Disciple of Swami Rama of the Himalayas
Founder and Spiritual Guide of the Association of Himalayan Yoga Meditation Societies International (AHYMSIN)
Written by Swami Veda Bharati:
I was born in 1933 and was raised in the five-thousand-year-old tradition of Sanskrit-speaking scholar-philosophers of India. I have been teaching the Yoga-sutras of Patanjali from the age of nine and the Vedas from the age of eleven.
I was proclaimed a “Child Prodigy” by the Hindi press in 1946 “having exceptional knowledge of Vedas”. I started getting invited to colleges, universities throughout North India as well as address crowed of thousands. Since 1947, I have been on the move, travelling worldwide, giving discourses and establishing meditation centers. I recall in 1949 giving 49 lectures in one week in a certain city.
I have never been to a gurukula or a school. All my knowledge has come intuitively. However, the ever inquisitive student in me and the ever changing dynamics of the world made me attain all my academic degrees in just two years. During 1965 to 1967 – I completed B.A. (Honors) (London), M.A. (London) and Dr. Litt. (Holland). Then I taught at the University of Minnesota in USA.
In 1969, while still at the same University, I was fortunate to meet my Spiritual Master, Swami Rama of The Himalayas, for whom I had been searching for 19 years prior. He initiated me into the most interior paths of Dhyana-yoga.
I have studied the scriptures of all major religions, and some less known ones, and understand 17 languages with varying degrees of fluency. This allows me to teach meditation to people of different faiths – Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Zoroastrians – from within their own scriptural and meditative traditions.
I have also spent a lot of time in studying religious, spiritual and literary traditions of different world cultures from China to Africa to different parts of Europe. An example in case, in Italy I teach Dante’s Il Paradiso as a text of the experience of divine light in meditation. I have been visited by masters of the Sufi orders and have 45 hours of recordings of lectures on Christian traditions of meditation.
I have recorded over 4000 hours of lectures on history, philosophy and practices of meditation. I promote and support resolving individual and social conflicts through a study of ancient civilizations adapted to suit modern cultures and lifestyle choices.
I have established more than 50 centers of Yoga and Meditation across continents including Africa, Europe, The Americas. I take care of these 50 meditation groups and have two ashrams in Rishikesh, India. I mainly stay at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, on Virbhadra Road, Rishikesh, when not traveling around the world. Seekers from world over come to the Ashram to learn meditation and undergo varying periods of Silence under my guidance.
I have a keen interest in maintaining the relationship of science and meditation. My Ashram in Rishikesh has a research laboratory that is into measuring the psycho-neuro-physiological responses to the different practices of meditation.
"Counter violence? A mind that has become meditatively calmed, becomes incapable of violent thoughts, becomes incapable of anger, it becomes incapable of vengeful inclination. And in the presence of such a mind, such a field is generated that whoever comes within that field becomes calm. The vengeful person ceases to be vengeful, and the angry person begins to smile. That is the test of whether you are making progress in meditation or not " - Swami Veda Bharati