Of the innumerable books written by Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, the present one is unique. The book contains 108 spiritual gems which are at once inspiring and elevating. Each gem is a Sutra pregnant which deep thought and inspiration.
The book will inspire the beginner, elevate the depressed, bring hope to the hopeless and serve the advanced Sadhaka asa treasure to aid contemplation and mediation. On each gem you can meditate for half an hour hidden and feel quite refreshed and inspired. Such is the hidden power in the aphoristic sayings contained here.
This garland of 108 beads, if used by Sadhakas daily will give them God vision. The Japa of the Mala of this spiritual Mantra-gems will take hardly fifteen minutes, but will keep you inspired for fifteen minutes hours. Go through the book once daily. Live them. All your Svadhyaya and Sadhana is over.
May this spiritual garland elevate and inspire all!
Born on the 8th September, 1887, in the illustrious family of sage Appayya Dikshitar 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 heath problem. 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 life of renunciation to qualify for ministering to the soul of man. He settled down at Rishikesh in 1924, practised intense austerities and shone as a great Yogi, saint, sage and Jivanmukta.
In 1932 Swami Sivananda 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 Swamiji undertook a lightning tour on India and Ceylon. In 1953 Swamiji convened a 'World Parliament of Religions'. Swamiji is the author of cover 300 volumes and has disciples all over the world, belonging to all nationalities, religious and creeds. To read Swamiji's works is no drink at the Fountain of Wisdom Supreme. On 14th July 1953 Swamiji entered Mahasamadhi.
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