Freedom from the Bondage of Karma | Himalayan Institute

Freedom from the Bondage of Karma

Swami Rama

Karma - the activity of doing and being - is traditionally symbolized as a rope of many strands, made of actions, thoughts, desires, and the latent tendencies of personality which lie hidden in the depths of the subconscious mind. The effect of these constituent aspects of karma is to keep the mind in a state of constant agitation and outward-directedness in search of appeasement. The result is enslavement to the many objects, ideas, fantasies, and pleasures which vie for the mind's attention. As long as the mind remains in this scattered and dissipated condition, there can be no hope of freedom from karma.

In the eight lectures included in this volume, Swami Rama offers a series of perspectives on man's most significant responsibility - that of self-understanding. Analyzing the mechanisms of karma and the functioning of mind, Swamiji demonstrates the kind of self-study each student of life must undertake to gain liberation and attain freedom from the bondage of karma.

Product Details

Publisher: Himalayan Institute
Copyright: 1977, Current printing 2012
ISBN: 978-0893890315
Paperback
89 pages
5.5" x 8.5"

Spirituality / Eastern Philosophy

About the Author

One of the greatest adepts, teachers, writers, and humanitarians of the 20th century, Swami Rama (1925-1996) is the founder of the Himalayan Institute. Born in Northern India, he was raised from early childhood by the Himalayan sage, Bengali Baba. He traveled from monastery to monastery and studied with a variety of Himalayan saints and sages. Swami Rama also received higher education in both India and Europe. From 1949 to 1952, he held the prestigious position of Shankaracharya in South India. He then returned to his master to receive further training at his cave monastery. In 1969 he came to the United States. His best known work, Living With the Himalayan Masters, reveals the many facets of this singular adept and demonstrates his embodiment of the living tradition of the East.

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