"Dr. Svoboda literally embodies the wisdom
of Ayurveda. He is a spiritual seeker and practitioner of
the highest order and lives in that most rare of worlds...one
that exists in perfect balance, here mystical and medical
Krishna Das, spiritual
vocalist in the bhakti yoga tradition, creator of five
CDs including Breath of the Heart, Pilgrim Heart, and Door
of Faith, which bring to the West his unique approach to the
practice of devotional chanting.
life is the only life you, as yourself, will ever have, and
you owe it to yourself and to the world to make the best of
yourself. The practical Charaka condenses the four Vedic aims
of life--right livelihood, pursuit of wealth, enjoyment of
desire and realization of the transitory nature of existence--into
three pursuits: the pursuit of life, the pursuit of wealth
and the pursuit of the afterlife."
from Chapter Four, Routine
Life, Health and Longevity
Robert E. Svoboda merges an Eastern and Western
integrative approach to Ayurveda with practical, authentic
teachings in this guide to understanding Ayurveda in daily
life. A thorough exposition on Ayurveda, this book includes
all aspects of this ancient wisdom. Starting with the origins
of Ayurveda, you are taken on a journey of discovery in personal
health. Learn about the unique perspectives Ayurveda has on
anatomy, food, daily routine, diagnosis and pathology and
their remedies of herbs, minerals and purification. India's
traditional medicine addresses the well-being of the entire
being - physical, psychological and spiritual - in an approach
to health and healing that is as relevant to the modern world
as it was to the ancient world from which it emerged.
Robert E. Svoboda is the first Westerner ever to graduate
from a college of Ayurveda and be licensed to practice Ayurveda
in India. During and after his formal Ayurvedic training his
mentor, the Aghori Vimalananda, tutored him in Ayurveda, Yoga,
Jyotish, Tantra and other forms of classical Indian lore.
After moving to India in 1973, he lived there for more than
a decade. Since 1985 he has continued to spend many months
of each year there and in other lands. The author of a dozen
books, he serves as Adjunct Faculty for the Ayurvedic Institute
in Albuquerque and for Bastyr University in Seattle.
"This book is probably
the best of its kind on the market. Ayurveda is one of the
best systems for self-healing and the author does not just
present an authentic introduction to Ayurveda, but also gives
the keys to understand its application in our lives. I recommend
it to all my students."
Dr. Swami Shankardevananda,
a pioneer in the field of yoga therapy, author of several
notable texts on yoga therapy, Australian medical practitioner
and international lecturer.
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"In this book Dr. Svoboda has beautifully explained
the history of Ayurveda, its basic principles and applications
in our daily lives. Following these will help to expand the
scope of your life, including your mental and physical health
as well as longevity. Reflecting Dr. Svoboda's Eastern and
Western integrative approach to Ayurveda, this book is a practical
guide for the student and layperson alike."
Vasant Lad, B.A.M.S., M.A.Sc.,
Ayurvedic Physician, author of Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing,
Textbook of Ayurveda, and many others as well as an internationally
known teacher, lecturer and founder of The Ayurvedic Institute
in Albuquerque, New Mexico.