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.

July 12, 2024
Bhagavad Gita - Song of God - Chapter 9: 28-29


Liberation is from ignorance; renunciation is of its offspring – egoism and mineness. When the devotee of the omnipresence humbly performs all the activities of his life as worship of God, he is liberated from ignorance and the ignorant belief that ...

July 13, 2024
Bhagavad Gita - Song of God - Chapter 9: 30-31

Judaism and Islam, in particular, have declarations that only God is worthy of our worship. May I humbly suggest that in these two verses ...

December 13, 2024
Venkatesa Daily Readings Vol 1 —Pure Awareness: The Disappearance of Distinctions

When you observe yourself doing japa, you are aware of the mantra being repeated and heard within yourself. These two, sound and hearing are inseparable, the distinction being  ...