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 were 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 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 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 of India and Ceylon. In
1953 Swamiji convened a 'World Parliament of Religions'.
Swamiji is the author of over 300 volumes and has disciples
all over the world, belonging to all nationalities, religions
and creeds. To read Swamiji's works is to drink at the
Fountain of Wisdom Supreme. On 14th July, 1963 Swamiji
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