Bharati Devi (Bharati E. Balmes) began her studies with Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati (Ramamurti S. Mishra, M.D.) in 1968. She studied the Sanskrit language, Yoga-Vedanta philosophy, meditation and related subjects with him both in Europe and at his Ashrams in the U.S., simultaneously working as his assistant. Under his direction she began teaching in 1971. Bharati was named head of the School of Sanskrit at Ananda Ashram and appointed trustee of the Baba Bhagavandas Publication Trust and the International Schools of East-West Unity by Founder Shri Brahmananda. She also studied with renowned Sanskrit scholar and poet Dr. Ram Karan Sharma from 1997 to 2015.