Swami Rama narrates this personal life event in his book Living with the Himalayan Masters. On a certain day, he wanted to know about Maya which is the veil that prevents us from perceiving the truth.. His Guru promised that the next day they would set out to meet Maya. Excited at the prospect of knowing about this veil called Maya, Swami Rama accompanied his Guru. They were walking through the Himalayan forests. All of a sudden his Guru ran very fast and wrapped himself around a tree. He shouted for help from Swami Rama. Swami Rama terrified by this was afraid to go near the tree fearing his life. His Guru asked him to pull him away from the tree. Swami Rama tried his best but couldn’t pull his Guru. The Guru said that his body was being caught by the tree and he had to pull it really hard to remove it. Swami Rama thought for a moment and asked “How is this possible, the tree trunk has no power to hold you?”. The Guru laughed and said “This is Maya”. Swami Rama learnt his lesson on Maya that day.
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