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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St. Mary Magdalene's feast day on July 22nd is a call for all Christians to "reflect more deeply on the dignity of women, the new evangelization and the greatness of the mystery of divine mercy." Once dismissed as a prostitute, most Biblical scholars find no scriptural basis for that conclusion. She is called "the Apostle to the Apostles," as the one who not only stayed with Lord Jesus during crucifixion, but was the first to see Him in resurrection, interpreting His message to the others (at a time when women had no authority to teach), and reminding them that He would always be with them.

"Devotion gradually progresses to higher levels. The Bhagavad Gita talks about four kinds of devotees. One type goes to God and asks for the removal of their suffering. Another type will ask for money or material things. A third will request liberation or release from bondage. And the fourth will not ask for anything. That one will just enjoy praying and praising God. That is the highest form of prayer."
~ Sri Swami Satchidananda, Beyond Words
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Sat Guru Jaya Guru Satchidananda Guru: Guru Poornima is the sacred holiday held each year in honor of spiritual masters around the world. Last weekend, the Yogaville community and guests observed the holiday joyously, with songs and prayers to our beloved founder, Sri Swami Satchidananda, as well as honoring the teachers of the world's other spiritual traditions.

"The guru is eternal. The guru never dies. It’s only the physical body that dies. And what is a guru then? The words and teachings. They never die. Those truths are eternal. They are just transmitted to you through a physical body.
Ultimately, the guru makes you see the True Self or guru within you. There are many disciples who rarely even see the guru physically but still understand the lessons and teachings. That is possible when you really look within, meditate and see the guru inside. Then you can get all the answers from within."
~ Sri Swami Satchidananda, Beyond Words
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GURU POORNIMA CELEBRATION
Fri. 7th 7:30pm Special Guru Poornima Outdoor Guru Puja 8:30pm Chanting of the Guru Gita

Sat. 8th 10:30am Guru Chant

11:00am Guru Poornima Program & Light of Truth Universal Service SSH

2:30 Interfaith Panel at LOTUS, All Faiths Hall (AFH), on Sat. 8th
“THE RELEVANCE OF TRUTH”
Rabbi Shneyer (Judaism)
Rev. Haycock (Christianity)
Susan Stone (Buddhism)
Swami Karunananda (Hinduism)
The panelist will be addressing the following questions:
*What is the relevance of Truth in your faith?
*How does Truth and Ethics play out in the service to your community?
*Given loss of family or friends by followers of your faith, what Truth in your faith supports you?
*Considering the current world situation, how does real Truth stay relevant?
*What does the LOTUS motto “Truth is One, Paths are many” mean to you personally and to your faith?
All Are Welcome!

7:30pm Jai Gurudev Celebration

Sun. 9th 9:00am Guru Poornima Puja

11:00am 31st Anniversary Celebration of LOTUS World Peace Ceremony at LOTUS

7:30pm Full Moon Chanting at LOTUS
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Have you ever visited the LOTUS? This wonderful drone footage takes you from Kailash, past Chidambaram, and all around LOTUS and the lake and forests. Kudos to the pilot.

Inside the LOTUS, there are altars dedicated to the Light of all faiths and to world peace

“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.”
~Sri Swami Satchidananda, Founder of the LOTUS
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The devotion to the Sacred Heart - Lord Jesus Christ's physical heart as the representation of Divine Love - is celebrated by Roman Catholics this weekend. 'OM Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya' is a Sanskrit mantra which pledges surrender to Divine. In Bhakti Yoga - the path of loving devotion - practitioners can find peace and harmony.

"There is a bond of love between people that we call spirituality." ~ Sri Swami Satchidananda, Beyond Words
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