To work for spiritual uplift of mankind,
To bring peace and bliss to every home,
I established the Divine Life Mission.'
Thus proclaimed Worshipful Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, the illustrious founder of The Divine Life Society. With the sacred aim of bringing peace and joy in everyone's life by dissemination of spiritual knowledge and charitable activities, Worshipful Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, a glittering star in the modern spiritual firmament, established The Divine Life Society in 1936.
In the Holy Master's own words, "Divine Life Movement is a plan of life and a goal that is common and acceptable to all upon earth who wish to rise above sorrow and obtain lasting Bliss. The basis of this movement is adherence to the triple ideals of truth, non-violence and purity- the common fundamental tenets of all the religion throughout the world. Anyone with the above ideals is welcome to become a member of the Divine Life Society."
Our Beloved Master Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj's only religion was to serve humanity and his only mission was to remould man in the image of God and to make his life on earth a Life Divine. Therefore, his institution's only motto is selfless service for the spiritual awakening of mankind. The Divine Life Society carries out its noble mission of world-wide revival of spirituality through publication of books, magazines and pamphlets dealing scientifically with all the aspects of Yoga and Vedanta, universal religion and philosophy, by organizing cultural and spiritual conferences and establishing training centers for the practice of Yoga and Vedanta. The Society also conducts three 2-month courses every year to give seekers the basic knowledge of India's culture and to train them in the practice of Yoga and Vedanta. To inspire the young generation of India in their formative years, the Society organizes Spiritual and Personality Development Camps for the children and youth.
‘Love all and serve all' - Following the divine dictum of the Master, the Divine Life Society renders its loving services to the poor and the needy through its various service projects. Educational aid is offered to local needy children and children from the hill areas from kindergarten to post-graduate level. Poor patients are taken care of through Sivananda Charitable Hospital and handicapped, destitute and homeless patients are looked after in Sivananda Home. The Society supports three leper colonies of Brahmapuri, Laxmanjhula and Dhalwala in Rishikesh to enable the miserable lepers to lead their lives in a respectful way and it also contributes towards different relief works in the country. Thus, through its multifarious activities, the Society preaches the Holy Master's universal religion of cosmic love and selfless service as a means to God-realisation.
The Society has branches all over the world and the Headquarters of the Society is at Sivananda Ashram, Shivanandanagar, Tehri-Garhwal, Uttarakhanda. Situated in the sylvan surroundings on the sacred banks of Mother Ganga, the Institution is basically a monastic set-up where 200 spiritual aspirants are engaged in Sadhana for their personal spiritual progress and selfless service for the welfare of the humanity. The beautiful, pure and serene atmosphere of the Ashram makes it an ideal place for Sadhana and attracts the spiritual seekers all over the world.
‘I live to serve. I live to make you all happy. I live to help you all in destroying the ignorance and in attaining the Goal of life - Kaivalya, the final Beatitude.' - Swami Sivananda