Robert Walter is the son of the late, prominent, spiritual leader Swami Rama. His story proves beyond doubt that truth is stranger, and more spellbinding, than fiction. This book will change the way you look at things and your approach to things in the future. He examines his heritage/lineage in his memoir, “Son of a Swami – a life of lies,” which tells his family’s story through the relationships each had with his father, his fathers disciples, and his web of spiritual organizations.
This uncensored and objective book exposes the truth about Swami Rama. It reveals secrets of corruption, fraud, and intimidation. He describes in great detail how his father’s organizations used fear, deception, and manipulation to force total obedience and conformity.
Robert’s perception of the world was formed at a very early age. It made him aware of the ups and downs, the insecurities, and even the tragedies that can occur when you are forced to live a life of lies. Robert learned about the damage that such an existence can do to relationships between husband and wife as well as between parent and child. Through his rollercoaster ride of a childhood, he paints a searing, emotional portrait of a son who wants nothing more than the love of his father.
Robert focuses on the years he lived both in awe and fear of his Swami father. He writes about his father with unwavering honesty, forcing the reader to confront, as he did, the harsh reality of the truth. The author uses his own personal experiences to help his readers deal with the fears, anxieties, frustrations, and insecurities of being the “Son of a Swami.”
“Son of a Swami – a life of lies” forces you to question everything you know about Swami Rama and the Himalayan Tradition. It exposes the disturbing relationships that exist between teacher and student. For these reasons alone, it deserves to be read.