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Divine Life Society

Divine Life Society
Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realize
Formation 1936
Founder Swami Sivananda
Type Religious organization
Legal status Foundation
Purpose Educational, Philanthropic, Religious studies, Spirituality
Headquarters Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
  • 300 Branches
Area served
Website .org.dlshqwww

The Divine Life Society (DLS) is a spiritual organization and an

  • The official website of Divine Life Society
  • The other official website of Divine Life Society
  • Swami Krishnananda, former General Secretary of the Divine Life Society

Related links

  • Sivananda and the Divine Life Society: A Paradigm of the "secularism," "puritanism" and "cultural Dissimulation" of a Neo-Hindu Religious Society, by Robert John Fornaro. Published by Syracuse University, 1969.
  • From man to God-man: the inspiring life-story of Swami Sivananda, by N. Ananthanarayanan. Published by Indian Publ. Trading Corp., 1970.
  • Swami Sivananda and the Divine Life Society: An Illustration of Revitalization Movement, by Satish Chandra Gyan. Published by s.n, 1979.
  • Swami Sivananda's books

Further reading

  1. ^ Divine Life Society
  2. ^ Divine Life Society Divine enterprise: Gurus and the Hindu Nationalist Movement, by Lise McKean. University of Chicago Press, 1996. ISBN 0-226-56009-0. Page 164=165.
  3. ^ Swami Shivananda Religion and anthropology: a critical introduction, by Brian Morris. Cambridge University Press, 2006. ISBN 0-521-85241-2. Page 144.
  4. ^ Introduction


  • Survey of Hindu organisations

See also

Branches are found in Australia, Canada, Malaysia, South Africa.


  • Sivananda Ashram is the headquarters of the Divine Life Society.
  • Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy trains seekers in the practice of yoga as a general discipline for personal integration as well as for human welfare.
  • Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy Press prints the cultural and spiritual books as well as the journals and other literature of the Divine Life Society.
  • Sivananda Publication League is the publishing arm of the Divine Life Society.
  • The Free Literature Section freely distributes books and other literature to seekers and aspirants worldwide.
  • Sivananda Charitable Hospital renders free medical service to the public and conducts periodical medical relief camps freely.
  • Sivananda Home Takes care of food, clothing and medical needs of Destitute Patients
Sivananda Jhula Bridge across the Ganges at Muni Ki Reti, built in 1980s, close to the Kutir of Swami Sivananda
Interiors of the Sivananda Samadhi temple, Divine Life Society, Muni Ki Reti, Rishikesh


In 1936, after returning from a pilgrimage, Swami Sivananda stayed in an old hut on the banks of the Ganges in Rishikesh. Other disciples desirous of his company stayed with him in difficult circumstances. Eventually, he started the Divine Life Society to serve mankind. The King of Tehri Garhwal granted him a plot of land to construct the present day Shivanandashram.[4] Chidananda Saraswati served as president of the society from August 1963 to 28 August 2008, while Krishnananda Saraswati served as the General-Secretary of the Society in Rishikesh from 1958 until 2001.


  • through publication of books, pamphlets and magazines on the subjects of Yoga and Vedanta
  • holding and arranging spiritual conferences and discourses (Satsang)
  • establishing training centers for the practice of Yoga
  • enabling aspirants to develop their spiritual lives via systematic training in yoga and philosophy
  • establishing charitable organizations
  • through the preservation of the ancient traditions and cultural practices of India

Its aim is to disseminate spiritual knowledge in the following ways:

Sivananda Kutir at Sivananda Ghat, and Sivananda Ashram above, Rishikesh



  • Aims 1
    • History 1.1
  • Departments 2
  • Branches 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • Further reading 6
  • Related links 7


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