作为一个十几岁没有政治资源上大学的孩子来讲，他转向参军接受他渴望的科学教育。在此期间，他发现了一个被丢进废纸篓的一张纸，他的目光落在了一份题为斯瓦米•悉瓦南达的“ 20个精神指导”的文章。这本小册子以： “一盎司的实践优于几吨的理论”为开头 。这些简单的话的实用性和内心的力量趋使Swamiji穿越印度花费36个去拜访在遥远的Rishsikesh喜马拉雅山的斯瓦米•悉瓦南达。这短暂的访问给小男孩留下了这种印象，就是他决心尽快返回Founder of the拜访大师。
Swamiji 作为一个世界教师，瓦米萨毗湿奴，德瓦南达继续在瓦南达Ashram接受各个方面来自斯瓦米•悉瓦南达瑜伽大师傅的为期长达10年的培训，米毗湿奴，德瓦南达迅速成为了史无前例的外善于道路的哈达瑜伽大师，是一个爱好广泛且不懈努力的噶玛瑜珈。有一天，斯瓦米•悉瓦南达给了Swamiji10卢比的记录说明（不到一美元！ ）了他对于前往西非和蔓延的教诲韦丹塔的祝福。 “人们在等待”——这就是大师的话！
Swamiji的无限的精力劲头和深刻的启示导致他发现了目前韦丹塔数多于20个的瑜伽中心和7 个Ashrams下属中心和教师的国际悉瓦南达瑜伽中心。斯瓦米萨建立了第一个瑜伽教师培训课程， 这个课程迄今为止已经培训了8000多名教师，皆被认证为领域中的瑜伽始祖和灵性的来源。他的一个辉煌的触动就是要总结这些古老和丰富的教学过程，它分为五个瑜珈原则很容易理解也很方便纳入自己的日常实践。
International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, Swami Vishnu-devananda, was a world authority on Hatha and Raja Yoga. Swamiji was also known as the "Flying Swami" for the different peace missions he accomplished around the world.
Before Discovering Yoga
Swamiji was born in Kerala, South India, in 1927. As a young child one of his main character traits was a strong will and determination. His mother, now known as Mataji who later took Sannyas (vows of renunciation) from Swami Sivananda,said that whenever her son wanted something, nothing or no one could stop him. An interesting anecdote tells how as a 5 year old youngster he had the strong desire to go to school and learn. When told that it was not possible since the nearest school was located more than 5 miles away, the child took upon himself to pack and go early the next morning for the long 5 mile walk through the jungle. He walked back that evening and would do the same for many years to come.
As a teenager without financial resources for University, he turned to joining the army to receive the scientific education he yearned for. During this time as he looked for a lost paper in a waste basket, his eyes fell upon a paper entitled "20 Spiritual Instructions" by Swami Sivananda. The pamphlet began: "An ounce of practice is better than tons of theory". The practicality and inherent power of these simple words lead Swamiji to travel across India during a 36-hour leave to meet Swami Sivananda in far away Rishsikesh in the Himalayas.
This short visit left such an impression on the young boy's mind that he resolved to return as soon as possible.
Meeting The Master
On his second visit, the young disciple received 2 powerful lessons from Swami Sivananda. The first lesson came when Swami Vishnu-devananda felt too timid and a bit arrogant to bow to the Guru Swami Sivananda. So the Master Swami Sivananda prostrated fully before the young student demonstrating the lesson of humility. The second lesson came during Arati (worship ceremony) to Ganga (Ganges river). Swamiji was perplexed and doubtful as he pondered why intelligent people would worship what scientifically is merely H2O. The Master then smiled subtly and gazed at Swamij who instantly beheld the river as a vast, bright, cosmic light. Swami Sivananda then invited the young boy to remain at the Ashram to study and become a Yogi. Swami Vishnu-devananda spontaneously replied "Yes".
For 10 years Swami Vishnu-devananda continued at the Sivananda Ashram and was trained in all aspects of Yoga by Swami Sivananda. Swami Vishnu-devananda quickly became an exceptional adept in the path of Hatha-Yoga and was a very keen and tireless Karma Yogi. One day Swami Sivananda gave Swamiji a 10 Rupee note (less than a dollar!) and his blessings to travel to the West and spread the teachings of Vedanta. "People are waiting" were the words of the Master.
Swamiji As A World Teacher
Swamiji's limitless energy and profound inspiration lead him to found and direct the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers which now numbers more than20 yoga centers and 7 Ashrams many Affiliated centers and teachers。Swami created the first Yoga Teachers Training Coursewhich to date has trained more than 8,000 certified teachers in the field of Yoga and spirituality. One of his brilliant touches was to summarize these ancient and vast teachings into Five principles of Yogawhich are easy to understant and convenient to incorporate in one's daily practice.
The Flying Swami & The Peace Missions
Throuhout his whole life, Swamiji was deeply concerned about the well being of the world and the constant disaster of wars. This lead him to learn to fly and then personally pilot a small plane over several troubled areas of the world. Not only did he create discussion and awareness in the news media, but he also "bombarded" these war torn areas with flowers and peace pamphlets while repeating the peace Mantra; Om Namo Narayanaya.