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Swami Satchidananda

a.k.a. Swami Satchidananda Saraswati

a.k.a. C. K. Ramaswamy Gounder

Earth-birth Tuesday-22-Dec-1914

dematerialization 19-Aug-2002 (age 87)


Yogaville (Virginia) Swami Satchidananda Saraswati * 1914-2002 * C. K. Ramaswamy Gounder

birth data from: * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

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Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities


BPL commentary

For Uttara-azadha births of a masculine valence, the condition of radiant, romantic, intelligent, creative, idealistic, central, confident, gaming, self-reflexive, pitrikaraka Surya may considerably affect the outcome.

For those born into the Surya-ruled paradigm of Iswara, father-figures, politicians, celebrity, royalty, entitled roles, brilliant dramatists, radiant deities, sparkling genius, glittering creativity, intelligentsia, speculators, poets, romantic lovers, gamblers, and game-players may be especially influential.

Instructional guidance is provided by emissaries from the civilizations of Nunki. Their purpose is to express the radiant clear light of truth in an orderly, institutional framework.

Psychic intelligence

Dhanuzya Pada-1 can show Brihaspati's rulership of 1-embodiment + 4-cultural foundations. nakshatra-pati Suyra and Guru enjoy high-compatibility yang patterns.

Pada-1 tends to be paternalistic, politically savvy, self-referential to the point of self-righteousness, and generous of spirit. Iconic and inspirational teachers of the patriarchal lineages are found here. Often found in the role of philosopher, professor, or guru-figure. Assess the role of Brihaspati to determine the degree of optimism and alignment with the prevailing doctrine.

Makara-pada 2-3-4 express the tension between structural Shani and solipsistic Surya. From the Makara lagna, nakshatra-pati Surya becomes the revelatory, illuminating randhresha. Thus pada 2-3-4 are mystical and gender-neutral (Shani).

Pada 2-3-4 demonstrate respect for age and orderly governance. Yet, their purpose is visionary (Surya). Psychics and seers are found here. Depending on the vigor of Shani, hierarchical institutions may come to surround their initiatory teachings.. Their emotional stability in partnership arises from Chandra = yuvati-pati.

Themes of clairsentient vision, personal certainty, and prophecy may contextualize Ishwara's terrestrial experience. Also applies to Chandra in Uttara-azadha.

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra. p 87

"A very good, honest, and sincere character...

A peace loving disposition.

  • Very intelligent and wise.

  • Respected and liked by everyone with whom he comes in contact.

Eager to live and let live.

  • Tolerant to others, giving help where help is required.

A good counselor in times of need or trouble.

  • Such a person makes a good and steady friend,

  • whose friendship is to be valued because it will stand the tests of time and adversity."


SatchidSwami_1988.jpgBiographical events matched to the Vimshottari Dasha timeline

Rahu Mahadasha * age birth until age 11.9

22-Dec-1914 Earth-birth in Chettipalayam, Coimbatore, India * Rahu-Shani bhukti

Guru Mahadasha * age 11.9 until age 27.9

Mar-1934 until Mar-1937 Janma Sade-Sati Kumbha

1935 (SSS age 21) exchange the vows of marriage * Guru-Zukra bhukti * samchara Rahu-Ketu via Dhanuzya-Mithunaya contact Dhanuzya radical lagna++ Sade-Sati

1937 (SSS age 25) celebrated the birth of child-1-of-2 * Guru-Surya bhukti * Surya rules 9

1940 (SSS age 28) following five years of marriage +d two children, grieved decease of wife * Guru-Rahu chidra-dasha

Shani mahadasha * age 27.9 until age 46.9

1946 (SSS age 43) departure to old holy place (Rishi-kesha) and separation from children * Shani-Budha bhukti * Budha rules 6th-from-5th = 10 = adversarial to children

10-Jul-1949 (SSS age 46) ordination by Swami Sivananda as "Satchidananda Saraswati" * Shani-Ketu bhukti * Ketu-9 liberation catechism

1951 assigned by Swami Sivananda to teaching, medical, and social-outreach mission in Sri Lanka * Shani-Zukra bhukti * Zukra-12 foreign lands rules 6-service ministry

Budha Mahadasha * age 46.9 until age 63.9

1965 (SSS age 51) invited to visit New York by USA artists who knew him in Sri Lanka * Budha-Zukra bhukti * Zukra rules 11-goals ++ Sade-Sati

Jan-1964 until Dec-1966 Janma Sade-Sati Kumbha

1966 split from guru Swami Sivananda's Divine Life program. Establishes a new program Integral Yoga* Budha-Zukra bhukti * Zukra rogesha disagreement ++ Sade-Sati

1969 life-changing role calming speaker to the agitated crowd at Woodstock Festival * Budha-Chandra bhukti * Rahu-yuti-Chandra * Chandra randhresha * samchara Rahu-Ketu via Kumbha-Somana-yuti-Rahu

1976 (SSS age 62) becomes USA citizen * Budha-Shani chidradasha * Shani rules 12th-from-4th loss of homeland

Ketu Mahadasha * age 63.9 until age 70.9

1979 (SSS age 65) established the Yogaville community on 750 acre tract in western Virginia USA * Ketu-Zukra bhukti * Zukra rules 11-community

Zukra Mahadasha * age 70.9 until decease age 87

1986 construction of the interfaith Lotus Shrine containing the sacred symbols of 14 religious traditions * Zukra-Zukra svabhukti * Zukra rules 11- material accomplishments

1990-1991 (SSS age 77) nine, long-term, female devotees stepped forward to accuse SSS of ongoing sexual abuses * Zukra-Chandra bhukti * Chandra randhresha ++ Sade-Sati

19-Aug-2002 (SSS age 87) dematerialization * Zukra-Budha bhukti * Budha maraka rules 7

Distinctive features of the nativity

Surya * pitrikaraka

  • Mula-Surya-Dhanuzya * Aditya * the unsplit, undivided * brightly charismatic confidence of Center-stage Surya radiates through the preaching-teaching philosophical rashi of Brihaspati
  • Surya in bhava-1 * center of identity * bright embodiment * intelligence for competition * focus on appearance * genius for innovative self-expression * athletic entitlements * eye on personality * sparkling center of body-based vitality * father may be an icon-competitor-inventor
  • Surya-yuti-Kuja * confidently progressive * bright warrior * moves in alignment with the spiritual rays of the Sun * creatively intelligent brother-figures * self-reflexive political pursuits * champion of brilliant ideals * competitive father-figure * entitled to conquer * focused on winning * radiantly pioneering

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

  • Chandra-Kumbha * comforted by networks * sensitive to connectivity * needs community
  • Chandra in Sadachbia-Varuna * calmed by mixed networks * protectors of universal mingling * soothed by risky marketplaces * needs to make expedient social connections
  • Chandra in classroom-3 * comfortable with the cohort * familiar with interactive communication * calmed by repetitive announcements * feels the tidal pulse of daily chat * feels sheltered in the parlor * soothed by siblings * intuitive information delivery * settled into the habits of writing * needs continuous commerce * accustomed to routine messaging * emotionally attuned to the rhythms of conversation * undulating signals * ethno-cultural gestures * intuitive handcraft
  • Somana-yuti-Rahu * * emotionally expedient * sensitive to exotic folks * risk-rewarding mother * needs exciting opportunities * unconventional parenting style * comfortable in unorthodox environments * undulating desires * craves nurturing * feels exceptional

Emotional conflicts exacerbated by ambitious Rahu = Chandra rules 6th-from-Chandra


MARRIAGE partnership support expectations

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

  • Mula-Mangala-Dhanuzya * vigorous development of humanistic worldview * energized inspiration * thrust toward doctrinal expansion * proactive teaching-preaching * promotes philosophical globalism * champion of broad understanding * pursues patronage
  • 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
  • Kuja-yuti-Surya * kinetic creativity * glorious innovator * high-energy confidence * dynamic genius * dominating force joins willful charm * competitive politics * brilliant winner * physically active father-figure * vigorous theatrical display


Mangala in bhava-1 rules Vrischika-12 = 10th-from-Chandra

constant tension due to mutual drishti between Mangala in bhava-1 +++ Shani in Bhava-7

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


  • Budha-Vrizchika * 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-12 * narrative of sanctuary * talks about quietude * commerce of the hermitage * discusses interior spiritual guidance * speaks from invisible location * instructions on reflective contemplation * detailed descriptions of intimate privacy * diagrams the astral inner terrain * explainer of quiet prayer * imaginative siblings * communication with distant worlds * delivers information about clairsentience * skillfully defines the dreamworld * logical visions
  • Budha-yuti-Zukra * 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

Budha in Vrizchika resides in the emotionally dignified , social-ordering, leadership-seeking; 10th-from-Chandra

Budha-yuti-Zukra occupy Vrischika, suggesting tantric healing arts such as hatha yoga, pranayama, and mystical sound.

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

lagnesha for Dhanuzya radical lagna

  • Guru-Makara-Draco * nichha * understands social structure * numerous law-makers * class-conscious convictions * conventional doctrine * believes in common sense * pragmatic guidance * philosophical realism * diverse social responsibilities * materialistic worldview * faith in hierarchies * preaches about wise governance * widens the scope of bureaucracy
  • Guru in bhava-2 * much hoard * many songs * many stories * extensive history * generous natural reserves * several genetic lines * many accumulated goods * numerous languages * expansive eyes * many voices * many valuations * extensive accounts * grows the family lineage * optimistic heritage * believes in historic conservation * patron of speech-and-song * in a wifely nativity, husband-figure may be a keeper-collector-preserver

Zukra * svadu-karaka (sweet) * kalatra-karaka (wife)

Harsha Yoga * Zukra-12 rules 6 (women)

  • Zukra-Vrizchika * 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
  • Zukra-12 * seeks imaginative pleasure * private sensuality * values spiritually guided partnership * gracefully intuitive feminine-figures * agreeable sleep * visions of contemplative harmony * enjoys beautiful sanctuaries * aesthetic designs to adorn the feet * likes meditations * appreciation of Other Worlds * attracted to quiet spaces * in a husbandly nativity, wife-figure may withdraw, or she may hail from a distant land
  • Zukra-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 communicative harmony * enjoys the company of students * detailed contracts * prefers logical arrangements

Zukra rules the wise, doctrinal, episcopal, patronizing, philosophical Thula-11 = 9th-from-Chandra

Zukra-12 Notable challenges regarding women and marriage, including sexual harassment lawsuits during Zukra Mahadasha *

Yogaville 1914-2002 Swami Satchidananda conducted a multi-decade ministry of service in healthy lifestyle instruction (6, diet, remedies). The great majority of his disciples were women. SSS was disgraced toward the end of his career by multiple accusations (6) followed by litigation (6) regarding his sexual misbehavior with devotees, interpreted by them as a betrayal of the trust of their guru-sisya relationship.

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

  • Shani-Mithunaya * tiresome old documents * resists new explanations * must conform to management hierarchy * must maintain orderly communications * rigid process handling * heavy old discussions * obligatory scripted conversations * inflexible instructions * must endure proletarian talk * slow elderly messengers * structural compression upon hand-arm-shoulder * restricted breathing * insufficient team cooperation * must continue old collaborations * scarce information resources
  • Shani in Bhava-7 * digbala (beneficial placement) * enduring partnerships * heavy vows * must balance-and-rebalance * cautiously conventional relationships. * tense bargaining * chronic marital responsibilities * compression of the visible genitalia * pressure against free bargaining * negotiation fatigue * unyielding alliances * slow-moving advisors * resists new arrangements * elders maintain old contractual obligations

Shani in Bhava-7 ++ Shani resides in the romantic, creative, theatrical, intelligent, artistic 5th-from-Chandra

SSS produced two sons during his marriage, age 23-28. After widowhood age 28, SS left the boys in care of his own mother and rarely saw them afterwards.

constant tension due to mutual drishti between Mangala in bhava-1 +++ Shani in Bhava-7

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

  • Rahu-Kumbha (svakshetra) * shimmering illusion of profitable webworks * over-reaching friendliness * mirage of knitted netting knotwork * fabulous marketplace associations * extraordinary electro-magnetic connections * intriguing ecologies * mask of lawfully interlinked systems * fascinating achievements * culturally mixed social networks * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of  scientific futurism * extravagant assemblies * finds opportunity in economic distribution * craves community-linkage * seeks privilege via socialite-roles
  • Rahu in bhava-3 * passion for communication * in svabhava of Busy Budha, the Shadowy Specter = glamorous writing * outsider who cleverly insinuates into culturally important communicator roles * exotic photography * unusual journalistic reporting * thrilling announcements * unorthodox commentary * mesmerizing messaging * craves publication * ambitious sibling-cousins * mixed-culture collaborative teams * desire for conversations * over-reaching commerce * exciting gestures * opportunistic approach to manufacturing * entranced by information technology * boundary-breeching sibling-cohort * unconventional explanations * fascinating evangelism * seeks privilege via project management
  • Rahu-yuti-Soma * amplified emotion * magnified familiarity * exotic habits * tricky routines * opportunistic mother * fascinating (but perhaps illusory) appearance of sympathetic caretaking * hypnotic rhythms * emotionally attuned to cross-cultural mixing

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

  • Ketu-Singha * brightly dissociates from creative performance * fragmented entitlements * eccentric intelligence * peculiar brilliance * not limited by celebrity roles * ignores restriction on political opinion * releases a sparkling crimson cloud of divine charisma into the misty abyss
  • Ketu in classroom-9 * disinterested in credenda * wandering worldview * disengaged from faith doctrine * disregards theory * liberating philosophy * irrelevance of patriarchal dogma * ambivalence toward conventional convictions * spacey father * weird beliefs * ignores the ordinary understandings * incoherent ideology * unless other graha in 9, may prefer to live free from father-figures
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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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