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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
" 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 
Baba Ram Dass
a.k.a. Professor Richard Alpert
Ram Dass = Richard Alpert
birth data from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram_Dass
tentatively rectified by BP Lama
tentatively rectified by BP Lama Jyotishavidya
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Masculine Public-Figure Examples
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
[Mithuna - 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 - Aditya
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
during RD's lengthy recovery from his 1997 debilitating stroke, RD suffered a near-fatal bacterial infection.
Hugging Saint 1953- Ammachi of Kerala delivers a Shakti pulse to get RD up and running. After this jolting shakti intervention, his health slowly rebounded, and RD lived for many more years.
During ongoing stroke recovery, Ram Dass' health improved in his 80's
Psychology professor Richard Alpert standing with his friend [frenemy] and fellow psychedelic researcher Professor Timothy Leary in 1962.
Biographical events matched to the
[Shani Mahadasha] [age birth until age 2.8]
06-Apr-1931 Earth-birth in Newton, Massachusetts, USA * Shani-Rahu bhukti
[Budha Mahadasha] [age 2.8 until age 19.8]
1944 [RD age 13] Bar Mitzvah * Budha-Rahu bhukti
[Ketu Mahadasha] [age 19.8 until age 26.8]
1952 [RD age 22] earned baccalaureate 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
1957 [RD age 27] Following the successful defense of his dissertation on achievement anxiety, granted Ph.D. in Psychology by Stanford University. * Ketu-Budha chidradasha * Budha diploma ++ janma Sade-Sati
[Shukra Mahadasha] [age 26.8 until age 46.8] [Jan-1958 until Jan-1978]
Sep-1959 [RD age 28] receives annually renewable contract appointment as assistant research professor of psychology at Harvard University * Shukra-Shukra svabhukti * Shukra rules 12-research
Sep-1960 [RD age 29] semester appointment as Visiting Professor at UC-Berkeley * Shukra-Shukra svabhukti * Shukra rules 12-sojourn in distant place
05-Mar-1961 [RD age 30] with fellow professor Timothy Leary, RD began experimenting with psilocybin [hallucinogenic mushrooms] * Shukra-Shukra svabhukti * Shukra-8 rules 12-research
1963 [RD age 32] non-renewal of faculty contract at Harvard University, for giving drugs to an undergraduate. Leary is also non-renewed. * Shukra-Chandra bhukti * Chandra-6 drugs parivartamsha rogesha Mangala-2]
22-Jan-1967 [RD age 36] grieved the decease of mother, Gertrude Levin, via spleen disease * Shukra-Rahu bhukti
1967-early 1968 [RD age 36] Life-defining trip to Uttarakhand, India. Meets root-guru, Neem Karoli Baba. Now publicly identified [Rahu-10] as an itinerant spiritual servant, jobless professor Richard Alpert takes the spiritual-name of Ram Dass. Adopts rural Bharati clothing and a Seva-principled lifestyle . * Shukra-Rahu bhukti ++ gochara Rahu 1967 via Mesha, then in Jan-1968 via Rahu-Surya-Meena
1968 [RD age 36] returns to his lawyer-father's affluent home in Boston, adorned as an Indian sadhu * Shukra-Rahu bhukti
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 * atmakaraka Shani rules 9-philosophy
1973 [RD age 42] grieved the decease of root-guru, Neem-Karoli-Baba MahaRaji * Shukra-Shani bhukti * atmakaraka Shani rules 12th-from-9 = disembodiment of guru-figure
1974 [RD age 43] founding of world service order, Hanuman Foundation - associated with the public image of Ram Dass * Shukra-Budha bhukti * Budha lagnesha
1976 [RD age 45] publication of Grist for the Mill celebrated inspirational book * Shukra-Budha bhukti * Budha lagnesha publications
[Surya Mahadasha] [age 46.8 until age 52.8] [Jan-1978 until Jan-1984]
[Chandra Mahadasha] [age 52.8 until age 62.8 [Jan-1984 until Jan-1994 ]
Dec-1984 until Dec-1987 Janma Sade-Sati Vṛścika
13-Sep-1988 [RD age 58] [dad age 90] grieved the decease of elderly father * Chandra-Shani bhukti * Shani rules 12th-from-Surya ++ dvithya Sade-Sati
[Mangala Mahadasha] [age 62.8 until age 69.8 ] [Jan-1994 until Jan-2001]
1996 [RD age 65] launched Here and Now with Ram Dass talk radio program * Mangala-Budha bhukti * Budha radio
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 * 6/8 Mangala-Shani shadashtakya * Shani rules 8-shock, trauma, sudden eruption of unexpected force
[Rahu Mahadasha] [age 69.8 until age 87.8] [Jan-2001 until Jan-2019]
2003 [RD age 72] six years after the debilitating stroke, causing pain and poverty, RD's former student, Wayne Dyer, alerts the community that RD is / still there / and needs support. An outpouring of funds was generated from thousands of deeply grateful former students * Rahu-Rahu svabhukti
2003 [RD age 73] severe illness from infection, following a trip to India * Rahu-Rahu svabhukti
2013 [RD age 82] publication of memoire Polishing the Mirror * Rahu-Shukra bhukti * Shukra rules 5-celebrated publications ++ dvasa Sade-Sati
2014 [RD age 83] publication Conversations with Ram Dass * Rahu-Shukra bhukti * Shukra rules 5-celebrated publications ++ janma Sade-Sati
Nov-2014 until Jan-2017 = Janma Sade-Sati Vṛścika
[Guru Mahadasha] [age 87.8 until decease age 88]
22-Dec-2019 [RD age 88] Liberation from the Earthen-body, peacefully at home on Maui * Guru-Guru svabhukti * maraka Guru rules 7
Distinctive Features of the Nativity
pitri-karaka [father] jyoti-karaka [light]
[reputation for visionary inspirational writings]
[brightly radiating high status imagination]
[intelligence for intuitive leadership]
[celebrated entitlement for philosophical authority]
[political focus on contemplative executive roles]
[entitled certainty via prayerful social duty]
[corporate-organizational Revatī-2] [navamsha Surya-Makara] intuitively confident hierarchical governance
OUTCOMES - SURYA
iconic uniqueness, high visibility intelligence, autocratic style, socially prominent, radiantly regulatory, confidently commanding, sparkling center-stage public creatives [Surya in bhava-10] rules
CAREER - SURYA
Too much paperwork
Dad = corporate railroad directorm
prominent philanthropist [Meena visionary charity]
Over-reaching RAHU extends the GREAT REACH of Surya
Rahu-Surya ruled by [Guru in bhava-1]
Dhana-pati-Surya-Revati [shepherding] = focused on restoration  of heritage values
Rahu-10 is a culture-mixer and Surya activates culture-talking Mangala-Karkata-2
Rd re-speaking of the tradition  allowed both collections of heritage values to spread into the audience of globally oriented Anglosphere youth.
For those attuned to the knowledge ,
Rahu-yuti-Surya ruled by invisible wildness [Guru in fantasizing-charitable Arudra-4]
RD repackaged a stream of historic Indic lineage knowledge [Rahu-yuti-Surya-10 rules 2-tradition] to re-introduce ancient sacred heritage into modern stree-tlevel folk parlance [Karkata-Kuja-2]
matrikaraka [mother] * garha-karaka [village]
comfortable with customarily camouflaged service ministry]
[routinely feels secretly overworked, then sick]
[eruptively disposed toward defensive argumentation]
[needs to labor in exploitive or adversarial richly-resourced workspaces]
[mother may be an ancestral healer, yet her invasive energy may attach her to illness, victimization, servitude, or abuse]
[nīcha-Mangala-2 parivartamsha Chandra-6-nīcha]
OUTCOMES - CHANDRA
sensitively ministering, protectively helping, routinely analyzing, parentally criticizing, rhythmically complaining, customary service, predictably laboring, culturally exploiting, emotionally unbalanced, needs to be argumentative [Chandra in classroom-6] rules
Marriage challenges include
bhratru-karaka [brother] virya-karaka [virile]
[Dhanayoga = Mangala-2 rules-11]
[energetic pursuit of ethnic roots] [drive to localize historical values]
[ministering-logistical Pushya-2] [navamsha Mangala-Kanya]
[nīcha-Mangala-2 parivartamsha Chandra-6-nīcha]
OUTCOMES - MANGALA
financially competitive, verbally assertive, forthrightly spoken, proactively acquisitive family lineage, champion of the capitalized [Mangala in bhava-2]
CAREER - KUJA
dynamic, competitive, progressive [Mangala in bhava-2] rules
CAREER - MANGALA
relentless ministry of service
jamayah-karaka [sibling] sandesha-karaka [message] shisya-karaka [student]
[delivers instruction on systematic achievement of championship]
[populist pioneering narrative of competitive innovation]
[inventive dialog describes social gridwork]
[pursuit of vigorously athletic masculine creative friendships]
[discusses new energy networks within community systems]
[verbally dominant team-mates get material goals]
[sibling-cousin spouts rhetoric of supreme achievement]
[ritualized-habitual Aśvini-4] [navamsha Budha-Karkata]
OUTCOMES - BUDHA
socializing, friendly, connecting, systematic, gridworking, distributive, associative, profitable, goal-achieving [Budha in bhava-11] rules
dhava-karaka [husband] bahuta-karaka [variety]
[public icon of tolerance and principled worldview]
[multiple generous guidance careers]
[descriptively identified with married status]
[expansively discursive contract brokerage]
[philosophically aligned with social elites]
[fantasizing-charitable Arudra-4] [navamsha Guru-Meena]
OUTCOMES - GURU
expansively active, abundantly energized, jovial competitor, multiple identities, numerous offspring, optimistic innovator, broad-scope of embodied inspiration [Guru in bhava-1] rules
CAREER - BRIHASPATI
[Guru in bhava-1] activates
svadu-karaka [sweet] kalatra-karaka [wifely companion]
[economic-distributive Varuna-3] [vargottamsha] [navamsha Shukra-Kumbha] arrangements-bargains with vast assemblies
OUTCOMES - SHUKRA
sensually philosophical, appreciative of higher understanding, harmoniously patronizing, aesthetically wisdom-guiding, financially optimistic, musical-artistic father-figure, global scope of relationships [Shukra-9] rules
CAREER - SHUKRA
Shukra-Kumbha-9 loves a creative, meditative crowd - especially a sangha
[Shukra Mahadasha] [age 26.8 until age 46.8] [Jan-1958 until Jan-1978]
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 spiritual Great Awakenings are broadly dated
duro-karaka [endurance] * jara-karaka [Jahre, years]atmakaraka responsibility for teaching
[staunch adherence to religious oaths of fealty]
[catchetical legitimacy of fairly bargained agreements]
[theologically principled partnerships]
[obligatory doctrinal preaching upon maintenance of yoked pairs]
[must equably regulate paradigmatic beliefs]
[imposes proletarian worldview within contractual exchanges]
[drying of the vitality fires in kidney-pancreas region]
[lawfully required to conduct priestly diplomacy]
[must continue old sacred avowals]
[doctrinal-optimistic Uttarāṣāḍha-1] [navamsha Shani-Dhanus] [Vargottamsha] intuitively structured old-times rigidly principled worldview
[Atmakaraka sobriety, respect for elders, laws-and-consequences, structure, hierarchies,endurance]
OUTCOMES - SHANI
formally promising, systematically bargaining, trust-imposing, lawfully pledging, seriously oath-taking [Shani in Bhava-7] rules
CAREER - SHANI
duro-karaka [Shani in Bhava-7] rules
Vargottamsha atmakaraka Shanideva Bhagavan in preaching [Uttarāṣāḍha -1]
rajyalobha-karaka [ambition] picchala-karaka [slippery]
[for Mithuna indriya-lagna]
[Rahu-10 casts passionately lawful institutional drishti into 2-4-6]
check Guru for defining source of Rahu's broad philosophical inclusiveness
[regulatory authority based in mixed-culture dreamlike imagery]
[fascinating icon of inner knowing]
[elite captain of exciting symbolism]
[amazing public contemplative leadership]
[astonishing social rise of poets, clairsentients, meditators, researchers, reeflective philosophers ]
[reputed for fabulous private guidance in high-visibility roles]
[hierarchical-organizational Revatī-2] [navamsha Rahu-Makara]
OUTCOMES - RAHU
pastoral, shepherding, high-pitch attunement [institutional-regulatory Revatī-2]
[Rahu in bhava-10] DRISHTI
[Rahu Mahadasha] [age 69.8 until age 87.8] [Jan-2001 until Jan-2019]
kavandha-karaka [headless] chidra-karaka [gaping] vasana-karaka [vacuum]
[for Mithuna indriya-lagna ]
[laboring wanderers have dispersed homeland roots]
[unfairly scattered secure foundations]
[overworked absentee mother-caretaker]
[neutral witness to local exploitation]
[passively fixated on ambitiously imaginative-symbolic Rahu-Meena-10 leaders, commanders, iconic-figures, bosses, hierarchs]
[protective-defensive Hasta-4] [navamsha Ketu-Karkata]
OUTCOMES - KETU
[Ketu-Kanya] occupies 11-from-Chandra ] = logical disorientation
Elder brother suffered from severe mental illness, psychosis, permanent residential treatment
[Ketu in classroom-4] occupies the emotionally associative, community-linking, economically gainful, profit-regulated, friendly, participatory, goal-oriented, socially-networked [11th-from-Chandra] = elder sibling
QUOTATION from Ram Dass / 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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