Vedic Friends Association is a Non-Profit Organization with 501c3 and tax exempt status. It’s a Cultural organization based on Socio-Spiritual-Scientific understanding. It was founded by Stephen Knapp, David Frawley and Beth Kulkarni in the year 2002, on the day of Dussehra, at Detroit, Michigan-USA. Currently it is led by Benny Tillman (Balabhadra Bhattacharya Dasa), with HQ in Atlanta Georgia USA.
Bhagawad Gita is the basis for VFA along with other Vedic scriptures. The essence is Always Being Conscious of Dharma. We accept and respect all Vedic traditions and paths. We are open to all, with focus on Yoga Practitioners and Vedic Followers.
There is no membership fee; we are fully dependent on generous donations from patrons. Members volunteer their time and energy for the benefit of society. We have an open door policy, where all ideas are welcomed and we are not involved in any type of political activism.
“Our Vision is to see all human beings living in peace and harmony. Thus prospering by cooperating with each other as one big family (Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam), as we are the children of the same God (Bhagawan). It’s our profound duty and right as humans to take proper care of Mother Earth and all the beings in it, with love and care, that is the true meaning of service (Sewa).”
“We believe, all of this can be achieved, if one accepts and follows the basic principles of the Universal Dharma. The basic premise is that we are the eternal souls (Atman), having a human experience on this earth. Unity of all souls can be achieved by transcending age, caste, class, color, country, gender, race, religion and many other such temporary identities ”
“Our Mission is to Present, Preserve, Protect and Promote the Principles and Practices of the Universal Dharma, in all its dimensions”. As the saying goes "Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitah" (Dharma protects those who uphold Dharma)
“We are a group of people, who are individually working in various ways to facilitate a greater understanding of what the Vedic Dharma culture and philosophy is and what it has to offer. We have been doing this for years separately but have now joined together. We invite everyone else to join us and become Dharma Ambassadors to the world”