Swami Satyananda Saraswati (1923 – 2009)

Swami Satyananda SaraswatiSwami Satyananda was initiated into Dashnami Sannayasa by his Guru Swami Sivananda, in 1947. After serving his Guru’s mission in Rishikesh for twelve years, he founded the International Yoga Fellowship in 1956 and the Bihar School of Yoga in 1963. From that base he took the teachings to the rest of the world, fulfilling the mandate of his Guru to ‘spread Yoga from door to door and shore to shore.’
Through his genius and compassion, many ancient complex and esoteric practices were systematized, simplified and made available to people of all ages, cultures and creeds. Swami Satyananda’s blend of charisma and pragmatism attracted multitudes of devotees wherever he went, giving rise to a global movement and creating a far-reaching network of ashrams, yoga centres and teacher. Meanwhile, the headquarters in Bihar continued to expand its many program, including the publishing division, producing numerous books that both preserve and disseminate the incredibly rich seam of practical wisdom which flows through this lineage.
In 1998 Swami Satyananda renounced his mission in order to live as a Paramhamsa Sannyasin, performing higher spiritual and vedic sadhana in an isolated location. During this chapter of his life, he also realized his Guru’s teaching of Serve, Love, Give, by establishing Sivananda Math, an organization dedicated to raising the living standards of the weaker and underprivileged sectors of society.
At midnight of 5th December 2009, Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati attained mahasamadhi.

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