|The spiritual dynamo known to many as Swami Venkatesananda has left behind a great
treasure of spiritual books for those interested not only traditional yoga, but in
the path of enlightenment. But in any discussion of his legacy, no matter how
brief, it would be only be fitting to underscore his own contention, which he stated
on more than one occasion, that everything we attribute to him should be attributed
to his master, Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh. Such credit was given by Venkatesananda
not purely out of undying gratitude and indebtedness, but simply and truly meant as
a statement of fact. He would, therefore, wish this fact reported to you.
Rishikesh, Swami Venkatesa became, to coin a phrase, the devoted literary
secretary of Sivananda Sivananda. Back before tape recorders were
common, back even before cassette recorders had even been invented,
Venkatesananda.would write down, from memory, late at night, after everyone
had gone to bed, what the Master had said earlier that day, editing and assembling these
transcriptions that were to eventually survive as a major portion of the written legacy of
Swami Sivananda. .
During these visits, Venkatesa would frequently deliver a series of talks on some
aspect of yoga. Many of these talks were transcribed and edited, and became books.
The publishers were often the same people who hosted Venkatesa's visits. Some of
these titles were, for a time, distributed worldwide. Hundreds were published during
roughly a fifteen year period. While many of these publications were gems filled with
great practical wisdom, very few of them are still being published, and are no longer
In a sea of translations and sacred text commentary littered with more than it's share of intellectual abstraction and religious cliches, Venkatesas commentary offers a vision of the practical nature truth. His commentary constantly underscores that these texts are so universal and of such overwhelming practical value that they are completely worthy of our lifelong attention.
Chief among these book projects are the following works: the Song of God (the Bhagavad Gita - Daily Readings), The Book of God (the Bhagavatam - Daily Readings), Valmiki's Ramayana (Daily Readings), Buddha Daily Readings, The Supreme Yoga (The Yoga Vasistha - Daily Readings), and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, An Interpretive Translation.
For information on where these books may be obtained, please see our listing by publisher.