David Frawley is one of the most prominent Hindus of our times. He has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of the Vedas; ha has also written on Ayurveda and other Vedic sciences. Most importantly, he has urged a return to the Vedas as a means to unlock the secrets of the scriptures that followed. He has shown how this key can reveal the meaning behind the exuberant imagination of the Puranas and the Agamas. It also unlocks the mysteries of Hindu ritual. The present volume, his spiritual autobiography, is a fascinating narrative. He walks us through his own discovery of how the stereotype of Hinduism presented by schoolbooks as a tradition of worship of many gods, social inequity, and meaningless ritual is false. Not that there are not social problems in Hindu society, but these problems are a result of historical processes, India's political and economic vicissitudes of the last few centuries, and not central to the essence of Hinduism. Apart from this and, more significantly, he provides us a portrait of living Hinduism as mirrored by his own life experience. Frawley's work has also shown the relevance of the Vedas for the rediscovery of the forgotten past of the Old Religion, pejoratively called paganism. Ancient Hindus, Greeks, Romans, Celts, and Babylonians knew that their religions were essentially the same. As the sole surviving member of the Old Religion, Hinduism provides us many insights to recognize the universality and perenniality of the spiritual quest. His life story provides inspiration to all who wish to be reconnected to the wisdom of our ancestors everywhere. Frawley has also been at the forefront of questioning the old colonial paradigm within which Indian history and Hindu religion had been situated by nineteenth century Indologist. He has done this through his writings and lectures all over the world. His work shows the way not only for the Westerner who wishes to understand Hinduism but also for those Hindus who know their religion only through the interpretations of the Indologists. David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri), is one of the few Westerners ever recognized in India as a Vedacharya or teacher of the ancient Vedic wisdom. His field of study includes Ayurvedic medicine, Vedic astrology, Tantra, Yoga and Vedantic philosophy. His more specific work is with the Vedas themselves, including a reexamination of ancient history in light of new archaeological finds in India and a more critical examination of Vedic texts. He has written ten books and many articles on these subjects over the last fifteen years, which have been published both in India and the United States. In India his translations and interpretations of the Vedas have received acclaim from both spiritual and scholarly circles. Presently, he is director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies, P.O. Box 8357, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87504-8357, USA.