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Ram Dass

a.k.a. Professor Richard Alpert

Earthbody-Entry Monday-06-Apr-1931



Spiritual messenger, author * 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

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities

Punarvasu * Aditya * Purnavasi * Vutvrta * Jamitra

BPL commentary:

For Punarvasu gentlemen, the condition of prosperous, preaching, inclusive, broad-scope, philosophical, humanistic Guru may considerably affect the outcome.

Teachers, preachers, professors, patrons, agents of generosity and guidance, guru-figures, ideologues, indoctrinators, theorists, know-it-alls, proselytes, philosophers, pontificators, patriarchs, pundits, pater-nosters, proponents of principled understanding, wise-ones, wizards, druids, and paradigms of belief may be especially influential.

Guidance from the Twin Gardeners called Castor-and-Pollux.

Aditya-born fellows are often found in the literary arts, in guidance and teaching roles, or in specialties of gardening and domestic abundance. Their purpose is restoration and rehabilitation of lost knowledge. Natural philosophers, Jamitra-born are blessed with an expansive human wisdom for evocative writing or speaking. Just as easily, these masculine beings communicate with the mineral, plant, and animal kingdoms.

Mithunaya pada 2-3-4 represents Guru's understanding of leadership and relationship, while also expressing the tension between broad-view Brihaspati versus detail-oriented Budha. Typically pada 1-2-3 are administrators, travelers, writers, and poets who describe the natural world.

Karkata-pada-4 expresses the tension between patronizing preaching Guru versus matrikaraka parenting Chandra. Often these remarkable chaps are found in the religious professions where they are growing a garden of understanding.

QUOTATION Shil-Ponde (1939) Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 81

"... from Arudra to Punarvasu, a startling change in mental development.

In Punarvasu, the native is possessed of profound intelligence,

  • capable of delving into and understanding all manner of philosophical and metaphysical postulates.

He revels in abstract thought

  • and has a lively and profound imagination.

He may be also a poet of high attainment, expressing a fire and vitality in his verse

  • which is the result of an unusually passionate temperament.

He will, however, be only moderately successful by worldly standards during his lifetime

  • although unlike the Arudra native, he will not experience poverty."

Biographical events matched to the Vimshottari Dasha


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

Shani Mahadasha

06-Apr-1931 Earth-birth * Shani-Rahu period

Budha Mahadasha

Ketu Mahadasha

1952 (age 22) earned BA diploma from Tufts University College * Ketu-Zukra period * Zukra rules 5-scholarship

Zukra Mahadasha

1958 (age 27) Ph.D. in Psychology, Stanford University; disseration topic "achievement anxiety"* Zukra-Zukra swabhukti * Zukra-9 rules 12-research 5-scholarship

1960 (age 29) appointed Harvard University psychology assistant professor * Zukra-Zukra swabhukti * Zukra-9 rules 12-research 5-scholarship

1960 began experimenting with psilocybin (hallucinogenic mushrooms) * Zukra-Zukra swabhukti * Zukra-9 rules 12-imagery psychic guidance 5-scholarship

1963 dismissed from Harvard University faculty for unauthorized drug use and giving drugs to undergraduates * * Zukra-Rahu period * Chandra-6 rules 8th-from-7th transformation of career contract

1967 grieved the decease of mother * Zukra-Rahu period

1967 Life-defining trip to India. Meets guru Neem Karoli Baba. Adopts Seva lifestyle. Returns to USA as itinerant spiritual teacher. * Zukra-Rahu period * Meena-Rahu-10 yuti Surya-10 begin high-visibility lifestyle

1971 publication of Be Here Now, the spiritual classic which swept the Anglosphere with Eastern mystical and Selfless Service inspiration * Zukra-Shani period * Shani rules 9-philosophy

1973 Lightbody Lift-off of Guru-figure NeemKaroliBaba MahaRaji * Zukra-Shani period * Shani rules 8-dissolution of guru-figure

1974 founding of Hanuman Foundation, world service * Zukra-Budha period * Budha rules 4-education, foundations; also Budha lagnesha

1976 publication of "Grist for the Mill" * Zukra-Budha period * Budha lagnesha, and Budha karaka for publications

Surya Mahadasha

Chandra Mahadasha

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

Mangala Mahadasha

1996 launched talk radio program called "Here and Now with Ram Dass." * Mangala-Shani period * Shani rules 9-philosophy

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-7 shad-ashtaka 6-8 angle from rogesha Kuja * Mangala-Shani period * Shani rules 8-sudden transformation of identity

Rahu Mahadasha

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-Guru period * Guru karmesha

2013 publication Polishing the Mirror (age 82) * Rahu-Zukra period * Zukra rules 5-creative literature

2014 publication Conversations with Ram Dass (age 83) * Rahu-Zukra period * Zukra rules 5-creative literature

Janma Sade-Sati Vrischika Nov-2014 until Jan-2017

Guru Mahadasha

Distinctive Features of the Nativity


Surya * pitrikaraka *

Father distinguished leader of business and charitable operations, including the founding of university and hospital Surya-yuti-Rahu bhava-10 Meena charity. 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.

Ravi in Meena-10 * Surya rules 3-writing. Most recognized for his books, presentations, radio programming, and edu-tainment tours. Topic of the narratives is mainly short-term travels (3)

Surya-yuti-Rahu = leadership

Rahu-Meena yuti Surya-Meena Surya-yuti-Rahu rules bhava-3 evangelism and explaining.

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka


  • Chandra in classroom-6 * comforted by service ministry, medication, ailment, accusation, litigation, conflict
  • Chandra-Vrizchika * nichha * comforted by rhythmic penetration of mystery * emotional sensitivity expressed through ministries of service to the imbalanced * emotional response to human conflict * service ministry via sudden release of hidden forces
  • Chandra in Anuradha * comforted by resistance to danger * protectors against preventable damage, guardians of customary weapons, defensive invasions, regulated explosions
  • Vrizchika Chandra-6 parivartamsha Karkata-Kuja-2

Ram Dass is a master of teaching * by example * on the very difficult subject of honesty. (Chandra-6-nichha) He earned mastery via mistrusting, out-of-contract, exploitive, and illicit relationships (Chandra-6) as well as the super-difficult subject of physical illness, which he has endured for decades following a severe stroke.

Elder sibling

Ketu-4-Kanya occupies the emotionally motivated community-linking, economically gainful, profit-regulated, friendly, participatory, goal-oriented, socially-networked 11th-from-Chandra while Budha ruler of Ketu occupies 11 in 8th-from-Ketu. According to Ram Dass' stories, his elder brother suffered from persistent mental illness. The brother was delusional and prone to petty crimes. He was in-and-out of involuntary residential treatment for many years. Opportunity for communication was limited by the brother's mental state.

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka


parivartamsha yoga between two nichha graha: fallen Chandra-6 (service) and fallen Kuja-2 (speaking) = 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

income from outreach ministry of radio programming and voice recordings (2). Kuja the Ruler of 11 resides in 2 suggesting that while family culture may have been contentious, it was also significantly wealthy.

nichha-Mangala-Karkata-2 speaking about sexual pursuits with some distortion but ultimately successful due to the parivartamsha with nichha-Chandra-6 ministry of service

Ram Dass 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 piously 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 when RD was 24.

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka lagnesha

Ram Dass brought conventional Hindu teachings into the modern USA youth-culture venue * Budha-Meza-11 lagnesha while 3rd-from-Budha = Guru-1-Mithunaya, and Guru drizthi enters 5-7-9, including Zukra-9

Budha = karaka for completion of educational diplomas and examinations.

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

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

Guru rules the Punarvasu lagna * author of the USA generation-defining book "Be Here Now " writes about ineffable spiritual experience and service *

Guru-Mithunaya -1 mutual drishti with atmakaraka Shani-Dhanuzya-7

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

  • Zukra-Kumbha * aesthetic of social networks
  • Zukra-9 * doctrinal, paradigmatic, global harmony

Zukra in bhava-9 is strong by shad bala

Zukra-Kumbha receives an expansive philosophical drizti from Gutu-1-Mithunaya

Zukra-9 * doctrinal, global harmony; rules 5 stage performer, comedian of the dharma

Zukra rules 12-imagination imagery psychic guidance significant early involvement with experimental hallucinogenic drugs

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka atmakaraka responsibility for teaching

  • Shani-Dhanuzya * old doctrines, pressured beliefs, old patronage, must teach with scarce resources
  • Shani in Bhava-7 * digbala * must balance; cautious, conventional partnerships; chronic responsibilities toward the spouse

spiritual teacher, adviser, inspirational guide = atmakaraka Shani in Dhanushya 7th navamsha

Shani-Dhanuzya holds a shad-ashtaka 6-8 angle toward Mangala-Karkata * nichha while Shani randhresha rules shocks-8. This geometry contributes to the catastrophic stroke occurring his age 66 during Mangala-Shani period.

Shani rules 8 and 9 = secret relationships, tantric spiritual experience, world travel, and wisdom teaching.

Vargottamsha atmakaraka Shani-7 suggest that partnerships are overall materialistic, governed by vows, and pragmatic

The mutual aspect between Guru-1 and Shani-7 is one of the factors of his remarkable longevity

Shani rules 3 and 4 from Chandra-lagna = foundational teaching (4), publishing, apprenticeship (3)

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

  • Rahu in bhava-10 * privilege via glamorous or unusual iconic, symbolic, representational, government, leadership, rank; seeks high social visibility
  • Rahu-Meena * mask of dreamlike Other Worlds
  • Surya-yuti-Rahu * amplified ambition, magnified confidence, exotic creativity, tricky drama, opportunistic father, fascinating (but perhaps illusory) appearance of political genius

Surya-yuti-Rahu in 8th navamsha. Secret taboo-breaking relationships with father-figures. Ram Dass later in life revealed that as an undisclosed gay man, in earlier years, he had sexual encounters with countless numbers of men.

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

  • Ketu in classroom-4 * disregards local customs, property boundaries, absent from home
  • Ketu-Kanya * incomplete service, empty disagreements, dissolute arguments

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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