Spirituality, Spiritual Life and God-Realisation by Swami Sivananda Radha

Swami Swami Sivananda Radha on spirituality, spiritual life and God-realisation:

Swami Radha Sivananda on Swami Sivananda, His lineage and surrendering to a Guru.

Swami Sivananda Radha (1911–1995) was a German Yogini who emigrated to Canada and founded Yasodhara Ashram in British Columbia. She established a Western based lineage in the tradition of the Saraswati Order and published books on several branches of Yoga, including Kundalini Yoga for the West and Mantras; Words of Power. She was a member of the California Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and developed transpersonal psychology workshops to help students prepare for intense spiritual practice. Teachers trained at Yasodhara Ashram can now be found across North America and in Europe, the Caribbean, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

Swami Sivananda Radha was among the prominent disciples of Swami Sivananda. She developed new organizations that are not affiliated to the original ashrams run by the Divine Life Society. Swami Sivananda Radha established an independent and primarily female, Western lineage as part of the Saraswati Order.

This is now lead by Swami Radhananda Saraswati, spiritual director of Yasodhara Ashram. She initiates aspirants and has oversight of the work of non-profit organizations supporting teachers in different countries.Radhananda has described her spiritual training at the feet of Swami Radha in her memoir, Carried by a Promise: a Life Transformed by Yoga.

Swami Sivananda Radha formed the Timeless Books imprint in 1978 and wrote many books of yoga, including Kundalini Yoga for the West, Hatha Yoga: The Hidden Language, The Divine Light Invocation and Mantras: Words of Power. Her memoirs are published in Radha: Diary of a Woman’s Search and her experiences with gurus and other spiritual teachers are reported in In the Company of the Wise. Her books have been translated into 5 languages.

Swami Sivananda Radha died peacefully at her teaching centre in Spokane, in Washington State, in the early morning, 30 November 1995.


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