At The Eleventh Hour: The Biography of Swami Rama - by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait | Himalayan Institute

At the Eleventh Hour

The Biography of Swami Rama
Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

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.

Product Details

Publisher: Himalayan Institute
Copyright: 2001 & 2004
ISBN: 978-0-893892111 & 978-0-893892128
Hardcover & Paperback
427 pages, 24-page photo insert
6.4" x 9.3" / 6.1" x 9"

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About the Author

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD, is a modern-day master and living link to the unbroken Himalayan Tradition. He is the successor of Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas and the spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute. As a leading voice of and the author of 15 books, his teachings offer practical guidance on applying yogic and tantric wisdom to modern life. Over the past 35 years, Pandit Tigunait has touched innumerable lives around the world as a teacher, humanitarian, and visionary spiritual leader.

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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 not 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.

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.

--Library Journal

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. 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

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