Swami Rama PDF
G U R U and SO AM I
Recently, I have been reading about gurus, swamis, sannyasins, sadhus, and sages.
Rama was the focus of my reading for a few weeks. I started with two
books by his main disciple and Director of the Himalayan International
Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy in Pennsylvania, Pandit
Rajmani Tigunait. The first was a wonderful story of his journey and
struggles from rural India to the USA. It was called Touched by Fire.
I read his biography of Swami Rama, The Eleventh Hour. Tigunait greatly
reveres his teacher and puts him in the brightest light. At the same
time, he reveals many layers of himself and his master and the
knowledge they carry to the West.
In some ways, the best of the
three is an old book by Doug Boyd, simply entitled Swami. The first
part is about his time as special assistant to Swami Rama during their
tenure with the Voluntary Controls Program at the Menninger Foundation
in Topeka, Kansas in 1970. Part two details a long trip he made to
India for his own personal searches and studies with gurus, swamis and
other notables there.
Boyd told of keeping track of Swami Rama
24/7 in the midst of his many months in residence in Kansas. The
scientific excitement of the time concerned Swami Rama’s ability to
stop his heart (put it into atrial flutter) for many seconds. As well
as to significantly change the temperature by a few degrees in
different parts of his hand. He also showed his stuff in psychokinetic
experiments, making metal needles move about a spindle from a distance
of several feet. These and other feats were done under scientific
control merely through Swami Rama’s mental efforts and volition.
(Experiments are detailed in a PDF from Beyond Biofeedback by Elmer Green.)
few years later, Mr. Boyd went on to sit at the feet of holy men in
northern India, to see them in action and to experience some of their
own minor miracles. Swami or not, we all use the power of will every
day to accomplish a variety of things. We just don’t pay attention to
These books suggest that we all now limit ourselves to
those miracles that we all do daily and that we take for granted. With
proper training and discipline, we can and will do bigger things as
Swami Rama and his fellows did. “I tell you the truth, anyone who has
faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater
things than these...” John 14:12
Many moderns don’t believe any
such things can be done. Even when forced to see such things, they
believe trickery or fraud are the source. It is hard for any of us to
see, if we don’t want to. Showing people from Missouri doesn’t
necessarily make for proof.
It’s those Elementals at work, that John Rau talked about a couple weeks ago. You can ask John about them or study them on your own.
the same time, you might want to ponder upon two words which came into
the western vocabulary around the time of Doug Boyd’s books. Guru and
If you play with the words, you can be reminded that Gee,
You Are You, and So Am I.We are all gurus and swamis in the making. All
we have to do is look within, train our minds and hearts, and
understand who we really are.
In the words of Swami Rama,
I bow to the Divinity in you.