Vedacharya Dr. David Frawley D.Litt (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri)
is a unusual western born teacher in the Vedic tradition. In India, Vamadeva is recognized as a Vedacharya (Vedic teacher), Ayurvedic teacher, Jyotishi (Vedic astrologer), Puranic (Vedic historian), and philosopher. In 2015, in recognition of his enormous contribution to the knowledge and appreciation of indian culture in the west, Vamadeva (David Frawley) was awarded the prestigious Padma Bhushan award for "distinguished service of a high order to the nation."

In India, Vamadeva’s (David Frawleys) translations and interpretations of the ancient Vedic teachings have been acclaimed in both spiritual and scholarly circles. In America he is known as a teacher of Ayurveda and Vedic astrology (Jyotish), and has done pioneering work on both these subjects in the West. Most recently the integration of Yoga and Ayurveda has come to the forefront of his work. Pandit Vamadeva (David Frawley) presents detailed Vedic knowledge in the Western world and in a lucid presentation recognized by the tradition itself. He has worked extensively teaching, writing, lecturing, conducting research and helping establish schools and associations in related Vedic fields over the last thirty years. He has studied and traveled widely gathering knowledge, working with various Vedic teachers and groups in a non-sectarian manner.

Vamadeva sees his role as helping to revive Vedic knowledge in an interdisciplinary approach for the planetary age. He sees himself as a translator to help empower people to use Vedic systems to enhance their lives and aid in their own Self-realization. He sees Vedic wisdom as a tool for liberation of the spirit, not as a dogma to bind people or to take power over them. For him, Vedic knowledge is a means of communing with the conscious universe and learning to embody it in our own life and perception.

Though Vamadeva has worked in several different fields, he has endeavored to approach each of these with some degree of specificity and precision, providing both the background philosophy and deeper practices. His work teaching Ayurveda has been perhaps most notable, working as a pioneer in bringing traditional Ayurveda back to the modern world.

“Those who know (vidvaamsah) will confirm that the works of Shri Vamadeva Shastri are distinguished by their authenticity. This is so because they are based on (1) his personal quest and experience (2) deep dwelling into the texts and (3) oral learning received from many authentic teachers who are experts in their areas of knowledge. Shri Vamadeva Shastri (David Frawley) has done this great service to many that he has offered access into knowledge that was often hitherto inaccessible to an average western seeker.” 
Swami Veda Bharati, Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, Rishikesh

“David Frawley is one of the most important scholars of Ayurveda and Vedic Science today. I have great respect and admiration for his knowledge and the way he has expounded the ancient wisdom of the Vedas.” 
Deepak Chopra

“Frawley is an Indian in an American body. The ease with which he enters into the spiritual of the Indian tradition and renders its deeper concepts in terms of modern thought shows an unusual familiarity with this ancient wisdom.”
 M.P. Pandit, Secretary of Sri Aurobindo Ashram