Swami Veda Bharati took his Mahasamadhi July 14, 2015. He holds the prestigious title of Mahamandaleshwara in the Swami order of monks. Swami Veda 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.
"You have a treasure. Your earthly treasures are counted in units of money but the units of your treasures of life are the moments. The money spent can be earned again but not so the moments spent. Use wisely the moments you have, just as you economise with your monetary resources. Your breaths are your nickels and dimes. If each breath were equal to a nickel, how many nickels have you spent since this morning and how many have you invested in higher awareness?
You want to be a perfect person, a great man, dependent on yourself alone? One not swayed easily by little gusts of wind, not thrown about like a leaf tumbling down, not the dust being plowed under? You want to be a person who chooses his own destiny, his own acts, his own thoughts first? Only if you can choose your own thoughts can you choose your actions and your own future. You will never again wish for anything. You will will your thoughts and actions with your power to will. Your will power. But that comes only by using the resources of your moments wisely. Will your meditative thought to flow on the current breath and discover that this, your spare moment, is a treasure. Every moment, be, be aware, be aware of your breath of life.
May you prosper; may you be rich in time to meditate."
- Swami Veda Bharati in The Light of Ten Thousand Suns page 48