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Robert Svoboda

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) [1].

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.[2][3]



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.

Professional Experience

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.


  • Aghora: At the Left Hand of God, Brotherhood of Life; 1986. ISBN 0914732218.
  • Aghora II: Kundalini, Brotherhood of Life; (September 15, 1993).
  • Aghora III: The Law of Karma, Lotus Press; (December 1, 1997).
  • Ayurveda for Women: A Guide to Vitality and Health, Healing Arts Press; (December 1, 2000).
  • Ayurveda: Life, Health, and Longevity, Penguin; (May 4, 1993).
  • The Greatness of Saturn, Lotus Press; 2nd edition (June 1, 1997).
  • Hidden Secret of Ayurveda, Ayurvedic Press; (November 1996).
  • Light on Life: An Introduction to the Astrology of India, (with co-author Hart de Fouw) Lotus Press; New Ed edition (November 24, 2003)
  • Light on Relationships: The Synastry of Indian Astrology (with co-author Hart de Fouw) Weiser Books; (October 2000)
  • Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution, Lotus Press; 2nd Rev edition (June 1, 1998).
  • Tao and Dharma: Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, (with co-author Arnie Lade) Lotus Press; 1st ed edition (August 1, 1995).


  1. ^ Identity of Vimalanada
  2. ^ Svoboda, Robert. Curriculum Vitae. Retrieved April 11, 2007.
  3. ^ Svoboda, Robert (1992). Ayurveda - Life, Health and Longevity. ARKANA-Penguin Books.
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