Swami Shyam  
 

Swami Shyam, who was born and raised in the light of the Vedic tradition of knowledge of the Self (Atma Gyan), upholds that this knowledge is universal and is the essence of all beings. Swami Shyam has meditated, studied and been dedicated to this tradition since his very early childhood, when his father invited Swami Ramanand, a guru from Uttar Pradesh, to live in their home.

Swami Ramanand initiated the young Shyam in meditation, and the family home in the village of Chandani in District Jalaun, Uttar Pradesh, became a meeting place for satsang (the company of true knowledge) for those who lived in the region. Swami Ramanand taught Shyam the Vedas, the Bhagavad Gita, the Srimad Bhagavatam and other scriptures, as well as meditation. He told the boy to meditate daily, and years later, Swami Shyam's childhood friends who had reached their seventies and eighties, recalled playing in the fields and stopping everything to meditate at young Shyam's behest.

 

Meditation and knowledge of the Self are the essence of Swami Shyam's teachings. He has meditated, studied and taught meditation throughout his life, and established organizations for the continuation of this work, such as the International Meditation Institute (IMI), which he founded in 1971 in Kullu, India; Shanti-Sneh Abhiyan, which he formed in 1986 in Kullu; and the Man-Friend Association, which he founded in the early 1960s in Chandigarh, India. An inspiring speaker in English as well as his native tongue, Hindi, he has elucidated the technique of meditation and the philosophy of Oneness in a new way. In 1986, Swami Shyam was awarded the Yog Shiromani award by the President of India, Giani Zail Singh, for his work in the field of meditation and Self Realization. He has spoken by invitation to tens of thousands of people throughout India and in Europe, North America and South America, at international conferences, organizations, universities and schools.

Swami Shyam has translated and written numerous commentaries on ancient Sanskrit texts such as the Bhagavad Gita, Patanjali Yog Darshan, Light of Knowledge (Vivek Chudamani), Panchadashi, Upanishads, Ashtawakr Gita, Avdhoot Gita and others. A prolific writer, he has written over 50 books in both languages, including Meet Your True Self through Meditation, Doubtless Meditation, Life Never Knows Death, Shyam's Philosophy and You, the Leading Awareness, which have been published by the IMI. Some have been translated into French, German, Hebrew, Punjabi, Norwegian and other languages. He has also written hundreds of short writings on the knowledge of inner consciousness and the indivisible, pure existence. While over 35,000 hours of his lectures have been recorded since 1971, CDs and DVDs have been produced of more than 150 talks given since 2008.

In addition to prose, Swami Shyam has written over 10,000 poems in Hindi. His poetry speaks of the knowledge of the universal Self, meditation and the sense of love and devotion. It is written in classical meters, which are traditionally sung. Twentieth- and twenty-first-century Hindi poets Mahadevi Verma, Gopal Das Neeraj and Laxmi Narayan have written introductions to his books. D.Lit., Ph.D. and M.A. theses have been written on his philosophy and his poetry.

The basis of Swami Shyam's teachings is meditation. The core of his teachings is the vision of Oneness, the knowledge of I, You, or Self-"pure, free, forever, birthless and deathless"-which is unfolded through the practice of meditation, study and the application of that knowledge in the waking state. His mantra is Amaram Hum Madhuram Hum, which he gives to people every day. It means, "I am eternal, I am indivisible." This is the essence of Swami Shyam's philosophy.