Teachings of the Samaya Srividya Tradition and the Himalayan Lineage

The 3 Streams of the Himalayan Lineage: Yoga, Advaita, Samaya Srividya

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 Himalayan Lineage is an unbroken lineage dating back to legendary teachers such as the great sages Dattatreya and Vasishtha and historical masters such as Adi Shankara and Swami Rama. 

The Himalayan Lineage is one in a family of lineages that share similar qualities and whose lineages also trace back to these legendary sages. This family of lineages together is called Sampradaya. Sampradaya translates as tradition. Since our tradition is the custodian of the teachings of Samaya Srividya, it is the Samaya Srividya Tradition. 

Samaya means "One with the Divine Mother". Srividya means auspicious wisdom. Samaya Srividya is a privileged option for those who have reached an advanced stage in the cycle of death and rebirth and seek to end this cycle and attain enlightenment in this lifetime. 

There are three stages of initiation given according to the Himalayan Lineage of the Samaya Srividya Tradition. 

  1. Mantra, breath awareness and meditation
  2. Inner worship of Srividya and Bindu vedhan or piercing the pearl of wisdom 
  3. Shaktipata and leading the force of kundalini to the thousand petalled lotus called Sahasrara chakra. 

The Teachings of the Himalayan Lineage

The teachings of our lineage are based on the 3 streams of:

  • Yoga 
  • Advaita 
  • Samaya Srividya Tantra 



In the Himalayan Lineage of Samaya Srividya, Yoga as explained by Patanjali, is a preliminary step. Samkhya philosophy forms the basis of the first stream of our lineage and tradition. 

Yoga focuses on discriminating between consciousness and matter at all levels. This stage of practice is dualistic.

In our tradition and lineage, theory and practice must never be divorced from one another. Yoga provides a step by step approach to the highest goal of spiritual liberation. Yoga, in its pure and pristine form, is a method of unlearning behavioural and thinking patterns. It presupposes spiritual insights or mystical experiences. 

The emphasis is not on mere information or knowledge but wisdom. The focus in not on intellectual gymnastics but intuition. Yoga, practiced the traditional way, has nothing in common with the modern schools of yoga that are merely forms of gymnastics and acrobatics. It also has little to do with institutes of therapy or new age esotericism. 


The second stream of Advaita is expressed in the Upanishads. The Upanishads are estimated to have been written in the period from the fifth to tenth centuries BCE, although the principles had been taught orally for a very long period prior to that; some say since around 6000 BCE.

The prefix "A" means "non", the word "dvaita" means "two". Thus the word Advaita means "not two". Advaita is a non-dualistic philosophy of life. This non-dualistic approach to life, goes beyond all dualities such as joy and sorrow, birth and death, young and old, embracing all of life as the One Divinity. It removes all separation between Knower and Known, between God and Devotee, between the Beloved and the Lover. 

This mystical approach is far from intellectual and seeks to know the Atman, the center of individual consciousness, which is ultimately found to be qualitatively the same essence as  Brahman, the universal consciousness or the Absolute One all pervading Reality. 

Samaya Srividya Tantra

There are three forms of Tantra, of which Samaya is a purely internal form, whose sole goal is spiritual liberation or enlightenment. It deals with the higher energy centres, up to the energy centre at the top of the head, the crown chakra. The lineage of the Himalayan masters, emphasizes this higher Tantra Yoga.

The third stream of Samaya Srividya Tantra deals with the energy systems of our being, going directly to the heart of consciousness. It emphasises the creative aspect of consciousness called shakti and following that creative aspect back to it's source. 

Shakti is the Mother principle and Shiva the Father principle. Shiva the Father principle is the centre of consciousness and Shakti, the Mother principle is the creative aspect or the world that manifests out of the centre of consciousness and returns eventually to its source.

The Paths of the Himalayan Lineage


Raja Yoga, or the Royal path of Yoga, encompasses the other paths. It is also known as Ashtanga Yoga, referring to the Eight Limbs of Yoga described in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Ashta means eight; Anga means limbs. It is important to note that the phrase Ashtanga Yoga has recently become known in the west as a system of physical postures, this is not consistent with the original meaning of the term. 

In Yoga the aspirant must:

  • Develop a healthy lifestyle
  • Gain insights in to the essential yogic concepts of non-harming, truthfulness, non-stealing, purity, contentment, self-study and surrender
  • Learn to cultivate a regular time for meditation
  • Develop a steady meditation posture
  • Develop a serene breath
  • Cultivate Sankalpa shakti or the power of the determination
  • Learn to let go of distracting thoughts
  • Learn how to reduce  the colorings (kleshas) of ignorance, ego, attachment, aversions and fear.
  • Develop the quality of introspection
  • Cultivate a razor-sharp discrimination 
  • Systematically move inward in a process of attention, meditation and deep absorption
  • Seek to know mind and matter as separate from Pure Consciousness.


While the modern approach to Advaita is increasingly intellectual, the Himalayan Lineage of the Samaya Srividya Tradition emphasizes the need for a practical approach. It does so by providing contemplative means of self enquiry and exploration. This contemplative meditation suggested by the Himalayan sages complements the meditation of the Yoga Sutras. 

Vedantic Meditation or the practical approach to Advaita is generally called Self Enquiry or Atma Vichara. These practices are contemplative and generally complement the dualistic practices of Yoga.

In Advaita the aspirant must:

  • Learn to witness the four functions of mind: manas, the coordinator of actions and sensation; chitta, the powerhouse of memories, emotions and  desires; ahamkara, the false identities; buddhi, which is the higher faculty of knowing, deciding, judging, and discriminating.
  • Explore in contemplative meditation the three levels of reality: waking, dreaming, deep sleep; conscious, unconscious, subconscious; gross, subtle, causal.
  • Contemplate on the center of consciousness, seeking to experientially go into the heart of the question, "Who am I?" using the traditional practice called Atma Vichara
  • Contemplate step by step on the Mahavakyas, the great sayings of the Upanishads

Samaya Srividya Tantra

Samaya Srividya is the path of mastery. The aspirant is no ordinary seeker but one who has "adhikar". Adhikar literally means "having the right". The seeker must have the necessary qualifications or prerequisites to be initiated in to the subtle and sublime secrets of Samaya Srividya. The three qualities are necessary for this path:

  1. Power of Discrimination
  2. Ethical standards and values
  3. Desire to end the cycle of life and death

The seeker who possesses the above qualities is called an adhikari. In our Lineage we initiate all adhikaris irrespective of their gender, religious background, race and socio-economic status. 

Under the guidance of and with the support of the Guru, Lineage and Tradition, the adhikari will learn: 

  • To master the internal energies of the chakras 
  • To balance the two sides of the subtle body, ida and pingala, sun and moon, or the  Ha and Tha as these dual aspects are known
  • To open the central stream of energy, sushumna, the subtle counterpart of the physical spine, allowing the latent energy to awaken, flowing upward in this channel, so as to reach the point from which it originally emerged.
  • Use mantra to dive in to the deepest levels of the unconscious mind and invite the hidden to come forward
  • To master the process of raising the kundalini and bringing it back to its resting place
  • Deep reflection and meditation on Tripura, the one who lives in the three cities (tri=three; pura=city) of conscious, unconscious, subconscious and waking, dreaming and sleeping
  • To "see" that mind and matter are grosser form of manifestation that emerge from the pure consciousness.
  • To know the pre-existing union of Shiva and Shakti, which are the latent and active aspects of manifestation, sometimes called masculine principle and feminine principle.

Texts of the Himalayan Lineage

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Yoga, as described by the great sage Patanjali, is a foundational practice, and is codified (arranged or systematized) in the Yoga Sutras. The word codified is commonly used because the Yoga science was recorded by Patanjali over 2000 years ago, although the science itself was not new, having been known for thousands of years before that time. Patanjali codified Yoga into 196 sutras (literally threads) outlining the path of Yoga.

Mandukya Upanishad

Of particular importance is the introspection of the waking, dreaming, and deep sleep levels of consciousness, which have as their counterparts the gross, subtle, and causal planes of reality. It means examining not only the conscious, but also the unconscious and subconscious levels of mind, so that these can ultimately be transcended. These levels are summarized in the Mandukya Upanishad, a practical Vedantic text, which deals with the 4 layers of the Om mantra.

Yoga Vasishtha

The Yoga Vasishtha is a part of the great epic Ramayana. It is a dialogue between the Sage Vasishtha and Prince Rama. The Prince, who is an adhikari asks the sage about the nature of the world, the meaning of life and the most fundamental question, "Who am I?" The Yoga Vasishtha is a truly monistic text, uncompromising in its approach to Advaita.

Tripura Rahasya

This is a unique tantric text. While most spiritual texts exalt the Divine in its masculine form, this text refers to the Divine as Her. It is unconventional for its teachers are a princess, a woman hermit and the goddess Sri Tripura Sundari. 

It is unrelenting in its approach and reveals the Highest as nothing other than Pure Consciousness.

Saundarya Lahari

Saundarya Lahari means "Waves of Bliss and Beauty". Those looking for esoteric explanations on chakras and kundalini will be disappointed. Saundarya Lahiri is a collection of mystical verses in praise of the Divine Mother, She who represents all levels of reality. 

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sudheendran from Dubai:
i like this. I would like to practice Srividya Upasana in Samayachara. I have already initiation in Kaulachara. Let me know more about the mystery of divine mother .

Radhika from THATfirst:
In a world where everything seems to be reversed, seekers expect teachers to contact them. A sincere seeker of Samaya Srividya is like a drowning man gasping for air. He wants nothing else and will do anything to live. Ask yourself, how desperatetly do you want Samaya?

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i would like to learn and to practice srividya upasana in samayachara. Can i get help?

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How can I start learning Srividya. Please guide. How can I contact you to follow the path of Swami Rama?

Srini from Chennai:
My ultimate aim is to understand the Truth, Consciousness and Bliss....In short, attain Moksha.
I feel like Samaya Tantra is the Sattva way and highest level of Tantra which is being followed by great sages. Hence, I want to learn..

Radhika from THATfirst:
All those having sincere interest in Samaya Srividya may write me a private email, please use the contact form at the top of any page on this website. I do not respond to public comments.

Amritha from Coimbatore:
Unhappiness , fear , pain of loss. I do not know what or how to live this life in this materialistic world. Should i live this way of life or renounce to understand the real meaning and truth of the absolute ? How do i go about this ? Please help.

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your article here is really full of knowledge that i am seeking, but perhaps i need to know more and more. I am currently 20 yr old and i want to go in search of Truth. Please guide me a place where i can learn Samaya tantra. Please mail me some advice as i am in need!

Jyoti from maharashtra:
I dont understand all this. I am all lost in this world of maya but i somewhere know that its not me here. I want to leave all this and get into yog sadhana full time. Please tell me a way out of this brahm world.

Radhikaji from THATfirst:
Samaya Srividya is not about running or escaping from this world. Do your duties, work, study, do whatever you are doing. You are lost because you do not practice what you know. Practice what you know sincerely and a teacher will appear and guide you.

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Radhikaji from THATfirst:
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i am interested in Srividya workshop and initiation. Please do let me know how you can help me. Thanks!

Aleksandra from Greece:
Such a nice overview of the teachings of the Himalayan lineage. This article theoretically prepares the student of what he/she to expect on the next level.

Thank you Radhikaji!

Meeta from Bengaluru:
Thank you Radhikaji for this beautiful article about our tradition. It also makes clear, how a student is guided and initiated step by step. So much to learn, practice and contemplate ! Once again being thankful to you for considering me.

Choi Yan from Rishikesh:
Thank you Radhika Ji,
Its good to see how the different streams of the lineage and tradition come together.
I have limited knowledge in the details of the streams, but im curious to ask why the samaya srividya tantric practices, which seem almost dual in nature, come after practices/contemplations of absolute advaita in which one may come to the realisation of oneness through enquiry?
With love,

Shibu from Dubai:
I read this article very long back and again i did it now. But this time i got little tension while read.I understand that i have to travel a lot to reach to become a pure SAMAYACHARI.

Linda from Norway:
Really useful to read this overview of the tradition and lineage.
From the dual practices of Yoga to non-dualistic Advaita and Samaya Srividya Tantra. Thankyou Radhikaji.

Manisha from USA:
A wonderful article for reference and reflection. I read through it a couple of times. I think what stands out for me are the little clarifications that may seem minute, but which give me a sense of relief...things like 'sutras' literally referring to threads ... the difference between what is meant by Ashtanga more traditionally (thank goodness!) versus in some modern contexts. Your guidance on the meanings of Adhikar and Advaita ... love those, too! The bullets and lists are practical, helpful tools that outline ways to prepare for the path and what guidance is provided on the path.

Balaji from Hofheim am Taunus, Germany:
The Pyramid defines Samaya Srividya at the top which is the last and final step for the sincere Sadhakas to know and merge into Pure consciousness. The qualities of Adhikari defined brings out that, " one who is with sincere determination to end this cycle of birth and death can tread the path of Samaya Srividya".In the world full of desires, emotional and physical bondages,deep rooted habit patterns, accumulated vasanas from many births etc...only the bravest of the bravest with sincere determination fits in as an Adhikari. Power of discrimination and being Razor Sharp reminds me of the teaching that "a Small speck of dust in the eyes irritates till it is out". Such is the mind of a true Adhikari who in a fraction of second realize it, act on it and bring it back to the state of equilibrium.

Pranam for the Teaching.

Sreeram from Bangalore:
Thank you Radhikaji for this explanation of our tradition and lineage. I am a little confused by the term "stream" for Yoga, Advaitha, Samaya. They seem to indicate that they are different/disconnected. Is that the right interpretation? This article also helped me understand just how much practice I have before me and how much progress I need to make.

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