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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 over a dozen books and has served as Adjunct Faculty at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM, and at Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA. You can find out more about his work at www.drsvoboda.com and follow him on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

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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 over a dozen books and has served as Adjunct Faculty at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM, and at Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA. You can find out more about his work at www.drsvoboda.com and follow him on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

    Ep. 49 – The Chain of Being with Robert Thurman

    Ep. 49 – The Chain of Being with Robert Thurman

    Robert Thurman joins Dr. Svoboda once again for a vast discussion on his lineage, karma, and the chain of being.

    Get a free 50-page ebook, Analyzing Karma: Fate or Free Will, by Dr. Svoboda here.

    In this episode, Dr. Robert Svoboda and Robert Thurman converse about:Robert Thurman’s lineage, upbringing, and young adulthoodRobert’s experience losing his eye and having a spiritual vision while in the hospitalRobert’s journey to and through India and finding home with the TibetansRobert’s instruction to bring Buddhism to those seeking enlightenment through psychedelicsKarma producing an effect of biological evolutionThe danger of solipsism and how we have all been everythingLiving in inter-tangled subjective fieldsAstrology and the ZodiacAbout Robert Thurman:

    Robert Thurman is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University and President of the Tibet House U.S., and is the President of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies. His new book, Wisdom Is Bliss: Four Friendly Fun Facts That Can Change Your Life, is now available.About Dr. Robert Svoboda:

    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.

    In the years since 1986, Dr. Svoboda has traveled extensively, spending three months per year on average in India. He often speaks on Ayurveda, Jyotish, Tantra and allied subjects in locales across the world.

    Join Dr. Svoboda’s courses, watch the latest video in Dr. Svoboda’s 5 Minutes series on Youtube and follow Dr. Svoboda on Facebook and Instagram for updates, events, and new content. You can also check out www.drsvoboda.com

    About Paula Crossfield:

    Paula Crossfield is Vedic astrologer and Business Coach dedicated to helping a million spirit-led entrepreneurs make more money and impact so they can bankroll the change they want to see in the world. Her insights on astrology and business strategy have helped her clients build sustainable five figure+ per month incomes while still embodying their values.

    For more information on 1-on-1 opportunities and group coaching programs with Paula, go to www.weaveyourbliss.com, where you can also get the 2023 Astrology Guidebook

    “I consider karma to be Buddha’s Darwinian theory.” – Robert Thurman







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    Ep. 48 – Friendships and Runanubandh

    Ep. 48 – Friendships and Runanubandh

    Focusing on the value of relationships, Robert Svoboda discusses genuine friendship and the concept of Runanubandh.

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    This time on Living with Reality, Dr. Robert Svoboda lectures on:True friendship and a familial connectionThe root of the Sanskrit word for friendVimalananda and the quality of friendlinessSangha, Satsang, and what real friendship is all aboutBeing mindful of who we associate withRecognizing when our friendships are beneficial or notRunanubandh and the karmic debts that may bring people togetherKnowing when to end a relationshipHaving patience when enduring a disconnectionThe positive imprints from real friendships"In satsang, we should come together and attempt to assist one another to go beyond our limitations. That’s what real friendship should be about. Devoting your attention and your energy, your life force, your prana, to extending yourself out to your friends to attempt to assist them to be able to live their lives better and more satisfactorily, more meaningfully, and investing some of your prana, investing some of your life force in order to do this.” – Dr. Svoboda







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    Ep. 47 – Lessons from Vimalananda with Dr. Fred Smith & Paula Crossfield

    Ep. 47 – Lessons from Vimalananda with Dr. Fred Smith & Paula Crossfield

    Dr. Svoboda is joined by Dr. Fred Smith & Paula Crossfield to share the many cosmic lessons learned from Vimalananda.

    This time on Living with Reality, Dr. Robert Svoboda , Dr. Fred Smith, and Paula Crossfield discuss:How Dr. Svoboda and Dr. Smith met VimalanandaTransforming what we ingestThe unusual and auspicious things that Vimalananda made happenVimalananda’s capacity to enliven tantric forcesDealing with karmic debtBeing attuned to the celestial realmVimalananda’s lessons on the cosmic forces in treesBecoming sensitized to our own sensesMagic and mantras in the kitchenThe challenges of being born in the westRead more about Vimalananda on Drsvoboda.com.

    “This was a way that he was teaching, by just sensitizing us to use our own senses” – Dr. Fred Smith

    About Dr. Fred Smith:

    Dr. Fred Smith studied Sanskrit for more than a decade in Pune, Madras, and elsewhere in India, and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He is known for his work on Vedic ritual and the early sixteenth-century philosopher Vallabhacarya, whose work he has been translating. With his work on deity and spirit possession, his interest in Indian religious and spiritual experience has assumed a unique form. He teaches at the University of Iowa.

    About Paula Crossfield:

    Paula Crossfield is Vedic astrologer and Business Coach dedicated to helping a million spirit-led entrepreneurs make more money and impact so they can bankroll the change they want to see in the world. Her insights on astrology and business strategy have helped her clients build sustainable five figure+ per month incomes while still embodying their values.

    For more information on 1-on-1 opportunities and group coaching programs with Paula, go to www.weaveyourbliss.com, where you can also get the 2023 Astrology Guidebook




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    Ep. 46 – Ayurveda and The Microbiome with Dr. Scott Blossom

    Ep. 46 – Ayurveda and The Microbiome with Dr. Scott Blossom

    Looking at the Microbiome from the perspective of Ayurveda, Dr. Scott Blossom and Dr. Robert Svoboda discuss a sustainable path to human health.

    Check out Dr. Svoboda’s course on Ayurveda and the Microbiome! In this course you will receive a comprehensive deep-dive based on proven science and the ancient Indian knowledge of Ayurveda with practical things you can do right away to support mind and body.

    In this episode, Dr. Robert Svoboda and Scott Blossom cover:Modern medicine and meta organismsThe microbiome viewed through AyurvedaHow the microbiome impacts so many human systemsThe way our gut can impact our psychologiesThe relationship between human biology and microbial biologyTaking control of our own health through microbiome scienceThe ways that our social and natural environment affects our microbiomeThe multifactorial nature of human conditionsLooking at the forest instead of the trees when considering human healthThe types of foods we should eat for a healthy microbiomeIntermittent fasting, exercise, and soothing the vagus nerve for homeostasis“We also know that our internal proclivities towards imbalance or balance in our lives, in our health, is deeply, profoundly influenced by our social environment, by our natural environment. That is precisely what is being unearthed for microbiome science. For example, it is now well established that our gut microbiome is primarily influenced by the people that we live with, that would be the people we’re breaking bread with, the people were having healthy or not healthy social relationships with, the spaces we inhabit, the way those spaces are kept, etc.” – Dr. Scott Blossom




    About Dr. Scott Blossom:

    Dr. Scott Blossom is a Traditional Chinese Medical Practitioner, Ayurvedic Practitioner and yoga teacher. He has been studying yoga since 1990 and teaching since 1997. Scott lives in Berkeley, CA. You can find out more at www.doctorblossom.com.

    About Dr. Robert Svoboda:

    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.

    In the years since 1986, Dr. Svoboda has traveled extensively, spending three months per year on average in India. He often speaks on Ayurveda, Jyotish, Tantra and allied subjects in locales across the world.

    You can find out more about his work at www.drsvoboda.com and follow him on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

    About Paula Crossfield:

    Paula Crossfield is Vedic astrologer and Business Coach dedicated to helping a million spirit-led entrepreneurs make more money and impact so they can bankroll the change they want to see in the world. Her insights on astrology and business strategy have helped her clients build sustainable five figure+ per month incomes while still embodying their values.

    For more information on 1-on-1 opportunities and group coaching programs with Paula, go to www.weaveyourbliss.com, where you can also get the 2023 Astrology Guidebook




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    Ep. 45 - The Goddess Kali

    Ep. 45 - The Goddess Kali

    Explaining the Hindu goddess Kali, Dr. Svoboda lectures on disrupting structure in order to see supreme reality.

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    This time on Living with Reality, Dr. Robert Svoboda explains:The 700 verses of Shri Durga SaptashatiA description of Kali’s attributesAyurveda and the separation of the desirable versus undesirableThe manifestation of MahamayaBlood as the representation of PranaHow Kali fights off the enemies of our spiritual developmentKali Shakti and awakening awarenessKundalini and identifying with ShivaRemoving Maya and turning it into consciousnessThe difference between Kali and Kali YugaTime, death, and darknessThe liberation that comes from destructionImages of the goddess as incarnations and invocations“Everything you see is in the process of falling to pieces … and Kali is standing there as the manifestation of what will happen to everything and everyone. There will be that total destruction and that reversion of everything into something new.” – Dr. Robert Svoboda







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    Ep. 44 – Honoring Your Ancestors with Paula Crossfield

    Ep. 44 – Honoring Your Ancestors with Paula Crossfield

    With the Ancestor Fortnight on the way, Dr. Robert Svoboda and Paula Crossfield discuss the importance that honoring your ancestors can have for creating harmony in your life.

    This episode originally aired on The Cosmic Business Podcast with Paula Crossfield, a show for spirit-led entrepreneurs who want to create purposeful and profitable businesses aligned with the planets. Learn more at weaveyourbliss.com/podcast.

    This podcast is sponsored by BetterHelp. Click to receive 10% off your first month with your own licensed professional therapist: betterhelp.com/beherenow

    In this episode of Living with Reality:Paula and Dr. Svoboda discuss the Ancestor Fortnight, which runs this year from September 29 through October 14 They focus on the importance that honoring your ancestors can have for creating success and harmony in your own lifeDr. Svoboda explores some of his own relationships with troubled ancestors and how he’s worked with the karma that is passed down from generation to generationDr. Svoboda provides detailed instructions on how to perform the ancestor worship ritual, as it was taught to him by his guruJoin Dr. Svoboda’s Satsanga on Teachable for access to 200 hours of courses, live monthly Q&As, and more. Registration for the Satsanga is only available until October 1, so join today!

    “Here it’s like part of the challenge that we’re experiencing in society is the fact that these ancestors are all trying to grab our attention and they have not yet found a good way to be really harmoniously aligned with one another. So part of what our responsibility as natives of the United States is, when we’re doing ancestor worship, to acknowledge the ancestors of everybody in the country and how we salute them, but we have to encourage all of them to do what they need to do. And part of what they need to do is to learn how to cooperate together for the benefit of everybody who is in the country.” – Dr. Robert Svoboda




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Customer Reviews

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nirbhao.shanti ,

Unlimited Resource of Wisdom and Inspiration

I’ve been studying Vedic wisdom for quite some time and discovered Dr Svoboda about a year ago. He has such a clear and beautiful way of explaining stories from the Vedic culture. Many of these stories I had heard before but it didn’t really click until I listened to the here. There’s timeless wisdom presented in a relatable fashion, sometimes with humor and always with reverence. This has become my favorite go-to podcast.

Big_squatch909 ,

One of the best for all things Vedic

I started studying with “Robbie” back in 1991 while I was a student at The Ayurvedic Institute. I’ve always loved his teaching style of humor and profound wisdom. He makes amazing sense explaining complex, deep concepts of Ayurveda, Samkhya philosophy, and Jyotish. Really valuing this podcast.

Yoshilpa ,

Fascinating

Having known of Dr Svoboda through my interest in Ayurveda over long years, and his place as a revered and very knowledgeable pundit on the topic, I find it fascinating to learn of his beginnings. I see that he was precocious, open, curious, perceptive and determined even as a young man. It takes something to weather new landscapes, cultures and systems to quench one's thirst for learning or to follow one's heart. I myself am from India & Mumbai, but in Dr Svoboda I see somebody more well-versed in all things India. I take away many inspiring and life affirming nuggets whenever I listen to Dr Svoboda. Much gratitude and awe _()_

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