Sri Swami Satchidananda-Apostle Of Peace - by Sita BordowThis is the story of a remarkable spiritual teacher who has dedicated his life to the service of others. An authentic holy man with a keen sense of humor and humility, Sri Swami Satchidananda's radiance, benevolence, tolerance, and understanding have helped to bring peace and enlightenment not only to those who practice Yoga but to thousands of Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and others all over the globe. Contains hundreds of photographs and illustrations."The dedicated ever enjoy supreme peace. Therefore, live only to serve." This directive from ancient scriptures has been a guiding light in the life of Sri Swami Satchidananda. That life has led him from the holy atmosphere of South India, to the political centers of Washington, D.C., and Moscow. Throughout, Sri Swami Satchidananda has been an instrument of the Divine will, spreading peace throughout the earth. His biography, illustrated with hundreds of photographs, unfolds the story of a life of dedication, service and surrender to God.
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Excerpted from Sri Swami Satchidananda: Apostle of Peace by Sita Bordow. [Copyright (c)1986 by Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville. All rights reserved]
The following excerpt is taken from a point about two-thirds of the way into
Sri Swami Satchidananda: Apostle of Peace
didn't know they were creating history as they gathered in Max Yasgur's
cow pasture for the Woodstock Festival-Aquarian Exposition--three days
of free music, free food, free entertainment. Almost all of the most
famous contemporary musicians had volunteered to perform at the Festival
- for free. When the fences couldn't hold back the almost half a
million young people, the promoters chopped up the ticket booths for
firewood. Soon there were miles of tents--green, red, blue, orange,--on
the hills. There were open kitchens for cereals and vegetables. The sun
burned down, and then it poured rain. The ground turned to mire, but
good spirit and a loving consciousness never faltered.
promoters had expected a few thousand people, and as they watched many
more than that pouring into the farm for the festivities, they became
concerned. Such large numbers gathered in much less than perfect
conditions usually made for trouble. One of the people in charge had met
Gurudev [Swami Satchidananda] and felt that his calming vibration could
have a soothing effect on the crowd.
The roads were too
choked with cars and people for his car to pass so a police escort drove
Gurudev toward the site. A boy fell off the back of a speeding car, and
Gurudev sat by him until help arrived, rubbing his head gently and
soothingly. When the roads became too clogged even for the police, a
special helicopter was pressed into service, lifting Gurudev high into
the air above the hundreds of cars parked every which way, and the
thousands and thousands of people milling like tiny ants below. How he
loved it, this smooth soaring above the festival, descending finally
into the midst of it. Backstage he sat on a makeshift wooden stepladder,
waiting to go on. Out front were 400,000 people.
beloved sisters and brothers," Gurudev began, I am overwhelmed with joy
to see the youth of America gathered here in the name of the fine art of
music. If fact, through music we can work wonders...
thing I wish you all to remember: with sound we can make or break. On
certain battlefields animal sounds are used. Without such sounds - war
cries - human beings couldn't become the kind of animals that kill their
"So I am very happy to see that we are all
gathered to create some 'making' sounds rather than 'breaking' sounds,
to find that peace and joy through the celestial music. I am honored for
having been given the opportunity for opening this great, great music
"America leads the world in several ways. Very
recently, when I was in the East, the grandson of Mahatma Ghandi asked
me, "What's happening in America?" I said, 'America is becoming whole.
America is helping everybody in the material field, but the time has
come for America to help the whole word with spirituality also.'
why across its length and breadth we see people, thousands and
thousands of people, yoga-minded, spiritual-minded. So let all our
actions and all our arts express yoga or unity. Through the sacred art
of music let us find peace that will pervade all over the globe. Often
people shout, 'We are going to fight for peace!' I still do not
understand how they are going to fight and then find peace. Therfore,
let us not fight for peace, but let us find peace within ourselves
Woodstock amazed everyone. Despite adverse
conditions, the thousands of people lived together in total harmony for
the duration of the festival. No comparable gathering before or since
could make that claim.
From the foreword by Father Thomas Keating
Reverend Sri Swami Satchidananda has devoted himself tirelessly to the
promotion of spirituality, transcultural values and understanding among
the world religions.