This is the biography of a great sage of the Himalayas who mastered the practices of yoga and brought to the West a system for understanding the mysteries of body, mind, and spirit. This is a guide to the more esoteric and advanced practices of yoga and tantra not commonly taught or understood in the West.
Publisher: Himalayan Institute
Copyright: 2nd edition (January 25, 2004)
Pages/Length: 427 pages, 24-page photo insert
Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.2 /2 pounds
About the Author
Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD, is the spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute. Family tradition gave him access to a vast range of spiritual wisdom preserved in both written and oral tradition. He lived and studied with renowned adepts before meeting his spiritual master, Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas. Fluent in Vedic and classical Sanskrit, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of the scriptures and holds two doctorates: Sanskrit, University of Allahabad; Oriental Studies, University of Pennsylvania. Author of 14 books, from scholarly analysis and scripture translation to spiritual biographies and yogic applications, he teaches worldwide while inspiring the Institute’s humanitarian work in Asia, Africa, and Mexico.
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On the surface, this is a biography of an accomplished seeker who mastered the practices of yoga and brought a system for understanding the mysteries of body, mind, and spirit to students in the West.
But, like the life of Swami Rama, these pages offer more than a sequence of astonishing events. As you read the stories of authentic guru-disciple relationships Swami Rama had both with his master and with his own students, you will see how the spiritual wisdom is transmitted through generations. These pages also serve as a guide to advanced practices of yoga and tantra not commonly understood in modern times.
The wisdom of these stories is beyond the power of words. As you read Pandit Tigunait's account of life with his master, you will feel drops from the timeless stream of the Himalayan Tradition infusing your heart with wisdom and understanding.
“I first met Swami Rama in 1970 at the Menninger Institute, when he demonstrated remarkable control of ‘involuntary’ functions, especially heartbeat. I had no idea at the time how complex he was as a individual or how remarkably realized as a spiritual adept and teacher. And even though I was aware of his work in India and America over the years, I still did no have a full sense of his rich life until I read Pandit Rajmani Tigunait’s biography of him. This informative and very personal narrative gives a memorable and impressive picture of a modern-day saint, whose legacy is very much alive in both the East and the West.”
--Andrew Weil, M.D.
“A rare glimpse into a masterful teacher. Very inspiring and well written. It’s an open window into a lifestyle that we might not see again.”
--Lilias Folan, of the PBS yoga series Lilias!
“ Pandit Tigunait eloquently relates the wisdom of Swami Rama andhislineage. One recurring theme is to remember whatis truly important in life-to know our divine nature. It’s a book you’ll want to read over and over again.”
“Pandit Tigunait presents a riveting and enlightening biography of the master he loves and respects, interweaving the story of Swami Rama’s life, philosophy and experiences with the wisdom of the masters thought out the ages.”
Tigunait presents a riveting and enlightening biography of the master he loves and respects, interweaving the story of Swami Rama's life, philosophy, and experiences with the wisdom of the masters throughout the ages. For devotees and practitioners of yoga or Eastern meditation, there is much to digest: Swami's place in India, his contribution to hatha yoga, his seemingly miraculous mind-body abilities, and his role as director of the Himalayan Institute in Pennsylvania. Tigunait reveals the contrasts in Swami's approach he is kind one day and seemingly harsh the next and shows how they are not so opposed to each other. As the disciple of the master Swami and his adopted son chosen to carry on his work, Tigunait, conveys the story with devotion and genuineness, sharing both his surprises and assurances. His regular contributions to Yoga International magazine and two doctorates lend weight to this biography. Recommended for biography collections and for sections covering yoga, spiritual healing, contemporary religious practices, and self-help guides.
--Leroy Hommerding, Fort Myers Beach P.L., FL