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.
Many different forms of visualisations with devotion and surrender are practised as part of contemplative and meditative systems base in various faiths.
A Christian may visualise the suffering of Christ on Stations of the Cross; s/he may visualise His compassionate visage; or the Pieta figure; or the mental image of a saint. This may be accompanied with the contemplations of sacred phrases as described above.
In Hindu liturgy, the very first act is the mental recitation of the dhyana-shloka, the verse for visualisation meditation, not merely invoking the presence of the Divinity but 'seeing' the presence in the mind's eye, in precise iconographic detail.
The most elaborate visualisations are taught in the Tibetan tradition.
The practice of visualisation as a system of meditation is elaborate and shared by many traditions. Images repeatedly imprinted upon the mind lead to:
One form of visualisation is a concentration on the image of a written word or symbol, such as the sign of Om, the Arabic form of 'Allah', a svastika, the cross in its many versions, and even the chosen Name or mantra written and visualised in the usual script. A Sufi may visualise the very first nuqteh, bindu, the dot under the Arabic letter 'bay' (letter 'B') with which the Holy Qur'an begins. Or one may visualise the same dot on top of the sign for Om.
Through this literally one-pointed concentration one may enter the gateway to infinity.
Some visualisation are practised in the heart, some in the forehead, and so forth, together with many possible embellishments.