Swami Rama

Year of birth : 1925
Place of birth : Toli, Uttar Pradesh
Teacher/Guru : Bengali Baba
Website : www.swamiramaofthehimalayas.org


" When you practice meditation, initially you come

in touch with yourself and all your thought patterns;

you come to understand your inner dialogue.

Then, you learn to discriminate - to select and reject;

and finally, you learn how to work with yourself. "

" I say, ye human beings, among all the species

on the earth, you are the greatest.

You are the greatest for you can change your destiny,

you can build your destiny, you can enlighten yourself. "

" The poor long for riches, the rich long for heaven,

but the wise long for a state of tranquility. " 

Books by the Master

 " Living with the Himalayan Masters " ... " Science of Breath " ... " Yoga and Psychotherapy: The Evolution of Consciousness " ... " The Art of Joyful Living " ... " Meditation and Its Practice " ... " Path of Fire and Light, Vol. 1: Advanced Practices of Yoga " ... " Choosing a path " ... " Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad-Gita " ... " The Royal Path: Practical Lessons on Yoga " ... " Creative Use of Emotion " ... " Path of Fire and Light(Vol 2): A Practical Companion to Volume One " ... " A Practical Guide to Holistic Health " ... " Wisdom of Ancient Sages: Mundaka Upanishad " ... " Samadhi: The Highest State of Wisdom: Yoga the Sacred Science " ... " Sacred Journey: Living Purposefully and Dying Gracefully " ... " Love Whispers " ... " Fearless Living: Yoga and Living " ... " Om The Eternal Witness: Secrets Of The Mandukya Upanishad " ... " Freedom From the Bondage of Karma " ... " Book of Wisdom " ... " Happiness Is Your Creation " ... " Inspired Thoughts of Swami Rama " ... " Enlightenment Without God: Mandukya Upanishad " ... " Life Here and Hereafter: Kathopanishad " ... " Lectures on Yoga: Practical Lessons on Yoga " ... " Marriage, Parenthood and Enlightenment " ... " Spirituality: Transformation Within and Without " ... " Japji: Meditation in Sikhism " ... " Sri Guru Granth Sahib in English Verse " ... " Love and Family Life " ... " Exercises for Joints and Glands " ... " Sadhana: The Path to Enlightenment " ... " The Master Speaks: Inspired Sayings of Sri Swami Rama: A Perpetual Calendar " ... " The Valmiki Ramayana: Retold In Verse " ... " Indian Music " ... " Exercise Without Movement: Manual One " ... " Conscious Living: A Guidebook for Spiritual Transformation " ... " Freedom from Fear " ... " Emotion to Enlightenment " ... " Celestial Song/Gobind Geet: The Dramatic Dialogue Between Gury Gobind Singh and Banda Singh Bahadur " ... " Mantra, Tantra and Miracles " ... " Spiritual Journey " ... " Sukhamani Sahib: Fountain of Eternal Joy " ... " Sadhana: The Essence of Spiritual Life " ... " Humble, Happy & Wise " ... " The Essence of Spiritual Life: A Companion Guide for the Seeker " ... " Let the Bud of Life Bloom: A Guide to Raising Happy and Healthy Children " ... " Call to Humanity " ... At the Feet of a Himalayan Master: Remembering Swami Rama, (volumes 1 2 3 4 ) " ... " The Mystical Poems of Kabir " 


Sri Swami Rama was an Indian yogi. He is known for being one of the first yogis to allow himself to be studied by Western scientists. In the 1960s he allowed himself to be examined by scientists at the Menninger Clinic who studied his ability to voluntarily control bodily processes (such as heartbeat, blood pressure, and body temperature) that are normally considered to be non-voluntary (autonomic).

From an early age he was raised in the Himalayas by his master Bengali Baba and, under the guidance of his master, traveled from temple to temple and studied with a variety of Himalayan saints and sages, including his grandmaster, who was living in a remote region of Tibet. From 1949 to 1952 he held the position of Shankaracarya of Karvirpitham (also Karveer Peeth or Karweer Peeth) in South India. After returning to his master in 1952 and practising further for many years in the Himalayan caves, Swami Rama was encouraged by his teacher to go to the West, where he spent a considerable portion of his life teaching, specifically in the United States and Europe.

After leaving the post of Shankaracharya and going back to the master, he afterwards travelled to Nepal in the Himalayas barefoot with nothing but a kamandalu and tiger mat. It was here he created his first ashram. It is at the outskirts of Kathmandu on the way to Dhulikhel on the mountain of Janagal. He later granted it to Swami Vishuddha Dev. The ashram is known as Hansada Yoga Ashram. Now it is the headquarters of the Characterology movement.

He was the founder of the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy, which has its headquarters in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, and branches in the USA, Europe, and India. Swami Rama also founded other teaching and service organizations. One of his significant achievements is the establishment of a large medical facility in the northern part of India (Dehradun) to serve millions of poor people in the nearby mountains. Until about 15 years ago the rural poor in this region did not have access to health care, water, sanitation, and education. Dedicated disciples of Swami Rama have contributed to make his dream of a region free of poverty come true. Stories of his leadership style and the way he achieved his goals are documented in several books about Swami Rama.

Swami Rama authored several books in which he describes the path he took to becoming a yogi and lays out the philosophy and benefits behind practices such as meditation. One of the common themes expressed in such books as Enlightenment Without God and Living with the Himalayan Masters is the ability of any person to achieve peace without the need for a structured religion. He was critical of the tendency for yogis to use supernatural feats to demonstrate their enlightenment, arguing that these only demonstrated the ability to perform a feat.