Title:Life and works of Swami Sivananda 4 vol set
Publisher:The Divine Life Society
Remarks:B&W Illustration with dust jacket.The book is fine.
Sivananda Saraswati (or Swami Sivananda; 8 September 1887 – 14 July 1963) was a Hindu spiritual teacher and a proponent of Yoga and Vedanta. Sivananda was born Kuppuswami in Pattamadai, in the Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu. He studied medicine and served in British Malaya as a physician for several years before taking up monasticism. He lived most of his life near Muni Ki Reti, Rishikesh.
He was the founder of the Divine Life Society (DLS) in 1936, Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy (1948) and author of over 200 books on yoga, Vedanta, and a variety of subjects. He established Sivananda Ashram, the headquarters of the DLS, on the bank of the Ganges at Sivanandanagar, 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from Rishikesh.
Swami Sivananda was born Kuppuswamy on Thursday, September 8, 1887, during the first hours of the morning, with Bharani star rising in Pattamadai village on the banks of Tamraparni river in Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu. His father, Sri P.S. Vengu Iyer, worked as a revenue officer, and was a great Shiva Bhakta (Bhakti) himself. His mother, Srimati Parvati Ammal, was a very religious woman. Kuppuswamy was the third and last child of his parents.
As a child he was very active and promising in academics and gymnastics. He attended medical school in Tanjore, where he excelled. He ran a medical journal called Ambrosia during this period. Upon graduation he practiced medicine and worked as a doctor in British Malaya for ten years, with a reputation for providing free treatment to poor patients. Over time, a sense that medicine was healing on a superficial level grew in Dr. Kuppuswamy, urging him to look elsewhere to fill the void, and in 1923 he left Malaya and returned to India to pursue his spiritual quest.
Sivananda: Biography of a Modern Sage covers Swami Sivananda's childhood, medical study in India, medical career in Malaysia, renunciation and early life as a mendicant, through to the development of the Divine Life Society with an ashram on the bank of the Ganges in the Himalayan foothills. Chapters on his daily life, training of disciples, the guru-disciple relationship, miracles, the All India Tour, etc. are given, as well as the medical and publishing activities of the ashram.The many-faceted personality of Swami Sivananda is depicted through examples and stories as told by his close disciples, as well as from his letters and official accounts in The Divine Lifemagazine. They relate the story of a very great human being in a most effective manner. All the complexities of a sage of infinite wisdom, infinite compassion and infinite love are explored. His unparalleled selfless service of humanity--first as a medical doctor and later as a realised sage--provides a living example of strength, humility and devotion. His dedication to the welfare of not only his own disciples but mankind at large, is described in this volume.His was a pioneering vision, leading both India and the world to a new understanding of the essential oneness of all life, and the universality of all religions.In a world full of violence and horror, of selfishness, corruption and greed, the life of Swami Sivananda shines like a beaconlight to show that man can overcome baser human qualities while remaining ever happy and blissful, and reach Selfrealisation--the pinnacle of human existence--and a life of bliss and uninterrupted communion with God.