Swami Veda Bharati, Spiritual Director and Preceptor of Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, has spent the past 60+ years teaching and providing spiritual guidance around the world. He was raised in the five-thousand-year-old tradition of Sanskrit-speaking scholar-philosophers of India, and has taught the Yoga-sutras of Patanjali from the age of nine and the Vedas from the age of eleven. Author of the most comprehensive commentary on Patanjali's Yoga-sutras and many other books, Swami Veda is a poet, scholar, research guide and international speaker par excellence.
All of his knowledge has come intuitively, and he has attained the highest academic degrees, B.A. (Honors) (London), M.A. (London), Dr. Litt. (Holland), all between June 1965 and 1967. In 1969, he met his Spiritual Master, Swami Rama, and was initiated into one of the highest paths of Dhyana-yoga.
He has studied and is well-versed in the scriptures of all religions, understands 17 languages with varying degrees of fluency, which allows him to teach meditation to people of different faiths - Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs - from within their own scriptural and meditative traditions. As he is familiar with all known meditative traditions and the different schools of eastern and western philosophies, the Buddhists are given Buddhist mantras, the Christians are guided in accordance with the rich Christian meditative and contemplative traditions, and so forth.
Upon meeting him, one is immediately aware that one is in the presence of an extraordinary person who has incorporated spirituality into his daily life, one who can speak with authority and depth about a person's relationship to others, to the events of daily life, and to God.
Before taking his vows of Swamihood in 1992, he was known as Dr. Usharbudh Arya. A prolific writer and speaker, he is the author of numerous books, including Super conscious Meditation, Mantra and Meditation, Meditation and the Art of Dying, Philosophy of Hatha Yoga, God, Sayings, and Yoga-sutras of Patanjali.