H. H. Swami Rama of the Himalayas
H. H. Swami Rama of the Himalayas (1925-96) was raised since the age of three by his Spiritual Master in the cave monasteries of the Himalayas within the Tradition of Yoga & Meditation of the Himalayan Masters.
In his youth Swamiji studied and practiced the highest wisdom of the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali, Upanishads, Buddhist Scriptures and Tibetan mysticism with many Yogis and Sages of the Himalayas.
In 1949 he became Shankaracharya, the most prestigious spiritual position in India, of Karvirpitham, which he renounced in 1952 to return to the Himalayas to intensify his meditative practices.
After 11 months of total inclusion in a cave in pure Meditation, Swamiji went out with the Mission of bringing the purest form of knowledge of the Tradition of Yoga & Meditation of the Himalayan Masters to the West and the modern world by proving its knowledge, practices and results through scientific and medical research.
Hence Swamiji studied Western Philosophy and Psychology in universities in England and other European countries. In the late 1960s, Swami Rama went to the USA and demonstrated in studies being conducted by the Menninger Foundation, under stringent laboratory conditions, voluntary control of autonomic functions of his body, and revolutionized scientists' understanding of the body-mind relationship.
Swamiji founded in the US the Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy. In the 1980s he settled again in India and founded Sadhana Mandir Ashram, Rishikesh and the Himalayan Institute Hospital, Dehradun.
He is the author of many books, e.g. Living with the Himalayan Masters, Meditation and Its Practice, The Royal Path, Science of Breath, Art of Joyful Living, Holistic Health, Yoga and Psychotherapy, etc., and commentaries on Bhagavad Gita (The Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita) and some of the main Upanishads: Book of Wisdom (Isha); Life Here and Hereafter (Katha); Wisdom of The Ancient Sages (Mundaka) and Enlightenment without God (Mandukya).
He was a Spiritually Enlightened Guru, representative of an ancient lineage of Gurus which confers direct experience of the true inner Self, and a pioneer of scientific and medical research into the states achieved through Yoga Meditation and created a bridge between the purest form of the ancient wisdom of the Tradition of Yoga & Meditation of the Himalayan Masters and the West and the modern world.