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prominent medieval Christian mystic

author of The Interior Castle * El Castillo Interior = published in 1577 CE - continuously in print since the year 1577 and selling briskly


Teresa of Avila painted by Peter Paul Rubens, Germany 1615

Santa Teresa de Avila

a.k.a. Teresa Sanchez de Cepeda y al-Thumada

a.k.a. Saint Therese of Jesus

Earth-birth 28-Mar-1515 * dematerialization 04-Oct-1582 (age 67)


El Castillo Interior * 1515 - 1582 * Santa Teresa de Avila

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  • Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 91

BPL commentary

the condition of Guru will considerably affect the outcome

"... usually born into a rich family,

  • or she marries wealth.

She likes to be identified with cultural activities

  • and is extremely influential in the community in which she moves.

She likes reading,

  • and is a good judge of character."


Teresa in 1561, a few years before her death

Biographical details

El Castilo Interior 1515-1582 St. Teresa de Avila

  • born into; financially privileged and influential family. Her Jewish father purchased a knighthood and assimilated into Christian society.

  • Death of her mother, Teresa's age 14 = Mangala-Rahu bhukti

  • paternal grandfather = "marrano" (Inquisition-forced Jewish convert to Christianity)

  • her father assimilated into Christian society

  • proselytized to Spanish Jewish converts

  • a lifetime of illness, due at least partly to extreme self-deprivation

  • nov 1535, entered Carmelite monastery

  • 1562 began her Reform movement, requiring barefoot, self-flagellation, extreme poverty

  • died 04-Oct-1582 (age 67)

the corpse of Santa Teresa de Avila was literally torn apart by competing Catholic religious sects of priests, monks, and nuns who all wanted a piece of the saint's holy and non-decomposing body for their local reliquaries.; St. Theresa's corpse became a celebrated relic all across Europe. randhresha-8 Zukra-uttama in lagna (body)

Distinctive Features of the Nativity

El Castilo Interior 1515-1582 St. Teresa de Avila

Vargottamsha Surya-Budha Meena

A writer both reflective and guiding.


19th-century holy card of Terese of Avila

"It is love alone that gives worth to all things."

"accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul."

"Do not be dismayed, at the number of things which you have to consider

before setting out on this divine journey,

which is the royal road to heaven.

By taking this road we gain such precious treasures

that it is no wonder if the cost seems to us a high one.

The time will come when we shall realize that all we have paid

has been nothing at all by comparison with the greatness of our prizes."

"Each of us has a soul, but we forget to value it.

We don't remember that we are creatures made in the image of God.

We don't understand the great secrets hidden inside of us ." [randhresha-8 uttama-Zukra in lagna]

"Prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God."

10th navamsha = career and profession

  • 10th navamsha Rahu Mesha

"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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