Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas

"Do your duties skillfully, selflessly, and grease them with love".
~ Sri Swami Rama

This was a favorite saying of this great yogi, scientist, philosopher, mystic poet and humanitarian, Swami Rama of the Himalayas.  His whole life reflected this philosophy in his work to help others.

Swami Rama was born in a Himalayan valley of Uttar Pradesh, India in 1925 and was initiated and anointed in early childhood by a great sage of the Himalayas.

He studied with many adepts, traveled to Tibet to study with his grandmaster and from 1949 to 1952 held the position, prestige and dignity of Shankaracharya (spiritual leader) in Karvirpitham in the South of India. He then returned to the Himalayas to intensify his meditative practices in the cave monasteries and to establish an ashram in Rishikesh.

In 1970, he served as a consultant to the Voluntary Controls Project of the Research Department of the Menninger Foundation. There he demonstrated, under laboratory conditions, precise control over his autonomic nervous system and brain.

Shortly thereafter, Swami Rama founded the Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy in the United States, with its headquarters in Honesdale, Pennsylvania as a means to combine the ancient wisdom of the East with the modern approaches of the Western civilization. He taught students around the world while continuing his own writing and meditative practices. He has written many books, such as Living with the Himalayan Masters, Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita and a masterful, two-volume work The Valmiki Ramayana Retold in Verse.

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