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In the Footsteps of the Sages

In the Footsteps of the Sages takes us on a personal tour of the Himalayas where the accomplished yogis—sages and adepts—lived and did their sadhana (practice).

Our journey begins in the mysterious Deva Bhumi—the “Land of the Gods”—where, it is said, the gods are so drawn by the beauty of the area that they descend from heaven to walk among the snowy peaks of the Himalayas. Setting off from Haridwar, we follow the traditional pilgrimage route to the famous mountain shrines of Kedarnath, Tungnath, and Badrinath, and also visit shrines hidden in deep valleys or isolated on lonely peaks. Along the way, we also visit the Kumbha Mela, the vibrant spiritual festival that is held every 12 years on the banks of the Ganges in Allahabad.

In this video from 1999, Pandit Tigunait shares his own experience and comprehension of the oral tradition in order to help us understand who these masters are and how they became one with the spirit of the Himalayas. Through Panditji’s commentary, you’ll feel a connection with the heart of these shrines as you experience the beauty and joy that emanates from these remarkable sacred sites.

Format: Video with audio download
Length: 54 mins

Source: In the Footsteps of the Sages (Voice of the Himalayas Series), 1999.

About the Teacher

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD, is a modern-day master and living link in the unbroken Himalayan Tradition. He is the successor to Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas, and the spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute. As the author of numerous books, including his autobiography Touched by Fire: The Ongoing Journey of a Spiritual Seeker, Pandit Tigunait offers practical guidance on applying yogic and tantric wisdom to modern life. For over 40 years he has touched innumerable lives around the world as a teacher, humanitarian, and visionary spiritual leader. You can view more of his teachings online at the Himalayan Institute Wisdom Library. Pandit Tigunait holds two doctorates: one in Sanskrit from the University of Allahabad in India, and another in Oriental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Family tradition gave Pandit Tigunait access to a vast range of spiritual wisdom preserved in both the written and oral traditions. Before meeting his master, Pandit Tigunait studied Sanskrit, the language of the ancient scriptures of India, as well as the languages of the Buddhist, Jaina, and Zorastrian traditions. In 1976, Swami Rama ordained Pandit Tigunait into the 5,000-year-old lineage of the Himalayan Masters.

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