This book offers, between the covers of one volume, the varied writings of H.H. Sri Swami
Sivanandaji Maharaj on the subject of Satsanga or holy company and the related topic of
Svadhyaya or daily study of sacred literature.
The second part of the book throws more light on the subject. Therein Swami Chidanandaji
Maharaj analyses in detail the subtle connection and the subtle distinction between the company of
a holy man and the company of the Guru and points out clearly the circumstances under which
Satsanga can prove most fruitful for the Sadhaka.
It is a slightly abstract subject, but one which is vital for all spiritual seekers. It is our sincere
hope that the pages that follow will open up a glorious new chapter in the lives of many.
THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY
niþsaügatve nirmohatvam |
ni÷calatatve jãvanmuktiþ ||
By keeping the company of great Mahatmas, one becomes dispassionate. He gets Vairagya.
He does not like the company of worldly men. Then he develops the state of Nirmohatva. He
becomes free from infatuation or delusion. Then his mind becomes steady and one-pointed and
rests on the Svarupa or Essence. Then he attains liberation or freedom.
From the “Bhaja Govinda Stotram” of Sri Adi Sankaracharya