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    S E R V E L O V E G I V E P U R I F Y M E D I T A T E R E A L I Z E

    Now all we need is a yoga mat!

    What Life hasTaught me

    Swami Sivananda

    The Qualities of NatureSwami Durgananda

    Balancing your NervousSystem with Yoga

    Swami Sivadasananda

    Yogic Guidelinesfor Conscious

    Self DevelopmentSwami Sitaramananda

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    An inspiring letter by Swami Sivananda on theimportance of service. Sivananda Upanishad (page 7).

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    The highest duty of a human being is to learn to give,

    said Swami Sivananda.

    This simple and clear statement feels like a light in the

    midst of darkness during these challenging times that

    humanity, as a whole, is presently going through. We are

    reminded of the true meaning of life it is not about whatwe can get from this world, but how we can contribute to it.

    Wherever our individual karma puts us in life, let us see the

    opportunities offered to serve, and thus learn and grow.

    The size of the problems humanity is facing are clearly over-

    whelming. Swami Vishnudevananda warned us about thepossibility of a world conflict which could bring massivedestruction to this planet. He would say, It is five to twelve!

    but when asked if there was still hope, he would answer,

    Yes, there is still hope. To the next question of,What can we

    do?, he answered: Help the person who is in front

    of you, one at a time.

    So let us not yield to fear, denial, and forgetfulness of ourduty. We are here to help and do whatever we can, during this

    evolutionary process that humanity is going through. Swamiji

    left us an extraordinary legacy in the form of a very clear,

    wholesome, practical knowledge of yoga. He also created

    wonderful places where we can put this knowledge into

    practice as well as train others. The Sivananda organisation

    is going through its own transformation and growth process,trying to expand further the vision of its founders.

    Let us do our duties and do the best we can to keep

    ourselves balanced, strong, adaptable, and whenever possible,

    help others to regain their own balance and sense of inner

    connection. As an international spiritual organisation, we feel

    there is so much we can do for the world. We need help in thisinspiring and intense work and we welcome you to share thisvision and to join us in this effort.

    If you would like to know how you can help, write

    to us at:

    May we all grow stronger every day in our commitment

    to help the world and help ourselves in doing so. We wish

    you much strength and success in all your undertakings.

    Om Shanti, The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre

    Swami Sivananda (1887 1963)The spiritual strength behind the SivanandaYoga Vedanta Centres, Swami Sivanandas

    teachings are a synthesis of all the formaldoctrines of yoga. Author of more than300 books on yoga, Swami Sivananda wasa medical doctor before renouncing worldly lifefor the spiritual path. He founded the Divine LifeSociety and the Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy,Rishikesh, Himalayas. His main message was:

    Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realise. In 1957 he sent one of hisforemost disciples, Swami Vishnudevananda to the West to spread the idealsof yoga. Swami Sivananda entered Mahasamadhi on July 14th 1963.

    Swami Vishnudevananda (1927 1993)Born in South India in 1927, SwamiVishnudevananda entered the ashram

    of Swami Sivananda at the age of 18.A world famous authority on Hatha andRaja Yoga, Swami Vishnudevananda foundedthe International Sivananda Yoga VedantaCentres in 1957 and was author ofThe Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga,Meditation and Mantras, Karma and Disease

    and a commentary on the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Swami Vishnudevanandaentered Mahasamadhi on November 9th, 1993.


    Tel: +1 819 322 3226


    With ashrams and centres located around the world see page 60 for addresses

    The Executive Board of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres is comprised

    of senior disciples of Swami Vishnudevananda, personally chosen and trainedby him to direct the organisation after his departure. Each of them has hadmany years experience in teaching all aspects of yoga. They are renownedfor their devotion to Swami Vishnudevananda and Swami Sivananda and fortheir profound knowledge and inspirational teaching and guidance, wisdomimparted to many thousands of students throughout the world.

    We welcome Swami Sitaramananda, Acharya for our West Coastand Asian Centres, as a new member on the Executive Board.

    Swami DurganandaSwami SwaroopanandaSrinivasan

    Swami SivadasanandaSwami KailasanandaSwami Sitaramananda

    The Executive Board

    International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres


    Est 1957

    Swami Durgananda Swami Swaroopananda

    Swami Sivadasananda Swami SitaramanandaSwami Kailasananda


    The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres, founded by Swami Vishnudevananda

    is a non-profit organisation whose purpose is to propagate the teachings of yogaand vedanta as a means of achieving physical, mental and spiritual well-being andSelf-realisation.

    CoverThis Issue ofYogaLife focuses on Swami

    Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevanandas

    teachings of selfless service and loveof humanity, and shows what we as

    individuals can do to help others, whilstalso developing our own spiritual practice.

    Love of humanity is love of God Swami Vishnudevananda

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    8 What Life has Taught meBy Swami Sivananda

    12 The Qualities of NatureBy Swami Durgananda

    16 Swami Vishnudevanandas Vision for PeaceBy Swami Kamal Devi

    20 The Importance of Sivananda YogaBy David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri)

    22 Yogic Guidelines for Conscious Self DevelopmentBy Swami Sitaramananda

    24 How I changed myself through Karma YogaBy Liz Ngonzi

    26 Sivananda Yoga Kids Camp ThailandBy Saraswati

    30 Sadhana Intensive From Theory to PracticeBy Sita (Miriam Zernis)

    34 Balancing your Nervous System with YogaBy Swami Sivadasananda

    36 Vastu Shastra as Sacred ArtBy Narayani Olga Mandodari

    38 Giving Satsang the Next Step for Sivananda Teachersby Sundari

    40 The Art of ServiceBy Jyoti (Jody Tull)

    42 The Global Mental ArsenalBy Anna Gugan (Vani Devi)

    44 My Mission in AfricaBy Swami Padmapadananda

    46 PrayerBy B. Praveendas

    48 Yogic Recipes Breakfast the Yogic WayBy Swami Bhagavatananda

    52 Live in a Spiritual Family!Become a Resident at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in London, UK

    56 Sivananda Ashram and Centre NewsUpdates on new developments in Ashrams and Centres around the world.

    58 Prison Yoga Outreach Programme

    60 Sivananda Ashram and Centre AddressesA listing of Sivananda Ashrams, Centres and teachers worldwide





    12 26 36

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    t was, I should say, by a flash that I came to the conclusionearly in my life that human life is not complete with itsobservable activities and that there is something abovehuman perception controlling and directing all that is

    visible. I may boldly say that I began to perceive the realities

    behind what we call life on earth. The unrest and feverishanxiety that characterise mans ordinary existence herebespeak a higher goal that he has to reach one dayor another.

    When man gets entangled in selfishness, greed, lust andhatred, he naturally forgets what is beneath his own skin.Materialism and scepticism reignsupreme. He gets irritated bysmall things and begins to fight.In short, man is miserable. Thedoctors profession gave meample evidence of the sufferings

    of this world. I found concreteproofs of the great saying:Sarvam Dukham Vivekinah(i).I was blessed with a new vision and perspective. I was deeplyconvinced that there must be a place a sweet homeof pristine glory and purity and divine splendour whereabsolute security, perfect peace and happiness can be enjoyedeternally. In conformity with the dictum of the Sruti, I renouncedthe world, and felt that I belonged to the whole world.

    A course of severe self-discipline and penance endowedme with enough strength to move unscathed amidst thevicissitudes of the world-phenomena. And I began to feel the

    great good it would be to humanity if I could share this newvision with one and all. I called my instrument of work TheDivine Life Society.

    Side by side, the stirring events since the advent of thetwentieth century had their effect upon all keen-minded

    people. The horrors of past and possible wars and the con-sequent suffering touched the minds of people. It was notdifficult to see that the pains of mankind were mostly broughton by its own deeds. To awaken man to his errors and folliesand to make him mend his ways so th