Robert Svoboda on Ayurveda

Dr. Robert 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 he was tutored in Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotish, Tantra and other forms of classical Indian lore by his mentor, the Aghori Vimalananda. He is the author of twelve books including Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution and the Aghora series, which discusses his experiences with his mentor during the years 1975 – 1983. (Information on all of his books can be found here) Dr. Svoboda was born in Texas in 1953, and in 1972 earned a B.S. from the University of Oklahoma in Chemistry with a minor in French. After being ritually initiated into the Pokot tribe of northern Kenya as its first white member in June 1973 he moved to India, where he lived from 1973-80 and 1982-86, receiving his Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (Ayurvedacharya) from the University of Poona in 1980. In his final year of study at the Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya he won all but one of the University of Poona’s awards for academic excellence in Ayurveda, including the Ram Narayan Sharma Gold Medal.

 

 

Lyrics to the song that was inspired by the interview:

 

Vata 
You're feeling tired uptight a pretty sorry sight 
After years of gas and constipation 

Craving heat, can't sleep, rings under your eyes 
No strength and emaciated 

Deluded and dizzy, even having tremors 
Talking all the time 

You're in pain, inflamed, for years it stays the same 
They test and test, but still it can't be named 

They suggest treatments but no prognosis 
You can't even get a real diagnosis 

It could be a gluten allergy 
It could be a genetic malady 
It could be mineral deficiency 
When you've still got no idea about doshas 

Kapha 
Heavy and hazy, lethargic and lazy 
Body feels loose and cold 

Poor digestion, salivation and white discolouration 
You take test after test, for your respiratory distress 

They suggest treatments but no prognosis 
You can't even get a real diagnosis 

It could be autoimmunity 
It could be a parasitic disease 
It could be an allergy to trees 
When they've still got no idea about doshas 

Perhaps they've misunderstood 
And it's something from your childhood 
They just can't seem to do no good 
And running out of ideas 

But you're emphatic 
It's not psycosymatic 
In fact, you've had it 
With this Western approach to medicine 

Pitta 
Got a burning sensation, yellow discoloration 
Of your faeces, urine, eyes, and skin 

So hungry, so thirsty, so very little sleep 
You take test after test, and the specialists go deep 

They suggest treatments but no prognosis 
You can't even get a real diagnosis 

What could it be? 
They know what it should be 
If only you would be 
A little co-operative surely 

Gluten allergy? Do bey do bey 
Iodine deficiency? Do bey do bey 
Imaginary? Do bey do bey 
It's nothing officially