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American spiritual teacher
community adviser, inspirational guide
author of Be Here Now (1971)
Baba Ram Dass
a.k.a. Professor Richard Alpert
"The spiritual journey is individual, highly personal.
It can’t be organized or regulated.
It isn’t true that everybody should follow one path.
Listen to your own truth."
~~ Baba Ram Dass
Spiritual messenger, author * 1931-_____ * Ram Dass * Richard Alpert
birth data from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram_Dass * tentatively rectified by BP Lama
charts, graphs, and tables generated by Shri Jyoti-Star * adapted by BP Lama
Punarvasu * Aditya * Purnavasi * Vutvrta * Jamitra
For Punarvasu births of a masculine valence, the condition of prosperous, preaching, inclusive, broad-scope, philosophical, humanistic Guru may considerably affect the outcome. Masculine births under auspice of Puna, Visaka, or Purvabhadra may find that their worldview is greatly shaped by the character of priestly teachers and guides.
For those born into the Guru-ruled paradigm of Jamitra, 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 is provided by emissaries from the realm of the Twin Gardeners called Castor-and-Pollux. Their purpose is restoration, renewal, and rehabilitation of lost knowledge.
High forehead. Punarvasu often has a global perspective. The majority of Aditya-born nativities are higher dimensional Seva-wanderers who assume guidance roles.
Instructing, Explaining, Describing
Mithunaya-Dvamdva pada 1-2-3 represents Guru's rulership of 7-agreements ++ 10- leadership, while also expressing the tension between broad-view Brihaspati versus detail-oriented Bantering Budha. Pada 1-2-3 are blessed with an expansive capacity for evocative description or inspirational speaking. Often excellent writers who can facilitate spiritual growth via specific explanation and detailed description. Pada 1-2-3 are often found in the literary arts, in teaching roles, in academic advising, as travel guides, and as poets who describe the natural world.
Karkata-pada-4 represents Guru's rulership of 6-imbalance ++ 9-philosophical principles. Pada-4 also embodies the tension between global, paternalistic Saptarishi versus local, undulating, motherly Somana. As master gardeners and natural herbal physicians, they understand the wisdom of the mineral, plant, and animal kingdoms. Pada-4 may also emerge into the religious professions where they may grow a garden of psycho-intuitive understanding that develops into doctrine.
Although the Higher Teacher seeks wisdom, for Karkata-Punarvasu the guru-figure may also be adversarial, impoverished, polluted, or ailing (due to Brihaspati rules 6).
Themes of restoration of lost knowledge, gardening, fertility of understanding, wish fulfillment, and conceptual teaching may contextualize Aditya's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Punarvasu
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,
He revels in abstract thought
He may be also a poet of high attainment, expressing a fire and vitality in his verse
He will, however, be only moderately successful by worldly standards during his lifetime
Ram Dass (Richard Alpert) during the 1970s
Biographical events matched to the
Vimshottari Dasha calendar |
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 * age birth until age 2.8
06-Apr-1931 Earth-birth in Newton, Massachusetts, USA * Shani-Rahu bhukti * Rahu-9 global belief paradigms
Budha Mahadasha * age 2.8 until age 19.8
Ketu Mahadasha * age 19.8 until age 26.8
1952 (age 22) earned BA diploma from Tufts University College * Ketu-Zukra bhukti * Zukra rules 4-diploma
Zukra Mahadasha * age 26.8 until age 46.8
1958 (age 27) earned Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University. Dissertation topic = achievement anxiety* Zukra-Zukra swabhukti * Zukra rules 4-diploma
1960 (age 29) appointed psychology assistant professor, Harvard University * Zukra-Zukra swabhukti * Zukra-8 research rules 4-schooling
1960 began experimenting with psilocybin (hallucinogenic mushrooms with academic friends * Zukra-Zukra swabhukti * Zukra-8 secret explorations rules 11-friendships ++ rules 4-schooling
1963 dismissed from Harvard University faculty for unauthorized drug use and giving drugs to undergraduates * Zukra-Chandra bhukti * nichha-Chandra-5 lagnesha parivartamsha Mangala-1 = emotionally charged identity creation (1-5)
1967 grieved the decease of mother * Zukra-Rahu bhukti * Rahu gives effect of Guru-rules-2nd-from-Chandra
1967 Life-defining trip to Uttarakhand, India. Meets guru Neem Karoli Baba. Adopts Seva lifestyle along with new name Ram Dass. Returns to USA as itinerant spiritual service teacher. * Zukra-Rahu bhukti * Meena-Rahu-9 exotic philosophy + guru figure
1971 publication of Be Here Now, the spiritual classic which swept the youthful Anglosphere with Eastern mystical and Selfless Service inspiration * Zukra-Shani bhukti * Shani-6 rules 8-transformative initiations
1974 founding of world service order, Hanuman Foundation * Zukra-Budha bhukti * Budha rules 12-charitable orders, containing Guru-12
1976 Grist for the Mill celebrated publication * Zukra-Budha bhukti * Budha rules-3 + Budha publications
Surya Mahadasha * age 46.8 until age 52.8
Chandra Mahadasha * age 52.8 until age 62.8
Janma Sade-Sati Vrischika Dec-1984 until Dec-1987
1994 came out as a gay man via a magazine article in the gay men's press. A long-term union with a male partner framed RD's 6th decade.
Mangala Mahadasha * age 62.8 until age 69.8
1996 launched Here and Now with Ram Dass talk radio program * Mangala-Guru bhukti * Guru-12 interior worlds 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.* Mangala-Shani bhukti * Shani-6 chronic confitions rules 8-sudden transformation of identity * Shani-6 shad-ashtakya 6-8 angle from mahadashaipathi Kuja
Rahu Mahadasha * age 69.8 until age 87.8 ( Jan-2001 until Jan-2019)
2003 seven years after the debilitating stroke, causing pain and poverty, a former student Wayne Dyer alerts RD's community that RD is "still there" and needs support. An outpouring of funds was generated from a deeply grateful body of thousands of his former students * Rahu-Guru bhukti * Guru-12 rules 2nd-from-2nd = 3 lineage funding * 3 contains anonymous
2013 publication of memoire Polishing the Mirror (age 82) * Rahu-Zukra bhukti * Zukra rules 11-community, material achievements
2014 publication Conversations with Ram Dass (age 83) * Rahu-Zukra bhukti * Zukra rules 11-community, material achievements
Guru Mahadasha * age 87.8 until age 103.8
Distinctive Features of the Nativity
Psychology professor Richard Alpert standing with his friend (frenemy) and fellow psychedelic researcher Professor Timothy Leary in 1962.
Dad = amplified, Surya-yuti-Rahu, highly affluent, distinguished figure in financial, business, and charitable endeavors of northeastern USA elite cultures. Among other high-profile philanthropies, Dad was a principal founder of Brandeis University * Surya-yuti-Rahu bhava-9 Meena charity, universities. Surya in bhava-9 rules 2-collected assets, treasuries.
Dadr was a corporate director and community leader Ram Dass often commented that his father was wealthy, important, and overbearing * karako bhavo nashto
CAREER * Values Mixmaster
Surya-9 occupies the creative, individualistic, radiantly confident 5th-from-Chandra
Surya-Meena-9 theoretical, humanistic and philosophical teaching
Doctrinal, global, cultural-mixmaster Surya-yuti-Rahu rules 2-speech, values, lineage traditions, historical knowledge. . Most recognized as a preacher on mixed sacred traditions. Ram Dass repackaged and represented historic Hindu lineage knowledge for reinterpretation by the globally oriented Euro-American youth culture of the 1960's and forward.
outreach ministry (9) via voice recordings (2). RD's taped radio programs and comedy talks served as primary vehicles for distribution of the doctrine
Mom was a vigorously active member of her immediate ethnic social environment. Vrischika-Chandra-5 parivartamsha Karkata-Kuja-1
5/9 angle between Surya and Chandra would suggest that, overall, the parents were well-suited to each other emotionally and intellectually
Vrischika-Chandra-5 parivartamsha Karkata-Kuja-1
7th-from-Chandra-5 = bhava-11 community, social network, friendships
RD declared a vow of eternal loyalty to a spiritually beloved guru in a distant land, and did not marry. Numerous un-avowed private relationships remained undisclosed (8) to the public Zukra-8. Ruler of 7th-from-Chandra = bhava-11 community with its ruler in 8 suggests that the precise identity of the significant others remains camouflaged.
Ram Dass entered a committed partnership
Chandra = Comfort Zone
Chandra 5 stage performer, comedian of the dharma
Ram Dass = recognized leader within the avant-garde of spiritual culture-evolution in the West. His literary capabilities brought celebrity. RD's ability to represent an emerging (Vrischika) paradigm of belief made him a symbolic leader not in politics or education or in any formal organization, but rather as a prophet of New Thought (Budha Azvini-10)
nichha-Kuja behaviors + nichha-Chandra emotions
Public discussion of masculine sexuality (Mangala) + children (5)
Ram Dass in later years mentioned that his more authentic male sexuality became evident in high school where he formed relationships with other boys. Ss a public figure, however, RD intentionally obscured this sexual pattern. RD claimed for decades that he was a celibate yogi in love with his Guru exclusively. He piously pronounced the purity of the guru-sisya relationship.
During Chandra Mahadasha, RD 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 discovered that he was a father and grandfather. He 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. However, the relationship was reported to be disengaged.
Budha in bhava-10 rules bhava-3 evangelism and explaining. RD = widely recognized for his books, presentations, radio programming, and edu-tainment tours
Budha = karaka for diplomas and examinations. in Azvini, supports medical therapeutics such as clinical psychology.
Budha-10 rules 12-imagination imagery psychic guidance = academic research into experimental hallucinogenic drugs designed to invoke imaginative experience
Guru rules Surya in bhava-9-sacred doctrine, theory, professor roles ++ 12-distant worlds, meditation, imagination, clairsentience
Guru rules the Punarvasu lagna * author of the USA generation-defining book "Be Here Now " writes about ineffable spiritual experience and service *
Protective Harsha Yoga generated by Guru-Mithunaya -12 mutual drishti with atmakaraka Shani-Dhanuzya-6. This remarkably sheltering yoga has allowed Ram Dass to pursue alternative lifestyles, use a first-world biology to travel in microbial danger zones (third world), experiment with drugs, survive a massive cerebral hemorrhage and emerge as a continuously engaged spiritual teacher (Dhanuzya) and writer (Mithunaya).
Guru-12 in the deeply secretive 12th-from-Chandra
much interiority, many convalescence experiences, much seclusion, many visits from ancestor spirits * emotionally purposed for profound transformation tantra
RD was pestered by illnesses and injuries large and small. Yet he continued to serve despite the discomfort. A disabling stroke ended his actively touring spiritual media-messenger-mystic career. He entered a decades-long recovery from paralysis dealing constantly with the suffering of deep nerve pain.
His ministry then used this medical tragedy as a teaching model for pain management via application of meditation and spiritual focus upon simple things. Wheeled via mobility chair into retreat teaching environments, despite speech processing impairments from the nerve damage, he continued to serve as a popular and inspiring teacher well into his eighties.
Zukra-8 = preference for hidden arrangements. Zukra-8 also occupies the 8th navamsha = intensified signification of non-disclosure and secret aesthetic in relationships. Later in his life, Ram Dass revealed that as an undisclosed gay man, in his early decades, he had anonymous (8) sexual encounters with a remarkable number of men. Sarala yoga ensured his long survival regardless of epidemic threats.
None of RD's graha are particularly weighty in terms of urgent materialization potential (bala) but Zukra-8 has the highest comparative shad bala, suggesting that ultimately the teachings about relationships would be socially recognized.
Zukra-Kumbha receives an expansive philosophical drishti from Gutu-12-Mithunaya
Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka atmakaraka responsibility for teaching
Protective viparita raja yoga 6-12
During the 1980's and 1990's, wide swaths of the gay male population of RD's vintage fell victim to the ravages of AIDS, his Shani-enduring sarala yoga granted longevity. RD survived strokes, infections, and epidemic diseases due to viparita-raja-yoga via Shani in Bhava-6 = chronic ailment rather than death.
Age 66 during Mangala-Shani bhukti.= devastating stroke
Shani-6 rules 7-arrangements, agreements, contracts ++ 8-hidden assets, secret relations, undisclosed power
Vargottamsha atmakaraka Shani-6 suggest that partnerships are overall burdened (Shani) by health issues, disagreement, and mismatched expectations
Shani rules 3 and 4 from Chandra-lagna = foundational teaching (4), publishing, apprenticeship (3)
Rahu * rajyalobha-karaka * picchala-karaka (slippery)
Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka
Ketu in classroom-3 dissolution of fixed mentality during short-term travels (3). Not a permanent resident of the Rahu-9 exotic environments which shaped his worldview. Rather, a brief visitor whose stories of dispersed attachment to body-mind became inspirational Rahu--yuti-Surya-9 for a 30-year generation.
Elder sibling * 11th-from-Chandra = Ketu
Bantering Budha-10 significator of siblings rules Ketu-Kanya. Budha occupies 6/8 from dissimilating Ketu-3. According to Ram Dass' stories, his elder brother suffered from persistent mental illness. The brother was delusional and prone to petty crimes. Brother was in-and-out of involuntary residential treatment for many years. Opportunity for communication was significantly limited by the brother's mental incoherence Ketu-3.
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 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 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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