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by Dr David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri)
American Institute of Vedic Studies’ online courses provide you with a distinct opportunity to learn from Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) and begin an enduring journey with the timeless wisdom of the Vedas.
Ayurvedic Healing Course
Our Ayurvedic course offers an extensive, yet affordable, online learning approach to Ayurveda and its wellness approaches presented with clarity and depth. This comprehensive course outlines Ayurvedic anatomy and physiology, constitution for body and mind, fundamentals of diagnosis, nutrition, herbs, aromas, sensory therapies, Yoga, spiritual methods and more. It has been used by students from throughout the world over the last twenty-five years and has been the basis for many Ayurvedic training programs. Read more >>Enroll Now!
Ayurvedic Astrology Course
Our course in Vedic astrology combines a twofold approach of teaching the fundamentals of Vedic astrology, along with their interface with Ayurveda. It provides a good foundation in the principles of Vedic astrology from planets, signs and houses to Nakshatras and ashtakavarga, but also brings in an Ayurvedic perspective, showing how planetary influences impact body, mind and spirit. This makes it especially helpful for those who want to learn Vedic astrology according to an Ayurvedic background. Read more >>Enroll Now!
Yoga, Ayurveda, Mantra and Meditation Course
Our Yoga, Ayurveda, Mantra and Meditation course teaches an Ayurvedic perspective on the eight limbs of Yoga, as well as the yogic branches of Devotion (Bhakti), Knowledge (Jnana), and Action (Karma), including a full translation of the Yoga Sutras from an Ayurvedic perspective. It helps one to understand Yoga and meditation practices for well-being and spiritual growth according to Ayurvedic guidelines, including an extensive examination of Yoga philosophy. It contains much important information on the healing power of mantra. Read more >>Enroll Now!
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Counseling revolves around examining what we are doing in life and learning to make our actions more effective. To improve our efficiency we may observe what other people are doing according to current trends in society, and see how to take advantage of these. Yet for any action to succeed at a deeper level, we must understand the forces that we are working with, including those that we have already set in motion. We cannot just look to the outside, we must look within. The first thing Vedic counseling teaches us is that our lives are a product of our own action or karma. Who we are and what we experience, both individually and collectively, is the result of forces that we have set in motion and are ultimately responsible for. We are responsible for ourselves and to some extent for the world as a whole. Read more >>
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Acharya David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri)
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Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) is a western born teacher and guru in the Vedic tradition. Vamadeva is recognized as a Vedacharya (Vedic teacher), and includes in his vast scope of studies Ayurveda, Yoga, Vedanta and Vedic astrology, as well as the ancient Vedic teachings going back to the oldest Rigveda. His many books and courses serve to guide and teach students from all over the world in the fields of Vedic knowledge.
Vamadeva is a rare recipient of the prestigious Padma Bhushan award, one of the highest civilian awards from the President of India, “for distinguished service of a higher order to the nation,” honoring his work and writings as a Vedic teacher.
He has a D. Litt. (Doctor of Letters), one of the highest educational titles possible in the field of Yoga and Vedic sciences, from SVYASA (Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana), the only deemed Yoga university recognized by the Government of India, and a special “National Eminence Award” from the South Indian Education Society (SIES) and the Kanchi Sankaracharya Math. Read more >>
Yogini Shambhavi Devi
Yogini Shambhavi Devi is a mystic Yogini, guide and teacher rooted in the ancient teachings and traditions of Shakti worship. As a Yogacharya and Jyotishacharya, a Master teacher of Yoga and Vedic astrology, she provides in-depth guidance and consultations in Yoga, Vedic astrology, and personal healing.
As an important woman guru in the Shakti tradition of India and the Himalayas, she aims to draw one to the deeper ‘Yogic Reality’, helping to awaken the universal power of nurturing and the Divine Feminine within us. She is a noted author and singer of classical mantras that can invoke the Divine powers within us. Read more >>
3rd India Ideas Conclave 2016 in Goa, organized by India Foundation
Theme – India at 70: Democracy, Development and Dissent
Swami Tejomayanda (Chinmaya Mission), Amit Shah (National President of BJP), Sher Bahadur Deuba (former PM Nepal), and Arun Jaitley (Finance Minister) will be highlighted. Dr. Frawley will be one of the distinguished speakers along with important leaders and thinkers from various fields of government, industry, journalism and spirituality. Speakers include Suresh Prabhu (Railway Minister), Manohar Parrikar (Defense Minister), Aroon Purie (India Today), Dattatreya Hosabale (RSS), Jayant Sinha, Lobsang Sangay (President of Tibet-in-Exile), Mehbooba Mufti, (CM Kashmir), Patrick French, Richard Verma (US Ambassador to India), MJ Akbar, and Subramanian Swamy, and many others. We have attended the previous India Idea Conclaves and find them to be the most inspiring and informative gatherings of thinkers and leaders in India today. An transformative gathering for envisioning the future of India and the world.
Exclusive to American Institute of Vedic Studies by Dr. David Frawley To be able to perceive the reality of who we are and what this marvelous universe is about, we must first realize that in our ordinary human state of mind that we are not truly conscious or aware. We are not aware of who […]
The following article by Dr David Frawley was first published by Swarajya. Deepavali as a festival of lights is connected to the most ancient symbolism of India, the movement from darkness to light as the essence of our lives. In this regard, there is a famous Vedic prayer: Asato ma sad gamaya Tamaso ma jyotir […]
On Lord Dhanvantari’s birth anniversary, let us open ourselves to the power of healing within us. The following article by Dr David Frawley was first published by DailyO Ayurveda, India’s natural system of healing has spread worldwide as an innovative and comprehensive system of mind-body medicine. Wherever yoga has gone, ayurveda is now following as […]
From the Classic Text “Astrology of the Seers” by Dr. David Frawley Astrology should be a spiritual science. Our birth chart is a mirror of our soul and its particular incarnation. In our stars we see the growth and evolution of our inner being from life to life. This does not mean that we can […]
From Dr. David Frawley’s Classic book on the subject Life (Ayu) is the combination (samyoga) of body, senses, mind and reincarnating soul. Ayurveda is the most sacred science of life, beneficial to humans both in this world and the world beyond. Charaka Samhita, Sutrasthana, I.42 -34 Yoga and Ayurveda Yoga is one of the most […]
From Dr. David Frawley’s Classic text AYURVEDIC HEALING Sattvic Living All human beings should follow a sattvic or pure life‑style that gives peace and clarity of mind. The remedial measures in Ayurveda are generally of a sattvic (harmonious) nature. Physical purity includes pure diet, with raw or freshly cooked vegetarian food, pure air and water, […]
Let us embrace the cause of Dharma on earth and give up the conflict and duality caused by adharma. The following article by Dr David Frawley was first published by DailyO. Sri Rama is the ideal ruler whose image has dominated the history of India. He is the avatar of Dharma, which is right action, […]
This article by Dr David Frawley was first published by Swarajya. No country in the world demonstrates such enduring reverence for the Great Mother Goddess, as does India. The Goddess is celebrated in every form, aspect and quality, through music, art, ritual, mantra and meditation. She is honoured in women, the Earth, nature and the […]
She is protective form of Shakti, burning up all ignorance, as her fiery nature energises our highest motivation. The following article by Yogini Shambhavi Devi was first published by Daily O The Devi-Mahatmya (Greatness of the Goddess) glorifies the Mother Goddess as the embodiment of the Earth, in which she sustains, nurtures and cares for […]
She is the ultimate iconic form, present in every expression, movement and mood, natural and supernatural. This article by Dr David Frawley was first published by DailyO India is the land of the Divine Mother, honouring her wonderful names, forms and manifestations on all levels of existence, great and small. India as a country is […]
The following article by Dr David Frawley was first published by India Facts: Veda, from the root “vid” to know, refers to Knowledge in the highest sense as direct perception of the Eternal and Infinite Consciousness called Brahman. Brahman is present as the Atman or inner Self of all beings at an individual level. The […]
The Four Varna system reflects a deep ecological and yogic vision of social and universal unity very different from the divisive idea of caste by birth. The following article by Dr David Frawley was first published by IndiaFacts: The Four Varna system of ancient India was originally based upon the idea of an organic social […]
The process of Sanskritization is evident not only in the languages of North India that appear to derive from it, but also in the many Sanskrit loan words found in Dravidian languages, including Tamil. The following article by Dr David Frawley was first published by IndiaFacts. The Current Indo-European Model: The Migration of the Proto-Indo-Europeans […]
Ganesha is said to be the remover of obstacles, which he is most energised to accomplish on Ganesh Chaturthi. The following article by Dr David Frawley was first published by DailyO. Lord Ganesha is one of the oldest and most revered Hindu deities, as well as the most distinctive. His head of an elephant, enigmatic […]
The following article by Dr David Frawley was first published by DailyO For the practice of yoga, Krishna is the Yogavatara, the incarnation of yoga in all its aspects of knowledge, devotion and action. If there is any single figure who represents India, its yogic spirituality, vibrant culture and great history, it is Shri Krishna. […]
We are deeply saddened to note that HH Pramukh Swami, head of the BAPS Swaminarayan order, one of the largest movements in modern Hinduism, took his Mahasamadhi Aug. 13. He was one of the greatest gurus and visionaries of modern India and of the entire world. His Swaminarayan order is famous for devotion to the […]
Light of the Vedas
Bi-montly Newsletter of American Institute of Vedic Studies
EXCERPT: It has been an amazing year for us and for our work, particularly in the international context. We wish to announce our upcoming India and related retreats for the next six months, for those who wish to join us for special programs and personal interaction. Vamadeva received the important Padma Bhushan award earlier this year from the President of India, Sri Pranab Mukherjee, one of India’s highest national awards for distinguished service of a high order to the nation. Vamadeva and Shambhavi both spoke at the main international conference in Delhi to mark International Yoga Day on June 21 and later had a special meeting with the Prime Minister of India, Sri Narendra Modi, which also featured the PM honoring Vamadeva’s new book, Shiva: The Lord of Yoga. Since then we have been busy with new programs and courses. We are happy to offer you an important new article of Dr. Frawley, Yoga as Samadhi, in this newsletter, which provides extensive new insight on spiritual experiences and altered states of consciousness. For our upcoming programs we have a special year end retreat in Hawaii, on the beautiful garden island of Kauai, in a beautiful South Indian style retreat center near the north shore of the island, where we will focus on Shiva and Shakti teachings and empowerments. We will include a visit to the famous Hinduism Today temple and the world’s largest crystal Shiva linga. 2016 we have two important events in India from late February to mid-March 2016, Shiva Ganga Yoga Shakti retreat, at the Glass House on the Ganga above Rishikesh. We also offer a Yoga Tandava tour organized by Kapha Collective for those who want to experience of the sacred places of Varanasi and Rishikesh and spend time in Delhi, India. Note below for more information immediately below. Read more >>