Swami Veda Bharati holds the prestigious title of Mahamandaleshwara in the Swami order of monks. He 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.
"We are seekers of svaatantrya.
This word has no exact English equivalent. It may roughly be translated as free volition and conscience coming from the laws and voice of one’s own atman, the spiritual self (not psychological conditionings nor as reactions to and from other factors external to us). True meaning of freedom.
This is the true non-dependence, independence, not arising as a reaction to external surroundings, situations or others’ reactions.
We are not reactive but independently active. So, as soon as others’ emotional states begin to reflect into us, we dive into our inner resources of relaxation and tranquility and thereby change the tone of the conversation and discussion. The opposite party’s ‘mirror neurons’ then reflect our state of mind and we both become peaceful and not confrontational. Thus we arrive at harmonious consensus with others and spread peace."
- Swami Veda Bharati in Applied Spirituality