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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
author of the counterculture spiritual classic, Be Here Now 
Baba Ram Dass
a.k.a. Professor Richard Alpert
Ram Dass = Richard Alpert
birth data from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram_Dass
tentatively rectified by BP Lama
tentatively rectified by BP Lama Jyotishavidya
charts + graphs + tables = generated by Shri Jyoti-Star - adapted by BP Lama
Aśleṣas - Naga - Uraga - Azreshasha - Hydra - Aayilyam - Bhujamaghabha
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 Aśleṣa ̄ s 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. Aśleṣa ̄ have a particular genius for evoking ancestral guilt, ethnic narratives, and ancient resentments.
Aśleṣa ̄ 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.
Aśleṣa ̄ s-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
They are awkward and gauche in their manners
This attitude militates against success in life
These people should live less introspectively
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
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
[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, Neem-Karoli-Baba MahaRaji - Shukra-Budha bhukti * pitrimaraka Budha rules 7th-from-pitribhava
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 Gay 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
Nov-2014 until Jan-2017 = Janma Sade-Sati Vṛścika 
[Guru Mahadasha ] [age 86.1 until decease age 88]
22-Dec-2019 [RD age 88] dematerialization peacefully at home on Maui * Guru-Shani bhukti * maraka Shani rules 7
Distinctive Features of the Nativity
pitri-karaka [father] jyoti-karaka [light]
[karako bhavo nashto for father, patrons, chieftains, indoctrinators]
[righteously radiating authority shows certainty of historical understanding]
[entitled to visionary patronage roles]
[brilliant ceremonial displays of intuitive belief]
[bright center of spiritualized humanistic principles]
[may preach confidently upon clairsentient wisdom]
[often a famous public guidance figure modeling contemplative convictions ]
[sparkles warmly in vaguely sanctimonious patriarchal roles]
[entreasured father may be meditative preacher, patriarch, or ideologue]
[corporate-organizational Revatī-2] [navamsha Surya-Makara] intuitively confident hierarchical governance
Dad = corporate railroad directorm
OUTCOMES - SURYA
[Surya-yuti-Rahu]  rules
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  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-Revatī-2] + [Rahu-Revatī-2]
The celebrated boundary-breacher cultural-mixer Bright Light of an adventurous generation
RD is considered by some historians of religion to have been a seminal figure of the Fourth Great Awakening in USA culture. Seen from a social-historical perspective, the spiritual Great Awakenings are broadly dated
[Surya Mahadasha ] [age 45.1 until age 51.1 [May-1976 until May 1982]
matrikaraka [mother] * garha-karaka [village]
[politics of fixation on past culture]
[charismatic sparkle dramatizes emotional resentment]
[creative intelligence for display of grievance]
[feels entitled to inflict revenge]
[sentimental attachment to an invasive mother]
[nīcha-Mangala-1 parivartamsha Chandra-5-nīcha]
OUTCOMES - CHANDRA
CAREER - 10th-from-Chandra
RD stage performer, comedian of the dharma
charming, romantic, attention-needing Chandra in classroom-5 rules
MOTHER - PARENTS
[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.
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
Additionally, challenges to marriage alliance include
ruler of 7 occupies 6
ruler of 7 occupies 12th-from-7
7th-from-Chandra = Shukra-8 preference for undisclosed alliances
5th-from-Chandra contains Surya-yuti-Rahu
[Surya-yuti-Rahu]  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 Mahadasha ] [age 51.1 until age 61.1 [May 1982 until May-1992]
bhratru-karaka [brother] virya-karaka [virile]
[Kuja Dosha for alliance-1]
[identified with political energy]
[personally promotes dynamic competition for high position]
[actively pushes into governance roles]
[emotional engineering of people and places]
[habitually pursues individual creativity ]
[embodiment of vigorous patriotic protectionism]
[provocative catalysis from fellow politicians-poets and regulatory authorities]
[if in Aslesha, commanding extortionist personality]
[ministering-logistical Pushya-2] [navamsha Mangala-Kanya]
[nīcha-Mangala-1 parivartamsha Chandra-5-nīcha]
OUTCOMES - MANGALA
dynamic, competitive, progressive Mangala in bhava-1 rules
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.
 nicha-Kuja intakes drishti of ambitious Rahu-9 higher truth
 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] sandesha-karaka [message] shisya-karaka [student]
OUTCOMES - BUDHA
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  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
RD's respected explanations-and-descriptions included
dhava-karaka [husband] bahuta-karaka [variety]
[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]
OUTCOMES - GURU
[Guru in bhava-12] activates
[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]
[economic-distributive Varuna-3] [navamsha Shukra-Kumbha] arrangements-bargains with vast assemblies
OUTCOMES - SHUKRA
Incoming drishti affects Shukra-Kumbha interpersonal arrangements [mainly hidden], receives complex signal from three sources
S hukra-8 HIDDEN RELATIONSHIPS
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]
Even via this reputation-endangering revelation  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 . To his devoted followers, it was not a shaming embarrassment, but rather a humanizing act of healing discovery and transformation .
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.
As a natural but unconventional teacher, RD used /realia/ to deliver the lesson.
[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
[steady endurance eventually outlasts enemies]
[patiently regulates religious hierarchies]
[slowly evolving doctrinal arguments]
[extended longevity of sacred service ministry]
[harsh obstacles of imbalanced paradigmatic worldviews]
[staunch resistance to dogmatic accusation]
[doctrinal Uttarāṣāḍha -1] [navamsha Shani-Dhanus] [vargottamsha] intuitively structured old-times rigidly principled worldview
[Atmakaraka sobriety, respect for elders, laws-and-consequences, structure, hierarchies,endurance]
OUTCOMES - SHANI
relentless ministry of service
duro-karaka [Shani in Bhava-6] rules
Vargottamsha atmakaraka Shanideva Bhagavan in preaching [Uttarāṣāḍha -1]
casts Structured Responsibility drishti into
RD had chronic health conditions [Shani-6] including sinusitis, food allergies, and gut issues [likely parasites]. 6th-from-Chandra = Budha-Mesha suggesting blood toxicity.
[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  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]
[for Mithuna indriya-lagna]
[Rahu-10 casts passionately lawful institutional drishti into 2-4-6]
check Guru for defining source of Rahu's broad philosophical inclusiveness
[regulatory authority based in mixed-culture dreamlike imagery]
[fascinating icon of inner knowing]
[elite captain of exciting symbolism]
[amazing public contemplative leadership]
[astonishing social rise of poets, clairsentients, meditators, researchers, reeflective philosophers ]
[reputed for fabulous private guidance in high-visibility roles]
[hierarchical-organizational Revatī-2] [navamsha Rahu-Makara]
OUTCOMES - RAHU
pastoral, shepherding, high-pitch attunement [institutional-regulatory Revatī-2] [Rahu in bhava-9]drishti into
[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]
[disregards logical discourse conventions]
[eccentric accusatory publications]
[incoherent service-ministry planning]
[empty litigious announcements]
[liberating abstract grievance discussions]
[scattered complaining mentality]
[protective-defensive Hasta-4] [navamsha Ketu-Karkata]
OUTCOMES - KETU
Mental dissociation, virtual amputation [hands/arm Hasta]
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 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 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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