Born in 1925 in Uttar Pradesh to a learned Brahmin family, Swami Rama was raised from early childhood by his master Babaji, a great yogi and saint of Bengal who lived in the Himalayas. From the age of three, Swami Rama lived with yogis in the traditional cave monasteries in Himalayas.
At a young age of 24 he was ordained as monk in the Shankaracharya Order, he held the highest position as a Shankaracharya of Kavirpitham, which he then renounced to continue to serve the Himalayan Tradition.
Swami Rama was a scientist and a researcher, he worked to bridge the gap between science and spirituality. In the 1960s he travelled to US and subjected himself for scientific experimentation with Menninger Foundation. He demonstrated his ability to stop his heart from pumping blood for 17 seconds, to produce a ten-degree difference in temperature between different parts of the palm of his hand, and to voluntarily produce and maintain specific brain wave patterns on demand and more such yogic abilities. Swamiji intended to present his case to science. “I am doing this not to show that I am a magician or a superhuman being, but to show that by controlling the mind one can control one’s bodily functions, including the so-called involuntary muscles such as the heart and lungs. This is done through control of the autonomic nervous system, which is involved in the development of most psychosomatic diseases.”
An author of many books on spirituality and profound commentaries on Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads, Swami Rama’s autobiography Living with the Himalayan Masters remains a highly acclaimed classic among books on spirituality. His works include: Art of Joyful Living, Book of Wisdom: Ishopanishad, Science of Breath, Choosing a Path, Meditation and Its Practice, Life Here and Hereafter, Living with the Himalayan Masters, Love and Family Life, Love Whispers, Path of Fire and Light, Vol 1 and 2, Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita, Wisdom of the Ancient Sages: Mundaka Upanishad and many more.
In 1967, he established the ashram Sadhana Mandir on the banks of Ganga in Rishikesh, that continues to serve spiritual aspirants in practices of meditation and silence.
In 1989 Swami Rama conceived, designed and founded Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust (HIHT) at Jolly Grant, Dehradun, India. The institute is now one of the top medical hubs in northern India.
Swami Rama was a trained doctor, a Kung Fu Master, a poet, a painter, a musician, a humanitarian and above all a messenger of love. His memorial is in the hearts of his students and disciples who continue to live his teaching of “Love, Serve, Remember.”