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 Threatens 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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Two significant events in Christian and Orthodox theology are celebrated in August. On the 6th, the Transfiguration of Lord Jesus is observed, in which He is lifted up in Light to the Heavens. Moses, Lord Buddha, the Prophet Muhammad and Ramalinga Swamigal are among those who transfigured into Divine Radiance.

On the 15th, the Dormition of the Theotokos (Assumption of the Virgin Mary) is honored. The icon depicting this event shows the Holy Mother 'asleep', surrounded by the Apostles (absent Thomas the Doubter). As Her soul passes over to the spiritual realm, She is reunited with Her Son. He is surrounded by Light, and Her soul is represented as an infant being born into Eternal Life.

These significant theological events remind believers of a realm beyond the mortal plane.

“Put others first. Only then will you really find peace and joy. The people we call great saints and prophets were the ones who gave themselves completely. We never worship a millionaire who had a lot of money and died without being of use to anybody. If you want to live forever, if you want to be immortal, let every minute of your life be useful to the world at large. See that you bring peace and joy to everybody and no harm to anybody. That is the only way; there is no shortcut.”
~Sri Swami Satchidananda, Beyond Words
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Light Of Truth Universal Shrine - LOTUS

From last weekend's Gurupoornima events at Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville: Prayer services with Swami Ramananda in LCAF, and the Interfaith Service in Sivananda Hall. Thanks to Swami Dayananda and Bill Geoghegan for sharing these photos. ...

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The Reimagining Interfaith conference took place in Washington, DC this past week. Attended by grassroot activists and interfaith peacebuilders from around the world, it focussed on bridge building in a climate of fear. LOTUS's own Swami Dayananda was there. She offers this Shinto Haraigushi purification blessing from the opening events to all.

The Shide wand used by the priest resembles a small broomstick, with the zigzag white strips and sakaki leaves and making a pleasant rustling sound, said to realign energy and cast out negativity. This sweeping action is also used in Wiccan ritual and First Nation shamanism.

“If you realize that you are not just an individual but a part of the whole universe, you will not be afraid of anyone. A fearless person lives always, a fearful person dies every day, every minute. And you will never feel loneliness. You are always with people, with your work, with your activities. And your own conscience, which is a part of God, is always with you.”
~ Sri Swami Satchidananda, Beyond Words
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July 27th is Guru Poornima, the celebration of the guru, and coincides with a lunar eclipse. Eclipses are favored for seekers and mystics for amplifying spiritual practices.

On this day, offer homage to your guru - parents, teachers, friends, spiritual guides. Pray, meditate, recite mantras, or simply practice self-awareness and reflection. Honor your Inner Guru, the Light and Consciousness that guides your path and enriches your life.

“Guru means the spiritual teacher. The guru is one who eliminates or removes the darkness in your understanding. The first syllable, gu, means darkness or ignorance, ru means the remover. So, one who removes the darkness is a guru.
...Gurus will never call themselves gurus. It is others who call them gurus. Ask Christ whether he created Christianity and he would say, “No. I don’t know Christianity at all.” Ask Buddha whether he created Buddhism and he would say, “I don’t know Buddhism. All I know is the Truth.””
~ Sri Swami Satchidananda, Beyond Words
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The Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville will celebrate at these events:

Fri. 27th 12:00pm Siva Puja Kailash
7:30pm Guru Poornim Celebration begins Kailash
with Full Moon Puja to the statue of Sri Gurudev

Sat. 28th 10:30am Guru chant & Guru Poornima service SSH
1:00pm Complimentary Luncheon SH
2:30pm Interfaith panel on “Keeping Your Faith Alive” SSH
7:30pm Jai Gurudev Celebration and Satsang SSH

Sun. 29th 9:00am Guru Poornima Puja Chidambaram
11:00am 32nd Anniversary Celebration of LOTUS LOTUS AFH
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Have you ever visited the LOTUS? Conceived by Sri Swami Satchidananda and dedicated in 1986, this interfaith temple offers a place to experience universal oneness and the beauty of religious diversity. This short film highlights its history and symbolism representing the Light within all of us. Your support of LOTUS is greatly appreciated.

“Peace and joy is our goal. Whatever we do, we are doing it for that. Not everyone believes in a God. But the real God, the absolute God, the cosmic God who is being searched for by one and all, is that peace and joy. Everyone wants that.”
~ Sri Swami Satchidananda, Beyond Words
#InterfaithFridayThe Light Of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS), the world's first interfaith shrine, was first opened in 1986. Now over 30 years later, it is in need of repair....
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