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How Can We Attain Samadhi? The Unlearning Method

Wisdom of the Mandukya Upanishad

When the senses are not distracted or dissipated, when the mind is tranquil, during that time we attain a state of samadhi, that state where there is no question in the mind. Is it possible for your mind to attain that state? Not possible, says Swami Rama, unless you learn the unlearning method.

Format: Video with audio download
Length: 4 mins

Source: Mandukya Upanishad lectures (Honesdale, 1990)

About the Teacher

Swami Rama

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.

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