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Swami Rama of the Himalayas It is said that, "When the student is ready, the teacher will come." Though there have been many helpers along the way, the teacher who showed up for me was Swami Rama.

While Swami Rama founded many worldly organizations, his greatest gift to humanity was in his bringing the depths of the wisdom of the ancient sages to the modern seeker in highly accessible ways. He did this through his writings and his lectures, and most importantly through his individual presence when training students one at a time.

Swami Rama dropped the body on the evening of November 13, 1996. Although naming no individual person as successor of the lineage, he is succeeded by many people who each serve others in his or her own way.

Swami Rama was born in northern India, raised by his spiritual master and trained in the tradition of the cave monasteries of the Himalayas. He taught the Upanishads and Buddhist scriptures in his youth and also studied Tibetan mysticism. In 1949 he held the prestigious position of Shankaracharya of Karvirpitham which he renounced in 1952 to return to the Himalayas to intensify his meditative practices. He later studied western psychology and philosophy in universities in Europe and England. In the late 60s he came to the United States and participated in studies being conducted by the Menninger Institute on the voluntary control of involuntary states. There he demonstrated, under strict laboratory conditions, voluntary control of the autonomic functioning of his body and revolutionized scientists' understanding of the body-mind relationship.

Swami Rama founded Sadhana Mandir Trust, the Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy, the Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust, Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences and many yoga centers throughout the world. During his life he created a bridge between the ancient teachings of the East and modern science and played a major role in bringing the teachings of yoga to the attention of the western medical community. He was a scientist, philosopher, humanitarian, mystic poet, author of numerous books and an expert in homeopathy and Ayurvedic medicine.

Most importantly, Swami Rama was a fully enlightened master and the representative of an ancient lineage of yogis who confer in their high initiations direct experience into the mysteries of consciousness: they are the founders and custodians of the science of meditation. Swami Rama left his body in November 1996.

Sadhana Mandir Trust
Sadhana Mandir Trust Swami Veda Bharati, current President and Preceptor of Sadhana Mandir, has spent the past 53 years teaching and providing spiritual guidance around the world. He was raised in the five thousand-year-old tradition of Sanskrit-speaking scholar-philosophers of India, and has taught the Yoga-sutras of Patanjali since the age of nine and the Vedas since the age of eleven.

Author of the most comprehensive commentary on Patanjali's Yoga-sutras and many other books, Swami Veda is a poet, scholar, research guide and international speaker par excellence. All of his knowledge has come intuitively, and he has attained the highest academic degrees, B.A. (Honours) (London), M.A. (London), Dr. Litt. (Holland, all between June 1965 and 1967). In 1969, he met his Spiritual Master, Swami Rama, and was initiated into one of the highest paths of Dhyana-yoga.

He has studied and is well-versed in the scriptures of all religions, understands 17 languages with varying degrees of fluency, which allows him to teach meditation to people of different faiths-Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs-from within their own scriptural and meditative traditions. He is familiar with all known meditative traditions and the different schools of eastern and western philosophies.

Activities in the ashram include programs in Meditation, hatha yoga, Seminars on specific topics, and intensive meditation and silence retreats. Study programs for individuals and groups can be customized as needed.

Spiritual Guidance is available for those aspirants seeking instruction in meditation. The resident preceptor, Swami Veda Bharati (or other resident teacher/guide appointed by him when Swami Veda is away) is available for consultation.
Hatha Yoga instruction is available at the ashram by trained teachers in the morning and also by appointment.

Kirtan, also known as sankirtan, is the call-and-response chanting of the myriad names of the Lord. Monthly or weekly kirtan is offered in the ashram with local and guest artists. Some outstanding artists visiting the ashram have included Vaiyasaki Das, L.N. Tiwari, and Ragani.

Swami Veda Bharati The Himalayan Tradition
The Himalayan Tradition is at least 5000 years old. It is linked to an unbroken lineage of sages who kept this tradition alive through oral instruction and personal spiritual initiation. Adi Sankara established the ascetic order about 1200 years ago though enunciates had already lived in an unbroken lineage from the Vedic period.

The Tradition teaches specific methods of training the human mind. The methods are scientific, systematic and inward directed.

Revitalizing Swami Rama's Ashram
The trustees of Swami Rama's Ashram (Sadhana Mandir Trust) in Rishikesh, India are in the process of revitalizing the ashram with a variety of exciting new programs that emphasize the practical teachings of Swami Rama. These include meditation retreats, ayurvedic rejuvenation, and self-transformation programs.

The programs will be phased in over a period of time, depending on who are the future members of top management of the ashram trust. Some of the programs will be at the ashram in Rishikesh and others will be on the HIHT University campus (Himalayan Institute Hospital campus), which is about 20 kilometers away.

The trustees of Swami Rama's Ashram (Sadhana Mandir Trust) in Rishikesh, India are in the process of revitalizing the ashram with a variety of exciting new programs that emphasize the practical teachings of Swami Rama. These include meditation retreats, ayurvedic rejuvenation, and self-transformation programs.

The programs will be phased in over a period of time, depending on who are the future members of top management of the ashram trust. Some of the programs will be at the ashram in Rishikesh and others will be on the HIHT University campus (Himalayan Institute Hospital campus), which is about 20 kilometers away.

Swami Rama - Master of Yoga, Vedanta, and Tantra
Swami Rama believed in, and taught the universality of the realization of spiritual truths, in the inner chamber of one's own being. He never asked to be followed or worshipped, or for any change in culture, or for or any conversion of religion. Rather, he encouraged self-awareness through practices of yoga meditation and contemplation, with an attitude of self-reliance. The job of the external teacher, he taught me, is to find the teacher within.

Yoga Meditation in himalaya Swami Rama continued to spread the teachings his own teacher had given him, that the first goal is to seek freedom from fears, and second, to seek the direct experience of the absolute reality at the core of your being, the center of consciousness that goes by many names.

He taught that one should "know yourself at all levels," explaining that "After visiting hundreds of countries I have discovered that all over the world there is one great problem, and that problem is that the human being has not yet understood himself or herself, and tries, instead, to understand God and others."

While teaching the profound depths of the Himalayan masters, Swami Rama was also committed to simplicity. He writes, "You really do not need to know many things, but you definitely need to practice what you know. It is a sad thing to tell you, but I have not really learned anything new since I grew up. That which I learned in my childhood is what I have been practicing."

That balance of depth and simplicity is one of the most beneficial and loving gifts of Swami Rama to humanity, his many students, and to me personally. This balance has been a major source of inspiration since Swami Rama instructed me to pass on the teachings to others as a representative of the Himalayan tradition.

One of my fondest memories is of the day Swami Rama said to me simply, "You are on the path. I will lead you." He has done what he said he would do, for which I am truly grateful.

Founded in 1966 on the banks of the Ganges in Rishikesh, India, Sadhana Mandir Trust was established by Swami Rama as an international retreat center for sincere aspirants to practice meditation in a spiritually elevating environment.

Sadhana is the word for a student's sincere efforts along a particular path of practice toward self-realization. The word mandir simply means "house." So Sadhana Mandir means the abode of spiritual practice.

Hath yoga Away from the hustle and bustle of Rishikesh, nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, Sadhana Mandir is located on the banks of the holy river Ganges. Surrounded by beautiful flowering gardens, mango trees and a lotus pond, a quiet and serene atmosphere permeates the ashram making it ideal for sadhana.

Self Transformation Program
The Self Transformation Program is a highly individualized residential program leading the participant to explore the nature of his being on the level of the five koshas: physical, pranic, mental, intellectual, blissful, and finally to the center of consciousness. The participant engages in daily yoga classes, breathing and relaxation practicum's, guided meditation practice, and individualized instruction in yoga science. There is also enough personal time for self study and for walks along the Ganges.

Three vegetarian meals are provided daily. Accommodation is double occupancy unless otherwise specified. The program is available during January, April, July, and October. The first three weeks follow the schedule below. The last week is allocated for individual interests (ie, sight-seeing, silence retreat, etc.). The program can be extended on a case-by-case basis.

A typical daily schedule is as follows:
5:00 am Lemon water
6:00 Hatha Yoga
8:00 Breakfast
9:00 Walk
10:00-12:00 Lecture/Workshop
1:00 pm Lunch
2-4:00 Private Study
4:00 Tea
5:00 Walk
6:00 Aarti (varies with the season)
7:00 Supper
7:45 Lecture/Workshop/Kirtan
9:00 Meditation

Swami Jnaneshvara Duration: 1 month, application is required. Enrollment is limited to 10 participants.

Intensive Meditation Retreat with Swami Jnaneshvara
November 16 - December 6, 2009 & March 8-28, 2010
Immerse yourself in three weeks of the profound wisdom and practical teachings of Swami Rama.

The program will include:
» Two group discussion sessions per day, most days. Discussion sessions will draw upon the yoga sutras, a few of the articles from, and three books by Swami Rama.
» Witnessing, self-awareness and mindfulness practices, and discussions. The discussions will be based on guided practices and your "witnessing" practices between sessions.
» Guided meditation and yoga nidra several times per week
» Four silent meditation times per day
» Training in systematically integrating hatha yoga postures, pranayama, and meditation for each of the four daily meditation times
» Personal coaching on breathing and pranayama practices
» Plenty of time for quiet reflection and walks along the Ganges

Practices, Witnessing, and Internal Dialogue
The Path
Understanding Swami Rama Teachings
Yoga Sutras Summary
Yoga Sutras Interpretive translation
Om Mantra
Bindu, the Pinnacle
Karma and Its Sources
Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nindra in Himalaya Schedule: Following is a general schedule outline. While there will be several events each day, not all of the listings below will happen each and every day. Our Programs are flexible, and we shift to accommodate the needs of the participants.
6:00 Personal hatha, pranayama, and meditation
7:00 Walk, reading, reflection, personal time
8:00 Breakfast
8:30 Walk, reading, reflection, personal time
9:30 Group class, discussion, training, or videos
11:30 Personal hatha, pranayama, and meditation
12:00 Walk, reading, reflection, personal time
1:00 Lunch
1:30 Walk, reading, reflection, personal time
2:30 Group class, discussion, training, or videos
4:00 Tea
4:30 Walk, reading, reflection, personal time
6:00 Personal hatha, pranayama, and meditation
6:45 Supper
7:30 Group class, discussion, training, or videos
9:00 Personal hatha, pranayama, and meditation

Accommodation: Double occupancy only, as space is limited.