Visti Larsen began studying Western Astrology in his spare time during his secondary education, a journey he began upon hearing the mention of the word ‘Ascendant’. He has been studying Astrology since an early age, beginning with Western Tropical Astrology and since migrating to Vedic Astrology or Jyotish. During his higher studies Visti came under the tutelage of Pt. Sanjay Rath, belonging to the tradition of Shri Achyutananda Dasa.

Setting his higher studies aside temporarily, he travelled to attend and present papers at several conferences and workshops across the USA, UK, Serbia and India. Studying solely through the Shri Jagannath Center, Visti was among the youngest selected to be a teacher by his Jyotish Guru and has spent considerable time at Jagannath Puri, Odisha as well as New Delhi learning personally with his guru. Completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, he has since dedicated all his time to teaching and practicing Jyotish. Under this tutelage, he has since earned the title of Jaimini Scholar after completing the five year Jaimini Scholar program. Following his completion of the program, his proficiency and dedication to the program entitled him to be the caretaker of the Maharishi Jaimini Krtam Upadesha Sūtra and the head of the Jaimini Scholar Program.

Being taught in the ancient ways of the Parampara, he besides Jyotish has been educated in several aspects of ancient Vedic knowledge, comprising topics of philosophy, Mantra Shastra, Sanskrit, Upasana and allied fields. The ancient texts that he learned, and relies on, are that of Gita, Upanishad, Purana and Veda.

Attempting to imitate his Guru’s every word and gesture, his understanding, academic and systematic approach to the topic has earned him much appreciation within the Jyotish spectrum. He, like his teacher, is a strict follower of the ancient teachings and a promoter of Sanatan Dharma, encouraging vegetarianism, a spiritual and holistic lifestyle. Having a background in other religious philosophies, he enjoys bridging the gaps between different schools of thought, and understanding the truths that unite all religious philosophies.

His teaching style is clear, thorough and systematic. Having a passion for teaching, his dedication for the topic becomes evident as he creates the building blocks for his students to climb. His students are located in several different countries, comprising mainly the continents of Europe, the Americas and South-east Asia, whilst his cliental represents almost all corners of the globe. Besides his efforts within the Jaimini Scholar Program, he runs RAMA, the Regional Academy for Mantra and Astrology wherein he holds courses and monthly webinars on various topics of Jyotish.

Presently he is active with performing Jyotish consultations, translating and decoding ancient Jyotish scripture for publication.

Sat Siri is a fulltime practitioner of Vedic Astrology and an honors graduate of Harvard University. Vedic Astrology, or Jyotish, the lore of light, is the ancient cosmology that is at the stem of astronomy, quantum physics, Ayurvedic medicine, math, numerology, and Western astrology. Sat Siri has lectured around the world on various topics including spiritual astrology, financial astrology, and how to time and predict events.

She is Vice President of the Council of Vedic Astrology and has served as faculty of the American College of Vedic Astrology. She has been named as a Jyotish Kovid by the ICAS and a Jyotish Guru by the Sri Jagannath Center. She is a Jaimini Scholar currently teaching advanced classes.

Background

At Harvard, I studied the History of Science, trying to find the roots of knowledge in the medieval doctors’ studies of celestial patterns. Needless to say, this was not a very supported field. I began on my own with Western Astrology, and once my spiritual trek brought me to an ashram and the path of Sikhism, things started happening. A house guest handed me a copy of Varaha Mihira’s Brihat Jataka, and further developments ensued.

Yogi Bhajan encouraged me to study Jyotish or astrology and I have been fortunate to encounter so many fantastic people who helped expand my thinking in every direction. An early Jyotish teacher was Hart DeFouw and so many others, too many to name, have led me along until I met Pandit Sanjay Rath, who is the exponent of a great lineage descending from masters of over a thousand years ago. He has accelerated my learning and has labored to open up so many students all around the world to the vast and ancient Vedic knowledge in terms that are unforgettably significant, useful, and mind-altering.

Students should realize that Jyotish is a vedanga, a sacred pursuit that demands that you efface your own preconceptions and presumptions so that your mind can develop a sensitivity to intuition and higher guidance. It is a tool that changes you as you use it. The higher levels of knowledge only open with spiritual practice, meditation, mantra, yoga.

Jaimini is a great Maharishi who elaborated on the tradition of Parasara as his most distinguished disciple. His Upadesa Sutras are a dazzling multidimensional spinning ball of skeins of truth which remind me of string theory in particle physics. Each sutra is a packed-up world. I feel truly fortunate to have found the guidance of a trained master such as Pandit Sanjay Rath, who was born into a lineage of pandits going back generations and yet can translate these sutras into modern language and can understand their gnomic implications. He has about 25 students who are studying Jaimini in depth over a five year course, and now that our final year is here, will be certified to share the knowledge with any qualified students who want to approach this. Jaimini “does a Ketu” on the brains, we joke, because his deep meld of logic and intuition can drive one to distraction on the way to enlightenment.

Background

Born on the Thirtieth day of June 1962 in Calcutta, India at seventeen minutes past midnight, to very pious parents Ashoke Kumar Sarkar and Aloka, who were the third generation in the Sarkar family directly associating with the Ramakrishna order. Sarbani had the good fortune of associating with the saṅnyāsins of the Śrī Sāradā Math from birth. When only four years old she learnt how to make the Śiva Liñga with mud from the banks of the Gaṅgā and worship with sixteen offerings (ṣoḍaśa upacāra), mantra and mudra. The grace of Holy Mother Śrī Sāradā Ma flowed as she learnt Sanskrit and vedic literature including purāṇa and various spiritual practises directly from the Math.

Education

Formal education at Loreto House School ensured a healthy balance between traditional vedic learning and modern English public school. She graduated in Political Science from Presidency College in 1985. She completed her Masters degree from University of Calcutta in 1987.

Work

In 1987 she moved to Delhi to work as a social scientist specialising in environmental law and policy, history of conservation, the concept of the nation state and human rights.

Based at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) and later at the World Wide Fund for Nature-India (WWF-India), Delhi she worked closely with grassroots organisations, academics, lawyers and judges particularly in the area of national parks and sanctuaries and the conflict area between wildlife and the livelihood rights of forest dwellers.

She has taught as a guest lecturer at the M.Sc. programme in Environmental Biology, University of Delhi and at the graduation programme at the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad.

Jyotiṣa Background

Her childhood passion for vedic astrology and other occult sciences like I-Ching and the Tarot led her to gradually move fulltime into this field of work. She was a professional Tarot Reader for 12 years in the 1990’s with a large collection of Tarot Decks, although she primarily used the Crowley and the Rider-Waite decks for her readings. The turning point was in 1998 when Bṛhat Parāśara Horā Śāstra became the principal book on her table. She has been exclusively studying and practicing Jyotiṣa under the able guidance of Pt. Sanjay Rath. After receiving the Bṛhaspati Gāyatrī in 2002 she has been practising jyotiṣa professionally and teaching as a Jyotiṣa Guru of Śrī Jagannāth Center (SJC). She went on to be the President of SJC in 2008. She continues her passion of reading Vedic literature and after finishing a thorough study of the Garuḍa Purāṇa, is currently working on Sāradātilaka Tantra and Skanda Purāṇa.

Jaimini Scholar

In 2011 she successfully completed the 5-year long Jaimini Scholar Programme (2007-11) and is a certified Jaimini Scholar of the First Himalaya Batch of Devaguru Bṛhaspati Center (DBC). On the directions of the DBC-Institute she is currently a teacher and Course Co-ordinator of the 2nd Himalaya Batch of the Jaimini Scholar Programme. In addition, she is also the mentor of the PJC Batch-2.

Jyotiṣa Community Work

As the Managing Editor of Sagittarius Publications, she oversees the publication of the quarterly jyotiṣa journal The Jyotish Digest and other astrology books. She has presented papers at various Jyotish conferences in India, USA, London and Serbia. She is a member of the British Association of Vedic Astrology (BAVA).

Andrew is the President and co-founder of the British Association of Vedic Astrology. He has a BA and MA from Oxford University in Physics and an MSc and PhD in Computing Science. He is the author of the leading software for Vedic Astrology, Shri Jyoti Star and the editor of the journal Gochara.

He is a a Jaimini Scholar and has given numerous invited lectures at universities and conferences around the globe on Jyotish, Ayurveda and computing and has published extensively in Astronomy and Computing in peer-reviewed journals along with many articles in Jyotish. Andrew also supervises graduate students studying for a Masters in Vedic Astrology from the Hindu University of America.

Andrew is a graduate of Oxford University and the University of Alberta with BA and MA degrees in Physics and an MSc and PhD in Computing Science. He has published in Astronomy and Computing as well as Jyotish. He authored the leading Vedic Astrology program Shri Jyoti Star and a forthcoming book about planetary mantras. He has been studying and teaching Jyotish since 1981.

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Sanjay Rath belongs to a traditional family of astrologers from Bira Balabhadrapur Sasan village of Puri, Orissa, which trace their lineage back to Shri Achyuta Das (Sri Achyutananda). Sanjay studied under his uncle, late Pandit Kasinath Rath. His grandfather, the late Pandit Jagannath Rath, was the Jyotish Ratna of Orissa and authored many books on Jyotish. He began his studies at a tender age, and received the depth of Jyotish only found among those who have been trained in the ancient traditional way of the parampara. He later became a graduate of mechanical engineering and worked for some time with the Government of India. Leaving government service to devote himself completely to Jyotisha, he has the depth of the ancient knowledge with the ability to communicate it to the modern mind.

He uses Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra, Jaimini Upadesa Sutras, Brihat Jataka and Saravali as the foundations of Jyotisha and teaches from various other Jyotish scripture and sacred literature such as the Bhagavad Gita, Upanisads, Puranas, etc. Few are able to grasp Sanjay’s broad and deep approach, and only the advanced astrologer is truly able to appreciate it. His teachings show the underlying factors of why the principles of astrology work. His teaching and writings span across various schools of thought, although not creating his own brand of astrology, which is wholistic and gets to the heart of the ancient Jyotisha scriptures. He is a strict follower of the teachings of the ancient seers and is also keen for research and further development of the subject.

He gives his students the clarity of vision of the eye of the Vedas and his works are filling the void of advanced teachings and raising the standards in the astrological world. To promote the teachings of his parampara he has formed the Shri Jagannath Center where his advanced students are helping to spread Jyotisha in a way that keeps its spiritual roots. Students learn not only about Jyotisha, but also mantra shastra, mudra, pranayama, meditation, and the Sanatana Dharma.
He is presently working on translating the ancient Jyotish scriptures according to his deep understanding of their meaning that has been given to him through the grace of his parampara.

He is the solo architect of various free and paid courses that have been conceived, prepared and taught by him. These include the SoHamsa Free Courses and

  1. Parāśara Jyotiṣa Course (current)
  2. Mantra Foundation www.mantrashastra.net
  3. Jaimini Scholar Program www.jaiminisutra.com

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