Yogi who travelled to Rishikesh and transformed the world
Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati was born in 1923 at Almora (Uttrakhand) in the farmers family. At the age of eighteen, he left his home to seek a spiritual master. In 1943 at the age of twenty, he met his guru Sivananda Saraswati the founder of the Divine Life Society and started living at Sivananda’s ashram in Rishikesh. Swami Sivananda initiated him into the Dashnam Order of Sannyasa on 12 September 1947 on the banks of the Ganges and gave him the name of Swami Satyananda Saraswati. He stayed with Sivananda for a further nine years but received formal instruction from him.
In 1956, Sivananda sent Satyananda away to spread his teachings. Basing himself in Munger, Bihar, he wandered as a mendicant travelling through India, Afghanistan, Nepal, Burma and Ceylon for the next seven years, extending his knowledge of spiritual practices and spending some time in seclusion.
In 1962 Satyananda established the International Yoga Fellowship Movement in Rajnandgaon. IYFM inspired the establishment of ashrams and yoga centers spiritually guided by Swami Satyananda in India and all over the world.
In 1964, he founded the Bihar School of Yoga at Munger, with the intention that it would act as a centre of training for future yoga teachers as well as offer courses on yoga and he wrote over 80 books, including his popular 1969 manual Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha.
Swami Satyananda’s teachings are based on the yoga teachings of Swami Sivananda. They emphasize an integral approach known as the Satyananda System of Yoga. They present yoga as a holistic lifestyle to enhance the quality of life, In this way the Swami Satyananda system of yoga addresses the qualities of head, heart and hands – intellect, emotion and action – and attempts to integrate the physical, psychological and spiritual dimensions of yoga in each practice.
The more energy you spend in serving others, the more divine energy will flow into you.
“Swami Satyananda Saraswati”
Source :- Shivananda library and Google