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In this inspirational collection of stories, Swami Rama relates his experiences with the great teachers who guided his life, including Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi, Sri Aurobindo, and Ramana Maharshi. It documents Swami Rama's spiritual quest, which showed him that direct experience is the source of real knowledge.
©1978 Himalayan Institute; (P)1999 Himalayan Institute

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"A complete and practical guide to the foundation of the spiritual journey...The vividness of the storeis is absorbing." (New Age Book Review)

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In Its Own Little World

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.

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  • Ellen
  • Prince George, BC, Canada
  • 06-15-12

Amazing! all of it.

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.

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Very Good Read!!

Where does Living with the Himalayan Masters rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

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  • vikram
  • pondicherry, India
  • 06-07-11

The real energy Drink

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.

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  • Dagmar
  • Singapore, Singapore
  • 02-16-11

Love Swami Rama

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

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Fascinating

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.

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  • dekwaneLebanon
  • 11-09-09

A very good book

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,

Ananda

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Guide to realizing the self

One must read / listen to this beautiful master to absorb the essence of the precious wisdom contained herein ... Hari Om

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worth more than one listen

this is an incredible audio book with much wisdom from this great Swami that transcends race, religion our social status. I plan on listening to this many more times

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Ruling in Sex Abuse Case (Wikipedia)

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)

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  • sanjay singh
  • 05-02-16

amazing

wonderful from begining 2 end. for the spiritual aspirant a must read. awaikens all senses

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  • Aurosish
  • 07-23-15

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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  • Shanti
  • 05-03-17

Great book

It was great book.I learned many profound wisdom and yoga practice.
I enjoyed every minute of it and alway look forward to read more.
Thank you Swami Rama .

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  • Geetha
  • 08-08-15

Excellent Audio book that I have ever listened.

Explains our true nature through experience in different ways. Love to listen again, enjoyed. thanks.

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