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Divine Life Society
Serve, Love, Meditate, Realize
||Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh
The Divine Life Society is a religious
organization and an ashram,
founded by Swami
Sivananda Saraswati in 1936, at Muni Ki Reti, Rishikesh, India. Today it has branches spread across many
parts of the world as well as India, also several of Swami
Sivananda's disciples went on to open several independent
organizations in Mauritius, US, Australia, Canada, Malaysia, South
Africa, South America, and Europe 
at Sivananda Ghat, and Sivananda Ashram
Its aim is to disseminate spiritual knowledge in the following
- through publication of books, pamphlets and magazines on the
subjects of Yoga and Vedanta
- holding and arranging spiritual conferences and discourses (Satsang)
- establishing training centers for the practice of Yoga
- enabling aspirants to develop their spiritual lives via
systematic training in yoga and philosophy
- establishing charitable organizations
- through the preservation of the ancient traditions and cultural
practices of India
In 1936, after returning from a pilgrimage, Swami Sivananda took
residence in an old kutir on the banks of the Ganges in Rishikesh.
Other disciples seeking to live in his company also took up
residence in the surrounding area, often in less than ideal
conditions. In order to better serve the growing tide of disciples,
he founded The Divine Life Society Trust. A grant of land from the
ruler of Tehri-Garhwal eventually helped to provide
space for new buildings and the continuing growth of the new ashram. Swami Chidananda Saraswati
served as president of the society from August 1963 to 28 August
2008, while Swami Krishnananda as the
General-Secretary of the Society in Rishikesh, from 1958 until
- Sivananda Ashram is the headquarters of the Divine Life
- Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy
trains seekers in the practice of yoga as a general discipline for
personal integration as well as for human welfare.
- Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy Press prints the cultural and
spiritual books as well as the journals and other literature of the
Divine Life Society.
- Sivananda Publication League is the publishing arm of the
Divine Life Society.
- The Free Literature Section freely distributes books and other
literature to seekers and aspirants worldwide.
- Sivananda Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical Works manufactures and
distributes Ayurvedic medicines to the general
- Sivananda Charitable Hospital renders free medical service to
the public and conducts periodical medical relief camps
- Sivananda and the Divine Life Society: A Paradigm of the
"secularism," "puritanism" and "cultural Dissimulation" of a
Neo-Hindu Religious Society, by Robert John Fornaro. Published
by Syracuse University, 1969.
- From man to God-man: the inspiring life-story of Swami
Sivananda, by N. Ananthanarayanan. Published by Indian Publ.
Trading Corp., 1970.
- Swami Sivananda and the Divine Life Society: An
Illustration of Revitalization Movement, by Satish Chandra
Gyan. Published by s.n, 1979.
- Swami Sivananda's