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.

November 21, 2017
Song of God (Bhagavad Gita) Chapter 17 Slokas 27-28

  The discussion on faith is thus beautifully wound up. Adherence to the scripture is good. It presupposes faith in the scripture and in God. In the absence of a scripture it is permissible to pursue one’s own nature, with faith in oneself. Here it is good to bear in mind the ...

November 22, 2017
Bhagavad Gita - Song of God - Chapter 18: 1-2

At the close of chapter 16, Krishna had emphasized the importance of following scriptural injunctions. The next chapter answered Arjuna’s question: “If one did not know the scriptural injunctions but was endowed with faith, what happens to him?” Now in this chapter Arjuna asks the other question:

November 23, 2017
Song of God (Bhagavad Gita) Chapter 18 Slokas 3-4

Society in those days was divided into two sections. There were those who followed the karma kāṇḍa (ritualistic portion) of the vedā and to whom those rituals were too sacred ever to be abandoned. There we ...