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. NOVEMBER, 1998

Lead Stor,y: Vedic Astrologers Bring their
Subtle Indian Craft to America 20
Caribbean: Hirldu Life on Barbados 32
Defamation: Ganesha Departs Disney 35
Discrimination: Fired for a Swastika! 36
History: He's One Determmed Historian 50

Life Decisions: Choosing a Career 25
Spirituality: Your Inne;: Astrology 26
Insight: Nakshatras: the Twenty-Seven
• Superstars of Vedic Astrology 27
L~a"'J1ing: ?mart Kids Don't Smart 41

Pub'lIsher's Desk: Regrets and Worries ...
• Flee from the Eternal Now 10
Letters 12
My Jurn: What Qualifies an Astrologer? 13
Editorial: Becoming Good Navigators
6n the Sea of Time 16
Women of Vision: Why Ramas Role as
Husband Doesn't Inspire Women 39
Healing: Indian Food that Can Kill 46
Minister's Message: Two Swamis Lay Down
the Law on Corporal Punishment 52

Diaspora 7 News in Brief 49
Quotes &Quips 17 Digital Dharma 54
Evolutions 46

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In the"Eternal Now? disturbance say to yourself, :'1 am all right, t ight now. Just this in-
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the eternal now. .
Abiding in the moment is the height of security, but to It is one thing to say "I am all right, right now," and it is another
thing to feel it. Can you feel that you are all right, right now? Can
maintai:r:t it takes practice and a clear subconscious you really believe it? Can you hold that feeling, so that this affir-
mation becomes permeated through your subconscious mind? Let
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BY. SATGURU SIVAYA SUBRAMUNIYASWAMI that it begins working within you, the same way your involuntary
subconscious keeps your heart beating and the other processes of
, OU ONLY HAVE A MINUTE , ONLY SIXTY Nor is there any death. your body going.
seconds in it. Didn't want it, didn't choose it, You have transcended 'Tm all right, right now." Let the feeling of these words Vibrate
forced upon you, can't refuse it. Yet you suffer even the laws of reincar- within you. Then every time you abide in the luxury of worry-
if you lose it, give account if you abuse it. Just a nation in that state, hold- and the luxury of worry is one luxury you cannot afford-say to
tiny little minute, but eternity is in it. For not ing the consciousness of yourself, 'Tm all right, right now," and forget about where you are
to love is not to live, and npt to give- is not to live." eternity, for you are be- going, forget about.where you have been and just be where you
That's an old proverb I was taught when young. yond the soul which rein- are, where your physical body is, in its immediate surroUndings.
There is really very little to be said intellectually carnates and creates a When you do that, you fmd that where you were going and what
about -the eternal now. You have to live in it, and in new form around itself you were worried about has to do with the egotistical you-your
living in it you discover a higher state of conscious- What is the instant? pride and the various qualities that you hasten to rid yourself of
ness than you have experienced in your life. That is what we have to when you think you should improve yourself So, it is really very
Because the vibration of the eternal now is so very discover through a mo- practical to live now and be all'right in all the nows. But remem-
high, part of your mind and nature does not like to ment of concentration. ber, since living in the eternal now lifts you into a higher state of
experience the security of the eternal now, which is' What is the moment? We consciousness than you have been accustomed to, you have to con-
really the height of security. It takes practice to all know what the past tinue to feel that you are all right, right now. When you continue
maintain a continued experience of the eternal now. is-many people live in for long ~eriods in the consciousness of the eternal now, something
Can you visuiilize yourself, right at this instant, the past, over and O\~er mysterious and wonderful begins to happen-your soul, your su-
balanced on the top of a tall tree? If the tree were to bend toe far again, and they never catch up with the perconscious, begins to work out your spiritual destiny. When you
forward, you would fall to the ground, or down into time and present. Other people live in the quiet your mind, and only when you quiet your mind, you give
thought. If it were to bend too far back, you would again fall. Bal- future-but of course when they do, your soul a chance. What difference does it make) f you do have
anced on the top of this tree, you can look out over the country- they are really only living in the past, problems? They will work themselves out if you can keep the con-
side and enjoy everything you see. But if you stop to think about too, and they never fmd the present fusion of your lower states of mind out of the way.
one thing of the past; you would become so engrossed in what you either. Visualize your soul now as a shaft of light. Visualize your mind
are thinking about that you would again fall to the ground. You an
Just as example, how many times as various layers surrounding that soul, covering up the brilliancy
find that you cannot live in a thinking consciousness balanced so have you gone to the temple without of that light. If you live in the layers around the soul, which only
high. ,Here you live in the eternal now, with great awarenes& of being fully tliere? Part of you was there, cover up the brilliancy of the light, you add to the confusion
what-is around you and within you, but with no thought on it. part of you was living in the past, part around the soul. But you can choose to live in that shaft of light. By
Can you feel like this? Right now you are here. Right now noth- of you was trying to live in the future; realizing that you are all right this instant, that light of your soul
ing else maHers. You are aware. You are alive, and you are in eter- and there you were, emoting over the has a chance to shine thro~gh the surroun<#ng layers of the mind
nity. Finding the eternal now is a vibration even more powerful things that.happened that should never- just a little, enough to calm your future-fer yOUF future is made ill
than that of sound or light, for you are in the consciousness of Be- have happened, and fear(ul of things the prE!.sent, in the eternal nQw.
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I AM A MALAYSIAN OF CHINESE ORIGIN, brothers and sisters, and it doesn't matter nll9andji [MINISTER'S MESSAGE, Aug. 'g8] as
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Spiritual Mentors?
cant Indian minority in Malaysia, and I have is a Hindu and not a member of some lan- mi Krishnanandji. I met him in 1981 and to-
many indian/Hindu friends. One of the best guage or caste group? If only we could day memories come flooding to my mind of,
gifts I have got from an Indian friend was break these barriers created by our forefa- his deep spirituality, compassion and true
when he taught me how to wea( the dhoti, thers and still practiced by many!1f only we greatness. It is right and proper that Mahat-
wpat they call here a veshti for men. The could change ourselves firsf! Then I think rna Gandht.. and Swami Krishnanandji who
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trousers. I have to say that there is nothing are and what language You speak? , among all sects and lineages; 2. 'fo inform and BY l)MANANDA QUONG
really uncomfortable about the veshti, one KRISHNAKUMARI NALLAKUMAR Don't Dismiss Ancient Tamil inspire Hindus worldwide and people interest-
can get used to it after a while, but the trib- " THE POSSIBILITY THAT AN ANCIENT DRA- ed in Hinduism; 3. To dispel myths, illusions and OR PROFESSIONAL ASTRO- hira describes the qualities of
al style where the cloth goes under the legs vidian tongue could be the language of the misinformation about Hindl:lism; 4 ..To protect,
logers who encounter the ideal astrologer: "He must
to .be tucked behind takes a bit of getting Sadhu Bathing Order Harappans should not be discredited [LAN- preserve and promote the sacred Vedas and the
daily the hopes, fears, be clean, efficient, bold, elo- -
used to. Some of my friends whose origins IN YOUR KUMBHA MELA TIME LINE IT IS GUAGE , May'98]. The letter "+" also repre- Hindu religion; 5. To nurture and monitor the
ongoing spiritual Hindu renaissance. We invite . desires and aspirations of quent, possessed of genius or /
are from Kerala say lhat some temples there mentioned [INSIGHT, pg 34, Sep.' 'g8]: "ca sented "K" in ancient Tamil. The Rig Veda often desperate people facing ready wit, knower of the time
our readers to share these purposes with us by
enforce traditional clothing on men when 1780: British establish the order for royal mentions dark complexion"ed residents. Pure real-life crises, predictive ability and place, sincere, not timid in
sending letters, reports on events, news clip-
they go there. Do you .think there should be bathing by the monastic groups (the same Tamil words are traceable in ancient Sanskrit pings, and encouraging others to subscribe. and technical expertise are not assemblies, not to be overpow-
a dress code for all who enter temples? order is followed today)." It is my impression texts. Tamil was older or contemporary with enough. They must develop the ered by his fellow students,
JAMES CHONG that it was (Thode) Madhavrao Peshwa, the Sanskrit and perhaps its culture and cere- capacity to address the psycho- expert, free from vices, well-
PERAK, MALAYSIA Maratha Prime Minister, who established Pub lis he ...: Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
I monies were the cornerstone of Hinduism. logical needs of the client, versed in the performance of
" Admin. Dir.: Paramacharya BGldhinatha
this order (prior to 1780?) after figllts broke THAVARAJA SUNDHAR SUNDRAM Edito ...-in-Chief Acharya Palaniswami above and beyond the basic curative and preventive types of
out at &e Nashik KiImbha Mela and not the KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA Publishe...·s Aitk: Acharya Ceyonswfuni interpretation of the horoscope. How many rituals, as well as in that of magic and
A Big Barrier-Social Divisions British. The British East India Company DeputlJ Edito...: Acharya Kumarswami professing to be astrologers have received bathing, engaged in the worship of Gods,
COMING FROM A COUNTRY LIKE MALAYSIA, had just won the Battle of Plassey (1757) Conspiracy Behind a Name? Managing Edito...: Sannyasin Arumugaswami any kinel of formal training in counseling observances or austerities and fast; pos- •
one inevitably notices that the Hindus here and would hardly be in a position to dictate I HAVE OFTEN WONDERED WHY, IN ENG- Graphics Di...ecto ...: Sannyasin Natarajnathaswami skills, or even any informal preparation, sessed of great power generated by the
are made up of many different groups iden- religious rules in 1780. The British Crown lish, Christianity is the only religion referred Mauritius Edito ...: Sannyasin Sivamurugaswami which qualifies them to give advke to peo- wonderful achievements of his scientific
tified with different Indian states, languages seized power of India in 1857 after the Na- to with the suffix "-ity." Every other religion Mauritius Staff Writer: Sannyasin Sivadevanathaswami ple on a variety of important issues? knowledge and,capable of answering
or castes. We nave the Telegus, Malayalees, tional Uprising. It was then that major re- is referred to as an "-ism," Hinduism, Bud- Pmd.lP...omotion Mgr.: Sannyasin Sivakatirswami How many times have we seen or heard queries made by others and suggesting
Gounaers, Chettiyars, Mudaliars, etc., etc., forms, changes, and degradations in Hindu dism, Jainism, Judaism, etc. The suffix "-ity" Managing Ed.'s Aitk: Tyagi Saravanannathaswami
about clients who have departed an astro- remedial measures for troubles, other than
and the list never seems to end. What aston- religion started taking place. suggests a state of being, as in gravity, agili- Dep. Managing Ed.: Tyagi Karttikeyanathaswami
Edito ...-in-Chiefs Aitk: Yogi Yuganatha
logical consultation feeling distraught, con- the visitations of God." Knowledge of as-
ishes me most is the fact that as people of a AMOL lOSHI ty , volatility. It suggests a quality inherent to
Advertising Manage ...: Sadhaka Jothinatha fused and discouraged about specific con- trology must be complem~nted by spiritual
common religion, just Hindus, we instead " ahjoshi@hotmaihcom the subject-the way religion is supposed to SubScription Manage ...: Sadhaka Adinatha clusions and predictions concerning future practice and a religious life ~hich enables
look at each other through the eyes of "he or be. The suffix "-ism" suggests a precon- Correspontknts: Gowri Sh~kar & Anandhi Rama- events in a person's life? Indians typically the astrologer to be an instrument of the
she is not one of my kind," and this has cre- Ten Years to Worldwide Reiki ceived set of thoughts to which one agrees chandran, Chennai; Choodamani Shivaram, Bangalore; believe in karmic retribution and in as- Divine, providing advice based on spiritual
ated and clouded the progress of the Hindus I'M SURPRISED NO ONE HAS RESPONDED TO or does not without it being inherent to one's Rajiv Malik, Prabha Prabhakar Bhardwaj, Mangala trologers' predictions, which they expeot in values and the wisdom of personal E)xperi-
in this country. Each temple.or Hindu or- the "Reiki" article (HT January 1998). For nature as in communism, capitalism, dada- Prasad Mohanty, Delhi; V S. Gopalakrishnan, Kerala; any consultatiol}. What the eyes see, the ence. The spiritual qualities which make a
ganisation is identified as "a Ceylonese tem- many years, I have believed that hatha yoga ism, minimalism, etc. It is not hard to imag- Basudeb Phar, Bangladesh; Archana Dongre, Los An- mind interprets according to ones expecta- -person a great yogi are the same attributes
ple" pr "a Chettiyar temple," etc. The worst and meditation are the keys to achieve Self ine that people who first coined. the term geles; Lavina Melwani, New York; Dr. Hari Bansh Jha, tions and beliefs. A, strong belief that an which contribute to eminence in astrology.
part is when a boy and a girl of two different Realization. This is true, however, Reiki is did not feel comfortable calling other's reli- Nepal; Parasram Ramoutar, Anil Mahabir, Trinidad; astrologer's predictions will come true will Only a life lived in ~ccordance with dhar-
groups fall in love and decide to get married, no! just for healing-it is a path to Enlight- ;gion a religion. But now that we are free to Dr. Devananda Tandavan, Chicago; V G. Julie Rajan, have a major effect upon one's perception ma can produce the wisd~m and loving
the opposition is so strong that often the enment. When you put your hands on any call ourselves anythil)g, we should call our- Philadelphia; Shikha Malaviya, Minnesota; Rajesh Jan-
tilal, South Africa; Tara Katir, Hawaii. Sanskritist: Dr. and interpretation of the "objective reality" kindness that can heal as well as inform.
couple decide to part and save their family part of the bQdy, the flow of healing energy selves "Hinduity" and let people Imow that of events to come. Americans tend to be- As "great as astrology is, we should also
S. Jayaraman, New York. Artists: A. Manivelu, S. Ra-
the shame of marrying out. This is unbeliev- begins. Remove the hands and the energy we have caught on to their conspiracy. jam. Cartoonists: Barry Geller, David Lourie, Mario lieve they can alter their destiny through recognize its limitations, and maintain ~
able. Hindus and yet not Hindus. What is stops! This is a simple but powerful tech- SHRUTI AND ABHIJIT T. SHUKLA de Miranda, Manick Sorcar, Gary L. Stair, Bob Thaves. conscious choice, and prefer directions for clear understanding of its role in the con-
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EDITORIAL maybe 6 or 7 or 4), since the week we
live is, like the day, flexible in its length
depending on the c~lestial movements.
QlJOTES & tlllPS
We Ar~ All \X(ayfarer-s
"Weekends," which we call retreats and
dedicate to nonworldly matters, are "There is no conflict between politics and religion, for
usually two, but sometimes three, days
, .
long. All this brings us cl0ser to the sa-
cred cosmo~, though it can confound
-both aini ,~t perf~ction of the individual. and s,o ciety"
our connections with the rest of the

On the Waves ofTime.

world. We're alWays hearing one among
us utter, "What? Today is Saturday?"
We also avoid important meetings or
events during ashtami, the eighth day
Member of India's Parliament Swami Chinmayananda, asked whether it's difficult to be a religious leader and politiG..,mn at the same time

put stones in the bowl, the light will go out

and he will become a stone himself A
And one of the few truly useful navigational of the lunar cycle. Ironically, some
Vedic astrologers don't themselves fol-
stone does not grow or move. If at any time
he tires of being a stone"all he needs-t:o do
tools is an ancient one -V.edic astrology 10w the traditiimal Indian calendar,
which is understandable in this 7-days-
is turn the bowl upside down and the
make-a-week world. Less understand- stones will fall away and the light will grow
BY'THE EDITOR able is why they don't always follow the • once more. Ancient Hawaiian saying
knowledge they teach others. Consider
ELIEVING NOTHING, THE SKEPTIC IS BLIND; BELIEVING how when an astrology conference was being planned last year, we The Patience Prayer: God, please grant me
everything, the naif is lame_ Somewhere between the t~o proposed it happen on an auspicious day. "That won't work," came
lies the lucid land of viveka, discrimination, which neither the answer. "Its not a weekend!" Behold the new auspiciousness! patience... and please don't delay!
doubts every inexplicable phenomenon nor swallows every The astrologer is something of a tribal shaman. Ideally, he or she
un'~x~un:ined statement. In this issue we explore the uncanny is the one with special insight, a wider vision that lifts awareness be-
Vedic technology ofjyotisha, that hoary knowledge derived from sec- yond our little world, connecting us to the canopy above, expand-
oddary Vedic texts, born, they say, of Lord Brahma who taught it to ing perception beyond the narrow sliver oHime in which we live by
Surya, the Sun, who gifted it to Brighu, the first human to know the bringing past lives and actions into the now. I have said before that
science of astronomy and astrology. Its about time. And its about the astrologers tell time with a bigger watch.
unseen forces that swir about our blue Earth-island, creating tides, not The genuine astrologer is a time navigator. He teaches that time is
of matter but of mind, not-of water but of fates and karmas. not all colorless and neutral: the same in all directions. Time has its
Ronald Reagan, when President of the lJnited States, confounded eddies, its waxing and waning, its preferential ways-and in that "Yes, I have previous management experience.
the White House staff and embarrassed aides by having his itiner- sense is much like the oceans, full of change. No ship's captain worth
ary and major meetings scheduled in careful consultation with his his hardtack would consider the sea uniform, everywhere equal and In a past life, I was the master of a galley ship
wife's astrologer in California. Scoffing staffers counted it pure silli- indifferent to his passage. No, the sea is alive with idle doldrums and where I kept 100 men rowing 24 hours a day."
ness, others thought it merely impolitic of him. treaCherous'tempests, and, yes, dangers worthy of anticipation.
,Mr. Reagan is not a lone heretic. Queen Elizabeth I consulted the To the astrologer, time is like that sea, with changing moods and
stars. Galileo, the Italian mathematician and astronomer, cast charts forces, some propelling us swiftly forward, others opposing our Many advances in the sciences that we session is full of commotion and that all
on the side, as did the Gentian celestial scientist Johannes Kepler. well-plotted progress. Today time impels, tO,morrow it impedes. consider today to have been made in Eu- political leaders should be taught yoga and DID YOU KNOW?
Britain's Princess Diane followed the stars, and many Hollywood How foolhardy is the seaman who keeps his canvas unfurled in a
rope were in fact made in .India centuries Transcendental Meditation.
stars do the same. Ditto with Carl Jung and American-millionnaire storm or stows his sails when good winds blow. Time is a kind of
ago. Grant Duff, British-historian (!)f India
Western Pundits
J.P. Morgan. That said, astrology still is not anywhere near as im- psychic wind, blowing now this way, now that. As a ship's captain
portant in the Western world as in Asia. , heeds the chart reckoned by his navi- Some came with sandals or bathroom slip- HAT IS A PUNDIT? THE WORD
A '1990 poll of Americans found that
while nearly 30% of Christians in
AmeFica believe in astrology and read
their horoscope weekly, only 5% had
gator as to course, winds and tides, so
our life's journey benefits f{om anoth-
er chart, our astrologer's appraisal of
protean time's orderly and sometimes
A round luit:
• This is Tuit. Guard it
with your' life as Tuits are hard
pers ...some even dared to step in clad il!
jeans and funky glasses. The Kathmandu
Post on the reason for a new law that all
• wear the traditional
W is from the Sanskrit pandita,
'1earned person," but a new
meaning surfaced when Dwight Eisen-
personally consulted an astrologer_ Like ornery flow. It benefits, too, from a to come by, especially the round parliamentarians must hower denounced "sensation-seeking
so many other things, astrology in the deep submissio to the fact that .this ones. This is an ~dispensable item. It s~ack, knee-length shirt, matching jacket columnists and commentat0rs" as "pun-
Occident is anout personal things- life is all our own self-created sea; and will help you become a more efficient and cap during parliament sittings. In the dits_" So now the word has a pompous
about me and mine, my spiritual the navigator's chart cannot chan~ worker. For years we have heard people past, only government ministers have vol- connotation in the West, and, accord-
progress, my love life and business suc- the waters we are in, it can simp,ly help
cess. In the Orient these con~erns are us exploit the currents and avoid the say, 'TIl do it as soon as I get a Round untarily worn Nepali dress, while deputies ing to a humorous account in the New
not absent, but larger concerns domi- ~ perilous shallow reefs. 'lUit." Now that you have on~, you . turned up in a range of informa.z wear: York Times, todays journalist "pundit"
nate. Astrology in India is about(auspi- "~ The subtle art of astrology turns on can accomplish all those things boldly w.rites into stories that he isn't
ciousness, about connections, about sa- ~ what to give importance to. Ask ten as- you put aside until you get Each child, at birth, has a bowl of light. If sure about certain facts, secure in the
cred timing and being in a flow with '" . trologers, and you may get ten distinct' a Round Tuit! he tends to his light, it'll grow in strength knowledge that most readers will take
the ebb and tide 0.£ divine forces. This universalizing approach to as- responses. The key is finding one that suits you, your needs and
trology gives the science a maturity that it tends to lack in the West, . understandings. If ever it seems too confusing or you fall into doubt and he can do all things: swim with sharks, that to mean he really does know but is
where it is seen as a frivolous, campy diversion for lonely souls try- about your days, remember the words of Sri Lanka's greatest sage, I can ,do it because 0f yoga and meditation. fly with birds, know and understand all protecting a source. FUrther, the "pun-
ing to get a grip on their out-of-controllife. Satguru Yogaswami: 'M times are auspicious for the true devotee If all'ministers would meditate, they can things. But if he becomes envious, jealous, dit" is loyal only to fact-gatherers and
At the HINDUISM TODAY headquarters in Hawaii, monks move of Siva." He wanted to combat the superstition and Sani-phobia also interact with, people calmly. Dr. angry or fearful, he drops a stone into the bosses loyal to him, and requests news
in a matrix of Vedic understanding. We don't observe the days of the that often surrounds an astrologer's forwarnings. He meant that we Prasanna Patsani, member of India's Par- bowl and some light goes gut. Light and tips from colleagues who are less "exalt-
week in our life on Kauai, rather the sacred lunar calendar need not cringe in fear that this time is bad for me, that time is
for which our Monday is called Sun 1 and our Friday is Sun 5 (or good. All times are beneficent to those who cling closely to God. liament! commenting that every legislative the stone cannot. coexist. If he continues to ed" but more knowledgeable than him.


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The Great ayurvedic medicine, vastu archi-

tecture or-to go further back-the
systematic study of language, an-
Cycles of Life cient Vedic arts and scienceS' have
slowly penetrated Western life.
Among the least recognized of these divine-
Understanding the ly inspir~d intellectual colonizers is jyotish,
Hindu astrology. Its introduction has picked
To foresee problems
rhythm of the dasas up steam only in the last five or ten years, and guide treatment
aI\d it seems destined now to eventually dis-
place the Western system of astrology-it-
Edith Hathaway took up W estern as- self derived from the Greeks who took it Vamadeva Shastri (Dr. David Frawley)
trology and hatha yoga in 1976, and from the Hindu system thousands of years divides his talents between astrology
Vedic astrology in 1988 under the ini- ago. Prominent among jyotish's harbingers and ayuroeda, writing, editing and
tial tutelage ofVamadeva Shastri.. is Chakrapani Ullal, who arrived in America teaching in both fields
in 1979 as the personal astrologer of Swami
ASA IS A CYCLE OR PERIOD OF Muktananda. A few years later, in 1981, MONG THE FmST QUESTIONS AN

J[ time. In Vedic astrology there

are 55 differept dasa systems, of
which the VImsottari is most
used. Vimsottari literally means "120,"
Chakrapani set up practice in Southern Cal-
ifornia. Today he runs a thriving counseling
service dealing with hundreds of clients a
year, including major corporations. He's one
A astrologer may hear from a new
client is, "How is my health going
to be?" or even, "How long am I
going to live?" Medical astrology aims at
and refers to manS ideal 120-year life- of several cross-cultural facilitators who assessing our health potential, our likely
span, with various cycles, subcycles have inspired hundreds of Americans to diseases, their possible cure and our life
and sub-sub-cycles within it. These pursue the divine art and many thousands span, as well as potential emotional and
dasas are indicators of when the to seek its wisdom. mental problems.
karnw.phala, fruits of karma from past Dennis Harness, for example, met Cha- This system is inti-
lives, will unfold. The sequence of the krapani in 1980 at Swami Muktananda's mately connected
dasas is the same for everyone, but the ashram in Santa Monica, California. "It was with ayurveda, the
starting point varies according to the a profound experience of being seen at a Vedic medicine.
individual chart, specifically the soul level," Harness told HINDUISM TODAY. All of us eventual-
Moon's nakshatra. The duration of the "During the session, many predictions for ly get sick and die,
mahadasas, or major cycles are: Sun, 6 the future were made which have come to so every chart has
years; Moon 10 years; Mars, 7; Rahu, pass. Chalqapani told me that my profession negative health po-
18; Jupiter, 16; Saturn, 19; Mercury, 17; would involve teaching, counseling, consult- tentials- a disturb-
Ketu, 7; and Venus, 20. Dasas unfold ing and advising using astrology. At one ing fact when deal-
differently for each person, depending point during the consultation he looked ing with those
upon the birth chart. deeply into my eyes and said, 'I know your close to us. Proper Vamadeva Shastri
An example close to me is that of the mind very well, perhaps better than you. ", analysis can show
great Hindu saint, Ma Anrritananda- Harness is one leader of the American us when a person is likely to get sick
mayi, known as Am- Council of Vedic Astrology, a recently and their potential for recovery. If a
machi. The first 19 formed group representing about half the person has come down with a major ill-
years of her life- practitioners of Hindu astrology in Ameri- ness and is entering into difficult plane-
her Sun and Moon ca-several of whom have written and been tary periods, the prognosis is not likely
dasas- were ex- featured in the sidebar stories to this article. to be good. If the periods change to
tremely difficult. Unlike in India, astrology has been exiled something positive, a quick recovery
She was unnoticed, to the margins of r~spectability in the West can be indicated. The chart can also
uncared for, treated since the Middle Ages. Though rarely en- show which treatment may work best
as a domestic ser- forced, laws against "fortunetelling"- .which for them- and especially when to
vant and completely includes astrology-exist today in many schedule major surgery. Even wrong
misunderstood by communities. Earlier in the century some of treatment can be predicted!
her own family. The Americas most prominent astrologers were Remedial measures can promote
Edith dasa sequence for arrested. When enemies of Nancy Reagan, health. Gems, mantras and rituals for
Hathaway Ammachi since age wife of US President Ronald R~agan, want- planetary deities can make a real dif-
19 has steadily im- ed to get even with her, they expos.~d the ference in the vitality of a person.
proved the material conditions of her fact she had been consulting an astrologer, Gems help fortify the pranic (energy)
life, even as a satguru and Holy Moth- Joan Quigley, throughout much of Reagan's field and subtle body which is highly
er. When she entered Rahu dasa in presidency, and that his meetings of state sensitive to cosmic rays. Mantras and
1972, devotees came and her first were generally timed according to Quigley's rituals are good for problems caused
ashram began. 'IJpical for a spiritual advice. The First Lady was widely ridiculed by occult influences.
master, her dasa sequence starts off in the media. By providing early warning of im-
with many difficulties, then improves Two groups, normally at opposite ends of pending negative planetary periods for
dramatically. During her Saturn dasa, issues, vehemently attack astrology today: our health, astrology gives us time to
beginning in 2006, her influence conservative Christians and crusading secu- take precautions and offers methods to
should become extremely prominent. lar humanists-the former as a devilish art, minimize the negative effects.
the latter as superstitious balderdash. Nev-


Jaipur: Part of the observatory, Jantar
Mantar, located at Jaipur, Rajasthan, In-
Right Timing dia, and founded by Maharaj Jai Singh in
171 6. These giant rruzsonry instruments
Little Omens
were used for determining local time and
Working with, not eclipses, as well as plotting the location of
the stars and the rrwvement of planets, all
Reading subtle signs
against, the stars with extrpordinary precision. Smaller ob-
servatories were built by Singh at Delhi, James Kelleher learned astrology in
Ujjain, Mathura and Varanasi. 1975 from M.K Gandhi. He has pur-
Christina Collins-Hill began her prac- sued the practice full-time since 1980.
tice of Westem astrology in 1968 and
incorporated the Vedic system in 1989. F AN ASTROLOGER WANTS TO
She assists a celebrity clientele and stu- know what is going to happen in
dents and is a TM teacher. the future, he can, rather than ana-
lyze a chart, look around for signs.
LECTIONAL ASTROLOGY (MUHUR- An entire branch of Vedic astrology,
ta, "moment," in Sanskrit) selects a called nemitta, is devoted to this sub-
time for an action to commence by ject. Omens, we are told, work because
searching for positive future plan- of the interconnectedness of all things.
etary placements. By doing this, we can A couple of years ago, I was invited
relieve or correct difficult conditions in to dinner, along with two other as-
the natal chart which cause impedi- trologers, by a popular lady-guru in I
ments to a desired objective. Spiritual Delhi. She asked us, "Will I return to
muhurta includes timings for initiation, K.N. Rao: He predicts that some of the India permanently?"
weddings, name-giving, etc. Material American Vedic astrologers will <'become Since my friends
muhurta covers matters of education, very good after eight or ten years. In 2020, were accurately read-
business, surgery, travel, law, etc. the generation that will come and dominate ing her chart, I would
A client of mine, Mike Love, lead America will be spiritual. The country will have nothing to add.
singer of the popular music group "The then take to the spiritual life very well. " So I scanned the
Beach Boys," approached me with the room for signs. Sud-
years-long dilemma that many of the there are degree programs (Trivedi has a denly, the guru asked
songs that he had either written or co- masters'in astrology) and certification tests the cook to bring
written did not carry his name as the (such as by the Indian Council of Astrologi- three glasses of milk.
author. Through cal Sciences, founded by Raman), anyone Then an ex-consulate
four years of litiga- may call himself an astrologer and start a general to India
tion, we used practice. In America, Harness, Quong, Va- came to visit. I had James Kelleher
muhurta for dates madeva Shastri and others held a sympo- what I needed.
to file documents, ertheless, astrology remains widely popular, ma and reincarnation to Western astrolo- chology, whereas in the Vedic system the fo- sium in 1992 with Raman as the key speak- When my turn came, I said, "The signs
arrange deposi- and columns of advice appear in nearly gers, fundamentals missing from their sys- cus is predictions. But there have always er. From this developed the American coinciding with this reading suggest
tions, court dates, every daily newspaper in the country. tem. Hes continued to visi~eight times up been businessmen, such as J.P. Morgan, the Council ot: Vedic Astrology, which encom- that you will return to this country
etc. When difficul- The first Vedic astrologer arrived in Amer- to 1993-and has seen many Westerners richest man of the 19th- century, and politi- passes perhaps half the practicing Vedic as- permanently in three years-indicated
ties seemed in- ica in 1946 in a book, not a boat. H~ was Sri adopt the Vedic system under his guidance cians, such as the Reagans, who have made trologers in the country and offers certifica- by the three glasses of milk and the
evitable, we used Yukteswar, guru of Paramahansa Yogananda. and inspiration. practical use of the science of light. tion tests. This level of organization 'and consulate generals arrival"-a predic-
remedial measures, Yukteswar was.a major figure in Yoganandas In the 70S only a handful of Americans Some Vedic astrologers, Harness for ex- training among, the followers of the Inaian tion later confirmed as accurate.
Christina such as ayurvedic hugely popular Autobiography of a Yogi, . were trying to figure out the Vedic system, ample, use the system in conjunction with system in the US has only developed within You don't have to be an astrologer to
Collins-Hill remedies to "cool read by millions. "In this text," recounts but then in the early 80S the Transcenden- psychological counseling-citing a pattern the last few years. , use nemitta. Birds, animals, the weath-
down" the nature American Vedic astrologer Gary Gomes, tal Meditation movement of Maharishi Ma- set by the famed psychiatrist Carl Jung, who Astrologer K.N. Rao's tours and seminars er and other events can all give clues
of the participants. The fmal results? "many of those outside India got a taste of hesh Yogi and the International Society for corresponded in the early 50S with B.V Ra- in 1993 to 1995 opened new vistas of know1- that will reveal your future. There is
The other band member admitted Mike the power of astrology in India and the use Krishna Consciousness both began actively man on the charts of difficult patients. Oth- edge for the fledgling community in Ameri- also a system called swara, based on
wrote the songs. of remedial measures such as gemstones." promoting Vedic astrology, along with other ers, such as Chakrapani, Stephen Quong and ca, especially with regard to the dasa system which nostril is more clear at the time
Another client absolutely needed a Western astrologers were more or less traditional Indian arts and sciences. Christina Collins-Hill, work in the business and other more complex aspects of the Hin- of a yes-no question. If on Sunday,
passport immediately Learning that it aware of the Vedic system, either through Freelance Indian astrologers have visited world. Asked about her clients" Christina du science of the heavens. Unfortunately, Tuesday or Saturday, at the time of
would take six weeks, he called me in Autobiography of a Yogi or by' reading The or immigrated to America also in the 70S commented, "Mostly I talk to their lawyers" Rao became unhappy with b9th his tour asking, the right nostril is more clear,
distress. Using a muhurta that had a Astrology MagaZine, published by J)r. B. V and 80S to serve the immigrant Hindu ~om­ -meaning she was involved in he client's hosts and Americans in general. Unl.!ke Ra- then the answer is yes. If the left is the
two-minute window of auspiciousness, Raman of Bangalore, India. Some knew munity Their numbers are not known; crucial corporate dealings. Laxshmi Shan- man, he arrived in a fairly decadent Ameri- clearer one, then no. On Monday,
I asked him to personally drive himself their own system had problems, that it was guesses range from fifty to several hundred, I kar Trivedi, an elder of the Gujarati com- ca. Raman came in the late 50S, when Amer- Wednesday, Thursday or Friday it is
to the passport office-not to send an a truncated and inaccurate version of the if priests practicing part-time are included. munity living in Fremont, California, coun- ican life was still kind and gentle. "My reversed, left is yes, right is no. This
employee-and hand in his request at more complete ancient astrology So, in a re- Serious, full-time American Vedic astrolo- sels a few dozen businessmen. He provides personal experience," Rao told HINDUISM may sound like mumbo jumbo, but it is
the exact time. He received the pass- turn to their own roots, they invited Ra- gers probably number about 50, according the service of horary, the answer to a single TODAY reporter Rajiv Malik in a recent in- based on esoteric principles related to
port in just three days! man-a revered figure in India-to speak at to Harness, and several hundred more are quesfion, based upon the moment it was terview in New Delhi, "is that America is to- the ida and the pingala., two types of
One can learn the complex art of a New York conference in 1959. He came capable amateurs. asked, sometimes augmented by the inquir- tally, one hundred percent, a mercenary subtle energy which run up the spine
muhurta, but I recommend engaging before the 60S outbreak of spiritual fervor Many of those adopting the Hindu system ers chart. Grateful clients amply reward him country with all the ills of capitalism. Fami- in different ways on different days of
the services of a competent astrologer and the arri';al of swamis from India, and to were adepts at the Western system. The ma- with a share of the profits his advice brings. ly life has broken down, and society has be- the week, and it works-as do other
for all important life moves. some extent he provided a groundwork for jor difference, according to them, is that the With .astrology, there is a perennial ques- come totally dysfunctional." Rao is aghast at forIllS of omen reading.
them. He reintroduced the concepts ofkar- main focus of the Western system is psy- tion of credentials. Even in India, where the lack of respect for parents, the loose sex


life and the self-centeredness. Such observa- not enhance your social standing. Despite

Parenting by tions-he himself confesses a lack of tact- these obstacles, dozens of sincere individuals
ana disagreements over money during his are working hard to learn' the complex Vedic
tours left him at odds with several promi- systems. Many mix Eastern and Western as-
Dharma nent Vedic astrologers here. Raman made trology, though Chakrapani and Quong at-
many of the same observations-though tribute this to a lack of thorough familiarity
somewhat less heatedly-in his entertaining with the Vedic system. Several say proudly
book, ,Hindu Astrology and the West. Rao's they are Hindus.' Those who do not cite a
Astrology's clues for main complaint about the astrologers was a specific religion tend to follow an eclectic
Getting as rich as
good child rearing lack of training-especially in the area of path, selecting behefs and practices from
predictions, which he considers the heart of various traditions. They may have been born
destiny allows
Hindu astrology. "There are some very goo.d as Christians, but have outgrown that belief
Self-taught, Dennis F'la.Mrty is certified Americans who want to. take the spiritual system. Traditionally, according to Raman, Stephen Quong, Uman4nda, is a
in Western and Eastern astrology and life very seriously and who are keen learn- Chakrapani, Rao and others, an astrologer trained investment consultant, and
uses both. He has been initiated into Su- ers, but they are overly dependent on their who expects divine guidance should follow a since 1991 a full time Vedic astrologer
fism, TM and Kriya Yoga. computers and cannot do mental calcula- sattvic, pure, lifestyle, and some are found specializing in finance.
tions. My advice is to first of all do worship." ...lacking in this respect.
NSTRUCTION ON THE RAISING Whatever the faults of the nascent group Vedic astrology may displace Western as- IMING IS EVERYTHING IN THE

I of children in Hinduism is quite

different than in other faiths, be-
cause of the doctrine of reincarna-
tion. Vedic astrology can benefit any
family, Hindu or not, who shares this
of Vemc astrologers in America, one must ac- trology, as Chakrapani predicts, but the •
knowledge the great personal sacrifice each greater impact is that these astrologers are
has made to practice their art. Both associa- spreading the core Hindu beliefs of karma
tion with astrology and Hinduism can lead and reincarnation among their clients-95%
to serious, even permanent rifts with par- of whom are not Indians. They are also ex-
T world of business. Through a care-
ful analysis of an
individual's birth-
chart, an astrologer
can predict not only a
belief system. ents, wives and family members-especially ponents of the efficacy of prayer, sadhana <~~----------------~-
person's overall pros-
First, an astrologer can identify for for those doing it full time. Even in ordinary (spiritual diSciplines) and self-sacrifice to al- Right profession: A contented Anil Gupta at his Navratan Kendra shop, Haridwar pects to succeed in a
devout parents those times for concep- life, announcing you are an astrologer does ter the course of a l?erson's life. .. specific field of en-
tion more divinely ordained than others LIFE DECISIONS deavor, but outline the
to bring an evolved and high-minded exact timetable when

t Planning a Stellar 'Career

soul into their family. the favorable karmas
Health of their
newborn is then natu-
Michael's Smart? Ask His Chart of previous lifetimes
which affect finances
rally the parent's fore- become reactivated.
most concern. The
childs chart will indi- )( T ~ 'n Chart the best course for your ·ability and destiny He can also predict
when increase is not likely, those times
cate areas of constitu- .n. when a person should concentrate on
tional weakness and William Levacy is a self-taught astrologer proached me to help identify lier five-year preserving his present capital.
potential illness. In , who practices in Southern California. He is old's capabilities-a perfect age to set career For example, one of my clients had
some cases balarishta a certified teacher of Transcendental Medi- directions. I saw the child would be interest- opportunities in both aircraft leasing
yogas-negative kar- tation, and considers himself a "Vedantist." ed in skills related to precision and high and the shipping business. Apparently,
South Indian Style
mas of the past with ')) e He shares here his experience about how to technology. All through the child's early ed- there was an immediate, appealing

the potential to cut
this life short-are
seen. In all cases, in-
* "
Chart for Michael
- --
choose a career.


ucation, the mother could see these interests
and skills, and she encouraged them. Now, at
18, he is entering the university with' a hap-
prospect in shipping, and none for
several years in the aircraft leasing
business. Nonetheless, my analysis
cluding extreme ones, Born 7:10 pm , seller you'll find many books on how to py specialization in computer technology. indicated success for him only with
remedial measures are effective, espe- ' locate that perfect job. To their dozens Two of my cli~nts proVide an example of airplanes, and in the near future at
cially the parent's prayers. This is not VJ January 18, 1984,
J1 of methods-submission of resumes, mid-career adjustments. They were success- that. Trusting my advice, the individ-
wishful thinking. I have personally seen 0 Honolulu, HawaII personal connections, moving up in the cur- ful consultants, but, wanted to take a major ual continued in the aircraft business.
miracles. S PART OF THIS rent business, etc.-we can add one more: step up with their business. One of the He attained extraordinary success a
The astrologer can suggest appropri- story, HINDUISM ,. short time later, while the shipping
cf astrology. With this time-tested process, we ladies called to ask about a new opportuni-
ate education, based on, the child's incli- TODAY sent as- '"
o can fmd our best choice for education and ty. I looked at their charts and, indeed, saw opportunities fell through.
'U'~ ~
nations for profession. Spiritual inclina-
tions may be seen and encouraged.
trologers inter-
viewed for the article the
~ - career. Later in life, we can use it to get clar- the potential for positive career change-but The choosing of an auspicious time
ity when we encounter those proverbial only for the next seven days. I told her and and date (muhurta) for a business
Appropriate discipline can be recom- birthdate, time and place '":cz" Jl ~ IJ 'It "forks in the road" as our caree!; branches her partner to go to the interview that very meeting or court appointment can also
mended. For example, if the child has a (and nothing else) of ge- out in various directions-or per- week-they did, we:re accepted, make a significant difference in ensur-
strongly placed Saturn, verbal admon- nius Michael Kearney, haps doesn't branch out at all. and successfully made q,: major ing amicable or favorable outcomes.
ishment can bring about humbling re- who entered high school at rate. Among the readings: not too close on the educa- I have found three special upward career move. Besides personal karmas for wealth,
sults. If Mars is strong, physical chores 5, graduated at 6 and at age ''highly intelligent, early ed- tion, but indicated, among , places that identify career activ- Vedic astrology can give clues there are collective karmas which
constructively engage the childs nature, 14 was the youngest person ucational advancement;" other traits, that Michael ity. The first house or ascendant to your karma in this life. It can manifest as business cycles and overall
but corporal punishment will only neg- to ever receive a master's "excelled in academic stud- has a strong intuitive and and its ruling planet give big ' tell you where your dreams lie increases or decreases in the stock
atively engage the Martian nature, fur- degree in America. We ies, performed lSeyond their spiritual nature-something clues . .The sixth house, that of and how you might make the market. There are many successful
ther fueling samskl1:ras of anger and po- asked, "What is exceptional years;" "Unusual attain- we confirmed with his par- service, has more to say about most money. From that point investors who use astrological analysis
tential violence. What is good for one about this person?" ments in the form of educa- ents. Is there any other sci- those "bread-and-butter" jobs forward, you can set a vision for of cycles related to planetary place-
child is not good for another. Raise the Of the seven responses tion;" "great deal of creative ence which can know any- that make us money. The tenth your future and develop the ments, lunar phases, even sun spots
child according to his or her nature, not we receive'd by deadline, talent being recognized thing about a person, sight house, of karma or action, tells us competence to deploy those and solar flares, as their primary basis
anothers nature. four were amazingly accu- now." The other three were unseen? about career or life purpose. dreams completely, correctly for timing their trades.
Several years ago a client ap- William Levacy and m a timely manner. ,;


Devotion: Priest of the Hazareshwar Temple
in Udaipur, Rajasthan, tenderly arranges
flowers for Nandi, Siva's bull.

tions preposterous. She could be described

as somewhat flighty, flirtatious and fun lov-
I, ing, with a tendency to manipulate people to
her advantage. I advised her that she would
likely marry a foreigner, live abroad, be-
come very religious, and that it would ben-
efit her to begin a program of meditation.
Ten years later, when Jupiter dasa started,
she went through an enormous transforma-
tion in line with my predictions. In July,
1998, she actually showed up at my door,
feeling ashamed of how she had treated me
' a decade earlier, and insisted she write ·a
check as a gesture of apology.
In another case, I told a poor friend, one
who used to visit Swami Muktananda with
me, that he would become a great philan-
thropist. That friend later became rich and
just a few months ago decided to devote half
his profits to spiritual work. Others have
gained the confidence to take up the life of a
sadhu. I once advised a doctor that his chart
indicated skill with mantras. He developed
this skill, and learned mantras to recite be-
fore surgery that greatly helped his patients.
One couple who sought a child only suc-
ceeded when, following my advice, they in-
creased their religious worship to offset neg- The nakshatras, central to Hindu astrology, sattvic, rajasic or tamasic in nature. Sattva is ry motivation-dharma (life purpose), artha
ative influences in their chart. are the subject of this month's four-page In- the quality of spirituality and purity. Rajas (wealth), kama (pleasure) and moksha (en-
Sometimes the advice just . lets people Sight section. Contributors to this introduc- is high-energy activity. Tamas has the basic lightenment)-is associated with each nak-
cope better with life. After I explained to a tion include Devendra Trivedi, B.V Raman, quality of dullness, inertia and darkness. A shatra. An individual is born when the
talented lady that the lack of recognition she Dennis< Harness, Vamadeva Shastri and Lin- specific symbol [see pages 28-29], animal Moon is in a nakshatra suited to his destined
deserved which so frustrated her was fore- daJohnsen. species, sex, caste, temperament and prima- experiences of that lifetime. Astrological in-
seeable in her chart, she became accepting terpretations are based both on the naksha-
and less angry about it; I told one rich man HAT'S YOUR SIGN?" PEOPLE IN tra and the rasi [zodiac sign] of each planet,
that he must live a very simple life, or he America ask, meaning, "What but for both the Moon and the planets it is
would have problems. He forgot my advice, the position of the Sun in the nakshatra which has the deeper effect.
developed a lavish lifestyle for he and his zodiac when you were born?" Nakshatras are of primary importance in
family and, as predicted, started to face But in India, when the temple muhurtha, or electional astrology, estimat-
many difficulties. Recently he remembered priest queries, "Whats your nak- ing the optimal timing to undertake any new
Chakrapani Ullallearned astrology from his gest the best, lifestyle and spiritual regimen my advice, simplified his life and his prob- shatra?" he wants to know the position of venture, such as starting a new business,
father and grandfather. Early in life he came (sadhana) for that individual. The three gu- lems diminished. the Moon at your birth. The difference is not building a new home or choosing an auspi-
into contact with Swami Nityananada, and nas-sattva, calmness; rajas, action; and ta- Sometimes it is just the knowledge ofkar- superficial. In Western astrology, the birth cious wedding date [See page 30].
later that master's revered disciple, Swami mas, inertia-coexist in a varying degree of ma and reincarnation implicit in Vedic as- position of the Sun is considered paramount, Nakshatras (as well as rasis) mentioned in
Muktananda. It was Muktananda who in- dominance, also evident from the chart. The trology which, especially for the Wester:per, while in Hindu astrology, the Moons place- ancient texts provide clues of great historical
sisted pursue his family profes- • interplay of the gunas determines the nature creates a spiritual perspective on life. It ment is most critical. While both systems use value. In scriptures, such as the Vedas, Pu-
sion, even though he had obtained degrees of all our thoughts, feelings, and actions, helps the individual take responsibility fQ! (with important differences) the zodiac, or ranas and Mahabharata, are found refer-
both in business and law. Here he shares hence sadhana is recommended according the circumstances in which he finds himself rasi, division of twelve parts (Aries, Pisces, ences that at the equinox (or solstice), the
with us his insight into spiritueLllife. to the predominate guna. Hatha yoga and and forego resentment at the seeming mis- etc.), Hindus further refme this to 27 nak- Sun was in a particular nakshatra. Because
meditation for those of sattv;c nature, devo- fortunes in'dicated in the chart-whiqh is, shatras-literally, "star clusters," also know of the precession of the equinoxes, the Sun
STROLOGY OFFERS TO ':QIE TRUTH tion for the rajasic person and s~lfless reli- after all, a mere messenger of one's karma, as the '1unar mansions" (Ashvini, Bharani, slowly changes nakshatras at the equinox-
seeker who endeavors to maximize gious service for the tamasic. and in fact an opportunity for personal etc.). The moon passes through all 27 in the so one can calculate backward to arrive at
the opportunity for self-reflection The influence of certain planets encour- growth. ~, course of a lunar month, at the rate of about the date of the scripture accurate to within a
. and spiritual discipline a knowledge ages or hinders spiritual awareness, Jupiter one a day. The division is ancient. The list of few hundred years. For example, in the
so profound in its nature th~t it can be a being the most auspicious indicator, and Sat- • KEARSARGE CONTACT INFORMATION: CHAmAPANI ULLAL, 12044
the 27nakshatras given in the Krishna Yajur Atharva Veda (19.7) and Shatapatha Brah-
companion to any journey, as deep and as urn being an indicator of steadfastness. The B.V. RAMAN, SRI RAJESWARI, #28 (OLD 115/1) NAGAPPA Veda (Taittiriya Samhita 2-4-10) as part of mana, the solstice is in Magha, the period of
subtle as the aspirant is prepared. to take. powerful influence of Jupiter is demonstrat- RAO, F291 SARASWATI KUNJPATPARGAN], 110092 DELHI, the construction of the sacred fire altar was 27oo-1900BCE. This fact is used to trace the
By looking at the horoscope and how the ed to me often in my consulting practice. I INDIA; GARY GOMES, 854 BROCK AVE, NEW BEDFORD, MA
likely recorded in the second millennium, beginning of the later Vedic age.
planets demonstrate dharma (righteous- remember one case, owing to the rather ROAD, LAKE SHASTINA, CALIFORNIA 96094 USA; DENNIS BCE. Each nakshatra is governed by a Vedic On the next two pages the 27 nakshatras
ness), artha (wealth), kama (pleasure) and bold and dramatic gesture of my client, who HATHAWAY, WILLIAM LEVACY, CHRISTINA COLLINS-HILL Deity-Krittika by Agni, Rohini by Prajap- are explored, how they relate to the 12 rasis
moksha (liberation), one gains insight into canceled her' check after her consultation AND JAMES KELLEHER, ALL d o AMERICAN COUNCIL OF
ati, and so forth. Krittika: Star map adorns 1890 painting of and the basic qualities of a person born un-
the individual's basic instincts, and can sug- with me because she considered the predic- ARIZONA 86339 USA A nakshatra is male or female, as well as the personification of Krittika nakshatra der each nakshatra. ~


The following is a condensed summary of the characteristics and 15. Svati (Arcturus 17): Independent, generally quiet, nice people
tendencies of persons born when the Moon is located in each of the who control themselves in public. They are helpful, pleasant con-

27 nakshatras. Noted next to each nakshatra name is the star with versationalists and rarely hold grudges. Like travel and strongly at-
which it is associated. There are 2 1/4 nakshatras per zodiac sign. tracted to religion or philosophy. Sometimes they experience chron-
ic discontent.
1. Ashvini (Beta Arietis): Passionate, impulsive, attractive and intel- 16. Vishakha (Alpha 2 Libra): Purposeful, forceful, commanding in
" ligent, people whose birth Moon is in Ashvini can also be headstrong appearance. Excellent public speakers who enjoy making money.
and extravagant. They enjoy travel, are often skilled workers, and Courage, ambition and one-pointedness carry them quickly to their
may have healing abilities. The Ashvins are Vedic gods of light, heal- goals. They revel in turmoil and enjoy a good argunIent.
ing and inspiration. The Moon's location at birth along this ancient division of the ecliptic is, 17. Anuradha (Delta Scorpio): Well-to-do, they dislike austere
2. Bharani (41 Arietis): Bharani folk are usually healthy, happy, skill- lifestyles, but have a deep spiritual nature. They value family and
ful and conscientious. They also tend to be somewhat impatient and says Hindu astrology, a prime indication of a person's basic characteristics friends, enjoy organizing projects and managing people. The less
self-indulgent, and find it hard to forgive. Setbacks can shift their mature are prone to jealousy and depression.
priorities from material preoccupation to spiritual transcendence. 18. Jyeshtha (Antares 18): Deeply passionate, able leaders, re-
3. Krittika (Alcyone 2-Pleiades): Krittika types are fiery, full of cre- nowned for their adherence to virtue-and their testy tempera-
ative energy, highly ambitious, dedicated to divine service, self-mo- ments! Generally cheerful, but quite irascible when provoked, they
tivated and "think big." They stand out in a crowd and can become gladly fight to defend the helpless.
quite famous. They're prone to eating too much. 19. Mula (Lambda Scorpii): Set in their ways, clever, soft and happy
4. Rohlni (Aldebaran): Rohini gives a loving, truthful disposition, disposition, but somewhat suspicious of other people's motivations.
serenity, a sense of responsibility and a love of the arts, beauty and They tend to find their way to money, or money finds its way to
culture. If the Moon is afflicted, they may be prone to stubbornness, them.
anger, selfishness and fault -fmding. 20. Purvashadha (Delta Sagittarii): Patient, independent minded,
5. Mrigashira (Lambda Orion is): Gentle, sensitive, highly perceptive, convincing in speech, proud, lucky in love, outgoing people who will
drawn to romance, music and the arts, Mrigashiras prefer a quiet, stick with their friends. Value their own opinions over other's.
comfortable life, can be very hard working and are frequently 21. Uttarashadha (PI Sagittarii): Popular, idealistic, influential, sta-
drawn to spiritual life. Some are haunted by self-doubt or egoity. ble, introspective and ethical. Good both at starting projects and
6. Ardra (Betelguese 7): FUll of vitality, good athletes, Ardras live life completing them. Drawn to work which uplifts others. The less ma-
with enthusiasm and intensity. Sympathetic and helpful, they're of- ture may be lazy, easily distracted or stressed out.
ten drawn to the study of esoteric laws. If the Moon is afflicted, they 22. Shravana (Altair 20): Intelligent, well-educated, and prosperous.
can be cruel, lashing out at others unfairly at times. A degree of fame usually comes their way. They love to learn, make
7. Punarvasu (Pollux 11): Good-natured, generous emotionally, pru- good teachers and enjoy traveling. Often drawn to religious life, or a
dent financially, content to live a relaxed, uncluttered life, self-disci- life of service, but they may become rigid or fanatical.
plined, yet playful. They need to guard against complacency and 23. Dhanishtha (Alpha Delphini): Courageous, generous, often pros-
watch their health. They make good friends. perous, upbeat, ambitious and with a universal outlook. They bring
8. Pushya (Delta Caner i): They are stable, easy going personalities, people together for a worthy cause. Not easily fooled, they carefully
prosperous, well educated, popular, virtuous, nice looking, forth- analyze any proposition put to them. Can be aggressive, rash or
right, intelligent and wise. Can be overly rigid, selfish and arrogant. overly conservative.
Productive and caring people who make good teachers. 24. Satabhishak (Lambda Aquarii): Blunt but honest, disinclined to
9. Ashlesha (EpSilon Hydrae): Self-reliant, excellent communicators, conform, almost always get their way. Drawn to fields requiring pen-
capable of great concentration and penetrating insight. Their candor etrating insight such as science or philosophy. Can become a mind-
can turn to tactlessness, and they may manipulate truth to protect less workaholic, private, hiding their real thoughts. Most devoted to
themselves. Don't humiliate them; they will never forget it. service of humanity, whether recognized or not.
10. Magha (Alpha Leonis): Regal, ambitious, pleasure loving, physi- 25. Purva Prostapada (Beta Pegasi): F1ne speakers, good business
cally strong, they easily rise to leadership positions, honor tradition skills, can make money and hang onto it. Generally fairly serious
. and pursue noteworthy projects. They enjoy being served more than people, yet may act impetuously or have a hard time sticking to a de-
serving, and they can fall prey to a voracious desire for sex. cision. The less mature can be phobic, cynical or may strike out vin-
11. Purva Phalguni (Delta Leonis): Magnanimous, loyal, delightful dictively at others.
conversationalists, earthy, attractive. They get their way without in- 26. Uttara Prostapada (Gamma Pegasi): Well-balanced and ethical
timidating others. Often they are wanderers, drawn to the arts, and people, kindly, self-sacrificing, supportive, very convincing in dis-
enjoy life to the full. The body is usually healthy, but the mind is so cussions. They sincerely enjoy family life and like to help others.
active and creative, they tend to leap before looking. When conflicts or competition arise, they are likely to hold the
12. Uttara Phalguni (Beta Leonis): Likeable, generally well-to-do, winning hand. Young souls can be lazy, irresponsible and envious.
earning substantial salaries through their exceptional intelligence. 27. Revati (Zeta Piscium): Healthy, intelligent, with a sweet disposi-
Make wonderful friends, and are always ready to help their com- tion and artistically gifted, they love people, wish harm to no one
panions. Success, courage and love of adventure may appear, but ro- and nourish those in need. While they don't seek much for them-
mantic escapades may lead to trouble. selves, wealth and joy are often spontaneously bestowed on them.
13. Hasta (Delta Corvi): Hard working, industrious and exceptional- The less mature may display an inferiority complex, a servile nature,
ly resourceful, they make fine artisans, specialists, business people or fall prey to continual disappointments.
and teachers, but are not often leaders. May display intelligence, a
sharp wit and healing ability, also a lack of patience, and a deter- Nakshatras: Here with the Earth in the center is a diagram depict-
mined effort to manipulate others for their own ends. ing the 12 rasis, or signs, of the zodiac surrounded by the 27 naksha-
14. Chitra (Spica 16): Charming and stylishly dressed, drawn to any- tras, according to their relative location in the heavens as seen from
thing new or out of the ordinary. Magnets to the opposite sex, often the Earth. Each nakshatra is given a symbol related either to its sub-
artistically gifted, they surround themselves with beautiful things. tle vibration or to the shape of a nearby constellation of stars. There
May at times become self-indulgent. These are intelligent, honest, are also four equal divisions of each nakshatra, making a total of 108
efficient and never superficial people. expressions of human nature.


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ate a fine balance. Many of us are so busy
trying to get our children all the things we
didn't have, that we forget to'pass on to them
the things we did have."
The earliest Sindhi settlers came from Ra-
jasthan and Bombay 50 years ago, before In-
dependence. In fact, a few hardy souls were
there early in 1945. Some of the first families
who came here were the Thanis, Motwanis
and Kripalani, and these are still well-known
names on the island. Many of these entre-
preneurs started their businesses in the old
days by going into the countryside on bicy-
cles and selling their goods from suitcases.
Today, the Indian community com.,prises
people from many regions, but the primary
graup is still the Sindhis. According to
Prakash Mahtani, a community leader, 95
percent of the members of the Hindu Asso-
ciation of Barbados are Sindhis. A majority
of Hindus in Barbados are followers of Ma-
haraj Charansinghji of Beas (a district of
Amritsar in the Punjab), Sri Satya Sai Baba
or Sadhu Vaswani. It is a community of
many vegetarians and teetotalers. In fact,
when the Sabnanis planned their son's wed-
z ding, this all-important point was well con-
"< sidered. They had to make sure the cake
and refreshments would not offend anyone.
Barbados is part of the Lesser Antilles,
bounded by the Caribbean Sea on the one
Sind hi rite: Seven married women assist the bridegroom's mother in prayers for the couple side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Just
By LAVINA MELWANI, NEW YORK 21 miles long by 14 miles wide, it is so flat
Lavish Sindhi wedding celebrations signal the MOUND OF SALT BETWEEN THEM, THE paraphernalia, including huge cutouts of
Radha-Krishna and the Taj Mahal, to pro-
nated the building which has become Bar-
bados' firs~and only Hindu temple.
that Christopher Columbus didn't even spot
it when he discovered the neighboring is-
new bride, resplendent in her fmery,
thriving of Hinduism in a Caribbean outpost shyly picks up a handful in her palms vide a backdrop for the boisterous sangeet Many Sindhi families face · a universal
dilemma. As older generations pass on, the
lands. Apart frpm the sun, sand and sugar
cane, Barbados' most winning resource is its
and passes it to the bridegroom, who and mehndi party. With no Indian grocery
hands it back to her. Thrice the salt exchange stores or restaurants, everything Indian in younger ones discover they do not know the people-a warm, friendly lot who go out of
takes place, after which,the bride touches his Barbados, from dals to DJs, is brought in rituals of their faith. Nor do many Hindu their way to help newcom~rs.
feet. She repeats the ceremony with all her from Miami or New York. priests know the regional customs. Even . With the opening of a giant new software
new in-laws, bowing to the elders and hug- For wedding services, even the priest is some of the elder statesmen of the communi- solutions company, Barbados is fast becom-
ging the others, including the family cook, to imported- a practice common to most of ty have lived on the island so long that they ing the quintessential destination for Indian
ensure good relations in her new life. these islands, including St. Martins, St. are uncertain of the original rites. Many of computer programmers. Srinivasan Vishy is
This ancient custom, datar, has been Thomas and Jamaica. Priests are generally the younger women voiced this concern to the president of PRT Group Inc., which is
handed down through generations of Sindhi invited from New York, since they are more me, hoping that !i book on Sindhi customs for headquartered in New York and services
Hindu families and has become a part of famili!l1"'-with Sindhi traditions. This season, the passings of life might be published to give -Fortune 500 companies. The company has
their Vedic wedding rituals. One would ex- however, all the New York priests were them guidelines on the appropriate behavior. launched its new software solutions compa-
pect to see it in Sindh, Pakistan, India-even booked solid with weddings in the city, so But Pundit Jeevan Maharaj of Trinidad ny, TTSL, in Barbados, where it employs sev-
in New York City-but it was a bit startJing the Sabnanis hired a priest from Trinidad, l<.elieves the future looks bright for Hindu- eral hundred people. The company is active,
to. observe it on the holiday resort island of who performed the Vedic rites beautifully. ism in the islands of the Caribbean. A son of ly recruiting computer programmers from
Barbados, a place populated by touris~, Barbados has a tightly-knit community of the Dharmacharya of Trinidad and Tobago, India to work and live here. If they have their
where rum is the drink of the day and flying just 80 Sindhi families, and everyone of Maharaj grew up in Guyana. He went to col- way, thousands will come. US Visa quotas for
fish is the national dish. them has a home shrine. The, Sabnanis' lege, pursued a legal career and now travels such engineers are 30,000 per year, while
Althougl{ the bridegroom was born ip Sri shrine is especially handsome, with beauti- through the islands, even to Canada and 300,000 jobs go unfilled. TTSL hopes to fill
Lanka and the bride in Spain, they had met ful idols and pictures, incense, beJli; and a America, conducting Ramayana, {'urana the market need by establishing a program-
in Miami. At heart, both wanted nothing light which burns constantly, be it day or and Bhagwat yajnas, as well as weddings. ming base offshore. They offer unparalled
less than a real Indian wedding. They con-' night. It is this spiritual spark which is re- His message to the isolated islanders is, personal attention to employees, including
sidered traveling to India, but decided to markable about the community here. In- "People are getting ahead in life, but they giving them the apartment of their dreams.
wed in Barbados, which is now their home. deed, for many years the Sindhis kept Hin- are not getting along. They are getting mon- Barbados is a special place, where your
• The preparations started a full year in ad- duism alive solely through their private ey, but losing their children; getting name spiI'its are lifted by the perfect play of sun,
vance. Since there are so few Indian images shrines at home, which paid tribute"to every and fame, but losing their culture. You can't sky and sand and the happy smiles of Bar-
in Barbados, the bridegroom's mother took a Hindu deity, to the Bhagavad Gita and the keep telling children about an India of thou- badian schoolchildren walking hand in
trip to Mumbai and Delhi to purchase the Guru Granth Sahib, too. A Hindu temple sands of years ago while they are watching hand. Long after you return home, as I did
for the community was a dream for a long American television of the present in the to New York in August, the memories stay
Kinship: The bride (right) and her new sister- time, but it was only a few years back that a Caribbean. So :t:.0u can't blame them for a with you, turning the coldest days of winter
in-law exchange salt in a ritual of bonding Sindhi businessman and philanthropist do- sense of confusion and loss. We have to cre- into summer once again. ..,..,


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MINISTER'S MESSAGE imposed on this boy physically. Maybe an

affectionate gesture would have made the
boy realize the pain he l/ad caused the
younger boy!" Punishment with love at the

Zero.Tolerance most can be tolerated, but need not be en-

couraged at all. The danger of corporal
punishment lies in that it will produce an
attitude of challenge, to defy and to oppose

for Chil.d Battering any kind of punishment, however beneficial

it may be to the pllllished. Before resorting
to pllllishment, especially corporal, one
should think and act wisely.
Corporal punishment as failure, not method SWAMIBHAVAHARANANDA


AND SWAMI SHIVAPREMANANDA I has a brutalizIDg influence on the
; perpetrator and the perpetrated
r, . against. A widespread occurrence
upon defenseless children in most societies,
it speaks of a highly uncivilized form of

, PERSONALLY FEEL THAT ' behavior. It is an expression of the brutish

!pllllishment and fear are instinct of physical might. Provoked by a
natural outcomes of the weaker person, sheer bodily strength gives
J insufficiency and failures vent to intolerance in the form of violence,
on the side of both parents and such as in wife-beating, which is also wide-
their wards. There should-not spread nearly 'everywhere. .
be any kind of oppressing Considering that most children are in-
domination, physical or other- clined to resist being disciplined as they
wise, by either parents or chil- grow up, it is understandable that parents
dren. Such dominatioh only become irritated, lose patience and, thus,
proves that we are still at the take recourse to violence on the spur of the
instinctual level only-animal moment. But violence inevitably marks the
or human. It shows that we psyche of a child, especially when it occurs
have not yet been able to rise above such reactions and situations. repeatedly. If children are sure of the security of the love of their
Imaginative pro-action as well as creative planning fer a higher parents, as adults they will forgive their ill-tempered violence, but
life through a cool and impassionate approach will bring out from if not, their' grudge will be perman~nt and unforgiving. In such a
within us more patience, sympathy, love and affection. All that is case, no parents could expect their children to respect the injunc-
cruel, ugly and revengeful is best avoided while dealing with hu- tion from our scriptures, the Vedas, matri clevo bhavah, pitri clevo
man relationships. An aesthetic, objective approach will bring bhavah, "May your mother be a Goddess, MaY., your father be a
forth better results, no doubt. God." Awesome is the power of the parents over their children
Corporal pllllishment does not always bring the desired result. I who are totally dependent on them and also to~ defenseless.
personally experieneed this while once in charge of a school for Thus, it is morally imperative to all parents that such a power
boys. A strong well-built senior pushed a junior from a height, should net er be abused.
resulting in a head injury to the jllllior and profuse bleeding. Nowhere iN any Hindu scripture is violence against chjldren
There was no hostility between them. He just pushed playflllly, not enjoined. Ahimsa paramo dharmah, (nonviolence is a supreme
realizing the .outcome. I, being witness to the suffering of the vic- religious injunction).is a basic teaching of Hinduism. Nonviolence
tim, wanted to pllllish the wrongdoer (according to me) so that,he, is the first restraint (the first yama) in raja yoga. In the Hindu
too, would feel at least some of the pain which he had inflicted on tradition, the mother smgs to her child the lullaby: shuddosi, bud-
a jllllior. I wanted to cane him twice or thrice and asked him to dhosi, niranjanosi (You are a pure one,-intelligent one, innocent:.are
put out his hand to cane him on the palms. The boy, who had you.) All parents should learn from the Hindu scriptures how to
come from a stock which had seen much fight, blood and suffering raise their children: first of all, by personal example, with clear-cut
refused to obey me despite my asking him three times. I just want- guidance, with firmness and understanding, love and considera-
ed to make him understand tl}e pain and the consequent events he tion, patience and tolerance, never failing to explain the reason
had inflicted on an innocent boy younger and weaker than him- why pf any discipline required. 'I1fey may complain, but if th~y
self I even explained to him patj@ntly that only by suffering pain know theit parents mean well, do not have double stapdards, and
would he realize the consequence of his irresponsible act. But unselfishly love them, they will obey and grow up reasonably well.
nothing worked, so in desperation I caned him twice on his thighs SWAMI SHIVAPREMANANDK
and once on his buttocks. Being a very fair complexioij.ed, chubby
boy, the cane left angry red marks on his body. But, strangest of SWAMI BHAVAHARANANDA, 65 (left), is head librarian at the Ra-
all, the boy neither cried in pain· nor requested me to excuse hiin. makrishna Mission in Mumbai and author (unclerpen name Anan-
But I was in tears, since I felt det'eated in front of a child. Feeling da) of spiritual works, most recently Myth, Symbol and Language.
sorry, I took him to my room, applied ointment on his welts and
gave him some cool drinks which he took with the s'ame stoic atti- SWAMI SHIVAPREMANANDA, 72,f01"/'l1erprivate secretary to Swami
tude. Children are made of such stern stuff This made me thinI:<:, Sivananda, taught Yoga-Vedanta in Rishikesh and now directs
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