Swami Sivananda Saraswati Early Life
Swami Sivananda Saraswati was born on 8 September 1887 in Pattamadai, Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu. He was a famous philosopher, Vedantist, writer, reformer and Yoga learner. His early name was Kuppuswamy and the third son of his parents. Since his childhood days, he was very brilliant in studies. He completed his formal education in the local school. Later, Sivananda Saraswati joined in a medical school in Tanjore. He had a profound knowledge of medicine, so he started a medical journal called Ambrosia. When he completed the medical course, he started medicine and joined in a hospital in Malaya. He treated poor people without collecting s single penny and famed as a reputable doctor. He worked ten years in Malaya, suddenly he minds filled to know the superficial knowledge. So he left Malaya and reached India in 1923 to pursue quench for the spiritual knowledge.
Swami Sivananda Saraswati as Yogi
As soon as he came to India, Sivananda went on pilgrimage and travelled throughout India for the answers to his questions. He visited many holy shrines and did meditation for a long time. He had been wondering as a monk and visited pilgrimage site of Rameshvaram. There he gave speeches and conducted Sankirtans. He also visited Maharishi Shuddhananda Bharati in Sri Aurobindo Ashram and discussed his inner thoughts and doubts. There he got the clarification of his doubts and received the title of Maharishi. Later, Sivananda visits Ramana Ashram in Arunachal and med Ramana Maharshi. There Sivananda sang the bhajans of various Gods with his honey tone.
Swami Sivananda Saraswati Achievements
He founded the ‘Divine Life Society’ in 1936 which give training in Yoga and Vedanta. He also formed the ‘Sivananda Ashram’ on the banks of holy river Ganges in Rishikesh. The Ashram is the headquarters of ‘Divine Life Society’, many followers of Sivananda Saraswati accompanied to learn Yoga and learn the principles of Swamiji. He wrote around 200 books on ‘Yoga’, Philosophy and various subjects. He spent a major part of the time in the Ashram. Many students came to know about the spiritual services of Sivananda Saraswati and joined in the Ashram to become disciples. In 1945 he founded the Indian traditional Ayurvedic Pharmacy to bring back the glory of ancient medical treatment. He invited all-World Religions ambassadors to bring the different aspects of religious cultivation. In 1940, he also established All-world Sadhus Federation.
He also established famous Sivananda Eye Hospital in 1957 with ten beds, gradually the hospital evolved as a major hospital in India. This great Yogi Sivananda Saraswati left us and attained Maha Samadhi on 14th July 1963.