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Vedacharya Vamadeva Shastri (David Frawley) Director
Baba Prem: Yogacharya
I have known Baba Prem for the last fifteen years. He has been deeply involved in Yoga studies and practices for nearly thirty years. His fields of examination include the main branches of classical Yoga and related Vedic sciences of Ayurveda and Vedic astrology, as well as the Vedas themselves. His knowledge of Yoga includes all eight limbs of yoga, as well as mantra, Bhakti and Jnana. His study of the Vedas has included the deities of the Rigveda and key Vedic mantras. He has also joined us for various personal trainings, both in the United States and in India. He is the author of several books and many articles on these topics.
Given the range of his training, experience and teaching – which has little parallel among Yoga teachers in the West today – we are happy to acknowledge Baba Prem as a ‘Yogacharya’ or expert teacher of Yoga. We have seen such titles used by individuals today whose knowledge of Yoga is limited to asanas of a gymnastic nature or is based upon the number of their followers, though their teachings may be superficial. Our use of the term is as one who is trained in classical Yoga, Veda and Vedanta and is capable of teaching others the essence of this great tradition at the level of personal practice.
This award has been given with special reference to Baba Prem’s book Yogic Secrets of the Vedas, which endeavors to show the deeper Vedic Yoga that few scholars or even Yogis have been able to unravel.
This testimonial is not a matter of mere hours of study, technical proficiency or the ability to attract the media. It reflects from those of us within the tradition an honoring of individuals who are part of the tradition as an inner reality.
Vedacharya Vamadeva Shastri (David Frawley)
Santa Fe, New Mexico, August 2010