Swami Veda Bharati

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Swami Veda Bharati
Born Usharbudh Arya
Titles/honours Mahamandaleshwar
Guru Swami Rama
Quotation "I have no ambition. I just have a very loving duty given to me in my spiritual heritage of the Himalayan Masters who have passed down this duty from generation to generation, perhaps for thousands of generations: The world has misery, the world has suffering. Do what you can to reduce the pain. Do what you can to soothe people's minds. Don't just counsel, Mr. Therapist ... console."

Swami Veda Bharati (born 1933) was born into a Sanskrit speaking family and raised in the centuries-old Sanskrit tradition. From the age of four he was schooled in traditional learning by his father, beginning with the Sanskrit grammar of Panini. From the age of nine he was a popular child preacher in Northern India and captivated audiences with the depth of his knowledge and intuitive insight into the Vedas and other texts of the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Having never attended any school, he received his B.A. degree from the University of London, an M.A. from the University of London and a D.Litt. from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands in consecutive years during the 1960s. Among the greatest living Sanskritists he is also fluent in Pali, speaks most Northern Indian languages, many European languages,and reads many others. He has authored many books and articles in both scholarly and popular publications. Between 1966 and 1973 he was Assistant Professor of South Asian Studies at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN in the United States where he founded the Meditation Center in collaboration with his guru, Swami Rama. In 1973 he retired from academic teaching to pursue his guru's mission speaking, teaching and guiding students on every continent.

He was initiated into one of the highest paths of meditation and yoga by his master, Swami Rama of the Himalayas in 1970. In 1992 Swami Rama initiated him into sannyasa or monastic life and gave him the name Swami Veda. In 1999 he was honored by the swamis of India who conferred him the title of Mahamandaleshwar of the Niranjani Akhada, placing him among the top 30 or so swamis of India. The only title above Mahamandaleshwara is that of Shankaracharya.[1]

He is the spiritual director of Sadhana Mandir (Swami Rama's Ashram) and of Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, both in Rishikesh, and spiritual guide of the Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. Swami Veda lectures on a wide variety of topics, can conduct lectures in ten languages and meditation in seventeen languages.

He is the founder and spiritual guide of the Association of the Himalayan Yoga Meditation Societies International (AHYMSIN) [1].


  1. ^ Arya, Usharbudh (1979). Meditation and the Art of Dying. Himalayan Institute Press; Honesdale PA.

Selected bibliography[edit]

Books by Swami Veda Bharati

  • Swami Veda Bharati (1998) "The Light of Ten Thousand Suns", Yes International Publishers.
  • Swami Veda Bharati (2008) "Meditation: The Art and Science", Wisdom Tree Publishers.
  • Swami Veda Bharati (2008) "Mantras: The Sacred Chants", Wisdom Tree Publishers .
  • Swami Veda Bharati (2004) "Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: With the Exposition of Vyasa,Volume Two: Sadhana-pada", Motilal Banarsidass.
  • Swami Veda Bharati (in press)"Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: With the Exposition of Vyasa,Volume One: Samadhi-pada (2nd Revised Edition)," Motilal Banarsidass.
  • Swami Veda Bharati (2009) "Wanam, Africa and India: A Spiritual Dialogue," AHYMSIN Publishers.
  • Swami Veda Bharati (2002) "Subtler Than the Subtle: The Upanishad of the White Horse," YES Publishers.
  • Swami Veda Bharati (2002) "Introducing Mahabharata Bhishma," AHYMSIN Publishers.
  • Swami Veda Bharati (2000) "Nightbirds: A Collection of Short Writings," AHYMSIN Publishers.

As Pandit Usharbudh Arya:

  • Superconscious Meditation
  • Meditation and the Art of Dying
  • The Philosophy of Hatha Yoga
  • Mantra and Meditation

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