What Is Yoga?
Off The Mat
the founder of the Sadhana Mandir Ashram was born in the Himalayas and
raised by his spiritual Master in the legendary caves of the yogis where
countless generations of yogis have been trained and initiated into the
deepest mysteries of the sacred science of yoga. A monk in the
Shankaracharya Order, he held the highest position as a Shankaracharya,
which he then renounced to continue to serve the Himalayan Tradition.
All sciences are open to a yogi. He was a scientist who offered himself
for scientific experiments to be conducted on a yogi; philosopher who
wrote forty five books; a poet who translated an epic in three months; an
architect, sculptor, painter.
The most well known names in the classical music of India gathered around
him to accompany him in his music sessions. Dog trainer; horse trainer; it
was a delight to watch him at tennis. Enlightened guide to disciples.
Master of the Art of Life.
Uncountable thousands around the world came to him asking for gifts
tangible and intangible. When he gave with the right hand, his left hand
did not know. One meets people in all walks of life, in highest
professions, who tell us how he blessed, guided, created their success in
life. He would sit for hours in the company of a one-buffalo farmer while
princes waited outside his chamber. When he granted funds for establishing
the library of a University in the Garhwal Himalayas, he did it on the
condition that his name would not be given any public association with it.
As he prepared to leave his body, he left strict instructions to build no
memorials, establish no shrines nor a museum, and do nothing else to
commemorate his name. His memorial is in the hearts of his disciples who
miss the love they received in abandon.
A philanthropist who created a Medical City in four years where there were
only farmers’ fields, and gave subtle hints on surgery to surgeons. A
superb administrator who taught leaders how to lead and managers how to
manage. Equally at home in the East and the West, he was a both a
scientist and an accomplished mystic, a siddha. Above all, he was a direct
descendant of the lineage of yogis, going back thousands of years, who are
the founders and keepers of yoga, the source of all paths of meditation,
and who confer the direct experience as initiation into the mystery of
–Reprinted from Swami Veda Bharati’s site at
Rama Photo Gallery
Maha-Mandaleshwara Swami Veda Bharati
is the acharya holding the
seat of the Himalayan Tradition at Sadhana Mandir Ashram in Rishikesh,
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