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Once in writing an article for the Astrological Magazine I made a reference to the horoscope of late M.G.Ramchandran, a former chief minister of Tamilnadu, with Kumbha lagna and Dr. Raman immediately had the decency to pass on to me the correct birth details of MGR with Kanya lagna as given here.

Why did in the sixties, more particularly the seventies of the last century, the Astrological Magazine carry the wrong (Kumbha lagna) horoscope with a different date and planetary position of MGR by different writers and how and why did Dr.Raman allow it and mislead his readers? I never asked him this uneasy question and he never discussed it but he had the decency to pass on the correct horoscope to me which I had later passed on to late R. Santhanam.


In the heart of my hearts, I could never excuse Dr.Raman and the Astrological Magazine for such disinformation. Similarly, the Astrological Magazine carried for more than five years the horoscope of Rajiv Gandhi with Kanya lagna and both Dr. Raman and his daughter Gayatri discussed it lending it some sort of authenticity. In 1991, the lagna was suddenly changed to Simha without any explanation!

How many astro-journalists and writers of books of astrology can say that they use only authentic data ? Except me, who has admitted in writing my failed predictions and apologized can you show me similar examples? Why do we offer excuses and seek shelter behind stupid excuses and explanations ?

Eternal India Part 2

Sanjay Rath who used to consult me along with his father till 1986 (he never discussed astrology as he did not know it till then is my clear impression) had sent me a book some Crux etc. containing many wrong horoscopes like that of Mother Teresa with Makar lagna and exalted Moon in the fifth and Venus in the seventh. I had raised in the jyotish list of Ben Collins a question how could Mother Teresa remain unmarried if that was the correct horoscope. The only correct horoscope of Mother Teresa that has even been used is in the book Famous Women (out of print) because after considerable research the birth data was collected.

Similarly Sanjay discussed the Dhanu lagna horoscope of late R.Santhanam, the astrologer for whom I had got a job in a hotel through a friend and whom I had launched into astrological journalism by recommending his name to edit Your Astrologer a monthly now defunct. After learning the tricks of trade there, Santhanam picked up enough courage to launch the Times of Astrology. Santhanam often discussed his own horoscope with me and the correct one is given here. But Sanjay used it with Dhanu lagna and dashed off something.

Santhanam whom politicians never trusted got some important political horoscopes from me and, inspite of his promise not to use them, used them in his monthly magazine. We parted company rather bitterly. He kept up that enmity with me till his death. He came from a priestly family of Tirupati and his acts had antagonized everyone in his orthodox parental family. All these are well reflected in his Vrischika lagna horoscope which he had given me. He had no sense of gratitude for anyone ever in his life. That is human nature and this from a man who owed his journalistic career to me along with the hotel job !!

How I was misled
I have fallen victim to such wrong data when some dishonest astrologers passed on to me the horoscopes of important political leaders, particularly of the late Jagjiwan Ram.

It keeps happening and some of my predictions collapse because of this.

So many of us use the Karka lagna horo scope of Sonia Gandhi which Rodden even gives A rating. But the late Giridhari Lal Goswami who had all the authentic horoscopes of the Nehru Gandhi dynasty said that it was wrong ! What do you do in such a case ? Then do you know the controversy surrounding the date of birth of Manmohan Singh, the prime minister of India ?

Never run after the horoscopes of celebrities unless it comes from very authentic source and is doubly verified by you. Or I will trust the supernormal powers of Karveji whom I respect and who has given us some valuable horoscopic data.

Why does this happen ?
Indian politicians who have strong belief in astrology have stronger belief that their enemies can cause damage to them through maran and ucchatam (black magic) (Tantric rituals) in their weak astrological periods as hinted at even in some astrological book, perhaps, Narapati Jayacharya.

This belief may have haunted Atal Behari Vajpayee who passed on repeatedly his birth year as 1925 and 1926 with a time which gave Tula lagna. Of course there are great "guessologists" in India, particularly Delhi, who claim to have made great prediction on this basis. I got one with Vrischika lagna and 1924 as the year of birth and reeled off all correct predictions about him except in 2004 when, more out of irritation than any other reason, my political predictions went wrong four of five times in five years. Irritation because none of these hypocrites, politicians or astrologers, even helped me even half percent to fight the case of astrology in the Supreme Court in November 2003. I had to do it all single handed with the Human Resources Ministry under Murali Mahohar Joshi not even preparing a defence of astrology on astrological grounds with the University Grants Commission and a long list their empannelled lawyers !! That is Joshiji’s love and respect for astrology !!

See even now how Atalji’s birth details are mentioned in different websites. Atal Behari Vajpayee A brief Profile [Atal Bihari Vajpayee - The Poet | Hindi Poetry | English Translation Childhood & Education - Shri. Atal Behari Vajpayee was born on 25 December 1926, at Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh. He was educated at Victoria (now Laximbai) College, Gwalior and D.A.V. College, Kanpur. He holds a M.A. degree. Shri. Vajpayee has remained bachelor. He also worked as a Journalist and as a social worker. In 1942, he was arrested during the freedom movement.

Jana Sangh & BJP – Prime minister of India Bihari also spelled Behari born December 25, 1924, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India

I used the 1924 as the year of birth and Vrischika lagna which is given in his biography in Hindi.

For my failed predictions I have to blame myself always particularly when in 1978 the late Uma Shankar Dixit (father in law of Sheila Dixit chief minister of Delhi) and a former Home Minister of India had told me, since he had known me from my childhood in Lucknow, that many astrologer-spies were planted in Delhi by both the government of India and foreign espionage agencies to do all types of nefarious activities except astrology but behind the facade of manufactured astrological screen and fabricated reputations. He had told me some names out of which all except one is still alive and is now out of favour. But he keeps barking his predictions with the help of a member of parliament.

Understand, then why and how we get misled.

Moghul Period: Saffronization ?
One of the arguments of Indian communist against the introduction of astrology in the universities in the Supreme Court was that it would lead to saffronization (meaning conversion to Hinduism). In arguing in the Supreme Court, one of my arguments was that emperor Humayun. the father of emperor Akbar, had learnt Hindu astrology and made predictions about himself. His wife, mother of Akbar (Hamida Banu) misled people by circulating the wrong birth day of Akbar to protect the child from evil machinations of his enemies.

No one calls Moghul period of Indian history a saffronised period.

Not understanding this, English and Indian historians debated whether Akbar was born in October or November of 1542. If they had known astrology or had taken the help of astronomer-astrologer they could have seen that the horoscope given in Akbar Nama by Jyotik Rai, the Hindu court astrologer of Akbar and later Jehangir, clearly gives us 15 October 1542 ( Hindu dates have to be converted) which date could be cross checked through other horoscopes using sayana longitudes by some Arab astrologers again in Akbar Nama.

My further argument was that Hindu Brahmins studying allopathy would become Christians, extending the communist argument, because they are studying a system of medicine which has come from Christian countries Not to annoy the judges of the Supreme Court I did not say that we all, speaking and writing in English, were Christians extending the communist arguments.

Politicians, lawyers and men in the media need not insist on the validity of their data, arguments or "source". "Truth" for them is what clicks and strikes on the spur of a moment.

Are we astrologers swimming with and in this current of acceptable falsehoods ? In this mercenary era of television and commercial and internet astrology, must we become corrupt to survive and must commit the profane act of defiling a rishi tradition of jyotisha ?

(5 March 2010)

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