Advani lauds Vamdev Shastri (David Frawley)

published on September 26, 2010

Advani lauds American vedic scholar on blog
PNS | New Delhi

BJP leader LK Advani has lauded great American Vedic scholar David Frawley aka Vamdev Shastri who has expertise in Yoga and Ayurveda and heads the American Institute of Vedic Studies in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Advani, who participated in a function to felicitate the American scholar on his 60th birthday along with BJP MP Chandan Mitra and RSS leader Dattatreya Hosabale at senior party leader M Venkaiah Naidu’s residence, has appreciated the invaluable work done by Frawley in his blog. He lauded Frawley for telling to the world, the values and concepts propounded by Hinduism, valid not only for Hindus but the universe.

Frawley, who works with Dr Deepak Chopra and Dr David Simon, has written many books his latest work is Universal Hinduism: Towards a New Vision of Sanatana Dharma.

Meeting Frawley reminded Advani of many western celebrities who once after coming in touch with any Hindu become passionate devotees of Hinduism and India. He cited the examples of Anglo-Irish social worker Margaret Elizabeth Noble, who after meeting Swami Vivekananda in 1895 in London, came to India and changed name to Nivedita and started working for the Ramakrishna Mission.

He cited the examples of Madeleine Slade who left her home in England to live and work with Mahatma Gandhi and devoted time teaching girls in India. Similarly, Annie Besant, a women’s right’s activist and Theosophist, travelled to India in 1898 and became involved in politics and the activities of the Indian National Congress and was even elected its President in 1917.

Advani also praised former BBC correspondent Mark Tully for his understanding of Hinduism. Tully, who after retirement chose to stay in India, in his book India’s Unending Journey has praised the country’s tolerance and pluralism and said that the world could take this message.

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