The uniqueness of Sri Swami Sivanandaji’s writings has been acclaimed to be
the freedom that he allows each individual seeker to pursue the path he is
best fitted for, while emphasizing the need for an integration of his
personality by harmonizing the head, the heart and the hand, Swamiji has
rediscovered the various paths to Godhead, and flooded them with the light
of his own Realisation.
Publishers Note to the First Edition
Several volumes of the “Philosophy and Teachings of Sri Swami Sivananda”
have already been published. A few await publication.
In this volume are presented the view points of several eminent men of
letters- Eastern and Western. We are confident that it will stimulate the
interest of others in this vast field of spiritual literature.
(R.S. Soekanto Tjokrodiatmadjo)
(Speech delivered before the Rotarian Club in Djakarta, Indonesia)
I happen to be the chairman of the Divine Life Society in Indonesia and
also an appointed District commissioner of the A.M.O.R.C of San Jose. Let
me explain what these organizations stand for.
The Divine Life movement founded by Sri Swami Sivananda Maharaj in 1936 in
Rishikesh (Himalayas) represents the quintessence of the teachings of all
the religions and of all saints and prophets of the worlds, it is based on
the highest common factor of the best that there is in religions. It is
concerned with religion in the practice and pursuit of a Divine Life.
This society now covers all corners of the world with more than 300
Branches in India and over 200 Branches elsewhere in the world. Although
Indonesia counts many disciples of the revered Guru, the first Branch was
established in 1955 in Malang, followed by Djakarta, Surabia, Bogor and
The young renowned doctor, Swami Sivananda, renounced the world in 1923 to
follow spiritual education. While practicing Yoga and Vedanta in seclusion,
he would interrupt his solitude to serve the sick and the suffering. He
gained Self-realisation and founded the Divine Life Society in 1936.
His philosophy of serve, Love, Meditate and Realise has a magnetic force.
It attracts all. Sivananda’s loving service; his intense austerities and
his deep meditation have given him immense spiritual enlightenment and
power. Thousands have come in order to receive spiritual guidance and to
obtain the blessings of the self-realised saint, who loves God by loving
and serving his despairing creatures.
His teaching is not a religious creed, but a helping hand extended to all,
whatever race, colour or faith they bear. His numerous books mostly on his
spiritual method are written in Hindi and in beautiful English. They are
clear, instructive, and glowing with self-experienced wisdom. Some are also
translated into French, German, Spanish and Russian, and are obtainable in
many libraries. Spiritual giants of his stature are needed in our days of
restless strife more than ever before, as living examples of love,
goodwill, and tolerance among all men.
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