Swami Veda Bharati (born 1933) was born into a Sanskrit speaking family and raised in the centuries-old Sanskrit tradition. From age of nine he has captivated audiences with the depth of his knowledge and intuition in the Vedas and Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. He holds an M.A. from the University of London and the prestigious D. Lt. from Holland and has authored many books. He was initiated into one of the highest paths of meditation and yoga by his master, Swami Rama of the Himalayas. He was honored by the swamis of India who conferred him the title of Mahamandaleshwar, placing him among the top 30 or so swamis of India. The only title above Mahamandaleshwara is that of Shankaracharya. He is the spiritual director of Sadhana Mandir (Swami Rama's Ashram) and of Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, both in Rishikesh, and spiritual guide of the Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. Swami Veda lectures on a wide variety of topics, can conduct lectures in ten languages and meditation in seventeen languages. He is the founder and spiritual guide of the Association of the Himalayan Yoga Meditation Societies International (AHYMSIN). Writing in both prose and poetry, he has 13 books and 30 booklets to his credit. He has produced more than 3000 hours of audio recordings on all aspects of spiritual life and philosophy. In addition, various magazines have published articles written by him.