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Living with the Himalayan Masters

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From the back of the Book "I will tell you I grew up and how I was trained, about the great sages with whom I lived and what they taught me, not through lecture and books but through experiences," writes Sri Swami Rama in the opening pages of this timeless saga. These stories record his personal quest for truth and enlightenment. Inspiring, illuminating, entertaining, mystifying, and frequently droll and humorous, they bring you face-to-face with great Himalayan Masters, includi...

From the back of the Book

"I will tell you I grew up and how I was trained, about the great sages with whom I lived and what they taught me, not through lecture and books but through experiences," writes Sri Swami Rama in the opening pages of this timeless saga. These stories record his personal quest for truth and enlightenment. Inspiring, illuminating, entertaining, mystifying, and frequently droll and humorous, they bring you face-to-face with great Himalayan Masters, including:
· Mataji of Assam, a ninety-six-year-old lady sage who never slept.
· Gudari Baba, who taught Swami Rama the value of direct experience.
· Yogi Sri Aurobindo, who teaches that every human being has the potential for healing.
· Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the Nation.

"One of the great spiritual classics of all time. An insider's view of hidden adepts who live outside time and space as we know it, yogis and yoginis who can't possibly exist - but do!"
-Linda Johnsen, author of The Living Goddess: Reclaiming the Tradition of the Mother of the Universe

"Buy this book for yourself. Each page is filled with joy and cheer. What I like best is that Swami Rama's message does not require us to transform ourselves, it teaches that we are already perfect."
-Judith Benn Hurley, author of The Good Herb, Savoring the Day, and Healing Secrets of the Seasons

Sri Swami Rama, the founder of the Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy, was raised in the Himalayan cave monasteries and ordained a monk in early childhood. He studies Western psychology, philosophy, and medicine in Europe and taught in Japan before coming to the United State in 1969. Here he founded the Himalayan Institute to create a bridge between the ancient teachings of the East and the modern scientific approaches of the West.

About the Author

Born in 1925 in northern India, Swami Rama was raised from early childhood by a great yogi and saint of Bengal who lived in the Himalayas. In his youth he practiced the various disciplines of yoga science and philosophy in the traditional monasteries of the Himalayas and studied closely with many spiritual adepts, including Mahatma Gandhi, Sri Aurobindo, and Rabindranath Tagore. He also traveled to Tibet to study with his grandmaster.

He received his higher education at Bangalore, Prayaga, Varanasi, and Oxford University, England. At the age of twenty-four he became Shankaracharya of Karvirpitham in south India, the highest spiritual position in India. During this term he had a tremendous impact on the spiritual customs of that time: he dispensed with useless formalities and rituals, made it possible for all segments of society to worship in the temple, and encouraged the instruction of women in meditation. He renounced the dignity and prestige of his high office in 1952 to return to the Himalayas to intensify his meditation practices.

After completing an intense meditative practice in the cave monasteries, he emerged with the determination to serve humanity, particularly to bring the teachings of the East to West. With the encouragement of his master, Swami Rama began his task by studying Western philosophy and psychology, and teaching Eastern philosophy at Western universities. He worked as a medical consultant in London and assisted in Para psychological research in Moscow. He then returned to India, where he established an ashram in Rishikesh. He completed his degree in homeopathy at the medical collage in Darbhanga in 1960. He came to the United States in 1969, bringing his knowledge and wisdom to the West. His teachings combine Eastern spirituality with modern Western therapies.

Swami Rama was a freethinker, guided by his direct experience and inner wisdom, and he encouraged his student to be guided in the same way. He often told them, "I am a messenger, delivering the wisdom of the Himalayan sages of my tradition. My job is to introduce you to the teacher within."

Swami Rama came to America upon the invitation of Dr. Elmer Green of the Menninger Foundation of Topeka, Kansas, as a consultant in a research project investigating the voluntary control of involuntary sates. He participated in experiments that helped to revolutionize scientific thinking about the relationship between body and mind, amazing scientists by his demonstrating, under laboratory conditions, precise conscious control of autonomic physical responses and mental functioning, feats previously thought to be impossible.

Swami Rama founded the Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy, the Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust in India, and many centers though out the world. He is the author of numerous books on health, meditation, and the yogic scriptures. Swami Rama left his body in November 1996.

Content
  Introduction by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait xiii
  At The Lotus Feet - Sri Swami Rama xviii
  Map of Northern India xx
  Map of Utter Pradesh xiii
I Spiritual Education in the Himalayas 1
  The Sacred Himalayas 3
  My Gurudeva and Parents 23
  My Master and the Prince Swami 31
  Footprints of Delusion 34
  How We Live in the Caves 37
II The Master Teaches 41
  Learning to Give 43
  How a Master Tests His Students 45
  An All-Night Journey Through the Forest 47
  Crossing a Flooded River 49
  My Offering to My Master 51
  Loneliness 53
  Maya, the Cosmic Veil 56
  Bitter Truth with Blessed Effects 59
  You Teach Others but Deprive Me 62
  Discipline Is a Must 65
  Blessing in a Curse 69
III The Path of Direct Experience 71
  Direct Experience Alone Is the Means 73
  Real Knowledge Removes Suffering 75
  A Mantra for Happiness 79
  A Mantra for Bees 81
  Misuse of Mantra 85
  I Receive a Beating 88
  Unique Practice of Tantra 91
  You Have Committed Many Thefts 94
  A Firethrower Swami 97
  An Astounding Mystic 99
  My Mother Teacher 103
  An Ageless Yogi 107
IV Learning Humility 111
  Ego and Vanity Are in Vain 113
  My Swollen Ego 115
  Cultivating Inner Qualities 117
  I Thought I Was Perfect 121
  Practice Makes Perfect 126
  The Sage from the Valley of Flowers 128
V Conquering Fear 133
  The Devil 135
  Mistaken for a Ghost 138
  My Fear of Snakes 141
  In a Tiger's Cave 147
VI The Path of Renunciation 151
  My Whole Being Is an Eye 153
  My Experience with a Dancing Girl 155
  Transformation of a Murderer 159
  A Lesson in Non-attachment 163
  Taste the World and Then Renounce 166
  Jewels or Fire? 169
  My First Days as a Swami 171
  A Constant Persecution 175
  Living on a Mount of Pebbles 177
  Temptations on the Path 179
  Should I Get Married? 181
  Spiritual Dignity Is Also Vanity 185
  A Miserable Experiment 189
  Charms of the World 191
  Two Naked Renunciates 195
  In the World and Yet above 197
  To lose Is to Gain 199
VII Experiences on Various Paths 201
  A Renowned Lady Sage 203
  With My Heart on My Palms and Tears in My Eyes 210
  Karma Is the Maker 213
  In the Ashram of Mahatma Gandhi 217
  "Not Sacrifice but Conquest" - Tagore 221
  Setting History Straight 227
  Maharshi Raman 235
  Meeting with Sri Aurobindo 239
  The Wave of Bliss 243
  Three Schools of Tantra 248
  The Seven Systems of Eastern Philosophy 251
  Soma 258
VIII Beyond the Great Religions 263
  A Christian Sage of the Himalayas 265
  My Meeting with a Jesuit Sadhu 271
  Jesus in the Himalayas 273
  A Vision of Christ 278
  Judaism in Yoga 283
  I Belong to None but God 285
IX Divine Protection 287
  Protection Arms 289
  Lost in the Land of Devas 295
  The Land of Hamsas 299
  An Atheistic Swami 303
  An Appointment with Death 308
X Powers of the Mind 313
  Lessons on the Sands 315
  Transmutation of Matter 319
  Where Is My Donkey? 325
  Who Was That Other Gopinath? 329
  An Experience with a Psychic 332
XI Healing Power 335
  My First Exposure to the Power of Healing 337
  My Master Sends Me to Heal Someone 340
  Unorthodox Ways of Healing 345
  Healing in a Himalayan Shrine 349
  At the Feet of the Masters 357
XII Grace of the Master 361
  Guru Is a Stream and a Channel of Knowledge 363
  A Weeping Statue 366
  My Master's Photograph 369
  Who Can Kill the Eternal? 371
  Half "Here," Half "There" 373
  How a Young Wisdom Was Rescued 377
  My Master Saves a Drowning Man 379
  Shaktipata - Bestowing Bliss 381
  My Grandmaster in Scared Tibet 385
  Preparing to Tear the Veil 402
XIII Mastery over Life and Death 405
  Birth and Death Are but Two Commas 407
  Attitudes Toward Dying 141
  The Techniques of Casting Off the Body 419
  Living in a Dead Body 423
  My Master Casts Off his Body 428
XIV Journey to the west 433
  A doctor's Recurring Vision 435
  Transformation in the Cave 439
  Ways of East and West 443
  Our Tradition 447
  Glossary 453
  About the Author 457

 

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Item Code: IDC984 Author: Swami Rama Cover: Paperback Edition: 2015 Publisher: The Himalayan Institute Press ISBN: 9780893891565 Language: English Size: 9" x 6" Pages: 484 Other Details: Weight of the Book: 700 gms
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