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.
"The theory of mantra is based on the principle that the sounds, letters and syllables of the alphabets carry within them the focus of certain psychic or mental vibrations. Each syllable has within it a particular ray of consciousness. When we think of a particular letter of the alphabet or combinations of these letters, each produces certain thoughts and vibrations. There is a certain texture of flavour to the sound. The thought of a word is the vibration of the mind, but not all vibrations are alike. Different syllables carry the focus for the force of different vibration. This is seen in a crude way in the sound produced by certain words. For example, let’s suppose that I am in a foreign country where nobody speaks English. I am in a somewhat whimsical mood, and I walk out of my hotel room. I walk down the street, when I notice a person coming my way. He does not know English, yet I approach him and say harshly, “Thud!”
Okay, ‘thud!’ He does not know what it means, but the sound has some impact on his mind. The next day I feel bad at having scared the poor fellow and want to make person approaching – this person too does not know English – I say softly, “Lull!” What is the difference between the two sounds? The sound ‘thud’ and ‘lull’ are qualitatively different. Poets and skilled writers are well aware of this difference and use the words to greater effect in their compositions. This difference and use the words to greater effect in their compositions. This proves that a sound has an impact in itself, irrespective of its translation. It creates an impression on the mind. Similarly each mantra has its own distinct sound vibration."