The Divine Life Society is a shining example of the creative aspect of the Divinity within man. It is a remarkable achievement of the Founder, His Holiness Sri Swami Sivananda, who from the year 1936, has built up the wonderful mansion of 'Divine Life' brick by brick, on the firm foundations of purity, integrity, nobility and magnanimity. The ideals of the Society are lofty, most practicable and within the reach of every human being, irrespective of position, caste, colour, country and creed. The Institution caters to the cultural needs of all ranks of people, to whatever class they may belong. Each one can tap whatever suits him the best according to his stature and intellectual or spiritual attainments. The holy river Ganga flows by the side of the Ashram, coming down from the icy regions of the Himalayas, carrying with her the message of seers and sages of the past and the present, thus in a way keeping intact the connection between the ancient and the modern and nourishing the body and the mind of the wearied soul in its earthly sojourn. There is also available a Jnana Ganga (river of knowledge) emanating from the prolific pen of the Great Master Sri Swami Sivananda and his direct disciples, whom the Master has chiselled and moulded into his own pattern with the laudable idea of enabling them to continue and further the cause of his lofty mission.
The lofty ideal of 'Divine Life' has its humble beginning in the building of a true human being, even as the fine superstructure has its small start in the foundation. Just as the strength of a building depends on its foundation which remains silent and invisible, so is the achievement of the Divine dependent on the strenuous preparation of man, to annihilate the animal in him, to develop the human nature and to allow it to blossom into Godliness. Thus there is no Divine Life without one being, or trying to become, human first, and one cannot claim to be a human being merely because he walks on two legs and talks with his tongue. It is our attitude, our behaviour and our dealings with others that go to decide whether we are humans, sub-humans or superhumans. What is our attitude to our fellow-beings, to ourselves and to the Creator? This will decide what we are. Hence the noble Mission of Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj was to bring about the needed transformation in man, to gradually eradicate the animal in him and to unfold the Divinity within to its perfection. This transformation is needed by everyone, irrespective of caste, creed, colour, country, sex, position high or low, and the Society therefore attracts seeking souls from all walks of life and from every country.
The Divine Life Society carries out its object of a world-wide revival of spirituality through publication of books, pamphlets and magazines dealing scientifically with all the aspects of Yoga and Vedanta, universal religion and philosophy, and ancient medicine; holding and arranging cultural and spiritual conferences and discourses; establishing training centres for the practice of Yoga and the revival of true culture; and taking such other steps from time to time as may be necessary for bringing about a quick moral and spiritual regeneration in the world.
This institution serves as a place of preservation of the ancient traditions and cultural practices that has come down as a time-honoured heritage. It has been built up to serve as a model of many-sided, altruistic activity, an ideal to copy, intended to bring about a complete unfoldment of the human personality, and to reveal the essential blending together of all sides of human nature. The Society also functions as an ideal place of spiritual retreat for the educated citizens of the world, wherein he can renew himself and recreate and refresh his being, physically, mentally, morally and spiritually.
The Sivananda Ashram is a spiritual furnace where the atmosphere is fully charged by the intense sadhana (spiritual efforts) and tapas (austerities) of our many sages and saints over thousands of years. This is a holy place where one's spiritual efforts accelerate naturally as the atmosphere is very conducive to ascent of the spirit.
Rishikesh is 225 km by road north-north-east of Delhi on the Delhi-Badrinath National Highway. Sivananda Ashram is 3 km from Rishikesh, on the way to Badrinath. This region is known as 'Devabhoomi,' region of gods, and the area around the Ashram as Muni-Ki-Reti. Rishikesh is 24 km from the well-known pilgrim centre, Haridwar, and 45 km from Dehra Dun, the capital of the state of Uttarakhand.
IF YOU ARE VISITING THE ASHRAM
The Divine Life Society International Headquarters (Sivananda Ashram) is beautifully laid out on the sylvan Himalayan Foot hills interposed with spurs and saddles and the beautiful Holy River Ganga flowing majestically by its side, at Muni-ki-Reti, 3 Kms. away from the holy city of Rishikesh on the Rishikesh-Badrinath Highway. The setting is so alluring and capturing that all physical and mental ailments are forgotten for a moment and there appears to be a standing invitation by the Hills and Dales and the Sacred Ganga, for periodical visits by people from all Countries and from all strata of society for recoupment and conditioning of both body and mind. Added to this the Ashram is a most Holy Pilgrimage Spot for Spiritual Seekers, Devotees of Gurudev Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj and lovers of God from all over the world. Here live a band of dedicated Sanyasins, Monks and Seekers after Truth trained by the Great Master Sri Swami Sivanandaji, for service to the Humanity. This Holy place has been treaded by the Saints and Sages of yore and there is tangible Spiritual Vibration.
The Sivananda Ashram has a long tradition of hosting Spiritual seekers both from India and Abroad. Those devotees who are desirous of partaking in the programmes and activities of the Ashram and staying in the Ashram for a short period to do Prayer, Meditation and Sadhana, should write a letter or an E-mail introducing himself/herself with full postal address, indicating the purpose of the Visit, number of days of stay, total number of persons accompanying and date of arrival etc. to: The General Secretary, The Divine Life Society, Shivananda nagar - 249 192, Dist-Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India, in the following format or Click here for ACCOMMODATION FORM:
ii. Gender and Age:
iv. Full Residential Address:
v. E-mail Address:
vi. Telephone/Cell No. with Code:
vii. Passport/Photo Id type and number * :
viii. Reference of your known person in the Ashram:
ix. Profession and Brief Spiritual Background:
x. Are you Associated with Divine Life Society & How:
xi. Purpose of Visit:
xii. No. of Persons Accompanying (Indicate Name, Gender and Age):
xiii. Date of Arrival:
xiv. Date of Departure:
* The passport or any photo Identity must be presented at our reception desk on your arrival at Reception along with the copy of our reply letter. This is a requirement as per Govt. Rules.
E-mail: write to General Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Guests, devotees and Visitors are requested to obtain written permission prior to their visit to the Ashram which will facilitate the smooth organization and arrangement of their stay.
Sivananda Ashram is an ideal place for Sadhana (spiritual practice) and swadhyaya (study). It has its spiritual air. The rules and regulations of the Ashram are framed accordingly. Casual visitors who are interested only in sightseeing, trekking, etc. and who have no spiritual motive or programme are usually not encouraged to stay in the Ashram. As good many devotees are eager to visit the Ashram, availability of accommodation should not be taken for granted. The visitor is required to write to the General Secretary by email or regular mail at least one month in advance about his or her intended visit and get written permission from the office of the General Secretary prior to the visit.
Those sincere devotees and seekers who are desirous of interacting with Swmijis regarding Spiritual matters may do so while here at the ashram. The Senior Swamijis and Monks of the ashram will be happy to guide the seekers.
The Ashram accommodation is moderate, designed to meet the basic requirements of a spiritual aspirant.
The accommodation facility available in the Ashram being limited, long stay will not be possible. Our guests and devotees will be provided available accommodation as on their date of arrival and are expected to participate in the daily regular activities including the Early Morning Meditation and Night Satsang of the Ashram. Guests and devotees are also expected to maintain the Sanctity, Discipline of the ashram and abide by the Rules of Ashram.
Food is pure and sattvic (conducive to spiritual practice). Breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as tea in the afternoon are served at the dining hall at set timings which change a little with the seasons. The dining hall bell also announces the meal serving and can be heard throughout the ashram.
Non-vegetarian food, smoking or drinking are not permitted in the Ashram.
The Ashram being a Charitable Organization and Monastery, the guests, visitors and devotees are not charged for accommodation and food. However any Voluntary Donation / Love Offering to carry on with the Society's charitable activities will be gratefully accepted. The sacred task the Holy Master left behind is being carried on by His devoted disciples through the generous donations offered by the devotees and visitors.
Winter (November to February) is a little chilly, due to a strong Himalayan wind. Though the minimum temperature normally does not go below 5 degree C, warm clothing is suggested to protect the body from wind in winter. The monsoon is active from early July to mid-September. There are light rains from mid-December till the end of February. The summer (April to June) climate is quite hot, and if there are scanty winter rains, it may be very hot. People from cold countries are advised not to plan their visit during the summer.
By Air - The Dehra Dun airport is only 18 km from the Ashram. There are only few flights from Delhi .
By Road - Rishikesh is well connected by roads to Delhi, Chandigarh, Shimla, etc.
Railway - Haridwar to Rishikesh is only a branch line. But Haridwar is well connected to Delhi and many other important places.
The Guests, Devotees are requested to make their own travel plans and arrangements. The Ashram has no facility to handle their Travel Requirements.