The Reverend Sri Swami Satchidananda (Sri Gurudev) is a world-renowned spiritual teacher and Yoga Master. He was a living example of both the teachings of Integral Yoga and its goal, and was fittingly referred to as a ‘modern sage.’ Not limited to one organisation, religion or country, Sri Gurudev was a spiritual guide to thousands around the world, seeing himself as nothing but an instrument in the hands of God. He received international invitations to speak about the way to peace both individual and universal, and to bring people together in ecumenical gatherings. His love, peace and joy are still being felt by all who love Him.
Sri Gurudev began his public service in 1951 when H.H. Sri Swami Sivananda sent him on an India tour to teach the glory of Yoga. As his popularity grew, the first Divine Life Society was opened in Sri Lanka followed by branches in Colombo and Jaffna. In 1966 Gurudev was invited to the west by American Film Director Conrad Rooks who was moved by Sri Gurudev’s quiet wisdom. Touching the hearts of many he was invited to stay for a few days, that turned into weeks, then months until finally he had permanent residency. Soon the Integral Yoga Institute was founded.
During his lifetime of service, Sri Gurudev also served as advisor to the International Yoga Teachers Federation, European Union of National Yoga Federations and was made Honorary President of the British Wheel Of Yoga in 1972. He is also the recipient of the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award, and the Juliet Hollister Award presented at the United Nations as well as several Honorary Doctorates. He was sponsored to talk at the First International Yoga Convention in Brussels, returning yearly, and was a guest speaker at the annual “Academy Of Yoga” in England and the EUNYF conference in Zinal, Switzerland for more than fifteen years.