Welcome to the revised Swami Venkatesananda Website.

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

Focusing on issues that concern and unite all branches of yoga, it is our intention to provide materials that will enrich and enliven your understanding and practice of yoga.

Daily Readings

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

September 26, 2016
Bhagavad Gita - Song of God - Chapter 13: 24-27

‘Samaṁ’ has been translated ‘equally’; but ‘samely’ would express it better. ‘Equally’ suggests quantitative similarity. ‘Sameness’ is much more than quantitative or qualitative similarity, for it expresses ...

September 27, 2016
Venkatesa Daily Readings Vol 2 - Speaking of Meditation

I do not know what meditation is. What I 'say' is not meditation, but a description of it. The description is a shadow, not the substance. The technique that we teach and learn is a technique, not meditation. True meditation is ...

September 27, 2016
Bhagavad Gita - Song of God - Chapter 13: 29

The cause of sin and suffering is the self-hypnosis of the puruṣa (the individual soul) in feeling that he is somehow involved in the world and particularly in the body; that it is he who ...