About His Holiness Sri Swami Satchidananda
H.H. Sri Swami Satchidananda (Sri Gurudev) is one of the most revered Yoga Masters of
our time. Sri Gurudev’s teachings and spirit guide us toward a life of peace and to religious
harmony among all people. Invited to come to the West in 1966, Sri Gurudev was quickly
embraced by young Americans looking for lasting peace during the turbulent 1960’s. In
1969, he opened the Woodstock Festival and went on to introduce an entire generation of
young people to the benefits of Yoga.
Sri Gurudev is the founder and spiritual guide for Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville
the worldwide Integral Yoga
Institutes. Integral Yoga combines various methods of Yoga,
including Hatha Yoga, selfless service, meditation, prayer, and a 5000-year-old philosophy
that helps one find the peace and joy within. Integral Yoga is the foundation for Dr. Dean
Ornish’s landmark work in reversing heart disease.
For more than forty-five years, Sri Gurudev served on the advisory boards of many world
peace and interfaith organizations. He was invited to share his message of peace with
world leaders and dignitaries. Sri Gurudev received many honors for his public service,
including the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award and the Juliet Hollister Interfaith
Award presented at the United Nations in 1996. In 2002, he was honored with the U Thant
Peace Award. Previous recipients include: Pope John Paul II, Mother Teresa, Archbishop
Desmond Tutu, and Nelson Mandela.
InAugust 2002, Sri Gurudev attained Mahasamadhi (a God-realized soul’s conscious final
exit from the body).
Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, a non-profit organization, is a vibrant spiritual center
founded by Sri Swami Satchidananda. A unique Yoga community, it serves as an oasis
for spiritual unfoldment, benefitting residents and guests alike. Situated on the banks of
the James River in Buckingham, Virginia with the Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop,
it encompasses over 600 acres of serene, wooded landscape. Five sacred sites, including
LOTUS, provide a variety of options for meditation and spiritual gatherings. Our mem-
bers have come together from a wide range of different backgrounds and nationalities to
live the simple yet profound teachings of Integral Yoga, based on maintaining our natural
condition of an easeful body, peaceful mind and useful life. Our mission is to practice,
live, and impart the Integral Yoga teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda to experience
Supreme Peace and Joy, and to share that with one and all.
Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville serves as the headquarters of Integral Yoga Internation-
al, which is the worldwide network of Integral Yoga Institutes and Centers. Beginning in
1966 with a handful of friends sitting in the living room of a New York apartment and
asking Swami Satchidananda questions, Integral Yoga has grown into an international
organization renowned for its teacher training programs and for making Yoga accessible
to everyone. For more information on Integral Yoga International please visit http://www.
Light Of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS)
Located at Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, the Light Of Truth Universal Shrine
(LOTUS) is a unique concept in the world today. It is dedicated to the Light that is the
essence of all religions. The LOTUS houses altars for all the major world faiths and rep-
resentative altars for other known and still unknown faiths.
The culmination of Sri Swami Satchidananda’s efforts to foster world peace and religious
harmony, the LOTUS is a center for silent contemplation and meditation. It is the embodi-
ment of the message, “Truth is One, Paths are Many.”