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Book of Wisdom

Swami Rama

Book of Wisdom is Swami Rama's commentary on one of the most celebrated of the Upanishads, the sacred scriptures that form the basis of spiritual thought in India. Serving both as an introduction to yoga philosophy and as a careful guide for scholars, this excellent study begins with a history of the Upanishads, which are the world's oldest written source of knowledge. This scripture explains the essential questions of the nature of God, the origin of ignorance and illusion, and the levels of mind and consciousness.

Product Details

Publisher: Himalayan Institute
Copyright: 1972, Current printing 2011
ISBN: 978-0-893890032
121 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.


"Outstanding... even more appealing than the one by W.B. Yeats or Sri Aurobindo."

   — The Illustrated Weekly of India

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"The Ishopanishad is considered to be the foundation stone of Upanishadic knowledge... The answer to all the important questions of life are to be found in this short Upanishad. It is an ideal book of Vedanta philosophy."

   — Swami Rama

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