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Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri)- Foreigners who love India and Hinduism


Dr. David Frawley is an American by birth while an Indian by heart and a devout Hindu by faith. Born in 1950 in America Dr. David Frawley went on to accomplish rare D. Litt. (Doctor of Letters), the highest educational title 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 . He also has a second D. LITT. from Ram Manohar Lohia Awadh University, Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh

His Hindu name after conversion is Pandit Vamadeva Shastri. Pandit Vamadeva Shastri received prestigious Padma Bhushan Award ( The third Highest civilian award) in March 2015 by Government of Indian for his distinguished service for promoting Indian values and vedic teachings across globe.

Dr. Frawley has is also a recipient of special National Eminence Award from the South Indian Education Society (SIES) as an “international expert in the fields of Ayurveda, Yoga, and Vedic Astrology.” . This award has only been given to about fifty educators over the last forty years.

David Frawley (Hindu Name: वामदेव शास्त्री), is widely recognized Hindu teacher, a Vedic Acharya and a Hindutva activist.

His large gamut of books has been written on wide variety of topics including the Vedas, Hinduism, Yoga, Ayurveda and Vedic astrology. His works are widely respected and have been very popular among the common masses.

Dr. Frawley is the President of the American Council of Vedic Astrology. He runs an Institute of Vedic Studies at Santa Fe, New Mexico. His articles are often published in vernacular newspapers in the UK. Dr Frawley is known for his Pro-Hinudtva stand is a strong advocate of the Hindu rights.

He is a famed practitioner of Ayurveda too. Ancient Ayurvedic system of India promotes a healthy lifestyle and holistic approach to health.

Dr. Frawley completely rejects the Indo-Aryan migration. He points out that this theory was fabricated to help European missionaries to alienate the indigenous population from its own roots, ergo to help Britishers rule India better.

He strongly opines for Indigenous Aryans theory. Frawley has fervently criticized the 19th century racial interpretations of Indian prehistory over the myth of the Aryan invasion of India, .

Rajiv Mehrotra (2003) of the Foundation for Universal Responsibility of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi, India, interviewed Frawley as one of twenty important spiritual teachers in his book The Mind of the Guru.

Here are a few praises for Dr. David Frawley from prominent personalities:

“Dr. David Frawley is one of the most important scholars of Ayurveda and Vedic Science today. I have great respect and admiration for his knowledge and the way he has expounded the ancient wisdom of the Vedas.”
Dr. Deepak Chopra

“Frawley is an Indian in an American body. The ease with which he enters into the spiritual of the Indian tradition and renders its deeper concepts in terms of modern thought shows an unusual familiarity with this ancient wisdom.”
M.P. Pandit, Secretary of Sri Aurobindo Ashram

“Certainly America’s most singular practicing Hindu.”
Ashok Malik, India Today Magazine

“David Frawley is a formidable scholar of Vedanta and easily the best known Western Acharya of the Vedic wisdom.”
Ashish Sharma, Indian Express, the Express Magazine

“Pandit Vamadeva Shastri, Vedacharya Dr. David Frawley has studied the timeless ancient wisdom of the Vedas. He brings us Vedic knowledge in a direct and practical way, so that one can apply this wisdom in his or her daily life. With his beautiful knowledge of Sanskrit, he has put this complex knowledge in a modern scientific way that will help Ayurvedic scholars, Vedic scholars and even those who study quantum physics.”
Dr. Vasant Lad, B.A.M.&S., M.A.Sc, Ayurvedic Physician and Director of the Ayurvedic Institute

Message to Dr. Frawley from Sri Lokesh Chandra on reception of Padma Bhushan Award
“Your books open the heart instead of keep up do-nots. Your magnum opus on the Rigveda sheds entirely new light on the earliest period of Indian and Indo-European history. The Padma Bhushan award is a long-awaited recognition of your creative insights into the Sanskrit centuries and contemporary practices. Ever more strength to your pen so that the seeds of great tomorrows are born. Padma Bhushan is India’s Thank You, as you carry Eternity into the Present. With renewed congratulations to you, the Yogeshvara.
Prof. Lokesh Chandra, Director of the Indian Council of Culture Research (ICCR), government of India

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