Vedic Astrology as a Spiritual Practice

Vedic Astrology as a Spiritual Practice

A few months before he took mahasamadhi (a yogi’s conscious death) the great yogi, Devaraha Baba, had told a friend-astrologer:

“Bachcha, ye pavitra vidya hai, ise chhodana nahin,” which means:
“It (Vedic astrology) is a sacred vidya (branch of knowledge). Do not give it up.”

Devaraha Baba

Every great and true mahatma (great soul) I have met, has called it both sacred and a vidya… I have referred in my article on Dr. Nagendra Singh, former judge of the International Court of Justice (The Astrological Magazine, January 1984), how mahatmas have spoken of astrology and instructed me, not to give it up. From time to time my mantra guru, Swami Paramanand Saraswati, advised me:

“Bachcha, ye pavitra vidya hai, ise chhodana nahin,” which means:
“It (Vedic astrology) is a sacred vidya (branch of knowledge). Do not give it up.”

Swami Paramanand Saraswati

The opinion of my jyotish guru, Swami Bhaskaranandji, was that:

“Bachcha, ye pavitra vidya hai, ise chhodana nahin,” which means:
“It (Vedic astrology) is a sacred vidya (branch of knowledge). Do not give it up.”

Swami Bhaskaranandji

Astrologer

Swami Moorkhanandji must have told me more than a dozen times not to give up astrology. He told me that astrology had to be a mission, a service done without money consideration, to keep alive its sacredness. He knew some of those secrets which only mahatmas know, and are not given in any text book of astrology. He shared some of them with me, when I could be alone with him, which was rare.

K.N. Rao with Swami Moorkhananda in 1981K.N. Rao with Swami Moorkhananda in 1981

Mauni Baba of Ujjain told me to overcome my problems which astrology created for me, to give consultations to least number of people and concentrate my energy on more research in a cloistered, sequestered life. This was the best advice I ever got.

Mauni Baba of Ujjain (Silent Baba)

“Always remember the four ‘mahavakyas’ (great axioms) of astrology – have faith; be diligent and practice patience; humbly learn from your mistakes, and live a life of service. Then the divine lotus of astrology will open in you.

K.N. Rao

from Yogis, Destiny and the Wheel of Time
reprinted with permission

About The Author

K.N. Rao is widely considered to be one of the foremost Vedic astrologers in the world today. He is the architect of a great astrological renaissance, and founder of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan school of astrology in New Delhi, India, the largest astrology school in the world with over 800 students and 25 teachers. He is also the editor of the quarterly magazine, Journal of Astrology, and author of more than twenty five books on Vedic astrology.

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