Introduction

seen faces lit up at the mention of his name, and men have told me how much they owed to him. He came at a time when a deep unsettlement was taking place in the minds of educated Indian students with regard to religious truth, and when the claims of the material world were becoming too absorbing. The training in Western Sciences, divorced as it is in Government institutions from religious culture, inevitably led to an indifference to religion altogether. After college days, the struggle for existence in the world has only too often left little or no opportunity for the cultivation of the inner nature, and a reputation for worldliness had gathered round educated life in the Punjab. The reputation is not altogether justified, for there have been most notable exceptions; but the dangers of In Woods of God-Realization Volume 1 67 the time of transition have been very great and the results serious. Into such an atmosphere of getting and spending, Swami Rama‟s unworldly spirit came with a message that commanded attention by its very contrast. No one could be long in his presence without feeling that the highest happiness in life was to be found, not in the things of the body, but in the things of the soul. It was not so much that anyone had taught him the truths he held so dear (though he would have been the first to acknowledge how much he owed to the kindly influences of the Forman Christian College where he was both a student and a Professor), but he seemed from his earliest childhood, to have grown...

Preface To The First Edition

Sardar Puran Singh (Sardar Puran Singh, who went to Japan for higher studies, met Swami Rama in Tokyo in September 1902 and fell spontaneously in love with him. Such was the intense love and devotion of Puran to Rama that after a few months of departure of Rama from Japan to U.S.A., he took up „Sannyas‟ to tread the path of Vedanta as shown by Rama. Born on 16 January 1881 in a small village of the erstwhile Frontier Province (a part of Pakistan now), Puran studied Chemistry for three years in the Tokyo University and was also the secretary of the Indo-Japanese Club. On his return to India, Puran was pressurised by his parents to give up „Sannyas‟ and enter into the marital bond. Sardar Puran Singh served as a Chemical Adviser in the Imperial Forest Institute, Dehradun, but he is better known for his facile pen. Besides being the editor of the „Thundering Dawn‟ he wrote many books in English, including the Story of Swami Rama Tirtha, the Sister of Spinning Wheel, The Unstrung Buds, At his feet, An afternoon with Self. Much credit goes to Puran in the shaping of „In Woods of In Woods of God-Realization Volume 1 41 God-Realization‟. He has carved out his place in the Hindi literature also by writing only five known articles „Nayanon Ki Bhasha‟, „Pavitrata‟, „Acharan Ki Sabhyata‟, „Majdoori Aur Prem‟, „Sachchi Virata‟. He left the mortal body on 31 March 1931.) These volumes are presented to the public in the name and memory of Swami Rama. In these volumes it is proposed to bring together all his writings...

As They saw “RAMA”

Vedanta‟ (Non-Dualism) …..” Mahatma Gandhi (Father of Indian Nation) “….. Swami Rama Tirtha was one of the greatest souls, not only of India, but of the whole world …..” Madan Mohan Malviya (Founder of Banaras Hindu University & ex-President, All India Congress Committee) “….. I have never come across a greater self-realized Mahatma (than Swami Rama Tirtha). His message will be a great boon for the coming generations …..” In Woods of God-Realization Volume 1 28 Vinoba Bhave (A great saint, social reformer & Gandhian Philosopher) “….. Swami Rama Tirtha symbolized Indian spirit …..” Raman Maharshi “….. Swami Rama Tirtha represents True Atman …..” Swami Shivanand (Founder of Divine Life Society) “….. Swami Rama Tirtha lived Practical Vedanta ….. He is Soul Incarnate …..” Swami Shraddhanand (ex-President Arya Samaj) “….. Swami Rama Tirtha is a spirit of actual liberation from material control ….. He is free as air …..” Guru Charan Singh In Woods of God-Realization Volume 1 29 (ex-Head, Radha Swami Satsang) “….. Swami Rama Tirtha‟s utterances were joyous cry of happy heart, completely confident of his own experiences …..” Swami Chinmayanand (Founder, Chinmay Mission) “….. Swami Rama Tirtha has imprints, all-embracing and all-pervading. To understand him is to live Vedanta …..” Dr. Rajendra Prasad (First President of Republic of India) “….. Swami Rama Tirtha was a great source of inspiration ….. His words go deep into the hearts of the people …..” Dr. S. Radhakriahnan (Second President of Republic of India) “….. Swami Rama Tirtha was a Vedantin of Shankaracharya order ….. He pronounced Advait Vedanta (non-Dualism) in his own fashion. His life and work will continue...

I AM THAT – Rama Tirtha

I have no scruple of change, nor fear of death, Nor was I ever born, Nor had I parents. I am Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute, I am That, I am That, I cause no misery, nor am I miserable; I have no enemy, nor am I enemy. I am Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute, I am That, I am That, I am without form, without limit, Beyond space, beyond time, I am in everything, everything is in me. I am the bliss of the universe, Everywhere am I. I am Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute, I am That, I am That, I am without body or change of the body, I am neither senses, nor object of the senses, I am Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute, I am That, I am That, I am neither sin, nor virtue, Nor temple, nor worship Nor pilgrimage, nor books. I am Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute, I am That, I am That, – Rama Rama Is...

More on Swami Rama Tirtha’s life

More on Swami Rama Tirtha’s life And teachings from Swami Sivananda’s Life of Saints Swami Rama Tirtha, a direct descendant of Gosain Tulsi Das, the immortal author of the widely read Hindi Ramayan, was born in 1873, at Muraliwala, in the district of Gujranwala, Punjab. Rama Tirtha was a very bright student, a genius possessing unusual intelligence, contemplative nature and an intrinsic love of mathematics and solitude. He topped the list in B.A. and took his M.A. degree in Mathematics, a subject in which he was exceptionally bright. For two years, Rama Tirtha was a Professor of Mathematics in the Lahore Foreman Christian College, and he acted as a Reader for a short time in the Lahore Oriental College. In the year 1900, Rama Tirtha went to the forest and soon became a Sannyasin. He went to America and Japan and thrilled the Americans and the Japanese with his inspiring and soul-elevating speeches. In Egypt he was accorded a hearty welcome by the Mohammedans, to whom he delivered a lecture in Persian in their mosque. Rama Tirtha was ever cheerful and brilliant with eyes beaming with divine lustre and joy. He was perfectly at home in Persian, English, Hindi, Urdu and Sanskrit literature. Rama Tirtha was a great ascetic and an enlightened mystic. He practised Yoga on the banks of the river Ravi. Later he lived in the forests of Brahmapuri, on the banks of the river Ganges, five miles away from Rishikesh and attained Self-realisation. Today Rama Tirtha is not present amongst us in his mortal coil, but he is truly ever alive, eternal and imperishable, ever shining...

Story of Rama

Truth is Your Birth Right. Assert it and Be Master of Universe. Truth is “Tattva-Masi” – “That Thou Art” —Swami Rama Tirtha (1873 – 1906) Rama’s Clarion Call Wanted —Reformers Not of others but of themselves, Who have won Not university distinctions, But victory over the local self. Age —The youth of Divine joy. Salary —Godhead. Apply Sharp—With no begging solicitation but commanding decision to the Director of the Universe, Your own Self. Om! Om! Om! Swami Rama Tirtha, previously known as Gossain Tirtha Rama, was born in 1873, at Murariwala, a village in the district of Gujranwala, Punjab, India. His mother passed away when he was but a few days old and he was brought up by his elder brother, Gossain Gurudas. As a child, Rama was very fond of listening to recitations from the Holy Scriptures and attending Kathas. He often put questions to holy men and even offered explanations. He was very intelligent and loved solitude. Rama was barely ten years old when his father got him married. His father left him under the care of his friend, Bhakta Dhana Rama, a man of great purity and simplicity of life. Rama regarded him as his Guru, and offered to him his body and soul in deep devotion. His surrender to his Guru was s complete that he never did anything without first consulting him. He wrote numerous loving letters to him. Rama was a brilliant student, especially in mathematics. After completing his degree, he served for a while as Professor of Mathematics in the Forman Christian College. It was at this stage that his spiritual life...