Biography of Swami Rama

His Childhood

Swami Rama (1925 – 1996) was born in a little village named Toli in the Himalayas. His real name was Brij Kishore Dhasmana. He had a very interesting childhood as he was taught by his guru Madhavananda Saraswati, under whose guidance he traveled to many monasteries. At these places, he studied with many Himalayan sages and saints.

Teaching in the West

Swami Rama was appointed Shankaracharya of Karvirpitham in southern India, a position he held from 1949 to 1952. After this tenure, he returned to his guru and for many years practised meditation and austerities in Himalayan caves. His teacher at this stage encouraged Swami Rama to go the West to teach yogic principles.

Science and Spirituality

Swami Rama merged science and spirituality by allowing Western scientists to study him. Researchers at the Menninger Clinic studies his ability to control even non-voluntary body processes such as body temperature, blood pressure and heartbeat. These researches served to throw light on the connection between body and mind.

Yoga Institute

Swami Rama founded the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy, which has branches in India, Europe and the U.S.A. At Dehradun, he established a medical facility to treat the poor people of the mountains. His approach of practical spirituality has been documented in many books about him. Swami Rama’s concept of spiritual wellness has gained ground in the West. At Dehradun, he also founded a medical university which researches the practical effectiveness of holistic health.

Authored Many Books

Swami Rama detailed his experiences and yogic life in many books. In these tomes, he reveals the benefits of spiritual practices like meditation and yoga. Swami Rama averred that one need not depend on organized religion to get peace of mind. He was also skeptical of those who performed supernatural feats just to prove their enlightenment. Such feats only demonstrate an ability to do a particular task, he said.


Swami Rama gave up his simple and serene life in the Himalayan mountains to spread goodness in the modern world. His legacy of institutions still stand testimony to his love for mankind. He touched many lives by teaching in the villages, towns and cities of more than 100 countries. On November 13, 1996, Swami Rama shed his mortal coil and entered into Mahasamadhi.

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