Born on the 8th September, 1887, in the illustrious family of Sage Appayya Dikshitar 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
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 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 Jivanmukta.
In 1932 Swami Sivananda started the Sivanandashram. In 1936 Swami Sivananda 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 Swamiji undertook a lightning tour of
India and Ceylon. In 1953 Swamiji convened a ‘World Parliament of Religions’ Swamiji is the
author of over 300 volumes and has disciples all over the world, belonging to all
nationalities, religions and creeds. To read Swamiji’s works is to drink at the Fountain of
Wisdom Supreme. On 14th July, 1963 Swamiji entered Mahasamadhi.
About This Book
Vedanta is the culmination of the Vedas. It is entering into the study of Brahman. It is the
science which raises man above the plane of worldliness. It is the rational method of
meditating on the Supreme Absolute, the Eternal, the Infinite. Vedanta is the culmination of
human experience and is the end of the faculty of thinking. It is the greatest and the
highest knowledge. This wisdom was revealed to the ancient sages.
In order to practice Sadhana for the attainment of absolute freedom, you should know
in the beginning itself its technique and method. You should know the nature of bondage, the
cause of bondage and the way of getting rid of bondage. You have to make a searching study
of life and know its mysteries.
This book contains many valuable practical instructions. It contains the gist of
Vedanta. It gives Vedanta to the readers in a nutshell. The vast majority of persons have no
time to go through the different books on Vedanta. A book of this kind will prove to be a
constant companion to them, a vade mecum, a handbook or manual for ready reference.
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