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Robert Svoboda

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Robert E. Svoboda
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Robert E. Svoboda in 2008
Born
1953 (age 61 62)
Texas, United States
Occupation
Author, ayurvedic doctor
Genre Ayurveda, astrology
Website
www.drsvoboda.com
Robert Edwin Svoboda (born 1953) is an American author and ayurvedic doctor who
gives lectures and courses around the world, related to the subjects of ayurveda
, jyotish,[1] tantra and Eastern religion. He is author of eleven books, includi
ng Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution (1989), and the Aghora trilogy (1986, 1
993, 1997) about his mentor, Vimalananda, and the Aghori sect.[1][2]
He also maintains a private consulting practice with clients in the United State
s, Canada, Europe, Australia and India. Svoboda is the first Westerner to gradua
te from a college of ayurveda (in 1980) and be licensed to practice ayurveda in
India.[3][4]
Contents
1 Biography
1.1 Early life and education
1.2 Grants and awards
1.3 Professional experience
2 Works
2.1 Bibliography
2.2 Discography
3 Notes
4 External links
Biography
Early life and education
Robert Edwin Svoboda was born in 1953 in Texas, United States. He grew up in Tex
as near an oil camp,[5] before moving to Oklahoma where he did his schooling.[6]
Svoboda graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1972 with a B.S. (major in
Chemistry, minor in French). In 1973, he moved to India and stayed on for anothe
r 10 years. During this time he met his mentor Vimalananda and joined Tilak Ayur
veda Mahavidyalaya, an ayuvedic college in Pune. In 1980, he graduated from Pune
University with a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), receiving
the title Ayurvedacharya. Author and ayurvedic physician Dr. Vasant Lad was one
of his teachers there.[7]
During and after his formal ayurvedic training he was tutored in ayurveda, yoga,
jyotish, tantra and allied subjects by his mentor, Vimalananda. Svoboda also se
rved as Vimalananda's "Authorized Racing Agent" (thoroughbred horses) at the Roy
al Western India Turf Club in Mumbai and Pune between 1975 and 1985. He lived in
India between 1973 and 1980 and again between 1982 and 1986.[3]
Grants and awards
Svoboda received both the National Merit Scholarship and University of Oklahoma
Merit Scholarship in 1970; the U.S. Office of Education Scholarship in 1973; Nat
ional Endowment for the Humanities Youthgrant in 1975; and the Marsden Foundatio

n Grant in 1978.[3]
Between 1975 and 1980 he won all but one of the University of Pune awards for ac
ademic excellence in ayurveda, including the Ram Narayan Sharma Gold Medal.[3]
Svoboda was ritually initiated into the Pokot tribe of northern Kenya in June 19
73 as its first white member.[3]
Professional experience
Since 1985, Svoboda travels the world lecturing, consulting, teaching and writin
g. He serves as adjunct faculty at the Ayurvedic Institute, Albuquerque, New Mex
ico, Dinacharya Institute, New York, New York[8] and Bastyr University, Kenmore,
Washington. Svoboda authored the new entry on ayurveda for Encyclopdia Britannic
a, 2000.[citation needed] He sits as an advisor for the National Ayurvedic Medic
al Association[9] as well as the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine.[1
0]
Works
Bibliography
Aghora: At the Left Hand of God, Brotherhood of Life; 1986. ISBN 0-914732-21
-8.
Aghora II: Kundalini, Brotherhood of Life; 1993. ISBN 0-914732-31-5.
Ayurveda: Life, Health, and Longevity, Penguin; 1993. ISBN 1-883725-09-7.
Tao and Dharma: Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, (co-author: Arnie Lade) Lotus
Press; 1st edition, 1995. ISBN 0-914955-21-7.
Hidden Secret of Ayurveda, Ayurvedic Press; 1996. ISBN 1-883725-04-6.
Aghora III: The Law of Karma, Brotherhood of Life; 1997. ISBN 0-914732-37-4.
The Greatness of Saturn, Lotus Press; 2nd edition, 1997. ISBN 1-57178-032-7.
Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution, Lotus Press; 2nd Rev ed. 1998. ISBN 8
1-208-1185-2.
Ayurveda for Women: A Guide to Vitality and Health, Healing Arts Press; 2000
. ISBN 1-899434-14-3.
Light on Relationships: The Synastry of Indian Astrology (co-author: Hart de
Fouw) Weiser Books; 2000, ISBN 1-57863-148-3.
Light on Life: An Introduction to the Astrology of India, (co-author: Hart d
e Fouw) Lotus Press; New edition, 2003. ISBN 0-14-019507-6.
Vastu: Breathing Life into Space, (contributor: Satya Moses) Namarupa Public
ations, Dublin; First edition, 2013. ISBN 0988916908.
Discography
Varanasi: The City of Light (Audio CD). Soundwalk/Namarupa, 2005, ISBN 0-976
4061-0-1.
Notes
Meet the Innovators Lifestyle, yogajournal.com.
The AGHORA Trilogy brotherhoodoflife.com.
Svoboda, Robert. Curriculum Vitae. Retrieved April 11, 2007.
Svoboda, Robert (1992). Ayurveda - Life, Health and Longevity. ARKANA-Penguin Bo
oks.
Sitting Down With Dr. Robert E. Svoboda layogamagazine.com, January/February 200
3.
Colleen Morton. "Interview with Robert Svoboda". Yoga Journal. Retrieved 2014-07
-17.
Background Svobda at ayurveda-berkeley.com.
"Dinaharya Faculty". Dinacharya Institute.
"NAMA (Advisors)". National Ayurvedic Medical Association.
"CAAM Advisors". California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine.

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