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Touched by Fire

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The Ongoing Journey of a Spiritual Seeker

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

Pandit Tigunait's autobiography recounts his remarkable journey from his boyhood home in Amar Garh, a traditional village in northern India, to his current life as the spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute. Along the way, you'll share in his immersion in the Sanskrit scriptures, meet the saints and spiritual masters who teach him valuable meditation techniques, and witness some astonishing miracles and mystical events.

Although this book is not a "how to" guide to enlightenment, by describing the challenges he faced—the years of disciplined study, the setbacks, the triumphs, and the struggle to master emotions like anger, pride, and despair—the author gives us the keys to finding our own way to happiness and spiritual fulfillment.

About the Author

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD, is a modern-day master and living link in the unbroken Himalayan Tradition. He is the successor to Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas, and the spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute. As the author of numerous books, including his autobiography Touched by Fire: The Ongoing Journey of a Spiritual Seeker, Pandit Tigunait offers practical guidance on applying yogic and tantric wisdom to modern life. For over 40 years he has touched innumerable lives around the world as a teacher, humanitarian, and visionary spiritual leader. You can view more of his teachings online in the library of Himalayan Institute Online.


"Touched by Fire is a living and practical guide for seekers on the path of truth and light. It sings with cultural revelation and rich imagery. Pandit Tigunait leads the reader through the unseen warfare with the ego to his real divine self, burned by the fire of faith. It is an inspired book worthy to be read and practiced. I am grateful to Panditji"

   — Ambassador Wafik Kamil, PhD; Egyptian Ambassador to India;
        Secretary General, Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization for the UN

“Pandit Rajmani Tigunait is one of the world’s most authoritative and compelling guides into the spiritual traditions of the East. Touched by Fire is his deeply personal and touching account of a sublime world that few Westerners will ever experience. It inspires and teaches us to embody the essence of the ancient wisdoms – know yourself, overcome your fears and limitations, and live a life filled with joy and love. It will embolden readers to reach for life’s highest meaning and supreme purpose.”

   — Rod Stryker, Teacher and Founder of Para Yoga 

"Touched by Fire offers a rare glance into the wisdom of the Himalayan sages, made clear and relevant for people of all traditions and cultures. From his humble origins in traditional orthodox Hinduism, Pandit Rajmani has emerged on the world stage as a torch bearer of this ancient wisdom, offering this pure light freely and with the heartfelt prayer that it ignite the fire in all of our hearts."

   — Gary Kraftsow - Author of Yoga for Wellness and Yoga for Transformation,
      Director of American Viniyoga Institute

Product Details

Publisher: Himalayan Institute
Copyright: 2006
ISBN: 978-0-89389-239-5
286 pages
5.5" x 8.5"

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