Self-Realization through Yoga Meditation of the Yoga Sutras, the contemplative insight of Advaita Vedanta, and the intense devotion of Samaya Sri Vidya Tantra

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Belief in gods of the celestial world
(Bhagavad Gita 3.11-3.12)

by Swami Rama

The ignorant think that gods dwell in celestial worlds and have power to control
human destiny. Such gods are merely projections of one's internal organization,
the creation of gods in the external world is a projection of the unconscious.
The belief in gods was created to help those who are not aware of their internal
resources and are in need of an objectification of supernatural powers. They
need to believe in gods that will help them fulfill desires that they feel
inadequate to fulfill through their own means. It is said that those who have
seen gods are fools, for they have seen something of their own self and
mistakenly believe that they have seen gods. Externalists have created gods for
their own convenience, but in actuality those gods are symbols of unknown
phenomena that occur within.

For those aspirants who cannot contemplate on the attributeless Eternal, symbols
are recommended by spiritual teachers. In the path of meditation certain symbols
are used to make the mind one-pointed. The student is then advised to go beyond
the symbol to comprehend its meaning rather than remaining dependent on the
symbol forever. Thus in meditation one leaves the symbol behind and goes

The ignorant worship the symbols without knowing and understanding that which
lives behind and beyond the symbol. But if one is capable of exploring that
which is being expressed by the symbol, he may eventually discover the existence
of the formless archetype that is clothed in the forms of the symbol. With
further work he may attain direct experience of the archetypes, not as objects
but by becoming on with the archetypes themselves.

Swami Rama (Commentary on Bhagavad Gita 3.11-3.12)



This site is devoted to presenting the ancient Self-Realization path of the Tradition of the Himalayan masters in simple, understandable and beneficial ways, while not compromising quality or depth. The goal of our sadhana or practices is the highest Joy that comes from the Realization in direct experience of the center of consciousness, the Self, the Atman or Purusha, which is one and the same with the Absolute Reality. This Self-Realization comes through Yoga meditation of the Yoga Sutras, the contemplative insight of Advaita Vedanta, and the intense devotion of Samaya Sri Vidya Tantra, the three of which complement one another like fingers on a hand. We employ the classical approaches of Raja, Jnana, Karma, and Bhakti Yoga, as well as Hatha, Kriya, Kundalini, Laya, Mantra, Nada, Siddha, and Tantra Yoga. Meditation, contemplation, mantra and prayer finally converge into a unified force directed towards the final stage, piercing the pearl of wisdom called bindu, leading to the Absolute.