R.E. Svoboda Robert E. Svoboda graduated from the Tilak Ayurveda College of the University of Poona in 1980 as the first and, until today, only Westerner ever to become a licensed Ayurvedic physician. Since then he has travelled extensively, lecturing and conducting workshops on Ayurvedic subjects. Among his writings on Ayurveda are two books, Prakruti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution and The Hidden Secret of Ayurveda, and a 'self-study programme, The Ayurvedic Home Study Course. His book Aghora: At the Left Hand of God introduces some of the little-known Tantric traditions of his teacher, Vimalananda. He is on the staff of the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and divides his time principally between North America, Hawaii and India. In India, where he has lived for more than a dozen years, he continues his research into Ayurveda and other ancient sciences.