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.
“Peace has perhaps never been experienced by the world. It is a narrow gulf, a gap between two wars. As long as two diverse principles exist in the universe, there can never be peace.
Peace is only an ambition, a desire, and a thought of those who do not understand the diverse ways of the two principles in life and the universe. Sages, having understood the Reality, have attained a state of nonattachment and wisdom and remain unaffected by the turbulence of life.
There is no other way for peace but to go to the deep silence where She resides in Her Majesty, full of peace.”
- Swami Rama in The Essence of Spiritual Life