What's New?

May 3, 2017: just in time for Nṛsiṁha-caturdasi I have uploaded a text about who Prahlāda Maharaja was in his previous life and what he did to become a devotee of Lord Nṛsiṁhadeva.

April 21, 2017: today I published a new article Life of Govinda Bhattathiri, ]yotish Acarya who was famous in Kerala for his brilliant predictions and commentary on Brihat Jataka.

April 3, 2017: uploaded PDFs of Russian translations of The Real Reason Sita was Exiled by Rama and How Long is a Year in Vimsottari Mahadasa? as well as a Spanish translation of What is Vedic Astrology? My sincere thanks to the translators for their help. If you would like to help translate an article into your language please let me know.

August 31, 2016: uploaded a new lecture for Vyasa Puja "How to actually bring glory to Srila Prabhupada." Scroll to bottom of page.

April 14, 2016: Just in time for Ramanavami I published another article regarding the Ramayana entitled Mysteries of the Ramayana: The Real Reason Sita was Exiled by Rama.

April 9, 2016: I published an article entitled Is “Sri Lanka” the “Lanka” of the Ramayana? The short answer is “no” to find out how I came to my conclusion read the article.

March 28, 2016: uploaded a new lecture on the "Exoteric meaning of the appearance of Lord Caitanya" on the lectures page.

August 21, 2015: In response to numerous requests I added an extensive “reading list.” I also added a “scroll to top” widget for navigational ease.

On July 9, 2015: published the article Kurmarupa Prabhu - Blessed by the Cows of Vraja an Astrological analysis that discusses the death chart of this devotee who dedicated his life to cow protection.

On June 30, 2015: published the article Brahmananda Prabhu “The Mountain of our mission”

April 11, 2015: I published an article Was Alexander the Great a Contempory of Canakya Pandit? – the Puranic Version.

December 11, 2014: A research assistant asked me the following question: "Why [in Vedic culture] do women wear rings on the left hand and men on the right?" Clink on the link to find out the answer.

November 14, 2014: I added an essay Are There Different Sizes of Infinity? that discusses the paradoxical statement in the Purusha Sukta that the spiritual creation is three times bigger than the material creation yet both are infinite. How then can both be infinite, yet one is smaller than the other? To answer this paradox we borrow some ideas from Georg Cantor’s theory of transfinite numbers.

September 14, 2014: I revised the article How Long is the Year in Vimshottari Mahadasha? with an important quote from Bhaskaracarya's Siddhanta-siromani. You will find the revision on page 5 of the article.

September 10, 2014: added sixteen new lectures to the lectures page from travels in UK, Canada and India. We also added sub-menus to aid in navigation.

March 21, 2014: added a German PDF version of On the Authenticity of the (Modern) Brhat Parasara Hora Sastra

March 18, 2014: four new lectures added to the lectures page.

November 7, 2013: I uploaded 21 lectures to the lectures page.

October 27, 2013: For a variety of reasons I had to completely redo my website, something I didn’t want to do but was forced on me. A combination of a change in html editors and switch from PC to Mac made it inevitable. A lot has happened on the web since my last major update in 2005 including the arrival of the smart phone. This current version of my site uses a responsive design so that it will change according to the size of the view port so that it will look its best no matter if you view it on a desktop, laptop, iPad, or smartphone. I have also made it in such a way that if I want to completely change the look of the site I need only change and upload three (3) files. Another major change is that on my previous site the home page had a completely different look than the interior of the site. In this version it is uniform throughout. I also added ability to add comments, an RSS feed and social connectivity.

This update took a lot of time and work; I started in Dec 2012 and just finished today. Now (after I rest for a while) I will be able to spend time researching and writing new articles. In case you never saw the previous version of my site click on the link to see what it looked like before.

July 23, 2009: I have added an article entitled On the Authenticity of the (Modern) Brhat Parasara Hora Sastra. It first appeared in the June and July 2009, issues of The Astrological eMagazine, Bangalore. This article explores how the modern BPHS became viewed as the "Bible of Vedic Astrology" when in fact it is not but rather a collection of interpolated texts.

June 6, 2009: I have added a section on lectures that I have given in recent years in MP3 format.

February 24, 2008: still recuperating, I have added a new section dedicated to "informal articles" on the Articles page. It will consist mostly of interesting email texts from the past that deserve to be preserved.

November 25, 2007: While recuperating from my numerous injuries suffered in my accident I used the time to publish an article called Judging Wealth With Caturtamsa that appeared in the September and October 2007 edition of The Astrological Magazine.

September 3, 2007: While travelling from Delhi to Vrndavan to celebrate Janmastami my wife and I were almost killed in a serious car wreck. We dictated our story to a person whose native tongue is not English and since our condition did not allow me to edit for errors you will find many but it doesn't detract from the impact.

May 29, 2007: I have added three new questions and their answers in the Questions and Answers section. Is Numerology relevant? Should we use True or Mean Rahu? And, what is the actual time we should take as the time of birth?"

April 8, 2007: I have added answer to a question about Kala sarpa yoga and Kala amrita yoga in the Questions and Answers section.

March 21, 2007: I have started a new section in my Resources area called Questions and Answers it is for posting answers to general questions on Vedic Astrology that I have been asked. I have also up-dated the client comment section.

September 13, 2006: I have added an excerpt from the Mahabharata telling the story of Nala and Damayanti an inspiring story for married couples.

August 1, 2006: If you can read Serbo-Croatian here is the January 7th, 2006 interview of me done by the Croatian online blogazine Akincana-Gocara. [dead link] I hope to get the orginal English transcribed and publish it.

July 26, 2005: I was recently sent a very mangled version of how the famous astrologer Varaha Mihira was given the title "Varaha" or boar/pig. A strange title indeed but even stranger is how he got it. Read about how and why Mihira Acarya was given the name Varaha Mihira.

July 12, 2005: We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting jyotish students at the newly opened Bhaktivedanta College School of Jyotish.

Our website was also awarded the Sapta Ratna - Seven Gems - for outstanding site devoted to jyotish.

May 31, 2005: In the download section you will find a copy of Ganguly's complete English translation of the Mahabharata (originally in 13 hardback volumes) in HTML format. It is in a zipped file. You will also find a copy as a PDF of a canto of Agnivesa's Caraka Samhita (an Ayurvedic text) entitled Sarirasthana, a fascinating account of how the body is formed starting with philosophical details, conception, karmic details, embryology etc.

May 1, 2005: Well after sometime we have finally published our new site. In many ways it is the same as the old one regarding look and feel we added a few items like a floating menu that follows you as you scroll down the page (the wonders of javascript). We added a lot of new images many with captions. Click on the image to see the caption. And, added a few navigational features. We have also reorganized the site and added a search feature. All these changes are not what took so long. What took so long is that we had to convert the site from an old HTML editor, Claris Homepage 3.0 that was no longer being supported by Claris, over to Adobe GoLive. All this while busy with other projects. Now that this site conversion is done we can focus more on studying, writing and adding more articles to this site.

February 14, 2005: we added a few comments about how "science" views astrology?

October 27, 2004: we made our public prediction on the US Presidential elections.