Swami Veda Bharati took his Mahasamadhi July 14, 2015. He holds the prestigious title of Mahamandaleshwara in the Swami order of monks. Swami Veda was also the Chancellor of HIHT University, Dehradun, which was established by Master Swami Rama. He authored approximately 18 books on Indian spirituality including a 1500 page comprehensive commentary on two of the four chapters of Patanjali’s Yoga-sutras. Before taking the vows of Swamihood in 1992, Swami Veda Bharati was known as Dr. Usharbudh Arya.
"Why suffer human loneliness, when you can enjoy Divine solitude? Why suffer the feelings of confinement when you can rejoice in the meditative cave of the heart?
Why look at the shadows under a tree, when you can see light coming through the leaves? Why make enemies, when you can make friends? Why hate, when you can love? Why weep, when you can smile? Change your obstacles into boons. Change your tears into smiles through love, faith, and understanding.
If you meditate on the source of your solitude and your loneliness of your tears and your laughter, you will find a stream of Divine light flowing through you. And melting away the frozen darkness of life."
- Swami Veda Bharati in The Light of Ten Thousand Suns, page 9