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.
"How can you individually function in the world, be perfect, and yet be free?
The symbol of yoga is the lotus flower that grows in the water, but its leaves remain unaffected. If you keep in your mind that you have come for some time and then you have to go, nothing should bother you.
Why attach yourself to the things of the world? As long as they are with you, you should use them. When they are not with you, do not feel sorry for yourself. Remember this and you will not be sad.
The world never makes anyone sad. You get attached to the things of the world and then you become sad. If you learn the technique of living in the world and yet remaining above, you will not think that you are incomplete or incompetent. You have all the resources within you. By using the means in the external world and all the resources and potentials that you have, you can attain that which is called moksha, freedom, or Self-realization.
Learn to live in the world but not be of this world. Then you can walk on the earth exactly as Christ and Moses walked."
- Swami Rama in Samadhi the Highest State of Wisdom, page 198