Welcome

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.

June 24, 2024
Bhagavad Gita - Song of God - Chapter 8: 21-22

Being beyond the intellect and definition, the absolute (eternal godhead) is attainable only by devotion. Faith, love and total self-surrender are the only means here; not intellectuality, reasoning or ratiocination. Intellect is but a creature of the  ...

June 25, 2024
Song of God (Bhagavad Gita) — Chapter VIII: 23-26

These verses can be taken literally or symbolically. What is there during the day that you find absent at night?  The sun, the representative of the light. Thus, these verses may mean that if you ...

June 26, 2024
Bhagavad Gita - Song of God - Chapter VIII 27-28

What man who has clearly understood this continual birth-death-rebirth cycle and the endless miseries that it brings with it, could be foolish and blind enough to cling to ...