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Eminent 20th-century Jyotishi

Economist and Diplomat

Bepin Behari

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Jyotishi, author, government economist * 1925-2005 * Bepin Behari

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"BIRTH AND DEATH DATA: Source Dennis Flaherty ** Earthbody-Entry : February 8, 1925; 11:25am LMT Chapra India * * fleshdeath : July 23, 2005 at his home in New Delhi, India"

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

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities

Krittika * Pleyades

  • QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 80

BPL commentary:

For Krittika natives, the condition of radiant, intelligent, central, confident, self-reflexive, pitrikaraka Surya considerably affects the outcome.

Father-figures, politicians, celebrity, royalty, entitled roles, brilliant dramatists, radiant deities, sparkling genius, glittering creativity, intelligentsia, poets romantic lovers, and game-players may be especially influential.

Guided by instructors from Pleyades.

"A proud, dignified, and honorable person

  • - an executive type.

He is very ambitious and eager for power

  • and has the ability to achieve his desires.

He has an innate sense of the importance of his destiny .

He expects everything to come to him as his due

  • and usually gets what he sets out to obtain ."

Biographical Details matched to Vimshottari Dasha periods

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Distinctive Features of the Nativity

Esoteric Astrology 1925-2005 Bepin Behari

Surya * pitrikaraka

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

Chandra-yuti-Rahu schooling with culturally mixed elements. Not completely customary in the household; parents may have some internationalized or caste-mixing domestic habits

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

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

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

Atmakaraka = Surya * parivartamsha yoga of Zukra-Makara -10 with dig-bala Thula-Shani-7 * Behari's extraordinary dual career spanned two demanding professions: traditional Jyotisha, international diplomacy, and industrial development economics.

Primarily an economist, Behari was educated at both Patna University and the University of London. He retired from service as a diplomat of the government of India. While simultaneously holding administrative, advising, and executive roles of substantial importance, during the period of India's mid-century industrialization, Behari also maintained a scholarly practice in Jyotisha.

Due to his international cultural fluency, and his skills training in western social sciences, he published primarily in English. Thus his Jyotisha viewpoint became accessible to the post-WorldWar-2, English-reading generations.

Behari published more than a dozen Jyotisha books in English, most of which are still in print and highly valued today. Esoteric Astrology is widely considered to be the magnum opus of Bepin and Madhuri Behari.

His spiritual perspective is distinctively theosophist, and he draws deeply from that belief tradition in his interpretation of esoteric Jyotisha.

For some, Behari's theosophical interpretive framework is constricting or even offensive; for others it is liberating. Behari's writings are often deeply reflective, often struggling for clear expression, but praiseworthy for the effort and sometimes shockingly insightful.

His economics publications appear to have faded into academic history, but Behari's Jyotisha writings continue to inspire controversy, confusion, appreciation, and debate.

Distinctive Features of the Nativity

Budha-yuti-Ketu involves both pragmatic administrative procedures and esoteric, anti-materialistic perceptions * Ketu

The overall nativity is strengthened by the presence of graha in all four corners * kendra.This remarkable pattern applies to BOTH the D-1 and the D-9 varga.

In D-1 kendra, all four cardinal chara * rashi

In D-9 kendra, in all four mutable * dviswa-bhava

Radical swakshetra Graha:

Public Career

Yuvati bhava 10th-from-10th - day-to-day interactions, daily reality, advising

uttama-Shani-7 engages the lawful balancing order in matters of high importance to the conduct of public affairs. Indicates consultants to government ministers.

Uttama karmapathi Shani occupies the career-driving 10th-from-10th yuvatisthana. This balancing, yoking Shani-yoga guarantees a long and lawful governance career (Shani) in specialties of consulting, advising, diplomacy, relationships (Thula, 7).

Powerful and stable career. Longevity in career. High dignity and respect in public life.

Dignified success in public endeavors, despite whatever internal frustration s may arise from the

Also in karmasthana: Zukra in parivartamsha yoga with Zukra's mithragraha S Shani

Kuja-Drishti toward bhava-4, bhava-7 and bhava-8 shows a competitive and adversarial quality, of a sporting and masculine nature, in the advising behaviors. Abundant physical energy and a blunt Kuja dosha afflicts Chandra-4, Rahu-4, Shani-7.

dig-bala * Shani-Thula * uttama * Sasya Yoga * Shani in bhava-7 Shani's austere adherence to marriage vows keeps the core relationships chaste. Opportunities for challenge and competitive excitement are found within the business partnerships but marriage remains fixed.

Yuvatisthana = 10th-from-10th = central to career. Daily interactions and agreement-building consensus with peers form the foundation of professional achievement. A good career must be strong in both bhava-7 and bhava-10.

Shani drishti to Chandra produces a hard worker, materialistic, often unable to accept direct physical affection, but appreciative of duty performed, laws abided, and material acquisition.

Rahu, Kuja, and Shani affect the Chandra-Rahu pair in bhava-4. Many house-shifts and career-driven changes in dwelling. Yet unshakably dedicated to the perpetuation of ancient (Chandra) folk customs and cultural norms and maintenance of traditional rhythms in the home.


ego-membrane identification

  • ruler of 2nd from Chandra
  • ruler of 5th from radical lagna

Atmakaraka Surya

Ego-identified as

  • Surya vidyapathi vidyapathi-5 * literary author
  • Surya-Makara in bhava-10 * governance officer, policy director
  • Surya in 9th navamsha * teacher of doctrine
  • Surya-Simha navamsha * bright presence in politics, drama, royal or celebrity environments

Long-term duty and dedication to public service in matters of finance (Vrishabha) indicated by the muted Surya-Shani pair in 6th dazamamza-10 Vrishabha.

Surya-yuti-Ketu * detached from the punitive, conformist pressures of public opinion

Bepin Behari commentary Planets in Signs and Houses re: the awkward 6/8 angle produced by vidyapathi-5 Surya-Makara in bhava-10

"You are very ambitious and hard-working.

However, you often fail to hit the target, and consequently feel immensely frustrated."

Guru-Dhanuzya * Guru in bhava-9

Bhagyavahana Yoga = ruler of 9 in bhava-9 while ruler of 1 in bhava-1

provides the overall fortune of"being in the right place at the right time" (9, wisdom)

provides the theosophical perspective

internationalizes the viewpoint

expands the scope of orthodoxy

Behari was born into a Budha mahadasha due to his Budha-ruled Azlesa Chandra. Therefore his material terra-lifespan did not include a mahadasha of either Guru or Shani. The effects of both of these powerhouse graha must be experienced via drishti upon other graha.

Broadminded and philosophical Guru casts drishti upon radix Kuja and upon bhava-5 for literary authorship (in Simha, the realm of royal Vishnu and divine intelligence)

Guru joins Kuja in D-10. Kuja period really brought forth the effects of indoctrinator dharmesha-9 Guru, through Jyotisha writing and lecturing.

The only graha lying outside the grand square in radix is the most excellent dharmesha-9 -in-9, Guru. since He will not have His own Vimshottari mahadasha, Guru's main contribution is the benefic ray He casts upon Ruchaka-Yoga Mangala.

Guru can have a karako bhavo nashto down-side affecting the father. The father may be over-confident of his own knowledge, pompous, or a priest locked into ritual who is unable to see the truth underlying ceremonial religion.

Chandra Yoga
  • rules radical bhava-4
  • Chandra-Mangala Yoga via drishti
  • Chandra-Mangala yoga via drishti to bhava-4. Financial advantage via competitive energy, innovation, physical movement of Mangala-Mesha plus Chandra-Rahu mixing with those who belong outside the home culture.

  • Kapata yoga in bhava-4. Less stability in home life. The home is much influenced by foreigners, due to Rahu; and some internal conflict via house-shifts and rapid movement, due to Kuja

  • Kahala Yoga - a strong bandhesha-4 Chandra receiving drishti of a strong karmapathi-10 Shani. Produces extreme stubbornness and rigidity in the home life, but softens the leadership style adding a parental quality. Can be patronizing and rigid yet protective and reliable. Takes leadership roles with conviction that the customary way (4) is best for the social order (10). Not swayed by others due to strong foundations in life (4).

10th-from- Chandra - psycho-emotional true service

Kuja again. Self-defining and overflowing with physical combative energy. Luckily that energy is skillfully but firmly constrained by the uttama-Shani. Result is many challenges and obstacles overcome - some instantly, through heroic action; most slowly and patiently, through maturity and the turning of the wheels of government bureaucracy and time.

Jyotisha studies must have provided a healthy outlet for the creative, competitive, individualistic energies of Kuja when the pressures of large, conformist organizations and their internal entropy would begin to weigh heavily on this bright independent thinker. Jyotisha provides the"big picture" view that his Chara square craves, while promising more action than the procedural rules of diplomacy could ever hope to produce.

Budha rules 10th navamsha

Budha ruler of career-profile Navamsha-10 occupies radical 10th in rashi of politically conservative, government-service Makara, suggesting a profession at the highest levels of the social order.

Budha's relationship to the highly benevolent

parivartamsha Zukra-Makara brings luxury wealth and structural, architectural beauty.

Budha-yuti-Ketu, Budha-yuti-Zukra, Budha-yuti-Surya

The career is complex and diverse, due to Budha's numerous relationships.

The Ketu influence is always dispersing, pulverizing, eroding the ego-attachments to material rank or praiseworthy social performance. Ultimately the native's reputation derives more from his spiritual contribution and less from his material status.

A straightforward, talented, rule-abiding and steadfast public servant who is a master of policy and planning detail. An administrative economist-by-day yet an esoteric Jyotishi-by-night.

Shani-7 in auspicious 9th-from-11th rules vriddhi-bhava-11 Kumbha. One is steadily employed with pragmatic judgment on matters of hierarchy and rank (Shani) and fair contracts (Shani-Thula). Gradually goal-gainful over time (Shani, lente, slow). His materially gainful activity (11) is socially normative (Shani) and regular in its productive pace.

Bepin Behari commentary Planets in Signs and Houses

re: the awkward 6/8 angle produced by bhratrupathi-3 Budha-Makara in bhava-10

Budha ruler of bhava-3 and bhava-6 = typically the most challenging graha for Mesha nativities

"You find that mental acuity, sociability, and comprehension of the deeper principles of nature and society depend on experiences gathered by the soul throughout many incarnations.

You work virtuously to acquire knowledge, especially esoteric wisdom, but somehow remain at the periphery of enlightenment.

You are very opinionated and cannot be submissive to anyone, as a result of which you fail to make much headway in life."


self-identification with a specific social activity

location of life force

natural sphere of action

Kuja = independent, innovative, athletic, impulsive, and dominating. Mangala's energetic, invasive effects are felt via drishti in 4-home, 7-marriage, and 8-hidden tantra.

Kuja rules 1 and 8. The double effect upon bhava-8 -- Kuja owns and casts His eye there -- suggests a powerful but nicely camouflaged pursuit (Kuja) of the esoteric treasuries.

  • uttama-Shani in bhava-7 protects the marriage.

  • Home life must have been frequently disrupted.

  • Kuja drishti upon Rahu-4 produces impatience with conventional schooling.

Bepin Behari commentary Planets in Signs and Houses

re: Ketu in professional mana-bhava-10

"You are an idealist, though an unhappy one, uninterested in life."
Bepin Behari commentary Planets in Signs and Houses

re: the rigors produced by dhanapati-2 + yuvatipathi-7 Zukra-Makara in bhava-10

"Personal comforts are taken away; you give these up in order to realize your mission in life.

You have tremendous sensitivity, which allows you to establish an immediate rapport with others , but this same quality also makes you suffer emotionally because you sympathize with the masses.

You may also display extraordinary skill in the creative arts ."

KarmaBhava -10; karmesha-10 and Aspects to karmesha-10 * public status

Budha-yuti-Ketu, Budha-yuti-Zukra, Budha-yuti-Surya

The work ethic is quite distinctive as seen via Budha-yuti-Ketu, Budha-yuti-Zukra, Budha-yuti-Surya all in the professionalized karmasthana. One places duty to the social order above all other obligations.

Karma-pathi-10 uttama-Shani public leadership, very much strengthened in kendra-7, suggests very strong leadership roles in government or large corporate hierarchies.

Bhava-10 accepts drishti of Rahu and Azlesa Chandra. The total picture is a highly visible distinguished governance career. But, as Behari points out, certain contradictions between the individually positive influences do generate some personal frustration.

for example:

Shani-vs-Kuja, Ketu in 10 + rogesha-6 Budha in 10

Kuja - Jyotisha

Kuja in Mithuna in both D-9 navamsha and D-10 dazamamza-10 .

Kuja in Mithuna in D-9 = karaka for astrological activities due to Mangala's energy expressing via explanations, descriptions, instructions, diagrams , communications oral and written, transmission of information, media messages, conferences, seminars, trainings.

Only in retirement from government career during Kuja mahadasha, did Behari enjoy the "leisure" to begin editing his writings to make them less obscure (as much as possible in any case considering Budha-yuti-Ketu ). In Kuja mahadasha he was energized to negotiate with foreign publishers, and to write new materials, which made his Jyotisha viewpoint internationally known.

Clearly Kuja is not a leisurely graha. Mangala is competitive, energized, and ambitious. Despite his advancing age, Behari was vigorously active during the mahadasha of Mangala, producing some of his best Jyotisha work during the final years of the incarnation.

Kuja can do this demanding material and spiritual work due to power of

  • Ruchaka Yoga = panchmahapurusha swakshetra Mangala-1
  • Bhagyavahana Yoga = ruler of 9 in 9 while lord of 1 in 1.

Relationship between Guru dharmesha-9 and Kuja lagnesha-1 generates Mangala's dynamic power to produce some potent Jyotisha works even after a long and demanding career in public service. At the end of a 40-year service career, most people would have stopped producing books and enjoyed a leisurely retirement. Bepin Behari continued writing Jyotisha books until the day of his death.

According to the effect of Rahu-Ketu engaging Chandra, Zukra, Surya and especially Budha, Shri Bepin Behari does things his own way at all times.

He does not kowtow to conventionalist piety in his Jyotisha interpretations. Due to his personal integrity arising from strengths of Shani, Guru, and Kuja, there was no need to seek social safety by pandering to the pundits.

Rahu Mahadasha age 65-79

Rahu Mahadasha brought accolades for valuable cultural-education (4, Chandra) and"roots " proliferation work . Most of the praise came from foreigners (Rahu, mixing) who expressed gratitude for his choice to write in English thereby making his views accessible to a worldwide English-reading audience.

Death in Rahu-Chandra period. Soma bandesha-4 = "the end of things ". Behari abandoned his aging body only a few months after his beloved life-partner's decease.


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