A Celebration at the Holiest Place I Know
- I just received an email invitation from
Swami Sharadananda that I felt I'd pass along
to our forum. Whenever I've been at Yogaville,
it has always been a far more inspiring and
shall we say "elevating" experience than I had
expected. This Columbus Day weekend, October 6 - 9,
2006, a double anniversary celebration will take place
at Yogaville in Buckingham VA. The 40th anniversary
of Integral Yoga in the West, and the 20th anniversary of
the most Holy place I know, the LOTUS Shrine, will
take place. I recommend that if it's at all possible,
you see for your Self the light, love and joy that is shared
when enlightened people from all religious traditions come
together in peace and sister/brotherhood.
Peace and blessingsw,
Bob Rose, President,
Meditation Society of America
Here's the URL for further info:
Tenative Schedule of Events
FRIDAY EVENING, 6 OCTOBER
7:30 PM - Homa at Kailash offered by Swami Maruthachalam.
SATURDAY, 7 OCTOBER: 20th Anniversary of Sri Gurudev's Gift of LOTUS
MORNING: Interfaith Service and Blessing of LOTUS.
9:00 AM - Chanting, Welcome and Invocation.
9:30 AM - Light of Truth Universal Service at Sivananda Hall.
Native American - Mama Nataaska.
African - Vera Oye Yaa-Anna.
Sikhism - Mat Mandir Khalsa.
Islam - Shaykh Noorudeen Durkee.
Christianity - The Very Reverend James Parks Morton.
Buddhism - Roshi Bernie Glassman.
Taoism - Professor Paul Groner.
Shinto - Swami Dayananda.
Judaism - Rabbi Gershon Winkler.
Hinduism - Swami Maruthachalam.
Other Known Faiths
10:30 AM - Message by The Very Reverend James Parks Morton.
11:00 AM - at LOTUS.
Joining hands around the Shrine.
Blessing the Shrine with sacred water.
12:00 noon - inside upper level of Shrine - Blessing with sacred water
and Arati followed by Ritual in LOTUS All Faiths Hall.
AFTERNOON: Interfaith Voices and Dance.
3:00 - 4:15 PM: Interfaith Networking Panel with religious leaders.
4:30 - 5:15 PM: Dances of Universal Peace by Latifa Kropf & Heena Reiter.
EVENING: Interfaith Gala -7:30 PM.
Chanting with Meera Kerr.
Address by Rabbi Winkler and Music with Miriam.
Address by Roshi Bernie Glassman.
Bharatha Natyam Dance by Padmarani Rasiah Cantu.
Christian Gospel music with Robert Cardwell.
Address by Brother David Steindl-Rast (tentative)
One Light, One World -a multimedia presentation by Rama Roosevelt.
Interfaith Dance Ensemble - choreographed by Karen Attix.
SUNDAY, 8 OCTOBER: 40th Anniversary of Sri Gurudev's Gift of Integral Yoga
MORNING: Jai Gurudev Celebration: honoring Sri Gurudev's service in
the fields of Yoga, education, the arts and medicine - 10:00 AM.
Universal Prayer and Sannyas Bold sung by Vivekan Hunt.
Integral Yoga in the West.
Education - Presentation honoring Vidyalayam Graduates.
Medical - Keynote Speaker: Dr. Dean Ornish.
Arts - Music: Om Satchidananda with Meera Kerr.
Four Decades documentary - The Service of Sri Gurudev in the West.
AFTERNOON: Re-dedication of Chidambaram - 3:00 PM.
Special puja offered by Swami Maruthachalam and Sri V. Karunananthan.
Special guest speakers: Sri D. R. Kaarthikeyan and Sri K. Ramaswamy.
EVENING: Integral Yoga Gala - 7:30 PM.
The Woodstock Years - A Panel with Peter Max, Arjuna Zurbel, Swami
Turiyasangitananda and Peter Petronio. Special message from Conrad
Journey into Satchidananda: Swami Turiyasangitananda and (tentative)
Groovin' -'60s & '70s Music by Felix Cavaliere (the Rascals).
The Master's Touch, a multimedia presentation.
Video Message from Sri GurudevMinisters Arati.
MONDAY, 9 OCTOBER: INTEGRAL YOGA CONFERENCE
Integral Yoga Teachers Meeting.
Integral Yoga Communications (Media, Public Relations) Meeting.
Yogaville Self-Sufficiency Meeting.
LUNCH: Closing Comments.