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Divine Life Society

"Meditation is a positive vital dynamic process. It transforms man into Divinity."

                                                                                                                                - Sri Swami Sivananda

About Us:

The Divine Life Society is a spiritual organization and an ashram, founded by Swami Sivananda Saraswati in 1936, at Muni Ki Reti, Rishikesh, India. Today it has branches across the world, the headquarters, Sivananda Ashram, Shivanandanagar, Muni-Ki-Reti being situated in Rishikesh. His disciples have started independent organizations in Mauritius, US, Australia, Canada, Malaysia, South Africa, South America, and Europe. It propagates Yoga and Vedanta, and Ethical and Spiritual Culture of India. It also promotes Universal Love the Unity of Religions, the Ideals of Brotherhood and the Spirit of Service among Mankind.


Sivānanda Saraswati (8th September 1887 – 14th July 1963) was born inTamil Nadu. He was a Hindu spiritual teacher and a proponent of Yoga and Vedanta. He also is a founder of Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy (1948) and an author of over 200 books on yoga, Vedanta and a variety of subjects. He established Sivananda Ashram, the headquarters of The Divine Life Society(DLS) on the banks of the Ganges at Shivanandanagar, at a distance of 3 kilometres from Rishikesh. Swamiji started a charitable dispensary at Lakshmanjula in 1927.

Aims and Mission:

It aims is to disseminate spiritual knowledge in the following ways:

  • Through publication of books, pamphlets and magazines on the subjects of Yoga and Vedanta

  • Holding and arranging spiritual conferences and discourses (Satsang)

  • Establishing training centers for the practice of Yoga

  • Enabling aspirants to develop their spiritual lives via systematic training in yoga and philosophy

  • Establishing charitable organizations

  • Preservation of the ancient traditions and cultural practices of India


The noble Mission of Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj was to bring about the needed transformation in man, to gradually eradicate the animal in him and to unfold the Divinity within to its perfection.

This transformation is needed by everyone, irrespective of caste, creed, colour, country, sex, position high or low, and the Society therefore attracts seeking souls from all walks of life and from every country with very practicable ways.

Key Points:

This style of yoga is based on five principles - classic asanas, pranayama, relaxation, vegetarian diet, positive thinking and meditation.

The Five Points of Yoga include:

  • Proper Exercise - asana

  • Proper Breathing - pranayama

  • Proper Relaxation - savasana

  • Proper Diet - vegetarian

  • Positive Thinking and Meditation - Vedanta and Dhyana

Sivananda Yoga practice consists of twelve basic poses often with variations added to increase strength, flexibility, proper breathing, and ease in meditation.

A typical yoga session also includes the practice of sun salutation and incorporates some mantra chanting, meditation, and deep relaxation.