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David FrawleyDr. David Frawley, (Vamadeva Shastri) is one of the few westerners recognized in India as a Vedacharya or teacher of Vedic wisdom. In 1991 under the auspices of the Indian teacher, Avadhuta Shastri, he was named Vamadeva Shastri, after the Vedic Rishi Vamadeva. In 1995 he was given the title of Pandit along with the Brahmachari Vishwanathji award in Mumbai for his knowledge of the Vedic teaching. Over the years Vamadeva has received additional awards and honors for his work from throughout India.

Vamadeva (Dr. Frawley) is a unusual western born knowledge-holder in the Vedic tradition. He carries many special Vedic ways of knowledge (vidyas), which he passes on to students in India and in the West. In India, Vamadeva is recognized not only as a Vedacharya (Vedic teacher), but also as a Vaidya (Ayurvedic doctor), Jyotishi (Vedic astrologer), Puranic (Vedic historian) and Yogi. He is a visiting professor for the Vivekananda Yoga Kendra in Bangalore, India, a government approved deemed university for yogic and Vedic studies and also a teacher with the Sringeri Shankaracharya Math, the most central of the traditional Vedantic centers in India.

In India, his translations and interpretations of the ancient Vedic teachings have been given great acclaim in both spiritual and scholarly circles. In America he is more known as a teacher and practitioner of Ayurvedic medicine and of Vedic astrology (Jyotish) and has done pioneering work on both these subjects in the West.

His books on Vedic astrology include, The Astrology of the Seers - A Guide to Vedic /Hindu Astrology, and Ayurvedic Astrology: Self-healing through the Stars.

Dr. David Frawley can be contacted by visiting his informative website:

www.vedanet.com