The nectar-like of His Holiness. Sri Swami
Sivananda Saraswati, the incomparable saint of the Himalayas, famous in song
and legend, are too well-known to the intelligent public as well as to the earnest
aspirant of knowledge Divine. Their aim and object is nothing but emancipation
from the wheel of births and deaths through absorption of the Jiva with the
supreme Soul. Now, this emancipation can be had only through right
It is an undisputed fact that it is almost a herculean task for the man in the street,
blinded as he is by worldly desires of diverse kinds, to forge his way to realisation
of God. Not only is it his short-sightedness that stands in the way but innumerable
other difficulties and obstacles hamper the progress onward towards the goal. He
is utterly helpless the someone who has successfully trodden the path, comes to
his aid or rescue, takes him by the hand, leads him safely through the inextricable
traps and pitfalls of worldly temptation and desires, and finally brings him to his
destination which is the crowning glory of the be-all and end-all of life, where all
suffering ceases and all quest comes to an end. This realisation is nothing but the
knowing of the self as the real self, the one without a second.
This volume is, as the title will show, a book that has been carefully prepared for
the benefit of those who are intricately placed in life that they cannot read of the
path of renunciation or Sannyasa. Certainly, unless one cleanses the augean
stables of his mind an expurgates all impurities through selfless and disinterested
service while living amid the toil and moil of the world, he will find himself in a
fool's paradise, when he puts on the second orange-coloured garb to follow the
path of renunciation. So one has to do Karma Yoga first ceaselessly and
untiringly, and develop all noble qualities such as cosmic love, endurance, nobility
and Brahmachary a, and thus equip himself for the great ensuing battle royal, and
finally come out the victor.
The present work. Practice of Karma Yoga, coming as it does, from the inspired
and enlightened pen of Swami Sivanandaji, is, as usual, a safe and sound guide
to reach the goal in view of the aspirant. Those who have had the good fortune to
know of Sri Swami
Sivanandaji and his writings-from the biggest volume to the sixteen-page
pamphlet distributed free to those who ask the those who do not ask-will agree
with us how infallible his writings are, how simple and lucid is the language he
employs in order that what he writes may be accessible not only to the university
graduate, but also to him or her who ahs a working knowledge of English, and
how sincere and earnest the author is in his unquenchable thirst to be even a
'particle' of service to his brethren. Pregnant with the magnetism of a Jivanmukta
or liberated sage, they cannot but uplift the seeker after Truth to ineffable heights
of spiritual glory, bliss and peace.
- THE DIVINE LIFE
About the Author:
Born on the 8th September, 1887, in the illustrious
family of Saga Appayya Diskhita and several other renowned saints and savants,
Sri Swami Sivananda had a natural flair for a life devoted to the study and
practice of Vedanta. Added to this was an inborn eagerness to serve all and an
innate feeling of unity with all mankind.
His passion for service drew him to the medical career; and soon he gravitated to
where he thought that his service was most needed. Malaya claimed him. He had
earlier been editing a Health Journal and wrote extensively on health problems.
He discovered that people needed right knowledge most of all; dissemination of
that knowledge he espoused as his own mission.
It was divine dispensation and the blessing of God upon mankind that the doctor
of body and mind renounced his career and took to a life of renunciation to qualify
himself for ministering to the soul of man. He settled down at Rishikesh in 1924,
practiced intense austerities and shone as a great Yogi, Saint, Sage and
In 1932 he started the Sivanandashram. In 1936 was born The Divine Life
Society. In 1948 the Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy was organized.
Dissemination of spiritual knowledge and training of people in Yoga and Vedanta
were their aim and object. In 1950 he undertook a lightning tour of India and
Ceylon. In 1953 he convened a 'World Parliament Reliogions'. He is the author of
over 300 volumes and has disciples all over the world, belonging to all
nationalities, religions and creeds. To read his works is to drink at the fountain of
Wisdom Supreme. On 14th July, 1963 he entered Mahasamadhi.
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