Dedicated to the Light of all faiths and to world peace, the Light Of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS) is unique in the world. The LOTUS is the first interfaith Shrine to include altars for all faiths known and yet unknown.
People of all backgrounds and beliefs an feel at home to pray or meditate inside the LOTUS. The LOTUS serves as a reminder that, while God may be approached through a variety of names and forms, the Truth behind all of them is the same. There is unity in the diversity.
Sri Gurudev Swami Satchidananda, the founder of Integral Yoga, was a leading proponent of interfaith understanding and considered one of the pioneers of the interfaith movement in America. His motto, “Truth is One, Paths are Many,” has been celebrated around the world. He organized many interfaith programs, retreats, and conferences. He received many awards and honors for his humanitarian and interfaith service, among them the Juliet Hollister Award (presented at the United Nations) and the U Thant Peace Award (presented by the Peace Meditation at the United Nations).
Sri Gurudev’s long cherished dream of having a permanent shrine for all the world’s faiths was realized in 1986 when the Light Of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS) that he built was dedicated in Virginia at Yogaville.
“He was the pioneer of interfaith work. He really lifted it up as the way to be—that there is one Creator, one universe, one God. There are 900 million ways of getting to that unity and they all have to be respected. And he was the one who really first gave language to that conviction.” —The Very Reverend James Parks Morton,
President, The Interfaith Center of New York
“More people have died in the name of God and religion than in all the wars and natural calamities. But, the real purpose of any religion is to educate us about our spiritual unity. It is time for us to recognize that there is one truth and many approaches. The basic cause for all the world problems is the lack of understanding of our spiritual unity. The need of the hour is to know, respect, love one another and to live as one global family. Our humble aim in building the LOTUS is to spread this message.” —Sri Swami Satchidananda, founder of LOTUS