Divine Grace by Swami Rama

Western culture, which has increasingly welcomed and embraced traditions from the East in the last thirty years, has too often understood guru to mean simply a teacher. In the West guru is frequently considered to be merely someone who is trained in philosophy,...

Lectures on Yoga Sutras: Mind

Recorded live from lectures Swami Rama gave to the graduate students at the Himalayan Institute in Glenview, Illinois, in the late 1970s. In this lecture Swami Rama explains that by having control over the modifications of mind we can attain a state that is free from...

Mastery Over Death by Swami Rama

I have personally witnessed yogis casting off the body consciously on many occasions. In the year 1938 when I was sent to Benares to stay with a Bengali couple, I was informed that the couple would drop their bodies at the same time. The couple had been meditating...

New Release! Lectures on Yoga Sutras: Raja Yoga by Swami Rama

In this lecture Swami Rama systematically explains the eight limbs (astanga) or stages in the practice of Raja Yoga. He says that when we start practicing our awareness expands and we become conscious of the many obstacles on the path to realizing our goal. When these...

Education by Swami Rama

Actually, what we call education is basically nothing but memorization. When children go to school and are exposed to such education, how can they grow properly? Modern education creates merely a superficial coating on the conscious mind. The focus of modern education...

Basic Training by Swami Rama

The greatest teacher in India is woman in our family tradition. Our scriptures say: “Matri devo, pitri devo, acharya devo.” Devo means “bright being.” This saying means that the mother is the first teacher, the father the second, and the spiritual teacher or religious...