Swami Shyam

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Vedas, Advaita
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Date of Birth: 
Place of Birth: 
Chandani, Jalaun district, Uttar Pradesh, India
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
Date Left His/Her Body: 
February 1, 2017
Other Related Gurus: 
Swami Ramanand


Swami Shyam is an Advaita guru who is popular with western followers, particularily from Canada and North Europe. He resides with his community and his Ashram in Kullu Valey in Himachal Pradesh in India.

He was born in 1924 in Chandani, Jalaun district, Uttar Pradesh, India.

He was raised in the Vedic tradition of Knowledge of the Self (Atma-gyan). Swami Shyam has meditated, studied and been dedicated to this tradition since his 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 became a meeting place for satsang (the company of true knowledge) for those who lived in the region. Swami Ramanand taught the Vedas, the Bhagavad Gita, the Srimad Bhagavatam and other scriptures, as well as meditation. In 1973 Swami Shyam moved to Kullu Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Swami Shyam 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 1976 in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, 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.

In 1986, at the First International Yoga Conference in New Delhi, Swami Shyam was awarded the Yoga Shiromani Award by the President of India, Giani Zail Singh, for his work in the field of meditation and Self Realization and the 1974 Integrity Award presented by Geoff Stirling on behalf of Apache Communications in Gander, Newfoundland.

Swami Shyam has spoken by invitation to many people throughout India and in Europe, North America and South America, at international conferences, organizations, universities and schools, as well as on television and radio.

His published works include original books in English and Hindi, as well as translations with commentaries of ancient Sanskrit texts, published by the International Meditation Institute. Some of these books have been translated into French, German, Hebrew, Punjabi, Norwegian and other languages. He has written hundreds of short writings on the knowledge of inner consciousness and the indivisible, pure existence, based on his own practice and research.

In addition to prose, Swami Shyam has seven published volumes of poetry; he has written over 10,000 poems. 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.


Meditation and knowledge of the Self are the essence of Swami Shyam’s teachings.

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, which he says is “pure, free, forever, birthless and deathless.” This knowledge, he says, is unfolded through the practice of meditation, study and the application of that knowledge in a person's waking state.

His mantra, Amaram Hum Madhuram Hum, means, “I am eternal, I am indivisible.” It encapsulates the essence of Swami Shyam’s philosophy and teachings.


International Meditation Institute (IMI)
Kullu, Himachal Pradesh 175101, India

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Patanjali Yog Darshan

by Swami Shyam