Swami Veda Bharati
Mahamandaleshwar Swami Veda Bharati (1933- July 14, 2015), was a rare Sanskrit scholar of our time, unsurpassed in his profound depth of knowledge, philosophy and practice of meditation. He was born in a Sanskrit-speaking family and raised in the centuries old Vedic tradition. He taught the Patañjali’s Yoga-sūtras for the first time at the early age of 9 and the Vedas from age 11.
From 1952-1967, he spread the Yogic and Vedic teachings in many parts of the world, including Africa and the West Indies. In 1969, he received the highest initiations into the mysteries of meditation from his Guru Swami Rama of the Himalayas who linked him to the sacred lineage of the Himalayan Yogis. Thereafter he established and guided meditation groups and centers in all parts of the world. He had access to 17 languages and taught Meditation in all of the major languages of the world and to followers of all religions.
In continuation with the oral tradition of the living lineage of the Himalayan Sages, Swami Veda taught: Yoga [is] samādhi. He proposed that the entire yoga science must be studied and practiced on the basis of this definition of yoga. His 1500-page commentary of Classical Yoga on the (first two chapters) Yoga-Sutras has been hailed among scholars and practitioners both as the most authentic and authoritative.
Swami Veda has recorded more than 3,500 hours of courses on all aspects of meditation, its texts, and philosophical systems apart from teaching the ancient texts like the Vedas, Upanishads, and the Bhagavad Gita in an experiential context for meditation. His writings include: Superconscious Meditation, Meditation – the Art and Science, Meditation and the Art of Dying, Kundalini – Stilled or Stirred, Sadhana in Applied Spirituality, Philosophy of Hatha Yoga, Light of Ten Thousand Suns, Silence – Vol 1 & 2, Mantras – the Sacred Chants and many booklets on practices of mantra and meditation.
Although he always liked to keep a low profile, he was well known for his teaching in different communities and cultures all over the world and for his expertise in instructing students in accordance with their own religio-philosophical background.
In 2002, he founded Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama in Rishikesh, which houses the headquarters of the Association of Himalayan Yoga Meditation Societies International (AHYMSIN) and serves as the centre for his global network among nearly 100 groups in 26 different countries; spreading the teachings of the Himalayan Tradition.
In 2013, after a lifetime of service to humanity and dedication to the perennial wisdom of the ancient sages, Swami Veda took the vow of silence. He continued to nurture students through his silence.
Swami Veda Bharati took Mahasamadhi at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) in Rishikesh, India, on 14th July 2015.
No biography can possibly convey the deep love and reverence that thousands of his students and disciples carry in their heart for Swami Veda Bharati. His lasting words…
“Let every person feel loved.”
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