Born on the 8th September, 1887, in the illustrious family of Saga Appayya Diskhita 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 mankind.
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 Health Journal 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 himself for ministering to the soul of man. He settled down at Rishikesh in 1924, practiced intense austerities and shone as a great Yogi, Saint, Sage and Jivanmukta.
In 1932 he started the Sivanandashram. In 1936 was born The Divine Life Society. In 1948 the Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy was organized. Dissemination of spiritual knowledge and training of people in Yoga and Vedanta were their aim and object. In 1950 he undertook a lightning tour of India and Ceylon. In 1953 he convened a 'World Parliament Reliogions'. He is the author of over 300 volumes and has disciples all over the world, belonging to all nationalities, religions and creeds. To read his works is to drink at the fountain of Wisdom Supreme. On 14th July, 1963 he entered Mahasamadhi.
Several letters have been received by Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj daily from people who suffer from this fashionable disease called insomnia.
It is undoubtedly a product of modern materialistic civilisation with its artificial life, emotional existence and rain on man's nerve-power. But saying that does not give relief.
This book has been specially written by Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj to serve the needs of the sleepless. For the benefit of people of different temperaments. Sri Swamiji has given different methods of treatment. One who adopts Swamiji's Adhyatmik prescriptions will feel like one who, searching for a glass of water to quench his thirst, chanced upon a jarful of the nectar that confers immortality on him.
This book will not only help cure sleeplessness, but will awaken man from the slumber of ignorance and lead him to the Supreme State of Sleepless Sleep-Samadhi or Nirvana.
----THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY
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