Born on the 8th September, 1887, in the illustrious family of Sage Appayya Dikshitar and several
other renowned saints and savants, Sri
Swami Sivananda had a natural flair for a life devoted to the study and practice of Vedanta.
Added to this was an inborn eagerness to serve all and an innate feeling of unity with all
His passion for service drew him to the medical career; and soon he gravitated to where he
thought that his service was most needed. Malaya claimed him. He had earlier been editing a
and wrote extensively on health problems. He discovered that people needed right knowledge most
of all; dissemination of that knowledge he espoused as his own mission.
It was divine dispensation and the blessing of God upon mankind that the doctor of body and mind
renounced his career and took to a life of
renunciation to qualify for ministering to the soul of man. He settled down at Rishikesh in 1924,
practised intense austerities and shone as a great Yogi, saint, sage and Jivanmukta.
In 1932 Swami Sivananda started the Sivanandashram. In 1936 was born The Divine Life Society. In
1948 the Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy was organised. Dissemination of spiritual
knowledge and training of people in Yoga and Vedanta were their aim and object. In 1950 Swamiji
undertook a lightning tour of India and Ceylon. In 1953 Swamiji convened a World Parliament of
Religions.’ Swamiji is the author of over 300 volumes and has disciples all over the world,
belonging to all nationalities, religions and creeds. To read Swamiji’s works is to drink at the
Fountain of Wisdom Supreme. On 14th July, 1963 Swamiji entered Mahasamadhi.
About this BookHEALTH AND HYGIENE
The wise sage and practical spiritual leader of the modern world, Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj,
started life as a doctor of the body. What is more significant, even a the very outset of his
career as a physician and surgeon, Sri Swami Sivananda (then Dr. Kuppuswamy) revealed it as his
mission that he should broadcast the correct knowledge of the body and its functions, and of
health and hygiene, with an insistence upon prevention as better than cure.
As the reader is aware, Sri Swamiji, even after renouncing his lucrative medical
practice, and all worldly pleasures and ambitions, and even while being engaged in intense
spiritual practices, took an extraordinary pleasure in serving the sick and in educating the
people in the principles of Health and Hygiene.
This volume, thus, is not only an authoritative text on Health and Hygiene from the pen
of one who has been deeply interested in these aspects of life, but also the expression of the
sage’s supreme concern in the welfare of all beings-Sarvabhutahite Ratah.
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