Bedi, Ashok 1948–

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Bedi, Ashok 1948–

(Ashok R. Bedi)

PERSONAL:

Born February 10, 1948, in India; naturalized U.S. citizen; son of Ramprakash (in business) and Shanti (a homemaker) Bedi; married Usha Kamdar (a restaurant owner and chef), July 26, 1972; children: Ami, Siddhartha. Ethnicity: "Indian." Education: B.J. Medical School, Ahmedabad, India, M.B.B.S., 1970; Oxford Regional Hospital board, M.R.C., D.P.M., R.C. P.S., 1976. Politics: "Candidate-and-issue-specific: not party based." Religion: Hindu. Hobbies and other interests: Photography, computers.

ADDRESSES:

Home—Milwaukee, WI. Office—1220 Dewey Ave., Wauwatosa, WI 53213; fax: 414-454-6644. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER:

Milwaukee Psychiatric Physicians Chartered, Milwaukee, WI, private practice of psychiatry and Jungian psychoanalysis, 1980—. American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, board-certified psychiatrist; Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of England, diplomate in psychological medicine; Medical College of Wisconsin, clinical professor of psychiatry; Carl G. Jung Institute of Chicago, member of training faculty; C.G. Jung Foundation of New York, leader of study tours to India titled "In the Footsteps of C.G. Jung in India"; lecturer in India, the United States, and elsewhere on the spiritual and analytic dimensions of psychiatric treatment. Milwaukee Psychiatric Hospital, former clinical director; honorary psychiatrist at Aurora Psychiatric Hospital and Aurora Health Care Network; also psychiatric consultant.

MEMBER:

Royal College of Psychiatrists, American Psychiatric Association (fellow).

WRITINGS:

Path to the Soul, Samuel Weiser (York Beach, ME), 2000.

(With Boris Matthews) Retire Your Family Karma: Decode Your Family Pattern and Find Your Soul Path, Nicholas-Hays (Berwick, ME), 2003.

Contributor to medical and psychiatric journals.

SIDELIGHTS:

Ashok Bedi once told CA: "As a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, in clinical practice over twenty-five years, I found that the allopathic medicine and modern psychiatry would heal the symptoms but leave the soul distressed. Something was missing in the healing and wholeness of my patients. In desperation, I dug deep into my soul and my Eastern traditions as a Hindu to find the missing piece of the jigsaw puzzle. To my pleasant surprise, when I added the Eastern wisdom to modern medicine and psychiatry, the treatment outcomes were more enduring and soulful. These experiences over the last twenty-five years prompted me to share my struggle with fellow pilgrims on the path to the soul.

"My life and clinical work are my laboratory for soul work and my writings are a faint depiction of this inner work. I scribble thoughts, feelings, and theories down in between my patient appointments, or evenings and weekends. Usually, I am dead tired and only partly conscious when I write these things down. This is fortunate, since this removes the manipulation by my ego consciousness and the whispers of the soul are amplified. Some of these whispers are captured in my writing and constitute my attempts at writing. Rather, it writes through me!"

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

Publishers Weekly, July 10, 2000, review of Path to the Soul, p. 59.

ONLINE

Welcome to the Path to the Soul,http://www.pathtothesoul.com (April 7, 2007).