Swami Veda Bharati

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Swami Veda Bharati
Usharbudh Arya

Died 14 July 2015
Religion Hinduism
Religious career
Guru Swami Rama
Honors Mahamandaleshwar
"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 (1933- 14 July 2015) was born into a Sanskrit speaking family and raised in the centuries-old Sanskrit tradition.[1] 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 was also fluent in Pali, and spoke most Northern Indian languages, many European languages and read many others. He authored many books and articles in both scholarly and popular publications.

Academic life[edit]

Between 1966 and 1973, he was Professor of South Asian Studies at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN in the United States where he founded the Meditation Center[2] in collaboration with his guru, Swami Rama. In 1973, he retired from academic teaching to pursue his guru's mission of speaking, teaching and guiding students on every continent. His publications during this period appeared under his secular name, Usharbudha Arya.

Spiritual leadership in India[edit]

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 Hindu monastic life, giving him the name Swami Veda. In 1999, he was honored by the Swamis of India who conferred upon him the title of Mahamandaleshwar of the Niranjani Akhada, placing him among the top thirty or so swamis of India. The only title taking precedence over that of Mahamandaleshwara is that of Shankaracharya.[3]

He was the spiritual director of the Sadhana Mandir[4] (Swami Rama's Ashram) and of Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama,[5] both in Rishikesh, and was spiritual guide of the Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust in Dehradun,[6] Uttarakhand. Swami Veda lectured on a wide variety of topics and could conduct lectures in ten languages and meditation in seventeen languages.

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


  1. "Swami Veda (Mahamandaleshwara) Bharati". Star Tribune. 26 July 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  3. Arya, Usharbudh (1979). Meditation and the Art of Dying. Himalayan Institute Press; Honesdale PA.
  4. Sadhana Mandir
  5. http://sadhakagrama.org/swami-veda-bharati Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama
  6. http://hihtindia.org/

Selected bibliography[edit]

Books by Swami Veda Bharati

  • (1998) "The Light of Ten Thousand Suns", Yes International Publishers, <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css" />ISBN 978-0-936663-20-3
  • (2000) "Nightbirds: A Collection of Short Writings," AHYMSIN Publishers.
  • (2002) "Subtler Than the Subtle: The Upanishad of the White Horse," YES Publishers, <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css" />ISBN 978-0-936663-33-3
  • (2002) "Introducing Mahabharata Bhishma," AHYMSIN Publishers.
  • (2004) "Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: With the Exposition of Vyasa,Volume Two: Sadhana-pada", Motilal Banarsidass.
  • (2008) "Meditation: The Art and Science", Wisdom Tree Publishers, <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css" />ISBN 978-8183281157
  • (2008) "Mantras: The Sacred Chants", Wisdom Tree Publishers, <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css" />ISBN 978-8183280945
  • (2009) "Wanam, Africa and India: A Spiritual Dialogue," AHYMSIN Publishers.
  • (2013) "Kundalini Stilled or Stirred?", D.K. Printworld, <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css" />ISBN 978-8124606674
  • (2015)"Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: With the Exposition of Vyasa, Volume One: Samadhi-pada (2nd Revised Edition)," Motilal Banarsidass, <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css" />ISBN 978-8120820692

As Pandit Usharbudh Arya:

  • (1968) Ritual songs and folksongs of the Hindus of Surinam, Brill, Leiden.
  • (1976) Meditation and the Art of Dying, Himalayan Institute, <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css" />ISBN 978-0893890568
  • (1978) Superconscious Meditation, Himalayan Institute, <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css" />ISBN 978-0893890353
  • (1981) Mantra and Meditation, Himalayan Institute, <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css" />ISBN 978-0893890742
  • (1985) The Philosophy of Hatha Yoga, Himalayan Institute, <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css" />ISBN 978-0893890889

External links[edit]

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