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Baruch Spinoza dated 1665 unknown painter (wikicommons)


Baruch Spinoza

a.k.a. Benedito de Espinosa

a.k.a. Benedict Spinoza

a.k.a. Bento de Spinoza

fleshbirth Wednesday-24-Nov-1632

fleshdeath 21-Feb-1677 (Gregorian)

Philosophy of God

Optical Instrumentation

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Philosopher Divine * 1632-1677 CE * Baruch Spinoza

birth data from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baruch_Spinoza * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

charts, graphs and tables produced by Shri Jyoti Star * adapted by BP Lama

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities

Shata-taraka * Shatabishaja * Sadachbia

  • QUOTATION from: Shil-Ponde.(1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra. p 88.


BPL commentary: For Shata-taraka natives, the disposition of Rahu considerably affects the outcome. Culturally mixed, fascinating, irregular persons and ideas may have particular influence.

"A quiet and unassuming person,

thoughtful and meditative

  • yet given to sudden outbursts of temper.

Lives in the mental world rather than in the physical.

Prefers solitude to the company of others.

  • Does not care for small talk

  • and finds social contact rather tiresome.

Many astrologers and philosophers found with Shatataraka on the Rising Point."

A light eater and moderate in most things."

Biographical Details matched to Vimshottari Dasha

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Zukra Mahadasha * age birth until age 10

Wednesday-24-Nov-1632 born in Amsterdam within a family of Portuguese Jewish merchants * Zukra-Rahu-period

1638 (age 6) decease of Mother via tuberculosis * Zukra-Budha period * Budha rules matrimaraka 2nd-from-Chandra


Surya Mahadasha * age 10 until age 16


Chandra Mahadasha * age 16 until age 26

1650 (age 18) decease of elder brother Isaac. Exit the yeshivah course of studies and begins to work in the family business. * Chandra-Rahu period * Somana-yuti-Rahu-3 commerce

28-March-1654 (age 21) his father Miguel Espinoza is killed in by a bullet in crossfire. Along with younger brother Abraham (Gabriel) young Bento assumes control of the family business. * Chandra-Shani period

27-July-1656 (age 23) ostracized via herem * ending his relationship with the synagogue and its congregants * Chandra- Ketu period * Ketu abandonment


Mangala Mahadasha * age 26 until 33

1662 anonymous publication: Tractatus de Intellectus Emendatione = On the Improvement of the Understanding * Mangala-Budha period * Budha publications

1663 published: Principles of Cartesian Philosophy = the only work printed under his own name during his lifetime * Mangala-Budha period * Budha publications

1665 (age 33) having lived by a small pension from a famous supporter, and having sent each chapter to friends who chapter-by-chapter translated his original Dutch text into Latin, Spinoza finished the Ethics. However this work was so incendiary and so much controversy was anticipated that it was not published in any version nor in any language. No one had read it, except his small band of devoted intellectual comrades and translators. * Mangala-Chandra chidradasha * Chandra rogesha enemies, accusations


Rahu Mahadasha * age 33 until decease age 44

1670 (age 38) moved to the central Hague, and published anonymously the impassioned plea for pluralism and tolerance Tractatus Theologico-Politicus. His anonymity did not last long. * Rahu-Guru period * Guru rules 11-communities, friendships, supporters

1672 (age 40) Spinoza's long-time patron Jan de Witt assassinated by knife * Rahu-Shani period * Shani rules 2nd-from-11th death of friend

1673 (age 41) Spinoza received and refused an offer of professorship at Heidelberg University. * Rahu-Shani period * Shani lagnesha rules 12-retreat, research

1674 Spinoza's book Ethics is officially condemned as heretical by Church-state authorities in the Netherlands * Rahu-Budha period * Budha rules 8-occult, banned, undisclosed, dangerous conditions

1676 the young diplomat Gottfried Leibniz came secretly to the Hague to meet the esteemed and dangerous Spinoza. Leibniz read Spinoza's unpublished manuscripts. Many believe that after Spinoza's death, Leibniz subtly repackaged Spinoza's original ideas. * Rahu-Budha period * Budha rules-8 secret affairs

24-Feb-1677 (age 44) decease of the fleshbody in the presence of his physician, from lung disease (grief) caused by inhalation of crystal dust * death from blood infection of the lungs (Chandra-3 grief) * Rahu-Ketu period * Ketu dissolution, exhaustion, release

Posthumous

1677 posthumous publication of the daring, brilliant, occult-insight Ethica Ordine Geometrico Demonstrata (The Ethics) in which God is proposed to inhabit all reality via natural properties AND posthumous publication of Hebrew Grammar * Rahu-Ketu period ++ Rahu-Zukra period * Zukra rules-9 philosophy

Distinctive Features of the Nativity


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Surya * pitrikaraka

Yuvatipathi-7 Surya resides in bhava-10 * digbala indicating a bright and enduring social reputation for intelligence of discovery.

However Surya is harshly oppressed by Surya's arch-enemy, the secretive, punitive, restrictive agency of social order, Vrischika Shani.

FATHER

Spinoza's father hailed from a long line of traders (7). His dad and his grand-dad were international shipping merchants (trading Surya-yuti-Shani ++ Shani rules 12-distant lands). The family import-export business was ongoing but never highly successful (Shani losses, limitations).

On 28-March-1654 (Baruch's age 22) during Chandra-Shani period, his father was murdered in crossfire during a piracy-related shipboard gun battle. Budha-yuti-Surya, and Budha rules 8-conditions of death; Shani occupies pitrimaraka 2nd-from-9th.

Surya-yuti-Budha commerce * Surya yuti Shani social responsibility

During the interminable European sea-trading wars, when Baruch was 21, his fruit-importer father was traveling aboard a trading ship that came under attack by pirate gunfire. Dad was killed in the sea-pirate crossfire. At age 21, elder son Baruch Spinoza thus inherited responsibility to operate the family business.

Chandra-3 = rogesha, indicating that Spinoza was not happy in mercantile environments. After a complex series of lawsuits (Surya rules 7-lawcourts) which Spinoza resentfully but correctly handled, Spinoza's younger brother was assigned to lead the business operations. Younger brother Chandra-bhava-3.

Surya-yuti-Shani * orthodoxy Shani vs. ideals Surya

Freed of unsuitable mercantile duties, Spinoza was able to write brilliant philosophical tracts, but his social restrictions (Shani) stayed proportional to his personal genius (Surya). He was under tremendous pressure to conform, but with Professor Surya holding a high degree (14 Vrischika) Spinoza withstood the pressure of low-degree Shani (12 Vrischika) Spinoza did endure a constant state of social tension, but ultimately he was able to proliferate his philosophical ideas (Surya).

Enduring reputation (10)

Lagnesha Shani in bhava-10 yuti Surya ruler of 10th-from-10th would assure that Spinoza possessed an enduring public reputation for intelligence of discovery (Surya-Vrischika) and structure of occult contemplative thought (Shani-Vrischika rules 12-contemplation.)

Eventually (Shani) the power of dogma diminished somewhat in Europe (due to the protestors and their reformation) and Spinoza's works gradually were taught in more and more universities. Today Spinoza is considered an exemplary rational philosopher who laid a robust foundation for truth-discovery in the Enlightenment and beyond.

Two of Spinoza's greatest literary productions were published only after his fleshdeath age 44: Ethica Ordine Geometrico Demonstrata (The Ethics) and his Hebrew Grammar. Nevertheless the Ethics is still in print 400 years later, and it remains as required reading in most western university philosophy doctoral programs.

Why would a great philosopher be subject to death-threats, imprisonment, and knife attacks? A great light arrives in dark times.

There was a great fear (Shani) generally of the omnipresent social and financial chaos caused by rampant lawless human greed. Due to constant economic and political upheavals during Spinoza's lifetime, religious orthodoxy (Shani regulation) was craved by many as an expression of the daily stability they desperately needed but could not find . Apostasy in any form was feared and abhorred.

Scholasticism, a tightly rigid, self-contained philosophical method wherein the question always contains its own answer, was at that time revered as a bulwark of doctrinal stability. Institutional theology both Christian and Judaic admired the arch-conservative scholastic Thomas Aquinas as an icon of natural law reasoning via syllogism.

Into these seemingly hopeless times came the eruption (Rahu) of brilliant un-orthodoxy flowing from Spinoza the dimensional Wanderer, a Philosopher Divine.

Authorities (Shani) within both the Jewish and the Christian hierarchies felt a deep outrage toward the unorthodoxy of Spinoza's adventurous (Rahu) claims about the Nature of God.


Chandra * matrikaraka

atmakaraka

MOTHER

Spinoza was born to his father's second wife. Tragically, Baruch's mom died from typhoid in the water when little Baruch was age-6 (Chandra water). Rogesha Chandra-3 suggests that Spinoza's mother was an extraordinary woman (Rahu) with an underlying health issue, likely in her lungs (3).

Amplifying the disturbance to Soma's cultural roots, Chandra-yuti-Rahu suggests a lifetime of emotional upheaval and a taboo-breaking sensibility which causes an interrupted sense of belonging. His life plan would seem to have provocatively prevented conformity and reduced stability in order to exaggerate the conditions of messaging.

Chandra-Rahu handiwork handcraft ruled by Mangala-11 economic gains

Chandra-Bharani is never financially destitute. Indeed the Chandra-Bharani native is typically a hard-working, entreasured person. Zukra-11 profits rules Chandra-Bharani-3 while Mangala-11 rules Chandra-Meza.

Spinoza's careful crafted glass lenses were among the finest in Europe, and contemporary makers of scientific telescope-microscope equipment sought his custom-made product. Chandra-3 works with the hands (lens grinder) and Chandra rules 6, therefore he suffered the lung illness (in modern terms, emphysema) caused by the dust particles from lens grinding with inadequate ventilation.

Spinoza's earning from the lens-crafting was financially sustaining. Combined with donations from his circle of friends (11) his craft income was enough to support extended periods of literary philosophical writing including discussion by letters of correspondence with his inner circle.

Adversarial 6/8-from-Surya contains Somana-yuti-Rahu

Chandra ethnicity * Rahu rupture * Ketu decapitation

Chandra rogesha = karaka for mother, ethnicity, patriotism, belongingness, roots. Somana is often a particularly challenging influence for the Kumbha nativity ++ Somana-yuti-Rahu. Chandra 6/8 Surya

While his father lived, no action was taken against young philosopher Bento. However his father's died when Bento was 21. At the age of 23, during Chandra-Ketu period, Spinoza received a writ of Cherem (herem, haram, harm) from his Sephardic Jewish community in Netherlands. Effectively, it was an ostracizing ban to say you can no longer call yourself a Jew. (Chandra ethnicity, belongingness)

Radical change of identity

27-July-1656 (age 23) ostracized via herem not specifically by the rabbinate; rather, issued by the community leaders * However Spinoza said that he did not deem this event to be important.

According to the legal order, Spinoza was expelled from Amsterdam by the city leaders, on request of both Jewish and Calvinist-Christian authorities. However he was not intimidated in the least. Spinoza quietly returned to Amsterdam at his own convenience and lived modestly in a small house, earning enough by teaching, lens grinding, and through the support of his friends.

After 1656, from his age 23 until his death age 44, there is no evidence that Spinoza retained any sort of contact with the Jewish community. Many of his friends and supporters were Mennonites.

Under his father's guidance, young Baruch received the traditional Jewish education of the day. However because he was later banned via herem, his study records, including bar-Mitzvah proof, were burned.

Chandra-3 publications

Chandra-3 rules-6. His books (3) were banned for the crime of blasphemy by Dutch religious authorities of 17th century, both Jewish and Christian.

Chandra-3 = rogesha and Chandra occupies 10th-from-6th indicating that the conflict goes public, and Somana-yuti-Rahu gives a passion for publishing. Thus, although Spinoza was an ambitious writer and publisher of fascinating tracts on matters of moral philosophy (Chandra morals) it was inevitable that his writings had exotic elements which triggered extreme animosity (Rahu extreme).

Furthermore, three fierce Vrischika graha in the dangerous, identity-changing 8th-from-Chandra-3 publications showing the transformative pressures (Shani) discussions (Budha) and politics (Surya) which both exhilarated and threatened Spinoza's messaging campaign


Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

  • Mangala in bhava-11 * drive toward connectivity, pursuit of earnings, invasive networking, energized economic conquests
  • Mangala-Dhanuzya * vigorous pursuit of humanistic worldview; push toward globalism
  • Kuja-yuti-Zukra * energized bargaining, dynamic trading, masculine force joins feminine allure

Mangala-11-Dhanuzya competition in the global economic marketplace (11) and the philosophical ideological marketplace (11)

Mangala rules 3-10 for the Kumbha nativity, emphasizing the natural 6/8 conflict between management (3) and executive (10) roles. Spinoza is famed for philosophy but he was always also a businessman and he took leadership positions via his writing.

The mid-17th century in Western Europe was a time of tremendous sectarian conflict and economic instability . A long-running, vicious, and frequently lethal competition for domination of the shipping trade consumed the attention of the western European powers. Amsterdam was the center of the western shipping world and it was here that the Kuja-aggressive maritime piracy was more virulent.


Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

  • Budha-Vrizchika * hidden communications, articulation of mysterious secrets
  • Budha in bhava-10 * narrative of leadership, governance, social order
  • Budha-yuti-Surya * articulation of radiant confidence, message of willpower and charisma
  • Budha-yuti-Shani * articulation of maturity and responsibility, message of institutional order

Budha rules Karakamsha * Kanya-8 = occult, revelation of hidden powers, discovery, tantra

Budha Vrizchika occupies 8th-from-Chandra = emotional danger, unexpected identity changes

Shani-yuti-Budha practical craft

Spinoza taught children's school with his ex-Jesuit tutor (Budha-Shani pragmatic skills instruction) and trained himself to grind lenses and design lens-using instruments as a source of income. His lenses, some of the best in Europe, were used in early telescopes and microscopes.

During his short life, Spinoza was equally acclaimed for his spiritual philosophy and for his optical glass lenses. His manual skills in lens grinding were legendary and his lenses were in commercial demand due to their exceptional quality. He contributed both works of craft and design ideas for telescopes and microscopes. He was consulted for advice on scientific instrumentation by many of the prominent European scientists of the day.


Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

  • Guru-Vrizabha * much treasury, many voices, many collections, historic beliefs, doctrine of values containment
  • Guru in bhava-4 * many roots, much owned property, many homes and homelands, multiple mother-figures
  • Zukra-11 parivartamsha Guru-4

Guru occupies Arudha lagna

Economic Expansion (despite disinterest in the family business)

Not only is Guru-4 the prosperous ruler of 2-11. Also, yogakaraka Zukra ruler of 4-9 forms a parivartamsha yoga Guru-4 indicating general protection of the home, and the family's international shipping interests.

Spinoza lived in a small private house (4) in Amsterdam. Throughout his brief adult life, Spinoza was able to continue writing in this small detached house and several other homes that were provided for him (Guru-4 several homes). The Amsterdam house still exists as a place of pilgrimage for his devoted readers, nearly 400 years after his decease.

Spinoza was sometimes banished and sometimes under house arrest. But this situation served as more a protective device and less of a punishment. His friends (11) provided food and financial support so that his writings could proceed. With a few exceptions his physical security was surprisingly unmolested.

Guru rules 12th-from-3rd = (attempted) invisibility of publisher

During Rahu-Guru period in 1670, Spinoza's comments on the pretender William of Orange mentioned in Tractatus Theologico-Politicus caused extreme censure and put his life in danger. The public antagonism toward this work, which suggested that Christians and Jews could co-exist happily if they would look to higher principles, was so extreme that it was published only anonymously, and under a series of false titles.

Guru rules both 12th-from-3 which might allow invisibility.Yet Guru-4 occupies 2nd-from-3rd which makes the language (Guru) vocabulary of the author very easy to identify. The authorities quickly identified Spinoza as the renegade author.

Guru rules 11-earnings. Spinoza earned from the shipping trade, Guru-4 transportation, vehicles such as boats and wagons, shipping

Guru rules bhava-2 family lineage. Born into a family of refugee Portuguese Jewish merchants who operated a profitable imported goods business (mainly edible fruits) based in the bustling port city of Amsterdam

Import-export via a fleet of ships which plied the seas of the north Atlantic was the family busines, which had sustained his family for several generations.

Guru = karaka for languages. Spinoza wrote fluently in Latin, Dutch, and Spanish

Spinoza is often considered to be the first example of a western-European secular Jew. A deeply religious person who perhaps possessed a higher level of insight than the official interpreters of religious truth, Spinoza's neighbors and friends recognized him as a holy person, and he was buried in sacred ground.


Zukra * kalatra-karaka * svadhu-karaka

yogakaraka

  • Zukra-Dhanuzya * appreciation of humanistic belief, aesthetic of philosophical worldview
  • Zukra -11 * pleasure of community linkage, enjoys network harmony
  • Zukra-yuti-Mangala * gracious action, energized beauty, sweetly proactive innovation
  • Zukra-11 parivartamsha Guru-4

Treasuries and funding

Spinoza had 99-problems, but few of those problems were financial in nature. Despite many dangers, enemies, threats, interruptions, and legal sanctions, Spinoza had continuously sufficient financial support. Mangala-11 earnings rules Chandra-3 handcraft, bringing earnings from his lens-grinding work as well as his writings. Zukra-11 rules Chandra-Bharani ensuring protection from the poverty which might have harmed him otherwise.

Yogakaraka Zukra-11 parivartamsha Guru-4 provides many teachers (Guru-4) and diversity of foundational schooling

During Zukra Mahadasha age birth until age 10, young male Spinoza attended the Pereira Yeshiva Jewish communal school for scriptural study, provided by the rabbinate of his community. Afterwards, Spinoza studied with philosophers and translators from a variety of doctrinal traditions.


Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

Lagnesha * vyayapathi

  • Shani-Vrizchika * old secrets, pressured discovery, must explore, pressured genitals-anus, imposed secrecy, must transform with scarce resources
  • Shani in Bhava-10 * must govern the old order; cautious, conventional leadership roles; chronic weighty social duties
  • Shani-yuti-Surya * resistance against creativity, disciplined intelligence, constrained willpower
  • Shani-yuti-Budha * resistance against signaling, disciplined messaging, constrained communication

Shani lagnesha rules 12-interior life, contemplative thought, reflective philosophy

Shani permits Retreat into Interiority, Private Study

Shani rules 12-isolation, research, contemplative life, distant worlds, spiritual guidance, prayer, the bedroom, the meditation hall

During 1650-1653 encompassing Chandra-Rahu, Chandra-Guru, and ending in Chandra-Shani, Spinoza abandoned the dogma of the yeshiva (Ketu-9) began independent study with an ex-Jesuit tutor in Latin, scholastic and Cartesian philosophy, chemistry, mathematics. Spinoza was influenced by the classic Ordem Jesuita anti-clerical Christian philosophy. During Chandra-Guru period, Spinoza began to teach at the elementary school run by his tutor = Guru-4 basic schooling.

During Mangala-Shani period 1661-1665 took another retreat away from the city, in order to write the famous summary of Cartesian philosophy De Intellectus Emendatione and the beginning of what would be his magnum opus, the Ethics.

Posthumous Publication * Shani-10 reputation rules 12-funerals

Spinoza continued to write and discuss (via letters) with other thinkers but he did not publish anything for fear of reprisal. Spinoza's many works, all clearly reasoned and philosophically compelling, were slowly but surely published in the decades following his death (age 44). He remains one of the most-read and most-admired Enlightenment philosophers.

Spinoza's Ethics has remained continuously in print, and is read hungrily by students of the dharma in universities throughout the West.

in 1869, nearly 200 years after his death, publication of the hidden manuscript Short Treatise on God, Man and His Well-Being


Rahu * rajyalobha-karaka * picchala-karaka (slippery)

  • Rahu-Meza * mask of competitive, urgent force
  • Rahu in bhava-3 * privilege via glamorous or unusual writing, reporting, news announcements, cinema, commentary, messaging, publishing; seeks a special, important explanatory, descriptive, or instructional role in commercial business, internet, cinema, or communications media. Opportunistic, ambitious sibling-cousin or cohort.

  • Chandra-yuti-Rahu * amplified emotion, tricky comforts

Rahu-3 excitements from writing, explanations, conferences, conversations

During Rahu Mahadasha * age 33 until decease age 44

In 1676 during Rahu-Budha period very shortly before his death, perhaps in the knowledge that his life was nearly expired due to his breathing disease, Spinoza felt bold enough to publish his peak-brilliance work, the Ethics. This book delivered a powerful philosophical challenge to the prevailing dogma that personal ethics (Chandra) must be socially uniform.

Within a year of publication of his Ethics, Spinoza died in 21-Feb-1677 age 44 from lung disease, an illness of grief (traceable to the death of his Mother, Chandra) expressed via inhalation of the glass-dust from lens-grinding.


Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

  • Ketu-Thula * incomplete alliance, empty trades, negotiations
  • Ketu in classroom-9 * disregards father-figures * no barriers in doctrine, absent from teachings, vacuous philosophy, irrelevance of the catechesis

Ketu in bhava-9 indicates radical openness to cosmic scope of philosophy. Spinoza produced some of the highest intellectual philosophical writing of the Enlightenment period. He was not constrained by religious dogma or government ideologies.

During Chandra-Ketu period on 27 July 1656, Spinoza the Wanderer was banished by writ of Cherem, expulsion from Jewish community. However Spinoza says this does not bother him, and he thinks it is irrelevant.

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