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Spirituality: Transformation Within and Without

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Swami Rama

Today we have access to every conceivable kind of knowledge about the world around us, yet few of us have even the dimmest knowledge of our innermost selves. Swami Rama, one of the most influential yogis to visit the Western world in the twentieth century, was raised in the cave monasteries of the Himalayas, where the central tenet of education was to first know one's own inner being.

Leaving the idyllic world of the meditation masters behind, Swami Rama was shocked by the ignorance and corruption he found everywhere around him. In Spirituality: Transformation Within and Without, Swami Rama calls on us all to return to the fundamental values of humankind, especially as they are articulated by the sages who founded the world's great religions. He asks us to integrate these values with the insights of science to create a more enlightened society, and to find our own inner truth.


"Nothing is more mysterious than life itself, and there is no peace without penetrating that mystery. The mystery lies deep in the stream of life. There is an eternal knowledge, not in the outer world, but in the center of Consciousness."
-Swami Rama

About the Author

Swami Rama, the founder of the Himalayan Institute, was one of the most remarkable figures of the twentieth century. His teachings, publications, and humanitarian efforts have rippled positive changes around the world, and have brought yoga into the lives of countless people. He was born in northern India in 1925, and was raised from childhood by the Himalayan sage Bengali Baba. Swami Rama later 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 and established the Himalayan Institute. His best-known work, Living with the Himalayan Masters, reveals the many facets of his wisdom and his embodiment of an ancient Himalayan tradition. View more of his teachings on the Himalayan Institute Wisdom Library.

Product Details

Publisher: Himalayan Institute
Copyright: 1988, Second printing 1998
ISBN: 978089389-150-3
148 pages
5.5" x 8.5" 

Yoga / Philosophy

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