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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

academic psychologist

community adviser

author of the counterculture spiritual classic, Be Here Now [1971]

Baba Ram Dass

a.k.a. Professor Richard Alpert

Earth-birth Monday-06-Apr-1931



Spiritual messenger

university professor

inspirational author

experiential teacher


Ram Dass = Richard Alpert

birth data from:

tentatively rectified by BP Lama Jyotishavidya

charts + graphs + tables = generated by Shri Jyoti-Star * adapted by BP Lama

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities


Aśleṣās * Naga * Uraga * Azreshasha * Hydra * Aayilyam * Bhujamaghabha

BPL commentary

For Aśleṣa births of a masculine valence, the condition of conversational, discursive, explanatory, instructional, argumentative, commercializing, evangelical Kumara may considerably affect the outcome.

For those born into the Budha-ruled paradigm of Uraga, siblings, cousins, schoolmates, bandmates, team-mates, entourage, ensemble, neighbors, managers, cohort, coterie, collaborative group, publishers, messengers, merchants, commercial agents, reporters, writers, scripts, plans, schedules, instructions, radio-television-internet, news-media, conferences, committees, discussions, travel itineraries, and texts may be especially influential.

Instructional guidance provided by emissaries from the civilizations of Hydra. Their purpose is to hold securely, twist, and control.

Call to Roots

Budha-ruled Aśleṣās are typically storytellers. They are protective, parentally concerned, emotionally responsive communicators.

Intensely patriotic and often xenophobic, Naga-born harken to the old ways, the familiar rhythms, the folk stories which bind an ethno-cultural people to their roots. Aśleṣā have a particular genius for evoking ancestral guilt, ethnic narratives, and ancient resentments.

Aśleṣā have a particular genius for evoking ethnic narratives and ancient resentments.

Emotionally engaged and gesturing [Budha] in their messaging style, Hydra-born are often accomplished writers in literary genre ranging from political speech-scripters to parenting advice to folktale raconteurs. They specialize in tropes of root-culture, customs and habits, protection of the genetic stock, stabilization of the place of settlement, and defense of a way of life.

Bhujamaghabha speak the stories of a people in their land. It is the tale of a beginning in the watery mists, travel by ship, the struggle to farm and build, the cry for protection of a parental god, and finally the rooted possession of their place.

Hydra-born are natural environmentalists who prefer conversations about parenthood, ritual worship and holidays, food and farms, schools, roads and housing, with an emphasis on ensuring continuity of culture. Depending upon the condition of parental Chandra, Aśleṣa fathers may bind their children closely.

In leadership roles, the Naga-born may communicate in a swaying, hypnotic jargon, talking in the familiar folk style, appealing to the base layers of the society, recalling an ancient past. Their sentimental audience is rapt with feeling. Their rhetoric is soothing, repetitive, simple, and homey, like a parental lullaby, soothing the baby's cries.

Once lulled, the Naga's quarry may be bound and captured, lashed to the safe place. It is a bondage ritual, repeated to ensure that nourishment can continue and ethnic customs can repeat in an unbroken, rhythmic flow.

Aśleṣās-born may be found in socially powerful messaging roles. They come to prominence when a tribe is weakened at the root and feeling vulnerable. An ancient racial narrative is invoked.

This storyline may beseech a people to strap themselves to the land and waters which give sustenance. Its clarion call rallies the fyrd, the farmers' army, the simple folk's defense of their habits, their sustenance. To this place they are bound by hunger, by vulnerability, by a need for protection.

Themes of tight bindings, holding to roots, emotional restraint, and defense of ancient folkways may contextualize Naga's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Aśleṣa-Naga.

QUOTATION from: Shil-Ponde.[1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra. p 82.

"Outstanding characteristic of these people

  • is their rather unpleasant and unsociable disposition.

They are awkward and gauche in their manners

  • and are not quick to profit by their mistakes

  • because of their inability to adapt themselves to their surroundings

  • and their apparent reluctance to be gracious or kind to others.

This attitude militates against success in life

  • and is a barrier to progress.

These people should live less introspectively

  • and learn to appreciate the good in other people.

They should cultivate the habit of doing things for others."


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 1997 debilitating stroke, he was struck by a near-fatal infection. Hugging Saint 1953- Ammachi of Kerala delivers a Shakti pulse to get RD up and running


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

ram_dass1.jpg Biographical events matched to the Vimshottari Dasha calendar

Shani Mahadasha * age birth until age 1.1

06-Apr-1931 Earth-birth in Newton, Massachusetts, USA * Shani-Guru bhukti * Guru dharmesha

Budha Mahadasha * age 1.1 until age 18.1

Ketu Mahadasha * age 18.1 until age 25.1

1952 [RD age 22] earned BA diploma from Tufts University College * Ketu-Rahu bhukti

1954 [RD age 24] earned MA Psychology from Wesleyan University *Ketu-Shani bhukti * Shani rules 4th-from-4 diploma ++ dvadasa Sade-Sati

Nov-1955 until Feb-1958 - Janma Sade-Sati Vṛścika [5]

Shukra Mahadasha * age 25.1 until age 45.1 [ May-1956 until May-1976]

1958 [RD age 27] earned Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University. Dissertation topic = achievement anxiety * Shukra-Shukra svabhukti * Shukra rules 4-diploma ++ dvithya Sade-Sati

Sep-1959 receives annually renewable contract appointment as assistant research professor of psychology at Harvard University * Shukra-Surya bhukti * Surya rules 2-knowledge traditions [Surya-yuti-Rahu] prestige

Sep-1960 [RD age 29] semester appointment as Visiting Professor at UC-Berkeley * Shukra-Chandra bhukti * Chandra lagnesha identity, C.V.

05-Mar-1961 [RD age 30] with fellow professor Timothy Leary, RD began experimenting with psilocybin [hallucinogenic mushrooms] Shukra-Chandra bhukti * [nīcha-Mangala-1 parivartamsha Chandra-5-nīcha]

1963 [RD age 32] non-renewal of faculty contract at Harvard University, for giving drugs to an undergraduate. Leary also non-renewed. * Shukra-Rahu bhukti

22-Jan-1967 [RD age 36] grieved the decease of mother via spleen disease * Shukra-Guru bhukti * matrimaraka Guru rules 2nd-from-Chandra

1967-early 1968 [RD age 36] Richard Alpert becomes Ram Dass. Life-defining trip to Uttarakhand, India. Meets root-guru Neem Karoli Baba. Adopts Seva lifestyle, identified as an itinerant spiritual servant. * Shukra-Guru bhukti * Guru dharmesha +++ gochara Rahu 1967 via Budha lagnesha Mesha, then in Jan-1968 via Rahu-Surya-Meena-9

1968 [RD age 36] returns to father's affluent home in Boston, adorned as an Indian sadhu * Shukra-Shani bhukti * Shani randhresha, identity transformation

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-Budha bhukti * Budha publications

1973 [RD age 42] grieved the decease of root-guru, NeemKaroliBaba MahaRaji * Shukra-Budha bhukti * pitrimaraka Budha rules 7th-from-9

1974 [RD age 43] founding of world service order = Hanuman Foundation * Shukra-Budha bhukti * Budha rules 3-administration

Surya Mahadasha * age 45.1 until age 51.1 [May-1976 until May 1982]

1976 [RD age 45] celebrated Grist for the Mill philosophical book * Surya-Mangala bhukti * Mangala rules 3rd-from-3 publications

Chandra Mahadasha * age 51.1 until age 61.1 [May 1982 until May-1992]

Dec-1984 until Dec-1987 Janma Sade-Sati Vṛścika

13-Sep-1988 [RD age 58] grieved the decease of elderly father [dad age 90] * Chandra-Budha bhukti * pitrimaraka Budha rules 7th-from-Surya ++ dvithya Sade-Sati

Mangala Mahadasha * age 61.1 until age 68.1 [May-1992 until May-1999]

1994 [RD age 63] came out as a gay man via a magazine article in the Ram-Dass-teaches-via-inter.jpggay men's press. A long-term union with a male partner framed RD's 7th decade * Mangala-Shani bhukti * Shani randhresha identity transformation * Shani-6 + Mangala-1 occupy 6/8 angle

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-Ketu bhukti [Ketu in classroom-3] [Hasta-4] mental-manual function * Ketu dissociation

Rahu Mahadasha * age 68.1 until age 86.1 [May-1999 until May-2017]

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-Guru bhukti * Guru fortune

2004 severe illness from infection, following a trip to India * Rahu-Guru bhukti * Guru rogesha

2013 [RD age 82] publication of memoire Polishing the Mirror * Rahu-Surya bhukti * Surya rules 2-memories

2014 [RD age 83] publication Conversations with Ram Dass * Rahu-Surya bhukti * Surya rules 2-memories, knowledge [Surya-yuti-Rahu] ++ janma Sade-Sati

Nov-2014 until Jan-2017 = Janma Sade-Sati Vṛścika [5]

Guru Mahadasha * age 86.1 until decease age 88

22-Dec-2019 [RD age 88] body dematerialization peacefully at home on Maui * Guru-Shani bhukti * maraka Shani rules 7

Distinctive Features of the Nativity


pitri-karaka [father] jyoti-karaka [light]

[conserving-acquiring dhana-pati for Karkata indriya lagna]

[karako bhavo nashto for father, patrons, indoctrinators]

[righteously radiating spiritual guidance]

[intelligence for intuitive doctrinal understanding]

[celebrated entitlement for philosophical preaching]

[political focus on contemplative credenda]

[entitled certainty via imaginative prayer]


[Revati-2] [navamsha Surya-Makara] intuitively confident hierarchical governance


  • [Surya-Meena] Bhaskara * the illuminator * brightly charismatic confidence of Center-stage Surya radiates through the expansively visionary rashi of Brihaspati
  • [Surya in bhava-9] * icon of sacred teachings * intelligent patronage * geo-politics * bright preaching * focus on beliefs * philosophical entitlements * self-righteous dad * sanctimonious pontificator * eye on humanistic worldview * confident ideologue * sparkling center of global doctrine * father may be a politician-philosopher-preacher-professor
  • [Surya-yuti-Rahu] confidently opportunistic * bright mesmerizer * passion for creative culture-mixing * boundary-breaching entitlements * craves important center-stage roles * ambitious father-figure * adventurously aligned with the spiritual rays of the Sun * radiantly risk-rewarding


Dad = George Alpert = Surya-yuti-Rahu ++ Surya in bhava-9

Dad = corporate railroad directorm

  • [karako bhavo nashto] RD often commented that his father was wealthy, important, and overbearing
  • Northeastern USA elite affluent, corporate railroad director
  • financier[Surya activates 2-finance + 2-family of origin, bloodlines]
  • prominent philanthropist [Meena visionary charity]
  • Among other high-profile charities, Dad was a principal founder of Brandeis University Surya in bhava-9 universities


  • "His father, George Alpert, was a lawyer in Boston, president of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, one of the founders of Brandeis University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine."


Surya-yuti-Rahu [9] rules

  • rules 2-speech, values, heritage, traditions, tale-telling, spiritual lineage, finance, historical knowledge, chanting, sound, semantics, genetics = doctrinally activated speech-and-song [chanting]

For fifty years, from 1968 until dematerialization in 2019, RD held an unofficial, un-ordained, high-charisma, iconic role as a Euro-American counterculture preacher [Rahu] .

Dhana-pati-Surya-Revati = focused on restoration [2] of sound values

His re-speaking of the tradition allowed this heritage to be culturally adapted by the globally oriented Anglosphere youth.

For those attuned to the knowledge, RD's pithy talks [2 voice] showed a brighter, clearer view of reality [dharma]. Shining with the brilliant light [Surya] of Divine being [Surya], RD gleefully transgressed cultural barriers [Rahu] and passionately engaged a restless, adventurous, young audience. [Budha-Mesha energetic youth in 10]

RD had thousands of devoted followers = shepherding [Surya-Revati-2] + [Rahu-Revati-2]

The celebrated boundary-breacher cultural-mixer Bright Light of an adventurous generation

Rahu-yuti-Surya ruled by invisible wildness [Arudra-4] [Guru in bhava-12]

RD is considered by some historians of religion to have been a seminal figure of theFourth Great Awakening in USA culture. Seen from a social-historical perspective, the spiritual Great Awakenings are broadly dated

  1. 1730-1740 CE
  2. 1780-1850 CE
  3. 1850-1900 CE
  4. 1960-1975 CE

Surya Mahadasha * age 45.1 until age 51.1 [May-1976 until May 1982]


matrikaraka [mother] * garha-karaka [village]


[energizing-identifying lagnesha for Karkata indriya lagna]


[Maitra-4] [navamsha Chandra-Vṛścika] [vargottamsha] intuitively discovering-revealing

[nīcha-Mangala-1 parivartamsha Chandra-5-nīcha]

  • [Chandra-Vṛścika] comforted by mystery * sensitive to trauma-healing * needs healing discovery
  • [Chandra in Anuradha-Maitra] comforted by resistance to danger * protects against preventable damage * soothed by emergency regulations
  • [Chandra in classroom-5] comfortable with politics * familiar with speculation * intelligent confident mother * soothed by playing games * charmed by children * needs applause * sensitive to center-stage roles * nourished by self-expression * feels entitled * attuned to heart-centered emotion * settled into the rhythm of artistic creativity * routinely seeks amusement * calmed by admiration * undulating celebrity * mother may be an actress, scholar, creator, gambler, romantic


[nīcha-Mangala-1 parivartamsha Chandra-5-nīcha]

RD was emotionally close to his mother [1 embodiment] He was greatly affected by her death. It was grief following his mom's demise which propelled RD to travel to Uttarkhand for the first time.

[Chandra in classroom-5] + [Chandra in Anuradha]

mom would have been gifted with the entertaining skills necessary to promote her husband's executive and philanthropic career.

5/9 angle between Surya and Chandra would suggest that, overall, the parents were well-suited to each other emotionally [Soma] and intellectually [Surya]. Generally this alignment involving steadfast Chandra in Anuradha can be a recipe for a successful two-person career.

MARRIAGE partnership emotional equity support expectations


  • 11-friendship, community, social networks, participation gridworks. The partner is primarily a friend.
  • Urisha values, treasuries, sensual pleasure, luxury, music. Ruled by Shukra-8, the partner is usually hidden, undisclosed

Additionally, challenges to marriage alliance include

ruler of 7 occupies 6

  • Shani-6 often considerable resistance to keeping the terms of a contract, keeping promises

ruler of 7 occupies 12th-from-7

  • RD declared a vow of eternal loyalty to a spiritually beloved guru in a distant land
  • Un-avowed private relationships remained invisible to the public [12]

7th-from-Chandra = Shukra-8 preference for undisclosed alliances


5th-from-Chandra contains Surya-yuti-Rahu

Surya-yuti-Rahu [9] tends to be a one-way broadcaster, a brilliant preacher. Typically one is very-very-very self-oriented.

Although RD fathered a child with a woman he knew in grad school, he was never aware of the offspring. When his son was older than 50, genetic testing proved that RD was the bio-dad. Following a personal meet-and-greet, RD expressed minimal interest in his adult son.


Chandra-Vṛścika * Vargottamsha

RD stage performer, comedian of the dharma

charming, romantic, attention-needing Chandra in classroom-5 rules

  • 1-personality, appearance, embodiment, uniqueness
  • [nīcha-Mangala-1 parivartamsha Chandra-5-nīcha]

Chandra-Vṛścika Intakes drishti from super-powered culture-mixer beacon-of-light shepherding [Revati-2]Rahu in bhava-9

  • producing ambitious, opportunistic passion for higher truth expressed via entertainment, drama, games

Chandra Mahadasha * age 51.1 until age 61.1 [May 1982 until May-1992]


bhratru-karaka [brother] virya-karaka [virile]



[Kuja Dosha for alliance-1]

[ nīcha-bhanga if yuti-Guru]

[Yogakaraka dutiful karmesha for Karkata indriya-lagna]

[Yogakaraka political vidya-pati for Karkata indriya lagna]

[commanding extortionist personality]


[nīcha-Mangala-1 parivartamsha Chandra-5-nīcha]


  • [Mangala-Karkata] * active pursuit of security * proactive nourishment * drive toward rooting + settling * vigorous defensive movement * police protector * fence-builder * push toward land ownership * promotes construction of settlements * innovative farming + fishing * energetically ethnic * champion of local cultures
  • [Mangala in bhava-1] forward fighter * muscular champion * competitive winner * drive toward performance vitality * embodied action * primal sexuality * pursuit of progress * direct movement * physical engineering * thrusting vigor * dominating personality * pushy * dynamic innovator * energized conquests * athletic body


dynamic, competitive, progressive Mangala in bhava-1 rules

  • 5-intelligence, creativity, celebrity, children, gambling, financial speculation, center-of-attention roles - contains Chandra-Vṛścika-5-nīcha
  • 10 career, public recognition, decision-making for organizations, social visibility, respect, reputation, elite positions, iconic stature, leadership, public-authority

Mangala drishti into 4-7-8

Kuja Dosha upon home, school, parents, marriage, vows, secrets, and initiations. He broke them all gleefully.

This remarkable geometry = allowed Ram Dass to pursue alternative lifestyles, use a first-world biology to travel in microbial danger zones [third world] , actively experiment with personality-altering psychotropic drugs, live a relentlessly physicalized sexual life with countless male partners, survive a massive cerebral hemorrhage, and emerge as an icon of his generation.

Nicha Kuja impact on Academic Teaching

RD was not designed for teaching due to the brilliant but twisted Nicha-Mangala-1

RD's Stanford Ph.D. in psychology had a strong research orientation due to dharmesha Guru-12. Classroom teaching, which is a staid and morality-framed activity, was one of the targets of his double-barreled Kuja Dosha.

[1] nicha-Kuja intakes drishti of ambitious Rahu-9 higher truth

[2] Kuja sends drishti to bhava-4m disrupting the rhythms of the classroom

Within his first few years of holding contract academic appointments, RD promptly destroyed his conventional classroom teaching career when he gave experimental psychedelic drugs to undergraduates.

Mangala Mahadasha * age 61.1 until age 68.1 [May-1992 until May-1999]


jamayah-karaka [sibling] sandeza-karaka [message] zisya-karaka [student]


  • [Budha-Mesha] innovative communications * pioneering pronouncement * articulation of dynamic movement * discusses physical experience * vigorous descriptive explanations * growth-challenging conversation * messages about contests * vocabulary of vitality * hands-arms-shoulders send competitive gestures
  • [Budha in bhava-10] narrative of leadership * makes official pronouncements * describes social responsibilities * conversations about policy decisions * talks about maintaining order * explainer of governance * detailed executive announcements * delivers lawful information * chats about social authority * scripted hierarchies * dignified sibling-cohort * reputation for writing * communications publicity


using a 1960-1970's street-hip vocabulary and western youth-culture sensibilities [modernizing Budha-Aśvini-10]

RD repackaged a stream of historic Indic lineage knowledge [Rahu-yuti-Surya-9 rules 2-tradition] to re-introduce ancient sacred wisdom [9] into modern discourse [Budha discussion, presentation]

actively touring spiritual media-messenger. meditation-explainer career

Widely recognized for his books, presentations, radio programming, and edu-tainment tours

  • most prominently recognized [10] as the author of the USA generation-defining counterculture [Rahu]spiritual book Be Here Now
  • [Budha-Aśvini-4 occupies writer's Punarvasu navamsha] ruling 12-research + 3 writing = supports medical therapeutics such as clinical psychology.

RD's respected explanations-and-descriptions included

  • radio [Budha]
  • thirteen books [Budha]
  • event management [Budha]
  • public talks [Budha] .
  • His taped conversations [Budha] via radio call-in programs and comedy talks were bought [Budha sales] by an audience of light-seekers [Surya-9 visible light] .
  • Before 1968, RD also wrote academic research articles and produced teaching materials[Budha].

vyaya-pati talkative, explanatory, descriptive, Mesha-dominating, Budha in bhava-10 rules

  • 3 evangelism, definition, details, management, writing, publication, cohort, events
  • 12- imagination, imagery psychic guidance, psychedelics, psychotropics, Other Worlds, meditation, clairsentience, invisibility. sanctuary. privacy, distant lands


dhava-karaka [husband] bahuta-karaka [variety]

[philosophical-doctrinal dharmesha for Karkata indriya-lagna]

[inimical-accusing rogesha for Karkata indriya-lagna]

[Harsha Yoga]


[many conversations about meditation]

[expansion of conflict within the imagination] rogesha

[safety in foreign lands] harsha yoga

[broad understanding of human miseries]

[multiple evangelical sanctuaries] [wide scope of interior messaging] [optimistic communication during convalescence] [philosophy of managed seclusion] [frequent visits from guiding ancestor spirits]


  • [Guru-Mithunaya ] cheerful communication * many merchants * conversations about belief * doctrine of inclusive messaging * expansive evangelism * detailed guidance discussions * widens the scope of management * many documents * permission to report * multiple administrative projects
  • [Guru in bhava-12] great interiority * many meditations * much divination * many hospitalizations * many spiritual retreats * numerous psychic way-showers * many large private spaces * extensive trance guidance * a patron of sanctuary enclosures * in a wifely nativity, husbandly-companion may be benevolently invisible


Guru in bhava-12 activates

  • 6- seeking-remedy, disagreement, imbalance, accusation, distrust, medication,

    Accidents, injuries, sickness, distress, health issues, disagreement, mismatched expectations - contains duro-karaka Shani

  • 9-higher truth, weltanschauung, philosophy, dharma, theory, principled belief ++ Doctrinal, global, theoretical, humanistic, philosophical teaching roles

[Guru-Mithunaya] -12 mutual drishti with atmakaraka Shani-Dhanus-6

  • productive public tension between the rulers of 6 + 7 + 8 + 9
  • [Harsha Yoga]joins [Sarala Yoga] via the Guru-Shani exchange, protecting this wayward fellow so that he could shine his light

Guru in bhava-12 Mithuna = wide scope of interior messaging, optimistic communication during convalescence, philosophy of managed seclusion, frequent visits from guiding ancestor spirits

expansive ruler of 9 in 12 == academic research into experimental hallucinogenic drugs designed to invoke imaginative experience


svadu-karaka [sweet] kalatra-karaka [wifely companion]

[homebound-securing bandhesha for Karkata indriya-lagna]

[profitable-connecting vriddhi-pati for Karkata indriya-lagna]


[Shata-taraka-3] [navamsha Shukra-Kumbha] arrangements-bargains with vast assemblies

  • [Shukra-Kumbha] appreciation of social networks * likes knitting-knotting * attracted to marketplace revenues * pleased by large-group connectivity * prefers a friendly partner * collectivist arrangements * enjoys regulated systems * sweetly gracious within big crowds * scientific aesthetic * financially balanced economic linkage
  • [Shukra-8] seeks pleasure via occult secrets * enjoys rejuvenating relationships * balanced healing arts * aesthetic of non-disclosure * camouflaged arrangements * hidden equity * pleasing designs to adorn the sexual-reproductive organs * sensual sphincters * obscured finance * likes initiation * transformed by feminine-figures * delighted by sudden renewal * pleasant in-laws * appreciation of identity change * in a husbandly nativity, wifely-companion may hold a secretive position


Vargottamsha balancing, contractual, promise-making Shukra-8 rules

  • Tula-4 childhood home, security, cultural roots, foundational schooling, parents, place of settlement, ethnicity
  • the deeply enclosed 12th-from-Chandra = * emotionally purposed for profound dream-vision tantra
  • vriddhi-pati Shukra rules Urisha-11 friendships, social network, community, revenues, collectivity, mass movements, social participation goals, material achievements
  • 7th-from-Chandra emotional partnerships

Incoming drishti affects Shukra-Kumbha interpersonal arrangements [mainly hidden], receives complex signal from three sources

  • expansive philosophical drishti from Guru-12-Mithunaya
  • disciplining, constraining, law-abiding drishti from Shani-6-Dhanusya
  • activating, pursuing, competitive drishti from Mangala-1-Karkata


Oppressed by the threatening taboo of the time [Rahu-ruled Shatataraka Shukra-8] RD denied that his sexual identity [Kuja-1] had survived the profound transformation of his mystical initiation by his root-guru.

RD claimed for decades that he was a celibate yogi in love with his Guru exclusively. He piously invoked the profound purity of this saintly lineage guru-sisya relationship. [Rahu-yuti-Surya-9 white-hot purification, with Rahu tending to add preposterous claims]

  • [nīcha-Mangala-1 parivartamsha Chandra-5-nīcha]
  • RD came out as a gay man at his age 63.
  • For the previous 40 years, his relationships had been socially invisible.
  • He recalled that his authentic masculine sexuality had emerged in high school where he formed relationships with other boys.
  • According to RD, his anonymous encounters were very numerous. [multiplier Guru-12 bed companions]

Even via this reputation-endangering revelation [8] RD offered a healing pathway [Karkata-Vṛścika] to those suffering similar fears of extortion [Aslesa] and retribution for their natural sexuality.

Remarkably, this surprising disclosure of a long-running hypocrisy [double-nicha] had a beneficial effect on RD's standing within his community [11]. To his devoted followers, it was not a shaming embarrassment, but rather a humanizing act of healing discovery and transformation [8].

  • In his 60's, RD established a lifepartnership with a man whose name was unknown to RD's global audience.
  • This partnership was so camouflaged [8) that when RD's mate died of AIDS, virtually none of RD's followers knew about it.

RD was celebrated as a world-class teacher-comedian-spiritual explorer. His intimate personal relationships may have been less meaningful that his large-grid community connections.


RD earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Stanford U., and briefly held an elite academic post.

  • yet due to bandhesha [schoolteaching] in 8 ++ dharmesha [university seminars] in 12, his academic credentials were not used in the conventional academy.
  • Rather, he taught mystical [8] and intuitive [12] philosophies.

As a natural but unconventional teacher, RD used /realia/ to deliver the lesson.

  • Even the acute medical tragedy of a disabling stroke was deployed as a teaching model for pain management via application of meditation and spiritual focus.
  • Wheeled via mobility chair into retreat teaching environments, despite speech processing impairments from the nerve damage, he continued to serve as a popular and inspiring teacher well into his eighties.

Shukra Mahadasha * age 25.1 until age 45.1 [ May-1956 until May-1976]


duro-karaka [endurance] * jara-karaka [Jahre, years]atmakaraka responsibility for teaching

[Sarala Yoga]

[hidden power from dutiful service]

[chronic animosity]

[Atmakaraka sobriety, respect for elders, laws-and-consequences, structure, hierarchies,endurance]


  • [Shani-Dhanus] rigid orthodoxy * class-conscious ideology * conventional convictions * hidebound theories * unyielding dogma * pressure to accept the common catechesis * weight of old patronage systems * structural compression upon hips + sacroiliac + sacral plexus * oppressive priests * doctrinal rules * must normalize the life-philosophy * limitations on global travel * slow elder professors * proletarian worldview * scarce preaching resources * maintainer of old beliefs
  • [Shani in Bhava-6] [beneficial] intrepid assistance * steady time-structured resistance to enemies * must serve the chronic victims * outlasts the adversaries * survives military siege * tense digestion * relentless criticism * constitutional illness-injury * tolerance for servitude * aging physicians * enduring diseases * service fatigue * helper's burnout * prevents innovative treatments * blocks new medications * professional social workers * patiently aids the disadvantaged * dutiful healthworker * accepts the rules of medical institutions * lawfully supports the sick * reliable herbalist * conventional pharmacist * protocols for problematizing * realistic about addiction * accepts abuse * neutral to crime * military discipline * governs the poor * regulates debt * legislates loans * respected elder of an oppressed sector


duro-karaka Shani in Bhava-6 = relentless ministry of service


  • 7-contracts, alliances, marriage, partnership
  • 8-sudden unexpected changes, revelation, shock, transformative healing
  • 3rd-from-Chandra = communications, writing, script, events, publishing, apprenticeship [7]
  • 4th-from-Chandra stability, comfort, maternal grandmother, grandparents's house


Vargottamsha atmakaraka Shanideva Bhagavan in preaching [Uttarāṣāḍha-1]

casts Structured Responsibility drishti into

  • 8- non-disclosure, tantra, occult, secrecy, hidden forces, camouflage, shocks = 4th-from-Chandra = foundational teaching [4]
  • 12 - interior landscapes, meditation, private rooms = 9th-from-Chandra sacred doctrine, theory, teacher-preacher, professor roles
  • 3-business, communications, publishing = 11th-from-Chandra revenues - contains disconnecting Ketu-3


Shani-Dhanus-6 holds a shad-ashtaka 6-8 challenge-angle toward [nīcha-Mangala-Karkata-1]

  • RD was pestered by illnesses and injuries large and small. Shani-6 digestion

RD had chronic health conditions [Shani-6] including sinusitis, food allergies, and gut issues [likely parasites]. 6th-from-Chandra = Budha-Mesha suggesting blood toxicity.

  • He fasted regularly, as a spiritual practice and as a health routine [Shani-6]
  • Yet, by his own admission, RD also occasionally binge-feasted upon deeply tamasic substances [Shani rules 8 secret explosions]

[Sarala Yoga] ensures that whatever accident, injury, diseases, pollution, accusations, or animosity RD might encounter, he would be protected from unmanageable misery.

Be Here Now 1931-2019 Baba Ram Dass [RD age 66) severely injured by a devastating cerebral hemorrhage [stroke). He entered a decades-long recovery from paralysis dealing constantly with the suffering of deep nerve pain. With excruciating slowness [Shani] and disciplined physical therapy [6] RD's recovery from profound System Injury was bit-by-bit accomplished.

A massive infection aquired in India in 2004 nearly killed him.

Albeit, the Shani-6 work of managing disease/injury is exhausting, paralyzing, horrendously slow perhaps -- but never fatal.

Despite allergies, infections, strokes, malnutrition from harsh fasting, and the vector-exposures of decades of promiscuous sexuality, RD died naturally of old age peacefully at home, age 88.


rajyalobha-karaka [ambition] picchala-karaka [slippery]


[Rahu-yuti-Surya ]

  • [Rahu-Meena] shimmering illusion of immersion * craving for symbolic guidance * extravagant imagination * mirage of dreamlike wisdom * mesmerizing aura of concealing fog * mask of Other-Worldly wisdom * fascinating prayers * extraordinary ancestor guides * fabulous clairsentience * intriguing sleep-states * seeks special importance via apparent [but perhaps not authentic] attributes of deep trance * exceptional private intuition * unorthodox interior guidance * seeks privilege via contemplative-roles
  • [Rahu in bhava-9] passion for preaching * in svabhava of Saptarishi Guru, the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous guidance * thrilling theory * dazzling dharma * outsider who cleverly insinuates into patriarchal roles * seeks importance via sacred teachings * fantastic philosophy * compulsive catechesis * zealous proselytism * intriguing ideology * ambitious father-figures * extraordinary professors * barrier-breaching guru-figures * culturally-mixed worldview * poseur of high catechism * shimmering illusion of sangha * fabulous faith community * surreptitious appropriation of priesthood * may appear as a wisdom-purveyor * smoky specter of principled understanding * extravagant globalism * trespasses cultural boundaries of patronage * fabulous fatherhood * opportunistic third marriage [if any) * social mobility via paradigms of belief
  • [Rahu-yuti-Surya] amplified ambition for center-stage roles * magnified confidence * passion for exotic display * trickster with dramatic flair * opportunistic father * creative pursuit of social mobility * fascinating [but perhaps illusory] appearance of exceptional intelligence * thrilling political genius * hypnotic charm * seeks privilege via bright celebrity * sparkling center of cross-cultural mixing


pastoral, shepherding, high-pitch attunement [Revati-2] [Rahu in bhava-9]drishti into

  1. [Mangala-Karkata] -1 personality, appearance, masculine sexual energy
  2. [Ketu-Kanya] -3- peripatetic discourses, conversations, radio - scattered topics far from the mainstream
  3. [Chandra-Vṛścika] -5 penetrating emotional character, shocking transformation, relentless flow of mystery

[relative to modern Anglosphere]

Rahu Mahadasha * age 68.1 until age 86.1 [May-1999 until May-2017]


kavandha-karaka [headless] chidra-karaka [gaping] vasana-karaka [vacuum]

[Hasta-4] hands

  • [Ketu-Kanya] humbly dissociates from accusatory complaints * incomplete service * empty disagreements * odd arguments * not limited by stigmatized conditions * ignores restriction on helpfulness * eccentric service to the disadvantaged * releases a living green cloud of servitude into the misty abyss
  • [Ketu in classroom-3] eccentric communications * disinterested in daily chat * writes on foggy abstract topics * dissolves messaging boundaries * implausible prophecy * wandering discussions * can handle esoteric information * irrelevance of normal mental narrative * abandons management tasks * dismisses the standard explanations * disregards conventional discourse * unless other graha in 3, may prefer to live free from younger siblings


Mental dissociation, virtual amputation [hands/arm Hasta]

  • 19-Feb-1997 [RD age 66] massive near-fatal cerebral hemorrhage * right half of body paralyzed + much speech processing is lost . * Mangala-Ketu bhukti


11-from-Chandra mental disorientation

Ketu in classroom-3 Mentality 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 thought maybe she's somebody's grandmother or somebody brought her or -

  • so I would tell these far out stories that what happened to me under psychedelics for the most part or deep meditation,

  • and I'd look over and she'd be going like this, and I thought well maybe she has a neck problem.

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 at the end I couldn't stand it, the evening was over.

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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