From The River of Heaven is a broad compendium of wisdom and insight that reaches into all aspects of life and all domains of human culture. It covers such diverse topics as the different systems of Yoga, the scriptures of India, the universal meaning of Hinduism, Philosophies, both Hindu and Buddhist, Yogic Cosmology, the Gods and Goddesses, Sanskrit and Mantra, the Vedic view of society, the science of Karma and Rebirth, the inner meaning of Rituals, Ayurveda (ancient Indian medicine) and Hindu Astrology (Jyotish).
From the River of Heaven may be the most accessible and relevant overview of the spiritual tradition of India and its clearest presentation to the modern mind.
Vedic knowledge is the ancient and universal root, not only of Hinduism but of many of the world's religions and mystical traditions. Hindu and Vedic knowledge presents a complete system of the heavenly river of spiritual science, including all the practices of Yoga as part of a rich field of spiritual culture. As such, it represents the flow of Divine grace and cosmic intelligence.
From the River of Heaven is an attempt to portray the power and extent of that flow of light.
The present book, perhaps the most relevant to the present-day world, gives an overview of the fundamentals of the Soul-knowledge...It examines with insight the lines on which this Source (River) of Truth has flooded every branch of India's life-religion, science, art, medicine, yoga, psychology, social structure. Every page of this well-planned book is informative and stimulating. This is one of the best surveys of the Indian Civilisation deriving its roots from the eternal Dharma perceived and lived by the Aryan race on this sacred land, that is Bharata.-M.P.Pandit, The Astrological Magazine, October 1991
From the River of Heaven focuses on the many different facets of India's Vedic tradition from a refreshing perspective-that is at once intellectually appealing and emotionally fulfilling. For Indians living abroad, this book offers the most concise and yet broad-based interpretation of as diverse topics as the universal meaning of Hinduism, the gods and goddesses, yogic cosmology, Sanskrit and Mantra, the Vedic view of society, the science of karma and rebirth, the inner meaning of rituals, Ayurveda and astrology.-Francis Assisi, India West, October 1991
The work under review is very relevant to the present-day world and gives a brief account of the fundamentals of soul-knowledge that has influenced the lifestyle of ancient Indian Society. This book is a compendium of Ancient Indian Knowledge for the benefit of modern man.-Orient Institute-Usha Brahmachari, Vol.XLIII, September-December, 1993
David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri) is one of the few Westerners recognized in India as a Vedacharya or teacher of the ancient Vedic wisdom. He is the author of numerous books and articles on Vedic Topics including Ayurveda, Vedic Astrology,Vedanta, Hinduism, Yoga, and Tantra, as well as translations and interpretations from the Vedas. Dr. Frawley has been given many awards for his work in India including the Veda Vyasa award by the International Institute of India Studies. He is a Jyotish Kovid through the Indian Council of Astrological Sciences, and is also the President of the American Council of Vedic Astrology, the American offshoot of the Indian council; He has a Doctorês degree in Chinese Medicine and has also been certified as an expert through the University of Poona for his knowledge of Yoga and Ayurveda. He is presently Director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies.