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Both a renowned Sanskrit scholar and yogi, Swami Venkatesananda - like his master, Swami Sivananda - can be regarded as a sage of practical wisdom.

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Daily Readings

The next three daily readings are shown below. You may also view a complete listing on our Calendar of Daily Readings.

April 18, 2019
Song of God (Bhagavad Gita) - Chapter V: 1-3

The confusion arose over a misunderstanding of verse forty-one of the previous chapter! The word ‘saṁnyᾱsa’ meant (and means even now to the narrow-minded, orthodox bigot) giving up of all ...

April 18, 2019
Venkatesa Daily Readings Vol 1 — Unnecessary Burdens

We endeavour to cover up our present sorrow with hope in a distant future.  Hope does not eradicate sorrow. It is accompanied by fear that the hope may be in vain. It leads to progressively ...

April 18, 2019
Insights and Inspirations (Venkatesa Daily Readings Vol 2) — Importance of Pranayama

In order to come face-to-face with that which we called prana, Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras (The Yoga Sutra of Pantanjali)prescribes a very simple technique. The text says: