Swami Veda Bharati holds the prestigious title of Mahamandaleshwara in the Swami order of monks. He is also the Chancellor of HIHT University, Dehradun, which was established by Master Swami Rama. He has 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.
From time to time thoughts awaken from the writings that have been preserved in the great ancient texts, the thoughts that came to the minds of the ancient masters, recorded in the scriptures and handed down for thousands of years
Sometimes when I read these ancient traditions and scriptures, I get ecstatic and cannot help wanting to share those words with you also, as well as my thoughts that are inspired by them.
The thoughts expressed here concern a meditation hut. There is a portable mediation hut that I have been living in the last seventy seven years. It is travelling around with me and I travel in it. It is a hut; it is a chariot; some call it a body. But then if I was not so body-bound, I would like to have a different kind of meditation hut. That is the kind that I describe in the following words. These words are originally written in Hindi language and languages, says the great poet Rabindranath Tagore, are jealous. You cannot really translate. An Italian proverb says that to translate is to betray. Some of the words, idioms, proverbs or associations cannot be expressed in another language; they do no sound the same. They neither carry the force nor do they convey the sentiment. Still I will try my best to translate.
I have built myself a meditation hut.
I have built a meditation hut for myself, far from the traffic of planets and their satellites, where even thoughts from the minds of the dwellers of various worlds cannot reach me. At a curve of the vast space beyond, where three space-flowing energy-rivers converge, there, in a place called tri-kuti prayaga, I have built myself a meditation hut. In the traditions of India, whenever three rivers meet, it is considered a sacred spot. At certain times, millions of people gather together to pray and immerse themselves in the river waters for a sacred bath. Many of the famous places where two rivers meet are called prayagas. It means a place of intensively performed sacraments, because in ancient times the great rishis sat in the ashrams and forests of these areas to perform lengthy and intensive fire-offerings and other sacred acts.
Tri-kuti is a triangular centre in the upper half of the forehead, so I have named this place tri-kuti prayaga. Here it is suggested to read a book entitled From Sea to Sky by Edmund Hillary, the conqueror of the Mount Everest. It is the description of a journey up the River Ganges, but merely that, it is one that speaks of the Gangetic culture, the culture of the people on both side of the river. One of the places he passes through is Prayaga, the modern city of Allahabad, just west of Varanasi in the plains. Then after a thousand miles or perhaps more, he comes to a place called Devaprayaga, where two tributaries of the river meet, and from that place south, the river is called the Ganges. Similarly, further up the mountains are Nandaprayaga and Rudraprayaga and so on. In the composition presented here, we have a tri-kuti prayaga, a meeting place of three rivers in a triangular spot in the upper half of the forehead, where three kundalini rivers have their confluence. You may build your meditation hut here.