Director's Message

The Director's Message brings you our founder & director Dr David Frawley a.k.a. Acharya Vamadeva Shastri's latest thoughts and messages about our work, research and programs, including important issues of Vedic knowledge and the world.

Certainly, the Earth and humanity faces many challenges today from the pandemic to rapid technological changes. Yet our inner resources are unlimited if we can but turn our awareness within. Please take time to discover your true Self beyond all outer difficulties. Cautious optimism is required at this point, increasing our personal and social discipline to promote health, harmony and higher consciousness in the world.

We have long mentioned the year 2020 as a New Time of Troubles for Humanity. 2021 will continue this long term trend but with with less disruption than 2020. There will be no going back to the pre-2020 era and 2020 will mark a major transition year for humanity. Please develop the adaptability to handle these relentless new changes, while developing a deeper connection with the greater universe of Consciousness in which our turbulent human realm is but a passing wave.

Vedic knowledge systems of Yoga in all of its forms, Vedanta, Ayurveda and Vedic astrology provide the tools for this needed inner transformation for this new era. But we must study and practice them rigorously with determination (tapas) in our daily lives. We provide a doorway into Vedic knowledge that can help you in that supreme endeavor of Self-realization in the twenty-first century. The ancient seers dwell within us and we can gain their guidance if we meditate deeply.

During this period we are seeing an increasing interest in our work from throughout the world, North America, South America, Europe, India, Russia, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand to Indonesia, China and Japan. As out Institute has long been primarily online we are accessible everywhere with extensive resources and courses..

Concerns of the Vedic Community

The Vedic community continues its concerns for authenticity in Vedic teachings and the original traditions, which have been overly commercialized and distorted in a number of instances. Vedic knowledge must be respected in all of its aspects to be truly efficacious for our inner being. Yoga and Ayurveda are based upon the deeper teachings of Veda and Vedanta, practices of mantra and meditation and cannot be understood apart from these, or simply made into a business. Vedic gurus and lineages are important, honoring and sustaining the tradition and its practices over the centuries and in India today. Vedic knowledge remains essential for humanity to use its new technology with a higher planetary awareness.

Current State of the Institute, Books and Courses

We continue with our focus on Vedic psychology and the Vedic science of consciousness (Yoga, Ayurveda, Vedanta, and Jyotish), expanding our Vedic counseling and educational models on several levels.

        • We continue posting new articles on our website, usual two a week, including some audios and videos.
        • We continue updating our courses in terms of new audio material.
        • We are developing a longer program of Vedic Educator training and certification for those who take at least three of our four online Vedic courses.
        • Our social media continues to expand with an extensive global following.

      Link to Extensive Biography of Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) 

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Inner Self-Awareness and the Mind-Body Connection

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Inner Self-Awareness and the Mind-Body Connection

Whatever you bring into your mind, you also bring into your physical body. What your mind does, affects both your