On October 1, the Vedic Friends Association (VFA) hosted their 2.0 Launch Event, “Tools for Human Empowerment – a Yogic Perspective”.
Organizers said it was a first of its kind virtual presentation via Zoom and Facebook Live, highlighting their continued commitment “to present, preserve, protect and promote the principles and practices of Universal Dharma”.
The event was well attended globally, the press release said. Renowned scholars shared the mission behind VFA and their vision for the future.
The event was co-hosted by Anjali Nagrani, the Joint Secretary of VFA, and the current President, Benny Tillman (Balabhadra Bhattacharya Dasa) who gave the opening remarks.
VFA’s founding President and current Co-Chairman, Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana Dasa) shared a brief historical overview of VFA and its progress to the present day.
Initially, VFA’s focus was on western audiences but Knapp said he soon discovered that Indian audiences too, needed guidance in how to preserve their own culture, “particularly given the threats from political and religious elements and the influence of western materialism on younger generations,” the press release said.
Other speakers included Jeffrey Armstrong (Kavindra Rishi), co-founder and the current co-chairman of VFA, and Padma Bhushan, David Frawley, PhD, (Vamadeva Shastri).
Vijai Ganapa, the current Global Coordinator of VFA, thanked the organizations who work with and support VFA, in its various projects and programs around the world. Notably mentioned are AOL, ISKCON, Sewa International, VFPA, Hindu Service Foundation and Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS).
The VFA is a non-profit organization with 501C3 and tax exempt status, established in 2002, in Detroit, Michigan by Stephen Knapp, David Frawley and Jeffery Armstrong. It is currently led by Benny Tillman with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. .