H. Sri Swami Satchidananda was one of the most revered Yoga
masters of our time. He was a living example of the teachings
of Integral Yoga and its goal of Self-Realization.
He was born in South India in the village of Chettipalayam.
As a young man he studied with Sri Ramana Maharshi and Sri
Aurobindo. In l949 he was ordained as a monk by Sri Swami
Sivananda of the Divine Life Society in Rishikesh. His achievements
include the founding of Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville,
a spiritual community in Virginia, USA; and he was responsible
for the design and building of the LOTUS, a beautiful interfaith
shrine dedicated to the Universal Light.
Sri Gurudev did not belong to any one faith, group, or country.
Dedicated to the principle that "Truth is One, Paths are
Many," he went wherever he was asked to serve. Swamiji was
a pioneer in the field of ecumenism and the guiding light
for millions of seekers around the world. He was the author
of many books, and the founder and director of the worldwide
Integral Yoga Institutes.
During his travels he met with spiritual and government
leaders and other dignitaries. Among them were: H.H.Pope
John Paul VI, H.H. The Dalai Lama, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, Mother
Teresa, Mr. U Thant, and former U.S. presidents George Bush
and Bill Clinton. He sponsored and spoke at ecumenical symposiums,
retreats and worship services all over the world. He was
honored with the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award and
has been recognized for his peace building efforts worldwide.
Sri Gurudev opened the Woodstock music festival, and he
taught Yoga to an entire generation of Americans. Through
his disciple Dr. Dean Ornish he awakened the worldwide medical
community to the healing power of the yogic approach.
His teachings are summarized in his motto: "The dedicated
ever enjoy supreme Peace. Therefore, live only to serve."
Sri Gurudev attained his mahasamadhi on August 19, 2002,
in Chennai, South India, at the age of 87.