Lectures by Sri Shyam Sundar Goswami

This is a collection of lectures and other readings, mainly by Sri Goswami. They were held in Sweden during the last decades of his life in 1949-78. For the most timeless, they cover many different aspects of Yoga.

The lectures are originally unrevised. They consist of shorthand texts collected in a two volume compilation by a most enthusiast and faithful pupil late psychologist Gertrud Lundén, to whom the Goswami Yoga Institute owes its heartfelt gratitude.

To preserve the spontaneous talks of a genuine Yoga master, no special effort has been done towards a perfect editing work, made mostly by Jim Earles with due credit and thankfulness. It is intended to present additional lectures in the future.

Many of the lectures describe the technical  aspects of Yoga with terms and expressions which can be difficult to understand, but are necessary for the subject. Sri Goswami uses a terminology that sometimes seems cryptical and strange, especially when he describes the esoteric mind – body relation. In spite of that, he had the unique ability to visualize immaterial aspects and at the same time bring them down to an intellectual level.

In his lecturing he could express himself more like a traditional rishi than a conventional lecturer.


“In the history of the arts genius is a thing of very rare occurrence. Rarer still, however, are the competent and recorders of that genius.
The world has had many hundreds of admirable poets and philosophers, but of these hundreds only a very few have had the fortune to attract a Boswell or an Eckermann. When we leave the field of art for that of spiritual religion, the scarcity of competent reporters becomes even more strongly marked.”
                                                                                                                                                             Aldous Huxley (The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)


Before You enter the technical world of Yoga, and to get a basic knowledge, it can be useful to read the introducing texts below.
Phonetic transcription has been used to render the Sanscrit terms.

A short introduction to Yoga
Memorandum - On Hatha Yoga

On Yoga

Darshana – Hinduism’s Six Schools of Thoughts (I. 2)
Yoga – A pragmatic Philosophy (I.1)
The Practical Aspect of Yoga Darshana (I.3)
Why do we Need to Practice (Hatha) Yoga? (I.4)
Yoga, A Pragmatic Philosophy … part 2 (II.2)
Philosophy: A means to Liberation (II.6)
The Awakening of the Self  (II.3)

Ashtanga Yoga (in Hatha Yoga)

Yama and Niyama (II.43-45)
Asana (from Advanced Hatha Yoga/S. S. Goswami)
Pranayama (from Foundations of Yoga/B. Catoméris)
Prathyâhâra (from Foundations of Yoga/B. Catoméris and Advanced Hatha Yoga/S. S. Goswami)
Dhârâna, Dhyâna, Samâdhi (from Foundations of Yoga/B. Catoméris and Advanced Hatha Yoga/S. S. Goswami)

On Hatha Yoga

Towards a Harmonious Balanced Being (I.5)
Hatha Yoga – The Science of Body and Mind (I.15) 

On Concentration

Sense Perception and Concentration (I.28)
What is Concentration? (I.29)
Pointers to Mental Concentration (I.30)
Concentration and its Objects (I.31)
Outlines on Concentration (I.32)
Concentration for Spiritual and Secular Use (I.38)
The Physical Action of Mental Concentration (I.39)
Samskâras, Dreams, Sleep and Concentration (II.14)
Minds Three Standard States (II.12-14, 16)

The motional and the non-motional

Motional – Non-motional Dualism (I.6)
The Physical, Pranic and Mental Aspects in Human Beings (I.7)
The Significance of Ha and Tha in Hatha Yoga (I.8)
Boosting Energy via Pranayama (I.9)

The power of control

Elements of Yogic Epistemology (II.47)
Thoughts (I.48)
Transcending the Sensorial (II.4)
The Intellectual and the Spiritual (II.5)
A Permanent Interaction of the Three Gunas (I.33)

Food digestion and Assimilation

Blood Purification Important in Yoga (I.12)
Why Fasting? (II.34)

Mind-Body Relationship

The Body – Temple of God (I.13)
The Specific Advantages of Hatha Yoga (I.14)
Body and Mind Intimacy (I.10)
Mind, Time, Space, Purity (I.11)
The Background to Mind-Body Relation (I.16)
Physical Motionlessness and Mind (II.37)
The Karmendriyas – The Acting Senses (I.40)
Body Purification in Hatha Yoga (I.42)

Bhakti Yoga

A Short Novel (I.47)


Karma and Rebirth (II.24 + 25)

Different Levels of Creation

Different Levels of Creation According to Hindu Cosmogony (I.17)
Prâna – Para (Supreme) Bindu – Âkâsha (I.18)
Cosmological Elements: Supreme Bindu, Infinity, Three Gunas (I.19)
Kâmakalâ- Prâna – Bindu – Aum I.20)
Transformation of Matter into Mental Images (I.21)
Mahat and Ahang, Bhoga and Moksha (I.22)
The Nascent Rise of Cosmos and Mind (I.23)
Further Evolution (I.24)
Mechanisms of Sensory Knowledge (I.25)
From Bindu as Power to Elementary Particles (I.26)
The Last Stage of Evolution (I.27)

Other Readings

One Hour of Yoga Practice in Daily Life
Shyam Sundar Goswami

Introduction to a Biography on Tailanga Swami
Shyam Sundar Goswami

What is the Background of Love?
Shyam Sundar Goswami

On Religion and Love for Humankind
(Exerpt from the book Layayoga)
Shyam Sundar Goswami

Tibet’s Fall
Shyam Sundar Goswami

The Advent of Jesus Christ
Shyam Sundar Goswami

Offhand Talk
Shyam Sundar Goswami

Memories of Eternal Bliss
Shyam Sundar Goswami

On Fasting
Compiled by Henrik Levkowetz (S S Goswami)

On Initiation (diksha)
Shyam Sundar Goswami

On Ancient Indian Scriptures
Shyam Sundar Goswami

The I Being Lost
Shyam Sundar Goswami

On Svadharma - The Individual Dharma
Shyam Sundar Goswami

The Inner Self
Shyam Sundar Goswami

Notes on Sri S S Goswami’s Exposition of Yoga Sadhana
Basile P. Catoméris

Hindu Cosmogony
Basile P. Catoméris

On Karma
Basile P. Catoméris

On dharma
Basile P. Catoméris

On Shankalpa
Basile P. Catoméris

On Religion
Basile P. Catoméris

On Shakti and Shaktas
Basile P. Catoméris

On Guru Yoga
Basile P. Catoméris

Letter to an Indian Chela
Basile Catoméris

Notes on Self-Deceit
Basile Catoméris

Yogic Theory and Quantum Physics
Henrik Levkowetz

Annotations on Sangskâras
Basile Catoméris

The Seven Step Path of Bhakti
Basile Catoméris

Know Thyself
Basile Catoméris

The Sacred Syllable OM
Georg Feuerstein

US Radio Interview with Basile Catoméris 2013