Robert Svoboda – Living with Reality – Ep. 39 – Karmic Debt

Dr. Svoboda offers an illuminating talk on honoring and working with our Rnanubandhanas, our karmic debts, in this lifetime and others.

“Whatever you obtain in your current lifetime, you are obtaining it because there has been a very definite connection in the past that has caused this delivery to occur in the present.” – Dr. Svoboda paraphrasing wisdom from the Aghori Vimalananda 

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In this episode, Dr. Robert Svoboda shines light on:
  • Rnanubandhanas – the karmic debts and bonds we bring into this lifetime and others
  • Navigating the nuances of our specific karmas
  • Getting free from the bindings of our rnanubandhanas
  • Fair exchange and how not to create more rnanubandhanas
  • Honoring and working with our debts to people, places, parents, teachers, humanity, food, and knowledge
  • The Aghori Vimalanda’s wisdom around the four most important categories of rnanubandhana – Knowledge, Spouse, Money/Prosperity, Death
  • Becoming Mukta (free, liberated)
About Dr. Robert Svoboda:

Dr. Robert Svoboda is the first Westerner ever to graduate from a college of Ayurveda and be licensed to practice Ayurveda in India. During and after his formal Ayurvedic training he was tutored in Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotish, Tantra and other forms of classical Indian lore by his mentor, the Aghori Vimalananda. He is the author of twelve books including Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution and the Aghora series, which discusses his experiences with his mentor during the years 1975 – 1983. 

Dr. Svoboda was born in Texas in 1953, and in 1972 earned a B.S. from the University of Oklahoma in Chemistry with a minor in French. After being ritually initiated into the Pokot tribe of northern Kenya as its first white member in June 1973 he moved to India, where he lived from 1973-80 and 1982-86, receiving his Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (Ayurvedacharya) from the University of Poona in 1980. In his final year of study at the Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya he won all but one of the University of Poona’s awards for academic excellence in Ayurveda, including the Ram Narayan Sharma Gold Medal.

The Aghori Vimalananda also owned thoroughbred race horses, and Dr. Svoboda served as his Authorized Racing Agent at the Royal Western India Turf Club in Bombay and Poona between 1975 and 1985. He later served as Adjunct Faculty at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM, and at Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA.

In the years since 1986 Dr. Svoboda has traveled extensively, spending three months per year on average in India. He often speaks on Ayurveda, Jyotish, Tantra and allied subjects in locales across the world.

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Check out more episodes from Dr. Svoboda:
Are you living with reality? Paula Crossfield sits down with Dr. Robert Svoboda to talk about learning to live with reality as it is, on Living With Reality Ep. 1
Celebrating the Hindu holiday, Mahashivratri, Dr. Svoboda shares stories of Lord Shiva, illuminating light’s ability to breakthrough even the darkest times, on Living With Reality Ep. 15
Dr. Robert Svoboda shares a conversation with Dr. Vignesh Devraj that centers on analyzing karma, looking at whether karma is knowable, and dealing with karmic patterns and obligations, on Living With Reality Ep. 23
Dr. Svoboda joins Raghu and Noah for a conversation on the karma of the moment, on Mindrolling Ep. 376
Dr. Robert Svoboda explores Samkhya, which is the underlying philosophy of Ayurveda, and leads a meditation on Prana and the Five Elements, on Living With Reality Ep. 5