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Robert Edwin Svoboda (born 1953 - Texas, U.S.) is an American author and ayurvedic doctor who continually travels the globe giving lectures and courses related to the subjects of Ayurveda, Jyotish, Tantra and Eastern religious thought. He was the disciple of a guru, which he mentions in his books, Aghora (Vol 1-3) as 'Vimalananda' (d.1983) .
He also maintains a private consulting practice with clients in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and India. Svoboda is the first Westerner to graduate from a college of Ayurveda (in 1980) and be licensed to practice Ayurveda in India.
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Svoboda graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1972 with a B.S. (Major in Chemistry, Minor in French). In 1980 he graduated from Pune University with a Bachelor Degree of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) receiving the title Ayurvedacharya.
During and after his formal Ayurvedic training he was tutored in Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotisha, Tantra and allied subjects by his mentor, the Aghori Vimalananda. Svoboda also served as Vimalananda's Authorized Racing Agent (Thoroughbred horses) at the Royal Western India Turf Club in Mumbai and Pune between 1975 and 1985. He lived in India 1973-80 and 1982-86.
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; National Endowment for the Humanities Youthgrant in 1975; and the Marsden Foundation Grant in 1978.
From 1975 - 1980 he won all but one of the University of Pune awards for academic excellence in Ayurveda, including the Ram Narayan Sharma Gold Medal.
Svoboda was ritually initiated into the Pokot tribe of northern Kenya in June 1973 as its first white member.
Since 1985, Svoboda travels the world lecturing, consulting, teaching and writing. He serves as Adjunct Faculty at the Ayurvedic Institute, Albuquerque, NM, and Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA. Svoboda authored the new entry on Ayurveda for Encyclopedia Britannica, 2000.
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