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Knowing Your Highest Self

“Life is just a very short moment; there is no time for negativity.”

—Swami Rama

The goal of spirituality is knowledge of the supreme self—not the self that is captive in a small body, but the self of all. How can we come to know this highest self?

In this classic video from 1990, released for the first time here, Swami Rama explains that getting rid of all forms of negativity and selfishness will lead us to this knowledge. We do this through the practices of meditation, egoless prayer, and contemplation. First, as Swamiji explains, we transform our negative inner dialogue where we tell ourselves that we are not good enough. Then we work on letting go of the selfish tendencies that limit us. When we truly come to realize that we all breathe the same air—that on the pranic level, we are all the same—then we are no longer able to hate or exclude anyone. We expand beyond our small self. As the story of Nachiketa (hero of the Katha Upanishad) illustrates, this expansion frees us from negativity and brings lasting happiness and spiritual knowledge.

Format: Video with audio download
Length: 47 mins

Source: Katha Upanishad lectures (Honesdale, 1990)

About the Teacher

Swami Rama

One of the greatest adepts, teachers, writers, and humanitarians of the 20th century, Swami Rama (1925–1996) is the founder of the Himalayan Institute. Born in northern India, he was raised from early childhood by the Himalayan sage, Bengali Baba. Under the guidance of his master, he traveled from monastery to monastery and studied with a variety of Himalayan saints and sages, including his grandmaster, who was living in a remote region of Tibet. In addition to this intense spiritual training, Swami Rama received higher education in both India and Europe. From 1949 to 1952, he held the prestigious position of Shankaracharya of Karvirpitham in South India. Thereafter, he returned to his master to receive further training at his cave monastery, and finally, in 1969, came to the United States, where he founded the Himalayan Institute. His best-known work, Living with the Himalayan Masters, reveals the many facets of this singular adept and demonstrates his embodiment of the living tradition of the East.

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