Gurudev Swami Sivananda

Divine Life of Swami Sivananda

I am thankful to The Divine Life Society, Rishikesh, India for their kind permission to share from the works of Swami Sivananda. In places, I have edited or revised the writings and included notes that I feel may be useful. Though I will post as I write or compile, writings may be rearranged to be content progressive.  

What is Divine Life?

To shed the animal in man and to sublimate the human in him into the divine, to express this sublimation in his daily, hourly, life in thought, word and deed - that is truly divine life.  

To speak the truth at all costs, to speak sweetly with love, to practise non-violence, celibacy, to behold the Lord in all forms is Divine life.  

To be ever in communion with the Lord by annihilating mineness and egoism through faith, devotion and self-surrender is Divine life.  

Sadhana or Spiritual Practice

Practical Sadhana by Swami Sivananda (webpage / pdf for print / pdf for reader

An excellent review of the philosophy, psychology and practice of sadhana or spiritual practice in one two-part essay. (27 April 2017) 

From the Sivananda Daily Readings

Epistle of Swami Sivananda (webpagepdf for print / pdf for reader)  

Dates: 20 February - 4 March. Culled from the letters of Swami Sivananda to sincere seekers who wrote to him by postal mail. (3 March 2015)

Yogasara Upanishad (webpagepdf for print / pdf for reader

Dates: 5 March - 24 March. Yogasara Upanishad, The Upanishad of Yoga. (3 March 2015)

The Inner Instrument (webpage / pdf for print / pdf for reader

Dates: 10 July - 11 July (10 July 2017) New!