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Baba Ram Dass

a.k.a. Professor Richard Alpert

fleshbirth 06-April-1931



Spiritual messenger * 1931-_____ * Ram Dass * Richard Alpert

birth data from: * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

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



  • Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra .p 85

BPL commentary: For Jyeztha nativities, the condition of Budha considerably affects the outcome

"A dark and sensitive nature ...

  • superficially religious

  • but are hypocrites at heart.

On the surface they are respectable, law abiding citizens, ostensible church-goers,

  • but secretly their morals are loose

  • and their tempers passionate.

Smooth, oily, and suave to all appearances,

  • they carry in their hearts schemes and thoughts which might not stand the light of day."

Biographical events matched to the Vimshottari Dasha


Hugging Saint 1953- Ammachi of Kerala is seen delivering some Shakti to get RD up and running again during RD's recovery from 1997 debilitating stroke

Budha Mahadasha

Budha in bhava-6 * Budha-Meza randhresha Budha-6 * sarala yoga

06-April-1931 fleshbirth * Budha-Surya period * Surya karmapathi public visibility

Ketu Mahadasha

Ketu in bhava-11

Zukra Mahadasha

Zukra-4 * Zukra-Kumbha

1952 (age 22) earned BA diploma from Tufts University College * Zukra-Chandra period * Chandra dharmesha-9 university

1958 (age 27) Ph.D. in Psychology, Stanford Universitydisseration topic "achievement anxiety"* Zukra-Rahu period * Rahu produces effect of Guru

1960 (age 29) appointed Harvard University psychology professor * Zukra-Guru period * Guru vidyapathi

1960 began experimenting with psilocybin (hallucinogenic mushrooms) * Zukra-Guru period * Guru vidyapathi Guru randhresha identity change

1963 dismissed from Harvard University faculty for unauthorized drug use and giving drugs to undergraduates * Zukra-Shani period * Shani rules 6th-from-10th professional conduct conflict

1967 death of Mother * Zukra-Ketu chidadasha

1967 Life-defining trip to India. Meets guru Neem Karoli Baba. Adopts Seva lifestyle. Returns to USA as itinerant spiritual teacher. * Zukra-Ketu chidadasha * Ketu wandering * end of an era

Surya Mahadasha


1971 publication of Be Here Now, the spiritual classic which swept the Anglosphere with Eastern mystical and Selfless Service inspiration * Surya-Shani period * Shani rules 3-publications

1973 fleshdeath of Guru-figure NeemKaroliBaba MahaRaji * Surya-Ketu period

Chandra Mahadasha

Chandra-1 * Chandra in Jyeztha * Vrizchika Chandra * Mahaparivartamsha yoga Karkata-Kuja-9

1974 founding of Hanuman Foundation, world service * Chandra-Chandra swabhukti * Chandra dharmapathi

1977 publication of "Grist for the Mill" * Chandra-Rahu period * Rahu drishti to 9-11-1

Mangala Mahadasha

Mangala bhava-9 * Mangala-Karkata * Mahaparivartamsha yoga * Vrizchika Chandra

Rahu Mahadasha

Surya-yuti-Rahu * Rahu in bhava 5

1996 launched talk radio program called "Here and Now with Ram Dass." * Rahu-Shani period * Shani rules 3-radio

19-Feb-1997 massive near-fatal stroke (age 66) * right half of body paralyzed + much speech processing is lost via expressive aphasia. Subsequent serious intestinal infection, heavy medical expenses, and continuing illness. Shani-2 shad-ashtaka 6-8 angle from lagnesha Kuja * Rahu-Shani period

2004 after a long period of illness and poverty during , a former student alerts the community of RD's former students that RD is "still there" and needs energy. infusion of funds from a deeply grateful body of thousands of his former students * Rahu-Zukra period

Guru Mahadasha

Guru in bhava-8 * Guru-Mithunaya

2013 publication Polishing the Mirror (age 82) * Guru-Shani period * Shani rules 3-publication writing

2014 publication Conversations with Ram Dass (age 83) * Guru-Shani period * Shani rules 3-publication writing

Distinctive Features of the Nativity

Be Here Now 1931- Baba Ram Dass










Double Maha parivartamsha yoga between two nichha graha: fallen Chandra and fallen Kuja = powerful mutual nichha-bhanga of Chandra and Kuja

  • compare to a similar angle in the nativity of Green Mile 1947- horror-fiction Stephen King = psychologically penetrating insights

career in theoretical, humanistic and philosophical teaching * Dhanushya 10th navamsha

spiritual teacher, adviser, inspirational guide = atmakaraka Shani in Dhanushya 10th navamsha

author of the USA generation-defining book "Be Here Now " writes about ineffable spiritual experience * Guru-Mithunaya -8 mutual drishti with atmakaraka Shani-Dhanuzya-2

significant early involvement with experimental hallucinogenic drugs * randhresha Budha-6 * sarala yoga protects from harm

stage performer, comedian of the dharma = Surya-yuti-Rahu bhava-5

outreach ministry of radio programming and voice recordings = bhratrupathi-3 Shani-2

Chandra-1 * Chandra in Jyeztha * Vrizchika Chandra parivartamsha Karkata-Kuja-9

Ravi in Meena * karmesha-10 Surya bhava-5 Surya-yuti-Rahu = leadership, fame, speculative finance =

Pitrikaraka distinguished leader father * according to Wikipedia His father, George Alpert, was a lawyer in Boston, president of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, one of the founders of Brandeis University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Guru in bhava-8 * Guru-Mithunaya = many secret relationships (as an undisclosed gay man, Ram Dass later in life revealed that he had sexual encounters with countless numbers of men * Mithunaya couplings)

Mangala bhava-9 * Mangala-Karkata parivartamsha Vrischika-Chandra-1

Budha in bhava-6 * Budha-Meza * talks about service ministry

Zukra-4 * Zukra-Kumbha

Zukra is strong by shad bala

Vargottamsha atmakaraka Shani in Bhava-2*

Surya-5 + Rahu in bhava 5 * famous personality

Ketu in bhava-11 * disconnected from economic gainfulness; usually penurious

Dhanushya = 10th navamsha containing Shani= oobligation to teach humanistic doctrine

nichha-bhanga Mangala-Karkata sexual pursuits

Ram ass in later years mentioned that his more authentic male sexuality became evident in high school where he formed relationships with other boys. However, as a public figure, he claimed for decades that he was celibate yogi in love with his Guru and committed to the purity of the guru-sisya relationship. He later revealed that his life path had involved hundreds of sexual encounters with men, but after multiple brief relationships with both men and women he would self-label as 'bisexual with a preference for men'. At age 78, RD began a conversational relationship with his previously unknown 50-something son, who had been born into one of RD's brief unions with a woman in graduate school.

A long-term union with a male partner framed his 6th decade.

RRam Dass is a master of teaching on the very difficult subject of honesty (Budha-6). He earned mastery via mistrusting, out-of-contract, exploitive, and illicit relationships (Budha-6) as well as the super-difficult subject of physical illness, which he has endured since a severe stroke.

Vargottamsha Shani-2 suggest that family of origin was overall materialistic and unsupportive of his interests, but the mutual aspect between Guru-8 and Shani-2 is one of the factors of his remarkable longevity

Ram Dass:I Crochet

"I was giving this lecture back in the 70's and everybody in those days wore white, and they had flowers in their hair and we sang a lot, and we were all - it was like an explorers club coming together, and sitting in the front row was this woman about 70 years old and she had - she had a bonnet on with little strawberries, plastic strawberries, and cherries and things and she had a black patent leather bag and solid oxfords and a print dress and she was a very - I kept thinking, she was so unlike everybody else in the audience, I kept thinking what is she doing here.

  • I thought maybe she's somebody's grandmother or somebody brought her or -

  • so I would tell these far out stories that what happened to me under psychedelics for the most part or deep meditation,

  • and I'd look over and she'd be going like this, and I thought well maybe she has a neck problem.

I mean it was inconceivable to me that she could understand what I was talking about, and she kept going like this and I kept getting more far out and watching - I mean the whole evening became focused on this woman.

  • And at the end I couldn't stand it, the evening was over.

And I just had to know and I kind of smiled her up - actually couldn't get away, and she came up and she said oh thank you that's - the way you said it she said that's just the way I understand the universe to be, and I said, how do you know?

What have you done in your life that has put you in the space where you know these things, and she leaned forward very conspiratorially and she said, I crochet, and that moment of realizing that just the simplest thing, that in the way she did that took her into those spaces and realizing at that moment that I had gotten so hooked on my method , and that methods are methods are methods and people do it all different kinds of ways..."


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