About this Book:
The language of the intuitive mystic has always been aphoristic. The flashes of intuition revealing the Truth that the mystic experiences have always been conveyed to mankind in sparkling words of wisdom. These words possess a living force that transforms everything it touches. Such has been the style of H.H. Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj. Quite a number of his books are aphorisms; and these aphorisms have deeply embedded themselves in the hearts of millions of people all over the world. His are the utterances of a sage of direct vision of Truth, the revelation of That Something which is beyond all intellect and puerile reasoning.
Apart from a systematic presentation of the Four Main Paths to Self-realisation - Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga and Jnana Yoga-, Sri Swamiji Maharaj also dealt with Manovijnana Sutras (dealing with the mind and its control), Neeti Sutras (dealing with morality). Hatha Yoga Sutras, Arogya Sutras (dealing with health and hygiene), Tantra Yoga Sutras and Nada Yoga Sutras. Guru Bhakti Yoga, Sivananda Adhyatma Sutras and Sivananda Prasnottari (Questions and Answers) were also dealt with.
This handy volume "Yoga Vedanta Sutras" is your constant companion, best friend, greatest benefactor - Sivananda Himself in the form of a book which contains the very spirit of Sivananda, the very Soul of His Divine Wisdom.
About the Author:
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 felling 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 a life of renunciation to quality 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 organised. Dissemination of spiritual knowledge and training 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 entered Mahasamadhi.
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