The tradition of social service has a long and unbroken history. Through the ages, there have been men and women who in their own quiet and unobtrusive manner dedicated themselves to the service of their fellowmen. They have worked tirelessly to remove injustice, relieve distress and mitigate suffering. Examples of their struggle to rescue men from brutal forces of cruelty, inhumanity and injustice are very inspiring and ennobling.
One such couple who sacrificed their life for the cause of humanity is the founders of Sivananda Saraswathi Sevashram, Shri. S. V. Iyer and Dr. V. Mangalam. Shri S. V. Iyer was a leading lawyer both in Chingleput and in Madras High Court. Dr. V. Mangalam served as the Superintendent of Royapettah Government Hospital. She was also a Honorary Presidency Magistrate and Justice of Peace in Madras, India.
Both of them earned well by their professions but could not achieve real peace of mind and happiness in a materialistic world. It was at this juncture that they came in contact with Shri Swami Sivananda, a sage in the Himalayas and then joined the Divine Life Society.
Swamiji found the couple to be sanctified by ALMIGHTY to serve the community and blessed them. This also helped them realize that by serving others one not only gets peace of mind but one also gets the opportunity to realize the truth of one’s own life.
Established in 1945 with just 3 kids, Sivananda Saraswathi Sevashram has now grown to be a very well-known and well-recognized social institution in India today.