Iconsideritauniqueprivilegetowriteashortforewordtothiscompiledvolumeoflecturesentitled “Sivananda Yoga” by Swami Venkatesananda, a resplendent star amongst the disciples of GurudevSivananda.Hiscontributionshavebeenmanifoldandofsignificantrarequality,aproofof his magnificent personality. This chosen disciple of Gurudev had the exclusive privilege of sittingat the Master’s feet and watching every word and action of the great saint, who was an idealmanifestation of Divine Glory. Gurudev has given a practical demonstration of achieving Divineperfection in our day-to-day life at every step, in spite of the dominant mood of wistful, reluctantscepticism of modern ages.Swami Venkatesananda could not have done a better service to mankind; he has given us a‘peep’intothelifeandactivitiesofthegreatsaintSwamiSivanandawho(itisincredibletobelieve)trod seventeen years ago the very earth we tread today.Swami Venkatesananda in his usual inimitable way has opened for us, through theselectures, the portals of the Divine Kingdom ruled by Gurudev. Through this spiritual son of Gurudev, we can have the inspiration and bliss of Divine grace gushing from this spiritual fountainof Gurudev. The rays of that luminous sun, transmitted through this chosen disciple will illuminatethe dark alleys in our heart, revealing to us the Supreme Love of this God-man and his unique andprofound philosophy of blending Karma, Jnana and Bhakti in our day-to-day activities of life.Allglorytotheauthorofthiswork,forholdingaloftthebannerofDivineLifegiftedtohimby Gurudev.Letuslookforwardtomanymoresuch‘jewels’fromhim—theverycrest-jewelofGurudevSivananda’s divine mission.LucknowApril1980 —
TO THE SECOND EDITION
My humble homage and reverential adorations to the sacred and loving memory of ouresteemed and beloved Gurubhai (brother-in-the Master) Sri Swami Venkatesanandaji who left usthisday,oneyearagoon2ndDecember,1982.Hiswasagloriousgoingforthfromtheconfinesofalimited human consciousness into the ever effulgent realm of Infinite Divine Consciousness. Hedeparted simply and serenely when he decided that his duty had been done. Only those close anddear ones who were near his immediate bed-side until the very last breath he took on earth, onlythey know the full sanctity, the solemnity, the poignancy and at the same time the indescribablegrandeur of his last moments and of his departure from the physical body.