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Further Considerations on Prabhupada’s Birthchart

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Further Considerations on Prabhupada’s Birthchart

By Kailasa Candra dasa

“ . . . any gentleman, dhira, must be interested in jyotisa, astrology.”

This quotation is from Srimad Bhagavatam, 10.8.5. In October of 1978, I and a fellow devotional traveler landed in Bombay, having been sponsored by a married Hindu gentleman my friend knew in Berkeley.  It was my second trip to Bharatavarsha, my close companion’s first.  We stayed in the apartment of our sponsor and then departed the next day, by train (in third-class, i.e., the cattle car), for Mathura in what turned out to be a grueling ordeal.  Of course, when I met this couple in what is now called Mumbai, they asked me about my interests.  I had been in an intensive study of sidereal astrology over the summer, having only been first introduced to the science earlier in the year, so naturally I brought it up.  I was surprised to find out that the wife of our sponsor had no faith in it.

It had been my impression that virtually all Hindus believed in and accepted the science of the fixed stars, but she went on to explain the chief reason for her profound skepticism.  She opined that whatever the astrologer said to his client or inquirer, that person would immediately believe it; as a result, he or she would make it happen in his or her life.  The demigods, laws, and principles of the universe work in such a way that, whatever you think is the reality, they tend to reinforce that belief (at least in most cases).  This was her point, although she did not exactly explain it in that way.

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May 6, 2010   10 Comments

THE SUPREME FORM OF TIME

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As It Is and As You Like Him

by Kailasa Candra dasa

“Regarding your question about my birth, I was born September 1, 1896, Tuesday, at about 4:00 in the afternoon. My rasi is Mithuna.”
Letter to Jaya Krishna Thakur, Dec. 6, 1975

A initiative of this nature is meant to help you understand the science of sidereal astrology and to apply it in your devotional life, but it must be fraught with difficulties. This effort has been made especially so due to a rather vitriolic controversy recently splashed all over the Sampradaya Sun concerning the astrological chart of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, the most recent shaktyavesh-avatar of the Madhva-Gaudiya Vaishnava sampradaya.

It is my duty to simplify everything for you–as far as that is possible–despite the fact that astronomical and astrological calculations and combinations are intrinsically and inherently complex. You can very easily get lost in the minutiae of these interrelated sciences. Indeed, that is just what has been taking place on the pages of the above-mentioned online newspaper in recent times.

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January 19, 2010   1 Comment