Rao) retired from the Indian Audit and Accounts
Service as Director General in November 1990.
He is the second of the four sons of thefamous
journalist of the pre-independence era, K.
Rama Rao, the founder editor of the National
Herald and editor of more than thirty journals
in his long journalistic career.
Rao was initiated into astrology by his late
mother, K. Saraswani Devi, at the age of twelve
in 1943. He regards her as the best astrologer
he has known in two areas, marriage and children
and prashna (horary).
Rao was a lecturer in English before joining the government
service through an all-India competition in 1957. He
joined the Indian Audit and Accounts Service from which
he retired as Director General in November 1990.
More interested in games and sports than in astrology
in his youth, Rao won brilliancy prizes in chess competitions
and two state championships in bridge competitions.
He played ten other games which is why in his astrological
writings also there are references to games often.
During his service career, he was the planner, organizer
and teacher of three international courses on Audit
of Receipts as a joint director once and director twice.
His interactions with foreigners have been both on
professional and astrological levels for more than two
decades which is why he has, as an astrologer, a large
international network of friends. He went on doing all
his fundamental researches in astrology during his service
career because of which, he went on collecting horoscopes
systematically in thousands.
He has in his possession more than 50,000 horoscopes
with ten important events of each individual noted with
him. It is perhaps, the largest individual collection
of horoscopes any astrologer perhaps has.
The strain of doing astrology as a mission, not charging
any fee, almost made him give up astrology many times.
But in December 1981, he was forced out of his shell
to participate in a three-day seminar on astrology in
Delhi. After this ground breaking speech, there has
been a persistent demand for his astrological articles.
From then onwards he has been sharing with his readers
his original researches for which he has won worldwide
Between 1993 and 1995, Rao has visited the USA on five
lecture tours. He was the Chief Guest at the Second
Conference of the American Council of Vedic Astrology
in 1993. He was requested to be present in the Third
Conference also in 1994 on the opening day because of
the crowds he would draw. His name was advertised till
November 1995 also for the Fourth Conference though
he had made it clear that he would not be available
anymore for the American conferences. As a result of
his academic approach, he has now more than a thousand
students in India and more than two hundred in the USA.
He is the Advisor of Astrology Courses in the Bharatiya
Vidya Bhawan, New Delhi. The teachers on the teaching
faculty of the astrology course in the Bharatiya Vidya
Bhawan have, like him, never charged any fees for teaching
which they do in an honorary capacity.
What impelled Rao to do it is well explained in his
own horoscope where the lagna and the 10th lords get
combined in the lagna, with an exalted Jupiter in the
All this was foreseen by his Jyotish Guru, Yogi Bhaskarananda
of Gujarat whom Rao describes as the last of the Rishi
astrologers in the purest classical mould. He had told
him that he would have to visit many foreign countries
to give to Hindu astrology the honour, recognition and
dignity which it did not have till then. An American
summed up the impact of the first ever foreign visit
of Rao to the USA in 1993 as, “Vedic astrology before
Rao and after Rao”.
What different yogis have said about astrology as a
Vedanga which he must not give up has been quoted in
his book, Yogis, Destiny and the Wheel of Time. Astrology
is ill-reputed as a profession because of its mercenary
and exploitative nature.
Rao's desire never to turn into a professional astrologer,
has won him thousands of admirers and also some enemies
from the community of professional astrologers who felt
threatened, when around him there grew up a fine team
of more than two hundred academic astrologers like him,
for whom astrology is not a source of living, but a
super science to delve into the meaning and purpose
of human life, which is what astrology, as Vedanga,
should and has to be.
Both his mantra guru, Swami Paramananda Saraswati,
and his jyotish guru, Yogi Bhaskarananda, taught him
some secrets of spiritual astrology which are not given
usually in any book of astrology. Rao has revealed some
of these secrets in his book, "Yogis, Destiny and
the Wheel of Time".
Among Rao’s recent fundamental and most original researches
are his two books "Predicting through Jaimini's
Chara Dasha" and "Predicting through Karakamsha
and Mandook Dasha". It has been possible for him
to produce such researches because he was told by his
jyotish guru that what was in parampara (tradition)
was much more than what was contained in books of astrology
which are translated literally and are without illustrations
His own mother, who was his first jyotish guru, knew
many such traditional secrets, parts of which Rao has
revealed in his three books “Ups and Downs in Careers”,
"Astrology, Destiny and the Wheel of Time"
and "Planets and Children". It was the mantra
guru of Rao, Swami Paramananda Saraswati, who first
asked Rao not to give up astrology as it had to be an
integral part of his sadhana. Later a great yogi, Swami
Moorkhanandji, prophesied in 1982 that he would be the
architect of a great astrological renaissance. Whether
that is already fulfilled or not can be gauged from
the impressive list of his researches published in his
In the year 2000 when K.N.Rao. was ailing seriously and was unable even to walk, astrology was introduced as a subject of study in modern Indian universities , (it has been taught in Sanskrit institutions for many decades and centuries), it was relentlessly attacked by the pseudo-scientists, pseudo-intellectuals and the media, both print and electronic, carried on a relentless propaganda. A case was filed first against this decision of the University Grants Commission in Madras High Court where it was dismissed on preliminary grounds. The well known scientist Padmanabhiah filed a similar case in Andhra Pradesh High Court where too it was dismissed on preliminary grounds. Surprisingly, not a single English knowning and speaking astrologers in these two citadels of Hindu orthodoxy even decided to appear as petitioner in person. That speaks volumes for their "love and pride" in
the great ancient Hindu astrology.
But Padmanabhiah pursued the dismissed case further and appealed to the Supreme Court where the legal luminary, Shanti Bhushan succeeded in getting the
case admitted to be heard on merits.
Recovering slowly from his sickness, not yet fit to sit for long hours in a court of law, Rao appealed to astrologers of Delhi and of other centres to appear in person and defend the cause and case of astrology in the Supreme Court. At least twenty of them promised to do so but not one of them came anywhere near the Supreme Court even to hear proceedings of the case when it was being heard for admission ! Later, when it was heard on merits on 4 November 2004, to his consternation, Rao found that he was the only petitioner in person to defend it and praying to God to give him stamina to defend the case, he not merely defended the case but even won demolishing all the arguments of the famous lawyer, Shanti Bhushan. Read an account of all this with evidences and the court judgement together with the great research Rao has done on the religio-scientific-social legacy of India's composite culture in ASTROLOGY THE SUPER SCIENCE. In this book many of the remarkable predictions given by Rao in mundane astrology are given along with some notable failures about which he had always had the sterling honesty to write
as an ideal teacher.
The same media, some well known English newspapers and weeklies and the psudo-intellectuals, scientists who never studied astrology but attacked it throwing behind their ignorance the weight of their reputations and, the television, ever referred to the triumph of astrology in the highest court of India !!! The critics of astrology thus suffered a hattrick of defeats but there are some television channels which still carry on this attack slyly not knowing that they can be sued for contempt of court since the the judgement of the Supreme Court is on the merits of the case.
Television channels known as idiot boxes are tabloid in approach, and commercial.
If the media has an honest intention of contributing to social causes why does it not take up a fight against fraudulent astrologers who make fortunes in the name of fraudulent and non existent yogas like KAAL SARPA YOGA and costly remedial
measures through which they cheat people all over India ?
Rao is well known all over the world for some notable achievements, the greatest being as the founder member of the world's largest school of astrology in the Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, New Delhi where there are in 2006, more than nine hundred students and twenty six teachers on the teaching faculty of the Institute of Astrology.
Not merely is Rao a highly successful teacher but is the teacher of teachers besides being a very rational and scientific astrologer who wants sanity and modernization to a science which otherwise will remain archaic and look like the vestigal remnant of a dogma and not the super science it really is. All the members of the teaching faculty of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan are his own former students. He has encouraged all of them to write books with their original researches and fifteen of
them have done it so far.
Single handedly, Rao has encouraged and produced more writers and researchers than any living or dead astrologer. He also edits the Journal of Astrology which is the best astrological three monthly carrying the best researches of the world.
To give to jyotisha through rediscovery and research, Rao has written nearly thirty books some of which have been translated in Russian and Japanese. He has taught astrology to thousands of students in India, USA and Russia over a period of nineteen years now since the founding the Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan.
Kartik Poornima 2006.