A dear friend once told me that part of her spiritual practice was preparing to die, so when the time comes, she’d be ready. This made sense to me, and I went to Swami Veda Bharati and asked him what I should practice to prepare to die. He told me, “live well and fully. That is the best preparation for dying.”
That’s not what I thought he was going to say. Since then, I’ve contemplated what Swami Veda said, and I’m sure he wasn’t counseling me to satisfy all my desires, to strive for wealth and power, or to accumulate things.
Doing those things just increases attachment to the ephemeral world, so that, at death, pain is increased.Add a comment >
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. Under the guidance of his master, he traveled from monastery to monastery and studied with a variety of Himalayan saints and sages, including his grandmaster who was living in a remote region of Tibet. In addition to this intense spiritual training, Swami Rama received higher education in both India and Europe. From 1949 to 1952, he held the prestigious position of Shankaracharya of Karvirpitham in South India. Thereafter, he returned to his master to receive further training at his cave monastery, and finally in 1969, came to the United States where he founded the Himalayan Institute. 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.
The following is an excerpt from The Essence of Spiritual Life by Swami Rama
"When a human being learns to seek religion not in gods, but in his own potentials, then he will know that he is great and that within his greatness lies his happiness. When he rapidly unfolds the chapters of life’s manuscript, of which he himself is the author, he begins to realize who he is. You are the architect of your life. You build your own philosophy and construct your own attitudes. Without right attitudes, the entire architecture remains shaky. Once you realize this fact, you will look within."
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