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Paperback: 176 + xlvi pages
ISBN: 81-7052-029-0
Book Dimensions: 7.0 x 5.0 x 0.5 inches
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AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF
SWAMI SIVANANDA

by Swami Sivananda

Table of Contents

Publishers’ Note v
Sivanandastuti vi
Siva’s Experience vii
Siva’s Message viii
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
The Journey’s End 21
   

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 The Divine Life Society 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 Towards 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. Way 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
   
GLOSSARY 172

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

 

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