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.
Hear the song of your breath, for it sings of hope, light and life for all your days and nights. In your mind, hear it sing so, as you inhale. Hear it say ham, as you exhale. Through all of your inspirations and expirations hear your breath sing soham: "I am He. I am who I am. Before Abraham was, I am." Soham: "I am eternal life, the winged soul, the solar swan of purity and freedom."
Did you say you were lost? Then let your breath answer soham: "I am the one whom the God of my heart has found." Did you say you were despairing? Then remember your breath singing of life. In your laughter and tears, through problems and solutions, you have a companion - your vital breath.
Hold your mind to your breathing. Feel its streams flowing in your nostrils, its ocean-like tides on the beaches of your brows. Hear it sing soham: "I am." Yes, again, center your mind on the feel of your breath and let its inward currents take you to those depths of your life-force from where your mind arises and into which it subsides.
May your breath take you to that origin of life-currents where silence folds the words away and unfolds sheets of light.
- Swami Veda Bharati in The Light of Ten Thousand Suns, page 69