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Vegetarian Crocodile Offered Last Rites at Hindu Temple

Indian Express: In a rare gesture, a Kerala temple accorded “bhu samadhi” to a crocodile, named Babiya, that died in the shrine’s pond on Sunday night and a post-mortem cited the death due to old age. Since the crocodile has been part of the lore of Sree...

The Origin Story of Integral Yoga Japan (Hiroshima)

I’d like to share with you the story of how I decided to start Integral Yoga Japan in Hiroshima. There was a lady in Japan who was undergoing a lot of physical and mental challenges. She wrote to Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville to ask for help and guidance. Swami...

Remembering Uma Devi Pemmaraju

Uma Devi Pemmaraju passed away in early August 2022 at the age of 64. She was the daughter of the late Dr. P. N. Rao and his wife, Rani, mother of Kirana Petkun. The entire family, including Uma's siblings, Dr. Rama Pemmaraju and Dr. Shankar Pemmaraju, were longtime...

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Robert Arjava Altman: A Tribute

Robert Arjava Altman: A Tribute

Robert Mark Altman, best known for his work as an early staff photographer for the music magazine Rolling Stone, died at his home in San Francisco on September 21, 2021, a month shy of his seventy-seventh birthday. He had been in ill health for some time. Altman...

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Bloom

Bloom

A tender and beautiful animated video classic illustrates the healing and joy that can come from caring for others. This video sublimely illustrates the guiding principles of grateful living: Appreciation is generative. Love is transformative. Everything is surprise…

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The Science Behind Hindu Temples

The Science Behind Hindu Temples

This short video gives an overview of the science behind temple construction and how it is precisely based on the vastu and shilpa sastras. Powerful vibrations emanate from temples constructed in this way. The location and design of the Light Of Truth Universal Shrine...

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“You Are Still Here?” A 9/11 True Story

“You Are Still Here?” A 9/11 True Story

The tender care and concern Sri Swami Satchidananda showed his devotees was never more evident than in this sharing from Michelle Ambika Berthias of France, which was related to the tragic events of September 11, 2001. What is also very evident is that the protection...

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The Silent Teachings of Sri Swami Sivananda

The Silent Teachings of Sri Swami Sivananda

Let us try to understand that large-hearted person who as it were, at one stroke showered unutterable good fortune on all the seekers. Gurudev [Sri Swami Sivanandaji] was a person on whom honor, homage, tribute, high praise, veneration, respect, etc., were no burden....

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Sri Swami Sivananda: A Spiritual Giant

Sri Swami Sivananda: A Spiritual Giant

Sri Swami Sivanandaji was a great spiritual giant. India had four great spiritual giants at one time. These saints represent the four different Yogas. Papa Ramdas of South India represented the path of Bhakti Yoga. He was a great devotee of Lord Rama. Papa Ramdas...

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The Shrines of Yogaville

The Shrines of Yogaville

Enjoy this beautiful overview of the shrines of Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville. The Ashram will begin a soft-reopen September 8, 2021, the birth anniversary of H. H. Sri Swami Sivananda, the Guru of Sri Swami Satchidananda. The video includes the three main shrines:...

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How to Really See

How to Really See

Daniel Dhanapati McCoy was a student of Swami Satchidananda and former director of the Integral Yoga Institute of Detroit. In recent years, Dhanapati was diagnosed with ALS. On the evening of August 24th, 2021, he died peacefully in his home at the age of 71, just 3...

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The Spiritual Alchemy of the Guru

The Spiritual Alchemy of the Guru

Those who have been blessed to call themselves disciples and devotees of His Holiness Sri Gurudev Swami Satchidanandaji know the special grace of having a Satguru. Not only a Satguru, Sri Gurudev is a Tamil Siddhar (Siddha in other regions; realized saint) and what is...

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Guidance from a Higher Level

Guidance from a Higher Level

Mahasamadhi (a realized saint’s conscious final exit from the physical body) and thus prepared his disciples brilliantly well in advance. He left the physical body in August 2002 in South India. Here are some of his words in relation to Mahasamadhi—his own and other...

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