Maharishi and the Devil

August 31, 2018

Let me share an amusing incident I witnessed myself.
It must have been in the winter of 1975-1976. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was giving a very well attended public lecture in a huge hall in Antwerp, Belgium.

At one moment during the Q&A session, right behind me a man stood up: with a face red with anger, he started to declamate biblical verses on sin, Satan and hell. His rambling in Dutch went on and on. Finally he kept silent.

All the while, Maharishi remained very calm. He only said a few times: ‘translate’. But my friend Nico the translator didn’t dare to translate these words full of hate and anger.

Maharishi kept quiet. Finally after a silence of about 2 minutes, Maharishi said with a lot of force: ‘Every religion which speaks about the devil is a religion of the devil!’

The hall exploded…..

– Dirk Gysels


August 17, 2018

Purify Yourself by a well-ordered and useful life. What are your thoughts, feelings, words and actions. This will clear your vision.

~Shri Nisargadatta Maharaj


August 15, 2018

Whenever you study or contemplate the Dharma, do not rely on the words, but rely on the meaning. If the meaning is understood, then regardless of the speaker’s style, there will be no conflict.

~ Mipham Rinpoche


August 8, 2018

“When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of stress and anxiety; If I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me and without pain. From this I understand that what I want, also wants me, is looking for me and attracting me. There is a great secret here for anyone who can grasp it.” – Rumi

The secret of prosperity is to affirm your true, abundant nature, the true fact of your plenitude. Be contented and put a notice on your mind: “No admission for any desire”. The moment a desire arises, just reject it. Say, “Desire! Get out!” And then you will begin to experience that the desired object comes by itself to you. As long as you run after a thing, you cannot get it. The moment you turn away from a thing, it follows you by itself. This is an Eternal Law. This is a law which has been proven in the lives of all those who have discovered it and applied it to themselves. – Swami Chidananda

Gurudev has always said, “Try always to nip the desire in the bud. When a desire comes in the form of a ripple, try to liquidate it then and there itself. But if due to lack of your vigilance it takes the form of a desire, see that it is not fulfilled. Do not make Cheshta outwardly. If a desire comes, ‘I could go and gossip,’ say, ‘No,’ “I will not allow the body to move.” If the body does not move, the mind is helpless, and ultimately the reverse process will happen. The desire will sink back into the mind and there will be calmness. – Swami Chidananda

Edward Tarabilda’s Astrological Formula

August 3, 2018

Edward redefined Jaimini’s karakas as follows, ranked from highest degree to lowest. See his website, his book on Ayurveda, and this book on astrology.

1. Spiritual Path — There are eight archetypal spiritual disciplines.
2. Wealth — Your primal desires and how they support or distract you from your spiritual aspirations.
3. Relationships — Your personal style of interacting with others.
4. Career Nature — Your professional aptitudes and how to be happy at work.
5. Creative Play — How to find satisfaction in recreation.
6. Dharma — How to serve society through an understanding of your caste nature.
7. Mental Health — Your emotional and energetic needs: How to best relieve stress and maintain a constant state of restful dynamism.
8. Physical Health — How to achieve optimum health and longevity in accord with your unique physical strengths and challenges.

The Formula

According to my research Tarablida used an alternative ayanamsha. I think he was influenced by a student of Sri Aurobindo – Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet who he mentions on his website. She placed the zero-point of sidereal and tropical Aries at 234 BCE.

I spent a lot of time mining Tarabilda’s website and noted every planet, house, sign, nakshatra, and dasha that he mentioned. Working backwards I am unable to pinpoint the exact date that Edward used though it does seem to be in the vicinity of 234 BCE.

I’ve settled on the the vernal equinox on 21 March 234 BCE. But it could be the vernal equinox in 232 BCE. Either way it works for every chart on Tarabilda’s website and for every chart published by Gandharva Sauls on Facebook. The difference between these two dates has a tiny effect on 20th century charts – about 0°02. So if you’re dealing with a planet on the cusp then keep this in mind. If you find a chart where 0°02 changes the ordering of the planets then please let me know. It will help to pinpoint the correct ayanamsha. I tried to find such a chart where one planet overtakes another at the exact moment of birth or changes sign but alas it was too difficult to find.

If you use software like Kala which allows customs ayanamshas then set it like this:

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Other software programs may give you the option to change existing ayanamshas. In this case the range to adjust the Lahiri ayanamsha is:

  – 7° 9′ 42” (232 BCE)   to   – 7° 11′ 15” (234 BCE).

Also, Tarabilda used mean nodes. Mean nodes are important. I’ve found two charts – one of them mine – that require this setting to make the formula work. Also, the Nodes travel backwards around the chart so for the purpose of establishing karakas they are calculated inversely. ie if they are at 5 degrees in a sign then 30 – 5 = 25 degrees. Your software should calculate this automatically.

He used regular Vimshottari dashas.

Example Chart: Tony Blair

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The karakas are found by ranking the planets from highest degree to lowest regardless of the sign or house they are in.

1. Spiritual Path……………Jupiter 28°47′
2. Wealth/Desire…………..Mercury 25°59′
3. Relationship Style…….Nodes 22°58   (30°00′ – 07°02′)
4. Career Nature…………..Saturn 21°56′
5. Creative Play……………..Sun 14°58′
6. Dharma……………………..Venus 14°37′
7. Mental Health…………..Moon 11°05′
8. Physical Health…………Mars 3°03′

An Alternative Formula

Some people use the Lahiri ayanamsha to calculate the blueprint. You can make up your own mind about its efficacy. The only chart that really made me think about this is David Ickes’ because it would make Rahu his AK and to me he looks like the poster-child for Rahu as AK.

Personally, I never look at the Lahiri ayanamsha for the blueprint and Edward thoroughly dismissed it. However, Lahiri seems to be the best ayanamsha for nakshatras. Lahiri is my preferred setting for generally reading the chart and it has proved its predictive power over and over again – both in my experience and also in the experience of great astrologers like KN Rao and many others.

I use Edward’s settings primarily for the blueprint and it always gets it right. However, apart from the blueprint, I often struggle to interpret the chart or establish its predictive power. Sometimes it is spot on, but frequently I’m scratching my head.

KN Rao says that a great astrologer must be able to reconcile many charts, dashas and systems. ie we must find confluence from different angles. Consequently, I look at Lahiri, Tarabilda and tropical settings and also Parashara, Jaimini and neo-Vedic systems.

Ordering of the Planets


Edward says,

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of the three archetypal orderings of the planets in delineating the principles of spiritual science. It is the basis for virtually all aspects of The Art of Multi-Dimensional Living. Study these orderings well with both your intellect and your intuition; then you will come upon true Insight!

Unfortunately, this knowledge is lost. If you want to understand the ordering of the planets – aka the script – then you will have to work it out for yourself. IMO the deeper aspects of Edward’s work cannot be understood without this knowledge.

I believe this knowledge is found by studying Edward’s work and following the references he provides. My research makes me think that the enneagram, the Law of Three from Gurdjieff, The Gnostic Circle by Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet and the work of Rudolf Steiner are important factors.

It seems this work requires a deep understanding of the principle of trinity. As Nikola Tesla said:

“If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6 and 9 then you would have the key to the universe.”