Ayurveda became my main vehicle for expressing Vedic
knowledge to a modern and Western audience. This also occurred according to a certain
chance or synchronicity. I moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in early 1983, where I focused on
the study of herbs and natural medicine that I had already been engaged in for some time
as part of my seeking for a dharmic livelihood.
The alternative medicine movement was beginning in a big way. But I
didnt know that an Indian Ayurvedic doctor was then teaching the first Ayurvedic
programs in the United States in Santa Fe. I was introduced to him by chance. His school
was interested in having someone teach Sanskrit, a role that I found out about and took
up. In turn I began an intense study of Ayurveda. This led to my teaching and writing in
the field and helping create study programs and classes.
Along a parallel line I had taken up the study of Vedic astrology. I
first studied astrology in Ojai in the early seventies, which with a Theosophical center
had good resources on the subject.