©1978 Himalayan Institute; (P)1999 Himalayan Institute
"A complete and practical guide to the foundation of the spiritual journey...The vividness of the storeis is absorbing." (New Age Book Review)
if you liked "Autobiography of a yogi" by Sri Paramhansa Yogananda then you're gonna love this.
but i think that it's fair to point out that according to wikipedia Swami Rama is far from being your next door yogi saint.
light and love,
The author claims all kinds of physical miracles, and does not come across as believable or wise. A lot of what he says is very dogmatic, and seems focused on proving that his particular branch of practice is best, and his masters are the greatest. He decries ego while demonstrating ego on every page. It's terribly disappointing, but I did learn much from reading it -- however, the lessons I learned probably were not the ones the author thought he was giving.
The narration is in a strong British-Indian accent, by the way. The narrator is competent much of the time, but does mispronounce several words in ways that can be very distracting.
Like Autobiography of a Yogi, this books gives to a lot of living experiences of Swami Rama. The narrator's voice is very clear and very good pronunciation of eastern names and scriptural references.
This narration was well-paced and a great voice for the book. Just loved it. Will listen to it many times. Congruent with material in Autobiography of a Yogi as well.
It was really nice to know how such yogis undergo such a hard time at the same time they take the hardship as pleasant game played by God and challenging the same to attain the ultimate goal of every mankind " The Love Of God". Highly inspiring. It really got deep into my mind and made me to think deep.
Amazing book, great summary of spiritual teachings of Himalayan masters and in general. It was great reminder for me of all I need to practice myself. Thank you
Very good description of how Yogi's really live and what their philosphy is all about. Written in a very straight foward way, very accessible. Reading this book, the question will or should arise "Is this true?". Hearing Swami Rama tell these stories you have to wonder about that.
Interestingly, what he says is not really in conflict with what the Bible says, nor does it contradict most other religions, or even physics. In fact it just shines another light on all such matters.
Most definitely worth the time. It may even make you reconsider your beliefs.
Not sure how much it will actually change my life, but certainly a very very deeply cherished learning. It's an encyclopedia to listen to over and over when in doubt again. I have become even more interested in spirituality
After reading wiki about him. I was so sceptical and still now after finishing this audiobook. Because of Rajanikath's wife is giving this Book as Birthday Gift to Tamil Actor Rajanikath yearly as I watched in YouTube. I purchased this book two years a go. And I finished very slowly. This is my first audiobook I purchased and now I have nearly 250 audiobooks. I started to listen audiobooks after this audiobook.
Ruling in Sex Abuse Case (Wikipedia)
On September 4, 1997, a federal civil Jury awarded nearly $1.9 million to a 23-year-old woman after concluding that Rama had forced her to have sex with him up to 30 times while she lived at the Himalayan Institute in 1993. In his closing statements after a three-week trial, Irwin Schneider, the Himalayan Institute's attorney, acknowledged that the sex took place, but argued that it was consensual. "We all make mistakes. I'm offended by the 'Swami Rama having sex with [the woman].' I am morally offended. You have to decide if there was a legal wrong," he told the jury (Wikipedia)
loved the book, it is a great introduction for most of us who feel this physical world, body & our material possessions are the only reality, and it inspires us to seek journey in the spiritual world.
wonderful from begining 2 end. for the spiritual aspirant a must read. awaikens all senses
"Good book and bit different"
Liked the honesty with which the book is written. I look forward to read some of the other book written by Swami Rama.
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