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Autobiography of Swami Sivananda
Autobiography of Swami Sivananda
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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.

Publishers' Note:

A saint's life is the ideal for all to emulate, a pattern for everyone who would make his own life sublime. It is an open book from which to learn the lessons of divine life. However much one tries to gain knowledge of spiritual truths from scriptures and texts, it is not until one actually sees someone in whom those truths shine exemplified that one is ready, willing and eager to realise those truths in actual daily life.

That is the purpose that this inspiring book serves.---THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY

 

CONTENTS

 

Publishers' Note   v
Siva's Experience   vi
Siva's Message   vii
How God Came into My Life   ix
What Life Has Taught Me   xiii
Introduction   xx
Preface   xxxii
Chapter One
 
I AM BORN
 
The Blessed Advent - Sri Dikshitar   3
A Giant Among Geniuses   4
Great Spiritual Luminary   5
My Birth-Place   6
The Budding Phase   7
Trials in Life   10
First Lessons in Service to Humanity   14
Chapter Two
 
THE CALL OF THE IMMORTAL
 
Dawn of a New Vision   17
As a Wandering Mendicant   18
How to Benefit by Pilgrimage   19
Necessity of a Guru   19
Chapter Three
 
ON THE ANVIL-SHARING THE TREASURE DIVINE
 
Vagaries of Spiritual Ambitions   23
How I Synthesised My Sadhana   24
Life at Swargashram   25
Out on Divine Ministration   27
Call of Mount Kailas   29
Mass Dissemination of spiritual knowledge   30
Spiritual Conferences   32
Lecture Tours   32
Unfailing Inspiration   34
Dynamic Transformation of the Masses   35
Types of Different Kirtans   36
Chapter Four
 
THE DIVINE MISSION
First Stage: How Students Are Trained 37
  Reserve and Humility 38
  Guiding the Steps of Neophytes 39
Second Stage: Planting of the Acorn Sapling 40
  Talents Find Their Best Uses 42
Third Stage: Birth of a Great Institution 43
  A Centre of Dynamic  
  Spiritual Regeneration 44
Fourth Stage: Collective Sadhana 46
  Prayer and Study Classes 46
  Attention to Visitors 48
Chapter Five
 
MY RELIGION, ITS TECHNIQUE AND DISSEMINATION
 
The Divine Life Movement   50
The Need of the Hour   51
Universal Ideals for Spiritual Perfection   52
The Critical Juncture   53
Rapid Growth of the Mission   54
Basic Approach   55
No Secret Doctrines   56
What Is True Religion   56
Gospel of Divine Life   58
Practical Aspect   58
Role of Divine Life Branches and
Spiritual Aspirants
  59
Oneness of Humanity   60
The Clarion Call of Divine Life   61
  (1) Importance of Collective Sadhana 62
  (2)How to Start a Branch of 62
  (3) Spiritual Current Must Be Kept Alive 65
  (4) Service Is Greater Than Meditation 66
  (5) Integral Yoga 67
  (6)All-round Application to the Task 68
Chapter Six
 
SIVANANDA ASHRAM
 
Problems of Spiritual Organisations   71
The Ashram Grew by Itself   71
Where Everyone Is Welcome   73
Perfect Freedom   73
Miracle of Miracles   74
How Aspirants Should Be Cared For   76
Helpfulness and Love Towards All   77
Individual Attention and Consideration   78
Encouragement and Advice   79
Spirit of Accommodation   81
Who Can Start Ashrams   82
Ideals Must Not Be Forgotten   84
Chapter Seven
 
LIGHT ON THE PATH OF RENUNCIATION
 
The Glory of Renunciation   86
Youth Is the Best Period for Renunciation   87
No Rigid Conditions Are Attached   88
Who Are Fit to Be My Disciples   89
Purify the Inner Nature   90
Attitude Toward Women   91
Should Women Renounce the World   92
Service to Women   94
To Those Who Wish to Take Sannyasa   95
Combine Service and Meditation   97
Financial Independence   98
Importance of Service   99
Sannyasins and Politics   99
Is Guru Indispensable   100
Initiation Transforms the Mind   101
First Deserve, Then Desire   102
Chapter Eight
 
JNANA YAJNA
 
Profound Experiences Blossom    
As Countless Publications   104
Why There Are Repetitions in My Books   105
Rapid Work is My Ideal   107
Attention to Details   108
No Attachment to Copyright   110
Attitude Towards Profit Motive   112
Chapter Nine
 
THE IDEAL OF LIFE
 
The Philosophy of Life   114
Integral Development   115
My Creed   116
Secret of Energy and Dynamic Work   117
Healing Through Prayers   117
Chapter Ten
 
MY METHODOLOGY OF THE EVOLUTIONARY
PROCESS
 
1. Detached, Yet Careful   119
2. Sadhana Till the End of Life   119
3. Why So Many Photographs   120
4. Self-reliance   122
5. A Purpose Behind Everything   123
6. Simple Living and Generosity   124
7. Not a Slave of Fashion and Style   125
8. Evolution for Everybody   125
9. Personal Attention and Liberal Disposition   126
10. No Compulsion But Full Liberty   128
11. The Way to Get Things Done   129
12. Message of Cheer   131
13. Attitude Towards Vilification   132
14. Rise Above Criticism   134
15. Constancy and Gratitude   135
16. You Cannot Get Away From Evil   136
17. My Attitude Towards
Dissension Among Disciples
  137
18. Raking Up the Issue
Does Not Solve Problems
  139
19. Was to Success   140
20. How to Convert the Nature of a Man   141
21. My View of Goondas   141
22. Destroy Abhimana (Egoism)   142
23. An Ideal Teacher   142
24. Come, Come, My Friends   143
Chapter Eleven
 
PRACTICAL HINTS ON THE SPIRITUAL PATH
 
1. Training of Students Through Post   144
2. Way to Peace   145
3. Have Strong Thirst for Knowledge   145
4. Do Not Be Hasty in Leaving the World   147
5. Look Before You Leap   148
6. Snippets for Evolution   149
7. Unfold the Latent Divine   150
8. Regeneration of the Lower Nature   152
9. The Bane of Sensual Life   154
10. Sadhana Should Be a Daily Habit   154
11. Nishkama Seva   155
12. Troubles Through Pranayama   155
13. Overcome Depression and Gloom   156
14. When You Are Agitated   156
15. Avoid Extremes in Yoga   157
16. What Is Actual Yoga   157
Chapter Twelve
 
SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES
 
1. Dawn of New Life   158
2. Preliminary Spiritual Experiences   158
3. I Have Won the Game of Life   160
4. In Him I Find My All   160
5. In the Ocean of Bliss   160
6. Immortal Self I Am   161
7. Speechless Zone   161
8. I Have Become That   162
9. The Great Bhuma Experience   162
10. Mysterious Experience   163
11. Sivoham-Sivoham-Sivoham   163
12. State of Samadhi   164
13. Through the Grace of Guru   165
14. I Am That I Am   165
Chapter Thirteen
 
WISDOM IN HUMOUR
 
1. Training of Students in Lecturing   167
2. The Way of Business People   167
3. Regarding A Strong Packing Case
With Thick Nails
  168
4. When Important Points Are
Omitted by Publishers
  168
5. Care About Manuscripts   168
6. On Attractive Advertisement   169
7. Philosophy Over the Call of Coffee   169
8. Method of sending Reminders   169
9. Correcting the Ways of Students   169
10. Invitation for Formality   170
11. Over the Damaged Parcel of Cashew-Nuts   170
12. Rich Despite Debts   170
13. Ideal Tonic for Brain-workers   170
14. My Respectable Guests   170
15. An Attack on Weakness in 'Walking'   171
16. Ways of Virakta Mahatmas   171
17. Philosophy Over Snuff   171
GLOSSSARY   172

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Autobiography of Swami Sivananda

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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.

Publishers' Note:

A saint's life is the ideal for all to emulate, a pattern for everyone who would make his own life sublime. It is an open book from which to learn the lessons of divine life. However much one tries to gain knowledge of spiritual truths from scriptures and texts, it is not until one actually sees someone in whom those truths shine exemplified that one is ready, willing and eager to realise those truths in actual daily life.

That is the purpose that this inspiring book serves.---THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY

 

CONTENTS

 

Publishers' Note   v
Siva's Experience   vi
Siva's Message   vii
How God Came into My Life   ix
What Life Has Taught Me   xiii
Introduction   xx
Preface   xxxii
Chapter One
 
I AM BORN
 
The Blessed Advent - Sri Dikshitar   3
A Giant Among Geniuses   4
Great Spiritual Luminary   5
My Birth-Place   6
The Budding Phase   7
Trials in Life   10
First Lessons in Service to Humanity   14
Chapter Two
 
THE CALL OF THE IMMORTAL
 
Dawn of a New Vision   17
As a Wandering Mendicant   18
How to Benefit by Pilgrimage   19
Necessity of a Guru   19
Chapter Three
 
ON THE ANVIL-SHARING THE TREASURE DIVINE
 
Vagaries of Spiritual Ambitions   23
How I Synthesised My Sadhana   24
Life at Swargashram   25
Out on Divine Ministration   27
Call of Mount Kailas   29
Mass Dissemination of spiritual knowledge   30
Spiritual Conferences   32
Lecture Tours   32
Unfailing Inspiration   34
Dynamic Transformation of the Masses   35
Types of Different Kirtans   36
Chapter Four
 
THE DIVINE MISSION
First Stage: How Students Are Trained 37
  Reserve and Humility 38
  Guiding the Steps of Neophytes 39
Second Stage: Planting of the Acorn Sapling 40
  Talents Find Their Best Uses 42
Third Stage: Birth of a Great Institution 43
  A Centre of Dynamic  
  Spiritual Regeneration 44
Fourth Stage: Collective Sadhana 46
  Prayer and Study Classes 46
  Attention to Visitors 48
Chapter Five
 
MY RELIGION, ITS TECHNIQUE AND DISSEMINATION
 
The Divine Life Movement   50
The Need of the Hour   51
Universal Ideals for Spiritual Perfection   52
The Critical Juncture   53
Rapid Growth of the Mission   54
Basic Approach   55
No Secret Doctrines   56
What Is True Religion   56
Gospel of Divine Life   58
Practical Aspect   58
Role of Divine Life Branches and
Spiritual Aspirants
  59
Oneness of Humanity   60
The Clarion Call of Divine Life   61
  (1) Importance of Collective Sadhana 62
  (2)How to Start a Branch of 62
  (3) Spiritual Current Must Be Kept Alive 65
  (4) Service Is Greater Than Meditation 66
  (5) Integral Yoga 67
  (6)All-round Application to the Task 68
Chapter Six
 
SIVANANDA ASHRAM
 
Problems of Spiritual Organisations   71
The Ashram Grew by Itself   71
Where Everyone Is Welcome   73
Perfect Freedom   73
Miracle of Miracles   74
How Aspirants Should Be Cared For   76
Helpfulness and Love Towards All   77
Individual Attention and Consideration   78
Encouragement and Advice   79
Spirit of Accommodation   81
Who Can Start Ashrams   82
Ideals Must Not Be Forgotten   84
Chapter Seven
 
LIGHT ON THE PATH OF RENUNCIATION
 
The Glory of Renunciation   86
Youth Is the Best Period for Renunciation   87
No Rigid Conditions Are Attached   88
Who Are Fit to Be My Disciples   89
Purify the Inner Nature   90
Attitude Toward Women   91
Should Women Renounce the World   92
Service to Women   94
To Those Who Wish to Take Sannyasa   95
Combine Service and Meditation   97
Financial Independence   98
Importance of Service   99
Sannyasins and Politics   99
Is Guru Indispensable   100
Initiation Transforms the Mind   101
First Deserve, Then Desire   102
Chapter Eight
 
JNANA YAJNA
 
Profound Experiences Blossom    
As Countless Publications   104
Why There Are Repetitions in My Books   105
Rapid Work is My Ideal   107
Attention to Details   108
No Attachment to Copyright   110
Attitude Towards Profit Motive   112
Chapter Nine
 
THE IDEAL OF LIFE
 
The Philosophy of Life   114
Integral Development   115
My Creed   116
Secret of Energy and Dynamic Work   117
Healing Through Prayers   117
Chapter Ten
 
MY METHODOLOGY OF THE EVOLUTIONARY
PROCESS
 
1. Detached, Yet Careful   119
2. Sadhana Till the End of Life   119
3. Why So Many Photographs   120
4. Self-reliance   122
5. A Purpose Behind Everything   123
6. Simple Living and Generosity   124
7. Not a Slave of Fashion and Style   125
8. Evolution for Everybody   125
9. Personal Attention and Liberal Disposition   126
10. No Compulsion But Full Liberty   128
11. The Way to Get Things Done   129
12. Message of Cheer   131
13. Attitude Towards Vilification   132
14. Rise Above Criticism   134
15. Constancy and Gratitude   135
16. You Cannot Get Away From Evil   136
17. My Attitude Towards
Dissension Among Disciples
  137
18. Raking Up the Issue
Does Not Solve Problems
  139
19. Was to Success   140
20. How to Convert the Nature of a Man   141
21. My View of Goondas   141
22. Destroy Abhimana (Egoism)   142
23. An Ideal Teacher   142
24. Come, Come, My Friends   143
Chapter Eleven
 
PRACTICAL HINTS ON THE SPIRITUAL PATH
 
1. Training of Students Through Post   144
2. Way to Peace   145
3. Have Strong Thirst for Knowledge   145
4. Do Not Be Hasty in Leaving the World   147
5. Look Before You Leap   148
6. Snippets for Evolution   149
7. Unfold the Latent Divine   150
8. Regeneration of the Lower Nature   152
9. The Bane of Sensual Life   154
10. Sadhana Should Be a Daily Habit   154
11. Nishkama Seva   155
12. Troubles Through Pranayama   155
13. Overcome Depression and Gloom   156
14. When You Are Agitated   156
15. Avoid Extremes in Yoga   157
16. What Is Actual Yoga   157
Chapter Twelve
 
SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES
 
1. Dawn of New Life   158
2. Preliminary Spiritual Experiences   158
3. I Have Won the Game of Life   160
4. In Him I Find My All   160
5. In the Ocean of Bliss   160
6. Immortal Self I Am   161
7. Speechless Zone   161
8. I Have Become That   162
9. The Great Bhuma Experience   162
10. Mysterious Experience   163
11. Sivoham-Sivoham-Sivoham   163
12. State of Samadhi   164
13. Through the Grace of Guru   165
14. I Am That I Am   165
Chapter Thirteen
 
WISDOM IN HUMOUR
 
1. Training of Students in Lecturing   167
2. The Way of Business People   167
3. Regarding A Strong Packing Case
With Thick Nails
  168
4. When Important Points Are
Omitted by Publishers
  168
5. Care About Manuscripts   168
6. On Attractive Advertisement   169
7. Philosophy Over the Call of Coffee   169
8. Method of sending Reminders   169
9. Correcting the Ways of Students   169
10. Invitation for Formality   170
11. Over the Damaged Parcel of Cashew-Nuts   170
12. Rich Despite Debts   170
13. Ideal Tonic for Brain-workers   170
14. My Respectable Guests   170
15. An Attack on Weakness in 'Walking'   171
16. Ways of Virakta Mahatmas   171
17. Philosophy Over Snuff   171
GLOSSSARY   172

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