Writings of Swami Sivananda

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This study provides an enumerative bibliography of the works attributed to Swami Sivananda Saraswati (1887-1963). Containing extensive bibliographic information not found elsewhere, this study can be utilized as either a central research tool or valuable resource for studies relating to Swami Sivananda across a great many research areas. This study provides considerable insight into the composition of Sivananda’s literary corpus, while also raising important questions, such as the issue of authorship and corporate authorship within religious organizations and institutions of India and, more specifically, within the context of the guru-disciple relationship. Appendices include Title Index, Titles by Series, Supplementary Sources, and Guru-Disciple Resources.


“The range of topics, from mind science and kundalini, to health and breath control, indicate the depth and breadth of Swami Sivananda's areas of expertise. ... By gathering this extensive listing, and providing an insightful interpretive essay as well as a cross-indexing of the material, Pyle and Mercer have brought forth an indispensable resource for scholars interested in understanding one of the most important figures in the development and dissemination of modern Yoga.” - Dr. Christopher Key Chapple, Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles

“This comprehensive bibliography of the important Hindu sage and teacher, Swami Sivananda, is a useful resource for scholars and religious seekers who want to know more about Sivananda’s life and work. Sivananda’s writings are extensive both in quantity and genre; as the book’s compilers state, his “writings include spiritual instruction, plays, poetry, hagiographies, philosophical discourses, and translations and commentaries” on Hindu scriptures, focusing on Yoga, Vedanta, and health and medicine.” - Dr. Andrew O. Fort, Professor of Religion, Texas Christian University

“The authors have done an excellent job of showing the immensity and breadth of publications containing Swami Sivananda’s knowledge and teachings, not only on the topic of yoga but on a variety of related subjects as well. For scholars and researchers, one of the most important and often difficult tasks is finding sufficient sources for the topic being studied. Clearly, the authors understand this and have done an invaluable service in this regards, and their efforts will likely facilitate a greater understanding of the influence of Sivananda.” - Dr. Ramdas Lamb, Associate Professor, Department of Religion, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

Table of Contents

Foreword by Dr. Christopher Key Chapple
1 Methodology Used in the Bibliographic Study
2 Enumerative Bibliography of Swami Sivananda’s Works
3 Concluding Observations
Appendix A: Title Index
Appendix B: Titles by Series
Appendix C: Supplementary Sources
Appendix D: Guru-Disciple Resources

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