Welcome to the Swami Venkatesananda Website.  We are currently revising a newer version (but it is not yet posted to the web). 

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.

It with great sadness that we announce that Robert Franke, our long time webmaster,  programmer and host of SwamiVenkatesananda.org passed away at the end of 2021.  We owe Robert much of the credit for this site and also the new site which was he on the way to completing when he was hospitalized and where he remained until he passed away.  This has not only delayed our new version of our website, but currently makes it difficult to update the old site. If you spot a problem or have difficulty with something, please let us know.  

In the meantime, we have added some new audio to our What's New section.  There are four dozen new talks (48), with the latest ones being added on August 15th, 2022.

Thank you for your patience. 

Daily Readings

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

December 9, 2023
The Song of God (Bhagavad Gita) Chapter 18 Slokas 37-39

There is a declaration in the upaniṣad that all the pleasures of this universe are a drop in the ocean of bliss that is God. Yet, tāmasa pleasure is ‘delusive of the self’, i.e. it prevents us from ...

December 9, 2023
Venkatesa Daily Readings Vol 1 - Yoga Has No Need for Likes & Dislikes

Yoga does not prohibit people from enjoying life. It does not demand that one should cut oneself completely away from all the pleasures of life. We have a weakness for surrounding ourselves with ...

December 9, 2023
Insights and Inspirations — Venkatesa Daily Readings Vol 2 — The Touchstone of Enlightenment

The touchstone or the characteristic of enlightenment itself is that it never sleeps, it is never taken unawares. The price of freedom is this unwinking vigilance - in the words of ...