Mantra & Initiation: Pathway to Enlightenment

Mantra & Initiation: Pathway to Enlightenment

Swami Rama

A mantra is a sacred sound that nurtures and stills our mind, helps us transcend our problems, and ultimately leads us to moksha—enlightenment, or liberation on all levels. But how exactly does mantra work? How do we know that we’re practicing the “right” mantra? What can we expect when we start practicing a mantra, and how will we know when we’re making progress in our meditation?

With a blend of wisdom and gentle humor, Swami Rama explains the profound science of mantra and the subtle process of initiation into a spiritual lineage. He shares stories about mantra’s “atomic” power to transform our lives and the world around us, and he explains how mantra is a friend and guide that will protect us until our last breath (and beyond). Watch this never-before-released lecture video from 1990, and learn the fascinating secrets of mantra meditation!

Format: Multiple videos with audio download
Length: 1 hr, 4 mins

Format: Video with audio download
Length: 11 mins

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Length: 8 mins

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Length: 13 mins

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Length: 9 mins

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Source: The Purpose & Process of Initiation lectures (Honesdale, 1990)

About the Author

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.