The Light Of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS) is a unique temple dedicated to interfaith understanding and the Light within all faiths. Individual altars represent and honor the different world faiths and spiritual paths. The vision, design and inspiration of Sri Swami Satchidananda, LOTUS was dedicated in 1986. It demonstrates, “Truth is One, Paths are Many.” In the peaceful countryside of Virginia, the doors of LOTUS are open to welcome people of all backgrounds and beliefs.

Welcome to the official website of LOTUS. Explore LOTUS through two virtual tours:  a Custom Virtual Tour and The Google Tour. Have an introduction to the concepts behind LOTUS and the importance of interfaith cooperation in our world today. Read about the purpose of LOTUS and discover the beauty of the shrine through the virtual tours, video galleries, and slide shows, including the annotated “At a Glance” visual overview of historic photos. Learn about the founder of LOTUS, a pioneer in the interfaith movement. Discover the unique architecture and construction of LOTUS and recall the 1986 dedication ceremonies. Explore the faith traditions through scriptural quotes, photos, and sacred objects displayed in the All Faiths Hall of LOTUS. Find out about the LOTUS Center for All Faiths, visitor information, Integral Yoga links, and interfaith organization resources.

News Alert

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Theatens LOTUS

LOTUS, the Ashram and the surrounding Yogaville community face a serious concern: A high-pressure natural gas pipeline to transport fracked gas from West Virginia to North Carolina is planned by Dominion Resources to cut across our county, Buckingham. The current plan shows that a powerful compressor station will be built within five miles of the Ashram.

Repairs Needed on LOTUS

Due to the natural wear and tear of time and weather, this sacred symbol of Universal Light is in need of urgent repair. Therefore, we invite each and all of you to join us in the privilege of becoming a part of the repair of LOTUS now and its continuous upkeep throughout the years to come.

Our goal is to cover the cost of necessary repairs estimated at $350,000 and to inspire a commitment from friends, family, and supporters to gratefully fund the ongoing yearly upkeep in the amount of $40,000, in order to maintain and preserve the LOTUS for the benefit of all for generations to come.

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Swami Satchidananda

Swami Satchidananda

“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.”

—H. H. Sri Swami Satchidananda, founder of LOTUS

The Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama

“I believe all religions pursue the same goals, that of cultivating human goodness and bringing happiness to all human beings. Though the means might appear different the ends are the same.”

—H. H. the 14th the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso

The Very Rev. James P Morton

The Very Rev. James P Morton

“Every human being under the sun is graciously welcome at the LOTUS.”

—The Very Rev. James P Morton, The Interfaith Center of New York

Rabbi Gelberman

Rabbi Gelberman

“Words cannot express the uplifting feelings I have experienced in visiting this shrine. The LOTUS celebrates the unity of all faiths, the many paths but one God.”

—Rabbi Joseph Gelberman, the New Synagogue; Founder and President, All Faiths Seminary International

Dr. Karan Singh

Dr. Karan Singh

“The LOTUS stands as a living monument to the interfaith ideals.”

—Dr. Karan Singh, Member of Parliament (India); International Chairman of the Temple of Understanding

Sun Bear

Sun Bear

“I appreciate the LOTUS which promotes understanding among all people and among all religions. May we all come to the path of unity that will allow us to overcome the enemy of separation that is now trying to destroy all of the earth.”

—Sun Bear, Founder and Medicine Chief of the Bear Tribe Medicine Society

Yogi Bhajan

Yogi Bhajan

“The LOTUS is a ‘Statue of Spirituality’ equal to the Statue of Liberty. It unites spirituality into the reality of the Oneness of God and Light and gives everybody unity in diversity.”

—Yogi Bhajan, Sikh Dharma Chief Religious and Administrative Authority for the Western Hemisphere

Prabhasa Dharma

Prabhasa Dharma

“The LOTUS is a visual testimony to interfaith understanding and stands as a beacon of Truth and Peace.”

—The Venerable Prabhasa Dharma, Founder of the International Zen Center; 45th generational heir of the Vietnamese Lam Te (Rinzai) Zen Lineage

Br. David Steindl-Rast

Br. David Steindl-Rast

In the Self we are all one and yet each Self is unique and irreplaceable. Each spiritual tradition knows this great Self by a different name. The world we long to see is built on nonviolence, collaboration, and sharing. This is the message of the LOTUS.

~Br. David Steindl-Rast, OSB, Co-founder, A Network for Grateful Living

To virtually tour the LOTUS on this site: Use the navigation wheel in the upper left to change perspective. Zoom with the + and - buttons. You can also drag on a track pad or scroll a mouse. Click on the arrows to follow available paths. After looking around the main sanctuary, pass through the glass door by double clicking on it. Traverse the gardens and fountains, and cross LOTUS Road to ascent the stairs leading to Chidambarum. Then, return to the LOTUS by turning around with the navigation wheel, or with two fingers on a trackpad, and proceed down the hill. Be sure to turn left to visit the exhibit in the exhibit hall. You can zoom in to see the exhibit photos. Then go across the courtyard to the gift shop, before progressing back to the lower level of the LOTUS to visit the All Faiths Hall and explore the sacred objects there in. 

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The "Standing As Stone: Standing With Standing Rock" interfaith prayer service brought people together to protect the water. Individually, we are drops of rain; together, we are the ocean.

"If we fortify ourselves completely – our senses, our minds – nothing on earth can disturb our peace. We can be always as steady as a rock."
~ Sri Swami Satchidananda

This week began the Christian Lenten season, as well as the Baha'i 19 day fast. At Lent, people give up a pleasure or vice, that they may use their faith to strengthen their will. Many spiritual traditions honor purification in this manner. In Sanskrit, it is called tapasya.

Sutra 2.1. Accepting pain as help for purification, study, and surrender to the Supreme Being constitute Yoga in practice.
~ Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

"Purification and control of the prana can be attained in several ways. Whatever method we use, the ultimate goal is to control our inner nature, to make it clean and calm, so that the divine light within can be seen by everyone."
~ Sri Swami Satchidananda, Beyond Words

Dear Sangha,

Please join us for the Maha Sivaratri Celebration this coming Saturday, Feb 25th by attending the 4 Pujas and the fun activities.

An overview of the night:

9:00pm Kirtan
9:30pm Sadasiva Buckley on Mahasivaratri & Lord Siva
10:00pm Sivaratri Puja by Sw. Sundaram & kirtan
Siva & Parvati skits enacted by participants & kirtan
Midnight Puja by Sw. Priyaananda & kirtan
DVD - “The First Maha Sivaratri“ followed by
Stories of Siva & Parvati
2:00am Puja by Sw. Sugunananda & kirtan
Hatha class & kirtan
4:00am Puja by Sundaram (or Sw. Sugunananda) & kirtan
Clean up of Hall by everyone then visit Kailosh
6:00am Bagel & cheese, etc. & Chai tea breakfast

Light Of Truth Universal Shrine - LOTUS added a new photo. ...