Leaving a Legacy

Workshop Session 6

with Chandra / Jo Sgammato

Zoom Recording

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Chandra Sgammato of Integral Yoga Institute

Legacy Giving

Most people leave behind some possessions when they die, which might include money, property, and personal belongings, and together these things are called their ‘estate.’ These are usually passed on to family, friends, and people or organizations such as charities that your friend or relative has specified.

A legacy is something we leave behind when we die. A legacy can be comprised of the intangible memories and feelings people hold for you after you die. A legacy can also take the form of a bequest, or donation, to be actioned after your death.

By making a planned gift to the Integral Yoga Institute or to Satchidananda Ashram – Yogaville, you can enable these not-for-profit organizations to continue to offer classes virtually and in person, along with workshops, retreats, Teacher Trainings, and to maintain the LOTUS and spread the teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda for generations to come. 

People of all ages can give to the Integral Yoga Institute while still providing for their families and preserving their retirement assets.

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How to Leave Legacy Gifts to IYI

Here are links for leaving legacy gifts to two IYIs and Yogaville. Every Integral Yoga teaching center will also welcome such gifts.  Please reach out to the management wherever you like, using the directory.  

Integral Yoga Institute of New York


If someone would like to contact us, reach out to the  treasurer (gopala@iyiny.org) and Radha (radha@iyiny.org), the executive director


Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco


If someone would like to contact us, reach out to to Swami Ramananda, ramananda@integralyogasf.org



If someone would like to contact us, reach out to Jeeva Abbate, 703-626-6385; or Mitra Somerville, Fundraising Team Member
Ashram Reservations Manager, Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville

Laughing at Death:
Dick Johnson is Dead

As her father nears the end of his life, filmmaker Kirsten Johnson stages his death in inventive and comical ways to help them both face the inevitable.

Available on Netflix.

What is consciousness without memory?

I’ve been thinking about this from two perspectives, as in when one dies, consciousness continues but without memory of who you were or any representation of ego. And then there is the consciousness in everyday life, but without memory as in Alzheimer’s setting in.

I’ve often thought what it would be like as one loses one’s memory, to me memory is reference point, so to be aware without a reference point, hmm, sounds inviting, sounds like possible awakeness…however, when it gets bad, forgetting relatives, names, faces, memories, what then, mind may be active, eeg registering, but the person isn’t fully there. 

So, what part does memory play in the realm of consciousness? If I have no memory of ‘self,’ but have awareness, perhaps that is some form of ‘nirvana’? I think memory is bounced from as a reference point. There is memory for how to write, how to speak, how to walk, all of which can be lost due to a stroke, but that’s not the same as the reference point of self, of your youness.

So, obviously I do not have any answers here, which feels good to me, to not know what I’m talking about, hahaha. I mean is memory an intrinsic part of consciousness? And when one dies, what happens to one’s entire life of memories? You cannot hold onto them, heck you can’t even hold onto your body, it has expired, so the entire process is involved in ‘letting go’. Gate Gate, gone gone, gone beyond. Perhaps this question is a moot point? As in who cares, if one’s life is over, does it matter where memories go? I think memories are thoughts that turned into experiences.

© stephen.futral / 10.august.2022

—Ishwara Stephen Futral of firsthoughtstudios.com met Swami Satchidananda in 1966 and later opened the Dallas IYI.

The Physics of  What is Left Behind

“You want a physicist to speak at your funeral. You want the physicist to talk to your grieving family about the conservation of energy so they will understand that your energy has not died. You want the physicist to remind your sobbing mother about the first law of thermodynamics; that no energy gets created in the universe, and none is destroyed. You want your mother to know that all your energy, every vibration, every Btu of heat, every wave of every particle that was her beloved child remains with her in this world. You want the physicist to tell your weeping father that amid energies of the cosmos, you gave as good as you got.


"And at one point you'd hope that the physicist would step down from the pulpit and walk to your brokenhearted spouse there in the pew and tell him that all the photons that ever bounced off your face, all the particles whose paths were interrupted by your smile, by the touch of your hair, hundreds of trillions of particles, have raced off like children, their ways forever changed by you. And as your widow rocks in the arms of a loving family, may the physicist let her know that all the photons that bounced from you were gathered in the particle detectors that are her eyes, that those photons created within her constellations of electromagnetically charged neurons whose energy will go on forever.

"And the physicist will remind the congregation of how much of all our energy is given off as heat. There may be a few fanning themselves with their programs as he says it. And he will tell them that the warmth that flowed through you in life is still here, still part of all that we are, even as we who mourn continue the heat of our own lives.

And you'll want the physicist to explain to those who loved you that they need not have faith; indeed, they should not have faith. Let them know that they can measure, that scientists have measured precisely the conservation of energy and found it accurate, verifiable, and consistent across space and time. You can hope your family will examine the evidence and satisfy themselves that the science is sound and that they'll be comforted to know your energy's still around. According to the law of the conservation of energy, not a bit of you is gone; you're just less orderly. Amen.”

—Aaron Freeman

A legacy is something we leave behind when we die. A legacy can be comprised of the intangible memories and feelings people hold for you after you die. A legacy can also take the form of a bequest, or donation, to be actioned after your death.

Here is interesting article on positive death planning from Mutual of Omaha.

Cake is a free service that catalogs users’ end-of-life wishes, instructions and documents

See a directory of Integral Yoga Centers and learn about what each one does.

Swami Satchidananda explains how running after things only leads to greater levels of dissatisfaction rather than contentment. He says that we can have everything in the world, but if we don't have peace of mind, we have nothing.

Man and woman in loving embrace

The Ways to Give are Many 

Gifts from a Will or Trust

Simply name the Integral Yoga Institute as a beneficiary in your will or trust. Doing so will not affect cash flow during your lifetime.

Gifts by Beneficiary Designations

Name the Integral Yoga Institute as the beneficiary of a retirement plan, financial account, or annuity. You will continue to benefit from these assets during your lifetime.

Gifts of Life Insurance

Gift unused life insurance policies to the Integral Yoga Institute and take an immediate tax deduction. You may also name the Integral Yoga Institute as a beneficiary of your policy.

Gifts of Appreciated Securities and Real Estate

Gift securities or real estate to the Integral Yoga Institute without impacting your cash flow. You may also avoid capital gains tax.

Gifts of Personal Property

Valuable assets including artwork, collectibles, and jewelry that you no longer want or need may be gifted to the Integral Yoga Institute and qualify for a tax deduction.

Gift of Your Home

If you own your home and wish to remain living there, you may transfer it to the Integral Yoga Institute while retaining the right to use it during your lifetime. Enjoy the added benefit of an income tax deduction.

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