Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas is founder of the Institute of the Himalayan Tradition. He is one of the rare masters of the world, incarnating throughout time with complete self-awareness to enlighten the world.

In his last known life he was born in the Himalayan mountains of Garwahl, India and raised by the saint, Bengali Baba, in the many cave monasteries of the Himalayan Tradition. His master sent Swamiji to other yogis and adepts of the Himalayas to gain many perspectives and insights into the ancient teachings of yoga. At the age of 24 he was installed as the Shankaracharya of Karvirpitham in South India - one of the five main spiritual leaders of India. He renounced this position after three years to pursue intense sadhana in the caves.

From there he was directed by his master to go to Japan and the West in order to illustrate the scientific basis of the ancient yogic practices.

At the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas, he demonstrated the capacity of the mind to control the so-called involuntary physiological processes such as heart rate, temperature, and brain waves. He remained in the United States for 23 years, teaching, guiding, and initiating others in spiritual practices, and establishing yoga centers throughout the world.

In the early 90's, Swami Rama returned to India, establishing the Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayas.

He touched the lives of thousands of people in fifty-six countries leaving schools, hospitals, and spiritual organizations to serve others. Scholar, social reformer, author, artist, scientific explorer of human potential, tantric master, humanist, poet, gardener, musician, philosopher, philanthropist, he is a rare yogi beyond time and space. His teachings are often embodied in the words "Love, Serve, Remember." This Gurudev to thousands entered mahasamadhi this life in 1996.

More about Sri Swami Rama: Walking with a Himalayan Master by Justin O'Brien, Ph.D.

Stories about Swami Rama in Walking with a Himalayan Master:

- Introduction to the meditation tradition of the sages

- At the hospital morgue

- Food at a lawyer's home

- Swamiji, my mentor