Top 10 Quotes by Swami Sivananda
Sivananda Saraswati was a yogi who played an integral role in the development of yoga as a living science in the modern world and whose legacy continues in the Sivananda Yoga tradition. Born on September 8, 1887 in Pattamadai in the southern state of Tamil Nadu in India, Sivananda grew up devoted to academics, excelled in gymnastics and gravitated towards religious, humanitarian and spiritual endeavours. He went on to attend medical school in Thanjavur and subsequently worked as a physician in Malaysia, where he was known to sometimes provide free treatment for the poor and needy.
After years of experience in the medical field, Sivananda developed an interest in the metaphysical side of healing and decided to go on a spiritual pilgrimage throughout India. While on his travels, people heard of his energy, enthusiasm and unique teachings of intangible healing and his devotees grew in numbers. He eventually opened a charitable clinic, started an Ayurvedic pharmacy and founded his own yoga ashram on the foothills of the Himalayas. In addition, he created The Divine Life Society which communicated the ideals of truth, purity, non-violence and self-realization. “Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realize,” was the motto behind his guidance.
Swami Sivananda breathed his last breath in 1963 at the age of seventy-five, but his legacy continues in his hundreds of published works of literature based on the teachings of yoga from both philosophical and medical perspectives. In fact, many of today’s yoga styles, such as Integral Yoga and the Bihar School of Yoga, actually originated from Swami Sivananda’s disciplines. His tradition continues through the Sivananda Yoga Centres and Ashrams throughout the world.
Here are the top 10 quotes by Swami Sivananda:
1. On Character and Self-Control
“Every temptation that is resisted, every evil thought that is curbed, every desire that is subdued, every bitter word that is withheld, every noble aspiration that is encouraged, every sublime thought that is cultivated, adds to the development of will-force, good character, and attainment of eternal bliss and immortality.”
2. On being Humble
“Humility is not cowardice. Meekness is not weakness. Humility and meekness are indeed spiritual powers.”
3. On Equality and Respect
“Be tolerant. Behold the unity of all faiths, cults, creeds and religions. Respect the views, opinions and sentiments of all.”
4. On Forgiveness
“Forget like a child any injury done by somebody immediately. Never keep it in the heart. It kindles hatred.”
5. On Peace
“Individual Peace paves the way for world peace. The attainment of inner calm is the greatest work you can do for humanity.”
6. On Love and Respect
“Your duty is to treat everybody with love as a manifestation of the Lord.”
7. On Learning and Knowledge
“Be for ever a student. He and he alone is an old man who feels that he has learnt enough and has need for no more knowledge.”
8. On the Consequences of one’s Actions
“A mountain is composed of tiny grains of earth. The ocean is made up of tiny drops of water. Even so, life is but an endless series of little details, actions, speeches, and thoughts. And the consequences whether good or bad of even the least of them are far-reaching.”
9. On Fear
“Don’t fear the darkness if you carry the light within.”
10. On Empowerment
“You are the Master of your own Destiny.”
Which of these quotes by Swami Sivananda resonate with you? Leave your thoughts and comments below.
These are some great quotes. I particularly liked quote 4. That is so true that it kindles or grows hate rather. The problem is to let it go. I will remember this quote whenever I do feel this way. Thank you.
Letting go can sometimes be the hardest thing to do, Owain. Take it step by step.
Two quotes I really relate with #9 “Don’t fear the darkness if you carry the light within.” and #10 “You are the Master of your own Destiny.” Both of these resound very loud and true with me.
Yes, those are very meaningful ones indeed!
I really enjoyed reading your post! I love quotes and you have some very good ones here. I especially liked the last one, “You are the master of your own destiny.” It is so true. You can blame everything and everyone around you, but in the end everything is on you. If you’re not happy with where you are in life, than change it. Thank you for sharing this!
You’re welcome Mira! And I absolutely agree: If you’re not happy with where you are in life, than change it.
Have a great day!
Wow, awesome. I love looking at quotes, and these ones seem to be great. I really like the power and message behind number 10, because in essence, it IS true. We are the creators of our destiny, the sooner people realize that the easier it will be for them to start carving out their end-game, which is what they will have accomplished at the end of their life.
This is a great post and definitely an eye-opener, so thank you so much!
Glad you enjoyed it, Brandon. You’re welcome!
Wow! – I absolutely love this quote post!
I’m not sure If I have a favorite one among these, it’s like going to a buffet with so many options of beautiful food to choose from and you cannot make up your mind, you know what I mean =)
Thanks, I have added this post to bookmarks so I can return to it often.
Please do! Looking forward to your input!
Such uplifting thoughts. If filled me with positivity. I liked the last one “You are the Master of your own Destiny.” It’s so true and very inspiring. I would surely come back to your site for more positive thoughts.
Glad you enjoyed the quotes Demi!
Nice work Andrea,
I love number 1 and number 7: self control and knowledge always take you far. Thanks for sharing!
1 and 7 are very powerful quotes indeed. You’re welcome!