Swami Vishwananda Saraswati

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Swami Vishwananda Saraswati was a late 19th-century to early 20th-century yogi, who is most remembered as the guru of Swami Sivananda Saraswati, founder of the Divine Life Society and a prominent yogi and guru in his own right.

Swami Vishwananda Saraswati belonged to the Sringeri Matha, or monastery, that was established by Sri Adi Sankaracharya in the 8th century. Sankaracharya, or Sankara as he was often referred to, is credited with consolidating the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta, one of the classic Hindu schools of thought and with codifying the dashnami sannyasa tradition.

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Vishwananda Saraswati was, therefore, a key link in the lineage of what is known today as Satyananda yoga, which was developed by Swami Satyananda Saraswati (a student of Sivananda Saraswati). This style of yoga incorporates aspects of Jnana, Bhakti and Karma yoga, employing the physical practice of asanas, as well as energy work and meditation.

Vishwananda Saraswati encouraged and supported Sivananda, initiating him into the sannyasa order in 1924 in the Ganges River and giving him his monastic name. Because he spent such a brief time with Sivananda, however, Vishwananda did not perform the full ceremony in which Sivananda took up his vows. That was performed later by another swami.

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