Thursday, August 30, 2007

(14) Swami Satyananda saraswati

Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Disciple of Swami Sivananda Saraswati
Born : 24th December 1923
Passed Away : 5th December 2009.

Swami Satyananda Saraswati was born 1923 at Almora (Uttaranchal) into a family of farmers and zamindars.[3]
Swami Satyananda began to have spiritual experiences at the age of six, when his awareness spontaneously left the body and he saw himself lying motionless on the floor. Many saints and sadhus blessed him and reassured his parents that he had a very developed awareness. This experience of disembodied awareness continued, which led him to many saints of that time such as Anandamayi Ma. Swami Satyanada also met a tantric bhairavi, Sukhman Giri, who gave him shaktipat and directed him to find a guru in order to stabilize his spiritual experiences.[4]
In 1943 at the age of nineteen, Swami Satyananda met his guru Swami Sivananda and came to live at Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh. In 1947, he took the vow of sanyasin or monastic renunciation and became a swami. He served in different departments at the ashram for over 12 years. He did physical labor, edited the ashram's Hindi journal, wrote various articles and composed poems in both Hindi and Sanskrit. He wrote a translation and commentary in the English language of the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad by Swami Sivananda. Upon leaving the ashram in 1956, he wandered throughout India, Afghanistan, Nepal, Burma and Ceylon for the next 7 years, extending his knowledge of spiritual practices. He eventually found his way to Munger, in the province of Bihar. After establishing himself there, in 1963 he founded the International Yoga Fellowship and the Bihar School of Yoga a year later.[5]
He lectured and taught globally for the next twenty years and authored a number of books which remain popular to this day. In 1988, he retired from active involvement in teaching and handed active work of his ashram and organization to his senior disciple Swami Niranjanananda.[6] He lived in seclusion as a Paramahamsa Sannyasin. He died at his ashram in Rikhia, Jharkand on 5 December 2009.

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

Read his book Yoga published in 1974.

Very inspiring, motivating,and can change the course of one's life.

It is Nature's scheme that this book purchased in 1997 from Haridwar, was read in 2010. The taste lies in application and experience.

Balwant Singh,Chandigarh.