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The Indian people never supported the Divine Life Society when Sivananda was alive.

After 30 years I went to Rishikesh, India. I wish sooner but just to sit there on the banks of the Ganges, it all made sense. A place to visit for sure.

Swami Vishnu said Master celebrated the various Religion’s Feast days, spoke English, and gave…


Added by Gregg Hill Gopal on October 26, 2010 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Master & Swamiji slept very little.

Just a few hours a night. Master would come out of his Kutir promptly at 0400. Swami Vishnu had to be there to walk with Him. After an Assassination attempt, ( a man with an axe) Swamiji and another slept down by His door to ensure nothing happened. Swami Sahajananda said, “ I think Gurudev would snore”, He said,” A lot of saints did.”…


Added by Gregg Hill Gopal on October 26, 2010 at 12:59pm — No Comments

Swami Vishnu left The Ashram 2X while Staff.

He left the Ashram 2 X. Once for a weekend and He came back or they talked Him into coming back then another time He left for a year on His terms. He thought the Ashram was full of losers etc. He was Master’s personal assistant. When He did come back He wanted His personal assistant job back and Master pointed over to the new man currently in that position and said He was…


Added by Gregg Hill Gopal on October 26, 2010 at 12:55pm — No Comments

9 days of Mother's worship is over.

Sunday night completed 9 days of The Divine Mother’s worship. We had the perfect Swami Vishnudevananda style celebration. Gajananum from the Devananda Yoga Center in Berkeley, CA did an outstanding job. The food was perfect. Narayan and Hari Das took care of the details.…


Added by Gregg Hill Gopal on October 20, 2010 at 3:12am — No Comments

Swamiji's Feet ...

I think He had a very hard life. Quite a task to bring Yoga to the West. Look at ALL the Yoga there is today. It’s everywhere. In the 1980’s the only place you could openly teach was in a Unitarian church. In public institutions they had to give you space. Swamiji wanted practitioners not preachers. Everything He said has come true except Nuclear war. I was quite fortunate to…


Added by Gregg Hill Gopal on October 13, 2010 at 11:10pm — No Comments

Swamiji changes everything.


Added by Gregg Hill Gopal on October 8, 2010 at 4:27pm — No Comments

Try, Try, Try, It didn't work but I have another plan.

I thought I could e-mail to mailing list the short lectures “snippettes” This action filled everyone’s mailbox and I have stopped this action. You never know until you try.…


Added by Gregg Hill Gopal on October 6, 2010 at 2:24pm — No Comments

Swamiji's take on Yoga camp

One day Swamiji tells every problem the Camp has, for example, water pressure, Kids camp space etc.

He laughs when telling about how the smokers wanted a “smoking court” where they could sit down and smoke across the street outside the Camp ! He…


Added by Gregg Hill Gopal on October 5, 2010 at 1:44pm — No Comments

Swami Vishnu liked animals

Swamiji while walking to school if He saw a Frog in a snake’s mouth He would tap on the snake’s head with a stick to free the frog. He knew it was nature’s way but not while He was there and He could see the frog in distress.

One day at Yoga Camp…


Added by Gregg Hill Gopal on October 4, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Ruby Blue was an ardent Devotee of Swami Vishnudevananda

Ruby Blue met Swamiji as she came to Yoga camp in 1967. Swamiji was changing the oil of vehicle. He comes out from under the car wipes His hand off on His shirt puts His hand out to greet and says, “ Hi, I’m Swami Vishnudevananda. She said, “ He was genuine.”…


Added by Gregg Hill Gopal on October 3, 2010 at 9:02pm — No Comments

Swami Sivananda's Famous glance

10/2/2010 Excerpt from my daily blog:…


Added by Gregg Hill Gopal on October 2, 2010 at 1:08pm — No Comments New web site 8/29/2010

It has the best of everything.

Added by Gregg Hill Gopal on August 30, 2010 at 6:10am — No Comments

Ruby Blue was ...


Added by Gregg Hill Gopal on August 22, 2010 at 7:36pm — No Comments

Swami Vishnudevananda's Remake July 2010







----- Forwarded Message…


Added by Gregg Hill Gopal on July 12, 2010 at 9:42pm — No Comments

Swami Vishnudevananda's "Energy Medicine" Seminars book Reincarnation- Karma & Disease 1986

This seminar featured Dr. Sivananda Advaryoo ( the eye surgeon). He could do 12 cataract operations in a row at age 80. 250 operations in a weekend. Easily the most evolved soul Swamiji ever brought to Yoga camp in my day. His lectures are being… Continue

Added by Gregg Hill Gopal on July 11, 2010 at 3:07am — No Comments

Swami Vishnu's first book before the CIBY.

This book was printed in Hong Kong in 1957. I think he went to Hong Kong first upon leaving Rishikesh. Master Sivananda gave Him ten Rupees and said, " Everything you need is in these rupees..." The rest is history! Lost of photos, Swamiji tells how many to do of each posters and the benefits. It's pretty wild, a very good book. Swamiji told us in the 1980's he did Asana's & Pranayama whenever he was angry or mad about something. He did leave the Ashram two times, once for a weekend and… Continue

Added by Gregg Hill Gopal on June 27, 2010 at 10:40pm — No Comments

About Kirtans & Voice Sivananda story ...

Someone commented to Master Sivananda that the people in a certain place in North India weren't very spiritual. Master Sivananda said, " I don't know about that, when I was there, I had them all dancing ... ( 35,000 people estimated !!!)

Why play with voice when you can have Kirtan ?

Gopal/Gregg Hill

Added by Gregg Hill Gopal on April 7, 2009 at 3:37pm — No Comments

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