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.
"See the beauty of the Self, the majesty of the Self. The Self is the treasure in the adobe hut of your body. It is the magnetic current in a lump of black iron, the imploding energy in a molecule. Know the light of this Self.
Do not say: "I am alive." Say: "I am the life-force." Do not say: "I am conscious." Say: "I am the consciousness." For life is not a state, nor consciousness a process. The life and consciousness is one energy and that is you, the Self. The Self vibrates, so it magnetises. The Self shines, so it illuminates.
Sing, then, the song of the glory of Self: "I am Self. I have turned glass beads into gleaming, loving, glancing, crying and laughing eyes. I have made a piece of leather into an articulate tongue. What would have been dry kindling has become bones because I am present. Two gaping holes breathe my spirit and become nostrils. And when I am gone, this adobe hut crumbles while I, who am the gems of the whole universe, beautify a palace elsewhere."
Say, too, to your mind: "Brother mind, we have quite a journey together. I know you are mind, do you care to know me? I am the self-luminous Self."
This day I wish all luminosity to you."
- Swami Veda Bharati in The Light of Ten Thousand Suns page 95