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Sivananda and the Divine Life Society
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The man who would become Swami Sivananda, Kuppuswami Iyer, was born into a distinguished Brahman family in Pattamadai, Tamil Nadu, in the year 1887. Kuppuswami Iyer is a very common South Indian Brahman family name; the other major Tamil Brahman family surname is Iyengar, a name quite familiar to yoga practitioners worldwide. That these yoga teac…

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Strauss, Sarah , “Sivananda and the Divine Life Society”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 29 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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