Questions and Answers on the Yamas

Q: In the Ramayana and Mahabharata, it’s clear that there was killing. The Gita itself takes place on a battlefield. How is this explained and justified in terms of ahimsa (non-violence)? Swami Satchidananda: In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna talks about non‑violence to...

Swami Satchidananda Chanting: Now Streaming

Integral Yoga Media is happy to announce that many of the albums and singles of Swami Satchidananda chanting and leading Yoga practices are now widely streaming. These include: Swami Satchidananda (the original double album), Songs of Grace, the Sacred Mantra Series,...

Remembrances of My Guru on His 108th Birth Anniversary

For thirty-two years, I had the great good fortune to sit at the feet of Sri Swami Satchidananda (Gurudev). There were happy times and sad times, countless comings and goings, many ups and downs, but through it all, he remained the same: peaceful, patient, balanced,...

Let the Holidays Become Your Light-filled Holydays

If we want to make all our days holy days we should think of the inspiring thoughts of the great sages and saints. Otherwise, when we celebrate this holiday season, it will be just once a year fun. Instead, let us utilize the season to reaffirm that we wish to lead...

Putting Our Ahimsa Where Our Mouth Is

In the early 1970s, I was in the dance department at the University of California, Berkeley, and right when I passed from my apartment to the campus, there was the Integral Yoga Institute. I went in there, long story short, to take a Yoga class. The postures were...