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"Caring is a reflex.
Someone slips, your arm goes out.
A car is in the ditch, you join the others and push.
You live, you help. " ~ Ram Dass
Chandra in classroom-6 = Seva
"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
American spiritual guidance figure
author of the counterculture spiritual classic, Be Here Now (1971)
Baba Ram Dass
a.k.a. Professor Richard Alpert
Spiritual messenger + inspirational author * experiential teacher * 1931-2019 * Ram Dass = Richard Alpert
birth data from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram_Dass * tentatively rectified by BP Lama Jyotishavidya
charts + graphs + tables = generated by Shri Jyoti-Star * adapted by BP Lama
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.
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 interpretive 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-Kadaga-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 activates 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 from 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
Assistant Professor Richard Alpert in 1963 (age 32) in the Harvard University Department of Psychology
Hugging Saint 1953- Ammachi of Kerala delivers some Shakti to get RD up and running again during RD's recovery from 1997 debilitating stroke
Psychology professor Richard Alpert standing with his friend (frenemy) and fellow psychedelic researcher Professor Timothy Leary in 1962.
During ongoing stroke recovery, Ram Dass' health improved in his 80's
Biographical events matched to the
Vimshottari Dasha calendar
Shani Mahadasha * age birth until age 2.9
06-Apr-1931 Earth-birth in Newton, Massachusetts, USA * Shani-Rahu bhukti * Guru dharmesha
Budha Mahadasha * age 2.9 until age 19.9
Ketu Mahadasha * age 19.9 until age 26.9
1952 (RD age 22) earned BA diploma from Tufts University College * Ketu-Shukra bhukti
1954 (RD age 24) earned MA Psychology from Wesleyan University * Ketu-Rahu bhukti ++ dvadasa Sade-Sati
Nov-1955 until Feb-1958 - Janma Sade-Sati Vṛścika-6
Shukra Mahadasha * age 26.9 until age 46.9
1958 (RD age 27) earned Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University. Dissertation topic = achievement anxiety * Shukra-Shukra svabhukti * Shukra activates 7th-from-Chandra agreement concluded ++ dvithya Sade-Sati
Sep-1959 receives annually renewable contract appointment as assistant research professor of psychology at Harvard University * Shukra-Shukra svabhukti * Shukra-9 activates 12-research
Sep-1960 (RD age 29) semester appointment as Visiting Professor at UC-Berkeley * Shukra-Shukra svabhukti * Shukra-9 universities activates 5 scholarship
05-Mar-1961 (RD age 30) with fellow professor Timothy Leary, RD began experimenting with psilocybin (hallucinogenic mushrooms) * Shukra-Shukra svabhukti * Shukra-9 activates 12-interiority, dream-vision
1963 (RD age 32) non-renewal of faculty contract at Harvard University, for giving drugs to an undergraduate. Leary also non-renewed. * Shukra-Chandra bhukti
22-Jan-1967 (RD age 36) grieved the decease of mother via spleen disease * Shukra-Rahu bhukti
1967-early 1968 (RD age 36) Richard Alpert becomes Ram Dass. Life-defining trip to Uttarakhand, India. Meets guru Neem Karoli Baba. Adopts Seva lifestyle, identified as an itinerant spiritual servant. * Shukra-Rahu bhukti * gochara Rahu 1967 via Budha lagnesha Mesha, then in Jan-1968 via Rahu-Surya-Meena-10
1968 returns to father's affluent home in Boston, adorned as an Indian sadhu * Shukra-Rahu bhukti * Surya-yuti-Rahu = father, foreignness, cultural mixing
1971 (RD age 40) publication of the counterculture spiritual classic Be Here Now, which inspired a a youthful Anglosphere audience to practice Eastern mysticism and Selfless Service * Shukra-Shani bhukti * dharmesha Shani activates 3rd-from-Chandra publications
1973 (RD age 42) grieved the decease of guru-figure NeemKaroliBaba MahaRaji * Shukra-Shani bhukti * Shani activates 12th-from-9th = dematerialization of guru-figure
1974 (RD age 43) founding of world service order = Hanuman Foundation * Shukra-Budha bhukti * Budha-11 community = lagnesha
1976 (RD age 45) philosophical book Grist for the Mill celebrated publication * Shukra-Budha bhukti * Budha-publication
Surya Mahadasha * age 46.9 until age 52.9
Chandra Mahadasha * age 52.9 until age 62.9
Dec-1984 until Dec-1987 Janma Sade-Sati Vṛścika
Mangala Mahadasha * age 62.9 until age 69.9
1994 (RD age 63) 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 7th decade * Mangala-Mangala svabhukti * Kuja activates 11-community + 6-conflict
1996 (RD age 65) launched Here and Now with Ram Dass talk radio program * Mangala-Guru bhukti * Guru-1 identity karmesha
19-Feb-1997 (RD age 66) massive near-fatal cerebral hemorrhage * right half of body paralyzed + much speech processing is lost via expressive aphasia. Subsequent severe intestinal infection, heavy medical expenses, continuing illness * Mangala-Shani bhukti * Shani randhresha * Shani-7 + Mangala-2 occupy 6/8 angle
Rahu Mahadasha * age 69.9 until age 87.9 (Feb-2001 until Feb-2019)
2003 (RD age 72) six 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-Rahu svabhukti * Surya-yuti-Rahu rules 3-announcements
2004 severe illness following a trip to India
2013 (RD age 82) publication of memoire Polishing the Mirror * Rahu-Shukra bhukti * * Shukra activates 5 authorship, 12 inspirational interiority
2014 (RD age 83) publication Conversations with Ram Dass * Rahu-Shukra bhukti * Shukra activates 5 = 3rd-from-3rd conversations, authorship
Nov-2014 until Jan-2017 = Janma Sade-Sati Vṛścika
Guru Mahadasha * age 87.9 until decease age 88
22-Dec-2019 (RD age 88) dematerialization peacefully at home on Maui * Guru-Shani bhukti * Shani maraka rules 7
Distinctive Features of the Nativity
CAREER * SURYA
For fifty years, from 1968 until dematerialization in 2019, RD held an unofficial, un-ordained, high-charisma, iconic position in Euro-American counterculture [Rahu] .
RD = iconic figure (10) in the late 20th-century Anglosphere youth counterculture. For those who wished to see, RD's pithy, exotic-themed books, events, and radio-talks (3) showed a brighter, clearer view of reality. Shining with the brilliant light [Surya] of Divine being [Surya], RD gleefully transgressed cultural barriers [Rahu] and passionately engaged a restless, adventurous, young audience.
RD is considered by some historians of religion to have been a seminal figure of the Fourth Great Awakening in USA culture. Seen from a social-historical perspective, the Great Awakenings are broadly dated
RD's celebrated offerings included radio (3) thirteen books (3) event management (3) public talks (3). His taped conversations (3) via radio call-in programs and comedy talks were bought (3 sales) by an audience of light-seekers (Surya-10 visible light). Before 1968, RD also wrote academic research articles and produced teaching materials.
most prominently recognized (10) as the author of the USA generation-defining counterculture [Rahu]spiritual book Be Here Now
Most recognized as a writer (Surya-10 prabandhana-pati)
CAREER - CHANDRA
Chandra-Vṛścika rules 2-speech, values, lineage traditions, historical knowledge, chanting, sound, semantics, genetics
Vargottamsha in Vṛścika-6 = ministry of service
Vṛścika-Chandra-6 parivartamsha Karkata-Kuja-2 = emotionally activated speech-and-song
Intakes drishti from super-powered culture-mixer beacon-of-light Rahu in bhava-10
Chandra activates 2-family of origin
Accidents, injuries, sickness, distress = [nīcha] Chandra-6 in Anuradha, ruled by duro-karaka Shani
RD was pestered by illnesses and injuries large and small. Yet, he continued to serve despite the discomfort.
This acute medical tragedy was deployed as a teaching model for pain management via application of meditation and spiritual focus upon simple habitual routines [Chandra].
Mom was a vigorously active member of her immediate ethno-financial environment.
5/9 angle between Surya and Chandra would suggest that, overall, the parents were well-suited to each other emotionally (Soma) and intellectually [Surya]
MARRIAGE partnership emotional equity support expectations
Vyaya-pati = Shukra-9
CAREER - MANGALA
RD's background in academic psychology aided his ability to vocalize (2) a path of discovery [Vṛścika] with the language of feelings [Chandra]
Masculine sexuality (Kuja-Soma)
RD claimed for decades that he was a celibate yogi in love with his Guru exclusively. He sonorously invoked (2 invocation) the profound purity of this lineage guru-sisya relationship.
Oppressed by the threatening taboo of the time, RD denied that this sexual activity [Kuja] continued vigorously in adult life.
In Kuja-Kuja svabhukti age 63, RD decided to tell the truth (2). He recalled that a more authentic masculine sexuality had emerged in high school where he formed relationships with other boys. He revealed (Chandra-Vṛścika) a multi-decade pattern of denial (2) enforced by his family traditions (2). Even in this dangerous revelation, RD offered a healing pathway (Karkata-Vṛścika) to those suffering similar fears of extortion and retribution for their natural sexual actions.
Vigorous ruler of community-oriented lagnesha Budha-Mesha-11
CAREER - BUDHa
lagnesha Budha in bhava-11 = identified with community, collectivity, mass movements, social participation goals
Budha = karaka for diplomas and examinations rules 4-schooling.
CAREER - GURU
Brihaspati activates Punarvasu radical lagna
Guru-Mithunaya-1 often grants height or girth of the material form
CAREER - SHUKRA
Shukra-9 Doctrinal, global, theoretical, humanistic, philosophical teaching rules
Vargottamsha in Kumbha-9
Shukra-9 = vyaya-pati
Shukra activates Tula-5 = the deeply enclosed 12th-from-Chandra =
Shukra-Kumbha interpersonal arrangements, receives complex signal from three sources
Shani * duro-karaka (endurance) * jara-karaka (years) atmakaraka responsibility for teaching
[Atmakaraka] sobriety, respect for elders, laws-and-consequences, structure, hierarchies, endurance
CAREER - SHANI
Shanideva Bhagavan rules
Vargottamsha atmakaraka Shani-Dhanus
Rahu * rajyalobha-karaka (ambition) * picchala-karaka (slippery)
CAREER - RAHU
The celebrated boundary-breecher cultural-mixer Bright Light of an adventurous generation
Rahu in bhava-10 drishti into
Ketu kavandha-karaka (headless) * chidra-karaka (gaping) * vasana-karaka (vacuum)
CAREER - KETU
Despite the solid preparation for tertiary-level teaching that was ensured by his Stanford Ph.D. in psychology (due to disciplined Shani-7 drishti into 4) RD walked away from conventional classroom teaching during a Rahu bhukti, and never returned * Shukra-Rahu bhukti
Elder sibling * 11th-from-Chandra
Elder brother 11-from-Chandra mental disorientation
Ram s *** 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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