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

Calculations for Edward Tarabilda’s Astrological Formula

August 3, 2018

Ed redefined the karaka fields like this, 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 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, 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.)

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.

He used regular Vimshottari dashas.

An Alternative Formula

Some people use the Lahiri ayanamsha to calculate the blueprint. You can make up your own mind about its efficacy.

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.

In my opinion some important clues in understanding the script are:

  • The numbers of the planets (1. Sun 2. Moon, 3. Mars, etc)
  • The shapes of the planets (1. Point 2. Line 3. Triangle, etc)
  • Rudolf Steiner’s theory of evolution of consciousness through planetary phases
  • Aligning the script with the houses. This follows the principle that the planets may be placed on the chart forwards and backwards around the chart. (I got this idea from Ernst Wilhelm.) This puts Rahu between Jupiter and Venus. See a longer explanation here.


The longer I studied this work the more I understand why Ed was reluctant to share parts of it. It’s not that it is necessarily secret but more that it is personal.