Yoga Life Society Altar
This yantra was developed by Sri Swami Satchidananda, the founder and spiritual head of the Integral Yoga Institutes and Satchidananda Ashrams..
it is also on all Yoga Life Society altars, reflecting the Yoga lineage of Reverend Jaganath.Carrera and is used with permission from Integral Yoga Institute..
The Yoga Life Society principal Altar consists of a mystical Hindu Yantra, or geometric design, surrounded by various faith symbols, in accordance with our respect for all faiths, and our interpretation of Sanatana Dharma or pure Hinduism in that way.
Alongside the Yantra is the symbol for the Sanskrit OM (lower right) and photos that honor our lineage of Spiritual Masters or Gurus: Sri Guruji Reverend Jaganath Carrera, Sri Swami Satchidanandaji Maharaj, and Holy Master Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj.
The symbol for OM is Universal and can be said to represent all masters of all faith traditions and times. This is based on several key sutras in the Yoga Sutras of Patanaji
which state that Ishwara (the Absolute God) is the guru of all gurus, and can be designated by the mantra OM. This is part of our Teaching.
OM further represents the creation, evolution, and dissolution of all beings and of creation. It is often cited as being an equivalent to the Absolute.
The altar also includes a Light that represents the one Absolute Truth that is common to all faith traditions and a crystal earth globe to remind us to send thoughts of loving-kindness to all who suffer.
Our Altar thus honors both the specific and the Absolute in accordance with our Teaching.