This is not an obituary but a celebration of the noble life of Swami Veda Bharati, released from a broken, pain-wracked body unto freedom. Usharbudh Arya (pre-monastic name) was born in Dehradun in a family steeped in the 5000-year-old tradition of Sanatana Dharma. Acknowledged as a child prodigy, he lectured at a tender age to thousands on the Yoga Sutras, Vedas and Upanishads.
He left the shores of India as a young man of 19, to serve communities in Africa and S. America as a pandit and spiritual guide. In just two years (1965-1967), he completed his B.A. (Honors) (London), M.A. (London), D.Litt. (Holland), F.R.A.S. and took up an appointment in 1967 as Professor of Sanskrit at the University of Minnesota where he received a Distinguished Teacher Award.