Traditions, etiquette

Why Yogis Do Not Solicit Teachings From Discarnate Souls

by Swami Ishwaramayananda

In 2002 Swami Ishwaramayananda, President of the Sivananda School of Yoga, issued the pamphlet titled "A True Spiritual Path - True Mysticism Compared with Religion, Occultism and Intellectual Investigation", which may also be read on this website (Click here).  It summarizes the philosophy of Swami Ishwaramayananda, and the Yoga School's Secretary, Swami Karunananda

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Krishna Jayanti

An account offered at the holy lotus feet of
Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj
Pujya Swami Venkatesanandaji Maharaj
Pujya Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj

by Swami Ishwaramayananda


JANMASHTAMI

KRISHNA KRISHNA MAHAYOGIN
BHAKTAANAAMBHAYAYANKARA
GOVINDA PARAMAANANDA
SARVAM ME VASHAMAANAYA

King Kamsa was a tyrannical autocrat who

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Swamis And Swami Orders

Om Namo Bhagavate Sivananda

An offering at the
Feet of the Holy Master
Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj

The three members of the Sivananda Yoga Centre who wear orange clothes are ‘swamis’. Traditionally, we address them as ‘Swami’ or, with affectionate respect ‘Swamiji'.

The word ‘swami’ means ‘one with the self’ and often refers to a sannyassin (renunciate) of the ten-branched order of monks and nuns

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Initiation, Guru-disciple Relationship And Sadhana

An offering at the Holy Lotus Feet
Of the Masters
Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj
Sri Swami Chidananda Maharaj
Sri Swami Venkatesananda Maharaj

By the Sivananda School of Yoga

What is initiation?

Initiation is ritual admission to a way of life and sacred spiritual technique which is to be the disciple’s means of liberation, subject to the d

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Understanding Swamis

In the light of Swami Chidananda's advice about "How to approach a Mahatma" (or Swami)T

This guide is an appeal to the many friends of your Yoga Centre’s swamis to guide gently, where necessary, new members who try to have, or mistakenly assume that they indeed have, relationships with us which do not conform to the rules of the stage of life which, in Hinduism, is known as sannyas ashrama.

In so assisting, please familiarise yourself with the fo

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