Books at Sivananda Ashram and online

We have just come across these marvelous photos of Swami Venkatesananda at Rishikesh printing and binding. Photos courtesy of Venkatesa Daily Readings.

Sivananda Ashram printing press

Printing press

Sivananda Ashram bookbinder

Sivananda Ashram binding a book

Cord-binding machine

Swamiji’s books are available at these links:

Ananda Kutir, South Africa

(Swami Venkatesa’s teachings online)

Associazione Yoga Vasto, Italy

(Swamiji’s books and other materials in Italian)

Divine Life Society, Rishikesh

(Swami Venkatesa’s, Master’s, and disciples’ books for download)

Priya Hart, Israel!list-of-publications/cxjc

(Swami Venkatesa’s books in Hebrew)

Sivananda Ashram & Beacon Yoga Centre

(Swami Venkatesa’s books, audio & video for download)

Venkatesa Daily Readings, USA

(Swami Venkatesa’s books, audio & video for download)

Venkatesa Library, Thailand

(Swami Venkatesa’s history, travels, and bibliography, books for download)

Venkatesananda, Italy

(Swami Venkatesa’s books in Italian for download)

Swami Venkatesananda Online, USA

(Swami Venkatesa’s books for download and photo gallery)

Venkatesaya Online Library, Belgium

(Swami Venkatesa’s books for download)

Yoga-Vidya, Germany

(Swami Venkatesa’s books in German for purchase)



Life of Swami Venkatesananda (1955)

A Short Life of Swami Venkatesananda

Rishikesh: The Yoga Vedanta Forest University

First and only edition: 1955, 258 pages

PDF: Life of Swami Venkatesananda (1955)

Life of Swami Venkatesananda is an amazing tribute by the Guru to the young monk who was initiated into sannyas-diksha by Swami Sivananda on September 12, 1947. Its publication marked the 34th birthday celebrations of Swamiji at Sivanandashram on the 26th and 27th December 1954.

T.S. Sitapati filmed the pada-puja of Master Sivananda which Swamiji’s mother, a Dr. Adwaryoo, and others offered. A ‘statue’ of Swamiji was made and offered by Swami Vishnudevananda; it was made of a pumpkin-head (saffron for sadhus) with eyes, nose, and mouth carved into its surface bearing an “artistic” turban with a conical basket containing a typewriter topped by a murthi of the Master.

Songs composed for Swamiji were offered by women devotees and dance performances by others. It was at this celebration that Swami Venkatesananda became Siva-Pada-Renu.

By this time, Swamiji had founded the Ashram’s Jnana Yajna Library and was transcribing all the Master’s books and lectures. Most important of these was the All-India and Ceylon Tour from September 8 to November 1950 ( At this time, Swamiji served as editor of the Yoga-Vedanta Forest University Weekly while also teaching Practical Sadhana.

On December 29, 1921, on Hanuman-jayanthi [?] into a middle-class Brahmin family at 1315 at Dhanur Rasi, in Meena Lagnam, Tanjore District in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, during pouring rain, Parthasarathy [family name?] was born. The star Poorvashada was ascendant on this last Amavasya day of  the dark lunar fortnight of the month of Margashirsha. His parents were Srinavasan and Lakshmi Devi. His name honours Krishna and his parents, householder devotees of Lord Venkatesa, offered his prasad to all. There was strong Venkatesa-influence in Swamiji from birth!

The child cried not at all and was largely raised by his aged paternal grandfather in their Tamil-speak household until schooldays in Madras. Following his grandfather’s death when he was seven, Parthasarathy took to devotion of Lord Venkateswara (Venkatachalapati), including strict fasting on Saturdays, and went to his temple at Tirupati in the Tirumalai Hills frequently, where he received the sacred thread.

Parthasarathy had been attracted to the teachings of Swami Sivananda since the age of 13, when he began daily sadhana of yoga asana, pranayama, japa, and meditation and started a correspondence with the Master. He first visited Rishikesh in October 1944 with office colleagues and thereafter whenever he had leave from his government position. Swami Sivananda instructed him to come to live permanently at the ashram after a few more years living in the world. When his mother suggested marriage, he rejected it with great resolution. Parthasarathy came to live at Sivanandashram only eight months later.

Swamiji wrote, “I clearly see Gurudev’s mighty divine hands ‘obstructing and saving’ me in a thousand ways…, almost from my childhood.” He comments, his “choti [top-knot] was ever in Gurudev’s hands…, caught hold of in 1937 and cut in 1945.” To paraphrase, Swamiji likened himself to Sivananda’s typewriter, animated by the guru’s divine grace.

Just prior to taking sannyas, then-Parthasarathy noted, “Ananda Kutir is my abode. Sri Swami Sivananda is my mother, father, friend, philosopher, and guide. He is my Master…I have only one Guru, and he is God on earth…”

At Sivananashram, Swamiji became expert at yoga asana, bandha, particularly nauli, and mudra, and could hold these postures for 30 minutes. He could float in Mother Ganga in matsyandrasana (fish posture) and padmasana (lotus posture) without movement. In fact, his humble cottage was called Ganga Kutir. Excelling in equanimity, “showing absolute indifference to both praise and censure,” and scholarship of the Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Vasistha, Swamiji became an expert pujari in two years at Sivanandashram before taking sannyas on the 60th Sivananda-jayanthi September 8, 1946 from the Master.

On his All-India Tour in 1950, Swami Sivananda traveled 7,775 kilometres in India and 318 kilometres in then-Ceylon in 61 days, addressing 144 lectures, and receiving 35 pada-pujas. All these events were recorded, frequently from memory, and edited by Swami Venkatesananda in cars and, often, the latrines of moving trains (!), in several book volumes in 1951 and 1952, published at Rishikesh.

Every three days, Swamiji sent eight to ten typed pages to Sivanandashram so that those not on tour could feel a part of it. Back at the Ashram, Swamiji often typed in the dark for eight hours at a stretch…with carbon copies! He alone typed all the Master’s personal correspondence, 1,200 letters a month, for Sivananda’s signature.

There is also a chapter by Swami Venkatesa himself, an allegory of his Guru as Avatara-Purusha, “God in human form, [whose] every breath is Dharma.” The avatara influences all to righteous living and thinking.

Master Sivananda accepted sannyas in 1924 from his guru, Vishwananda Saraswati, with whom the Master spent only a few hours. By 1936, when he founded the Divine Life Society, he was widely known as a Jagat-Guru.

Swami Sivananda distributed all his spiritual teachings, which he called the Yoga of Synthesis, for free and all these works were typed and edited by his closest disciple and personal secretary, the true sevaka, Swami Venkatesananda Saraswati Maharaj, starting in 1946 with the Sivananda-Gita. In all, 296 books by Swami Sivananda were published; most are still available today and widely read by spiritual aspirants.

Swamiji’s complete devotion and surrender to the Master are exemplified by a small anecdote. Sivananda asked Swamiji to prepare an article for “Women’s Light and Guide”. To do so, Swamiji dressed himself as a woman, styled himself “Venkateswari,” and had his picture used for the cover in complete humility.

Brother-Swami Omkarananda notes that Swami Venkatesa adapted to his Guru’s every “divine whim”and the Master made daily pilgrimage to Swamiji’s workplace. Disciple and guru were said to have a “perfect harmony in the essential nature…[of] the complex phenomena of thought” between them, an “attunement [of] the very spirit and mind.” “Swami Venkatesananda excels every one of us.” “…He is the one disciple who has fully opened himself to the…divine influence of the Master.”

Swami Venkatesananda writes, “Even if birth after birth, I live to serve as Gurudev’s slave, I cannot repay the debt I owe…”

Why did Master Sivananda and Swami Venkatesa after him teach in English at a time when all Indian nationalists were promoting a return to Hindi after the fall of British empire? In the words of Master Sivananda, “English…turns the heads of our youngsters, [so] offer them the best spiritual thought” in English.

Swami Sivananda called him “Crest-Jewel of my Mission, the resplendence of my work—will I ever see anyone shine brighter than he, Swami Venkatesanandaji? Surely none I have seen so far.” One cannot imagine higher praise from one’s guru.

The book includes tributes by numerous god-men, including Sri Ramakrishna, Ramaswamy, numerous Sivananda swamis, including Krishnananda, Vishnudevananda, Omkarananda, Sadananda, Narayananda, Ramananda, Atmaswarupananda, Harisharananda, Chidananda, Turiyananda, and Swamiji’s own father, Srinavasan.

Brother-Swami Vishnudevanada wrote most movingly: “Really, he is the pet child of Gurudev. His main Sadhana is seeing the greatness in others…not only in all human beings but in animals and birds.”

Swami Omkarananda wrote in fulsome tribute that Swami Venkatesa was “the one great flawless medium for the flow of [Sivananda’s] Light, Peace, and Grace, into all mankind.” Swami Sivananda encouraged Swami Omkar to write Swami Venkatesa’s biography, though he never did, blaming his own “personal indolence”. However, Omkar wrote a pamphlet on Swamiji prior to this volume which seems to have been lost. Pity. The Master told Omkar Swami, “He [Venkatesa] is a tower of strength to me, and the very life of my mission.”

Brother-Swami Saswathananda notes “Never before…have [I] seen a young man with so much devotion to God and Guru.”

Brother-Swami Chidananda praises Swamiji’s “one hundred percent harmony and attunement with Gurudev.”

Brother-Swami Sadananda noted that Swami Venkatesa compiled a daily chronicle of Ashram life from memory every day. We wonder what has become of this crucial historical record.

Swami Vishnu recounts Swami Venkatesa’s embrace of homoeopathy under renowned Doctor-Mahatma Swami Achintyananda. “His very presence is a glory to his Guru Maharaj.”

However, by far the most moving tribute comes from the Master himself. Sivananda calls Swami Venkatesananda “the ideal of a sadhaka” and conferred Venkatesa’s title, “Siva-Pada-Renu”, “dust of Siva’s feet”.

Swamiji’s entire life was always Siva-Pada-Renu. “He shines like the sun.” In this lovely, little book, Siva’s light is reflected by the full moon who is Swami Venkatesananda.

Flowers offered at the Guru’s feet,




Swami Venkatesananda – Three Years in Africa (1964)

A Long Three Years in Africa:

Press Reports of Swami Venkatesananda’s Tour of

Africa, Madagascar, and Mauritius

Edited by Dr. B. Rambiritch, Mrs. Shirley (Sharada) Sanderson, and

Mrs. Peggy (Padma) Newland

Rishikesh: The Divine Life Society

First and only edition: 1964, 212 pages

Printed at Frontier Mail Press, Dehra Dun

PDF: Three Years in Africa (1964)

British India Line

Swami Venkatesananda departed Bombay on the ship Kampala on May 15, 1961 and arrived in Durban on June 6 at the invitation of the Divine Life Society of South Africa. He was only 39 years old. On his way to the Union, he had visited Western Australia from April 6 to April 23, 1961 on invitation of the DLS Perth branch and its chair, Dr. R.T. Werther. He carried his veena through Perth Airport. Swamiji spoke to university students, in a Christian church, and a Jewish synagogue, following the Master’s teachings.

02 Kampala

S/S Kampala

The British India Steam Navigation Company’s ocean liner Kampala was built in Glasgow in 1947 to connect the Empire to its far-flung colonies and trading partners in Australia, Kenya, Tanganyika, Zanzibar, Mozambique, South Africa, and the Seychelles. Shipboard accommodation ranged from a four-berth tourist inner cabin to a two-berth first-class promenade cabin.

This leisurely travel cost considerably more than modern travel—$1,300 to $2,055 in 1961 US dollars, a stunning $10,000 to more than $16,000 in 2016 for passage! South Africa became an independent republic during Swamiji’s voyage, on May 31, 1961. He was greeted in Durban at quayside by “hundreds” of Master Sivananda’s devotees.

03 Avalon Theatre, Durban

The Durban DLS branch built Swamiji special accommodation which they named ‘Ananda Nivas’. When asked by the press how long he would be staying in South Africa, Swamiji smilingly told them “as long as the government allows!” One is reminded of the lengthy stay of Mahatma Gandhi in South Africa—27 years!

His first public reception was at Durban’s Avalon Theatre in Victoria Street on June 11, 1961. The audience was described as “3,000 Indians” but actually had “European, African, and Coloured” listeners as well. “A number of the Europeans were seen singing kirtans as well.” Swamiji spoke for 70 minutes during which he roused attenders to laughter several times with his typical humour.

Swamiji’s second lecture was given at Durban’s Indian University College, also known as Salisbury Island Tribal College, on June 15.

Although Swamiji arrived in South Africa on a six-month visa, his plan was to stay for only two months.

This charming early book published at Rishikesh is nothing less than a celebration of Swamiji’s first tour abroad as published in 24 local newspapers. Apartheid South Africa was well known for its press censorship but, interestingly, the news did not shy from describing South Africa’s isolation from the rest of the world due to its racial policies.

In evidence of this, an open letter from the Natal Indian Congress attacked Swami because of his visit to a “tribal university”. When pressed, the Congress president disavowed the letter. It was not only whites who were racist!

Indians had migrated to South Africa as indentured farm labourers from 1860 onwards. Durban was (and is) known as ‘the largest Indian city outside India’! Indians were, serially, regulated by apartheid’s shifting racial classifications as ‘Indian’, ‘Asian’. ‘Coloured”, and ‘Malay.

Many Indians, of course, were eager to receive darshan and teaching from Master Sivananda’s foremost disciple. However, interest in yoga among whites had been growing worldwide since the introduction of Vedanta and yoga to the United States in 1893 by Ramakrishna disciple Swami Vivekananda at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago.

Vivekananda was followed by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1920 to attend the International Congress of Religious Liberals in Boston; he founded the Self-Realization Fellowship in Encinitas, California, and wrote the book which introduced many Westerners to yoga, then and now, Autobiography of a Yogi.

Similarly, as Swami Venkatesananda traveled the length and breadth of darkest Africa, all colours and creeds came to sample the Gurudev’s unique teachings. During Swamiji’s tours in South Africa, Afrikaners and Jews sat together with Indians in common worship.

Although many news photographs are mentioned, it is most unfortunate that they are not reproduced here and there are only four partial transcriptions of Swamiji’s many early lectures in South Africa in the book.

04 Venkatesa University

Crest of Venkateswara University

Swamiji also met with the daughter-in-law of Mahatma Gandhi and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Durban. He invested a statue of Lord Venkatesa, commissioned in black granite carved in Ceylon by V.E.S. Devashunmuga Acharya, head of the Lalitha Academy of Sculpture at Venkatesa University in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, at the Sri Venkatesa Devasthanum in Fountain Head, Cape Town, called the “miniature” Tirupati of South Africa with its own seven hills. The installation of the Venkatesamurthi, on September 16, 1962, was attended by more than 3,000 devotees.

Swami Venkatesa spent much of 1962 working on Master Sivananda’s Srimad Bhagavad-Gita. At 920 pages, it was composed of the Gita in its original Sanskrit, transliteration using specially-accented Roman letters as well as a literal translation, a functional translation and the Master’s commentary on the slokas.

The Gita was bound in ochre-coloured cloth and contained tri-coloured illustrations with a gold-blocked title and was printed at Sivananda Press at Durban’s Divine Life Society branch at Clare Estate and sold for a nominal one rand. Swamiji himself set the book for publication on linotype. There was even a news photo of Swamiji at work on the linotype machine. The Gita was published on Gita Jayanthi, December 7, 1962.

One of Swamiji’s earliest visits was to play with the children at Lakehaven Home for Orphans. Swamiji went on to satsang at every DLS branch and Ramakrishna Centre in Natal, as well as lecture at the Sultan Technical College, Sastri College, and the Teachers’ Training College, as well as to the Natal Indian Teachers’ Association, the Rotary Club, Theosophical Society, YMCA, and Andhra Maha Sabha, traveling with Dr. B. Rambiritch.

On July 7, Swamiji gave his first talk in Johannesburg, speaking in Hindi at the local DLS branch.

He was welcomed by Les Pearson, chair of the Transvaal DLS branch who recounted the work of swamis Sahajananda handling media in Durban, homoeopath Brahmananda in Pretoria, as well as Dayananda, and Athmananda (a European initiated by Master Sivananda in 1959) growing vegetables at Honeydew Farm on behalf of the Sanyoga DLS branch. Swami was garlanded by Chotoobhai Patel. He went on to speak at the Menlo Park and Pretoria DLS branches.

Toward the end of July, Swamiji was off to the Kimberley diamond fields, in the Northern Cape, where he taught pranayama to the local Divine Life Society branch. He said, “The real diamonds are the true seekers,” at a reception held at the De Beers Siva Subrahmaniar Temple. Swamiji arrived for his first lecture in Cape Town at salt River House on July 18, hosted by the Cape Town DLS branch. He spoke at Rondebosch and then was hosted in the home of Joan (Jaya) van Alphen in Kenilworth for a gathering of Europeans.

05 Rotary wheel   06 Dharma_Chakra_by_elvenmuse

Swamiji addressed the pupils of the Gandhi Memorial School and then held a satsang in Newlands, and spoke at the University of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. He then moved on to lecture at Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage, East London, and Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape. He also addressed the Muslim Educational Institute on “The Philosophy of Idol Worship” on Guru Purnima. Speaking before the Rotary Club, Swamiji compared the Rotary Wheel to Buddha’s Dharma Cakra.

07 Swami Krishnananda

Swami Krishnananda

Following Swamiji’s return to Durban in August, 29-year old German druggist Klaus Peter Langheim became the first “European” to be initiated into sannyas as Swami Krishnananda in South Africa by…Swami Venkatesananda in a ceremony attended by “3,000” at the Yogananda Ashram in Cavendish. Swamiji “clipped off a handful of brown hair” and handed the new sannyasin his first ochre robes. Although at least a dozen of Swamiji’s devotees became sannyasins, we could find not one instance where Swamiji himself performed the initiation. Swami Krishnanananda’s appears to be the only induction which Swamiji effected personally. [Opinion?]

Swami Venkatesananda extended his visit to South Africa and never once stopped traveling and lecturing. In October, he ‘christened’ the baby son of Mr. and Mrs. Tony Morgan Krishna at their home in Silver Town, Athlone, in the Cape Flats. Mrs. R. Moodley became the baby’s godmother and Swamiji, of course, little Krishna’s godfather!

As Swamiji’s circle of teachings expanded worldwide, he paid much loving attention to babies and children and was always joking and teasing them. Even at this early stage, it appears he was much in demand as a baby guru! On December 16, 1961, Swamiji named the baby son of Mr. and Mrs. V. Soobian Pillay Sivavenkatesa Srikanathan in Durban.

Swamiji’s next eight months were spent on a lecture tour of East Africa and French-speaking Madagascar. These travels occupy the third section of the book, all of which was written by Gurudev himself.

08 Uganda 1   09 Uganda 2

The swami sailed from Durban en route to Mombasa on December 21, 1962 on the British Indian steamship Uganda, launched in 1952. The S/S Uganda plied a route from London to British East Africa and was capable of carrying 300 passengers as well as serving as mailship and cargo carrier.

As the Uganda left the dock, Swamiji found himself surrounded by Haj pilgrims from Cape Town on their way to Mecca! Swamiji was even more pleased to discover the hajjis would not eat meat on their pilgrimage. “Same God, different tongues,” he noted.

10 Uganda 3

Smoking room of SS Uganda

He (illegally!) disembarked first at Beira in Portuguese Mozambique and managed a satsang, to which he brought the Muslim travelers, before the ship left northward. Swamiji arrived in Mombasa on December 28 for a three-day stay over his 41st birthday.

11 Nairobi-Uganda Railway

“Lunatic Express”, Uganda Railway

Swamiji traveled by train from Mombasa to Nairobi on December 31, 1962. Once again on the cusp of history, the swami arrived in Kenya on the eve its independence from Britain. On January 15, 1963, he traveled by mail-train from Nairobi, 160 km. to Nakuru, sitting on the Equator in landlocked Uganda, which had also just gained its freedom, speaking in Kishma, Jinja on the northern shores of Lake Victoria, Kampala, Kumi, and Kakamega. Previous travelers had noted what a “magical journey was this train trip, including exquisite scenery, native wildlife, landscapes, and magnificent African sunrises and sunsets.” Other travelers called it the “Lunatic Line”!

12 Equator

After celebrating the Vivekananda Centenary in Nakuru, Swamiji returned to Nairobi on January 31st to inaugurate the Sivananda Yoga Centre, after which he returned to coastal Mombasa for three weeks teaching morning meditation classes, yoga asanas in the evening, and Gita classes at night. He was also invited to speak at the Rotary Club, the Theosophical Lodge and the Tanganyika African Club before leaving for Madagascar, which had just gained its freedom from France in 1960, on February 25.

13 Madagascar

Swamiji was so engaged in Madagascar that he had no time to write his travel reports again until March 24th. He disembarked at the port of Majunga (Mahajanga) after four days and nearly 2,000 km crossing the Indian Ocean and Mozambique Channel, where satsang was held during his two-day visit.

He flew one and a half hours (550 km) to the capital Tatanarive (Antananarivo), at the invitation of the Tsimisaramianakavy community, where he inaugurated the Malagasy Yoga Ashram on Guru Purnima. Swamiji noted he had learned more from people in Madagascar about kindness and charity than he had taught.

14 S:S Ferdinand de Lesseps

S/S Ferdinand de Lesseps

Swami Venkatesananda embarked at the east coast port of Tamatave (Toamasina) on the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique’s 1951 S/S Ferdinand de Lesseps, traversing a run from Marseille to Réunion, on August 6th, bound for Mauritius. He arrived in Port Louis harbour, the west coast capital of Mauritius, on August 9 as a transit passenger and was hosted at Bourbon Street in Rose Hill by M.S. Veeramundar.

Swamiji had only met Sri Veeramundar on shipboard who immediately offered him hospitality. He bore a letter of introduction from the Indian Ambassador at Tatanarive, which secured him an unexpected audience with then-British Mauritius’ first chief minister,  Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam. Mauritius became an independent Commonwealth nation only in 1968. [I know SV was offered Mauritius citizenship. Do you know the details? Did he accept? Did he ever use a Mauritius passport?]

15 South African Airways Douglas DC-3

 South African Airways Douglas DC-3

The swami’s brief stay in Mauritius ended after just three weeks. He flew to Johannesburg on South African Airways on August 30th. After a few days in the Transvaal, Swamiji returned to Durban for 40 days to celebrate Master Sivananda’s jayanthi at the ashram with Swami Sahajananda.

Swami Venkatesa began a series of evening lectures on the Bhagavad Gita at Mitra Hall  in Cape Town in late 1963. He then walked ‘home’ and typed out a condensed version of his lecture for distribution the next evening. When Swamiji finished the series, the idea came about to produced a book of them.

By October 22, the local press reported that Swamiji had started his unique Bhagavad Gita in daily readings, first cyclostyled in Cape Town by early devotees, Sufi Irene (Shanti) Cornelius and Elizabeth (Gita) Roinsky in 1964/65 and which became the book, The Song of God in 1972, 10,000 copies printed in India but distributed by Chiltern Yoga Trust in Cape Province.

At end-October, Swamiji was once again in Cape Province, speaking to a crowd of thousands at Mowbray Town Hall, before going on to communities in Zululand. Before leaving, he graced seven-year old Jagdish Chandra with a sacred thread and the Gayatri mantra. A portrait of Swamiji was painted by Hout Bay artist , Laurel Zahn. [Is this portrait still at DLS Cape Town?] Uitenhage artist Marion Palmer also painted Swamiji on this visit. Swamiji also delighted East London schoolboys by demonstrating the matsyasana (fish pose) in the swimming pool at De La Salle College.

Swamiji departed Johannesburg’s Jan Smuts airport on April 6, 1964. Mother Shanti [Eccles?] was in attendance.

From the time of his arrival, Swami Venkatesananda had carried no money and no possessions, eating only one meal of dahl and fruit. His saffron monks’ robes, wooden paduka sandals, glass mala beads, and a few spiritual books were all he brought with him. He was welcomed by so many and offered Sivananda’s divine life to all seekers.

Without the guru’s light, we never would have known we were in darkness.

Flowers offered at the Guru’s feet,






Swami Sivananda – Biographical and critical studies

PDF: Swami Sivananda – Biographical and critical studies

296 unique books have been attributed to Swami Sivananda. Of course, not all his books were written. Many were transcribed from lectures and letters by his personal secretary, Swami Venkatesananda.

Master Sivananda’s first books appeared in 1936. 40 more appeared in the years up to 1946.

However, when brand-new sannyasin, Swami Venkatesananda, became the Master’s assistant, secretary, scribe and correspondent, he began to record every single word from the Master’s lips. From 1946 to his departure on the Master’s mission to Africa in 1961, Swami Venkatesananda edited 124 books for his Guru, nearly half of Sivananda’s known works. His was an incredible contribution to yoga education.

Swami Venkatesananda became best-known for his daily readings format for the Bhagavad-Gita (The Song of God, 1972), Srimad Bhagavatam (The Book of God, 1974), Valmiki’s Ramayana (1976), The Supreme Yoga: Yoga Vasistha (1976), Venkatesa Daily Readings (1977), Sivananda Daily Readings (1979), Buddha Daily Readings (1982), and Insights and Inspirations: Venkatesa Daily Readings Vol. 2 (1988). However, we discover that the daily readings format was anticipated by Master Sivananda in 1958 so it appears the Master was the inspiration for Gurudev’s wonderful tools for daily sadhana.

During this time as Sivanandashram, Swamiji also founded the Ashram Library, its homoeopathic clinic, edited the Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy/University Weekly, and taught there. Even while in Africa for three years, Swami Venkatesa managed to edit six of Master Sivananda’s books.




Biographical and critical studies of Swami Sivananda

Yogi Anand & Swami Gurusaranananda.

Sivananda: Day-To-Day (32 volumes)

Sivananda: The Singer of Salvation

Ananda Kutir. Diamond Jubilee – Commemorative Volume of Sri Swami Sivananda

N. Ananthanarayanan & Swami Krishnananda.

Sashyabdaputri Mahotsava

From Man to God-Man: The Inspiring Life Story of Swami Sivananda (1970)

Sivananda Mavuna Swamigal (in Tamil)

Mahasamadi Anthaydhyana. Realising the Absolute (2010)

Savitri Asopa. Sivananda: Poet, Philosopher & Saint

Diwan Bahadur, K.S. Ramaswami Sastriar, & Jnana-Bhaskara, Sivananda’s Metaphysics and Message (Platinum Jubilee Series No 22) (1957)

Gyana Bhaskara & Dewan Bahadur.

The Gospel of Swami Sivananda (Sivananda Sannyas

Golden Jubilee Yearbook) (1948)

Swami Chidananda. God As Mother (1953)

Parables of Sivananda (1955)

Saga of a Dedicated Soul (and Swami Krishnananda)

Sivananda Hridayananda: Saint and Surgeon (1958)

Sivananda Regalia (1958)

Swami Sivananda: Saint, Sage and Godman

World-Guide Sivananda

Swami Chinmayananda.

Gurudev Sivananda Pictorial Volume in Commemoration of Centenary [1987]

Swami Chitananda, Heart of Sivananda (1957)

Rajarishi Sivananda (1961)


Divine Life Society. Sivananda’s Gospel of Divine Life

Swami Sivananda Centenary Charitable Hospital

Swami Sivananda: In Memoriam

Karl Elberg. Swami Sivananda (in German) (1999)

First World Sivananda Conference Speeches and Messages (2005)

Robert John Fornaro. Sivananda and the Divine Life Society:

A Paradigm of the “secularism,” “puritanism” and “cultural dissimulation” of a Neo-Hindu Religious Society (1969)

Satish Chandra Gyan. Sivananda and the Divine Life Society: An Illustration of Revitalisation Movement (1979)

Siva Gyan. Biography of Swami Sivananda

R.R. Iyengar. Sivananda: Day-To-Day

Swami Jnanananda, Sivananda Charitam (1959)

Swami Jyotirmayananda. Guide to Sivananda Yoga Museum

Kapila. Sivananda Saint and Savant (Platinum Jubilee Series No. 25) (1958)

Swami Krishnananda. The Philosophy of Life: A Critical Exploration of the Fundamental Principles in Eastern and Western Philosophy (1969)

Sivananda: Apostle of India’s Spiritual Culture

Sivananda, the Messenger of Peace (The Sivananda Literature Festival Commemorative Volume) (1960)

A.V.Kuppuswami. Swami Sivanandaji’s All India Tour [1967]

Atmaram M. Mahhijan. Sivananda: Day-to-Day His Philosophy and Teachings (Vol 1) (1960)

Yogi Manmoyanand. Sivananda Buried Yoga (2007)

Lise McKean. Divine Enterprise: Gurus and the Hindu Nationalist Movement (1996)

Imani Narayani Moorini. Sri Sankara Sivananda Gurumalu (in Telugu)

V.T. Neelankatan. Sivananda: Replica of Bhuvanesa (1952)

Swami Omkarananda. The Foundations of Spiritual Development: Daily Readings (2015)

Preliminary Contributions to Comparative Studies and Researches in the Sivananda Literature (First of Three Volumes) (1960)

Sivananda Literature Vol 2. (1961)

Religion of Sivananda

Shakespeare on Sivananda (1954)

Stanford University Studies in Sivananda Literature

Swami Paramananda. Philosophy and Teachings of Swami Sivananda

Philip M. Parker. Sivananda: Webster’s Timeline History 1916-2007

Nancy Freeman Patchen. Journey of a Master: Swami Chinmayananda (2013)

Tilak Pyle. A Giant in the Background: Bibliographic Study of Swami Sivananda (2007)

(and Calvin Mercer). The Writings of Swami Sivananda: A Biographical Study (2007)

K.S. Sastri Ramaswami. The Gospel of Swami Sivananda (Life and Teachings Series) (1948)

Swami Sivananda and Divine Life (Life and Sayings Series) (1950)

Swami Santananda. Sivananda Day to Day (1960)

Swami Satyananda. Maha Samadhi Antardhyana: Realizing the Absolute (2010)

Samarpan: Living the Divine Connection (2008)

Samatvam: The Yoga of Equanimity (2010)

Upasana in the Presence of the Divine

Srimathi Sarada. Vignette of Swami Sivananda

Swami Satchidananda, Sivananda’s Elixir (1959)

S. Gopala Sastri. Sivananda Stotra Ratnamala

Liliane Shamash. Women’s Light & Guide (1948)

A.N. Sharma. Swami Sivananda: The Sage of Practical Wisdom

Indrajit Sharma. Sivananda: Twentieth-Century Saint (1958)

Swami Sivananda-Hridayananda. Gospel of My God Sivananda

Sivananda (with Swami Satchidananda)

Sivananda-Kumudini Devi. Swamiji’s Letters to Sivananda- Kumudini Devi (1960)

Sivananda – Margarita. Towering Saint of the Himalayas: Swami Sivananda. (Articles on for 72nd birthday)

Sivananda Mauna Guru. Words of Wisdom & Grace (in Tamil)

Compassion to Living Beings (in Tamil)

Sivananda Publications. Diamond Jubilee: Commemorative Volume of Sri Swami Sivananda

Sivananda-Sobha. Bhagavan Sivananda

Sivananda in Stanford University: A Review of His Works (1958)

Sivananda: The Yogi of India (1959)

Sivananda’s Letters to Dr Chhatrapati

Sivananda’s Letters to Gajanan

Sivaprasad, Saint Sivananda (1944)

Swami Sivananda: His Mission in South Africa (1999)

Symposium on Sivananda’s Palm (Platinum Jubilee Series No. 5) (1955)

K.A. Tawker. Sivananda: The One World Teacher or the Acharya for the Atom Bomb Age (1949)

Sivananda Valentina. Day to Day (1978 )

Sivananda. Meditations at Dawn: on Divine Mother (1979)

Wings of Sivananda-Valentina: Tape Recorded Satsangs(1975)

Swami Venkatesananda. All about Sivananda

The Amazing Life of Gurudev Sivananda: Revealed Secrets of Peace, Power and Perfection (1961)

Biography of Sri Swami Sivananda (in Tamil)

Gurudev Sivananda (198)

Inspiring Talks of Swami Sivananda

Sivananda: Biography of a Modern Sage – Life & Works Vol 1 (1985)

Sivananda Daily Readings

Sivananda: God in Disguise (1962)

Sivananda Yoga: A Series of Talks at the Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy (1980)

Sivananda’s Integral Yoga (1956)

Sivananda’s Lectures (All-India Tour Series No 3) (1951)

Sivananda’s Lectures (Abridged)

Swami Sivananda Mystic Sage and Yogi (Life and Teachings Series No, 18) (with Dr. Frederick Spegelberg)

Jyoti. A Few Precious Days with Swami Venkatesananda

Adhyatma Ratna Vidwan, Sivananda Vilasa Vighnay & Dr. Sivananda-Sushila.

Sivananda & His Mission: A Bard’s Eye View (1961)

Swami Vishnudevananda. Sivananda Upanishad (1987)

D.K. Viswanathan. Isa-Kena-Katha Upanishads

Sivananda Satsang at Geneva (DLS Silver Jubilee Series No. 2) (1960)

Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy. World Philosophers’ Congress (1961)

Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy/University Weekly.

Yogi Sivananda (1956)


Swami Venkatesananda: The beacon of yoga since 1946

94th jayanti


PDF: Happy Venkatesmas 2015


Swami Venkatesananda
Gurudev-jayanthi December 29, 1921 Tanjore, Madras India
Sannyas initiation 1946 by Master Sivananda at Rishikesh, Himalayas
Mahasamadhi December 2, 1982 Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa



At thy feet…

Guru Brahma
Guru Vishnu
Guru Devo Maheswara
Guru Sakshat
Para Brahma
Tasmai Sri Guruvey

08 Simon with Lord Venkatesa copy
Lord Venkatesa & Simon

Sri Venkatesa sharano sharanam prapadye