Modern Day Saint
Swami Sivananda’s teachings are the inspiration behind the teachings of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers. Our founder, Swami Vishnudevananda, was one of Swami Sivananda’s close disciples, and was sent the the West by his teacher in 1957 to spread the teachings of Yoga and Vedanta. Swami Vishnudevananda, known as “Swamiji” established this organization in his Master’s name. The Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm is a branch of the international organization.
“Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realize”.
Swami Sivananda’s teaching crystallized the basic tenets of all religions, combining all yoga paths into one—the Yoga of Synthesis. He made the teaching accessible to all, encapsulating it in the simple motto: “Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realize”
An Exemplary Life
Swami Sivananda’s life was a shining example of the ideal of selfless service, of karma yoga. To Swami Sivananda, all work was sacred; no task was too menial. He searched tirelessly for opportunities to serve and to help others, never postponing what needed to be done. Swami Sivananda was the author of three hundred books. He had disciples around the world, belonging to all nationalities, religions, and creeds. Swami Sivananda entered mahasamadhi (left his physical body) on July 14, 1963.