Photo: Br. David receiving this special honor presented by Susanne Raab.

Congratulations to founder, Br. David Steindl-Rast, on both his 97th birthday and for being awarded the Gold Decoration of Honor for Services to the Republic of Austria. The award is given to select individuals by the Austrian government and was presented to him by Susanne Raab, the Austrian Minister of Women, Family, and Youth. Br. David is at his monastery in Austria, where he devotes his time to writing and contemplation.

Br. David has been a longtime collaborator with Integral Yoga founder, Swami Satchidananda, in promoting interfaith understanding. Br. David has remained a close friend and inspiration for the Integral Yoga sangha and Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville/Integral Yoga International congratulates him on this well-deserved honor and sends our love and prayers on the occasion of his birthday as well.