Gateway to the Himalayan Yoga Tradition

The most ancient traveler in the history of the universe is love.

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 this video, Swami Rama talks about LOVE.

Yoga and Human Conduct

Swami Veda Bharati took his Mahasamadhi July 14, 2015. He holds the prestigious title of Mahamandaleshwara in the Swami order of monks.  Swami Veda was also the Chancellor of HIHT University, Dehradun, which was established by Master Swami Rama. He authored approximately 18 books on Indian spirituality including a 1500 page comprehensive commentary on two of the four chapters of Patanjali’s Yoga-sutras. Before taking the vows of Swamihood in 1992, Swami Veda Bharati was known as Dr. Usharbudh Arya.

In this video, Swami Veda Bharati talks to the AHYMSIN sangha about moral and human conduct according to yoga.

Book of Wisdom: Ishopanishad

Book of Wisdom cover

The Ishopanishad is considered to be the foundation stone of Upanishadic knowledge. It is said that the answer to all the important questions of life are to be found in this short Upanishad. It is an ideal book of Vedanta philosophy. Book of Wisdom is Swami Rama's commentary on the sacred scriptures that form the basis of spiritual thought in India. Serving as both an introduction to yoga philosophy and as a careful guide for scholars, this excellent study begins with a history of the Upanishads and explains:

  • The essential questions of the nature of God
  • The origin of ignorance and illusion
  • The levels of mind and consciousness

 Available from The Himalayan Institute:

Marks of Spiritual Progress CD

SVB.Marks of Spiritual Progress CDThis disk is a compilation of the 6 CDs that make up the “Marks of Spiritual Progress” lecture series given by Swami Veda Bharati. Also, there are three supplemental lectures given on the same subject. There are TWO VERSIONS of the first lecture, because the audio quality is poor, and was difficult to improve. The first version has been edited to remove extra sounds and long gaps. The second version has less editing, but a different style of sound enhancement in case you find it easier to hear. Transcripts of the main lectures, as well as a SUMMARY document can also be found on the disk. Additionally, we have included 14 additional transcripts of helpful lectures. A companion series CD “Yoga in Daily Life” is also recommended.

This is an MP3 CD. It requires a CD player that will play MP3 disks. It can also be played on your computer.

Available for purchase through The Meditation Center at: