The Transcendental Horoscope
of Srila Prabhupada

Sepia tone image of Srila Prabhupada resting his chin on his cane.

Questions for the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krsna Consciousness

By Shyamasundara Dasa © Copyright 1995 - 2019

All images of Srila Prabhupada © copyright
Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International -,
used with permission.

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Hare Krsna. This is a revised edition of a monograph written in 1995 as part of the centennial celebrations of 1996 for the 100th appearance day of Srila Prabhupada. At that time a controversy had arisen because a disciple of Srila Prabhupada had changed the birth time that Srila Prabhupada had himself given and claimed Prabhupada had a different Lagna, changing his horoscope completely. This paper is a response to that as will be explained later in more detail . This revision contains important new information that came to light in the intervening years since 1995. And, since this is a web page I was also able to add a lot more information such as links to images of charts, linking different topics, and recordings, etc. that would not have been possible in 1995.

I started this project of publishing this book-length monograph to the web at the beginning of 2014 thinking it would be a simple task of “copy and paste” but after two months I still had a long ways to go and lost enthusiasm. Since then I would spend some time off and on working on it but much was left undone. Finally in 2018 I decided to finish off some projects that were lying around and this was first on the list. Again, I thought it would not take long when I started in July 2018 but I was wrong. It has taken most of my time for the last seven months until I finally completed it on, Krsna Pratipada, Narayana Masa, Gaurabda 532 – January 22, 2019.

I would especially like to thank Sriman Harakumara Prabhu ACBSP for diligently proof reading it and pointing out many errors in need of correction. Also, the valuable suggestions of Sriman Bahusira Prabhu ACBSP, Sriman Narottama Prabhu KKS and Sriman Gaurnatraj Prabhu BRS.

This document is for anyone interested in the life of Srila Prabhupada as it contains many previously unheard of anecdotes. But, it will be especially of interest to those who are students of astrology as it contains a trove of information no matter what level you may be at. But you do not have to be an astrologer to appreciate it because while it is a detailed analysis of Srila Prabhupada’s chart non-astrologers have told me that it was accessible to them and they could understand it. One wrote: “Though I have no knowledge of Astrology, I found your evidence very convincing.”

Update 2019. Vital New Evidence that conclusively proves that Srila Prabhupada was born on or shortly after 4:00PM and that he has a Makara Lagna and not a Dhanus Lagna.

namo om visnu padaya krsna-presthaya bhutale
srimate bhaktivedanta svamin iti namine
namas te sarasvate deve gaura-vani pracarine
nirvisesa sunyavadi pascatya desa tarine

I offer my respectful obeisances unto His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda, who is very dear to Lord Kṛṣṇa on this earth, having taken shelter at His lotus feet. Our respectful obeisances are unto you, O spiritual master, servant of Sarasvatī Gosvāmī. You are kindly preaching the message of Lord Caitanyadeva and delivering the Western countries, which are filled with impersonalism and voidism.

The excellent science of astronomy-astrology comprising of Siddhanta, Samhita and Hora as its three branches, is the clear ‘eye’ of the Vedas. Narada Samhita 1.4

There are other Vedic literatures, called kala-vidya, which give instructions in material arts and sciences. Since all such Vedic arts and sciences are ultimately intended to be used to render devotional service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Kesava, saintly persons in the renounced order of life should never blaspheme such apparently mundane literatures; because such literatures are indirectly connected with the Supreme Lord, one may go to hell for blaspheming these secondary literatures. Brahmanda Purana quoted in Srimad Bhagavatam 11.3.26 purport

Fast Track

For those pressed for time, I would suggest reading: Introduction, Chapter 1, sections 2.1, 2.2, 2.8.2, 4.3, 6.1-3; Chapter 7, and the general conclusion at the very end. (Since most GBC members are not conversant with Vedic astrology Chapter 7 is especially important because it gives the unbiased conclusions of seven other astrologers who have read both presentations. These should be taken as expert witnesses.) In between one will find essays of a more or less technical nature depending on the reader’s familiarity with astrological discourse as well as documented evidence and testimony bearing on the case at hand. The headlines give an indication of the subject matter. One can simply skim these, picking out those of interest. We would like to note that much of the material in this paper is a response to the Purvapaksha so it is imperative that it be read.

If you new to astrology or unfamiliar with Sanskrit names for the Planets and Signs of the zodiac or the glyphs representing them, then before continuing you may want to down load this pdf which gives the Western name plus the glyph and Sanskrit name.

Table of Contents


1 The Questions
2 The Answers
3 Should the GBC Give an Answer?
4 Implications of Not Answering
5 How Should the GBC Arrive at an Answer?
6 Outline of Presentation
7 Sample of Expert Witnesses

Chapter 1: The Horoscope of 1008 Sri Srimad A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada

1.0 Introduction
1.1 Makara Lagna
1.2 Sani in Tula in the Tenth
1.3 Rahu in the Second
1.4 Candra-Mangala Yoga in the Fifth
1.5 Viparita Raja Yoga in the Eighth
1.6 Classic Raja-yoga in the Ninth
1.7 Conclusion

2.2 The Time of Birth

2.2.1 Give Preference to the Time Prabhupada Gave
2.2.2 The Time Factor
2.2.3 The Letter
2.2.4 Prabhupada Well Aware of Astrology as a Young Man
2.2.5 Objection Based on Candra
2.2.6 Makara Rising
2.2.7 “About 4:00 PM”
2.2.8 Nalini Chooses 3:30 PM

2.2.9 Update 2019, Vital New Evidence

2.4 Nalini Kanta’s Objections

2.4.1 Are There High and Low Class Signs?
2.4.2 Varnas
2.4.3 Nalini’s Classifications
2.4.4 Planetary Varnas
2.4.5 Importance of Candra—Bhaktivinode and Vamanadeva

2.5 Guru in the 8th Being an Asura Yoga

2.5.1 Positive and Negative Effects on Houses
2.5.2 Spiritual Factors in a Horoscope
2.5.3 8th and 12th House Crucial to Spiritual Life
2.5.4 The 8th House

2.6 Is Guru in the 8th an Asura Yoga?

2.6.1 Viparita Raja Yoga
2.6.2 Nalini’s Contradiction
2.6.3 Surya in Simha in the 8th
2.6.4 Ketu in the 8th
2.6.5 Is Guru Always Good in the 9th?

2.8 Guru-Good; Sani-Bad

2.8.1 Parameters of Parivraja Yoga
2.8.2 Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura’s Chart Ruled by Sani

2.9 Other Astrologer’s Charts

2.9.1 Arkasomayaji
2.9.2 Ashutosh Ojha

2.10 Other Points:

2.10.1 First Published Fallacy
2.10.2 Demeaning Srila Prabhupada

2.11 Mahadasas

2.11.1 Rahu Mahadasa
2.11.2 Guru Mahadasa
2.11.3 Sani Mahadasa
2.11.4 Budha Mahadasa Travel During 70th Year Only Possible For Makara Lagna
2.11.5 Ketu Mahadasa

Chapter 3: Analysis of Dhanus Rising Chart

3.0 Abstract
3.1 Concern for the Opinion of Astrologers
3.2 Dhanus Chart Weak Because of Rasi Sandhi
3.3 Numerous Astrologers Will Still Find Guru in the 8th
3.4 Candra-Mangala Yoga in the 6th
3.5 The Question of Longevity
3.6 Guru, Surya, and Ketu in Simha
3.7 Sukra in the 10th
3.8 Sukra in Kanya
3.9 Conclusion

Chapter 4: Texts of Charts and Related Material From The Last Months of Prabhupada's Lila

4.0 Abstract
4.1 Sri Daivagna
4.2 Ojah #1
4.3 Abhirama Prabhu’s Reports
4.4 Arkasomayaji
4.5 Ojha #2
4.6 Horoscope by an Unknown Astrologer
4.7 Medical Observations

Chapter 6: Statements and Testimonies of Devotees

6.0 Abstract
6.1 Letter From Tamal Krishna Goswami With Un-Published Diary Excerpts
6.2 Transcript of Conversation With Nanda Kumar Prabhu
6.3 Letter From Hari-sauri Prabhu
6.4 Two Letters From Abhiram Prabhu Based on His Memory
6.5 Hari-sauri’s correspondence with Hrishikesananda

6.5.1 Hari-sauri Letter #1 to Hrishikesananda
6.5.2 Hari-sauri Letter #2 to Hrishikesananda
6.5.3 Hari-sauri Letter #3 to Hrishikesananda
6.5.4 Update 2019, Hrishikesananda Prabhu Concedes Defeat
6.6 Hari-sauri Letter Reply to Kavicandra Swami
6.7 Transcript of Conversation With Yamuna Devi Dasi (Prabhupada's knowledge of astrology and amazing memory)
6.8 Transcript of Conversation With Ashutosh Ojha
6.9 Transcript of Conversation With Sruta Kirti Dasa and Kusa Dasi
6.10 Transcript of Conversation with Pradyumna

Chapter 7: Opinions of Persons Conversant With Astrological Discourse

7.0 Abstract
7.1 Sriman Jagadisananda Prabhu
7.2 Sriman Nikhilananda Prabhu
7.3 Sriman Niscintya Prabhu
7.4 Sriman Ratnabahu Prabhu
7.5 Sriman Bhaktivinode Thakur Prabhu
7.6 Sriman Sadhusanga Prabhu
7.7 Sriman Svayambhuva Prabhu
7.8 Sriman K.N. Rao

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