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Gateway to the Himalayan Yoga Tradition

Three Bindus

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.

In the scriptures, three bindus are described. A bindu means a dot, circle, or hole. A bindu can become a circle, a center – or a hell-hole. You can interpret it in whichever way you think of it. Of the three bindus, one is blue, one is red, and one is white. These three bindus – the upper, middle, and lower – are focal points for the mind in meditation. These bindus are related to the chakras; they connect one region with another. The knowledge of the bindus is imparted by the yogis when the student is ready to receive it. The bindus are called rakta, sveta, and nila. Teachers understand the mental conditions of their students and thus prescribe one of the bindus. Finally the teacher leads the student to pierce the pearl of wisdom and go beyond to the Limitless.

 - Swami Rama in Path of Fire and Light, Volume 2, page 146