The Yoga Vedanta Dictionary forms one of the most valuable additions to an aspirant's library of spiritual books. Followers of Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj throughout the world, especially in the West, have frequently been requesting him for such a Dictionary as would serve them to understand better the Yoga Vedanta literature. This Dictionary fulfils that great need.
This is the only one of its kind published so far.
The particular usefulness of this book lies no so much in its use as a lexicon, but in its providing the aspirant a "refresher", a companion that would stimulate Vedantic ideas and thoughts, and a sort of Vedantic pick-me-up, as a glance through any page of the dictionary is bound to inspire sublime Vedantic though-currents. As the title clearly states, this is a Yoga Vedanta Dictionary and not a regular Sanskrit dictionary, and therefore the meaning given are explicitly meant to help spiritual aspirants understand the texts in which these words occur.
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 Jivanmukta.
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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