Yoga is not something that just appeared on the scene of today or yesterday. The perspective of the Himalayan Tradition is that yoga is perennial. The great expounders of this tradition include Swami Rama of the Himalayas, the most recent Guru, and Swami Veda Bharati of Rishikesh, as well as several others.
This tradition has a large emphasis on meditation. Yoga is the basic philosophy being described and practiced in the tradition here. Asana, pranayama, and all the other aspects of the major divisions of yoga are included. Bhakti yoga, jnana yoga, karma yoga and so many others are expounded within this context of coming into ones own true nature. Therefore meditation becomes the bedrock and foundation in this tradition.
Swami Rama,a great yogi, demonstrated so many things. To different groups he was know from different perspectives. He really wasn’t limited to any of those things. He demonstrated this link into our own selves. There was always this loving invitation to be Happy–to know our true Self.
Just coming into a relationship through initiation is a key to this link. This link is also the anchor to avoid too much hyperbole and getting lost in all of this “stuff” we think/talk/and do.
Practice and Being Cool
Practice is one of the great keys in the tradition as expounded by these above mentioned guides. My physical experience was very brief with Swami Rama. Most of my experience is with Swami Veda. He continues in this tradition in emphasizing the teachings of Swami Rama. Therefore they both emphasize practice. Philosophy with out skillful practice is a waste.
Also practice without proper preparation is folly. We know all the examples of how important it is to prepare the ground in order to plant the seed. In initiation there is a planting of the seed. Now the ground as well as the budding plant has to be skillfully prepared. If there is not proper preparation then when watering the plant the ground could just turn into a lake or worse. All these farming examples are just about how we need to prepare our minds, bodies and breaths. Training is key, not just sitting with eyes closed or becoming academically educated about the practices and philosophies.
Being cool actually in Sanskrit is translated as Vairagya. Another way is to speak about vairagya in English is that which doesn’t color ones mind. So you can be in the midst of conflict (mental, emotional, physical) and you remain “cool” or level headed (minded).
This web site
We will contribute in a small way to another perspective that is included in the Himalayan Tradition.
- Familiar topics in Yoga of Meditation, Asanas, Pranayama and basic Satsangas or open discussions will be written
- Presentations of some of the vast work of Swami Rama and Swami Veda will be given
- Practical perspectives of practice and my own experience in learning and teaching are included
- The nuts and bolts of body as an organizer of movement will also be covered
- Sometimes humor will win out on some pages
Hoping you enjoy both on the outside as well as the inside
With all the love that has been given to me by all of my greatest teachers (including my mom)–may that love find it’s way is some part through this offering into your hearts and minds–peter fabian