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Teachers and Inspirations


Portrait of Sri Swami Satchidananda

Sri Swami Satchidananda

  Hindu - Integral Yoga® | Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham, Virginia, USA



Swami Satchidananda is known to me exclusively through his commentaries on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Bhagavad-gita which is titled "The Living Gita."  Written in plain and simple language, these books speak straight to the heart and soul.

I had read other commentaries on the Yoga Sutras but never really had them opened until I read Swami's book.  While many writers spend their time completely engulfed in philosophy, which is important, Swami is more interested in touching your life and bringing the scripture to life for you.

Swami's commentary on the Bhagavad-gita is a wonderful introduction to the underlying teachings and philosophy as well as a fairly easy read.  While being quite complete, it is not written in such a technical format that it would inaccessible to the starting student.


The Reverend Sri Swami Satchidananda was born to a highly spiritual family in Southern India in 1914.  In 1942, Swamiji began his full-time spiritual quest, studying with several teachers such as Sri Ramana Maharshi, Sri Aurobindo and his spiritual master, Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharshi of Rishikesh, Himalayas.  He took the vows of sannyas (monkhood) in 1949.

In 1953 he went to Sri Lanka and spent 13 years at the Ashram that he established there.  In 1966 he made his first global tour and stayed in New York for 5 months on what was originally to be a 2-day visit, becoming an American citizen in 1976.

Swami Satchidananda has dedicated his life to the cause of peace - both individual and universal - and to religious harmony among all people.  He advocates the principle that "truth is one, paths are many."

On August 19, 2002, His Holiness Sri Swami Satchidananda attained Mahasamadhi (a God-realized soul's conscious final exit from the body) in his native Tamil Nadu, South India.

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