Who is he: Jeffrey Armstrong is an award-winning author of numerous books on Vedic knowledge including his 2010 book, Spiritual Teachings of the Avatar, Ancient Wisdom for a New World. Armstrong is a philosopher, practitioner and teacher of the Vedas for the past 40 years. He has degrees in psychology, history and comparative religions, and literature and had a successful career as an executive in Silicon Valley before turning to teaching full time.
Jeffrey Armstrong (Kavindra Rishi) is the founder of VASA – Vedic Academy of Sciences & Arts in Vancouver, Canada. Armstrong's work aims at promoting higher education in the Vedic sciences, showing their roots in Veda and Vedanta, taking an integrated approach with the different Vedic disciplines. As the Vice President and International Media Coordinator for the Vedic Friends Association (VFA), Jeffrey Armstrong is a global advocate for the Sanatana Dharma Culture.
India is the only culture of its size in the world that has never gone out and tried to spread its beliefs by war, Armstrong says. In fact, it has consistently given shelter to anyone from any culture. India has been a nurturing, cooperation-based civilization on an epic scale, and Armstrong is involved in the process of practicing and transferring that cooperative culture of India to the war-based culture of the West at a crucial time when it is needed very much.
Background: Jeffrey Armstrong was born in Detroit, Michigan, and when he went off to university, he spent five years working on a double major, one in psychology and one in creative writing, literature, and poetry. During that time, in the 60s, Armstrong was intensely involved in social development and what was going on in the world and the experiences of the time.
Armstrong spent five years in a Yoga ashram as a celibate monk being trained in the knowledge and practices of India. At the end of that time Armstrong spent two years learning Vedic Astrology. In the west, astrology is mostly considered entertainment but in India it is a very serious and rigorous science.
Starting in 1980, Armstrong began working in corporations in Silicon Valley. Armstrong first worked for Apple Computer as their Middle Eastern Sales Manager and then spent the next seven years at the heart of the explosion of Silicon Valley, in various executive sales and marketing positions. Finally, Armstrong decided he would prefer to work outside the corporation, as a consultant, rather than inside. Armstrong built a career for himself as a corporate motivational speaker and spent the next ten years speaking to Fortune 500 companies around the world.
That was his work until 1996 when Jeffrey Armstrong made the commitment to be a full time spiritual teacher. During all these years, Armstrong has been an avid mystical poet and has written over 1,600 poems describing the philosophy of India in modern English.
|12/19/10||Jeffrey Armstrong on the Mysteries of Indian Culture, the Relevance of Hindu Vedas and the Reality of Ancient Flying Machines|