Living with the Himalayan Masters: Swami Rama

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Himalayan Institute Press, 2010 - Spiritual life - 487 pages
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 Living with the Himalayan Masters recounts the spiritual journey of a man who himself became a spiritual guide to thousands of people across the world. The author recounts his various experiences from childhood onwards as he sought spiritual enlightenment.

The author is very candid in his account of his efforts to learn from the various people he encountered. He talks not just about the great masters but also the spurious ones, the so-called mystics who just indulged in the practice of magic tricks and other such gimmicks to attract innocent seekers.

By letting the readers learn about his own mistakes and gullibility, the author makes a connection as the readers feel that he is just like one of them, prone to the same misconceptions, as themselves. This familiarity helps in drawing them deeper into his story when the author does discuss the true spiritual leaders.

Living With The Himalayan Masters also shows how the author, at the behest of his own master, learnt and practiced several different schools of yoga and spiritualism. This led him to travel across the Himalayas, indulging in different yogic practices and learning from different gurus.


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User Review  - SajithBuvi - LibraryThing

Brilliant. The serenity and the power of the Himalayas opens up right in front of the reader. When it comes to spiritual wisdom and energy, there is no place on the planet earth like the Himalayas ... Read full review

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User Review  - simora - LibraryThing

This is an inspiring book I enjoyed reading. It is written in a down to earth and humble way, in short chapters. Some experiences the author had are hard to grasp, and will possibly seem incredible ... Read full review


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 One of the greatest adepts, teachers, writers, and humanitarians of the 20th century, Swami Rama is the founder of the Himalayan Institute. Born in northern India, he was raised from early childhood by a Himalayan sage, Bengali Baba. Under the guidance of his master he traveled from monastery to monastery and studied with a variety of Himalayan saints and sages, including his grandmaster, who lived in a remote region of Tibet. In addition to this intense spiritual training, Swami Rama received higher education in both India and Europe. From 1949 to 1952, he held the prestigious position of Shankaracharya of Karvirpitham in south India. Thereafter, he returned to his master to receive further training at his cave monastery, and in 1969 came to the United States where he founded the Himalayan Institute. His best known work, Living with the Himalayan Masters, reveals the many facets of this exceptional adept and demonstrates his embodiment of the living tradition of the East.

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