LOTUS Comes to India
It was also Swami Satchidananda’s dream to see a LOTUS built in his Motherland of India and he spoke about this often as he traveled the globe. The spirit of reverence for all faiths is a foundational tenet of Hinduism, whose original name was Sanatana Dharma, meaning “eternal truth.” While modern times have seen strife among the believers of the different religions throughout India, Swami Satchidananda hoped that building LOTUS in India would be a reminder of the Vedic proclamation, Ekam Sat Vipraha Bahuda Vadanti: There is One Truth though sages call it by different names.
The project will go forward under the supervision of Sri K. Ramasamy (President of the Integral Yoga Institute of Coimbatore and Managing Director of Swami Satchidananda’s school, Satchidananda Jothi Nikethan in Mettupalayam) who spearheads all of Sri Gurudev’s service in South India.
LOTUS project spans generations, cultures and nations. This will be a temple dedicated to every soul’s unique journey to God. LOTUS reminds us that, while God is approached by a variety of paths and represented through a variety of forms, the truth behind all of them is the same. LOTUS will be a permanent monument to interfaith peace and harmony.
A seed has been planted. We welcome your participation to help this blossom into a magnificent LOTUS, a shrine to the Universal Light and an offering to the glorious feet of the Lord.
The bhoomi puja (foundation laying ceremony) for LOTUS India took place on November 26, 2012 at Satchidananda Alayam (the birthplace of Swami Satchidananda in Chettipalayam, South India). The function was presided over by Sri K. Ramaswamy and was blessed by Swami Anubhavanandaji and Swami Maruthachalam, as well as clergy of various faiths during the Light of Truth Universal Service. The construction was completed during the Centennial Year of Sri Swami Satchidananda in 2014.
"Once the mind is trained and the supreme non-attachment comes in, even for a second, you experience such joy that you will no longer wish to taste other things".
- Sri Swami Satchidananda