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Shri Ramana Maharishi in 1948 (age 69)

Poet * Hymn-writer


Spiritual Explainer of Self-Enquiry

Bhagavan Shri

Ramana Maharshi


a.k.a. Venkataraman Iyer

Earth-birth Wednesday-30-Dec-1879

dematerialization 14-Apr-1950 (age 70)

“Realisation is not acquisition of anything new nor is it a new faculty. It is only removal of all camouflage.”

― Ramana Maharshi


Sri Ramana Maharshi sitting on a tiger skin, undated but likely during the early 1940's.


Poet + Songwriter + Builder + Spiritual Guide

1879-1950 * Sri Ramana Maharshi

birth data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

charts + graphs + tables = produced by Shri Jyoti Star software * adapted by BP Lama

see also BV Raman's version of this nativity in Notable Horoscopes, p.249

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities


Citthirai * Vismakarma * Azinech * Alaraph * Arista * Dana

BPL commentary

For Chitra - Tvastri births of a masculine valence, the condition of kinesthetic, direct, yang-energy, forward-pushing bhratru-karaka Mangala may considerably affect the outcome.

For those born into the Mangala-ruled paradigm of Visvakarma, brother-figures, warriors, hunters, athletes, dancers, champions, challengers, inventors, explorers, dis-coverers, engineers, builders, drivers, drillers, diggers, exploders, aggressors, pursuers, competitions and battles may be especially influential.

Guided by instructors from civilizations of Spica. Their purpose is architectural engineering and crafting of beautiful, functional, and artistic alliances, arrangements, and designs.

Designs + Arrangements

Kuja-ruled Chaitra fellows have a knack for competition. Goal-oriented and kinetic in building, patterning Tvastri, they strive for dominant power in engineering, artisan mechanics, architecture, and applied design arts such as skilled handcraft. As authors, Chaitrika often illustrate their works with fine drawings. Tvastri-born have a natural affinity for tools, engines, driving, building.

Kanya pada 1-2 express Kuja's rulership of 3-writing + 8-mystical transformations, while also displaying the frustrating tension of chatty Budha versus active Kuja. Literary Budha plays a stronger role for pada 1-2, producing scholars and writers who argue about architectonics, engineering design, color values, and mechanics. Pada 1-2 = also skilled in handcraft and may be professors-cum-tradesmen, fine-arts painters, model-builders, or practicing musicians.

Tula-Vanika pada 3-4 express Kuja's rulership of 2-collections, assets + 7-contractual equity. Shukra's bargaining behavior and financial skills play a stronger role for pada 3-4, who enjoy the mutual attractions of Shukra-Mangala. In music, arts, and engineering, they pursue harmonious arrangements. They often play stringed instruments, and write beautiful songs. Chaitrika pada 3-4 can be found in the design world, in financial negotiations, and in dynamic meditator roles.

Themes of productive touch including artistic design, musical instruments, mechanical engineering, and crafting of dynamic arrangements contextualize Vismakarma's terrestrial experience. Incoming drishti from Kuja can mobilize their progressive, pioneering actions. Also applies to Chandra in Chitra-Spica.

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939).Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra.p 84

"Chitra natives are quiet, thoughtful, and profound.

Very slow in movement and of great dignity in bearing and manner.

  • they like to read books on serious and philosophical subjects.

they make good students in their youth.

they are also extremely clever with their hands,

  • which are strong, supple, and dexterous.

they like to do things or fashion things with their hands

  • and could be sculptors or artists or surgeons."


Biographical data matched to Vimshottari dasha calendar:

Guru Mahadasha * age birth until age 1.2

30-Dec-1879 Earth-birth in Tiruchuzhi, Virudhunagar (Tamil Nadu) India * Guru-Shukra bhukti

Shani Mahadasha * age 1.2 until age 20.2

18-Feb-1892 (RM age 15) grieved the unexpected decease of father * * Shani-Ketu bhukti

1892 (RM age 12) following the unexpected death of his father, the family disperses to several locations * Shani-Ketu bhukti ( Ketu dispersal

1896 (RM age 16) near-death-experience exposes life-force current (avesam) recognized as true-self and Ishvadevata (ishwara) * Shani-Surya bhukti * vyayapati Surya-yuti-Rahu interiority, meditation, private visions

1902 first recording of the method of self-inquiry * Shani-Rahu bhukti * vyayapati Surya-yuti-Rahu meditation

Budha Mahadasha * age 20.2 until age 36.2

Ketu Mahadasha * age 36.2 until age 43.2

Jun-1914 until Aug-1916 Janma Sade-Sati Mithunaya

19-May-1922 grieved the decease of mother * Ketu-Ketu svabhukti

1922 following mom's decease, beginning encampment near her tomb becomes Ramanasramam * Ketu-Ketu svabhukti * congress with spirits

Shukra Mahadasha * age 43.2 until age 63.2

Feb-1949 (RM age 69) excision of cancerous arm skin performed by ashram physician. Complete amputation of the arm, physician preferred to save the life, is declined. * Shukra-Ketu chidradasha * Ketu excision, amputation

Surya Mahadasha * age 63.2until decease age 70.2

Aug-1943 until Sep-1945 Janma Sade-Sati Mithunaya

Aug + Dec 1949 (RM age 69) second and third tumor surgeries, but these fail to prevent advance of the disease * Surya-Mangala bhukti * Kuja rules 8-surgeries

14-Apr-1950 (RM age 70) dematerialization * Surya-Rahu bhukti

MaharishiRamana_teenage.jpgDistinctive features of the nativity

Surya * pitri-karaka (father) * jyoti-karaka (light)

[Sarala Yoga]

  • Pūrvāṣāḍhā-Surya-Dhanus * Aditya * the unsplit, undivided * brightly charismatic confidence of Center-stage Surya radiates through the preaching-teaching philosophical rashi of Brihaspati
  • Surya in bhava-12 * center of Other-Worlds * brightly contemplative * focus on seclusion * invisible light-source provides private guidance * intuitive entitlements * brilliant in research * backroom politics * intelligence for interior prayer * eye on creative imagination * sparkling center of the sanctuary * radiant clairsentient drama * father may be isolated or unavailable
  • Surya-yuti-Rahu * confidently opportunistic * bright mesmerizer * passion for creative culture-mixing * boundary-breeching entitlements * craves important center-stage roles * ambitious father-figure * adventurously aligned with the spiritual rays of the Sun * radiantly risk-rewarding


Dad = Sundaram Iyer (1848-1892) worked as a special pleader within the English-law portion of the court system. When young Venkataraman was age 12, Dad died suddenly . Surya in bhava-12 often indicates that the father-figure is known primarily in the astral form, as in a clairsentient image or in a dream.


Surya in bhava-12 + Surya-Dhanus-Pūrvāṣāḍhā + Surya-yuti-Rahu

Fame for spiritual radiance of personal truth, self-directed meditation, confidence of opinion, independent from: the Math system, self-inquiry method . Surya's independence is amplified by Rahu

[Sarala Yoga] protects against the potentially untoward consequences of engaging in psychic activity, mystical initiation, and exploration of the cycles of birth and death

Chandra * matrikaraka (mother) * garha-karaka (village)

  • Chandra in Punarvasu * soothed by restoration of abundance * protectors of sensitive wise instruction * needs descriptive explanation
  • Chandra-Mithunaya * comforted by messaging * settled into rhythmic communications * needs to talk
  • Chandra in classroom-10 * comfortable with high reputation * socially recognized protector * parental style of leadership * Familiar Face to the public * sensitive to social protocol * accustomed to regulations * soothed by peak position * acculturated to executive routines * settled into the rhythm of respected roles * feels the repeating pulse of elite status * calmed by climbing hierarchical steps * anchored into lawful responsibility * undulating authority * mother may be a dignitary, a well-known figure, a principal, a prominent parent
  • Somana-yuti-Ketu * emotionally scattered * sensitive to disoriented folks * indifferent to established routines * abandons outdated customs * detached mother * soothed by the Witness perspective * comforted by spacious emptiness * long pilgrimage by water * needs to wander * feels forsaken


Mom = Azhagammal Iyer (1864–1922). As the Ramanashramam was developed, she managed the kitchen and became an iconic spiritual figure within the burgeoning community. Chandra in classroom-7 = 4th-from-4th = kitchens, housekeeping, familiar rhythms of the settlement, housing, encampment

MARRIAGE emotional support expectations in partnership

Chandra in classroom-7 Generally, indicates that one's primary relationship is with one's Mother. Combined with Shani-Mula in 7th navamsha, the marriage pattern prefers to avoid marriage while engaging in an emotionally balanced and philosophically (Punarvasu) expansive partnership with the mother-figure.

Kuja * bhratru-karaka (brother) * virya-karaka (virile)


* Ruchaka Yoga

  • [Bharani-3] Mangala-Mesha vigorous pursuit of dominance * straightforward dynamic actions * competitive winner * propulsive battering weaponry * push toward conquest * pioneering vitality * hot yang-energy * thrusting force * forward-driving movement * champion of innovation
  • Mangala in bhava-4 [Kuja-Dosha] * promotes local transport * champion of construction * mechanized vehicles * underground dig-drill-dive-mine * lively push toward fast driving * school bully (nichha only) * builds foundational infrastructure * invigorating patriotism * domestic conquests * pursues home ownership * defensive action * restless in school * energized farming * tillage-plowing-plunder * fights in marine defense * pushy parents * competitive force in the childhood home

Ruchaka Yoga ** Mangala in bhava-4 * occupies the high-visibility, iconic 10th-from-Chandra

  • Ramanashram, various encampments, building projects, infrastructure which arose surrounding his sitting places, drilling his psychic tap-roots into Earth vibratory patterns, houses of worship, energetic rituals

Navamani Malai 1879-1950 Bhagavan Shri Ramana Maharshi founded (4) a famed ashrama (4) in Arunchala that came to house (4) a devoted international spiritual community. RM moved [Mangala] from place (4) to place (4) tapping into various energy columns (4 infrastructure). Where he took the seating, there formed a settlment surrounding him. The lifestyle of this internationalized village followed local customs of food, dress, worship, and other routine behaviors (4 local customs, habits, meals).

Budha * jamayah-karaka (sibling) * sandeza-karaka (message) * zisya-karaka (student)

  • Budha-Vṛścika * secretive communications * articulation of transformative process *  emergency pronouncements * delivers  messages about dangerous situations * describes mystical initiation * discusses  undisclosed information * mysterious handcraft * articulately defined masking * gives instruction for penetrating procedures * expertly detailed disguise * hands-arms-shoulders make occult gestures
  • Budha in bhava-11 * narrative of information systems * describes ecological gridwork * calculates economic profit * reports on revenues * describes distributive networks * talks about social participation * sibling-type friendships * conversations about voluntary connections * announces achievements * delivers interlinking instructions * discussion in large assemblies * defines the webworks of community
  • Budha-yuti-Shukra * explainer of balanced arrangements * diplomatic conversations * parity-seeking discussions * manual adjustments * enjoys words * sweet descriptions * delivers instruction about relationships * articulator of equity in agreements * message of fairly bargained contracts * skilled in songwriting * talkative sister-cousin-cohort * detailed lyricist * attracts chatty partners

Guru * dhava-karaka (husband) * bahuta-karaka (variety)


  • Guru-Kumbha * much networking * many marketplaces * optimistic about big associations * permission to connect * scientific beliefs * doctrine of economic linkage * distributed guidance * expands the scope of social participation * multiple communities * diversity of friendships
  • Guru in bhava-12 [svabhava] * 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
  • Shani-3 parivartamsha Guru-2

Guru resides in the emotionally turbulent, perpetually transformative, trauma-inducing, discovering, revealing, danger-seeking 8th-from-Chandra

No-Death philosophy of terminal illness * lagnesha Shani-3 parivartamsha Guru-2 (philosophy)

Guru-Kumbha indicates expansion of the skin

Kahala-parivartamsha yoga between lagnesha Shani-3 ++ Guru-2 indicates celebrated song, writing, poetry, speaking

Shukra * svadu-karaka (sweet) * kalatra-karaka (wifely companion)

  • Shukra-Vṛścika * appreciation of penetrating discovery * likes mysteries * attracted to danger * aesthetic of exploration * pleased by covert power * prefers a healing partner * undisclosed arrangements * phoenix aesthetic of rejuvenation * beautifying rebirth * negotiates pleasantly in threatening conditions * seeks equity during sudden upheavals * balanced approach to emergencies * enjoys hidden assets * conducts secret diplomacy
  • Shukra-11 * seeks pleasure via social connectivity * pleasant participant in scientific communities * balances large exchange systems * seeks network equity * association with artists * values friendly financial connections * likes knitting-and-knotting * pleasing designs to adorn the skin * graceful ankles * appreciation of friendships * aesthetic of fair deals in marketplace * enjoys attractive friends * in a husbandly nativity, wifely-companion may be a socialite-economist-networker
  • Shukra-yuti-Budha * sweetened messages * gracious explanations * talented in singing-songwriting * articulate negotiations * advocates for reasoning process * talkative feminine-figures * pleasant conversations * bargaining for business * sibling-cohort collaborative harmony * enjoys the company of students * detailed contracts * prefers logical arrangements

Shani * duro-karaka (endurance) * jara-karaka (years)

lagnesha for Makara-Draco indriya-lagna

  • Shani-Meena * oppressive dreams * socially responsible imagination * fear of vast waters * required immersion * must use symbolic images * aging affects the bedroom * structural compression upon aching feet * strictly imposed sanctuary * endures proletarian prayer * slow elder diviners * limited access to ancient ancestor guides * pragmatically constrained intuition * must sustain the astral resonance * scarce contemplative resources * maintainer of old interior visions
  • Shani in Bhava-3 * steady time-structured dialogue * heavy responsibility for business * obstructionist younger siblings * disciplined writing * must message * obliged to explain * cautious instructions * orderly teamwork * tense interactions * communicative fatigue * chronic sadness * required handwork * stops spontaneous announcements * mental depression due to old repeating thoughts * may limit the hearing * tight time management * regulated schedules * elders preserve materialistic mentality
  • Shani-3 parivartamsha Guru-2

Kahala-parivartamsha yoga between lagnesha Shani-3 ++ Guru-2 indicates celebrated song, writing, poetry, speakings

Rahu * rajyalobha-karaka (ambition) * picchala-karaka (slippery)

  • Rahu-Dhanus * shimmering illusion of wisdom * craving for philosophical principle * mirage of generous patronage * extraordinary theory * extravagant preaching * unorthodox approach to higher truth * mask of global humanism* fascinating doctrine * over-reaching catechisms * fabulous proselytism * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of philosophical belief * seeks privilege via guru-roles
  • Rahu in bhava-12 * passion for privacy * in svabhava of Saptarishi Guru, the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous retreat * culturally mixed guidance * outsider who cleverly insinuates into visionary roles * thrilling psychic adventures * seeks importance via enclosures * exciting invisible events * opportunities via mother's beliefs * extraordinary spirits * self-promoting dreams * exceptional results from imaginative research * mesmerizing Other-Worlds * trespasses the cultural boundaries of private inspiration * may pose as a dream-interpreter * may appear as a magician from distant lands
  • 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 pollination

Rahu in bhava-12 * NDE reports

Shri Ramana of Arunachala was said to be fully conscious at the time of mahasamadhi- dematerialization from cancer age 70. He had reported a number of near-death experiences (NDE) throughout his life, recorded by his biographers.

Ketu * * kavandha-karaka (headless) * chidra-karaka (gaping) * vasana-karaka (vacuum)

  • Ketu-Mithunaya * dissociates from conversation * incomplete messages * empty instructions * absent from discussion * wandering mentality * fragmented signals * not limited by conventional talk * dialog of liberation * ignores normal business * forgives the sibling-cohort * incoherent scripts * releases a plant-green cloud of explanatory gestures into the misty abyss
  • Ketu in classroom-6 (beneficial)* ungrounded enemies * disregards criminal boundaries * absentee maternal relatives * dissolves limits on medications * ambivalent toward exploitations * disinterested in disagreement * disregards accusations * ignores the physicians * walks away from sickness * abandons suffering * vacuous conflicts * liberation via surrender of guilt-and-blame * unless other graha in 6, may prefer to live free from mother's relatives

Ketu in classroom-6 * disregards medical treatment

Navamani Malai 1879-1950 Bhagavan Shri Ramana Maharshi * observers of the guru reported several occasions of fits (generally diagnosed as epileptic seizures) during which his life-force energy would suddenly halt and vital signs cease. He was partially able to observe this process consciously, and apologized for scaring people who thought he was dead. Most of his adult life was lived in meditative retreat, which helped to reduce the difficulties of this pairing.
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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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