara Govinda Paramaandana Sarvam Me Vashamaanaya King Kamsa was a tyrannical autocrat who ruled in Mathura, the birthplace of Bhagavan Krishna. He loved

What is the purpose of Hatha Yoga?

"The Sivananda School of Yoga has become a spiritual haven for me." What is the purpose of Hatha Yoga? Hatha is intended to facilitate the yogi's quest for God-realisation. This attainment is, ultimately, Yoga's only purpose. Hatha's mental and emotional side-benefits enhance the student's general well-being. However, physical, mental

Gurudev’s Real Message

Photo courtesy of SivanandaOnline.org Gurudev's Real Message An edited extract from Chapter 20, “Swami Sivananda: Saint, Sage and Godman", by Sri Swami Chidananda As we sit here in the sacred Samadhi Shrine of beloved Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, two great teachings of Gurudev appear before us in big writing as we enter:

The Martyrdom of the Avatar Jesus the Nazarene

The Martyrdom of the Avatar Jesus the Nazarene As Expounded By Masters An inspiration for all anointed ones Compiled and edited by Swami Isvaramayananda In the edited statements of the discarnate Master Imperator: “Each age has had its divine message, and each has erred in thinking its own message final. You know