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" 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


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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

Swami Paramahansa


a.k.a. Mukunda Lal Ghosh

Earth-birth Thurs-05-Jan-1893

dematerialization 07-Mar-1952 [age 59]


Swami Paramahansa Yogananda


a.k.a. Mukunda Lal Ghosh

Birth-time of 20:30 is provided by the Self-Realization Fellowship

for their widely admired spiritual teacher

rectified by BPL to 20h50m

charts + graphs + 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 - Regulus

Agadash * Ajjha * Karman *

Vutatma * Anvastaka * Kosthagara


For Magha births of a masculine valence, the condition of limitless, observing, uncoupling, surrendering, abandoning, disinterested, ethereal, wandering, spacious, 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 usually aware of their psychic vocation . One understands that the current embodiment, while it be endowed with kingly or celebrity attributes, is intended to serve as a vessel for the Light of Truth.

Although loving beings 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 - Regulus

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."

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


A young Swami Yogananda in Bangala, with his guru Shri Swami Yukteshwara Giri

Biographical events matched to Vimshottari Dasha

  • Autobiography of a Yogi 1893-1952 Swami Yogananda

[Ketu Mahadasha] [age birth until 5.2]

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

[Shukra Mahadasha] [age 5.2 until 25.2]

1904 [Mukunda age 11] grieved the decease of mother - Shukra-Chandra bhukti * Chandra activates [12th-from-Chandra]

1910 [Mukunda age 17] met the root-guru Holy Science 1855-1936 Shri Yukteswara Giri * Shukra-Guru bhukti * Brihaspati activates 5-8

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

Jun-1915 earned college diploma from Serampore College * Shukra-Budha bhukti * Budha diploma-duplo-karaka

[Surya Mahadasha] [age 25.2 until 31.2]

Sep-1918 until Nov-1920 Janma Sade-Sati Simha [1]

1920 [Mukunda age 27] sails to Boston Massachusetts USA to attend a Convention of Religions Liberals ++ remains based in USA from 1920 until 1952 * Surya-Rahu * Rahu 9-doctrine, preaching ++ Sade-Sati

1924 [Mukunda age 31] cross-continental speaking tour of USA. Lectures well attended * Surya-Shukra bhukti* Shukra activates 3-tours, presentations + 10-public reputations

[Chandra Mahadasha] [age 31.2 until age 41.2]

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

[Mangala Mahadasha] [age 41.2 until age 48.2]

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

[Rahu Mahadasha] [age 48.2 until decease age 59]

1942 [Mukunda age 49] grieved the decease of father, Bhagabati Charan Ghosh * Rahu-Rahu svabhukti

1946 [Mukunda age 53] publication of the celebrated literary work, Autobiography of a Yogi * Rahu-Guru bhukti * Guru activates 5 3rd-from-3rd publications

Jul-1948 until Sep-1950 = Janma Sade-Sati Simha [1]

07-Mar-1952 [PY age 59] Mahasamadhi dematerialization in solitude via heart cessation * Rahu-Ketu bhukti ++ dvithya Sade-Sati

Distinctive Features of the Nativity

  • Autobiography of a Yogi 1893-1952 Swami Yogananda

[Sparkling Surya]

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


[energizing-identifying lagnesha for Simha indriya-lagna]

[bright center of uplifting philosophy]

[intelligence for inspirational belief]

[celebrated patronage entitlement]

[political focus on principles of doctrine]


[harmonizing-balancing Pūrvāṣāḍhā-3] [navamsha Surya-Tula nicha] intuitively confident diplomatic balancing contractual adjustments


  • [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-5] center of sparkling entitlements * poetic romance * literary-artistic intelligence * splendid speculations * radiates brightly political celebrity * focus on glamour * genius for dramatic entertainments * eye on smart gambling * brilliant in games * bright center of creative performance * father may be a dramatist-speculator-politician

  • [Surya-yuti-Budha] confidently conversational * brightly explaining messenger * entitled to discuss * creatively intelligent sibling-cohort * discursive father-figure * gestures conduct the spiritual rays of the Sun * radiantly descriptive * articulate in drama * skillful game-player * self-confident announcements * talks about ideals * narrative of power-politics * recites love poems * describes divine romance


self-reflexively ceremonial, brightly intelligent, charmingly creative, regal style of celebration, scholarly focus, radiantly demonstrative, politically speculating, splendidly romantic [Surya in bhava-5] rules

  • 1- distinctive attributes of personality, dense material incorporation, individual personification, earthen embodiment, physical integrity, kinetic energy, dance, style of movement, atheletic prowess, unique character, kinetic vitality, circumstances of birth, tangible appearance, coherent social identity


confidently self-referential, brilliantly creative, blazingly intelligent, romantic, poetic, artistically performing, genius [Surya in bhava-5]


[Comfortable Chandra]

matrikaraka [mother] * garha-karaka [village]

[retreating-contemplative vyaya-pati for Simha indriya-lagna]

[comfortable with charismatically brilliant embodiment]

[familiar with creative display of interior vision]

[needs imaginatively directed political action]

[soothed by rhythmic ceremonial drama]

[mother may be confidently contemplative, quietlly entitled, physically radiant]


[entreasured-knowledgeable Magha-2] [navamsha Chandra-Urisha] intuitively sensitive preserving values-heritage

storytelling, song-chant, heritage knowledge

  • [Chandra in Magha - Regulus] protectors of three-fires ceremony * feels the glorious magnetism * soothed by unlimited light magic

  • [Chandra-Simha] comforted by creative display * settled into dramatic rhythms * needs attention

  • [Chandra in classroom-1] comfort in glowing incandescent embodiment * familiar with kinetic energy * feels the beating pulse of muscular movement * accustomed to body-based emotional response * needs rhythmic energy flow * attuned to oceans * feels like a pioneer * soothed by championship * sensitive to new birth * seeks calming routine activities * undulating personality * mother may be a life-protector, a sea-farer, a midwife, sentimental


personalized, emotionally sparkling, confidently sensitive, vital [Chandra in classroom-1] rules

  • 12-invisibility, meditation, bedroom, distant-worlds, privacy, isolation, imagination, sleep


[folk reputation 10th-from-Chandra = social governance, regulation, public dignity, iconic-symbolic roles historical-financial values Urisha-10]

rulers of 4, 5, 8 and 9 occupy the tantrik, transformative, trauma-inducing, discovering, revealing, danger-seeking 8th-from-Chandra = Meena-8

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

Chandra vyaya-pati ruler-of-12 located in Simha indriya-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.

[Competitive Kuja]

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


[Yogakaraka homebound-securing bandesha for Simha indriya-lagna]

[Yogakaraka philosophical-doctrinal dharmesha for Simha indriya-lagna]


[aligning-yoking Uttarabhadra-3] [navamsha Mangala-Tula] intuitively competitive forward-pushing drive to negotiate agreements


  • [Mangala-Meena] vigorous pursuit of intuition * warrior in the Dreamworld * energetic action behind-the-scenes * proactive envisioning * push toward private prayer * vitally active imagination * invisible impact * indefinite impulses * pursues clairsentient roles * sound-healing engineer * conquest within walled enclosures * champion of sanctuary

  • [Mangala in bhava-8] drive toward discovery * pursuit of rebirth * revolutionary dynamics * aggressive approach to emergency events * energetic transformations * urge to dig-drill -dive-excavate-plumb-explode-explore * vigorous revelations * explosive eruptions * unexpected force * pushes through camouflage * mysterious conquests * pro-active rejuvenating surgeries

  • [Kuja-yuti-Guru] multiple competitions * many brother-figures * energized growth * dynamic generosity * masculine force joins optimistic expansion * champion of philosophy * potential for aggressive preaching * promotes broad worldview * indoctrinating actions


Mangala-8 sudden conditions of identity transformation

[Yogakaraka] [Mangala in bhava-8] rules

  • 4-foundations, cultural rhythms, ethnic basis

  • 9-doctrine, philosophy, beliefs

[Bantering Budha]

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

[acquiring-conserving dhanesha for Simha indriya-lagna]

[friendly-earning labha-pati for Simha indriya-lagna] [enriching dhanayoga via communicative skill = Budha rules 2+ 11]

[inspirational economic declarations]

[dramatic ideological political vocabulary]

[richly detailed philosophical announcements]

[global scope marketplace banking discussions]

[siblings-teammates may be dramatists-coaches-gamblers]


[champion Mūla -1] [navamsha Budha-Mesha] intuitively detailed explanatory description of pioneering innovations


  • [Budha-Dhanus] 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 splendid signaling * discusses entitlements * self-referential conversations * describer of divine intelligence * explainer of romance * delivers political instructions * writes poetry * proclaims love * defines creative literature * plays games * discusses fame * lectures about idealism * debates with royalty * chats with children * publishes unique opinions * articulator of artistic performance * declaims with radiant confidence

  • [Budha-yuti-Surya] amusing explanations * entertaining chatter * central roles in communication * brightly clear descriptions * dramatic enunciation * confidently delivers instruction * articulation of radiant certainty * political messenger * talkative father-figures


conversationally entertaining, articulately political, collaboratively romantic, mentally creative, analytically speculative, instructionally idealistic [Budha in bhava-5] rules

  • 2-acquisition, family legacy, tradition, language-lexicon, preserved memory, banking, collections, entreasurement, herd-hoard, containment, financial capital, accrued amounts, asset evaluation, knowledge of history, speech-song, heritage values, color-sound, arts-and-music, face-voice-eyes-teeth-mouth-hair, genetics, stored resources, health of the father

  • 11-fruitful revenues, interconnected income, profits, material achievement, social networking, friendships, community linkage, fan-clubs, mass participation gatherings, collectivism, marketplace gridworks, distribution, association, populism, economic systems, fundraising, gains-and-goals, health of the enemies


[Generous Guru]

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


[witty-creative vidya-pati for Simha indriya-lagna]

[mysterious-revealing randhresha for Simha indriya-lagna]


[gridworked-gainful Revatī-3] [navamsha Guru-Kumbha]


  • [Guru-Meena] much sleep * theoretical understanding * broad inner guidance * optimistic imaginings * inspirational dreams * intuitive beliefs * doctrine of esoteric understandings * expands the scope of contemplative awareness * multiple prayers * permission to envision

  • [Guru in bhava-8] great rejuvenation * many sudden changes * many confidences * faith in rebirth * numerous identity transformations * generous in-laws * extensive tantra * expansion of undisclosed forces * abundance of initiations * many mysteries * regenerative emergencies * secret guidance * hidden inspiration * believes in invasive healing * multiple surgeries * in a wifely nativity, husbandly-companion may be a revolutionary, disaster-responder, or trauma-healer

  • [Guru-yuti-Mangala] bhratri-karaka * multiple brotherly-figures * permission to compete-and-win * expansive conquests * progressive philosophy * large-scale invasive actions * vigorous champion of optimistic belief


vidya-pati-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 vidya-pati-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.

[Suave Shukra]

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


[dutiful-hierarchical karmesha for Simha indriya-lagna]

[busy-messaging vikrama-pati for Simha indriya-lagna]


[populist-networking Jyeṣṭha-3] [navamsha Shukra-Kumbha] intuitively harmonizing mass-participation friendly distribution systems

  • [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-4]seeks pleasure via home-based routines * likes the seasonal rhythms of nature * enjoys real-estate finance * attractive gardens * strong feminine presence in the home * aesthetic of domestic stability * pleasing designs to adorn the chest * beautiful breasts * lovely torso * appreciation of owned-stewarded properties * in a husbandly nativity, wifely-companion may be a homemaker-farmer-driver-schoolteacher-police


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

[Sober Shani]

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

[inimical-medicating rogesha for Simha indriya-lagna]

[balancing-bargaining yuvati-pati for Simha indriya-lagna]


[ancestal-rhythmic Hasta-4] [navamsha Shani-Karkata] intuitively cautious lawful caretaking

  • [Shani-Kanya] overburdened accusations * obliged to sustain litigious disagreements * rigidly persistent disease conditions * structural compression upon colon + digestive tract * must normalize exploitation * weighty subordinate tasks * hierarchical conditions of enforced servitude * must work within master-slave systems * must respect antiquated physicians * slow-acting remedies * intractable servants * stubborn employees * insufficient pharmacy * must work with dried medications * must continue to minister to the suffering * scarce service resources * maintainer of old arguments

  • [Shani in bhava-2] steady time-structured values-fulfillment * scarcity of precious resources * must preserve historic traditions * must gather * must catalog * obstructionist family-of-origin * must remember * cautious use of words * boney face * tense eyes * class-conscious speech * speakers' fatigue * chronic financial insufficiency * undernourished eye-teeth * must use old libraries * cold dried food hoard * limited sight * ossified heritage * language regulator * appreciates ignorance * maintains treasuries of proven knowledge * hierarchies impose know-nothing rules * elders hold center of family


[Risk-taking Rahu]

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

[for Simha indriya-lagna]

[Rahu-9 casts passionately paradigmaticly believing drishti into 1-3-5]

[righteous desire to expound principled beliefs about first-arrival privilege]

[craving for exhilarating conquests]

[seeks importance via patronage of engineering innovation]

[exciting domination ideologue]

[competitive worldview expanded by over-reaching mixed-culture championship]

[piously ambitious father may over-ride bloodline doctrine]


[rhythmic-ancestral Aśvini-4] [navamsha Rahu-Karkata]

  • [Rahu-Mesha-Arya] shimmering illusion of championship * craving for superiority * exotic use of dominating force * mask of competitive action * mirage of first-arrival pioneer * over-reaching urgency * extraordinary birth * extravagant muscularity * mesmerizing forward movement * unusual athleticism * fascinating conquests * marvelous warriorship * seeks special importance via apparent [but perhaps not authentic] attributes of heroic action * seeks privilege via innovator-roles

  • [Rahu in bhava-9] passion for prestige preaching * in svabhava of Saptarishi Guru, the Shadowy Specter gives glamorous guidance * thrilling surge of theoretical understanding * entranced by one's own convictions * dazzling dharma * outsider who cleverly insinuates into patriarchal wisdom roles * seeks importance via sacred teachings * fantastic philosophy * compulsive catechesis * privilege-seeking proselytism * intriguing ideology * ambitious father-figures * extraordinary professors * barrier-breaching guru-figures * exciting culturally-mixed worldview * may pose as a pope * shimmering illusion of sacerdotal sangha * fabulous faith community * surreptitious appropriation of priesthood * entrancing ecclesiastics * smoky specter of ultimate principles * extravagant globalism * trespasses cultural boundaries of patronage * mirage of exemplary fatherhood * opportunistic third marriage (if any) * social mobility sought via paradigms of belief


champion, innovator, pioneer, start-up

[Rahu in bhava-9] indicates a passionate indoctrinator and an over-reaching, taboo-breaking, 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. Potential for esoteric interpretation.

[Collapsing Ketu]

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

[for Simha indriya-lagna]

[disregards diplomatic discourse conventions]

[eccentric harmonizing publications]

[incoherent marriage planning]

[empty partnership announcements]

[pleasantly liberating abstract discussions]

[scattered bargaining mentality]


[hierarchical-lawful Arcturus-2] [navamsha Ketu-Makara]

  • [Ketu-Tula] justly dissociates from negotiation * wanders away from compromise * eccentric alliances * martyr's diplomacy * abandons agreements * apathetic trades * surrenders trust * ignores restriction on match-making * releases a pale pastel cloud of fair deals into the misty abyss

  • [Ketu in classroom-3] eccentric communications * disinterested in daily chat * writes on foggy abstract topics * dissolves messaging boundaries * implausible prophecy * wandering discussions * can handle esoteric information * irrelevance of normal mental narrative * abandons management tasks * dismisses the standard explanations * disregards conventional discourse * unless other graha in 3, may prefer to live free from younger siblings


" 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."

QUOTATION from Tenzing Gyatso . The Path to Enlightenment. [1994] r.

" 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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