The Lineage of Masters of the Himalayan Tradition, at least 5,000 years old, though eternal in nature, includes Swami Rama and his teachers, Bengali Baba and Mahavatar Baba, known as Babaji of the Himalayas.
Swami Rama also called Bhole Baba and known as Rama Dandi – especially in the Himalayas.
Swami Rama founded the Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy with centers throughout the world. Swami Rama was initiated in early childhood by a great sage of the Himalayas, known as Bengali Baba. Swami Rama studied with many adepts and then traveled to Tibet to study with his grandmaster Mahavatar Baba, known as Babaji of the Himalayas.
Swami Rama’s master wanted him to learn and experience the many different methods and techniques of yoga. From his early childhood Swami Rama practiced the various disciplines of yoga science and philosophy in the traditional monasteries of the Himalayas. From 1938 to 1944 Swami Rama taught Hindu and Buddhist scriptures in several monasteries. Throughout his childhood and adolescence Swami Rama lived and traveled with the saints, yogis, and fakirs of Garhwal, Kumaon, the Kangra Valley, Kashmir, Ladakh, and Tibet, with retreats in other parts of India. Swami Rama studied closely with many spiritual adepts, including Maharshi Raman, Sri Aurobindo, Anandamoyee Ma, and Rabindranath Tagore
At the young age of 24 years Swami Rama became Shankaracharya of Karvirpitham in South India, succeeding Dr. Kurtkoti to one of the highest spiritual positions in India. He renounced the dignity and prestige of this high office in 1952 to return to the Himalayas to intensify his meditative practices in the monasteries.
While Swami Rama founded many worldly organizations, his greatest gift to humanity was in his bringing the depths of the wisdom of the ancient sages to the modern seeker in highly accessible ways. He did this through his writings and his lectures, and most importantly through his individual presence when training students one at a time.
Bengali Baba also called Hariakhan Baba is the Gurudeva of Swami Rama.
Mahavatar Baba - known as Babaji of the Himalayas - a Himalayan Mahayogi said to be about 1,800 years old, is the founder of Kriya Yoga. Kriya Yoga is a discipline involving purification of the body-mind organism through breath control techniques to aid longevity and spiritual evolution. The world first heard about him by courtesy of Paramahansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi.