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Posts by Swami Rama

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Articles / Wisdom
Unlocking the Mystery of Birth and Death
Death is not painful; the fear of death is painful. Swami Rama reflects on the meaning of death and dying, and explains how we can free ourselves from the endless cycle of birth and death.
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Articles / Sacred Texts
How Food Affects Us
Food has profound effects on our behavior. As these verses from the Bhagavad Gita tell us, food can make us restless (rajasic) or inert (tamasic) or balanced (sattvic). That is why a sattvic diet—simple, fresh, and nutritious—is best for spiritual practice.
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Swami Rama
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Lectures / Wisdom
Finding Inner Peace in a Troubled World
“If there is no peace within you, you cannot expect peace outside.” —Swami Rama According to the sages, the twofold purpose of life is to find freedom from anxieties, conflicts, and miseries, and to attain the summit of peace and bliss. But how can we find inner peace when the world around us is full of fear, turmoil, and negativity? In this video lecture from 1988, Swami Rama explains how we can first start to transform our inner world. By reducing and eventually eliminating the conflicts in our mind and remaining undisturbed in every situation, we begin to live life in a more skillful and peaceful way. This reflects on our external world, as we become conduits for tranquility and higher purpose. As Swami Rama explains, “Where your mind, body, and heart agree, inner peace is possible.” Watch and learn techniques for cultivating inner peace in a troubled world.
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Articles / Wisdom
Love Beyond Time
Love alone is able to remove the conditions of time, space, and causation to unveil life’s mysteries. So reflected Swami Rama after the loving touch of the Mother Divine awakened him from yogic sleepless sleep.
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Swami Rama
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Articles / Wisdom
How an Atheist Became Devoted to God
Our intellect examines, calculates, decides, accepts, and rejects but has no ability to know God. Swami Rama tells the story of how a proud, intellectually clever atheist was suddenly transformed into a devotee of God.
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Swami Rama
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Articles / Wisdom
Meditation: Universal Science for Inner Healing
We are taught how to know the outer world but not how to discover what lies within us. Like seekers in many cultures over time, we can use meditation to attain self-knowledge, inner healing, and joy that is everlasting.
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Swami Rama
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Articles / Wisdom
An Appointment with Death
Can we circumvent death? In this incredible story from his youth, Swami Rama explains how, in rare instances, a genuine and selfless spiritual master can help a disciple bypass the laws of nature. But on the day Swamiji was supposed to die, he still had to encounter death face to face.
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Swami Rama
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Articles / Wisdom
The Meaning and Purpose of Life
A haze of confusion has been created around the clear and pure concept of yoga, which has been trivialized and reduced to clichés. Swami Rama redefines yoga and clarifies its true meaning and purpose.
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Swami Rama
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Articles / Wisdom
Transformation
In this moving excerpt from his spiritual diary, Swami Rama shares a vision of the Divine Mother that transformed his life. In this sublime vision, She helps him see how we limit our awareness of the one Reality and how we can experience its beauty and grandeur, becoming complete and fearless.
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Swami Rama
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Lectures / Wisdom
The Work of a Spiritual Teacher
‘A teacher helps you know yourself on every level.’ —Swami Rama The teacher-student relationship is the highest among all relationships—it is unique and divine. A spiritual teacher’s purpose is to guide students on the path of inner light. In this previously unreleased lecture video from 1991, Swami Rama relays insights from his own experience with his master, sharing how to distinguish a genuine spiritual teacher from those who are less effective, and cautioning against common pitfalls seekers make (blind faith; lack of trust; putting the teacher on a pedestal; ego). For those of us who are students, he tells us how we can best prepare ourselves to tread the spiritual path. And for those of us who aspire to be teachers, he shares how true spiritual teachers learn to give the best of themselves to their students, leading to a mutual blossoming of compassion and wisdom.
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Swami Rama
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Articles / Wisdom
Learning to Give
Doing for others without seeking anything in return brings us the highest of all joys, once we cultivate a taste for it. As a child, Swami Rama was selfish by nature, until the day his master helped him discover the joy of giving to others.
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Swami Rama
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Articles / Yoga Practice
Quest for Unity
We have a drive for wholeness—for the inner experience of unity that is the source of all religions. Swami Rama explains why this unity is needed to move humanity forward and how religious doctrines highlight differences between us, sowing discord rather than unity.
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