Walking with a Himalayan Master Swami Rama – By Justin O’ Brien
The book starts with the odyssey of an American who started his career as a stock broker at Bear Sterns, one of the most admired Investment Bank and Securities Firm in twentieth century, but soon realized that his struggle for money was not worth and joined a monastery.
Initially averse, Swami Rama’s teachings on self discovery and living a life with holistic approach fascinated him and soon he became his staunch follower. Later, his wife also joined him. I loved reading how they discovered the true meanings of “mantra”, its benefits, “Yoga and meditation” and their visit to Kumbh Mela and different types of Sadhus and Yogis of India.
I was strongly moved by the way, this American, who was teaching me, an Indian (and all his Indian readers), our long lost traditions and values.
The book also describes in detail the story of his Guru, Swami Rama’s birth, how he grew up and learnt from his Master and fellow Yogis, till he took nirvana.
The American yogi beautifully describes his journey, his learning and even his hesitations and aversions in India, Nepal, Japan and London.
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