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Attachment is the Mother of All Miseries

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.


A Holiday Blessing

I am happy to be able to share Swami Ritavan's holiday blessing with you.

Swami Ritavan 2016 holiday blessing image

May you light the eternal flame of soul-everlasting;

May your crown illumine the heavens,

and your mind-star flash with revelation.

May your heart-cave shine with contentment,

and your red-flame of prana promote health and vitality.

May each blue-star sparkle as an entry point - a bindu to divinity.

May the lights of lives past be present, to reveal the secret of love.

Light and Love as your Destiny now and in your meditations of the coming year.



Swami Ritavan


In addition to the holiday blessing for 2016, Swami Ritavan also wanted to share the following message sent by Swami Veda in December 2009.

Swami Veda holiday messageDec09

Winter Silent Meditation Retreat

Friday, December 16 & Saturday, December 17, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

Four times a year we gather as a community to actively re-commit ourselves to the practices that have been brought forward by the Himalayan Yoga Tradition.  We meet on Friday evening, and Saturday morning and afternoon to participate in silent meditations, contemplative walking, yoga nidra, gentle yoga, breathing practices, and subtle body practices. This weekend is dedicated to joining together and renewing ourselves and our commitment to the practices of the Himalayan Tradition.  Everyone is invited – beginners as well as seasoned practitioners.

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