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 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 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 Rshikesh in 1924, practiced intense austerities and shone as a great Yogi, saint, sage and Jivanmukta.
In 1932 Swami Sivananda started the Sivanandasharm. 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 Swamiji undertook a lightning tour of India and Ceylon. In 1953 Swamiji convened a 'World Parliament of Regions'. Swamiji is the author of over 300 volumes and has disciples all over the world, belonging to all nationalities, religion and creeds. To read Swamiji works is to drink at the Fountain of Wisdom Supreme. On 14th july, 1963 Swamiji entered Mahasamadhi.
This Volume owes its birth to Sri Dr. Frederick Spiegelberg, Professor of Stanford University, California, U.S.A., who was charmed when, at a Satsang held during his stay at Ananda Kutir in 1949, Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj read out to him a few humorous compositions of his "Swamiji" said Dr. Frederick, "this is just the thing wanted by the people today. They would love the humour, but would unconsciously learn a spiritual lesson. The impression made by such teaching would be profound and lasting." This publication itself is a token of our gratitude to Dr. Frederick Spiegelberg.
1.Whims of Sadhus
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