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Posts by Swami Rama

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Articles / Yoga Practice
Quest for Unity
We have a drive for wholeness—for the inner experience of unity that is the source of all religions. Swami Rama explains why this unity is needed to move humanity forward and how religious doctrines highlight differences between us, sowing discord rather than unity.
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Articles / Wisdom
Maya: The Cosmic Veil
What is maya and how does it create our reality? In this humorous story, Swami Rama’s master vividly demonstrates the nature of maya, cosmic illusion, and how we become entrapped in it. He then explains how we can break through this veil of illusion to gain ultimate freedom.
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Swami Rama
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Articles / Yoga Practice
Meditation Is Not What You Think
Meditation is not thinking. It’s a systematic method of training the mind to go beyond thought, gradually transforming our life into a joyful, peaceful experience. Learn how meditating with patience and the help of a mantra brings fulfillment in life and fearlessness in death.
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Swami Rama
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Articles / Wisdom
Guru Purnima: Honoring Our Teachers
On Guru Purnima day, we honor the teachers who have guided us on our spiritual path, and take a moment to reflect on their teachings. Here, Swami Rama reminds us of the deeper meaning of this special day.
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Swami Rama
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Articles / Meditation
The Science of Mantra
The mantra is like a bridge on which meditators cross the river of life and eventually reach the other shore—the state of highest consciousness. Swami Rama explains how mantras help us to penetrate and fathom the various levels of the mind so we can attain the deepest states of meditation.
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Swami Rama
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Articles / Wisdom
Freedom on the Field of Action: The Path of Karma Yoga
Through the practice of karma yoga—serving others selflessly and lovingly—we gain the power to transform ourselves and the world around us. This is a path of inner freedom that leads us to the ultimate goal of yoga: the state of self-realization and perfection.
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Swami Rama
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Articles / Wisdom
Raja Yoga: Eightfold Path to Healing and Nurturance
The great adepts worked out a plan for mastering the art of joyful living in eight simple and systematic steps known as raja yoga. These steps include a methodical practice for unfolding the potential that lies dormant in our body, mind, and soul. This is the most complete path for healing and nurturing ourselves at every level.
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Swami Rama
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Lectures / Wisdom
Fearlessness: Key to Self-Mastery
“Fear is the one thing that does not allow the human flower to bloom,” taught Swami Rama. We cannot fully enjoy life under the pressure of negativity and fear. According to the sages, animals and humans are driven by the same instinctual urges. But unlike animals, we have the power to examine and eliminate our fears through yogic techniques of contemplation and meditation. Watch this previously unreleased lecture from 1991, available exclusively on our Wisdom Library, as Swami Rama teaches us how all fears are under our control, and how conquering our fears makes us the true master of ourselves.
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Swami Rama
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Articles / Meditation
Four Ways to Improve Your Meditation
Before you begin your daily meditation, befriend your mind and connect with your inner teacher through the process of introspection. Swami Rama explains how the more we know about our mind, the greater the mastery we will have over the world around us.
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Swami Rama
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Articles / Wisdom
I Thought I Was Perfect
We are taught to value intellectual knowledge, but on the spiritual path experiential knowledge is more important, as this story from Swami Rama’s youth illustrates. He proudly thought he knew everything—until different sages tested him on four things that need to be mastered for spiritual attainment.
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Swami Rama
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Articles / Sacred Texts
Eternal Knowledge: The Wisdom of the Upanishads
The timeless teachings of the Upanishads guide us to the highest wisdom—the knowledge of our true identity. Swami Rama explains how coming to know ourselves as the Self of all, or Brahman, frees us from self-created misery and infuses our heart with love for all.
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Swami Rama
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Articles / Yoga Practice
Breath Awareness: Key to Deep Meditation
Without breath awareness, a deep state of meditation is impossible. Learn how breath awareness leads to sushumna, an undisturbed and joyous state of mind, and how breath awareness differs from pranayama exercises.
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