Sri Swami Rama (1925-1996), founder of the Himalayan International Institute of Yoga, Science, and Philosophy, was raised from early childhood in India by a Bengali yogi and saint. In this extraordinary account of his spiritual adventures, the author presents his encounters with Mahatma Gandhi, Sri Aurobindo, Rabindranath Tagore, a lady sage who never slept, and many other Himalayan masters.
The author spent eleven months in a cave monastery and traveled to study in Tibet with his grandmaster. He author honors this spiritual teacher as a stream and a channel of wisdom. He modeled selflessness, fearlessness, faith, and determination as prerequisites for enlightenment. Swami Rama also writes about his experiences on the path of renunciation, which he calls "a razor's edge." He ponders the rich meanings of humility, conquering fear, trusting in divine protection, developing the powers of the mind, and casting off the body in death. One of the best examples of Swami Rama's humanity is conveyed in a brief chapter where he humorously tells of being mistaken as a ghost while meditating in a cemetery.