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Satya's Brahmacharya Initiation

September 16, 2008 by Lightwaves

A long-time member of the community at Yasodhara Ashram takes the vow of Brahmacharya; “a choice enabling the aspirant to more quickly ascend the spiral of evolution through conscious cooperation.”Swami Radha

On September 8, 2008, a ceremony was held in the Temple of Divine Light to honour Arnon Thompson’s decision to let go of her old life and to begin a new life as a Brahmacharya. Brahmacharya is a vow of celibacy in thought, speech and action. The word itself means achara or conduct that leads to Brahman, purity.  Swami Radha’s guru, Swami Sivananda of Risikesh, India, stated: “Brahmacharya is the art of self-restraint, the practice of which confers health, long life, peace, power, poise. There are many dimensions – physical, psychological, ethical, spiritual.”

Part of becoming a Brahmacharya is taking a new name.  Arnon became Satya – a Sanskrit word which means purity; Light of truth.  Satya speaks of what this new step means for her:

“My decision to take Brahmacharya initiation has come as a natural step in my spiritual growth. It comes from a deep knowing that it is connected with the purpose of my life. I feel blessed to be part of this yoga tradition and lineage that has kept the integrity of the teachings pure.”

Eight Sanyasins (renunciates) and one other brahmacharya came together to witness and support her initiation.  Swami Durgananda, who initiated Satya, describes the ceremony in the Temple:  “…when her new name was given, everyone was very moved. Her face was glowing and even her white sari seemed to be reflecting the light of the candles on the altar. She had chosen her name many years before and now she will be known as Satya which means Purity and Truth. May Divine Mother bless her in her new life.”








  1. So good to see Satya brimming with Light! What a beautiful next step to take. I wish I could have been there but you are in my heart daily. May Divine Mother keep blessing you (and may you keep passing it on in your smile and the music that flows through you!)
    om om

    Comment by Michael McCarthy — September 16, 2008 @ 6:30 pm

  2. Not quite sure how to put this. I’ll stick with Congratulations Satya! May your new life be filled with Light!

    Liam N.

    Comment by Liam — September 16, 2008 @ 8:45 pm

  3. Arnon – I mean “Satya”.
    It was so wonderful to open this “Lightwaves” this morning and see your glowing light and spirit – so beautiful to see.
    I am so happy for you in your continued steps forward – bravo..
    In knowing you, you exude all the treasured characteristics of Brahmacharya – congratulations on this initiation.
    In the ‘swirl’ of my first candidacy in a federal election, it is so wonderful to open up this Lightwaves and feeled transported to the light and energy. I continue to feel the support in my connection with you all. My experiences and learning through Yasodhara continue to resonate and radiate in who I am and wish to be.
    I plan to stop in for a brief visit and rest while capaigning through the area in the next week or so…
    Namaste to you and all.

    Andy Morel

    Comment by Andy Morel — September 17, 2008 @ 8:16 am

  4. Satya Arnon – blessings to you!

    Comment by Malin — September 17, 2008 @ 11:20 am

  5. That is wonderful Satya!

    It is a beautiful name!

    Namaste & Light

    Comment by elizabeth shaw — September 17, 2008 @ 6:15 pm

  6. Satya you look radiant as you move onto the next step of your journey. As I continue to try and act in the Light here in Guyana it is good to tc connect with such a joyous occasion, a fulfulment of much hard work and dedication to the teachings.

    Comment by Nicolette Smith — September 17, 2008 @ 7:36 pm

  7. Satya, I wish you well on your bold step to embrace the Light through discipline and humility. Hari Ohm. Rita

    Comment by Rita Nandy — September 18, 2008 @ 4:33 am

  8. Many Light wishes for you Satya, and thank you for introducing me to devotion those few years ago.

    Comment by Michael Parrish — September 24, 2008 @ 9:12 am

  9. Congratulations, Satya. Light to you, and thank you for your example.

    Comment by susie — September 28, 2008 @ 5:08 pm

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