Swami Vishnudevananda, born in November 1927, is one of Swami Sivananda’s main disciples.
At a young age, while serving in the Indian army, he came across one of Swami Sivananda’s many articles in the bin, a pamphlet titled Sadhana Tattva – 20 Spiritual Instructions by Swami Sivananda, which gave simple and practical instructions for aspirants. Inspired by these instructions, he desired to meet their author. Soon after his discharge from the army he joined the Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh and became a disciple of Swami Sivananda.
Swami Sivananda saw the great potential of this young aspirant and soon made him the Professor of Hatha and Raja Yoga in his institution. After ten years of intensive training, Swami Sivananda sent Swami Vishnudevananda to the West to spread the teachings of yoga and Vedanta for the good of mankind. Swami Vishnudevananda became one of the pioneers who brought yoga to the West. Swami Vishnudevananda taught classical yoga in five basic points
Swami Vishnudevananda is considered one of the most dynamic yogis of the twentieth century. He began the first Yoga Teachers Training Courses to spread the teachings of yoga and thereby help create inner – and outer peace in the world. He traveled and taught tirelessly throughout the world to help establish these ancient teachings in North and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Swami Vishnu was also a daring peace activist, who used to fly his plane over conflict hot spots around the globe, showering people with flowers and peace pamphlets. Amongst his peace missions, he flew from Tel Aviv to Cairo in the early seventies and from East to West Berlin in an ultra-light aircraft in the early eighties. He held that the international borders we create are mental barriers that need to be transcended, as we are all one.