Swami Jaidev Bharati (Dr. Justin O’Brien),
Our beloved spiritual teacher, Swami Jaidev Bharati, has left his body, today June 19, 2021.
This is a great loss for all of us and he has touched many people all over the world.
Swami Jaidev Bharati (Dr. Justin O’Brien), a leading disciple of Swami Rama of the Himalayas, is a pioneer in the exploration of consciousness. A former Catholic monk who studied in Israel, Jordan, and the Netherlands, he was a major lecturer as his ground-breaking theology took thousands to deep insights in their spiritual quests.
In 1972 he met his Guru while he taught theology at Loyola University of Chicago. He helped Swamiji establish the Himalayan Institute and its graduate school and helped create international yoga conferences in England, Japan, India, Nepal, and the States. He holds a Doctoral degree in the Philosophy of Consciousness, a Doctorandus in Theology, and Masters degrees in Philosophy and Religious Studies. He was Senior Research Fellow in Holistic Medicine at the University of London Medical School, Director of Education at London’s Marylebone Health Clinic, and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota.
He took vows of renunciation on the banks of the Ganges River in 1999. He is author of Walking with a Himalayan Master, The Wellness Tree, A Meeting of Mystic Paths, Superconscious Meditation, Running and Breathing, and several others.
There will be a memorial service to celebrate Swamiji’s fully lived life on July 24, 2021, Guru Purnima Day, at 10am at Como Park’s Historic Streetcar Station, 1224 Lexington Avenue North, St. Paul, MN 55117. Memorials preferred to IHT (Institute of the Himilayan Tradition), 1041 Grand Ave, Box 356, Saint Paul, MN 55105.