I don't know much about astrology. I know even less than that about Jyotish astrology, which is a Hindu/Vedic system.
So I was intrigued when I got an email from Catherine, a South African who is deeply into this stuff.
By "intrigued," I mean interested in an unfamiliar subject.
I'm highly skeptical of astrology. I've never heard a reasonable, or even semi-reasonable, theory about why it might work.
Still, I'm open to the notion that forces beyond our usual understanding could impact us. And I'll admit to liking the one indepth chart that was done for me quite a few years ago (a friend recently did another, but I haven't learned the details yet).
Catherine is an initiate of Radha Soami Satsang Beas, as I am. However, I've become a RSSB heretic as regards the dogmatic religious aspects of this India-based organization.
Catherine is considerably more positive about Radha Soami Satsang Beas, including the current guru of the group: Gurinder Singh Dhillon. As you can read below, she prepared a Jyotish analysis of Gurinder Singh and found that astrology confirms his guru status.
My reaction: interesting. And I'll leave it at that.
I don't see much of a downside to believing in astrology. The people I know who do believe in it clearly enjoy this art (I can't call it a science) and consider that it enriches their understanding of life.
But as to whether what follows should be accepted as truth, that's a whole other question. I simply am sharing (with Catherine's permission); you decide. Read on...
Hi there, I hope this finds you well.
I thought I would share something very interesting with you.
I'm a student of Vedic astrology (as it’s called in the West) and have been studying Jyotish (as it is referred to in Sanskrit, literally meaning ‘the science of light’) for 5 years now since the age of 32. I really do love it ... It's been like 'coming home' for me.
Well, I decided to look at the current Beas guru Baba-Ji’s (Gurinder Dhillon) birth planets from a Vedic perspective using the knowledge I’ve gained from my own studies, and referencing Prashant Trivedi on the 27 lunar mansions / nakshatras ...
I did this as an exercise because there is a proliferation of gossip and conjecture on various internet websites with folks claiming all sorts of things about Baba-Ji. If I wanted to know whether anyone was likely to be a charlatan I would look at their birth planets according to the Vedas to make my assessment (in other words, Jyotish enables one to see very clearly and objectively if someone is guru material or not.) After all, it’s a 7000 year-old system. They must have got a couple of things right?
Jyotish is an ancient discipline and earliest descriptions of this planetary system only make mention of the Sun, Moon and the 27 lunar mansions (or ‘Nakshatras’ - meaning ‘that which does not decay’ in Sanskrit, in other words, these are the 27 fixed constellations in the heavens). These 27 lunar constellations / nakshatras are incredibly rich and complex. Their symbolism is far more multi-faceted than anything I have ever encountered in Western astrology and Jyotish goes even further and offers 3 sub-divisions to each of the 27 signs ... So, interpretations are broken down to every 3 degrees, and they become very particular and precise.
As a student of Jyotish I draw on the writings of a number of great teachers. Among them is Prashant Trivedi who was born into a family of Brahmin astrologers and studied mathematics in Delhi.
Prashant has written the most in-depth book on the 27 Nakshatras ever to appear in English in the West. I feel incredibly lucky to have found it – and to have come across Prashant who is a practitioner of kundalini yoga and has written from the teachings handed down in his family of astrologers. (He has also spent time studying with the Hopi Indians, finding correlations between their cosmology and that of the Vedas).
This year I have also been following the global economic collapse from a Jyotish prespective and emailed several friends Prashant’s incredibly accurate prediction of the dire effects of the moon’s south node (Ketu) in 23 degrees ‘Ashlesha’ which he described as being terribly bad for finance.
This particular transit only happens every 19 years. The last time it happened was during the Wall Street savings and loans bail-out of the late nineteen-eighties; and most recently, when Ketu was at 23 degrees Ashlesha, Lehmann Brothers went bust and Wall Street crashed ... Thus, one can predict that when Ketu is at 23 degrees Ashlesha again, there will be another global economic shake-down in years to come.
In my own life, Vedic astrologers have predicted my future in ways that turned out to be very accurate, and also accurately summed up my past. So, as a system for understanding people and the world we live in, I have faith in it.
Have painted this introduction, it’s now time to get back to Baba-Ji’s birth data:
Gurinder Dhillon was born on 1st August 1954 and I entered the data of his birth place which is Guman, Rajasthan, India. However, I have no birth time, so I have read his chart using a Jyotish system called ‘Chandra lagna’, meaning we read the chart from the moon which is the indicator of the individual’s consciousness.
The first thing one notices is that Baba-Ji’s “atmakaraka” or ‘indicator of self’ is the planet Venus since it is in the highest zodiacal degree. Venus is at 28 degrees in the nakshatra of “Uttara Phalguni”.
So, the first thing to note is that this nakshatra is sattwic. It is therefore a godly nakshatra which bestows a virtuous nature. According to the scriptures, Uttara Phalguni bestows a character that is “ever radiant, the shining one, it is a bestower of wealth and ultimate knowledge ... This nakshatra is associated with discrimination, intelligence, the faculty of judgement, and a kingly nature associated with asceticism ”. Even more specifically, appropo Baba-Ji, the scriptures state: “Uttara Phalguni has a square body with a majestic appearance and is not very tall. It has a courageous and steady look and a proud demeanour”.
To be even more specific, we may look at UttaraPhalguni between 26 degrees and 30 degrees (Baba-ji’s Venus is at 28 degrees Uttara Phalguni) of which Prashant Trivedi writes:
28 degrees relates to the Jupiterian side of the solar nature. It gives a strongly ethical nature along with an advisory capacity. Planets placed here give fortunate, expansive results.
Looking at Jupiter in Baba-Ji’s chart, it resides with Mercury and the mystical south node of the moon Ketu all in the nakshatra of Punarvasu at 21 degrees. I find this absolutely fascinating as this gives a very clear insight into Baba-Ji’s sanskaras from a previous life (as indicated by Ketu). Punarvasu is a sattwic nakshatra so this shows previous lives in the pursuit of higher ideals and learning (especially since Jupiter is in this nakshatra) and Jupiter in Punarvasu, according to the scriptures, indicates ‘godly pursuits’. The professions listed for Punarvasu indicate: ‘keepers of hotels (this is exactly what Baba-Ji did in Spain!) ... Monks and Gurus (I’m not joking, this is exactly what is listed!) ... Keepers of temples, churches and religious buildings,Preachers, Visionaries, Professions dealing with esoteric subjects’.
What is interesting to note in Baba-Ji’s chart is that Venus is with the Moon which gives a loving and beautiful consciousness. The Moon, which is absolutely pivotal in any Jyotish reading and carries much more weight than the Sun, is situated at 13 degrees in the nakshatra of Purva Phalguni in Baba-Ji’s chart.
This particular pada (sub-division) at 15 degrees denotes ‘dignity and regality’.
In Jyotish astrology we read the cycles of the life according to the moon. These are the ‘mahadashas’ (meaning ‘grand cycles’) and they indicate the major life’s patterns and karmic fate awaiting one ...
If I look at Baba-Ji’s chart, his Mars is sitting in the fifth house from the moon and the fifth is the house of ‘Purva Punya’ or the house of meritous karma accrued from previous lifetimes of good deeds. Mars is in the sign of Sagittarius and its dispositor is Jupiter which is in the nakshatra of Punarvasu at 21 degrees as discussed above in blue.
When Guru Charan Singh passed away on 1st June 1990, Baba-Ji was in his Mars-Mars mahadasha. This gives absolute confirmation of two things (a) with Mars being fifth from the Moon it assumes the status of a benefic and shows that in assuming the mantle of guru Baba-Ji was reaping the grace and benefits accrued from numerous lifetimes of devotion in previous incarnations and (b) because Mars’s dispositor is Jupiter in the sattwic nakshatra of Punarvasu with Ketu, it shows that Baba-Ji became a guru of high ideals and spiritual character. He is no fraud at all.
If Baba-Ji’s Mars was 8th from the Moon I would worry ... I have seen the 8th house come into play when I have looked at the Vedic charts of more controversial gurus such as Sai-Baba and Osho ... The 8th house is a ‘dusthana’ house which is at once deeply devotional but also a house capable of negative energy. It is a house typically associated with ‘occult’ practice as opposed to what is ‘spiritual’ or ‘enlightened’.
I could go on analysing ...
However, I thought I would offer this as a response to the nay-sayers who seek to accuse Baba-Ji of profiteering and God knows what ... I trust the Vedas, and I trust Jyotish as a mathematically precise science, and if the constellations and angles are good, I believe it. For me, it’s a case of ‘show me the numbers’!
Now, after all that, I’m going to eat breakfast!
With kind wishes and all the best! C