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Swami Rama
(Aka Swami Rama of the Himalayas)
[1925 - 1996]

Profile created May 20, 2008

For more information on Swami Rama, Google "Swami Rama" or see here and here (wikipedia.org).  See also the Himalayan Institute.

  • AUM: A Meditation in Sound (2004)
    Recorded in an ancient shiva temple on the banks of the Ganges in Northern India, Swami Rama chants AUM as the temple bells sympathetically resonate and the entire temple vibrates and reverberates with this cosmic sound, radiating peace and harmony throughout the universe. Total running time: 36:52 minutes, audio CD.

  • Bhole Prabhu Sings (2004)
    Swami Rama was known as Bhole Prabhu. He was an accomplished musician who loved to sing. The first song on this recording, Guru Vandana, is the piece Swamiji sang on All India Radio. All of India wept when they heard it. We are pleased to release these very rare early recordings of Bhole Prabhu and the later pieces of Swami Rama in this edition. Total running time: 62.02 minutes.  Audio CD.

  • Conscious Living (2004)
    Swami Rama succinctly sums up the method of conscious living that leads to personal transformation. He deftly addresses the many problems of modern life and offers solutions in simple and practical terms. These lectures were recorded live in Singapore, 1991-1992. 5-CD Audiobook. Total running time 264 minutes. 
    5-CD Audiobook.

  • Joints and Glands Exercises I (1999)
    "Throughout the lengthy span of Indian civilization, saints and sages have declared the divine nature of human spirit, and have fathomed the Reality within. The Sikh gurus are representatives of this universal tradition. Through their meditation practice they came to realize the Truth and to manifest it in their time. The methods of meditation practiced by the great sages form a complete science of self-transformation and self-discovery." (Swami Rama) Audio cassette.

  • Joints and Glands Exercises II (1999)
    Audio cassette.

  • Chakras (1995)
    Packet containing: 7" x 14" color poster of the 7 chakras, 8 page booklet, 30 minute audio tape of the bhuta shuddhipractice.

  • First Step Toward Advanced Meditation (1993)
    Audio cassette.

  • Guide to Intermediate Meditation (1993)
    Audio cassette.

  • Guided Meditation for Beginners (1993)
    Audio cassette.

  • Guided Meditation for Intiates (1993)

  • Om the Eternal Witness: Secrets of the Mandukya Upanishad (2008)
    The Upanishads are called shruti, revelations. Mandukya Upanishad, though the shortest of all Upanishads, is a most revered, profound Upanishad that teaches us how to know four states of consciousness: the waking, dreaming and sleeping states, and turiya, the fourth state, beyond the first three. In this Upanishad, there is a unique combination of psychology and profound philosophy; a clear exposition and understanding of the four states of consciousness.

  • Humble, Happy, & Wise (2004)

  • Freedom from Fear (2003)

  • Mantra, Tantra & Miracles (2003)

  • On the Spiritual Path (2003)

  • Sadhana: The Essense of Spiritual Life (2003)
    Everyone is eager to know more about the path of spirituality. This compact collection of Swamiji’s teachings is an invaluable source of advice and practical knowledge for the serious seeker. Each section, though simple and clear, requires serious contemplation to fully understand its subtle significance. You may find it helpful to study one section everyday, or simply choose topics especially relevant to your self - study.

  • Conscious Living: A Guide for Spiritual Transformation (2002)
    This is a practical book for people living in the world. the word “practical” implies that the teaching can be practiced in the world, in the midst of family, career and social obligations. No prior preparation is required for reading this book, and after reading this book, no further teaching is required. If one were to sincerely practice the teachings presented by Sri Swami Rama in this book, one will surely achieve the goal of self realization, a state described by Swamiji as the summum bonum of life, a state of bliss, a state of perfection.

  • Let the Bud of Life Bloom: A Guide to Raising Happy and Healthy Children (2002)
    Childhood is pure. If we impart good education to our children, become selfless examples for them, and give them love, perhaps they will grow and become the best citizens of the world. Then, the whole universe will bloom like a flower.”

    In Let the Bud of Life Bloom, Swami Rama gives us relevant, practical insights into forming the basis of a happy life through a happy childhood. Through blending the best of our ancient values with new inventions, children can grow into healthy, creative adults.

  • Sacred Journey: Living Purposefully and Dying Gracefully (2002)
    "To understand death, a person must try to understand the purpose of life and the relationship between life and death. The two are partners, each providing a context for the other. Death is not a period, but merely a pause on a long journey. When life and death are accepted as having real meaning and purpose, and death is understood and accepted as part of the human journey, then the fear of death disappears and life can be lived fully. This book is about the relationship between life and death, and the 'how and why' of organizing one's life in a way that leads to expansion and growth, and that is helpful in preparing for the transition we call death."

  • Samadhi: The Highest State of WisdomYoga the Sacred Science (2002)
    The contents of this book have been taken from Swami Rama's lecture courses on Yoga Sutras. Swamiji states that Patanjali's Yoga Sutras are the basis of ancient psychology. The explanations in this book include many practical pointers on how we can work with the mind in daily life, as well as study and direct the mind when in quieter states of meditation. Swamiji's description of the totality of the mind, the functions of the mind, and the emotions, goes far beyond the concepts of modern psychology, and provides insight into the intricacies of yoga psychology, making this an invaluable edition from the therapeutic viewpoint as well as its practicality as a guide for living a healthy, balanced life.

  • The Essence of Spiritual Life: A Companion Guide for the Seeker (2002)
    This concise collection of Swami Rama's teachings serves as a practical guide for the spiritual seeker. Spiritual practice leads the seeker towards inner experiences of divinity that further one towards attaining the goal of life. Swami Rama, yogi, scientist, philosopher and humanitarian, was deeply steeped in the spiritual traditions of the Himalayan sages. He was a free thinker, guided by direct experience and inner wisdom. His teachings are universal and nonsectarian, providing a bridge between the East and the West.

  • Path of Fire and Light: Volumes 1 and 2 (1996)

  • The Valmiki Ramayana: Retold in Verse (1993)
    Volume one of a beautiful translation of the story of Ramayana in a 2-volume set.

  • Meditation and Its Practice (1992)
    Clear, concise and easy-to-follow instructions cover all the basics of sitting postures, breathing, relaxation and using a mantra.

  • The Mystical Poems of Kabir (1990) with Robert B. Regli
    It is said that every poet has a touch of mysticism, but Kabir's poetry is both highly mystical and at the same time realistic. Kabir drew from many sources and synthesized the best from each to create a poetry that appeals to many diverse cultures. His poems have a timeless quality, making them as appropriate to the modern world as they were to the fifteenth century.

  • Wisdom of the Ancient Sages Mundaka Upanishad (1990)
    Swami Rama shares the powerful and inspiring teachings of one of the world's greatest spiritual texts: the Mundaka Upanishad. This beautiful translation and commentary affirms human nature as peaceful, creative, and transcendent. Its message will assist anyone seeking to walk the path of personal and spiritual development.

  • Indian Music: Volume 1 (1989)
    This book is addressed to those who are interested in learning Indian music. It is a basic introduction to the system of Indian music, complete with vocal exercises for those who wish to practice training their voice.

  • Nitnem (1989)
    Nitnem is the daily prayer book of the Sikhs, which collects the verses sung and recited by all practicing Sikhs and those who are aware of the teachings of Sri Guru Nanak Dev. These beautiful verses are read every morning, at sunset, and before retiring to inspire and elevate the heart. The verses of Nitnem are a soaring statement of the majesty of the Divine and its One, Complete, and Transcendent nature, without division or duality. Swami Rama's verse interpretation of these prayers allows the modern reader to understand and share in the joyous state of mind that is the essence of the Sikh tradition.

  • The Art of Joyful Living: Meditation and Daily Life  (1989)
    In The Art of Joyful Living Swami Rama imparts a message of inspiration and optimism: that every human being is responsible for making his life happy and then for emanating that happiness to others. This book shows us how, with a clear conception of the philosophy and meaning of life, we can truly enjoy our lives.
    Contains sections on: The transformation of habit patterns The nature of negative emotions Transcending desires Developing strength and willpower Memory Developing intuition Spirituality in loving relationships Learning to be your own therapist Understanding the process of meditation. And more!

  • Call to Humanity: Revolutionary Thoughts on Direction for Spiritual and Social Reform in Our Time (1988) with Ajaya Swami

  • Life Here and Hereafter (1988)
    Based on the encounter between Yama, the King of Death, and Nachiketa, the seeker of death's meaning, this book examines the mystery and challenge of death. The story is taken from the Kathopanishad, one of the most important and ancient of all the scriptures. A philosophical understanding of the meaning and purpose of life and death is presented, along with a practical psychology for coping with life and for overcoming the fear of death.

  • Creative Use of Emotion (1987) with Swami Ajaya
    A master of yoga collaborates with an American-trained psychologist in presenting this practical, holistic perspective on the role of emotions in the development of consciousness. They explain how we can all expand our consciousness from a state of conflict, confusion, and emotionalism to the experience of greater joy and harmony. Many facets of this developmental process are described, along with methods that lead to emotional maturity and expanded consciousness.

  • Celestial Song/Gobind Geet: The Dramatic Dialogue Between Gury Gobind Singh and Banda Singh Bahadur (1986)
    Celestial Song/Gobind Geet is the dialogue between Sri Guru Gobind Singh and Banda Singh Bahadur, two great leaders in the history of humanity and the Sikh tradition. This poetic interchange presents the ideals of Sikh dharma in a simple and lucid way so that they can be enjoyed, understood, and applied by all who hear them. A central theme of the book is that the spiritually aware have a responsibility to help those in the world-that selfless service to humanity is, in fact, a spiritual practice. To serve, to remember, and to love are the three essential aspects of the Sikh dharma.

  • Love Whispers (1986)
    Excerpts from the diary of Swami Rama - his personal and inspired writings.

  • Path of Fire and Light Advanced Practices of Yoga (1986)

  • Exercise Without Movement: As Taught by Swami Rama (Manual, No 1) (1984)

  • Inspired Thoughts of Swami Rama (1983)

  • Enlightenment Without God (Mandukya Upanishad)  (1982)

  • A Practical Guide to Holistic Health (1980)
    The new yet ancient concept known as holistic health affirms the complete interrelationship between body, mind, and spirit. As an authority in both Eastern and Western techniques, Swami Rama presents a philosophy of total health. Maintaining that each individual possesses the responsibility and the tools to regulate his own well-being, he discusses the practical aspects of cleansing, nourishing, being still, utilizing the emotions, self-training, and exercise.

  • Lectures on Yoga (1979)

  • Meditation in Christianity (1979)

  • Faces of Meditation (1978)

  • Joints & Glands Exercises As Taught By Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas (1978) by Sri Swami Rama with Rudolph M. Ballentine Jr., M.D., ed.
    Easy to follow exercises & diagrams: "These exercises are arranged in a very systematic way: the student starts at the top of his head and continues downward, exercising and massaging almost all of the joints and glands. Each part of the body receives a good supply of blood. The muscles are made more supple, more flexible, the joints and glands are toned and made to function properly."

  • Exercises for Joints and Glands: Gentle Movements to Enhance Your Wellbeing (1977, 2008)
    Here is a set of simple, pleasant stretching exercises that can be enjoyed by everyone. They increase circulation to all parts of the body and help improve overall flexibility. Restore a natural vitality to the body and mind by releasing accumulated tensions in the joints and glands. People with arthritis and rheumatism have found this book to be very beneficial. These exercises also gently prepare and train your body for the practices of hatha yoga.

  • Theory and Practice of Meditation (1977)

  • Emotion to Enlightenment (1976) with Swami Ajaya

  • Swami Rama of the Himalayas: Photographs & Quotations (1976)

  • Yoga and Psychotherapy: The Evolution of Consciousness (1976) by Allan Weinstock, Rudolph Ballentine,  Swami Ajaya, and Swami Rama

  • Living with the Himalayan Masters: Spiritual Experiences of Swami Rama (1975)
    Ordained a monk at a young age by a great sage of the Himalayas, Swami Rama was involved in a learning journey from monasteries to caves, studying and living with more than a hundred sages in the solitude of the Himalaya Mountains and the plains of India. Among those with whom he studied were Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi, Sri Aurobindo, and Ramana Maharshi. In this collection of stories, Swami Rama relates his experiences with the great teachers who guided his life.

  • Freedom from Karma (1973)

  • A Bunch of Reminiscences (1972)

  • Book of Wisdom/Freedom from the Bondage of Karma (1970)

  • Drishtiyoga: An Easy Method of Controlling the Mind (1969)

  • Science of Breath: A Practical Guide (1940, 1979) by Alan Hymes, Rudolf Ballentine, M.D., and Swami Rama
    Describes the anatomy and physiology of breathing, as well as the subtle yogic science of prana.

See also:
  • At the Eleventh Hour: The Biography of Swami Rama (2004) by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Ph.D.
    The biography of Swami Rama with 24-page photo insert.

  • Yoga International - Swami Rama His Message Our Gift - 10th Anniversary, July 2001, No. 60 (2001) by Deborah Willoughby

  • Walking With a Himalayan Master: An American's Odyssey (1997) by Justin O'Brien
    This autobiography of an American yogi is the story of the training of a Western scholar by a unique Himalayan Master, one of the greatest yogis of the era.

  • Living With the Himalayan Masters, Spiritual Experiences of Swami Rama (1978), Swami Ajaya, ed.

  • Bhole: Adventures of a Young Yogi: Inspired by the childhood stories of Swami Rama ( ) by Hema de Munnik
    This is the story about a boy named Bhole who was born in a remote village in the Himalayan Mountains of Northern India. Bhole was adopted by a great saint and raised in a cave monastery from the age of three. He loved to play pranks on meditating monks and his unruly behavior often disturbed the peaceful and quiet atmosphere in the cave. After a few years he was sent to school in his village, where he shared adventures with his dog Bhaiya, and with his friend Arjun. During his holidays he met with many yogis, saints and sages who amazed him with their supernatural powers. He wanted to become a yogi, but before this could happen he needed to remove many obstacles and had to overcome many difficulties.

    A book for both the young and young at heart.

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