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TOLI, India

Birthplace of Swami Rama of the Himalayas

By B. John Zavrel 



Staris leading to the house in the village of Toli, where Swami Rama of the Himalayas was born. The house on the right is where Swami Hariharananda was born.



Larger-than-life bronze portrait bust of Swami Rama of the Himalayas overlooks the Himalayan mountain range. Consul John Zavrel from the Museum of European Art, who took the photos of Swami Rama in Buffalo, New York on his last day in the United States in 1993, commissioned the famous German sculptor Kurt Arentz to create the bust.

Known as the "Presidential Sculptor", Kurt Arentz has created busts of many significant personalities of the 20th century in politics, business, and science: Ronald Reagan, Helmut Kohl, Richard von Weizsaecker, Vaclav Havel, Roman Herzog, George Bush, Johannes Rau, Ambassador Richard Burt, Monty Roberts, art patron Joe F. Bodenstein, publisher Axel Springer, and others.



The Swami Rama COMPUTER SCHOOL, founded in Toli by the initiative and efforts of Swami Hariharananda. In front of the building, the bust of Swami Rama.



A visitor to Toli pays respects at the portrait bust of Swami Rama of the Himalayas.




Swami Hariharananda ('Swami Hari') is a direct disciple of the legendary Swami Rama of the Himalayas, said to be the greatest yogi of the 20th century.

Swami Hari's friendly, cheerful and compassionate personality attracts to him new friends in all the countries he visits. He spent many years at the 600-year old sacred shrine of Tarkeshwar in the Himalayas, where his master Swami Rama attained enlightenment in 1930s.

When not traveling around the world, he spends most of his time in Ramnagar, Swami Rama's ashram in India, located in the ancient city of Rishikesh in the foothills of the Himalayas.



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Copyright 2004 West-Art

PROMETHEUS, Internet Bulletin for Art, News, Politics and Science.

Nr. 93, Summer 2004