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  AHYMSIN newsletter, Issue - March 2012  

Our Tradition

by Swami Rama

Living with the Himalayan Masters book cover

Our tradition has the following orientation:

  1. One absolute without a second is our philosophy.
  2. Serving humanity through selflessness is an expression of love, which one should follow through mind, action and speech.
  3. The Yoga System of Patañjali is a preliminary step accepted by us for the higher practices in our tradition, but philosophically we follow the Advaita system of one absolute without a second.
  4. Meditation is systematized by stilling the body, having serene breath, and controlling the mind. Breath awareness, control of the autonomic system, and learning to discipline primitive urges are practiced.
  5. We teach the middle path to students in general, and those who are prepared for higher steps of learning have the opportunity to learn advanced practices. This helps people in general in their daily lives to live in the world and yet remain above. Our method, for the convenience of Western students, is called Superconscious Meditation. I am only a messenger delivery the wisdom of the Himalayan sages of this tradition, and whatever spontaneously comes from the centre of intuition, that I teach. I never prepare my lectures or speeches, for I was told by my master not to do so.
  6. We do not believe in conversion, changing cultural habits or introducing any God in particular. We respect all religions equally, loving all and excluding none. Neither do we oppose any temple, mosque, or church, nor do we believe in building homes for God while ignoring human being. Our firm belief is that every human being is a living institution or a temple.
  7. Our members are all over the world, and for the sake of communication, we also believe in education. Our graduate school imparts the knowledge by the sages, thereby fulfilling the inner need of intellectuals.
  8. We practice vegetarianism. We teach a nutritional diet that is healthy and good for longevity, but at the same time we are not rigid and do not force students to become vegetarians.
  9. We respect the institution of the family and stress the education of children by introducing a self-training program and not by forcing our beliefs, faiths and way of life on them.
  10. Our trained teachers systematically impart all aspects of yoga relating to body, breath, mind and individual soul. Awareness within and without is the key, and the methods of expansion are carefully introduced to the students.
  11. To serve humanity, we believe in examining, verifying, and coming to certain conclusions regarding the yoga practices, including relaxation and meditation.
  12. Our experiments are documented and published for the benefit of humanity.
  13. We believe in universal brotherhood, loving all and excluding none.
  14. We strictly abstain from politics and from opposing any religion.
  15. Of great importance is the practice of non-violence with mind, action and speech.

(An excerpt from Living with the Himalayan Masters by Swami Rama. Himalayan Institute Press, 1978)

Editor’s Note:

Living with the Himalayan Masters by Swami Rama is available from The Meditation Center's online bookstore that ships nationally and internationally http://www.themeditationcenter.org/jnana/index.php

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