Our Tradition

Meru Chakra

The meaning of a spiritual Tradition and Lineage are explained and the great Masters of our Lineage are introduced.

The Tradition of the Divine Mother: Samaya Srividya

The masters of meditation were inspired by the mother of all: the Divine Mother. As the masters sat in their cave monasteries and forest universities they lay in the lap of Mother Nature who gave them in abundance and without reservation. Their teachers were the sun who shared all and withheld nothing, the river that flowed over all obstacles and surrendered to the ocean, the trees that were firmly rooted and the reeds that offered no resistance to the wind. They were also inspired by animals. By the slow breath of the tortoise, the poisonous cobra that aspired to touch the sky, by the fish that did not drown in water!

The yogis cultivated these traits and the Divine Mother whispered her secrets in meditation. The ancients have a word for it: Shruti. Shruti is wisdom that is heard within; it is not knowledge that is learned from books or from other sources. Wisdom comes down from the Divine. Knowledge  and learning is lifeless without the loving touch of the Divine. This is Srividya, Auspicious Wisdom.

The Himalayan Lineage of Samaya Srividya

The task of the Master has been to empty the seeker of the past and future, to guide the seeker to that brink of vastness that is called the Now, until he is only a medium of the Divine. These teachings are handed down from Master to seeker.

In Sanskrit a lineage is known as Parampara. The Himalayan Parampara or Himalayan Lineage is an unbroken lineage since over six thousand years. The teachers of the Himalayan Lineage serve in the tradition of the Divine Mother.

Our Tradition is the Samaya Srividya Sampradaya. Sampradaya means tradition.


Adi Shankara

Some Masters of the Tradition

Dattatreya, a legendary teacher of the Tradition, had 24 teachers, including the wind that never attaches itself to the objects it touches, a satisfied python that does not chase any other prey and a prostitute who though enacting the drama of love is not satisfied with this artificial love. Dattatreya is revered as Master of Masters.

Adi Shankara is a historical figure that lived in the eighth century A.D. Master of the non-dualistic philosophy Advaita, Tantrik and Yogi, Shankara was a revolutionary thinker and reformer who was ahead of his times. All monastic traditions trace back their lineage to him. Thus he was Adi the first.

Swami Rama

Teachers of our Tradition

Swami Rama was one of the few Himalayan Masters to have travelled extensively in the West. In his early years he worked with scientists researching the mysteries of yoga. In his later years he supported the development of holistic institutes in the United States and Germany as well as retreats and charitable institutions in India. His gifts to all humankind are the systematic yet simple Teachings of the Himalayan Lineage.

Radhikaji has given selflessly and tirelessly the teachings of our tradition to sincere seekers. She is known for teaching without compromising the values of the tradition. 

The Teachings summarized

The following are highlights from the chapter Our Tradition as explained by Swami Rama in his book "Living with the Himalayan Masters". 

  • You are not your body or your mind. You are That essence of Consciousness and Being.
  • You are the Witness of the body, the mind and everything.
  • You are both the Divine Mother and the Father principles of the Universe.
  • The worldly in the form of the Divine Mother is no longer a stumbling block on the path of spiritual enlightenment.
  • The teachings of the Tradition are eternal and universal.
  • We do not perform any external rituals.
  • All  forms of worship are internal.
  • We do not associate with external forms of differentiation such as religion, sex, race, nationality or social status. All are One.
  • We believe that an external guide or master serves to lead us to the One within.
  • We respect all religious traditions of the world, loving all and excluding none.
  • We do not believe in religious conversions or changing cultural habits.
  • We support a holistic form of education. We believe that education is more than merely learning of information by rout but development of social, intellectual, physical and creative skills leading to a balanced personality.