Living with the Himalayan Masters

How much do I want to read more? 7/10

What I like here, the author is very humble and simple, very contemplative and grateful to the nature. He's all about experience and knows words can't tell what the heart can.
It's a bit long to read and come to the point he wants to express. I didn't reach the teaching part yet. For now, the auto-biography is just starting with how he was raised.

Introduction - By Pandit Rajmani Tigunait

Now that he is no longer in his physical body, I look back and realize how skillfully he filled my every breath with the living presence.
In continuous waves he nourished my mind and heart.

At the mundane level, this book shows us who we are and what steps we must take to be happy and successful. It inspires us to work hard and have faith in our own self-effort.
At the spiritual level, it introduces us to our own mystical and esoteric self as we encounter the adepts hidden in the caves and monasteries of the Himalayas and other remote parts of India, Tibet, Nepal, Sikkim, and Bhutan.

One day I asked him, “Swamiji, why do you love cactus so much?” He said, “I am in the habit of tending those who are full of thorns and are discarded by everybody. It gives me great joy when I see them blossom.”

I - Spiritual Education in the Himalayas

The seed sown in childhood blossoms into the tree of life. The education which is imparted in childhood is more important than the education which is received in colleges and universities.

The Sacred Himalayas

The word Himalaya comes from Sanskrit words: hima, meaning “snow,” and alaya, meaning “home”—the home of snows.
Do I have vocabulary to explain this beauty through the language of the lips? It is only the language of the heart in which I can speak, but the words do not roll down through my lips.

I can give you only a glimpse of these beautiful mountains. Their beauty is splendid and beyond description. The morning environment in the Himalayas is so calm and serene that it leads an aspirant spontaneously to silence. That is why the people of the Himalayas become meditators.

my master taught me the philosophy of karma and said, “One has to reap the fruits of his karma. The law of karma is inevitable and is accepted by all the great philosophies of the world: ‘As you sow, so shall you reap.’ Learn to perform your duties skillfully without aversion or attachment, and do not believe that anything can wash off your bad karma.

The principle of inaction emphasized by Taoism is found precisely formulated in the Bhagavad Gita.
The concept of nirvana, clearly present in early Indian philosophy, has influenced all the religions of Tibet, Mongolia, China, and Japan.

It is there that one can come to understand that from the smallest blade of grass to the highest of mountain peaks, there is no place for sorrow in life.
This series of experiences and my learning with the sages have helped me to attain and maintain a center of awareness within. I will tell you how I grew up and how I was trained, not through lectures and books but through experiences.
From these spiritual stories, learn that which is useful for your growth, and start practicing it, and that which is beyond your grasp, leave it for now.

My Gurudeva and Parents