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Swami Paramahansa

Founder of Self-Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles

author of the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi

sisya of Holy Science 1855-1936 Shri Yukteswara Giri of Bangala *


a.k.a. Mukunda Lal Ghosh

Earthbody-Entry Thurs-05-Jan-1893

Earthbody-Exit 07-Mar-1952 (age 59)


Swami Paramahansa Yogananda * 1893-1952 * a.k.a. Mukunda Lal Ghosh

Birth-time of 20:30 is provided by the SRF for their widely admired spiritual teacher; rectified by BPL to 20h50m

charts, graphs and tables produced by Shri Jyoti Star * adapted by BP Lama

coordinates used for Gorakhpura = 26.7347 degrees N + 83.3362 degrees E

Local Mean Time (Railway Time) for Calcutta in 1893 = 05h34m16s

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities

Magha * Pitriya * Agadash * Ajjha* Karman * Vutatma * Anvastaka * Kosthagara

BPL commentary

For Magha births of a masculine valence, the condition of limitless, observing, uncoupling, surrendering, abandoning, disinterested, ethereal, wandering, dispersing Ketu may considerably affect the outcome.

For those born into the Ketu-ruled paradigm of Ajjha, spirit guides, astral beings, pilgrims, ghosts, wanderers, observers, witnesses, awareness of impermanence, freedom from conventions, disregard for consequences, and inner listening may be especially influential.

Guided by the patrons of Regulus. Their purpose is royal patronage of the spiritual fire traditions.

Fire Magicians

Akasha-ruled Magha gentlemen are distinguished by their rarity and their dissociation from the typical marriage-and-family lifestyle. Like all Ketu births, the Makha masculine figure has less gender polarization and more affinity with cosmic patterns of forgiveness and release.

Generally preferring an unmarried status, Pitri natives are aware of their psychic vocation. One understands that the current body, while it may have kingly or celebrity attributes, is intended to serve as a vessel for the Light of Truth.

Although loving in the pure sense of permeability and transparency, masculine Makha = most often found in uniquely singular roles that require a certain distancing from conventional relationships. Given sufficient ability to operate within the earthly dimensions, a subtly dispersed light (halo) may be seen to surround the tangible body.

Themes of separation, disconnection, abandonment, alienation, escape, wandering, annihilation, surrender, and liberation may contextualize Agha's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Magha

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

"a proud but not an arrogant nature

  • poised, self-contained and dignified.

This man will command respect

  • because of his quiet dignity of manner and bearing.

His position in his community will be secure

  • and his financial standing sound.

His weakness, however, is his susceptibility to the blandishments of the Opposite sex.

He must avoid entanglements

  • which might lead to a loss of dignity,

  • since, to this man, such a loss would be a tragedy."


Biographical events matched to Vimshottari Dasha

  • Autobiography of a Yogi 1893-1952 Swami Yogananda


Mukunda Ghosh with his Father, Bhagabati Charan Ghosh, c. 191x


Swami Yogananda in Bangala in youth, with his guru Shri Swami Yukteshwara Giri

Ketu Mahadasha * age birth until 5.2

05-Jan-1893 Earth-birth in Gorakhpur, Bengal, India * Ketu-Surya bhukti

Zukra Mahadasha * age 5.2 until 25.2

1904 (Mukunda's age 11) grieved the decease of mother * Zukra-Chandra bhukti * Chandra rules 12th-from-Chandra

1910 (Mukunda's age 17) met the root-guru Holy Science 1855-1936 Shri Yukteswara Giri * Zukra-Guru bhukti * Brihaspati rules 5-8

1914 vows of covenant, entering the order of Sankara * Zukra-Shani bhukti * Shani rules 7-vows, promises, troth, trust

June-1915 earned college diploma from Serampore College * Zukra-Budha bhukti * Budha diploma-duplo-karaka

Surya Mahadasha * age 25.2 until 31.2

Janma Sade-Sati Simha Sep-1918 until Nov-1920

1920 (Mukunda's age 27) sails to Boston Massachusetts USA to attend a Convention of Religions Liberals and remains in USA1920 until 1952 * Surya-Rahu * Rahu 9-doctrine, preaching ++ Sade-Sati

1924 cross-continental speaking tour of USA, lectures well attended * Surya-Zukra bhukti * Zukra rules 3-tours, presentations + 10-public reputations

Chandra Mahadasha * age 31.2 until 41.2

Generally, this bhukti of time was devoted to building an enclosed spiritual community

Mangala Mahadasha * age 41.2 until 48.2

1935-1936 return to India for maha-samadhi of Shri Yukteswara and initiation of numerous designated persons. Receives the initiation name Paramahansa from Shri Yukteswara * Mangala-Guru bhukti . Guru rules 8-initiations

Rahu Mahadasha * age 48.2 until 59

1942 decease of Mukunda's father, Bhagabati Charan Ghosh * Rahu-Rahu swabhukti

1946 publication of Autobiography of a Yogi * Rahu-Guru bhukti * Guru rules 5 3rd-from-3rd publications

07-Mar-1952 (age 59) Lightbody Lift-off * Rahu-Ketu bhukti

Distinctive Features of the Nativity

  • Autobiography of a Yogi 1893-1952 Swami Yogananda


Surya * pitrikaraka * jyotikaraka


  • Surya-Dhanuzya* Aditya * the unsplit, undivided
  • Surya in bhava-5 * swabhava * center of sparkling, poetic romance * intelligence for speculation * father-figure plays central, entitled roles * radiates brightly political celebrity * focus on theatrical glamour * genius for dramatic entertainments * eye on gambling + games * bright center of creative performance
  • Surya-yuti-Budha * confidently conversational * bright messenger * entitled to discuss * creatively intelligent sibling-cohort * discursive father-figure * speaks and gestures in alignment with the spiritual rays of the Sun * radiantly descriptive * articulate in drama and games * self-confident announcements * talks about ideals, power-politics, poetic love, and romance

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

  • Chandra in Magha * comforted by dramatic, wandering observance * protectors of three-fires ceremony, glorious visions, unlimited magic
  • Chandra-Simha * comforted by rhythmic creative display
  • Chandra in classroom-1 * accustomed to flesh * comfort in glowing incandescent embodiment * familiar with forward action * needs to feel the repeating pulse of physical movement * settled into the rhythm of invention * feeling for first-arrival * soothed by aristocracy * emotionally attuned to new birth * seeks calming routine activities * undulating personality

rulers of 4, 5, 8 and 9 occupy the tantrik, transformative 8th-from-Chandra = Meena-8

the magnificent rising Magha Chandra signifies spiritual kingship through the fire priesthood of Magha.

Chandra vyayapathi ruler-of-12 located in Simha lagna is emotionally attached to matters of vyaya bhava such as the bridge between the astral world and the material world, dreams, meditation and sanctuary spaces such as monasteries and healing enclosures.

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

Yogakaraka Mangala-1 rules 4-foundations, cultural rhythms, ethnic basis ++ 9-doctrine, philosophy, beliefs

  • Mangala-Meena * vigorous pursuit of intuition *warrior for dreamlike imagery * proactive envisioning * push toward imaginative perception * pursues clairsentient roles * sound-healing engineer * conquest in private enclosures * champion of sanctuary
  • Mangala in bhava-8 * drive toward discovery * pursuit of rebirth * revolutionary dynamics * aggressive approach to emergency events * invasive transformations * vigorous revelations * explosive eruptions of unexpected force * pushes into hidden environments * energized mysterious conquests * pro-active surgeries
  • Kuja-yuti-Guru * multiple competitions, many brother-figures, energized growth, dynamic generosity, masculine force joins optimistic expansion, champion of humanistic worldview, potential for aggressive preaching, indoctrinating actions

Mangala-8 sudden conditions of identity transformation

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

  • Budha-Dhanuzya * priestly communications* theoretical discourse * inspirational conversations * articulation of sacred beliefs * doctrinal pronouncements * sends messages about broad worldview * descriptive philosophical understanding * specifically defined interpretive principles * explains the indoctrination procedure * expertly detailed sermons * ideological programming * hands-arms-shoulders send preaching gestures
  • Budha in bhava-5 * narrative of drama, politics, creativity * discusses children, entitlement, entertainment, describer of divine intelligence, explainer of romance, delivers instructions for politics, poetry, creative literature, games, love, fame, human delights , talks about idealism, royalty, uniqueness, artistic performance, radiant confidence, celebration, glitter and glamour, splendor
  • Budha-yuti-Surya * explainer of dramatic intelligence * affinity for central roles expressing skills of communication, explanation, description, instruction * explainer of dramatic intelligence * affinity for central roles expressing skills of communication, explanation, description, instruction * articulation of radiant authority * message of willpower and charisma * confidently talkative father

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

  • Guru-Meena * much sleep. inner guidance, many imaginings, many dreams, intuitive beliefs, doctrine of esoteric understandings, expands the scope of contemplative awareness, multiple prayers and visions
  • Guru in bhava-8 * much secrecy * many sudden changes * many confidences * multiple trauma events * numerous identity transformations * abundant initiation * generous in-llaws * extensive hidden assets * expansion of undisclosed activities * abundance of initiations * many mysteries * generation of sudden transformation * hidden teachers * believes in successful surgeries and invasive healing
  • Guru-yuti-Mangala bhratri-karaka * multiple brother-figures * permission to compete-and-win * expansive conquests * progressive philosophy * large-scale invasive actions * vigorous champion of optimistic belief

vidyapathi-5 Guru and the Dharmesha-9 Mangala = King-makers of Raja Yoga = exceptionally strong in a super-friendly rashi of Guru

suggestion of many (Brihaspati-8, multiplier) hidden practices and the relationship with Swami Shri Yukteshwara Giri

Multiple initiations due to Kuja-yuti-Guru in Ayur-bhava. Guru-Mangala-8 suggests a king due to vidyapathi-5 + Dharmesha-9 (+ lagnesha-1 Surya in putra bhava = genius) but the expression of kingship is entirely in the world of mysteries, hidden forces, and sudden upheavals of catastrophic force.

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

  • Zukra-Vrizchika * appreciation of penetrating discovery * likes mysteries * attracted to danger * pleasures of covert power * preference for undisclosed arrangements * phoenix aesthetic of rejuvenation + rebirth * negotiates pleasantly in threatening conditions * seeks equity during sudden upheavals * seeks balance during emergencies * enjoys hidden assets * gracious partner in secret diplomacy
  • Zukra-4 * digbala * pleasure of home-based routines; enjoys domestic equity, feminine-figures are prominent in the home environment, prefers stability and routine in the domestic life * pleasing designs to adorn the chest, breast, torso * appreciation of owned properties

mother, home-based, cultural-roots harmony * loves schools, farms, rhythms-and-routines of comforting soothing homelife

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

  • Shani-Kanya * heavy old accusations * obliged to sustain litigious disagreements * rigidly persistent disease conditions * vital energy compression stress zone = colon + digestive tract * must materialize orderly ways to aid the injured and help the mistreated * weighty subordinate tasks * strictly imposed hierarchical conditions of enforced servitude * must work within proletarian master-slave systems * must respect slow, elder physicians and their outdated remedies * must accept the limitations of institutionalized service * insufficient pharmacy * must work with aging, dried medications * must continue to minister to the suffering despite scarce available resources
  • Shani in bhava-2 * Structured, orderly, time-conscious family lineage. One must preserve, have to collect, catalog, must tell tales, obligation to speak-and-sing; cautiously constrained banking; tense eyes, punitive rules for speech, non-permitted comments, financial fatigue, chronic financial depression, undernourished eye-teeth , heavy legacy pressure against speaking out; insufficient nourishment, desiccated preserved food. Limited sight, blindness. Ossified, rigid, rule-bound family culture. Resistance to new languages and direct speech. Resentment toward  family ignorance. Support for socially-approved presentation via face, hair, song, speech, vision, treasuries of older knowledge.

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

  • Rahu-Meza-Arya * shimmering illusion of first-arrival * craving for superiority * exotic use of dominating force * mask of competitive action * mirage of innovative pioneering * over-reaching urgency * extraordinary muscularity * mesmerizing forward movement * unusual athleticism * fascinating conquests * marvelous warriorship * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of heroic action; winning of contests, natural chief * seeks privilege via champion-roles
  • Rahu in bhava-9 * passion for philosophy, preaching * in swabhava of Saptarishi Guru, the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous or unusual doctrine, theory, dharma, worldview. Rahu-9 desires a thrilling, important guidance role in catechesis, principled discourses of abstract ideas, ideology, philosophy, indoctrination. Extraordinary father-figure, ambitious professors and holy teachers. Thrives in culturally-mixed preaching environments, university, temple, sangha, congregation. Surreptitious attempt to appear as a global, humanistic, ideologically-framed agent of understanding. Rahu the Poseur may pose as a charitable philanthropist, a wisdom-purveyor, a proselyte of principled understanding, a guru-figure, a philosopher, or a globalist humanitarian. Rahu-9 trespasses the cultural boundaries of patronage, fatherhood, paradigm of belief. Exciting, opportunistic third marriage (if any).

champion, innovator, pioneer, start-up

Rahu in bhava-9 indicates a passionate indoctrinator and an unusual or irregular father-figure (who may be the bio-father or the spiritual guide-guru)

Rahu-9 casts amplifying drishti upon radical lagna, upon Chandra in tanu-bhava-1, upon bhava-3 writing-discussion, and upon bhava-5 charisma

risk-taking father-figure; exotic elements infiltrate the scriptural exegesis or the philosophical interpretation of received dogma;

unconventional style of dharma transmission

For Yogananda, the extraordinary father-guru function of Rahu-9 gives the effect of yogakaraka Mangala in tantric, undisclosed, confidential matters of randhra bhava-8. Access to secret texts and rituals, emphasis on psychic empowerment, self-destruction and re-birth

BPL note: it seems a bit preposterous that this nativity would feature Gohanta Yoga The Butcher. However, the re could be an esoteric interpretation.

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

  • Ketu-Thula * dissociates from bargaining * vacillates in compromise * incomplete alliance * empty trades * surrendered trust * dispersed negotiations * ignores restriction on deal-making * applies balanced equity to the misty abyss
  • Ketu in classroom-3 * absentee sibling, off-topic communications, disinterested in daily discourse, dissolved messaging boundaries, disregards conventional discussions, eccentric or esoteric modes of writing, irrelevance of the mental narrative. One abandons the management tasks, dismisses the standard explanations, walks away from the usual descriptions.

"The true basis of religion is not belief, but intuitive experience.

Intuition is the soul's power of knowing God.

To know what religion is really all about, one must know God."

The Essence of Self-Realization

"You are walking on the earth as in a dream.

Our world is a dream within a dream;

you must realize that to find God is the only goal, the only purpose, for which you are here.

For Him alone you exist.

Him you must find."

14th Dalai Lama 1935- Policy of Kindness Tenzing Gyatso . (1994).

The Path to Enlightenment.

"at the moment the world's spiritual traditions have greatly degenerated.

It is very important in such times that the practitioners themselves make especially strong efforts to gain realization.

To permit the lineages of transmission to disappear is to allow the world to plunge into darkness."

"an increasing ability to serve is the only reliable sign of spiritual progress "

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