Sadguru Sivananda Murty
|Kandukuri Sivananda Murty|
Sadguru Sivananda Murty
December 21, 1928
Vizianagaram District, present-day Andhra Pradesh, India
Kandukuri Sivananda Murty is a well-known Indian scholar and a humanist with a wide following in India and in other countries, who writes about Indian heritage and culture, spirituality and philosophy. He has published many books and articles in newspapers and journals. He lives in his ashram Ananda Van in Bheemunipatnam, Visakhapatnam District, Andhra Pradesh, India.
His parents Veerabasavaraju and Sarvamangala were great worshipers of Lord Shiva and built around 200 temples in His dedication. From his childhood days, he was deeply drawn towards spiritual subjects and especially towards Yoga sastra.
Career and life
He graduated in Science from Vizianagaram in the year 1949 and later took up a sub-ordinate service in Hyderabad. He had a tenure of service over a decade in historical place of Hanmakonda (Warangal). Even while serving the Police Department of Andhra Pradesh, he devoted a great deal of his time in serving the poor and needy and educating the people about Hindu Dharma and its eternal verities. He opted for voluntary retirement as an officer and devoted himself to cultural and charitable service to the society.
His love for his great country and its ancient culture rooted in Sanathana Dharma is indeed phenomenal and unique. As a spiritually powerful public communicator, he constantly exhorts in all his public lectures that all citizens, including Sanyasis, who are dependent on Society are duty bound to think and act as custodians and trustees of public welfare. He is a walking encyclopedia on Hindu Dharma, History, Indian Fine arts like, Music, Dance, Drama and literature.
His essays on contemporary subjects like cultural, political and spiritual history were serialized in a Telugu daily, and was later published in two volumes under the name of Bharatiyata. His book Katha Yoga, a commentary on Kathopanishad, received profound acclaims from the Paramacharya of Kanchi and Sringeri Shankaracharya. The book has a foreword by western Vedic author David Frawley who states, "Sivananda Murty is unique in that he has the knowledge of Yoga and its inner practices, as well as the knowledge of Advaita and Jnana."
Murty's main emphasis portends to 'Sanathana Dharma'. He has been striving to educate Indians especially to get back to the rich value system that existed in India and that one which will once again make all the citizens of this country proud. He tirelessly reminds every Indian of the values and glory of 'Sanathana Dharma', the principles of which when followed will instil a sense of pride and self-respect.
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|03||Hindu Vivaha Vyavasta - Dampathya Jeevanamu|
Some of speeches and articles have been published into books - Bharateeyata, Bharateeyata -2. He has written a book, 'Katha Yoga', explaining the deeper Yoga teachings and practices behind the Katha Upanishad.
Murty has written a series of articles in various magazines and newspapers and has to his credit more than 450 articles, on educating and inspiring the common man towards righteous living, in the Telugu Daily Andhra Bhoomi.
Murty's sermons on the Hindu marriage culture - its origin and significance, have been compiled into a book called "Hindu Vivaha Vyavasta - Dampathya Jeevanamu", which means (Hindu Marriage Institution - Married Life). The first edition of this book was published simultaneously in English & Telugu, in 2006.
Murty's book - "Maharshula Charitra" about Indian saints was released in the later part of 2007.
He also wrote a coffee table book on the film "Gautama Buddha" (Year 2008).
Murty has a collection of 16000 volumes in his personal library at Bheemunipatnam.
Murty is the Chief Patron of:
Sanathana Dharma Charitable Trust that honors deserving individuals who contribute to the field of arts, science & technology, literature, medicine, journalism, humanities and other intellectual pursuits. The Trust conducts an annual ceremony bringing together greats in these several fields and honors them.
Andhra Music Academy was established to promote the cause of 'Indian classical Music' and dance which is slowly losing its roots. Murty established a hall with advanced recording equipments for the musicians who are interested in recording classical music and to conduct workshops at the Anand Van Ashram. The Academy has been successfully organising a music festival every year in Hyderabad.
A beautiful Mahalakshmi temple has been constructed at Ananda Van, Bheemunipatnam under the auspices of Murty.
Awards and honors
- Raja-Lakshmi Award for the year 2000 from Sri Raja-Lakshmi Foundation, Chennai
- Honorary Doctorate from Telugu University, Hyderabad
Murty is very well travelled and has toured extensively to all parts of India and also Indonesia, Nepal and the USA.
Murty has been instrumental in the research, concept and original script of the multilingual feature film Buddha (2007 film).
- The Dominating evil of Black Money, by K.Sivananda Murty, The Hindu, Sunday, Jun 07, 2009
- My humble salutations to Sadguru Sivananda Murty Article by Sri.V.Sundaram in Newstoday 29 May 2007
- Friend, Philosopher and Guide The Hindu dated 31.03.2003