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Basis of Holistic Health
9 Suggestions by Swami Rama (1)

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The following is compiled from the book A Practical Guide to Holistic Health (1) by Swami Rama. These nine separate quotes have been excerpted and organized to show the interrelationship between the spiritual practices of yoga and the benefits to physical health.

1. The basis of holistic health lies in one's understanding the purpose of his life and learning how to achieve that purpose. (p. 13)
2. What label one attaches to this purpose -- happiness, perfection, health, a state of tranquility, nirvana, samadhi, Godhead -- is immaterial. (p. 13)
3. For such purpose oriented people whatever they think, speak and do is in accordance with their purpose of life. They regulate their habits and know that physical and mental health are not two different things, but are inseparable units which are essential for maintaining holistic health. (p. 12)
4. All human beings have the inner potential and skill to be completely healthy. One must understand his inner skills and resources and use them as much as possible in order to insure perfect health. (p. 4)
5. By simply studying one's own capacity and learning how to regulate one's dietary habits, external activities, and thinking process, it is possible to gain control over his life and remain healthy. (p. 5)
6. Attitude is the most important factor in realizing health. (p. 10)
7. It is inner contentment and mental satisfaction which are the real keys to health. (p. 8)
8. The mental aspect of health is more important than the physical, and the spiritual aspect of health is of greater importance than either of these. (p. 4)
9. Ultimately, one becomes aware of the center of consciousness within, that flows outward in various degrees and grades. This particular level is called spiritual health. One who remains constantly aware of this center enjoys all the gifts of life. (p. 4)

(1) Swami Rama, A Practical Guided to Holistic Health, Himalayan Institute of the USA, Honesdale, Pennsylvania, 1980. 

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This site is devoted to presenting the ancient Self-Realization path of the Tradition of the Himalayan masters in simple, understandable and beneficial ways, while not compromising quality or depth. The goal of our sadhana or practices is the highest Joy that comes from the Realization in direct experience of the center of consciousness, the Self, the Atman or Purusha, which is one and the same with the Absolute Reality. This Self-Realization comes through Yoga meditation of the Yoga Sutras, the contemplative insight of Advaita Vedanta, and the intense devotion of Samaya Sri Vidya Tantra, the three of which complement one another like fingers on a hand. We employ the classical approaches of Raja, Jnana, Karma, and Bhakti Yoga, as well as Hatha, Kriya, Kundalini, Laya, Mantra, Nada, Siddha, and Tantra Yoga. Meditation, contemplation, mantra and prayer finally converge into a unified force directed towards the final stage, piercing the pearl of wisdom called bindu, leading to the Absolute.