Transitions: Preparing to Receive from Silence is the theme of the Himalayan Yoga Meditation Congress 2012. Join Swami Veda Bharati in Minneapolis July 1-21, 2012 for a series of events related to “Transitions and Speaking in Silence.”
This will be Swami Veda’s only U.S. public appearance in 2012. It will be his last “Speaking/Silence” series before he enters a 5-7 year vow of silence in March 2013 in Rishikesh.
Swami Veda Bharati is the Founder of The Meditation Center, and has spent the last 53 years as a teacher, lecturer and writer. He was raised in a family of Sanskrit-speaking scholars in India and attained degrees through the Ph.D. level in the 1960s at the University of London.
Swami Veda was a professor of Sanskrit and Indian religions at the University of Minnesota from 1965 to 1973. He has written numerous books, including an exhaustive commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
He was initiated into the Dhyana (meditative yoga) tradition in 1969 by his spiritual teacher H.H. Sri Swami Rama. Since then he has been instrumental in setting up and providing spiritual guidance to yoga meditation centers throughout the world.
He is currently the spiritual head of an ashram in Rishikesh, India; a 200-acre medical complex near Dehradun; and in addition remains head of the Meditation Center in Minneapolis. In March 1999 the Shankara Order of Swamis in India conferred on Swami Veda the title of Mahamandeleshvara, and is one of 30 or so Indian Swamis to hold this honor.
Swami Veda has spoken before the United Nations and met with the world’s major religious leaders, including the Dalai Lama. He understands 17 languages in varying degrees of fluency. In March 2013 Swamiji will take a 5-7 year vow of silence.
Swamiji’s spirit is ever bright, but his physical body is challenged. Speaking, lecturing, meetings, appointment requests are draining his energy and doctors are advising him to speak less and to intermingle with periods of silence as well as travel less to rest more.
He has much to share in preparing and transitioning students to receive the teachings internally through the Grace of the Lineage.
Summer events with internationally renown yoga meditation teachers include a Guru Purnima Celebration, Silence Retreats, Evening Lecture Series, Kirtan with Sant Dharmananda and Family, Kirtan with Ragani Buegel, Swami Veda at The U of M, HYT Teacher Training Program, and Prana Vidya Continuing Education for teachers.
The Meditation Center is a nonprofit organization and affiliate of the Association of Himalayan Yoga Meditation Societies International. It is located at 631 University Ave NE Minneapolis.