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Pandit Usharbudh Arya, D Litt


One cannot talk about God, Dr. Arya tells us; one can only be conscious of Him experientially. Everyone is looking for God: the alcoholic in his bottle, the child in his Superman comics, the artist in his work. The need to know God springs from our deepest nature. But most of us are not aware of this. And so, drawing upon his own rich background in the yoga-Vedanta tradition, the author tells us how this awareness can be developed in everyone (including atheists and agnostics).

Product Details

Publisher: Himalayan Institute
Copyright: 1979, Current printing 1998
ISBN: 978-0-893890605
151 pages
5.5" x 8.5"

Spirituality / Philosophy

About the Author:

Pandit Usharbudh Arya, D Litt, (Swami Veda Bharati) was born into a Sanskrit speaking family and raised in the centuries-old Sanskrit tradition. From the age of four he was schooled in traditional learning by his father, beginning with the Sanskrit grammar of Panini. From the age of nine he was a popular child preacher in Northern India and captivated audiences with the depth of his knowledge and intuitive insight into the Vedas and other texts of the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Having never attended any school, he received his BA degree from the University of London, an MA from the University of London and a Doctor of Letters (D Litt) from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands in consecutive years during the 1960s. Among the greatest living Sanskritists he is also fluent in Pali, speaks most Northern Indian languages, many European languages,and reads many others. He has authored many books and articles in both scholarly and popular publications. Between 1966 and 1973 he was Assistant Professor of South Asian Studies at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN in the United States where he founded the Meditation Center in collaboration with his guru, Swami Rama. In 1973 he retired from academic teaching to pursue his guru's mission speaking, teaching and guiding students on every continent.

From the Introduction:
"Numerous are the names and various are the paths of one and the same reality. Some call it God, some call it truth, and some call it everlasting happiness. God, for me, is truth, and truth is that which exists in all times–the past, present and future. It is self-existent; it was never born, so it never dies. It is the fountainhead of light and love. Searching for God, without knowing truth, is in vain, for God is the ultimate truth.

"A human being, though the highest of all living creatures, is still an unfinished being, longing for perfection, longing for a state of freedom from pains and miseries–and this leads him to seek the realization of truth. That truth is both within and without, so one can directly attain it by realizing the truth within himself. It is possible to do this.

"God will inspire seekers of enlightenment to find this ultimate reality."

–Swami Rama

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