Perhaps the crowning glory of Swami Satchidananda’s interfaith work is the Light Of Truth Universal Shrine – an interfaith shrine built in Yogaville in 1986. LOTUS celebrates the unity behind the diversity of the world religions.
Open to people of all faiths to meditate and pray, this shrine uses the universal symbol of light as the symbol of the Divine. It is the first shrine ever built to house altars for every major faith and also faiths less well-known and those not yet known.
For in depth information including video clips, a virtual tour and much more please visit the official LOTUS website at www.LOTUS.org
By H. H. Sri Swami Satchidananda
O Lord, the Light of Lights,
You are the Indweller of the entire Universe.
You are the Light of Awareness.
You are the Light of our Consciousness.
You are the One who enlightens everything and everybody.
You are the One who makes the sun shine, the moon shine,
Who makes the stars shine, who makes the fire burn.
Kindly lead us to that Light of Wisdom and remove the darkness of ignorance; enlighten our hearts.
Help us experience that Light within and without.
Help us see the same Light, the same Spirit dwelling everywhere in everything, or to be more accurate, as everything.
Help us to understand You and You alone through all these various forms and names, through all these different approaches and ways of worship.
Help us recognize the central unity. Help us realize we are Your image,
Your children, no matter what the differences are.
Let us behold Your Spirit running through all.
Give us the strength and courage and capacity to experience that Peace and Joy and share that experience with everyone.
Help us to get away from these selfish temptations with which we are creating all the differences, all the fights, and all the wars.
We have suffered enough due to our ignorance.
Please guide us to know our brothers and sisters and to know we are all parts of your family.
Enlighten our paths, O the Light of Lights, Lord of Lords. Help us, guide us.