views updated

S(h)ivānanda (1887–1963). Indian spiritual leader, influential in establishing the World's Parliament of Religions. He founded the Divine Life Society and the Yoga-Vedānta Forest Academy, both of which were dedicated to extending spiritual truth without reference to the boundaries of religion, and to offering all seekers food, medicine, and knowledge. Among many works, Yoga for the West (1951) and Self-Realisation (1954) express his developed views.