Swami Rama left the body on November 13 1996, at that time I was only 14 years old, so I did not have the opportunity the meet him while he was in the body. But if you understand the nature of the Tradition; you know that guru is not a person but a force that can operate through a person, a force that guides those who walk the path of the meditation masters. So, if the Tradition once operated through the body we knew as Swami Rama, it can also flow through someone else. The saying that if the student is ready the teacher will appear still applies. Which is nice because in the process of enlightenment you need a living teacher. Of course the videos and books that Swami Rama has left us, will remain an incredible source that offer a great support on the path. However dispite of knowing all the above, the desire to want to meet Swami Rama in his physical garment gave once me the following dream:
“A friend and I were all exited because we knew that today was the day we where going to meet Swami Rama, we were waiting in the hallway of the ashram together with lots of others whom I did not know. It was quiet in the hallway, and after a long period of waiting without loosing enthusiasm, you could suddenly feel the energy rising and everybody instantly started to move, and everyone became a little nervous. And when Swami Rama came through the double door, I saw instead of the tall Swami Rama I knew from the videos, a body that was suppose to be Swami Rama, but he was very old, had a long beard and he was very small. He did not look like Swami Rama at all, but it was clear that this body was Swami Rama. He made a gesture to me with his fingers to come closer and then he told me, in a very loving but firm tone of voice “Go home and do your practice”.
In that dream all the desires to meet him in person disappeared. I got the message he gave very clearly! Don’t long for him in the body, that was a vehicle and that vehicle is gone, practice and you will meet tradition from the inside, as a guiding stream. The Tradition might take on the appearance of a form you find pleasing like the body of Swami Rama (possible in a dream. But that is only for the convenient of the mind, because you like to receive the lessons in this way.
If you are interested in more information about Swami Rama, my advice would be; go inside and do your practices, the stream of the Tradition will guide you. But, you can also look at the website of Swami Jnaneshvara (http://swamij.com/swami-rama.htm) who had many years of intimate moments and who has personal guidance from Swami Rama. Also some of Swami Rama’s close students have written about there life with him. HIHT (Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust) started to publish a series of books where students tell their story, called “At the Feet of A Himalayan Master”.)
In a nutshell; he left us many gifts; he is the author of many books, left several vidoes lecture series, founded meditation centers and institutes all over the world, and manifested a hospital in India, with a medical college, nursing college and many other projects, like the Rural Development Institute, who support more then 1200 villages in the Himalayas.
My experience is that guidance is needed from a teacher in the body. So s/he can guide you in your life, through your process of awakening, both external as internal. So s/he can support you in unveiling all the hidden latent samskaras and guide you through the purifying process. S/he will also be guiding from the inside with the help of all the meditation masters of the Tradition, which includes Swami Rama. But without some guidance on the outside its hard, if not impossible to break the bondages of ignorance. The job of the external teacher is to guide you to the guru within.
The stream is everywhere, waiting for you to become a recipient, do your practices and guidance will come.
Some of my favorite questes of Swami Rama:
“The whole of the body is in the mind, but the whole of the mind is not in the body” ~ Swami Rama
“This life is only a journey, and you are a traveler. On this journey, you must have something solid for yourself, like an anchor or a firm rudder. If you lose your rudder, your boat will float aimlessly and you don’t know where you are going. Your rudder in life is to remember that you are on a journey, and that this world is not your home.”
~ Swami Rama
“Our Himalayan tradition, though a tradition of Shankara, is purely ascetic, and is practiced in the Himalayan caves rather than being related with institutions established in the plains of India.” ~ Swami Rama
“All our worship is internal and we do not perform any rituals.” ~ Swami Rama
“The guru takes that life and chops it and burns what is not necessary, and then carefully carves what remains into something sacred. In this chopping and burning, the guru is merciless. The guru’s job is not to hold hands with the disciple and wipe away tears, but to cut into pieces the disciple’s ego and all that stands between the disciple and freedom.” ~ Swami Rama
“There is only one real book to study and learn from – the greatest of all books – and that is the very manuscript that you, yourself, are” ~ Swami Rama
“Living in the world, but not of the world” ~ Swami Rama
“Love all, exclude none” ~ Swami Rama
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Yoga Meditation, Contemplation, and Devotion for Self-realization
This site is an offering to those who deeply long to experience Pure Consciousness that is known as Divine Mother or Tripura (‘Tri’ means three, and ‘pura’ means city); She is the one that lives in the three cities of Waking, Dreaming and Deep Sleep. Temporary leaving behind the three cities and residing only in Pure Consciousness is called Self-realization. Another name for this realization is Yoga; the union of the individual self with the universal Self; the union of Atman with Brahman, or Shiva with Shakti; or the dis-union of Purusha and Prakriti. Some might think of Tripura as an anthropomorphic being but She is not, She is the Non-dual Reality in which all appearing manifestation seems to exist. All that is, is the Non-dual Reality.
On this site the teachings of Yoga, Vedanta, and Samaya Sri Vidya Tantra are offered to guide you in learning to meditate directly on Tripura by using modern ways of communication such as through animations, while preserving the ancient wisdom. These teaching have been given to us by an ancient lineage of meditation masters, lovingly called the Tradition of the Himalayan masters. These practices lead us to a space of stillness and silence where Yoga meditation, contemplation, mantra and prayer converge into deep devotion and constant awareness of Tripura. At the end of the journey when all efforts are exhausted, grace will dawn. This is known as shaktipata, through which the final barrier is removed, which is the piercing of the bindu, and leads to the direct experience of Non-dual Reality. This finally reveals an unimaginable Joy from knowing the Non-dual Reality or Pure Consciousness!
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