Dr. Vasant Lad Documentary
The term ‘Upanishad’ literally means, “sitting down near” or “sitting close to”, and it implies listening closely to the mystic doctrines of a guru or a spiritual teacher, who has realized the fundamental truth of life. It has been said that the best teachers teach from the heart and not from the book. To many, Dr. Vasant Lad is just that, a guru and a spiritual teacher. Dr. Lad is both a physician and professor who is considered one of the foremost expects on the subject of Ayurveda. Each year, Dr. Lad travels throughout the world, consulting privately and giving lectures. Coming to the United States in 1979 and lecturing for over 30 years, Dr. Lad has influenced and touched the hearts of his students. Rare are the teachers who affect eternity, never knowing where their influence stops. Alexander the great once wrote, “I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well”. For those who have been fortunate enough to spend time and learn from Dr. Lad know that feeling. Many students are familiar with the silence that occurs as Dr. Lad enters a room. Not only is that silence a form of respect but even deeper, in that silence, love exists. Quite often, Dr. Lad’s lectures will transition into a philosophical inquiry bringing attention and awareness to the inner universe within oneself; i.e. “reality”. Dr. Lad has said that Ayurveda is a science of moment-to-moment living, observing every moment in an unbroken flow of attention.
“Dr. Vasant Lad is a true Vaidya – a knower of reality.”
– Deepak Chopra, M.D.
Dr. Lad Documentary Trailer – Directory Jeremy Frindel
Coming Early 2017
When Dr. Vasant Lad was eight years old, his guru predicted that he would one day spread the teachings and practices of Ayurveda in the United States. For a small boy in rural India who couldn’t speak English, this seemed impossible, but that is exactly what came to be. This feature length documentary follows the journey of a simple man who has devoted his life to one of the oldest known medical systems in the world: Ayurveda. In 1979, Len Blank sponsored Dr. Lad on a his first visit to the US to travel and share Ayurveda with the general population. Since that time, Dr. Lad has spent 35 years traveling all over the world sharing the ancient science of Ayurveda, created the first and largest institute for Ayurvedic studies in the west, and spearheaded an awakening of this ancient medical system in the modern world.
The film follows the journey from Dr. Lad’s childhood to his medical training and the Ayurveda movement in the West that his work has sparked. Filming began on this project in 2013 with travel to India and New Mexico to film Dr. Lad. This film has the enthusiastic support of Vasant Lad and the Ayurvedic Institute, and is being independently funded by individuals donating or investing privately.
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Jeremy Frindel is a Brooklyn based filmmaker whose directorial debut ONE TRACK HEART: THE STORY OF KRISHNA DAS was released theatrically in the US in 2013 by Zeitgeist Films. ONE TRACK HEART was awarded Best Documentary at five film festivals, and has screened at dozens of other film festivals around the world, as well as theatrically in over 100 US cities. He earned a BA in Film Scoring from the Berklee College of Music in 2001, and has been engaged in the many aspects of filmmaking ever since. He has worked as an editor and sound editor on such films as Some Kind of Monster, Bernard & Doris, The Baxter and the Oscar nominated, Junebug.