Swami Sivananda Saraswati
Swami Sivananda was born on 8th September 1887.
He was initiated into Dashnami Sannyasa in 1924 and founded the Divine Life Society in Rishikesh in 1936 and ultimately the Rishikesh Ashram. He left his body on the 5th December 1963. During his lifetime he guided thousands of disciples and aspirants all over the world and authored over 200 books.
“Put yourself in the place of others. Learn this great secret. What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others. So do not think of the good deeds you have done and do not even expect any thanks for what you do. If you help someone, never remember it and if someone helps you, never forget it.” – Swami Sivananda
Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Swami Satyananda was born on 24th December 1923.
He met Swami Sivananda in 1943 and lived with him in Rishikesh where he was initiated into Dashnami Sannyasa. In 1955 he left his Guru’s ashram to live as a wandering mendicant and later founded the International Yoga Fellowship in 1963 and the Bihar School Of Yoga in 1964. Over the next 20 years he toured internationally and authored over 80 books. In 1987 he moved to Rikhia and founded Sivananda Math where the Rikhiapeeth ashram is now thriving. It has propelled the surrounding villages out of poverty and provides schools, medical care, pensions for the elderly and much, much more. Swami Satyananda left his body on the 5th December 2009 at midnight.
“So, there are two objectives which yoga has to fulfil in our lives, but whichever is our objective there is one thing which is common to both. Whether you want happiness and health or you want inner experience, you must have a disciplined mind. You must have a disciplined mind because without it you cannot achieve anything in this world or in the inner world.” – Swami Satyananda
Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati
Swami Niranjanananda was born on 14th February 1960.
At the age of 4 he joined the Bihar School of Yoga and was initiated into Dashnami Sannyasa at the age of 10. From 1971 he travelled overseas and toured many countries. In 1993 he was anointed Preceptor in succession to Swami Satyananda, He has inspired, instructed and been the guiding light for thousands of yoga aspirants and devotees world-wide. His decisions as an administrator have been flawless and his guidance to people illuminating. In 2008, Swami Niranjanananda reached a turning point in his life and retired as an administrator although he will continue to guide and inspire the people for as long as he lives.
“The idea of service is not only serving somebody, but also connecting with a feeling, a thought, an act, and recognizing it to be a way to attain inner purification as well. Everything can go through a process of change and transformation. Everything can be purified, transformed and transcended. It is the understanding of yoga that in this life, everyone has the ability to transform, to change and to transcend, provided they make the effort.”- Swami Niranjanananda
Swami Satyasangananda Saraswati (Swami Satsangi)
Swami Satyasangananda was born on 24th March 1953.
From the age of 22 she experienced inner awakenings which led her to her Guru, Swami Satyananda, who she travelled ceaselessly with, for many years. She is now in charge of Rikhiapeeth and all that surrounds it.
“What is yoga? Yoga is living a natural life, a life in which you are able to understand yourself.” – Swami Satsangi