Sri Swami Satchidananda

THE WOODSTOCK GURU

Woodstock Guru Video

 

Sri Swami Satchidananda opened the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival addressing a crowd of over 500,000 people. August 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival and while most people remember the event as an embodiment of the values of the sixties counter culture, the impact of Woodstock still reverberates for baby boomers and later generations.

Swami Satchidananda

Sri Swami Satchidananda was one of the great Yoga masters to bring the classical Yoga tradition to the West in the 1960s. He taught Yoga postures and meditation, and introduced students to a vegetarian diet and a more compassionate lifestyle. During this period of cultural awakening, iconic pop artist Peter Max and a small circle of his artist friends invited Swamiji to extend an intended two-day visit to New York City, so they could learn from him the secret of finding physical health, mental peace, and spiritual enlightenment.

Three years later, he led some half a million American youth in chanting “OM,” when he delivered the official opening remarks at the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Festival and became known as the “Woodstock Guru.”

The distinctive Integral Yoga teachings he brought with him blend the physical discipline of Yoga, the spiritual philosophy of India, and the interfaith ideals he pioneered.

These techniques and concepts influenced a generation and spawned a Yoga culture that is flourishing. Today, millions of people practice Yoga as a means for managing stress, promoting health, slowing down the aging process, and creating a more meaningful life.

A few milestones as a Yoga trailblazer:
A few milestones as a wellness pioneer:

“Everyone is searching for inner peace and joy. Some people want to be happy quickly, so they take shortcuts and get temporary happiness. But borrowed joy comes and goes. The happiness that we seem to be getting by our daily efforts is fleeting and mixed with a lot of troubles, worries, and unhappiness. We keep trying to find that happiness and we keep missing it. When we finally tire of searching for happiness outside, we sit quietly and wonder, What is this? Why am I unhappy? Why do I lose the happiness that I have? If we’re sincere and analyze well, we find, ultimately, that happiness never comes from outside. Happiness simply is. Our true nature is peace and joy—if only we don’t disturb it.”

—Swami Satchidananda

“Everyone is searching for inner peace and joy. Some people want to be happy quickly, so they take shortcuts and get temporary happiness. But borrowed joy comes and goes. The happiness that we seem to be getting by our daily efforts is fleeting and mixed with a lot of troubles, worries, and unhappiness. We keep trying to find that happiness and we keep missing it. When we finally tire of searching for happiness outside, we sit quietly and wonder, “What is this? Why am I unhappy? Why do I lose the happiness that I have?” If we’re sincere and analyze well, we find, ultimately, that happiness never comes from outside. Happiness simply is. Our true nature is peace and joy—if only we don’t disturb it.”

—Swami Satchidananda