Final Conclusions

and Bibliography

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We humbly submit that Srila Prabhupada is the ultimate authority on himself. We have gone to great lengths to document and demonstrate that Srila Prabhupada consistently used 4:00 PM as his birth time and that a chart based on Makara rising was accepted by Srila Prabhupada as accurate. We suggest that it would be consistent that this was also the time and chart used by Srila Prabhupada all during his life before ISKCON.

We have also demonstrated that it is only the Makara rising chart which accurately describes Srila Prabhupada in all his glory whereas the Dhanus rising chart and arguments against the Makara chart are disappointing on closer scrutiny. To the un-initiated Nalini’s arguments look strong and compelling but they easily unravel and fall apart when even slight scrutiny is brought to bear on them as is confirmed by the opinions expressed by other astrologers in chapter seven.

We have also brought it to the attention of the GBC that if it tolerates this type of mental speculation and misrepresentation of Srila Prabhupada by remaining silent then it becomes a party to the act. Future generations who all depend on us, the first generation of disciples, for an accurate depiction of Srila Prabhupada will be mislead by this silence. Furthermore by allowing the wanton changing of the words of Srila Prabhupada in regards to his personal birth details and his choice of the horoscope that accurately depicted him we are allowing a very dangerous precedent to enter into the hagiography of Srila Prabhupada. If we allow this precedent then nothing else is sacred and all surrounding the life of Prabhupada is subject to change and at the mercy of anyone capable of presenting persuasive and emotionally appealing, though incorrect arguments and sophistry. As a positive step in order to avoid these type of problems in the future I recommend that the GBC take the following steps by passing these resolutions:

1. The GBC finds that Srila Prabhupada favored only the Makara rising chart. That the chart with Makara rising based on the date and time of September 1, 1896 at 4:00 PM (LMT) in Calcutta is the actual and official chart of Srila Prabhupada.

2 a. All future published charts of Srila Prabhupada must be based on this Makara rising chart.

2 b. Srila Prabhupada stated that there may have been some slight variation in his time of birth (see letter by Abhiram) but he always favored a time of 4:00 PM or later, but never earlier than 4:00 PM. Though the time used may vary, ultimately the rising sign arrived at must remain Makara. Not any other. Thus any astrologer wishing to experiment can only use a range of times that preserve the Makara rising and is preferably close to 4:00 PM.

New, recently discovered evidence clearly suggests that it was impossible for Srila Prabhupada to be born before 4 PM because his family tradition places his birth as being at the time of the 4 PM Deity Darshan; thus his Lagna must be Makara.

3. Any future biographies or reprints of Prabhupada Lilamrta must include the Makara rising horoscope.

4. Any publication with Dhanus (or any sign other than Makara) rising be withdrawn by its publishers and not sold. Or in case of financial difficulty, clearly visible disclaimers should be placed in each book indicating the error and making a correction and giving the actual time and rising sign.


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