Welcome to the Swami Venkatesananda Website.  We are currently revising a newer version (but it is not yet posted to the web). 

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.

It with great sadness that we announce that Robert Franke, our long time webmaster,  programmer and host of SwamiVenkatesananda.org passed away at the end of 2021.  We owe Robert much of the credit for this site and also the new site which was he on the way to completing when he was hospitalized and where he remained until he passed away.  This has not only delayed our new version of our website, but currently makes it difficult to update the old site. If you spot a problem or have difficulty with something, please let us know.  

In the meantime, we have added some new audio to our What's New section.  There are four dozen new talks (48), with the latest ones being added on August 15th, 2022.

Thank you for your patience. 

Daily Readings

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

July 18, 2024
Insights & Inspirations - Tuning In To The Teacher

When we go to a Guru we don't argue. This is a hypothetical presumption: supposing the bee alights on some kind of a flower which doesn't have nectar. What does it do? It takes off. If you go to some holy person and you cannot relate to that person ...

July 18, 2024
Venkatesa Daily Readings Vol 1 — Essential Discipline

Moral and psychological discipline is essential in every spiritual aspirant whatever path he chooses. On the path of jnana or wisdom, it is indispensable. There are no other ...

July 18, 2024
Song of God (Bhagavad Gita) — Chapter IX: 4-5

The danger of a negative approach in metaphysics is that the subtle truth which transcends (but in a way includes) all viewpoints is lost sight of. Hence, the goal of the yogi is ...