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

― Ramana Maharshi


Shri Ramana Maharishi in 1948

Poet, Builder, Spiritual Guide

Bhagavan Shri

Ramana Maharshi


a.k.a. Venkataraman Iyer

Earthbody-Entry Wednesday-30-Dec-1879

Earthbody-Exit 14-Apr-1950 (age 70)


Poet, Builder, Spiritual Guide * 1879-1950 * Sri Ramana Maharshi

birth data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

charts, graphs, and 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

Chitra-Tvastri * Tvastri

BPL commentary:

For Chitra-Tvastri natives, the condition of pioneering, direct, yang-energy, forward-pushing bhratru-karaka Mangala considerably affects the outcome.

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.

Kuja-ruled Chaitra gentlemen 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.

In music, they excel in arrangements. They often play stringed instruments, and write beautiful songs. In writing and painting, they produce empowered forms using color and sound. Affinity for tools, engines, driving, building. The Kanya pada are mystics while the Thula pada are negotiators.

Themes of productive touch including artistic design, mechanical engineering, and crafting of dynamic arrangements may contextualize Vismakarma's terrestrial experience.

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 periods:


Ramana as a young man

Guru Mahadasha * age birth until age 6

30-Dec-1879 Earth-birth * Guru-Zukra period

Shani Mahadasha * age 6 until age 25

18-Feb-1892 * decease of father * Shani-Ketu period

1892 following the unexpected death of his father, the family disperses to several locations * Shani-Ketu period

1896 (age 16) death-experience exposes life-force current (avesam) recognized as true-self and Ishvadevata (ishwara) * Shani-Surya period * Surya rules 12-interiority, meditation, private visions

Budha Mahadasha * age 25 until age 42

Ketu Mahadasha * age 42 until age 49

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

Zukra Mahadasha * age 49 until age 69

Surya Mahadasha * age 60 until decease age 70

14-Apr-1950 Lightbody Lift-off (age 70) * Surya-Rahu period * rahu gives effective of Guru-rules-7

Distinctive features of the nativity


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

Surya * pitrikaraka * Jyotikaraka

  • Surya-Dhanuzya* Aditya * the unsplit, undivided
  • Surya in bhava-4 * center of root routines folkways, intelligence for schooling, farming, transportation; ethnic entitlements, brightly stabilizing, focus on foundations, eye on homeland basis
  • Surya-yuti-Rahu * confidently opportunistic, bright mesmerizer, entitled to mix and mottle, radiantly risk-rewarding


Dad = Sundaram Iyer (1848–1892). He worked as a special pleader within the lawcourt system. Dad died suddenly when young Venkataraman was age 12.

Surya rules and occupies swamsha, indicating Shri Ramana-Maharshi's celebrity and also his father's political importance in their social context

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

  • Chandra-Mithunaya * comforted by communicatively signaling, rhythmic messaging transactions
  • Chandra in Punarvasu * comforted by restoration of abundance * protectors of sensitive wise instruction, expansive details, generous planning, philosophical explanations
  • Chandra in classroom-10 * comfort in order, familiar with protocol, rank, soothed by systems, routine leadership, iconic roles, visibility, recognition, respect; undulating lawfulness
  • Somana-yuti-Ketu * Emotionally scattered, sensitive to disoriented figures, indifference, needs to wander, feels like a pilgrim


Mom = Azhagammal Iyer (1864–1922). As the Ramanashramam was developed, she managed the kitchen and became an iconic spiritual figure within the burgeoning community.

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

  • Mangala-Meza * moolatrikona 0-18 deg. * vigorous pursuit of championship * proactive innovation, first-arrival; push toward conquest
  • Mangala in bhava-8 * drive toward discovery, pursuit of rebirth, revolutionary dynamics, invasive transformations, vigorous revelations, energized mysterious conquests

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka


  • Budha-Vrizchika * hidden communications, articulation of transformative secrets, emergency pronouncements, messages about camouflaged, undisclosed mysteries
  • Budha in bhava-3 * narrative of management, reporting, cohort, siblings, instructions, describer of announcements, explainer of publication, delivers instructions for books, scripts, lyrics
  • Budha-yuti-Zukra * articulation of equity in agreements, message of justice and fairly bargained contracts; songwriting , talkative sister-cousin-cohort, lyricist

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

  • Guru-Kumbha * much networking, many communities, scientific beliefs, doctrine of economic linkage
  • Guru in bhava-6 * much service, many ailments and physicians, much medication, abundant imbalance, many grievances, numerous accusations
  • Shani-7-Meena parivartamsha Guru-6-Kumbha

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

philosophy of terminal ilness * Guru-Shani parivartamsha

Guru-6-Kumbha indicates multiple illnesses of the skin

Shri Ramana Maharshi was able to demonstrate convincingly via lawful argument (Shani rules-6 ) to his followers that he did not wish to prevent the fleshly suffering caused by his rampant cancer (6). He understood the principle of eternal life (8) and he wished to experience the karmic utility of the situation.

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

  • Zukra-Vrizchika * appreciation of penetrating discovery, pleasures of covert power, enjoys hidden assets, aesthetic of occult secrecy
  • Zukra-3 * pleasure of explanatory description, gracious messaging, enjoys commercial harmony, aesthetic instructions, feminine-figures (sisters, aunts, neighbors) dominate the cohort, appreciation of communications
  • Zukra-yuti-Budha * gracious conversation, articulate beauty, melodious words, sweetly communicative messaging, lyricist, musical cohort, quickly arranged contracts

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

  • Shani-Meena * old dreams, pressured prayer, pressured feet, imposed sanctuary, proletarian sleep, ancient ancestor guides, must imagine guidance with scarce resources
  • Shani in Bhava-7 * digbala * must balance; cautious, conventional partnerships ;tense loyalties, chronic responsibilities toward the spouse; visible genitalia; heavy pressure against freely chosen contracts
  • Shani-7-Meena parivartamsha Guru-6-Kumbha

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

  • Rahu-Dhanuzya *craving for philosophical principle, theory, higher truth * mask of global humanistic belief * fascinated by doctrine, catechism * * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) generosity, patronage, fatherliness
  • Rahu in bhava-4 * in swabhava of Comforting Chandra, the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous or unusual cultural roots; seeks amplified ownership of properties, unusual lands and vehicles, buildings, farms, vehicles; desires a special, important role in land use entitlements. Exciting, opportunistic, ambitious parents, especially the mother-figure. Ambitious, Over-reaching, ambitious character of the property-owners, real-estate deeds and claims, fence-makers, boundary-defenders, transporters, drivers of trucks and ships, police, schoolteachers, farmers, fisherfolk. Boasts deep roots in the local environment. Craves a showcase home, fabulous garden, or prestige lands..
  • Surya-yuti-Rahu * amplified ambition, magnified confidence, exotic creativity, tricky drama, opportunistic father, fascinating (but perhaps illusory) appearance of political genius

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

  • Ketu-Mithunaya * dissociates from conversations, incomplete message, empty instructions, dissolute signals, not limited by commerce, ignores restriction on communication
  • Ketu in classroom-10 * disregards rank-and-position * no barriers in class-pyramid, fearless toward social authority, absentee officials, vacuous leadership roles, irrelevance of the government, ambivalence toward executive empowerment
  • Chandra-yuti-Ketu * surrendered sensitivity, empty feelings, unsustainable comfort, disconnected mother, apathetic parenting, emotional disengagement

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

"And now my friends,

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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