Born in Dehradun, India in 1933, Swami Veda Bharati, current Spirutual Director and Preceptor of Sadhna Mandir, has spent the past 53 years teaching and providing spiritual guidance around the world. He was raised in the five-thousand-year-old tradition of Sanskrit-speaking scholar-philosophers of India, and has taught the yoga-sutras of Patanjali since the age of nine and the vedas since the age of eleven. Author of the most comprehensive commentary on Patanjali`s Yoga-sutras and many other books, Swami Veda is a Poet, scholar, research guide and international speaker par excellence. All of his knowledge has come intuitively, and he has attained the highest academic degrees. In 1969 he met his Spiritual Master, Swami Rama, and was initiated into one of the highest paths of Dhyana-yoga. He has studied and is well-versed in the scriptures of all religions, understands 17 languages with varying degrees of fluency, which allows him to teach meditation to people of different faiths. As he is familiar with all known meditative traditions and the different schools of eastern and western philosophies, the Buddhist are given Buddhist mantras, the Christians are guided in accordance with the rich Christian meditative and contemplative traditions, and so forth. Upon meeting him, one is immediately aware that one is in the presence of an extraordinary person who has incorporates spirituality into his daily life, one who can speak with authority and depth about a person`s relationship to others, to the events of daily life, and to God.