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Obituary of Swami Satchidananda

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    We received this today for posting, from the Integral Yoga Association in Yogaville, VA. It is the obituary of Swami Satchidananda, and has a very nice summary
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 26, 2002
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      We received this today for posting, from the Integral Yoga
      Association in Yogaville, VA. It is the obituary of Swami
      Satchidananda, and has a very nice summary of his life. As were all
      his actions in life, even this notice of his death is an inspiration:

      HIS HOLINESS REVEREND SRI SWAMI SATCHIDANANDA MAHARAJ, WORLD
      ECUMENICAL LEADER, PASSES AT AGE 87
      BUCKINGHAM, VIRGINIA, USA, AUGUST 19, 2002

      One of the world's most beloved spiritual masters passed away on
      Monday, August 19, 2002, at 5:45 am, Indian time, in Chennai
      (Madras), South India. Swami Satchidananda died of cardiovascular
      complications. He had just attended the Global Peace Conference in
      South India as its keynote speaker.

      Invited to come to the US in1966 by artist Peter Max and filmmaker
      Conrad Rooks, Swami Satchidananda was quickly embraced by young
      Americans looking for lasting peace during the turbulent 60's. In
      1969, he opened the Woodstock Festival with the words: "The whole
      world is watching you. The entire world is going to know what the
      American youth can do for humanity. America is helping everybody in
      the material field, but the time has come for America to help the
      whole world with spirituality also." The peaceful atmosphere that
      prevailed throughout the event was often attributed to his blessings
      and message.

      Sri Swami Satchidananda was ordained as a monk in 1949 by his master,
      His Holiness Sri Swami Sivananda Maharaj, founder of the Divine Life
      Society, Rishikesh, India. From the beginning of his spiritual
      service, Swami Satchidananda was a leader in the interfaith movement.
      His motto, "Truth i One, Paths are Many," was an integral part of his
      teachings. For more than forty years, he sponsored interfaith worship
      services and conferences. He advocated respecting and honoring all
      faiths, and was invited to share his message of peace with such world
      leaders and dignitaries as former U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter,
      George Bush and Bill Clinton, His Holiness Pope Paul VI, His Holiness
      Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and former
      Secretary-General of the United Nations U Thant.

      Swami Satchidananda was the founder and spiritual guide for the
      worldwide Integral Yoga Institutes. Integral Yoga, as taught by Swami
      Satchidananda, combines various methods of Yoga, including Hatha
      Yoga, selfless service, meditation, prayer, and a 5,000-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 and Dr. Michael Lerner's noted Commonweal
      Cancer Help program.

      In 1979, Swami Satchidananda was inspired to create a permanent place
      where all people could come to realize their essential oneness. He
      established Satchidananda Ashram‹Yogaville near Charlottesville,
      Virginia. The community is founded on his teachings, which include
      the principles of non-violence and universal harmony. The focal point
      of Yogaville is the Light Of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS), which
      was dedicated in 1986. This unique interfaith shrine honors the
      Spirit that unites all the world religions, while celebrating their
      diversity. People from all faiths and backgrounds, from all over the
      world, come there to meditate and pray.

      Swami Satchidananda served on the advisory boards of the Temple of
      Understanding, the Interfaith Center of New York, the Center for
      International Dialogue, and numerous other world peace and interfaith
      organizations. Over the years, he has received many honors for his
      public service, including the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award
      and the Anti-Defamation League Humanitarian Award. In October 1994, on
      the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, he was
      awarded the highest citation of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. He was
      named an Honorary Patron, joining the list of luminaries to receive
      this award such as Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, Mother Teresa, and His
      Holiness the Dalai Lama. In 1996, he was presented with the Juliet
      Hollister Interfaith Award at the United Nations. In April 2002, he
      was honored with the prestigious U Thant Peace Award. Previous
      recipients include Pope John Paul II, Mother Teresa, Archbishop
      Desmond Tutu, and Nelson Mandela. He is the author of many books,
      including Integral Yoga Hatha, To Know Your Self, The Living Gita,
      and The Golden Present and is the subject of two biographies, Apostle
      of Peace and Portrait of a Modern Sage.
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