ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to Swami Venkatesananda who championed the idea of daily readings as the path to daily sadhana, and was the instrument through which this vision manifested. The Gita is known as the work which “condenses” or holds “the essential wisdom of the East.” Who can deny that there is anything as practical as wisdom? And lest we forget just how practical the Gita is in our day-to-day living, Swami Venkatesa’s Gita commentary heightens the appreciation of the practical nature of the Gita, perhaps above and beyond any of our expectations.

Thanks also go to Swami Sushila Ananda and the Chiltern Yoga Trust, for consenting to allowing the book to be republished on the World Wide Web. We owe them our sincere thanks for the opportunity to place the Song of God on the Internet.

Grateful thanks are offered to:

H.H. Sri Swami Chidananda and H.H. Sri Swami Chinmayananda for their gracious Forwards (to the printed edition).

Swami Lakshmi Ananda and Venkataramani for thoroughly editing the manuscript of the printed edition. A special thank you to Swami Lakshmi for being so generous as to allow for the readings to be republished online.

Kalyani McAlister for typing the text for the printers (of the printed edition).

Priya Hart, Radha Hoare, Joyce Wilcock and Swamis Sushila Ananda and Ananda Devi for proof-reading the printed edition with meticulous care.

Swami Sushila Ananda for the artwork in the printed edition (that may find its way into this web edition one day).

Sri Narsimhula of the Sivananda Ashram Headquarters, Rishikesh, Sri Swami Sahajananda of the Divine Life Society, South Africa, and Shree of the Ramakrishna Centre South Africa, for all their kind assistance with the printed edition.

Venkataramani for seeing the publication of the printed edition through all its stages.

The following friends of Swami Venkatesananda, whose personal offerings were utilized for the publication of the printed edition (without which, there might not have been an Internet edition):

Mr. A.M. Desai, Tara Gihwala, Ans Grotespass, Mrs. M.M. Jobing, H.D. Kapitan, Mr. G. Naidoo, Bhikku and Jayanti Naik and family, Louise O'Rielly, Mr. C.C. Palania, Dura Devi Straub, Joyce Wilcock, Wesley Zineski.

Thanks to Patrick McCaffery for fooling us into thinking that we were just babysitting the Los Angeles' yoga center for a few months, and thereby, enabling us to be there when Venkatesananda walked through the door. Thanks to Ganga White (and Radha) for encouraging us to stay on during those early wonder years when Venkatesa returned to the smoggy city of lost angels.

The web publisher would like to thank all the Sivananda Ashrams, and devotees of  Swami Venkatesa and Swami Sivananda. A special thank you to the friends of Swami Venkatesa around the world for their love and light, and for all their generosity, to say nothing of the room and board, while recording the satsangs, and the lectures that will eventually make it to this web site.  In particular, we thank Swami Lakshmi Ananda and also Hamsa Hyder for their ongoing generosity in allowing us to post readings.

Thank you again and again to Nalini Ramji for her tireless work proofing of The Song of God (the Online Edition).

The web publisher would also like to thank his wife and spiritual partner and devoted daily reader/ practioner of Song of God, Joan Hyman, who is love and compassion, and to his lovely daughter, Zoe Hyman-Levy, whose innocence, and joie de vivre has helped re-awaken the child within. To them both, thanks for your patience during the hours, days, months and years spent on this on-going project.


Of course, our Internet would not have these daily readings without Swami Venkatesananda, who tirelessly worked to bring the legacy of Swami Sivananda to light for ... the rest of us.
We all need to thank Swami Sushila, who has given permission to use the Song of God and Yoga Sutras.
Sushila, thank you!
And last but not least, Sri Gurudev (Swami Sivananda) whose life was a living embodiment of the truths of the Bhagavad Gita.


The inner attitude (bhava) not the outer show is what is important, as quietly and beautifully demonstrated by the Master Sivananda's most humble altar. Above, the picture worth a thousand words. (Swami Sivananda's Kutir)



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