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Series: My Heroes and Portraits
40cm x 30cm.
Oil on canvas.
Ref # 200423.
Completed December 2004.
Swami Satyananda Saraswati was born in Almorah (UP) in 1923. He joined his Guru, Swami Sivananda Saraswati, in Rishikesh (UP), and adopted the Dashnami Sannyasa life in 1943. He served his Guru's mission for 12 years in many capacities.
In 1955 he left Rishikesh to travel throughout India as a wandering ascetic to assess the needs of modern society. In 1956 he founded the International Yoga Fellowship Movement and, in 1963, the Bihar School of Yoga. He founded Sivananda Math, a social and charitable institution to help the weaker, underprivileged sections of society in 1984 and the Yoga Research Foundation, a scientific research oriented yoga organization, in 1984.
I met Swami Satyananda at Mangrove Mountain and was initiated into sannyas at that time. In the 80s I worked with the Satyananda Ashram in Australia in using biofeedback machines with yoga practices to aid in relaxation, meditation and in the treatment of hypertension.
In 1988 he renounced his mission, adopting Kshetra Sannayasa and now lives as a Paramhansa Sannayasin.