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Swami Satchidananda

a.k.a. C. K. Ramaswamy Gounder

Earthbody-Entry Tuesday-22-Dec-1914

Earthbody-Exit 19-Aug-2002 (age 87)


Yogaville (Virginia) Swami Satchidananda * 1914-2002 * C. K. Ramaswamy Gounder

birth data from: * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

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

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities

Swatika * Chotthi * Vayu * Nishtya

BPL commentary:

For Swatika chaps, the disposition of mesmerizing, hypnotic, shadowy, exciting, passionate, ambitious, opportunistic, privilege-seeking Professor Rahu may considerably affect the outcome.

Exotics, ethnic mixers, opportunists, fascinators, mesmerizers, privilege-seekers, impostors, rogues, agents of passion and desire, self-proclaimers, self-promoters, charlatans, masters of smoke and oils, and entrancingly ambitious persons may be especially influential.

Guided by the instructing intelligences of Arcturus. Their purpose is to broker trade agreements and balance the interests of multiple ambitious stakeholders.

Rahu-ruled Swatika gentlemen are Mix-Master Middlemen. They tend to be fascinating figures. By skillfully mixing and trading with different folks, Swatika chaps build exotic new exchange relationships. They are often found in policy organizations and government agencies, where their social equity work is distinctively multi-cultural. Their roles include trader, exchanger, bridge-builder, diplomat, negotiator, deal-maker, bargainer, marriage-matcher, alliance-designer, and other balancing activities that engage two mismatched sides within one functional agreement.

Swatika represents Rahu's desire to amplify Zukra's quest for harmony. Rahu combines unusual people and agendas to generate a previously unthinkable opportunity for trade in commodities, ideas, or services.

In politics, Swatika fellows may be associated with social, economic, or political integration of previously hostile or excluded participants. Their special talent is dealing with those who may be rogues, outsiders, stigmatized, or posturing frauds. Vayu-born graciously mix people and environments that were once segregated, making successful pairings between ethnicities, religions, nations, or individuals of differing practice.

Their pursuit of a social justice agenda is not entirely idealistic. It is ultimately motivated by their desire to obtain privilege by facilitating partnership, barter, brokerage, and exchange.

Themes of opportunity, fascination with appearances, and acquisition of privilege may contextualize Swatika's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Swatika-Chandra

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra. p 84.

"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 events matched to the Vimshottari Dasha timeline


SatchidSwami_1988.jpgRahu Mahadasha age birth-15

22-Dec-1914 Earth-birth * Rahu-Rahu swabhukti

Guru Mahadasha age 15-31

Janma SadeSati Kumbha Mar-1934 until Mar-1937

1935 Marriage-1 (age 23) * Guru-Zukra period

1937 child-1-of-2 (his age 25) * Guru-Zukra period * Zukra rules 9th-from-Chandra

1940 death of wife (five years after marriage) * Guru-Rahu chidra-dasha

Shani mahadasha age 31-50

1946 departure to old holy place (Rishi-kesha) and separation from children * Shani-Shani swabhukti

10-July-1949 ordination by Swami Sivananda as "Satchidananda Saraswati" * Shani-Budha period * Budha dharmesha-9 priesthood, doctrine, holy orders (Shani-9)

1951 assigned by Swami Sivananda to teaching, medical, and social-outreach mission in Sri Lanka * Shani-Budha period * Budha ruler-of-12 distant lands

Budha Mahadasha age 50-67 *

janma SadeSati Kumbha Jan-1964 until Dec-1966

1965 invited to visit New York by USA artists who knew him in Sri Lanka * atmakaraka Budha-Budha swabhukti * SadeSati * Budha dharmesha-9 doctrinal teaching and Budha in 10th-from-Chandra

1966 split from Swami Sivananda's Divine Life program, establishes a new program Integral Yoga * atmakaraka Budha-Budha swabhukti * Budha ruler-of-12 from 10 dissolution of previous position

1969 historic exposure as calming speaker at the famed Woodstock Festival * Budha-Zukra period * atmakaraka Budha-yuti-Zukra lagnesha in 10th-from-Chandra-yuti-Rahu-5 artistic performance. Both Zukra and Budha occupy Vrischika, suggesting tantric arts such as hatha yoga, pranayama, and mystical sound.

1976 (age 62) becomes USA citizen * Budha-Rahu period

1979 established the Yogaville community on 750 acre tract in western Virginia USA * Budha-Shani period * Shani bandesha-4 lands properties

Ketu Mahadasha age 67-74

1986 construction of the interfaith Lotus Shrine * Ketu-Rahu period

Zukra Mahadasha age 74- Lightbody Lift-off


1990-91 nine female devotees stepped forward to accuse the Swami of ongoing sexual abuses * Zukra-Zukra swabhukti * female sex scandal * Zukra randhresha

janma SadeSati Kumbha Mar-1993 until Jun-1995

19-Aug-2002 Lightbody Lift-off (age 87) * Zukra-Ketu * chidra-dasha

Distinctive features of the nativity

Surya * pitrikaraka

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

  • Chandra-Kumbha * comforted by rhythmic pulsing network linkage
  • Chandra in Shata-taraka * comforted by mixed networks * protectors of universal mingling, risky marketplaces, expedient social connections

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

  • Shani-Mithunaya * old messages, old conversations, imposed instructions, proletarian descriptions, pressured hand-arm, must signal with scarce resources
  • Shani in Bhava-9 * must preach the old doctrine, old paradigms of belief; punitive, unyielding ideologies, cautious, conventional father-figures; tense and fearful religious teachers, chronic rigidity of worldview; heavy pressure against freely chosen convictions

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

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

atmakaraka Budha in Vrizchika resides in the emotionally motivated, social-ordering, leadership-seeking; 10th-from-Chandra and in navamsha Meena lagna

Budha in Vrizchika yuti Zukra-Vrizchika Budha-yuti-Zukra

Mangala in bhava-3 * Mangala-yuti- Surya * Mangala-Dhanuzya yuti Surya-Dhanuzya

Rahu-Kumbha yuti Chandra-Kumbha * Rahu-yuti-Chandra * Rahu in bhava-5

Notable challenges regarding women and marriage, including sexual harassment lawsuits during Zukra Mahadasha * Zukra occupies 6th-from-Chandra

Guru in bhava-4 * Guru-Makara * nichha = many properties, but Shani-9 in 6th-from-4

Shani-9 and Shani in 5th-from-Chandra. Although he produced two sons during his marriage age 23-28, after widowhood age 28 he left the boys in care of his own mother and rarely saw them afterwards.

"And now my friends,

all that is true, all that is noble,

all that is just and pure,

all that is loveable and gracious,

whatever is excellent and admirable -

fill all your thoughts with these things."

~~ Epistle to the Philippians 4:8


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