Shri Swami Rama of the Himalayas was born in 1925 in northern India. He was raised by his spiritual master Bengali Baba in the legendary mountain caves where countless generations of yogis have been trained and initiated into the deepest mysteries of the scared science of yoga.
The founder of Sadhana Mandir, Swami Rama, was self-realized Master. A monk in the Shankaracharya Order, he held its highest position from 1949 to 1952, which he renounced to continue to serve the Himalayan Tradition.
Through his life and teachings, Swami Rama sought to combine the ancient teachings of the East with the modern approaches of the West. He contributed to the improvement-both materially and spiritually-of the lives of millions of people all over the world.
In 1969, Swami Rama created the Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy in Kanpur-India, and soon thereafter a beautiful Ashram on the banks of the Ganges in Rrishikesh-India. The Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy in the United States was also founded by Swami Rama in Honesdale, Pennsylvania to connect Eastern and Western traditions of spirituality. In Dehradun, India he is revered for his founding of the Himalayan Institute of Medical Science, a hospital, a University and nursing school. The first of its kind, it combines the best of modern Western medicine and the time-tested wisdom of the yoga and meditation and traditional methods of Ayurvedic medicine.
He was a philosopher and writer. “Living with the Himalayan Masters” is one of the best known books authored by him. He was also a poet, a scientist who in 1970 offered himself for experiments at the Menninger Foundation in the USA, demonstrating the control of the autonomic system that a yogi can master. He was an expert in homeopathy and Ayurvedic medicine, an architect and musician. In essence, he was a Master of the art of life.
In 1996, this fully enlightened Master and representative of the ancient lineage of yogis left his body. His memorial today is in the hearts of his disciples and students who carry his work. He is most remembered for his great love for all and the magnetic power of his spirit, such that as he walked, one felt pulled to follow behind him. The full impact of his legacy will be realized perhaps in a century.
"In the light of the sun, in the light of the moon, and in the light of the stars there is no discrimination. The light within you has the power of discrimination. You can use that light to see the darkest corners of your inner chamber. For that you do not need outer guidance. The purpose of a guide, guru, or teacher is to introduce you to that light." - Swami Rama of The Himalayas