Aum hreem Hraum Suryayeh namah * * Aum hreem shreem Chandraya namah * Aum eim hreem shreem Mangalayeh nama * Aum aim streem Bam-Budhayeh namah * Aum hreem Brahm Brahaspattayeh namah * Aum hreem Shreem Shukrayeh namah * Aum hreem shreem Sam-Sanneshcharayeh namah * Aum eim hreem Rahuvey namah * Aum eim hreem Ketuveh namah



Jothida * Jothidam * Joothidam * Jyotis * Jyotada *


samayavidya * daivachinta * daivaprazna


"Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens"

~~ Ezekiel 8:2

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A. Yes. The Jyotisha readings calendar is currently open.

  • Turnaround time is currently about three weeks, sometimes faster.

Q.Will you continue to update the website?

A. Yes. This old dinosaur website is ancient and creaky, but so many folks write to say that they are using the essays, studies, and materials. So, I'll keep working on it as time permits.

Thanks as always to my many dedicated and supportive readers for continuing to send appreciative comments and suggestions.

Wishing you every happiness, healing from sorrow, guidance by inner light, success in all of life’s endeavors, and continuing engagement in your study of the samayavidya,


Read Julia Swanson's Aug-2014 interview with Barbara Pijan Lama for the JyotishStar e-magazine

BPL philosophy of practice * Jyotisha = an Eye.

Jyotishavidya is an organ (eye) of psycho-spiritual study, designed to improve focus, clarity of awareness, and discrimination between objects of perception (eye).

As one of the six ancient components (vedanga) of the vast body of Vedic wisdom, Jyotishavidya is called the eye of the Veda.

It is important to appreciate that Jyotisha is a vehicle of perceptual refinement (an eye). The samayavidya (science of calendars) is an interpretive time filter that is applied to lived experience.

It provides validation and confirmation of the intuitive expectations. Jyotishavidya is designed to enhance the conscious life perspective (dharma) so that one may make wiser, more intuitively informed, more compassionate choices in real life.

The samayavidya is intended to support practitioners of all wisdom studies. This gift is explicitly not designed for superstitious fortune-telling. When misused for worrying, fearful, or superstitious purposes, Jyotisha guidance does not yield correct judgments. The vidya can yield excellent results for those seeking deeper attunement to the patterned unfolding of perceptual realty.

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"You are pure awareness, disguised as a person."

~~ A New Earth 1948- philosopher Eckhart Tolle


by W. S. Merwin, 1927


with the night falling we are saying thank you

we are stopping on the bridges to bow from the railings

we are running out of the glass rooms

with our mouths full of food to look at the sky

and say thank you

we are standing by the water thanking it

smiling by the windows looking out

in our directions

back from a series of hospitals back from a mugging

after funerals we are saying thank you

after the news of the dead

whether or not we knew them we are saying thank you

over telephones we are saying thank you

in doorways and in the backs of cars and in elevators

remembering wars and the police at the door

and the beatings on stairs we are saying thank you

in the banks we are saying thank you

in the faces of the officials and the rich

and of all who will never change

we go on saying thank you thank you

with the animals dying around us

our lost feelings we are saying thank you

with the forests falling faster than the minutes

of our lives we are saying thank you

with the words going out like cells of a brain

with the cities growing over us

we are saying thank you faster and faster

with nobody listening we are saying thank you

we are saying thank you and waving

dark though it is."

Book of Ecclesiastes * Koheleth

  • 3:11

"He has made everything beautiful in its time.

He has also set eternity in the hearts of men;

yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end."


There are three billion chemicals in the DNA-double-helix

Happy Birthday

  • Korean Buddhist Master Toeong Seongcheol (1912 - 1993) from koreanbuddhism.net
  • dharma talk May 1986

"To all you noble Buddhas currently living in prison, happy birthday.

To all you austere Buddhas selling your smiles in taverns, happy birthday.

To you countless Buddhas twinkling in the night sky, happy birthday.

And happy birthday to all of you brightly smiling, beautiful Buddhas in the gardens.

To all you Buddhas who have become endlessly changing clouds as you drift across the sky, to all you Buddhas who are quietly biding your time as boulders―a very happy birthday to you, too.

And happy birthday to all you cute little Buddhas swimming in the water. To all you lively Buddhas soaring about the sky. To all you reverential Buddhas singing hymns in churches, and to all you handsome Buddhas chanting in temples.

To all you Buddhas hoeing and plowing the fields and paddies, to all you Buddhas sweating in the humming factories, to all you Buddhas working in dust and dirt, and to all you Buddhas quietly studying in classrooms - let me wish you all a very happy birthday.

When I open my eyes, you are Buddha. When I close my eyes, you are Buddha. Every place in the universe is filled with Buddha!

The heavens and the earth are from the same source, and everything in the universe is One Buddha. Although we all have different guises and appearances, we're all manifestations of this One Buddha. Everything is equal, and everything is magnificent!

So let us transcend our torments in this world of Buddha, and enjoy happiness. How marvelous that every single place is a site for liberation from suffering and ignorance!

To all you Buddhas wearing the gentle smile of compassion and delivering the Dharma in a sound even greater than thunder, to all you Buddhas who fill every corner of the universe - every day is a wonderful day, and every day is our birthday.

So let us all eternally respect and congratulate one another!"

Swami Beyondananda

"If you're looking to find the key to the Universe, I have some bad news and some good news.

The bad news: there is no key to the Universe.

The good news: it has been left unlocked."

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How did Western astrology evolve differently from Jyotisha? Jyotisha compared briefly to western Tropical Astrology

How to order Jyotisha Readings

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All Thought Is Prayer

"May the poor find wealth,

May the forlorn find new hope, constant happiness and prosperity.

May the frightened cease to be afraid,

And those bound be free.

May the weak find power,

And may their hearts join in friendship."

~~ H.H. 14th Dalai Lama


Hello Barbara,

I have various differences of opinion, quibbles, dogmatic variations, complaints, orthographic issues, and frustrations with your website.

Herewith I am sending you the necessary corrections to your erroneous viewpoints.


One Who Knows Better Than You

A: Namaste

Thanks very much for your compliments on www.barbarapijan.com I am delighted to know that you are finding the website information to be useful in Jyotisha studies. I hope to continue to be able to add example nativities and commentary, as time permits.

Barbarapijan.com is not a forum for public debate or criticism. It represents my own work over decades of study and inquiry.

In order to share your own scholarship with others, please create your own blog, vlog, or website, or create or contribute to ongoing internet discussions on topics of Jyotishavidya.

Your educated and sourced opinions are valuable. The international Jyotisha community benefits greatly from the sharing of data, interpretation, citations to classic literature, and other scholarly viewpoints supported by concrete examples.

Please do not send your opinions to me, but rather please share with the community of learners.

Please accept my warmest encouragement to post your viewpoints in the appropriate places.

Thanks again for your kind support.

Wishing you every happiness, healing from sorrow, guidance by inner light, and success in all of life’s endeavors,

Sincerely, Barbara Pijan Lama, Jyotishavidya

There are no mistakes.

Everything is in perfect order.

Jyotishavidya offers an interpretive toolkit that can be used to discover the patterns which reveal the endless interconnectivity of the parts within the whole.

Every human thought and every human action has a mesaurable effect upon the textile fabric of the universe.

All experience is meaningful, productive, related, precious, beautiful, and correct.

Each breath and each thought are creative acts.

Each human creation offers praise to the Creator.

Enjoy creating.

Creating is Us.

Q: Will my afflicted Jyotisha nativity ever improve? Or am I doomed to a lifetime of disempowerment?


You are able to do anything that you believe is possible. The Jyotisha nativity simply defines the belief paradigm that was in place at the time of Earthbirth. The pattern at birth shows the default limits of the subconscious expectation.

Doom is fear, and fear is the great saboteur. Doomsayers are agents of fear. If one wishes to live a life crippled by fear and anxiety, that wish will be honored. Those fearmongers who seek to control others will certainly be delighted if you would like to register to join the group of fear-based believers.

However if one might prefer to live in a state of intelligent creativity and spiritual freedom, perhaps the superstitious path of doom is not the most functional choice.

Raising the buried expectations into consciousness may allow one to inspect the beliefs, then change the beliefs, and thus change the outcome.

Each individual is completely in control of every detail of the power and extent of the unfolding tapestry of the life experience. However whether one is able to accept the empowerment to control one's own destiny depends entirely on the permissions granted by the paradigm of belief.

It is recommended to inspect the inventory of one's beliefs and expectations via self-inquiry and visualization, in order to consciously alter the field of manifestation.

This exercise requires a willingness to accept personal responsibility for one's own beliefs about limitation, as well as one's own beliefs about permission.

Those unable to accept responsibility for managing the content of their own mental convictions may prefer to feel controlled by ineffable fate. Fascinated by the victim narrative, they remain in trance. For their experience of misery, they may seek to blame others, including deities, economies, and bad planets.

However, fate is simply the lawful, mechanical operation of the default belief paradigm. Defaults can be changed.

Mind is the Builder.

~~ Hamlet , I-v, 166

"There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio,

than are dreamt of in your philosophy."


na chorahaaryaM na cha raajahaaryaM na bhraatRibhaajyaM na cha bhaarakaari |

vyaye kRite vardhata eva nityam vidyaadhanaMsarvadhanapradhaanaM ||

It cannot be stolen by thieves,

Nor can it be taken away by kings.

It cannot be divided among brothers.

It does not cause a load on your shoulders.

If spent... It indeed always keeps growing.

The wealth of knowledge

Is the most superior wealth of all!

-- vidyaprasha.net

Book of Genesis

  • 1:14

"And God said,

Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven

to divide the day from the night;

and let them be for signs,

and for seasons,

and for days, and years."

~~ Theory of Relativity 1879-1955 Albert Einstein quoted in D. Brian Wiley. (1996). Einstein, A Life. p 186

"We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages.

The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how.

It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is.

That it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent being toward God. We see a universe marvelously arranged and obeying certain laws, but only dimly understand those laws.

Our limited minds cannot grasp the mysterious force that moves the constellations."

Gospel of Luke

  • 21:25, KJV

"There shall be signs

in the sun, the moon, and the stars."

Why Jyotisha does not support superstition and is not Fortune Telling, and how to use Jyotisha guidance properly First of all, it is important to reiterate that Jyotisha is not fortune-telling (although it can be mis-used for superstitious prophecy, and often is.) We live on a Planet of Free Choice, and every Earth Human regardless of their level of consciousness is required to make their own choices.

If the consciousness is so blunted that one cannot accept responsibility for making one’s own choices, then naturally one may seek to attribute power to outside phantoms and resentfully blame them, or live in cowering fear of them. But fundamentally, we are all making choices about how to respond to the experiences that unfold before us.

All of the patterns of experience are adaptive, meaning that the unfoldment of experience is constantly being reworked and redirected according to the decisions made by each individual being.

By the techniques of Jyotishavidya it is certainly possible to read default patterns in the map of the Jyotisha nativity, and indeed those living in superstitious mentality will follow the default patterns like a sleepwalker, only barely grasping the divine intelligence that is guiding their actions.

However to make the best use of Jyotisha divinations, one must accept responsibility for optimizing the range of available choices. The supreme optimization is to make every decision from the basis of compassion. Often the most compassionate decision is indeed to do nothing.

When an important action is required, Jyotisha insight may be sought. The guidance of Jyotisha can supplement other species of knowledge such as economic facts (or theories), sociological and historical perspectives, common sense, and other normal forms of terrestrial intelligence.

However ultimately the decision must be made as consciously as possible by the individual, and in so raising their consciousness by accepting responsibility the person offers the highest honor to that Source from which we are all born and to which we do return.

Jyotisha Topics

Upagraha " nearby" shadow planets

Varga * divisional charts

Pushkara Navamsha table of 108 zones of fortune , via the empowered karaka

Dwaadamsha * Table of 144 portions

Dharma Artha Kama Moksha Kshetra * "Four trines "

Vakri * "crooked", Retrograde

Planetary Combinations * Yoga * traditional significations, and calculation options

The Self-Puzzle * acquiring the Pieces, Putting the Pieces Together


Profession and Career

Wealth and Collecting Behavior

Politics and Celebrity

Writers and Publication

Spirituality and Religion

Death and Rebirth

Ratna Remedies * traditional gems for life-quality enhancement

Planetary Bhasman * herbal ash

Contemporary Astrological Practice Issues * including counseling philosophy and practical psychic steps


Pleiades Constellation * M-45 * Seven Sisters * home to many

"And I saw how the stars of heaven come forth, and I counted the portals out of which they proceed, and wrote down all their outlets, of each individual star by itself, according to their number and their names, their courses and their positions, and their times and their months, as Uriel the holy angel who was with me showed me. He showed all things to me

and wrote them down for me: also their names he wrote for me, and their laws and their companies."

~~ Book of Enoch, ch-33. trans. R.H. Charles(1917). Archived at sacred-texts.com


from Koeln Sanskrit Digital Lexicon :

  • Prashna
  • Muhurti
  • Parasara
  • Samayavidya


  • inquiring of fate, astrology
  • A supernatural voice heard at night (cf. upa-zruti)


  • lasting for a moment, momentary; relating to a particular time or hour
  • skilled in astrology; an astrologer
  • a class of celestial beings (children of Muhurta)


  • a crusher, destroyer
  • a son of Vasishtha or of a son of Sakti and grandson of Vasishtha; the father of Vyasa; said to be the author of Rik Veda
  • the author of a well-known code of laws
  • name of several writers on medicine and astrology


  • science of right moments, astrology"
~~ Hermes Tris-megistus, Tabula Smaragdina * The Table of Emerald.
  • English = "as above, so below"

"Quod est inferius est sicut quod est superius,

et quod est superius est sicut quod est inferius ."

What is Jyotisha ?
  • samayavidya = 'science of right moments'

  • divination, definition, and description


Reality consists of expectations, environments, agents, and events.

Divination is a method of symbolic pattern recognition.

Jyotisha is a form of divination which uses historic principles of interpretation to identify the pattern of interrelationships between expectations, environments, agents, and events.

In other words, Jyotisha offers a divination that can help to locate a relationship between a specific defined expectation and a specific defined reality.

It's all in the definitions.

The Sanskrit word according to Wikipedia, the term" Jyotisha" derives from Jyoti meaning "Light".

  • Jyotisha is a vidya : a body of partly mystical, partly mathematical knowledge. This body of knowledge contains principles which regulate the interpretation of effects of the planetary lights upon human perceptions and human behavior. The lights include Sun, Moon, planets and stars predominantly within Earth's solar system * Ra * but also beyond.

Jyotisha, as it is practiced worldwide today, is an ancient prediction system rooted in the scriptures of brilliant Indo-Aryan astronomer and astrologer Vahara Mihira (505-587 CE, Avantikapuri).

Jyotisha is often called"Vedic"astrology, although the name may be a misnomer since"vaidik" priests of ancient India actually used a a particular lunar astrology in their rituals which is quite different from the solar Jyotisha that is widely used today.

  • Nevertheless in my pages one may read the term"Vedic" used as a blanket term for"scripturally traditional Indian"and referring to a large and extremely diverse lore of ancient = starting circa 1500 BC and medieval Indian = including south-Asian, Indo-Aryan, Dravidian, and Mediterranean = astrological literature that far extends beyond the original portfolio of the"vaidik" priesthood.

  • Skilled Vedic astrologers, or Jyotishi (daivajna), can evaluate health, wealth, love, marriage, children, career, art, and death by using a series of astrological techniques developed within the ancient Vedic traditions, over the course of the last 25 centuries (at least).

"Life does not happen to you. It happens through you." ~~ Bashar
Jyotisha as a system of Accounting

Jyotisha can be understood as a s on the correct application of"Counting Rules ".

Jyotisha requires careful application of universal accounting principles. Ideally Jyotisha can yield a complete and accurate itemization of every single experience which the native 's subconscious image-projecting machine might produce in this lifetime.

In principle, everything should be accounted for, with no remainders.

The system is valid. However, the issue of correct labeling due to limitations of vocabulary and a cramped sense of possibility (self-limiting beliefs) has produced at the present time in history a set of mental conditions which impose some serious handicaps upon practicing Jyotishi.

Jyotisha modeled as a language

The two essential components of any language -- whether natural (human spoken) or artificial (e.g. computer languages) =

  • (1) lexicon = vocabulary

  • (2) grammar = syntax

Jyotisha can be modeled as a language, with its own grammar and lexicon.

Jyotisha grammar consists of its underlying principles for the construction of rational propositions, its definitional rule-base, and its lawful step-wise procedures for correct accounting.

The grammar of Jyotisha defines the mechanical rules which drive the experience-projection machinery of the human Mind. In this sense Jyotisha is an ancient and ever-lasting"science of the mind". Correct application of these scientific rules can generate accurate predictions of future experiences for an entity which has its own Mind.

As comprehension of the vocabulary of Jyotisha increases, the community will be able to practice more and test more the underlying Jyotisha grammar.

― Geoffrey Chaucer “Ful wys is he that kan himselve knowe.”
Jyotisha vidya practice community and its relationship to the language of Sankrit

The polite and delightfully poetic human language = Sam-skrita has been the carrier language for Jyotisha traditions for several millennia. All pranams to Sanskrit for its noble service of protecting and preserving the vidya during long dark times.

However the Jyotisha conceptual system far predates the linguistic origins of Sanskrit language. Sanskrit itself is a linguistically organic development from earlier languages. Before languages as we know them were needed due to the down-cycle of the yuga wheel, highly telepathic signal systems that were used for countless eons to communicate value and meaning from one generation to the next.

Knowledge of Sanskrit vocabulary at this time in history remains an essential tool of Jyotisha practice. However expertise in the grammar of Sanskrit is less important that expertise in the grammar of Jyotisha.

To facilitate the development of a worldwide Jyotisha community it is important IMO to begin translating Sanskrit terminology or introducing Sanskrit terms into the modern commercial languages. (E.g., as the Skt words 'yoga' and 'karma' have entered the lexicon of modern English.)

The birth of each New Age in the great cycles of history is marked by a major set of translations from the great works of previous cultures. I believe that a large-scale translation-interpretation of Jyotisha texts and commentaries from their protective sanctuary languages (Sanskrit, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Newar, Bodkye-Tibetan, Avestani, and others) will signal the birth of a new age of consciousness in the literate cultures worldwide.

~~ Paracelsus

"He who is born in imagination discovers the latent forces of Nature. . . .

Besides the stars that are established, there is yet another -- Imagination-- that begets a new star and a new heaven."

~~ Walt Whitman

"Re-examine everything that you have been taught.

Discard anything that is an insult to your soul and begin again."


Proposed Flag of Earth

The Real Truth: It's All In There

Omnia causa fiunt.

Everything happens for a reason.

Every person is creating their own unfolding experience of life, in every moment of every day.

  • The process by which life experience is generated = projecting stored subconscious images and expectations onto today's reality.

  • Learn to follow the inner teacher (in-tuition) who is the guide to that massive inventory of thoughts, hopes, dreams, fears, expectations, terrors, aspirations, memories, desires, knowledge, skill, and genius stored in the great warehouse Of The subconscious .

  • You will see the Programming.

  • You will see the your Path.

  • Absolutely no one outside oneself ever has - or ever could have - full access to your truth and your path.

Jyotisha is a vidya = a system of coordinated learning that utilizes the full range of intuitive knowledge of the human condition in cooperation with rational methods of applying principled interpretation to external sense data.

Jyotisha is not an empirical science in the narrow modern sense. It is much bigger than that.

Jyotisha is indeed a science in the classical western sense of scientia. Jyotisha comprises a database that contains both historic (time-bound) and immediate (timeless) knowledge.

Unfortunately, at the present moment, due to severe limitations on permissibility of data (itself an understandable reaction to the excesses of religion in eras just now passing away) modern science is more a system of technology, and less a full inquiry into the knowable.

Epistemologically legitimate evidence in Jyotisha can include intuitive information which is obtained from interior sources during a state of contemplation, meditation, reflection, or prayer. Clairsentience is not required in the practice of Jyotisha but it is permitted and supported.

Jyotisha requires the simultaneous operation of both rational and intuitive intelligence.

Like most of the classical vidya traditions, Jyotisha is too much handicapped by the limitations of dogmatically positivistic science. Thus Jyotishi who live in the industrialized worlds tend to compartmentalize their worldview.

  • The eminent modern Jyotishi Bepin Behari was also a recognized and effective government economist charged with providing systematic analysis for one of the largest economies in the world. He wrote a stack of technical books in economics (shelf-1) and another stack of catalogues and commentary in Jyotisha (shelf-2).

Having said that, it does help very much to learn Jyotisha rules via the 'case method' of data-analysis. That is why I have developed www.barbarapijan.com , to serve as one repository (among many that will develop) where students can examine sample nativities, and test this real-life data against the claims of historic Jyotisha theory.

The case-method offers modern intellectual Jyotishi a good path toward reintegration of this precious vidya into the modern multi-dimensional, multi-density worldview. By case-method, it is possible to verify how basic principles of Jyotisha, when correctly applied, can produce correct real-world predictions describing events on the physical , emotional, mental, and spiritual planes of perception.

The website certainly needs improvement, but I've heard from hundreds of students that they use and appreciate the materials. It's not bench science, but it sure is interesting!

~~ Interview with Ford Motor Co. 1863-1947 assembly line Henry Ford printed in The San Francisco Examiner. August 26, 1928

"I adopted the theory of Reincarnation when I was twenty six.

Religion offered nothing to the point. Even work could not give me complete satisfaction.

  • Work is futile if we cannot utilise the experience we collect in one life in the next.

  • When I discovered Reincarnation it was as if I had found a universal plan.

  • I realised that there was a chance to work out my ideas.

  • Time was no longer limited. I was no longer a slave to the hands of the clock.

Genius is experience. Some seem to think that it is a gift or talent, but it is the fruit of long experience in many lives.

Some are older souls than others, and so they know more.

The discovery of Reincarnation put my mind at ease. If you preserve a record of this conversation, write it so that it puts men' s minds at ease. I would like to communicate to others the calmness that the long view of life gives to us ."

"Wherever we go, whatever we do,

self is the sole subject we study and learn."

~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


The Self-Puzzle: Acquiring the Pieces, Putting the Pieces Together

Self-revelation is required to connect each person with missing (subconsciously concealed) aspects of ones own identity. These self-pieces are missing usually because of past-life trauma. It is often necessary to experience some pain of the old trauma as the pieces come back to light.
  • One of the major vehicles for self-realization in the modern world is the intense mirroring of intimate relationships. The threat of starving to death has receded for a big portion of the world's population, so now we are privileged to move into a new level of pain: anxiety, fearful worrying, and psycho-emotional suffering!

Indeed the human person is a complex entity. Gathering all of the pieces takes reflective time and study , as well as some tolerance for emotional pain.

If one can summon the courage to work through it, using the map of the Jyotisha nativity (and any other reflective tools which may provide intuitive guidance) it is possible to make great progress in reclaiming the lost parts of one's identity.

  • In a challenging marriage ?

  • Disrespected at work ?

  • Parents invasive and manipulative?

  • Sick child ?

All of these phenomena = dharma = purposeful . They are trail-blaze marks which show that one is on the proper path.

  • Find their indicators in the Jyotisha nativity, and reclaim your connection to the full range of human experience.

The painful and exhilarating experiences, the worry and the gratitude, are the textbook for studying one's own life purpose. See your path winding though the field of projections.

~~ Gospel of Matthew 7:12 "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets."

Morality is a terrestrial, cultural, human construct.

The ancient Etruscan word mora = walls around a settlement. Etruscan is a feeder language (lexifier) to Latin that added new words to Latin. Mora entered Latin with the meaning of behavior that is permissible within the walls of a settlement.

From Latin, the adjective moral entered English with the meaning of customary and accepted behavior. The prefix im- indicates opposite, not. Immoral behavior is not allowed within the walls of the settlement.

Different cultures have different values for good and bad behavior. There is no global ethical standard.

However there does seem to be a worldwide human fear of being shamed for participating in bad behavior and a similar craving to be praised for displaying good behavior.

This fear of shame can be added to a toxicity of guilt

Guilt is a separate mechanism of cultural training to repeat an action in order to correct mistakes.

Fear of shame and entrapment in cultural guilt can create an environment of internal pollution that poisons one's ability to make clear and objective assessments of the field of experience. One becomes allergically reactive to the objective conditions of social morality, harassed by social opinion, and desperate for social approval.

It may take some considerable time in the practice of meditation and self-inquiry to accomplish a cleansing of the self-negating toxins inherited from generations of ancestors who did not know their own minds and thus blamed others for causing their polarizing catalysiss.

At the moment when the most virulent reactions have ceased and the full range of one's internal echo-projection can be seen objectively in its awesome totality, at that moment one sees how BIG and how amazingly creative the mind is! Wow! Every leaf on every tree, every glance from every other human and animal, every pang of love and sorrow - one's own mind created all that!

The Jyotisha chart can provide a useful one-page agenda , to guide the self-interpretive process. Life purpose and path to enlightenment is actually less complex than it may first appear, because there is so much repetition: old fears = Shani. Old resistance comes back in new guises, almost indefinitely until conscious intention aborts that infinite feedback loop. Vimshottari dasha patterns can expose the repetition cycles.

Like any good story, the Jyotisha narrative has repeating psychological themes which express with intriguing variation and nuance = to keep the reader-native entranced!

Yet a competent literary analysis will show that each lifetime has a fixed structure, and that the core dramatis personae = body, siblings, parents, children, servants, spouse, advisers, boss, God, friends = all fit on one page, just like a Shakespeare play.

A favorite spiritual teacher of mine once said: each person is a hero in their own movie. Each movie has an inspiring theme song. Each person wins an Oscar for Best Actor! She would say, what is your movie theme song? What are the production values ? Is it is good script?

In the final 60 seconds of life, we all have to watch the replay of our self-movie. Will one feel proud of one's own performance at the Final Showing?

Jyotisha can help expose the structure of the script, so that one can do one's most heroic job in the role.

It is a game! Play well!

I realized my everyday struggle with life was heaven

~~ Mark Twain "Life does not consist mainly - or even largely - of facts and happenings.

It consists mainly of the storm of thoughts that are forever blowing through one's mind."

~~ Pierre Teillard de Chardin

"We are not human beings, having a spiritual experience.

We are spiritual beings, having a human experience."

Can the script be changed?

Yes of course - the script is determined by one's ultimate thoughts and beliefs, and beliefs can be consciously changed.

But here is the chuckle. Most folks, having achieved the consciousness to appreciate the literary structure of one's own script = via Jyotisha or otherwise) do realize that this script has authenticity , integrity and purpose.

It is unique and perfect.

The path is perfect. One may make small adjustments here and there. That is the entitlement of consciousness: one gains the intelligence necessary to change one's originating internal imagery in order to change the resulting external imagery.

As above, so below.

However, seeing that the path is unique and perfect, one tends to keep it just as it is, as a gift from God, and merrily wend one's way through the forest of illusion, battling the demons of fear and doubt, in gratitude for the privilege of the incarnation.

Jyotisha is helpful for its ability to predict when the demons (of subconscious fear) will emerge , and what shape they will take .

But it is the decision allotted to each native whether to destroy one's own self-generated illusions along one's own path or maintain the delusion. Free choice is the rule on Earth.

When one acquires all the pieces of this self-puzzle through owning and appreciating the elaborate complexity of one's own projection, one is consciously whole . At that moment of wholeness, one knows one's inherent identity with God = all that is . Simultaneously, one is able to see everyone else's identity with God. (All those people are projections too!). It is a lovely moment, called Enlightenment.

It is possible to repeat the moment at will, simply by remembering how one's projections are all connected . It is possible to advance on the path toward realization using any environment, any set of relationships, any mirrors we choose.

Jyotisha can provide a reminder, and a map to the territory.

~~ Ford Motor Co. 1863-1947 assembly line Henry Ford

"Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you are correct..."

Jyotisha *can be* a mirror showing your Path to Enlightenment/Unburdenment

Remember: under no circumstances do things happen"to" one.

Reality is constantly being created by a mechanism of projection of accumulated expectations, many of them fear-driven, upon the blank screen of consciousness.

The privilege to have such a blank screen is indeed a great gift!

The priceless opportunity of a human birth is the privilege to even have:

  • The possibility of learning what's in the inventory = skanda.

  • seeing the cycle of subconscious projection in action

  • learning to manage it (with compassion and skill)

  • And eventually to unload all of the fear and desire

  • which provide the fuel that keeps the incarnational recycling machine (samsara) going!

  • That keeps us recycling through endless heavens and hells of "experience"

POTUS-16 Emancipation 1809-1865 Abraham Lincoln ~~

“A man is about as happy as he makes up his mind to be."

~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"To finish the moment,

to find the journey's end in every step of the road,

to live the greatest number of good hours,

is wisdom".

-- H. H. Dalai Lama, The Path to Tranquility

"From the moment of birth every human being wants happiness and does not want suffering.

Neither social conditioning nor education nor ideology affects this.

From the very core of our being, we simply desire contentment.

Therefore, it is important to discover what will bring about the greatest degree of happiness."

~~ Holy Qur'an,sura of Ibrahim 14:24-26

"Allah shows by example. He provides a good word, which like a good tree, has roots firmly fixed and branches high into the sky."

Why the Vedic perspective?

In his preface to Myths and Symbols of Vedic Astrology, the modern Jyotisha philosopher and economist Bepin Behari says:

"The relevance of Vedic knowledge has greatly increased with the rapid growth of modern science and technology.

Knowledge of the expanding universe, the development of international communication, and the spread of a materialistic way of life are modern developments that have stimulated insecurity and caused people to lose faith in life.

The individual human being has become indistinct, having lost his uniqueness.

Man faces a dilemma in that traditional values no longer satisfy modern emotional and intellectual needs while the human mind has developed to a point where it cannot blindly accept just any philosophy.

The Vedic concept of life - the identity between the individual and the universe , the possibility of an unlimited growth and expansion of human faculties -- couched as it is in a different symbolism or abstract philosophy, transcends the understanding of most people.

Unless such inner knowledge can convincingly demonstrated to the inquiring mind , it will not be accepted.

Yet, with an objective study of the principles of Vedic astrology, it is possible to demonstrate that an individual's personal life, in spite of innumerable frustrations and immense complications, is looked after and guided by natural forces and cosmic intelligence."

~~ Seneca the Younger

Longum iter est per praecepta, breve et efficax per exempla .

"The journey is long by teaching; yet via example it is brief and effective."

Navagraha * Nine Graha

9 Planets

Navagraha - main page

12 bhava - main page


~~ http://www.nineplanets.org/days.html

Surya-Sun : Divine Intelligence, Father, Center-Stage Roles

  1. BPHS Vimshottari dasha of Surya
  2. BP Lama commentary Surya Mahadasha
  3. Bhasman (Herbal Ash) for Surya
  4. Arranged Marriage vs. Falling in Love* Shukra vs. Surya
  5. Surya in yuvati bhava, spousal charisma and entitlements of the mate

Chandra * Soma * Moon : Ocean of Feelings, Mother, Intuition, Compassion, Whole Mind

  1. BPHS Vimshottari dasha of Chandra
  2. BP Lama commentary Chandra Mahadasha
  3. Bhasman (Herbal Ash) for Chandra

Kuja * Angarika * Mangala * Mars : Animal Body, Male Siblings, Competition, Movement

  1. BPHS Vimshottari dasha of Mangala
  2. BP Lama commentary Mangala Mahadasha
  3. Bhasman (Herbal Ash)for Mangala

Budha * Mercury : Media-Message, Narrative Mentality, Younger Siblings, Coupling

  1. BPHS Vimshottari dasha of Budha
  2. BP Lama commentary Budha Mahadasha
  3. Bhasman (Herbal Ash) for Budha
  4. Budha + Other Graha
  5. Graha in 3rd-from-Budha
  6. Budha + Business: 12 domains of Commercial Profit
  7. Budha's Two Adolescent Mentality Bhava

Guru * Jupiter : Children, Expansion, Wisdom

  1. BPHS Vimshottari Dasha of Guru
  2. BP Lama commentary upon Guru Mahadasha
  3. Bhasman (Herbal Ash) for Brihaspati
  4. Who will I marry? Judging spousal character predictions from karaka lordship in the woman's nativity = Guru = first husband

Shani * Saturn : Karma, Rules, Responsibilities, Maturity, Structure

  1. Shani - Main Page
  2. BPHS Vimshottari Dasha of Shani
  3. BP Lama commentary Shani Mahadasha
  4. Bhasman (Herbal Ash) for Zani

Zukra-Venus : Sensual Pleasures, Gathered Treasures, financial well-being, Partnership

  1. BPHS Vimshottari Dasha of Shukra
  2. BP Lama commentary Zukra Mahadasha
  3. Bhasman (Herbal Ash) for Zukra
  4. Shukra and Addictions * too much sugar
  5. Zukra-yuti-Surya * sensual love + political idealism, the wife's father, a woman's own perfectionism = Venus + Sun; moudhya-dosha
  6. Moudhya Shukra = idealization, dissatisfaction
  7. Surya vs. Shukra * Brief Idealization vs. Lasting Partnership
  8. Easy Partnership Checklist for Zukra

Rahu-Ketu : Ambition-Apathy

All meaning is determined by the method used to derive it.

~~ Ramayana Ayodhya Kanda, Ch. 105.16

"Hoarding and expenditure, elevation and degradation, meeting and parting, life and death, all are akin."

~~ Autobiography of a Yogi 1893-1952 Swami Yogananda

"Know that this universe is nothing but a dream bluff of nature, to test your consciousness of immortality."

Yoga * Planetary Combinations , pairs, yokes

Karaka * traditional signifiers of agency, ability to act

Ayanamsha * Calculation Options

Vimshottari Dasha

BPHS = Nine Mahadasha Periods of the 108-year Vimshottari Dasha

  1. BPHS Ketu Mahadasha = 7 years
  2. BPHS Zukra Mahadasha = 20 years
  3. BPHS Surya Mahadasha = 6 years
  4. BPHS Chandra Mahadasha = 10 years
  5. BPHS Mangala Mahadasha = 7 years
  6. BPHS Rahu Mahadasha = 18 years
  7. BPHS Guru Mahadasha = 16 years
  8. BPHS Shani Mahadasha = 19 years
  9. BPHS Budha Mahadasha = 17 years

BP Lama Vimshottari Dasha commentaries

  1. BP Lama Ketu Mahadasha
  2. BP Lama Zukra Mahadasha
  3. BP Lama Surya Mahadasha
  4. BP Lama Chandra Mahadasha
  5. BP Lama Mangala Mahadasha
  6. BP Lama Rahu Mahadasha
  7. BP Lama Guru Mahadasha
  8. BP Lama Shani Mahadasha
  9. BP Lama Budha Mahadasha

Gochara Samchara Transits

  • Table of 144 Dwadamsha * 1/12th sections of each house
  • Varga * divisional charts* including DwadAsh Amsha
  • D-10 Dazamamsha for career

Planetary Yoga

Jyotisha Literature available Free via internet:


= Jaimini Sutram , in Sanskrit


complete list of e-books in Sanskrit PDF from RASHTRIYA SANSKRIT SANSTHAN, New Delhi

Nine are the interlocked dimensions.

Nine are the cycles of space.

Nine are the diffusions of consciousness,.

Nine are the worlds within worlds.

Nine are the lords of the cycles that come from above and below.

~~ Hermes Trismegistus, Tabula Smaragdina * The Table of Emerald * tablet-9

~~ Chagdud Rinpoche

"The trick is to have positive intention during the dream."

~~ Lewis Bostwick

"Be in the center of your head."

~~Memories Dreams Reflections 1875-1961 Carl Jung

"Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens."

~~ Gospel of John 20:23

(New International Version)

"If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven;

if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven."


You always say "Namaste".

What does "Namaste" mean?

In Nepal, "Namaste" is a universal greeting which is offered by all castes, ranks, and generations.

Namaste can be understood to mean : "I recognize your light".

  • 'Namah' = a holy name of the Light + 'te' = you

  • Namaste means essentially the same as "hello". English "hello" * a form of halo (yellow, hallow) meaning 'I see your light'.

What Wikipedia says about 'Namaste'.

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