Pranavananda Saraswathi | Founder of ‘Divine Life Society’, Malaysia

Pranavananda Saraswathi (1908–1982) was the founder of the Divine Life Society in Malaysia. His birth name was N.Ponniah.


N. Ponniah was born in the year 1908 in Sri Lanka. His parents were strong followers of Hindu faith, and worshippers of Hindu gods. He has served as a disciple to Yogaswami, who showed him the spiritual path.

Initially he worked in some places, and afterwards he undertook his first pilgrimage to India in 1948, and had darshan and blessings of Bhagawan Ramana Maharshi and Sri Aurobindo. He also met Ramadas, Paramahamsa Nityananda, Gnanananda Giri and Ananda Mai Ma. He also learnt yoga and meditation and become a great master in that.

During the year 1950, he served in Divine Life Society, which was founded by swami Sivananda Saraswati. In 1953, Ponniah met Sivananda and became his disciple. He became a saint by Sivananda in 1959 and was called as Pranavananda Saraswati.

He visited several places in india and in abroad to spread yoga and meditation, and also to inculcate the bhakti spirit among the people.

He published the spiritual magazine“Divine Messenger”, which covers the details about Sivananda Saraswati and other saints and rishis. Pranavananda also published the book Bhajananjali for the Malaysian people.


Sri Pranavananda Saraswati has dedicated his life for religious purpose. He joined with Swami Sivananda Saraswati and done many welfare activities, and also published several articles on Hinduism in their magazine. He had done his level best to spread the bhakti spirit among the people, and also taught yoga and meditation to the Indians and as well as to the foreigners.

He was a humble and a kind man and was liked by the Indians and by the foreigners for his soft approach on them. He also gave teachings on spiritualism and explained about the importance of Hinduism and Hindu gods to the Indians and foreigners. He was a noble and a soft spoken person, and never hated others. He has rendered the divine service, in order to make others happy and to live a peaceful and a blessed life.

Let us worship him and be blessed.

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