Swami Sivananda Saraswati

One of my favorite spiritual books is called “Meditation on OM” by the late and great Swami Sivananda Saraswati of Rishikesh, India (1887 – 1963). Swami Sivananda was a medical doctor and also an accomplished yogi. He was a prolific writer, authoring almost 300 books during his lifetime. I hold the late swami in high esteem because in his writings, he teaches that the Sacred Syllable OM is God (Divine Spirit) in both personal and non-personal forms. So, OM is the Name and Sound Vibration by which one can overcome duality, even in religious and spiritual ways. So, as one chants OM or meditates on OM, one is honoring God (called Brahman in the Hindu path) as both Pure Spirit and human-avatar forms like Rama, Krishna, Buddha, and Jesus. Swami Sivananda wrote highly of Lord Buddha and Lord Jesus emphasizing the importance of compassion and loving kindness in one’s spiritual journey. While Swami was an accomplished guru and teacher, it is his simplicity that draws me to his books and teachings. Thank you, Swami Sivananda for your teachings. Namaste.

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