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 3, 2023
Insights and Inspirations - More On Nothing Comes & Nothing Goes.

Death does not come from somewhere, and life doesn't go from here. Nothing leaves the body, nothing comes into the body. The body    disintegrates, decomposes, because that's the normal thing to do. It's doing that even now. Since it's not able to get any nutrition from outside, there's no buildi

December 3, 2023
Bhagavad Gita - Song of God - Chapter 18: 23-25

Lord Krishna’s path is one of ‘adventure with calculated risk’. He does not encourage weak-heartedness or impotence. Nor does he encourage self-destructive foolhardiness. The third of the above verses warns us that we should calculate the consequences, not with pessimistic withdrawal but in order

December 4, 2023
Bhagavad Gita - Song of God - Chapter 18: 26-28

If the light within (knowledge) that illumines our life and the actions that proceed in that light are sāttvika or pure, obviously the agent will also be pure. But no. Krishna does not let us take anything for granted. In the bloodless, weaponless inn