Welcome to the revised Swami Venkatesananda Website.

Both a renowned Sanskrit scholar and yogi, Swami Venkatesananda - like his master, Swami Sivananda - can be regarded as a sage of practical wisdom.

Focusing on issues that concern and unite all branches of yoga, it is our intention to provide materials that will enrich and enliven your understanding and practice of yoga.

Daily Readings

The next three daily readings are shown below. You may also view a complete listing on our Calendar of Daily Readings.

November 22, 2017
Bhagavad Gita - Song of God - Chapter 18: 1-2

At the close of chapter 16, Krishna had emphasized the importance of following scriptural injunctions. The next chapter answered Arjuna’s question: “If one did not know the scriptural injunctions but was endowed with faith, what happens to him?” Now in this chapter Arjuna asks the other question:

November 23, 2017
Song of God (Bhagavad Gita) Chapter 18 Slokas 3-4

Society in those days was divided into two sections. There were those who followed the karma kāṇḍa (ritualistic portion) of the vedā and to whom those rituals were too sacred ever to be abandoned. There we ...

November 24, 2017
Bhagavad Gita - Song of God - Chapter 18: 5-6

It has been said that Krishna’s Gītā is a synthesis of the best in Aryan and non-Aryan traditions. Krishna accepts the ancient Aryan yajña (sacrifice), the non-Aryan tapas or austerity, synthesize