1962 – Swami Sivananda’s Good Wishes

From Mere Aradhya by Swami Dharmashakti Saraswati

Sri Swami Satyananda wrote a letter to Swami Sivananda in Rishikesh, informing him about the establishment of the International Yoga Fellowship Movement and seeking his blessings for the success of the mission. Soon a benedictory letter from Swami Sivananda arrived:

Divine Spirit


I send my heartiest congratulations to you all for starting the International Yoga Fellowship Movement. May God Almighty grant total success to this noble mission of yours. I am sending the prasad of Lord Vishwanath for the same.

Spiritual peace is the hallmark of the Indian civilization. It is a divine quality, pertaining to the realm of the spirit. This peace blossoms in a pure heart. Whether you call it peace or liberation, spirit or God, it is one and the same thing. This peace is attainable through meditation, devotion, japa and prayer.

It is impossible to fi nd peace through the acquisition of wealth or other worldly objects. One who abandons passions and desires attains everlasting peace.

Remove the hatred, greed, delusion, selfi shness and jealousy deeply ingrained in human society and spread the message of inner peace. Only inner peace can lead to world peace. That alone is true service of humanity. May God aid and assist you in the great task that lies ahead of you.

With faith, love and Om

Divine Life Society,

Swami Sivananda Saraswati

Sivananda Nagar (Rishikesh)