Mahamandaleshwara Swami Veda Bharati took mahasamadhi July 14, 2015. He was the President and Preceptor of Sadhana Mandir, and had spent the past 53 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 had taught the Yoga-sutras of Patanjali since the age of nine and the Vedas since the age of eleven.
Author of the most comprehensive commentary on Patanjali’s Yoga-sutras and many other books, Swami Veda was a poet, scholar, research guide and international speaker par excellence. All of his knowledge had come intuitively, and he had attained the highest academic degrees, B.A. (Honours) (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 had studied and was well-versed in the scriptures of all religions, understood 17 languages with varying degrees of fluency, which allowed him to teach meditation to people of different faiths–Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs–from within their own scriptural and meditative traditions. He was familiar with all known meditative traditions and the different schools of Eastern and Western philosophies.
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