Yogi Bhakarananda’s Horoscope

Dr. B.V. Raman had given him (Yogi Bhakarananda – my Jyotish Guru) a span of life of 90 years according to his astrological calculation, perhaps because his atmakaraka, Moon, was in the 9th house with Jupiter. But he himself had said, “I will take samadhi (a yogi’s conscious death) as soon as the mahadasha of Mercury begins.”

“B.V. Raman’s analysis is wrong,” he said and proceeded to explain it astrologically thus: 

1. The lagna and the 8th lord, Mars, is debilitated.
2. The 10th lord is not in kendra.
3. The 3rd lord, Mercury is in the 8th house and retrograde.
4. Mercury is a maraka for Mesha lagna (at an advanced age).
5. Mercury is the 7th lord (maraka lord) from the Moon, and is placed in the 12th from it.
6. After the dashas of Sun, Moon, Mars, Rahu, Jupiter and Saturn, the dasha of Mercury will be the 7th. 

Natal Chart of Yogi Bhaskarananda

Navamsha Chart of Yogi Bhaskarananda

In the Vimshamsha (20th divisional chart), Mercury is the 12th lord, time for samadhi and sadhe saati (Saturn’s transit over the Moon) will be on. 

Vimshamsha Chart of Yogi Bhaskarananda

He was a yogi and used to say, “Do bhajans (devotional singing). Bhajan is the medicine for all ailments and suffering.”

His hints about my horoscope:
1. He used to say, “Yours is Tula (Libra) lagna and Mesha (Aries) navamsha and mine is Mesha lagna and Tula navamsha.’
2. My 9th lord (Jupiter) which represents the Guru is on your 5th lord (Saturn) both in Dhanu (Sagittarius).
3. Your Moon is in the 11th from my Moon, which shows the possibilities of your fulfilling my incomplete work. 

You’ll notice that she has what is called a Kala Sarpa Yoga, (literally the serpant of time) which is a combination where all the planets fall between both Rahu and Ketu, the head and tail of the serpent mythologically. This yoga rarely is as intense as some jyotish texts would have you believe but it can indicate that the person will experience intense upheavals in their lives especially in Rahu periods. I know she’d agree that this event qualifies! since she really thought she was going to die!!

This event happened in her Ju-Ju-Ra period while Rahu was transiting over natal Rahu in her 12th house, and Saturn and Mars were both transiting in Libra over her natal Jupiter, Mars, and Venus.

K.N. Rao’s Natal Chart

Navamsha Chart of K.N. Rao

Gajakesari Yoga
If human life is a half-told story of stifled sobs, the company of a Yogi is the perfume in it of a flower. In this horoscope (of Yogi Bhaskarananda) that flower is the Gajakesari yoga in the 9th house. Both Jupiter and the Moon are in a blemishless condition here. There is no aspect of any planet on it nor any conjunction. The 4th lord in the 9th is the ashram and there is Jupiter here. But what is the ashram of a guru? A scholar has explained, “Aa-Samantaat Shramah” – the place where all types of labour is to be done. Is there any place fulfilling such condition? 

Mars in the 4th
Sick of the politics of the ashram he had come back to Ahmedabad. His Guru had assured him that he would appear after his samadhi (death). Such divine hope assumes the shape of life’s effulgence.

Perhaps this had happened in Jupiter-Mars (1966-67), which he wanted to erase from his memory. But subtle hurts are unbearable, particularly if they come from a person whom you venerate. Jupiter and Mars are 6/8 here.

In the crematorium like silence of his house, in Jupiter-Rahu (1967-69) he, as though, wanted to live down that memory. Two currents flowed in his life side by side, to stop that interminable flow of his sobs and the unbroken spells of meditation which was like the flow of oil.

Saturnine detachment became strong as soon as the mahadasha of Saturn started. Deep thinking in his cloistered life was very natural now because in the Vimshamsha both Saturn and the Moon are in the 9th house. As his sadhana (spiritual practice) deepened he started getting disinterested in astrology. When he did the discussion of any horoscope, he paid attention to two aspects invariably. When and how will Life-Force flow and the spiritual side. This is the essence of Jyotisha which is a truth-based preaching.

Were someone to ask me if I have seen anyone’s blessings give fruits a hundred percent I will say, without a moment’s hesitation, “Yes, my Jyotish guru’s.” 

The aspect of Jupiter on his Ketu in the 5th house had given him such supernatural power that he did not need astrology anymore. Who came to him why and with concealed motive–he knew all that. I must have taken at least one hundred astrologers to him. He blessed only a young girl that jyotisha will be a divine eye for her, which came out correct. Others are the shopkeepers in a bazaar minting money like street ruffians. 

Last Darshan
In 1988, he once rang me up from Neetibag and said, “Will you not come to meet me? We will not meet after this.” 

When I met him last, he was passing through the antardasha of Jupiter in the mahadasha of Saturn. He had faraway looks, the past had disappeared from his life and it was only the Luminescent Present that remained. His eyes were, as though, inebriated, it was that, it was that God-intoxicated condition which Meerabai described: 

Friends drink and dance,
I, without drinking, dance.
Quaffed have I God’s Love,
Incessant is inebriation now
Dyed I am, in God’s splendor.

On 12 April 1991, while singing a bhajan in his Ahmedabad ashram, he fell into the immortal slumber of ultimate Samadhi. (It was his Mer-Mer-Sat dasha). 

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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