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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 [age 69]




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]


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





Philosopher of Self-inquiry

Spiritual Guide in the tradition of Advaita Vedanta


Sri Ramana Maharshi

birth data from

tentatively rectified by BP Lama Jyotishavidya

charts + graphs + tables = generated by Shri Jyoti Star -

- adapted by BP Lama

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

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities

Uttarāṣāḍha -Vaishva

Iswara - Utaraztha - Visve-deva - Uthiradaam - Aadi

BPL commentary

For Uttarāṣāḍha 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

Dhanus 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.


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

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."


Biographical data matched to Vimshottari dasha calendar:

[Guru Mahadasha] [age birth until age 2.1

30-Dec-1879 Earth-birth in Tiruchuzhi [Tiruchuli] Virudhunagar, Madras Presidency, British India [9.534818 N 78.200769 E] Guru-Rahu chidra-dasha

[Shani Mahadasha] [age 2.1 until age 21.1

18-Feb-1892 [RM age 12] grieved the unexpected decease of father * Shani-Surya bhukti - Surya-yuti-Rahu

1892 [RM age 12] following the unexpected death of his father, the family disperses to several locations * Shani-Surya bhukti - Surya-yuti-Rahu

1896 [RM age 17] attracts first disciple * Shani-Rahu bhukti

1896 [RM age 17] near-death-experience exposes life-force current [avesam] recognized as true-self and Ishvadevata [ishwara] shani-Rahu bhukti * dharmesha Surya-yuti-Rahu-1 self- wisdom

[Budha Mahadasha] [age 20.2 until age 36.2]

1902 [RM age 23] first recording of the method of self-inquiry * Budha-Budha svabhukti * Budha writing, documentation

[Ketu Mahadasha] [age 36.2 until age 43.2]

Aug-1916 until Sep-1918 Janma Sade-Sati Karkata

  • [8, initiation, transformation, rebirth, mystery, identity-change]
  • [age 34-37]

19-May-1922 [RM age 43] grieved the decease of mother - Ketu-Guru bhukti * matrimaraka Shani rules 7th-from-Chandra

1922 [RM age 43] following mom's decease, beginning encampment near her tomb. The camp becomes Ramanasramam * Ketu-Guru bhukti [Shani-4 parivartamsha Guru-3] Shani-4 fixed encampment

[Shukra Mahadasha] [age 43.2 until age 63.2]

1934 [RM age 55] English-language biography [hagiography] of RM brings international reknown * Shukra-Rahu bhukti - Surya-yuti-Rahu -` personality

[Surya Mahadasha] [age 63.2 until decease age 70.2]

Sep-1945 until Jul-1948 Janma Sade-Sati Karkata
  • [8, initiation, transformation, rebirth, mystery, identity-change]
  • [age 34-37]

Feb-1949 [RM age 70] excision of cancerous arm skin performed by ashram physician. Physician preferred to save the life by amputating the arm, but RM refuses to amputate * Surya-Budha bhukti * rogesha disease Shukra-yuti-Budha * Budha rules Ketu excision, amputation * dvithya Sade-Sati

Dec 1949 [RM age 70] second and third tumor surgeries, but these fail to prevent advance of the disease * Surya-Ketu bhukti * Ketu excision, amputation * dvithya Sade-Sati

14-Apr-1950 [RM age 70] dis-embodiment via cancer * Surya-Shukra bhukti [Shukra-yuti-Budha] Maraka Budha rules Ketu-7

MaharishiRamana_teenage.jpg Distinctive features of the nativity


pitri-karaka [father] jyoti-karaka [light]

[philosophical-doctrinal dharmesha Dhanus-born]

[bright center of belief]

[charming certainty of ideological-theoretical principles]

[radiant icon of patriarchal philosophy]

[righteously confident doctrine]


[dramatizing-entitled Pūrvāṣāḍhā-1] [navamsha Surya-Simha] intuitively confident theatrical romantic idealizing display


  • [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-1] center of attention * bright embodiment * intelligence for competition * focus on appearance * genius for innovative self-expression * athletic entitlements * eye on personality * sparkling center of embodied vitality * father may be an icon-competitor-inventor
  • [Surya-yuti-Rahu] confidently opportunistic * bright mesmerizer * passion for creative culture-mixing * boundary-breaching entitlements * craves important center-stage roles * ambitious father-figure * adventurously aligned with the spiritual rays of the Sun * radiantly risk-rewarding


self-confident, brightly embodied, paternalistic, physicalized, kinetic, moving, birthing, competitive, innovative [Surya in bhava-1] rules

  • 9, doctrine, paradigm of belief, credenda, catechism, father-figures, faith, high-priests, preaching, understanding, globalism, theory, ideology, worldview, life-principles, patriarchal religions


+ Surya-Dhanus [dramatizing-entitled Pūrvāṣāḍhā-1] + [Surya-yuti-Rahu]

dharmesha [Surya in bhava-1] = Fame for

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


Dad = Sundaram Iyer [1848-1892]

Dad worked as a special pleader within the English-law portion of the court system. [Surya-yuti-Rahu exotic jurisprudence.] Surya [musical theatre Pūrvāṣāḍhā-1] = bargains, legal appeals for relief, attorney, equity

When young Venkataraman was age 12, Dad died suddenly r.


matrikaraka [mother] * garha-karaka [village]


[mysterious-initiatory randhresha for Dhanus indriya-lagna]

[transformative initiating protective mother ]

[culturally comfortable with hidden changes]

[at some juncture in the lifespan, previous ethnic pulse utterly dies, catalyzing an emotional rebirth into new healing rhythms]


[anchoring-rhythmic Punarvasu-4] [vargottamsha] [navamsha Karkata Chandra ] intuitively sensitive protective caretaking

[Pushkara pada]

  • [Chandra in Punarvasu] soothed by restoration of abundance * protectors of sensitive wise instruction * needs descriptive explanation
  • [Chandra-Karkata] comforted by maternal soothing * settled into tidal rhythms * needs to protect
  • [Chandra in classroom-8] comfortable with crisis * familiar with catastrophe * unpredictable mother * feels the pulse of cyclical rebirth * soothed by secrecy * consoled by calamity * sensitive to danger * revolutionary sentiment * accustomed to frequent upheaval * seeks deeply rhythmic initiation * acculturated to masked exploration * occult sensitivities * needs eruptive energies * nourished by non-disclosure * emotionally attuned to trauma * undulating shakti-shocks * mother may be a mystic, healer, concealer, agent of disguise


mysterious, recycling, ever-changing, hidden, soothed by threats to life, erupting [Chandra in classroom-8] rules

  • 8-shocking changes, catastrophic upheaval, healing transformation, new identities, rejuvenation, initiation, baptism, revelation, discovery, rebirth, secrecy, masking, nondisclosure, coverage, veiling, hidden assets


  • [folk-reputation 10th-from-Chandra = creative, ingenious, dramatic, romantic invasive warlike champion Mesha-5]

[at some juncture in the lifespan, previous ethnic pulse utterly dies, catalyzing an emotional rebirth into new healing rhythms]


Mom = Azhagammal Iyer [1864– 1922].

As the Ramanashramam was developed, mom managed the kitchen. She became an iconic spiritual figure within the burgeoning community.

[Chandra in classroom-8] suggests that mom had a mystical persona

MARRIAGE emotional support expectations in partnership

7th-from-Chandra in classroom-8

Bhava-2 Makara ruled by Shani-4

RM did not marry formally. Ketu-7 and yuvati-pati Budha-12 would suggest a strong preference for independence within relationships.

However, like all spiritual aspirants, he may have acknowledged a primary relationship with his Ishta-devata. Shani-4 indicates the elemental spirits of a place. He was place-groundedr.


bhratru-karaka [brother] virya-karaka [virile]


[witty-creative vidya-pati for Dhanus - Haya indriya-lagna]

[contemplative-clairsentient vyaya-pati for Dhanus-Haya indriya-lagna]


[trading-arranging Bharani-3] [navamsha Mangala-Tula] intuitively competitive forward-pushing design arrangements equity

  • [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-5] d rive toward creativity * pursuit of games * pioneering speculation * dynamic style of flamboyant display * competitive children * energized by romance * political conquests * productive intelligence * push toward celebrity * champion of romance * promotes choice-making *propulsive genius * actively charming


Romantic, adventurous, self-central pioneering [Mangala in bhava-5] occupies the high-visibility, iconic 10th-from-Chandra


jamayah-karaka [sibling] sandesha-karaka [message] shisya-karaka [student]

[balancing-bargaining yuvati-pati for Dhanus-Haya indriya-lagna]

[dutiful-commanding karmesha for Dhanus - Haya indriya-lagna]


[populist-community Jyeṣṭha -3] [navamsha Budha-Kumbha]


  • [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-12] narrative of mental 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-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



dhava-karaka [husband] bahuta-karaka [variety]

[energizing-identifying lagnesha for Dhanus - Haya indriya-lagna]

[homebound-anchoring bandhesha for Dhanus - Haya indriya-lagna]

[multiple broadly-connected businesses]

[many community-linked doctrinal announcements]

[numerous marketplace publications]


[imaginative-guiding Shatataraka-4] [navamsha Guru-Meena]

[Shani-4 parivartamsha Guru-3]

  • [Guru-Kumbha] much networking * hope for the future * 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-3] many messages * extensive commerce * many photographs * numerous publications * several collaborators * multiple transactions * many tours * frequent business trips * many sales * numerous discussions * much detailed interaction * extensive planning operations * variety of ensemble performances * evangelistic growth * so many meetings * patron of communications technologies * in a wifely nativity, husbandly-companion may be a businessman-writer-announcer


Guru-Kumbha [conceptual-guiding Varuna-4] resides in the emotionally turbulent, perpetually transformative, trauma-inducing, discovering, revealing, danger-seeking 8th-from-Chandra

No-Death philosophy of terminal illness

Guru-Kumbha indicates expansion of the skin

Kahala-parivartamsha yoga between lagnesha Guru-3 ++ Shani-4 = many publications of a proletarian nature. Without being a career writer, RM was a published author due to an army of scribes and visitors [3) who reported his comments in various media.

Most of the writing was done not by RM [who had a minimal formal schooling Shani-4 and was only functionally literate] but rather by the many scribes [3] who recorded RM's explanations, descriptions, and instructions [3]r.


svadu-karaka [sweet] kalatra-karaka [wifely companion]

[Harsha Yoga]

[inimical-medicating rogesha for Dhanus - Haya indriya-lagna]

[friendly-economic labha-pati for Dhanus - Haya indriya-lagna]

[interpersonal misdoings remain pleasantly invisible]

[private meditation resolves most conflicts]


[established-localized Magha-4] [navamsha Shukra-Karkata] intuitively balanced, bound-into-place, ethnic-rhythm, routinely habitual relationships


  • [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 alliances * conducts secret diplomacy
  • [Shukra-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, wifely-companion may be contemplative-foreign-isolated-researcher
  • [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



duro-karaka [endurance] * jara-karaka [Jahre, years] [Revatī-1]

[acquisitive-evaluative dhanesha for Dhanus - Haya indriya-lagna]

[collaborative-communicative sahaja-pati for Dhanus - Haya indriya-lagna]


[philosophical-preaching Revatī-1] [navamsha Shani-Dhanus]

[Shani-4 parivartamsha Guru-3]

  • [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-4] steady time-structured life foundations * must sustain the cultural roots * required to defend boundaries * grim determination to provide security * dry stony gardens * pessimistic schoolteachers * judgmental mother * proletarian childhood * normalized parenting * orderly conventional education * caretaker's fatigue * chronic household scarcity * old folk customs * resists domestic innovation * must protect old routines * elders maintain the ancient ritual austerities


  • 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 provide housing [4] for a devoted international spiritual community.

RM within a small local area, RM frequently moved from place [ruler of 4 = multiplier Guru in dissolving 12th-from-4] to place [4] tapping into various energy columns [4 infrastructure].

Where he took the seating [4] 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].


rajyalobha-karaka [ambition] picchala-karaka [slippery]

[for Dhanus - Haya indriya-lagna]

[Rahu casts passionate drishti into 5-7-9]

[entrancing cult of wisdom-preaching personality]

[identified with prestige of doctrine-ideology-belief]

[vital embodiment of fascinating inspiration]

[appears as a uniquely special doctrinal guide]


[secretive-revealing, disguising Pūrvāṣāḍhā-4] [navamsha Rahu-Vrischika]


  • [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-1] passion for prestige appearance * in svabhava of Competitive Kuja, the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous physical visage * extraordinary athletic action * outsider who cleverly insinuates into a noble identity * smoky, oily aura * desires competitive advantage * exceptionally recognizable embodiment * exhilarating force of nature * thrilling champion of non-standard lifestyles * social mobility sought via dynamic movement * powerful personality * innovative behavior challenges existing norms * culturally mixed self-image * embodies exciting new energies * self-promotion via blood-and-birth * double agent * over-reaching ambition for empowered individuality * craves special importance * trespasses cultural limitations of race-class-creed-gender * fascinating figure * may represent a cult of personality
  • [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-1


kavandha-karaka [headless] chidra-karaka [gaping] vasana-karaka [vacuum]

[for Dhanus - Haya indriya-lagna]

[dispersed engagement with business partnership]

[dissolution of commercial advocacies]

[surrenders useless publishing contracts]

[apatheticly forgives the trespass of disoriented chattering companions]

[abandons unsustainable detailed arrangements]

[absent from empty conversational alliances]

[disregards explanatory discourse conventions]

[eccentric clerical communications]

[passively fixated on ambitiously inspirational-dogmatic Rahu-Dhanus-1 ambitious physical embodiment]


[heritage-musical Punarvasu-2] [navamsha Ketu-Urisha]

  • [Ketu-Mithuna] dissociates from conversation * incomplete messages * explains the ineffable * empty instructions * absent from discussion * martyr to commerce * 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-7] equably ambivalent toward agreements * absentee advocates * disregards contractual loyalties * disinterested in mutuality * wanders from the middle-balance * empty arrangements * irrelevance of equity * surrenders alliances * abandons the usual covenants * ignores advice * incoherent promises * liberation via surrendered negotiations * unless other graha in 7, may prefer to live free from partners


[Ketu in classroom-7] often disregards marriage arrangements, including the marriage between body and soul

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.

RM was partially able to observe this process consciously, and apologized for scaring people who thought he was dead [7]. Most of his adult life was lived in a dissociated state [Ketu], which helped to reduce the difficulties of the school-of-earth body-soul pairing.

NDE reports

Shri Ramana of Arunachala was said to be fully conscious at the time of mahasamadhi- dematerialization from cancer, RM age 70. He had reported a number of near-death experiences [NDE] 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."

~~ Paul of Tarsus, Epistle to the Philippians 4:8

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