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Transitions: Living & Dying a Yogi (Part 1)

Can you imagine being dead for 20 years of your life? Yogis call sleep the “sister of death” because we are unconscious during this time. In fact, we are very close to samadhi while we are in dreamless sleep—the problem is that we don’t remember it when we wake up! But yogis know how to sleep consciously through techniques of deep meditation and yoga nidra, giving the body and mind full rest while a part of themselves remains awake.

That is the difference between accomplished yogis and the rest of us. We live and die much like other creatures in the world, without mastery over themselves. Yogis, on the other hand, are born as we are, yet they live with purpose. They realize what their essential nature is, and know how to transform themselves and polish their ego to achieve moksha—liberation. They also understand the secret of secrets: how to skillfully drop their body when the time is right.

In this never-before-released video from 1987’s Path of Fire & Light seminars, Swami Rama insightfully explains how yogis have mastery over life’s great transitions: between non-meditative and meditative states (all the way to samadhi); between sleeping and waking states; and eventually, between life, death, and rebirth.

Format: Video with audio download
Length: 51 mins

Source: Path of Fire & Light lectures (Honesdale, 1987)

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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