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.
"You are aware of only three states at present—the states of waking, dreaming, and sleeping.
All human beings are aware of these three states, but only a fortunate few, the great sages or yogis who tread the internal path, are aware of the fourth state, the highest state of tranquility, called samadhi.
Samadhi is beyond all joys. Joys last only for some time, and then again the darkness and sadness come.
Samadhi is constant. There is no question of any sadness, sorrow, or misery.
By attaining that state you come in touch with the source of knowledge and infinite love within, the library of intuitive knowledge.
The fourth state is free from all problems whatsoever—worldly, spiritual, or divine. All conflicts within and without are resolved. Nothing in the world can disturb you."
- Swami Rama in Samadhi: The Highest State of Wisdom, Volume One of Yoga the Sacred Science