ASTRO-CARTOGRAPHY AND YOU At the time of each of our births, a unique arrangement of stars is formed. From the beginning of creation till the destruction of the Universe, not a single horoscope is the same as another. Each horoscope is a reflection of individuality. Our material inimitability is a reflection of our spiritual self. One soul can never be the same like another. In this way Shri Krishna can savor unlimited number of tastes emanating from unlimited individuals. This is real enjoyment and pertains only to the Supreme Lord.
What happens when a living entity born at a particular place travels to some other region of the Earth? The stellar formation at the time of birth is visible only at the place of birth. Therefore, Astro-Cartography gives a detailed picture of the planetary forces for all places on Earth for each of us. The Astro-Cartographical horoscope is an refracts the influence of the birth horoscope like the rainbow from a transparent crystal prism. Every time we look at a multi-faceted prism from a different angle, one of seven colors is seen as most prominent.
As in our prism example, so do the separate planets of a birth horoscope predominate at different places of the Earth. The characteristics of each predominating planet will color the activities and perception of the individual in each particular location. Let’s say a particular area is influenced by the Moon. Then the individual will exhibit the characteristics of the Moon which are soft, nurturing, motherly, popular, emotional and supportive. Or if the place is influenced by Jupiter, then the individual will exhibit qualities like expansion, philosophy, instruction, sociality, jolliness, optimism and learning. Venus will bring all the characteristics of Shukracharya, while a Saturn line will invoke the qualities of Shanidev. A Mars line of influence will evoke the fighting spirit of Skanda, the demi-god of war while the Sun’s influence will manifest the light and power of Lord Vivasvan. A Mercury line will tend to make one communicative, detached, playful and swift-thinking.
A local horoscope for any place on Earth can be cast for a particular individual by taking into account the time at that location when the birth took place. If an individual was born at 7:00 am in New York then to calculate his local chart for London the 5 hour difference between London and New York should be taken into account. The horoscope should be calculated for 2 am London time for the same day. Then we can perceive the wholeness of the local horoscope and understand the forces at work for that particular place. The local influences cannot modify the birth chart. They work along the lines cast at birth and can help understand the slight changes an individual will experience if he moves to this locality. The local transformations which take place are dictated by the environment and we all know that there is not a single jiva who is more powerful than his surroundings. It takes some time for an individual who travels to a new location to experience the modification of his characteristics. The first change will be felt on the 3rd day, and then he will start understanding the change after his 3rd month while finally he will merge with the new vibration after 3 years. This has been practically experienced. For this reason sannyasis are advised to stay no more than 3 days at a particular location. In this way they can remain free of the influences coming from the local charts and not be affected by karma.
There could be innumerable charts calculated for different locations on Earth but they will not give us a cohesive look at how the influences of the planets affect a particular individual at a glance. The Astro-Cartographical lines are calculated by taking into account only the kendra houses of the horoscope. The kendra houses (1st, 4th, 7th and 10th) are considered the pillars of the horoscope. For this reason they are most important for this particular reading. By calculating 24 locations in the northern hemisphere and 24 locations in the southern hemisphere we arrive at 48 horoscopes which present the variety of horoscopes which happened in the 24 hour interval which is necessary for the Sun to circle the Earth. Those 48 horoscopes have to be calculated for the entire day when a particular individual was born. After the calculations are completed, we have at a glance the movements of the planets as they happened around the clock in all 12 rising signs. The planets in all these 48 horoscopes will have the same sign location except that their house positions will be changed. The most important houses to watch are, of course, the kendras. When a planet falls into a kendra position at particular location this fact is marked on the physical map. Then all points of the same planets falling in kendras are connected on the map and in this way a planetary line comes to be.
Those calculations are done by computers but there is no substitute for manual calculation. The reason is that the computer will calculate the influence of a particular planet at his 0º in a particular sign not taking into account the greatest influence which falls at the exact degree occupied by a planet in the birth chart. Let’s say a computer will give Mars line at 0º Scorpio on the Astro-Cartographical map but Mars in the individual chart will be 14º. Then we have to move some 500 miles west of the computer generated line to arrive over the greatest influence of the individual Mars line. Astro-Cartography is a difficult matter because it takes into account a great number of charts at the same time. It also takes into account the movements of the planets according to Vedic astronomical data.
Astro-Cartography is often used by western astrology but those calculations have no value. The ayanamsha which takes into consideration the movement of the stellar chakra—the wheel of the stars--is not taken into account by western astrologers. A nice theory which cannot be applied in practice is useless.
When Asto-Cartography is used properly it provides insight into an individual’s best opportunities. Today people travel frequently and they are not limited to the locality of their birth. What someone who is born in the US might expect when he moves to India is locked within the horoscope of that particular new locality. Would the traveler now be under the spell of the Moon or Rahu? The position of a location’s predominating planet reveals the tenor of the local chart. The secret in reading the local chart is that by looking a particular line an experienced astrologer can see the positions for the rest of the planets in the local chart. All he needs is to know is the birth chart and the predominating line and the entire local chart comes to life. The astrologer will not only read the main line but he will always put it into the context of the local chart and most importantly relate it to the birth chant which is the king of the entire presentation.
Astro-Cartography has proven to be a very valuable form of guidance in the world of high-speed travel in which we live. Where is the best place to live relatively carefree? Where could I become involved in a profitable business? Where should I start a family and build a house? Astro-Cartography easily solves these dilemmas. Astro-Cartography can be helpful in devotional life as well. It can reveal the best line for spiritual advancement where service to Shri Guru and Gauranga will be suitably facilitated, thereby helping to make our lives truly successful and sublime.
ASTRO-CARTOGRAPHY OF SHRILA PRABHUPADA
When Shrila Prabhupada appeared, the planets arranged themselves beautifully showing a large number of good configurations in his chart. The trained eye of the astrologer is drawn to the position of Jupiter in the 9th house. Jupiter's influence over the 9th is a prominent feature in the charts of many devotees and acharyas. There is any number of rare combinations befitting a world acharya including Hari yoga, Lakshmi yoga, Bhadra mahapurush yoga, Brahma yoga and Saraswati yoga. Taking the case of Shrila Prabhupada's exalted planets and applying that to the world of Astro-Cartography, his plethora of good combinations means that there were many fortunate locations for him all over the world. Fortunate persons who have been born with many good positions in their birth chart have a greater chance of encountering more fortunate places while traveling.
Astro-Cartographical map of His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada From a look at the planetary lines, it is not surprising that Shrila Prabhupada's first stop in the US would be Boston. The entire east coast of America lies under the influence of a Jupiter / Rahu line. Jupiter is positioned in the rising sign or the 1st house of self, and Jupiter is called Guru or Brihaspati. When Shrila Prabhupada arrived in America the embodiment of dharma, the Guru himself, had at last arrived.
The outcaste Rahu is in the 7th house of partnerships. Shrila Prabhupada was alone in the US; he was the sole representative of Krishna Consciousness. Soon he was joined by many young people who were--in one way or another--influenced by Rahu. They were society's rejects in search of an alternative path that would lead them to a higher state of existence. But coming to America was no pleasure cruise for Shrila Prabhupada. Notice the ominous Saturn line a couple thousand miles off the east coast. Alone in his cabin Shrila Prabhupada suffered a serious heart attack on the ship coming to America, and wrote that if the Atlantic had "shown its usual face" he would not have made it.
Shrila Prabhupada's Rahu and Jupiter lines run parallel and join into a single line: the meeting of two opposing forces. Rahu is often capable of adopting a radically different lifestyle in pursuance of higher goal. Hence Guru and Rahu merged together to shape the future of the Hare Krishna movement.
In Shrila Prabhupada's birth chart, the Sun joins Jupiter in the 9th house of dharma. On the other side of America, the West Coast, Shrila Prabhupada has a 4th house Sun line. The Sun is the king of the zodiac; he sits at the center of the other eight planets. Even today, we find that America's most opulent temple is located in Los Angeles beneath this Sun line. New Dwaraka, the home of the magnificent Shri Shri Rukmini-Dwarakadish, was Shrila Prabhupada's center of administration and home of the BBT.
In America's heartland and in Western Europe Shrila Prabhupada receives the combination of Mercury and Venus lines. In Shrila Prabhupada's natal chart, Mercury forms a mahapurush yoga in the 10th house. Mercury is the zodiacal prince and princes are always well tutored. Beneath the Mercury line in Dallas the first ISKCON gurukula appeared. In France and UK, where Mercury has gone to the 1st house or atmastan, Budha, the planet of buddhi or intelligence has given Shrila Prabhupada's movement of buddhi-yoga due recognition. First from 7, Bury Place in London, and then from Bhaktivedanta Manor in London's green belt, Krishna Consciousness began to emanate all over the world. Notice that there is also a Mercury line over Shridham Mayapur and India's east coast.
Australia, like America's east coast, lies under a Jupiter / Rahu combination. Yet here the roles of the planets have reversed. Jupiter has gone in the 7th house of partnership while Rahu has taken the leading position in the rising sign. By the time Shrila Prabhupada would arrive in the land down under, his leading disciples--as seen by Rahu in the first--had paved the way for His Divine Grace with the public chanting of the holy names.
Notice the 4th house Rahu line merged with a 10th house Jupiter line running through Western Russia and down through Mauritius. These are areas where he envisioned great social changes. Though he spent some time in Mauritius, he could spend only a few days in Russia. Yet a generation after his departure, we have become witnesses to drastic changes leading to mass establishment of Krishna Consciousness in these regions.
Shrila Prabhupada never went to most of South America, Central Africa or Eastern Europe apparently because he did not have any major planetary lines influencing these regions. How the planetary influence of Astro-Cartography in the chart of Shrila Prabhupada influenced the mission of Krishna Consciousness around the world is plainly evident. Even today those lines of the acharya have a significant say in the way these regions continue to develop. Their vibrations continue to reflect the past and indicate the future as Prabhupada's influence in the form of the Hare Krishna Movement continues to engulf the world.
Incidentally, it is noteworthy that were Shrila Prabhupada born under Makara lagna, i.e, Capricorn rising in the East, then a deadly 4th house Saturn line would have manifest over the US indicating an unlikelihood of the Hare Krishna Movement beginning in that area.
THE DEBATE OVER SHRILA PRABHUPADA’S RISING SIGN
If there are two opposing points on one issue, both sides should be presented rationally. In a debate, different reasoning and different sides regarding a single issue may both have their validation. “So many sages, so many minds.” For one idea to triumph over another requires proof brought from different sources. In the discussion of whether the current Vaishnava Acharya, His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, was born with Capricorn or Sagittarius rising, Makara or Dhanush lagna, we find the best evidence in the proposed charts themselves.
Shrila Prabhupada has often said, “I was born about four o’clock.” Many countries like India adopted hourly time zones by the late 1920’s. Until then, the local time was calculated by the sunrise and sunset. Technically Calcutta is Time Zone 6, even though many astrological programs will give you Time Zone 5½. Shrila Prabhupada was born after 3.30 pm, which might be technically 4 o’clock. It was accepted worldwide in the past to round the hour for convenience. Often it is the case that the birth time is noted later, when the mother and newborn calm down after labor. Because the time of birth is difficult to define, in the old Puranic texts three different times are noted as regards to recording birth time: (1) when the baby is conceived, (2) when the umbilical cord is severed and (3) when the baby has touched the ground.
The rising sign in Shrila Prabhupada’s birth chart changes from Dhanush to Makara right in between 3:30 and 4:00 pm on September 1st, 1896 for Calcutta, India. This time is considered from our modern perspective of time calculation. There would always be arguments about the two possible rising signs, until the stars themselves are examined.
Let us begin with Capricorn rising. Capricorn is the 10th sign of the zodiac, which rules career, image, father, status. It is a solid, stable and Saturnine sign and containing within its portfolio everything that is hard to get. Saturn is the stern teacher of life, the one who either brings about hardships in order to strengthen a native and make him victorious. Or Saturn crushes him completely under the load of his own karma, if he is not worthy of the master’s teachings. In the Capricorn rising version of Shrila Prabhupada’s chart Saturn, the rising sign lord, would be exalted in the 10th house. Considered an excellent position for Saturn, it foretells a splendid career. For Capricorn rising, Saturn also rules the second house, Aquarius, the house of speech and the immediate family. Certainly this exceptional placement of Saturn would have revealed Shrila Prabhupada as a brilliant public orator, as well as one who can deal with the masses. With Saturn in the tenth, he would have been a hard-to-debate politician since Makara lagna places the outcaste Rahu in the second house (of speech). According to the Bhrigu system of horoscopy, Rahu in the second gives a harsh speech, and we know that Shrila Prabhupada often was not light on his opponents.
But when we move to the 3rd house of courage, communication and publishing activities the stars of Makara lagna hit a weak spot. The third house for Capricorn rising is Pisces. This is the last sign of the zodiac, famous for its spirituality. The ruler of this 3rd house Pisces is Jupiter—which is fine, until we find Jupiter in the eighth house of the proposed Capricorn rising chart. The eighth house rules inheritance, death, sex, mystic practices like yoga, and karmic diseases. Jupiter is Brihaspati, the teacher of the demigods and, as lord of the third house for Makara lagna; he is the planet of courage. In Vedic astrology Jupiter, planet of dharma, is simply known as “Guru”.
Could the righteous Jupiter be found in this eighth house dustan (lit. “evil house”) of Shrila Prabhupada’s chart? In the eighth, Jupiter would be joined by the Sun who is situated in his own house of Leo. The two planets are further conjoined by malefic Ketu. Ketu gives physical and mental anguish in the eighth, and tremendously shortens the life of the native. The eighth house does not rule religious activities by default. The combination of Sun, Jupiter and Ketu in the eighth may offer inheritance or support from others. But it does not show the pronounced courage of Shrila Prabhupada. And where does the Capricorn lagna chart show the pronounced spirituality of the acharya destined to change the world?
Let us have an objective look at the chart with Sagittarius lagna. Sagittarius is the natural 9th house ruling over religion, travel and building a platform for the future. With Sagittarius rising, we see that the ruler of the 1st house of self has gone to the 9th house of dharma or Krishna consciousness. Here, the natural 9th lord is in the 9th house showing one who is a personification of true dharma. Moreover, Jupiter also rules the 4th house signifying buildings, vehicles, mother, land and heart. From Sagittarius rising, we see that the predictions of the astrologer who looked into Shrila Prabhupada’s chart immediately after his birth were correct. This great pandit foresaw that His Divine Grace will go around the world and build 108 temples of Lord Shri Krishna. The lord of the 4th house of buildings is in the 9th house of travel and religion which declares the establishment of temples by a dharmatma, one who is the personification of Krishna consciousness. Jupiter is in Leo along with the Sun in his own house speaking volumes about Shrila Prabhupada as the head of a religious organization. Being the moksha karaka or significator of liberation, Ketu in Leo in the ninth contributes a spiritual emphasis to the Sun/Jupiter combination which he cannot do in the eighth house. His Divine Grace is indeed capable of delivering his followers from the clutches of Maya and taking them back to the spiritual world. Could such a splendid combination be found in the Makara lagna chart?
Moreover, with Sagittarius rising, Saturn becomes the ruler of the 3rd house of courage. Saturn, being exalted in the 11th house of gains, shows a tremendous expansion of courage. Rahu as the atmakaraka (lit., “significator of the self”) adds to Saturn’s verdict. It is an astrological dictum that a malefic planet like Rahu in the 3rd house ruled by an exalted Saturn does wonders for courage. Shrila Prabhupada was named Abhay Charan, “fearless at the feet of God.” Names are given at the time of birth in Vedic tradition, and they reveal or emphasize the qualities of the person indicated by the birth chart. We have already examined the 3rd house in the Makara lagna chart. The position of the 3rd lord in the 8th house in that chart is a weak notation to courage. Shrila Prabhupada kept his initials “A.C.”, now Abhaya Charanaravinda, even after accepting the title Bhaktivedanta. It was his courage and determination that were crucial for the foundation of Krishna Consciousness movement in the western world. Only Saturn, the stern taskmaster presiding over Shrila Prabhupada’s fearless nature, can bend one shape into another or a transform lower consciousness to a higher level. “Fearless Abhay Charan” is written all over in the chart of Dhanush lagna. Both the name and the life of Shrila Prabhupada are reflected in his astrological chart, the janma kundali with Dhanush lagna.
Of course, one may argue about the other houses of the Capricorn lagna chart, such as the 9th house which would have exalted Mercury and debilitated Venus in Virgo. Certainly, this combination may indicate a sannyasi, but it cannot be the mark of a world acharya. Mercury is an intellectual planet, and cannot be compared to Jupiter, the significator of religion, in the 9th. Dhanush lagna makes for an extraordinary horoscope. Here the dharmastan or 9th house Guru conjoined swarashi (lit., “own sign”) Sun, along with the chart’s other perfect combinations reveal an empowered vibhuti or shaktyavesha avatar. The astrologer who had the first glimpse of Shrila Prabhupada’s chart was right. He had never seen such stars.
The main focus of this article is not astrology. It is about honoring the true position of His Divine Grace Shrila Prabhupada. If we have the possibility of two charts, one which is ordinary and the other which is extraordinary, and which appears within fifteen minutes of each other, why should we pick the chart which minimizes the position of the most extraordinary personality in Vaishnava history? Learned pandits may argue about who said what and express their attachments to different sides of the issue, but the planets in the chart also speak. The demigods who rule the nava-grahas are powerful devotees of the Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Shri Krishna. Their opinions were sealed in a verdict 113 years ago. An avatar cannot have an ordinary chart as seen by Makara lagna on the afternoon of Sept 1, 1896. As we all know, Shrila Prabhupada did not have much interest in astrology, although he naturally accepted it as a bona fide Vedic science. His main mission was to chant:
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
“MISCALCULATION IN THE PHILOSOPHY AND RISING SIGN OF SHRILA PRABHUPADA”
Miscalculations in the Moksha in the life and teachings of the Acharya Shrila Prabhupada often said, “Moksha is attained by the enemies of Krishna.”
As any amateur Vedic astrologer will tell you, the eighth is the house of birth and death, and the fourth is the house of hearth, home and happiness. Wherefore is moksha in this mix? It is the twelfth house that is called the mokshastan. In the following, writing it will not so much be our intent to argue the horoscope of the greatest Vaishnava of the Twentieth Century with those who have demonstrated a gross misunderstanding of Gaudiya Vaishnavism. Rather, we will attempt to straighten the gross misrepresentation of Shrila Prabhupada’s teachings before serious damage is done through additional misunderstanding.
The 8th house is exclusively called mrityustan (lit. “house of death”.) Someone may receive moksha at the time of death but that does not qualify the 8th house as the mokshastan or house of liberation.
In the Makara lagna chart, Srila Prabhupada is supposedly having a great 8th house, which gave Him moksha. Some may consider that the Acharya was interested in moksha. But if moksha was his goal, then would he have left the safe service of Vrindavana dham and risking His life, come to America? Shrila Prabhupada’s true love and interest was to distribute sanatan dharma, which is better described by the 9th house signifying dharma, religion and godly activities. The combination of Sun, Jupiter, Ketu in the 9th house of Sagittarius rising, is a strategic position for these bright planets supporting Krishna Consciousness.
Dharma, artha, kama and moksha are the four goals of life which materialists hold dear. Formal dharma is rendered by worship for results and artha (material development) follows. Enjoying the fruits of activities is kama. Those who are wise are disgusted by the sense enjoyment and desire moksha. Said in different way, artha is represented by the shudra class in society, artha by the vaishas, kama by the kshatriyas and moksha is sought after by the bramana class. Moksha is the highest goal of varnashram system. Lord Shri Krishna declares in Bhagavad Gita (4.13) that He personally created the four divisions in human society. Being the authority over His creation, Shri Krishna as Chaitanya Mahaprabhu stated in His famous conversation with Ramananda Raya that varnashrama is not His main interest and He wanted to hear about more elevated topics describing devotional activities to the Supreme Lord. This conversation is carefully presented by Shrila Prabhupada in his book Teachings of Lord Chaitanya.
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Srila Prabhupada is an acharya in the disciplic succession of the Brahma Madhva Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition where Chaitanya Mahaprabhu mercifully appeared to preach the glories of the holy name. Shrila Prabhupada was never interested in one of the four goals of human society including moksha. Such claims about His life diminish His contribution to the world and bring a conventional Hindu element in the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. As much as varnashma system in India has saved the tradition, in the same proportion, it is responsible for the stone-head attitude prevalent today in Indian. Today too many so-called Hindus are simply too wrapped up in what they consider to be traditional values to be able to transcend conditioning.
Shrila Prabhupada is shaktiavesha avatara. He can neither be classified as Hindu nor Indian, despite the fact that he appeared in India in order to facilitate the mission of Shri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. If you go to India you may look for someone like Srila Prabhupada among countless Indian sages, but you will never find one like Him. Lord Krishna is similarly not a Hindu God and there are countless references in the books of Srila Prabhupada with counterstatement regarding this incorrect and dangerous perception of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
We present hereunder for the benefit of all two quotes from the writings of His Divine Grace which clearly confirm Shrila Prabhupada’s position regarding moksha.
“The transcendental bliss enjoyed by the devotees of the Lord is completely different from the material happiness enjoyed by less intelligent persons. The less intelligent persons in the material world are engaged by the four principles of benediction called dharma, artha, kāma and moksha. Generally they prefer to take to religious life to achieve some material benediction, the purpose of which is to satisfy the senses. When, by that process, they become confused or frustrated in fulfilling the maximum amount of sense enjoyment, they try to become one with the Supreme, which is, according to their conception, mukti, or liberation. There are five kinds of liberation, the least important of which is called sāyujya, to become one with the Supreme. Devotees don’t care for such liberation because they are actually intelligent…” (SB 3.15.48, Purport)
“…These four principles form the transcendental path for the less intelligent. Those who are actually intelligent engage in Krishna consciousness, not caring for these four principles of the transcendental method. They at once elevate themselves to the transcendental platform which is above liberation. Liberation is not a very great achievement for a devotee, to say nothing of the results of ritualistic performances in religion, economic development or the materialistic life of sense gratification. Devotees do not care for these. They are situated always on the transcendental platform of the brahma-bhūta stage of self-realization.” (SB 3.22.36, Purport)
We hope that these quotes, which are among thousands given by Shrila Prabhupada on the subject of pure devotional service as being far superior to moksha, clarify the fact that the hackneyed path of liberation is a goal meant only for foolish impersonalists. There are innumerable rascals and illusioned mayavadis who misguide others by claiming to teach the unreachable path of moksha as the goal of life—and such misleaders might even have splendid 8th houses attached to their horoscope. But in the last eighty years there has been only one acharya who has disseminated worldwide the teachings of Lord Chaitanya by aiming higher than liberation, higher than anything Western so-called civilization has ever known.
Once, a disciple asked Shrila Prabhupada whether there are acharyas who choose to continue preaching in the material world for the deliverance of fallen souls. Shrila Prabhupada smiled knowingly and answered that, yes, there are those who choose to stay here forever. Such selfless devotees render service to the Supreme Lord by giving the kripa of Krishna Consciousness to others. They prefer to impart bhakti as the real goal of life.
PHYSIOGNOMY OF A PURE DEVOTEE
There may not be even a single person on the planet who would not somehow react to the powerful presence of Shrila Prabhupada. Some claim that they did not find him attractive (due to their own misguided vision). Others stated that His Divine Grace was the most beautiful living entity they had even seen. Some have even compared his appearance to that of an Egyptian pharaoh. Yet, no matter what people have said about the appearance of Shrila Prabhupada, they always admit he is unique. All who have seen him agree that they have never beheld another person on Earth who resembles him. Shrila Prabhupada had a small build like many powerful military leaders including Napoleon. But Shrila Prabhupada’s facial features draw the most attention—particularly his eyes, the windows to the soul of the pure devotee.
Shrila Prabhupada’s eyes were warm and beautiful, with protruding skin all around them. His brown eyes show warmth and a refined writing ability. The baggy eyes illustrate deep memory and facility to grasp facts. The high distance between the iris and the eyebrows show an explicit ability to grasp shape, color and geometrical variations of abstract as well as manifest phenomenon. His thick and long eyebrows show deep thinking and an enormous capacity to love. The flat cheeks display his facility to move amongst others without being invasive, although the distinct space between the upper lip and the nose shows an impressive and commanding personality. The thick lips confirm his exquisite sense of that which is beautiful and is worthy of attention. Shrila Prabhupada’s thicker upper lip shows simplicity of expression and the ability to condense difficult concepts into a single statement that is easily understood. His bold chin explains his bravery as well as deep compassion for others. The dimple in the middle of Shrila Prabhupada’s chin is the mark of an undisputed leader. When he spoke he used to show mostly his lower teeth. This fact shows the great compassion embedded in his character. Shrila Prabhupada’s broad nose exhibits great particularity in work and his large nostrils shows a man that is outwardly wealthy. His double chip shows a realization of goals achieved in later years. His large ears signify wisdom and a sense of hearing that goes beyond the material world. The unique facial features of Shrila Prabhupada reveal many facets that can be read with great depth. Yet still another attribute is the shape of his revealing the features of his brain, something which we can study freely due to the fact that his head was always shaved.
Phrenology, the study of the shape of the head, is a science that came into its own around the 18th century. The main objective of this science is to examine the size of the brain areas as seen from the surface of the skull. The founder of the modern day phrenology was the German Franz Josef Gall. By studying his classmates at school he discovered that some of the students with protruding eyes had better memories. Phrenology was popularized by Gall’s follower named Johann Spurzheim. Later a Scottish lawyer named George Combe would become the main promoter of phrenology throughout the English speaking world after he was convinced of its merits by viewong a brain dissection performed by Spurzheim. In truth phrenology’s origins can be found in the Vedas and are bundled under the heading SamudrikaShastra. The name for this science comes from a group of rishis who examined the auspicious marks on the transcendental body of Lord Vishnu as he slept upon the Garbhodhak Ocean or samudra. Phrenology provided a great impetus to modern studies of psychology, is seen in this illustration:
Next we see phrenology, as it was understood in the 19th century:
Shrila Prabhupada’s head from all angles reflects the marks of spiritual genius:
We can clearly see great bumps on the area of marked approbativeness and consciousness. Shrila Prabhupada knew exactly what is right and he was always fully conscious. Also note the almost triangular shape of the top of his head showing extreme firmness. Examining his head from the front we can clearly see that the top of the head is wider than the area around the ears. The areas that are appropriated with acquiring things for self-enjoyment and secretiveness are insignificant as compared to the rest of spiritual areas. The bump on the back of his head shows parental love and care of all living entities. As seen in this photo taken while His Divine Grace was taking his daily stroll that his head always points upward. In fact, the cranial region that rules spirituality coincides with the area that Shrila Prabhupada always pointed to the sky. He had his own distinct walk that many tried to emulate. However, it would appear that a person must actually be self-realized in order to hold his head at such a dignified angle.
Beauty exists when there is form and substance. Ordinary people find the faces of dolls to be beautiful even though they are not alive. Shrila Prabhupada’s features were extremely vibrant and and therefore emanated the light of real beauty, eternal life. He was unique in the entire world and his face—as well as his entire appearance—reveals his transcendental and worshipful qualities.
BRIHASPATI IN THE HOROSCOPE OF DEVOTEES
Brihaspati, the priest of the demi-gods is called Jupiter in Western astronomy. His name has been translated as “lord of prayer and devotion”, and as such he is strong in the birth charts of devotees. Brihaspati earned his position as one of the nava-grahas, or nine planetary deities, through performing rigorous penance at Somnath Patan. Somnath is the abode of Lord Shiva, the “lord of the demigod of the Moon” and one of his twelve jyotir lingas is there. Somnath, in southern Gujarat, is also famous as the place from where Shri Krishna left this world for His abode in Goloka Vrindavan.
Brihaspati Praised Throughout the Shastras
In Bhagavad Gita As It Is (10.24), Lord Shri Krishna tells Arjuna,
purodhasam cha mukhyam mam
viddhi partha brihaspatim
“Of priests, O Arjuna, know Me to be the chief, Brihaspati, the lord of devotion.”
In Vedic astrology, the nava-grahas are understood to have different personalities. They are living entities who have been promoted to their position as controllers of personal fate by their performance of penance and past piety. Upon completion of his penance, Brihaspati was granted his post by Shiva. Being a grandson of Lord Brahma, he is often accepted qualitatively as non-different from the creator of this Universe. He is mentioned many times in Shrimad Bhagavatam as the best of living entities and his wisdom is praised in SB 4.18.14:
“All the great sages transformed Brihaspati into a calf, and making the senses into a pot, they milked all kinds of Vedic knowledge to purify words, mind and hearing.”
The incarnation of the Supreme Lord, King Prithu, is described as equaling Brihaspati in spiritual knowledge (SB 4.22.62). He is called the best of sages, and is respected by both the demigods and demons alike. (SB 6.7.9) A supreme mystic, it is said that he knew everything that would happen in the future. (SB 6.7.12) So exalted is Brihaspati, that it was he who gave the sacred thread to Lord Vamandeva (SB 8.18.14). In the astrological text Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra, the father of Shrila Vyasadeva says that Brihaspati is a partial manifestation of Lord Vamandeva. In his Bhaktivedanta Purport to SB 3.1.25 Shrila Prabhupada explains that the disciple of Brihaspati, Uddhava, was a great master of logic and one of the dearest associates of Lord Shri Krishna. So elevated is Brihaspati, that when the Lord Indra offended him, the king of heaven was forced to suffer defeat at the hands of Bali Maharaja. Therefore, Lord Brahma tells Indra, “Because of your misbehavior toward Brihaspati, you have been defeated by the demons.” (SB 6.7.22)
Just as Brihaspati is the guru of the demi-gods, so Shukracharya–or planet Venus–is the guru of the demons. Shrimad Bhagavatam explains the enmity between the deva-guru and the asura-guru: “O Maharaja Parikshit, suppressor of enemies (Arindama), Lord Shiva fought with Jambha, and Vibhavasu fought with Mahishasura. Ilvala, along with his brother Vatapi, fought the sons of Lord Brahmā. Durmarsha fought with Cupid, the demon Utkala with the Matrika demigoddesses, Brihaspati with Shukracharya…” (8.10.32)
Brihaspati is even mentioned in Chaitanya Charitamrita. Mahaprabhu tells the great pandit of Puri, “My dear Bhattacharya, you are exactly like Brihaspati, the priest of the heavenly kingdom. Indeed, no one within this world has the power to explain the scriptures in such a way.” (Madhya 6.191) Elsewhere, Shri Krishna das Kaviraja compares Shri Swarupa Damodara Goswami to Brihaspati for his ability in shastric discourse. (Madhya 10.116). And on another occasion Kaviraja, the king of poets, compares Sanatan Goswami to Brihaspati for his high intelligence (Madhya 20.350). Gaur Ganodesha Dipika describes that Brihaspati appeared in Gaur-lila as Shri Sarvabhouma Bhattacharya.