Date: September 7th 2014

Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!


Today (September 8th) is the 127th birthday anniversary of Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji. In honour of this occasion we uploaded an article by Sri Swami Chidanandaji titled "Call Unto Divine Life":

Yours in the service of Gurudev,


"Spirituality has to be remodelled to suit not the current mindset of the people living in the present-day world, but it has to be modelled according to the requirement of its own basic composition. If we wish to scale the peak of Mount Everest, we have to be competent to reach its top. We cannot bring down the height of the mountain to our level because we are puny creatures. Similarly, the magnitude of this great life we call spiritual life cannot be brought down to our little level, the puny condition of our distorted thinking. We have to lift ourselves to that status.

It is just to bring about a total transformation in the religious outlook of people in general that the incarnation of the great master Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj had to be effected by God Almighty; and he gave what I may call a transforming magical touch to every issue of life. There was a spirit, or the spirit of spirituality we may say, hidden behind every writing of his. Even a line that he wrote on a medical subject--on ayurveda, allopathy, naturopathy, or on such simple commonsense subjects like how to become rich, how to be successful in life, and so on--even these very, very realistic and down-to-earth teachings had the thrust of a spiritual connotation. And he would not forget to implant in these little commonsense teachings for the work-a-day man that God-realisation is the goal of life. But in what sense is the goal of life to be conceived by mortal man? For that Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj lived, for that he worked, and for that he dedicated his life." - Swami Krishnananda from "Sri Swami Sivananda and His Mission"

Print edition:

Book Synopsis

Sivananda: His Mission and Message

The present work owes its origin to the Souvenir Number of The Divine Life, published in commemoration of Sri Swami Sivanandaji's sixtysixth birthday in September 1952. A large number of contributions were received from far and near, of which only a few could be incorporated in the journal. The rest are presented herein.

This publication is more or less a record of the various shades of opinion expressed by His Holiness' disciples, admirers and associates, eminent and common. Here indeed is a study of the Master from different angles of estimation, some extraordinarily devout and ardent, while some others quite reticent and mellow.

The life story of a saint who has dedicated himself to the service of humanity rising above selfcentred ambitions and tumults of earthly passions and pairs, is a perennial font of glorious inspiration, optimism and courage to the entire humanity. Thus the purpose of this compilation is amply clear.

No literary portraiture is complete unless it contains the enlivening touch of the subject himself. It is, therefore, quite a good many contributions from the pen of Sri Swami Sivanandaji have also been incorporated herein.

They will provide the reader with a first-hand knowledge of his teachings and speak for themselves his life's mission.

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