Thought Bite: Question and Answer #1

 Occasionally, students or others send questions via email or social media and they are answered. Here is one that may be of general interest:

Question #1: Why study in the Himalayan Tradition when there is not a living Guru?

Yes, Swami Rama left his body some years ago. Still, the Tradition and Guru Parampara (the lineage of masters) are alive and the initiations come from the same source as before. It is a living tradition even if Swami Rama is not currently in body. Many years ago, I attended a Satsang with a great teacher, Baba Hari Dass, who has now left his body. In answer to someone’s question, Babaji wrote (he was silent and wrote on his little chalkboard) that the Guru is an awakened mind and does not die when the body dies.

So, from that point of view, the fact that Swami Rama left his body does not mean there is not a living Guru. Besides, in the Himalayan Tradition, the larger meaning of the word Guru is teaching force, not a person.

Now, having said all of this, it is understandable and makes sense to want to have a teacher you can see and sit with. Something to consider, though, is that when Swami Rama was in his body, very few people were able to be in his presence for more than a few minutes but nevertheless felt guided by the Guru for their entire lives. The Guru force is beyond space and time. There are many highly qualified and experienced initiators in the Tradition and initiation by them is said to be an initiation by the Guru.


19 Dec 2021;
07:00PM - 08:00PM
Full Moon Meditation 2020