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Born on the 8th September, 1887, in the illustrious family of Saga Appayya Diskhita and several other renowned saints and savants, Sri Swami Sivananda had a natural flair for a life devoted to the study and practice of Vedanta. Added to this was an inborn eagerness to serve all and an innate feeling of unity with all mankind. His passion for service drew him to the medical career; and soon he gravitated to where he thought that his service was most needed. Malaya claimed him. He had earlier been editing a Health Journal and wrote extensively on health problems. He discovered that people needed right knowledge most of all; dissemination of that knowledge he espoused as his own mission. It was divine dispensation and the blessing of God upon mankind that the doctor of body and mind renounced his career and took to a life of renunciation to qualify himself for ministering to the soul of man. He settled down at Rishikesh in 1924, practiced intense austerities and shone as a great Yogi, Saint, Sage and Jivanmukta. In 1932 he started the Sivanandashram. In 1936 was born The Divine Life Society. In 1948 the Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy was organized. Dissemination of spiritual knowledge and training of people in Yoga and Vedanta were their aim and object. In 1950 he undertook a lightning tour of India and Ceylon. In 1953 he convened a 'World Parliament Reliogions'. He is the author of over 300 volumes and has disciples all over the world, belonging to all nationalities, religions and creeds. To read his works is to drink at the fountain of Wisdom Supreme. On 14th July, 1963 he entered Mahasamadhi.
Worshipful Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj made his debut into the spiritual field as a first rank Sankirtanist, no less than a thrilling speaker and exponent of Hindu Dharma. He shot through like a meteor, and broke the record in the Sankirtan field singing his Inspiring Songs and Sankirtans before crowded audiences and fully packed Hari Sankirtan Mandals. He, unlike any other spiritual leader, composed his own songs in half English, half Sanskrit and half Hindi, and being gifted with a highly musical and melodious voice, he captured the hearts of the devotees, who danced with him in such ecstasy that they cast off all shyness in singing the glorious Names of the Lord. Thus his Inspiring Songs came to be popularly known as "Injection Dhwanis" which like the injections of an eminent doctor, went straight into the system and turned confirmed atheists into eternal theists, and won for him universal appreciation and recognition as Sankirtan Samrat."
The present attempt is to bring together such of those songs which have so far been published in the appendices in many of Sri Swamiji's writings or remained unpublished so far and put them in the form of a handy volume before his innumerable admirers and followers.-THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY
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