Samaya Tantra

Diksha: Four Categories of Initiation

This article elaborates upon the four categories of initiation in the Samaya Tradition. The Sanskrit word diksha is loosely translated into English as "initiation." Like most Sanskrit words diksha has various meanings. "Diksate" is the verb and means "to consecrate,...

Our Lineage, our Tradition

There are two words in Sanskrit that have to be understood: Parampara and Sampradaya, that is, lineage and tradition respectively. In this article we want to understand our lineage and tradition and honor our roots. A parampara or lineage is an unbroken line of authentic teachers who pass on their...

Adhikara: A Question of Qualification

What are the different relationships between a student and teacher? And why is qualification necessary? Many a student has considered himself qualified for the highest teachings leading to Self-realization but in fact does not even know the criteria for qualification...

The Meaning of Guru

This profound and mysterious word has many layers of meanings. In almost all Indian languages it is common to use the word guru to mean teacher. In many villages of India, school children greet their teachers every morning as guruji. In traditional Indian arts a dance or music teacher is also...

Swami Rama and the Himalayan Tradition

The teachings of the Himalayan Tradition are elaborated by Swami Rama of the Himalayas. This is an extract from the book "Living with the Himalayan Masters, Spiritual Experiences of Swami Rama" published by the Himalayan Institute, Honesdale, USA. Our Tradition Shankaracharya...

Swami Rama on the Guru Chakra

Guru chakra, the chakra of higher knowledge is also known as Trikuti or Jnana chakra. Ajna chakra the chakra of worldly knowledge and gateway to the city of life is also known as Drikuti. Swami Rama quotes on Guru chakra are put together here. Mundaka Upanishad You can easily purify...

Chhinnamasta, Dasa Mahavidya: The Wisdom Goddess

Understanding Chhinnamasta, one of the Dasa Mahavidya, the 10 Wisdom goddesses. The Divine has both forms benign as well as terrifying. Such is the world, both the benign and the terrifying co-exist. There are ten forms of the Dasa mahavidyas, or the Wisdom Goddesses. While there are...

Teachings of the Samaya Srividya Tradition and the Himalayan Lineage

The teachings of the Samaya Srividya Tradition and Himalayan Lineage as taught by Swami Rama are explained. The teachings are handed down from Master to student, who then in turn becomes a teacher. Our lineage is known as the Himalayan lineage and is said to be older than 6000 years. The...

Swami Rama on Samaya Sri Vidya Tantra

These excerpts on Samaya Sri Vidya are taken from various books and video lectures by the great Master of the Himalayan lineage and the Samaya Sri Vidya Tradition, Swami Rama.  In his lifetime Swami Rama wrote over 25 books on yoga practice, yoga philosophy, among them commentaries on the...

Sannyasa vs Tyaga

A frequently asked question on sannyasa and tyaga is answered. What is the difference between sannyasa and tyaga? Of the two terms tyaga is easier to understand. Tyaga is external renunciation or giving up external objects. Tyaga means you could have decided not to enjoy a particular...