Our Spiritual Guide

vedaSwami Veda Bharati (formerly Dr. Usharbudh Arya) has spent the past 60 years teaching and providing spiritual guidance around the world. He was raised in the 5000-year-old tradition of Sanskrit-speaking scholar-philosophers of India, and has been imparting Vedic wisdom from the age of nine. Author of the most comprehensive commentary on Patanjali's Yoga-sutras and many other books, Swami Veda is a poet, scholar, and international speaker par excellence.

He attained the highest academic degrees, B.A. (Honors) (London), M.A. (London), Dr. Litt. (Holland) between 1965 and 1967. From 1967-1973 he taught as Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Religions at the University of Minnesota where he received the Distinguished Teacher Award.

In 1969, he met his Spiritual Master, Swami Rama, and was initiated into one of the highest paths of Dhyana (Meditative) Yoga

Since that time he has established or guided many yoga centers throughout the world including Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, Africa, Russia, Slovakia, Hungary, China, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore and many Centers in the USA (New York, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Florida, Wisconsin, Illinois, Colorado and California).

Before leaving his body in 1996, Swami Rama told Swami Veda to direct his Ashram in Rishikesh, and also to be the Spiritual Guide of his 200-acre medical city, the Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust, Jolly Grant, Dehradun, India.

In March of 1999, the Swamis of India conferred on him the title of Mahamandaleshvara, placing him among the thirty or so most prestigious swamis in all of India.

In addition to his scholarly and spiritual work, he established in 1983 KHEL (Kindness, Health and Education for Lepers; Kids' Health, Education and Laughter) where four hundred children of lepers and other indigent population receive nutrition, medical care and education.

Having cultivated an authoritative knowledge of the religious writings and meditative practices of the world, and being versed in 19 languages with varying degrees of fluency, Swami Veda is able to teach meditation to people of different faiths - Buddhist, Christian, Hebrew, Hindu, Muslims, Sikhs etc. - from within their own rich scriptural and meditative traditions.

On August 27-29, 2000 Swami Veda participated at the MILLENNIUM WORLD PEACE SUMMIT at the United Nations where more than 100 world spiritual leaders created a "Declaration for World Peace."

Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG)

When not traveling to his many teaching seats in various countries, he teaches, guides, writes, and does research work in Rishikesh, India at his ashram Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) pictured below.  SRSG offers a variety of training programs including teacher training and in-residence advance study programs in Yoga Philosophy and Spirituality.  For a short video about programs and activities at SRSG, please click on the link Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama Video or on the image below.  To visit the SRSG website please click on the link SRSG Homepage.


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