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
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.
Dealing with a wide range of subjects on the natural
way of living and reatment of diseases, the most striking feature of the present
work is that it is completely free from any bias or prejudice against other systems
of medicine. On the other hand, its approach is synthetic, which lays great
emphasis on the practical way of treating diseases - mainly through observing the
natural rules of living, improving the general standard of health and hearnessing
the forces of nature as curative agents.
Individual treatment of a number of common diseases, including that of women
and children, the science of heliotherapy, chromotherapy, hydrotherapy,
air-therapy as also other allied subject as dietetics, mental therapeutics and
spiritual healing, are included in the thirty-three chapters of this work.
Tenth in the "Health and Long LIfe Series", Practice of Nature Cure, is preceded
by the author's already, Health and Happiness and A Boon to Diabetics.
As it is naturally expected, the central outlook of the work is based on
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