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Swami Satchidananda Dies

Swami Satchidananda, the Indian guru who recites an invocation within the version “A Love Supreme” on Alice Coltrane’s 1971 album World Galaxy, died Aug. 18 in Madras in South India. He was 87.

After growing up in India and becoming wise to the ways of meditation and yoga, Satchidananda came to America in 1966 via an invitation by psychedelic artist Peter Max. The summer of love was only a year away and youth culture was discovering the happiness found in free love and non-prescription drugs. Eastern culture was in and a guru like Satchidananda was a welcome spiritual guide. The guru set up shop with his Integral Yoga Institute in New York and became a prominent figure in the flower-power movement.

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