Swami by Doub Boyd Encounters with Modern Mystics | Himalayan Institute

Swami

Encounters with Modern Mystics
Doug Boyd

Mysterious men with chants and beards, speakers of elliptical truths -the popular images of swamis have fascinated us for centuries. But what are they really like? In Swami, Doug Boyd portrays these "masters of self" as he has personally experienced them. Their teachings, astonishing mental powers, and very human personalities are explored with enthusiasm, humor, respect, and penetrating curiosity.

Product Details

Publisher: Himalayan Institute
Copyright: 1995
ISBN: 978-0-893891428
Paperback
330 pages
6" x 9"

Spirituality

About the Author:

Doug Boyd is the founding director of the Cross-Cultural Studies Program in Tuscon, Arizona, and the author of the critically acclaimed Rolling Thunder, and Swami. He has lectured nationally on his experiences with mystics and teachers of different traditions.

More on Swami

Boyd spent several months as the personal assistant to raja yogi Swami Rama during a series of psycho-physiological tests at the Menninger Foundation in Kansas. Boyd witnessed Swami Rama's ability to alter his heartbeat and boyd temperature at will, and as his companion, gained vital insights into his philosophy and personality.

The second half of Swami tells of Boyd's travels to the rock caves, ashrams, and university labs of India. This pilgrimage results in fascinating portraits of the swamis, babas, yogis, and ordinary Indians and Americans whom Boyd encountered: holy, irascible, benign, learned, and foolish. The book also provides a heartfelt look at how East and West can better understand each other, and how we can achieve self-mastery and happiness in our lives.

Reviews

"Intriguing...rich with detail."
--New York Times

"One of the most interesting and moving books I've read on the subject."
--Colin Wilson

"From the laboratory to the ashrams of India...Swami dispels many of the myths of both science and mysticism with clarity and wisdom.
--Kenneth Pelletier, PhD

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