Jyotish studies reveals the patterns of Karma and indicates the path of the soul. By studying the indications in the chart for sadhana chatustaya, the 6 qualifications of a spiritual aspirant, we will know areas of light and darkness, strength and weakness of the person and will be able to guide the individual towards improving one's life and attain AtmaJnana, knowledge of the soul. Study the 4 vedantic qualifications manifesting through the birth chart : Viveka (Discrimination) , Vairagya (detachment) , Shatsampat (tranquility, self control, turning inward, endurance, faith and balance) and Mumukshutva (desire for liberation).
Join us for the 19th Vedic Astrology conference at the ashram and uplift yourself with two exceptional Navagraha Homas and Pujas with Pandit Samavedula and Swami Vasishtananda. There will be mantras classes , Kirtan, Yoga and enlightened teachings. Beginners and Advanced are welcome! Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar, a noted Ayurvedic doctor cum Jyotishi. Komilla, Swami Sitaramananda and Niranjan Babuji will share the Master classes.
Saturday, June 30th
12:00 - 02:00 pm - Arrival
02:00 - 04:00 pm - "Introduction to Jyotish" Keiko Ito
04:00 - 06:00 pm - Yoga Class
08:00 - 09:45 pm - "Welcome" Swami Sitaramananda
Sunday, July 1st
06:00 - 09:00 am - "Navagraha Homa and Puja" Pundit Samavedula and Swami Vashistananda
09:00 - 10:00 am - "Daily Destiny" Bill Sinclair
12:00 - 01:30 pm - "Vedic Mantras" Pundit Samavedula
02:00 - 03:45 pm - "Nakshatra Ayurveda" - Dr. Suhas
08:00 - 09:45 pm - "Seeking the Purity and Sattva of Jupiter" Komilla Sutton
Monday, July 2nd
06:00 - 07:30 am - "Shad Ripu or the Six Enemies" - Keiko Ito
08:00 - 10:00 am - "Secrets of the Soul - the Chara Atmakaraka" - Lina Preston
12:00 - 01:30 pm - "Jyotish & Psychology" - Dr. Suhas
02:00 - 03:45 pm - "Rahu Ketu and the Vargas" - Komilla Sutton
08:00 - 09:45 pm - Satsang: Key Note Talk with Dr. Suhas
Tuesday, July 3rd
06:00 - 07:30 am - "Personalized Karakas" - Bill Sinclair
08:00 - 10:00 am - "Atma Gyana - Sadhana Chatustaya Qualification for Self-Knowledge" ** Swami Sitaramananda
12:00 - 01:30 pm - "Atma Gyana - Knowledge of the Soul through Jyotish" ** Komilla Sutton
02:00 - 03:30 pm - "The Amazing Science of Jyothir Vastu" ** Niranjan Babu
08:00 - 09:45 pm - "Adi Shankaracharya, Advaita and Astrology" - Dr. Sureshwara
** Master Class
Wednesday, Jul 4th
05:30 - 08:30 am - "Navagraha Shakti Mandala Homa" - Niranjan Babu
08:30 - 10:30 am - "Healing the Primal Wound" - Keiko Ito
12:00 - 01:30 pm - "Closing Panel" All presenters
02:00 ...............End of Conference
Daily Yoga Classes at 8am and 4pm. Daily Vegetarian meals at 10am and 6pm. Karma yoga daily at 11am. Om namo narayanaya chanting nightly at 7pm.
Atma Gyana - knowledge of the soul through Jyotish. Sadhana Chatustaya correlated with Jyotish
1. Viveka - discrimination (The role of Jupiter) A developed budhi is needed, as well as, role of mercury and mars, combined with ketu in a spiritual chart. People will not have discrimination if they are ruled by emotions or passions.
2. Vairagya - detachment (The role of Ketu) Ketu Venus. Ketu moon. Ketu with any planet or in any house. Saturn moon also makes the mind turn inward and becone less attached even though it might be accompanied by anger, depression.
3. Shat sampat : Sama, dama, uparati, titiksha, shraddha, samadana. (The role of Saturn as the planet of restraint, control, abstinence, tolerance, endurance, withdrawal, solitude) Jupiter as well. Also a good moon with Jupiter.
4. Mumukshutva - desire for liberation (The role of Moksha Trikone (4,8,12)). Role of guru. Desire for liberation has to be nurtured with sattvic desire for knowledge, self knowledge from guru. If not it can be escapism.
Rahu Ketu and the Vargas,
Rahu Ketu usually only reveal half the picture of what we want from life and they are the primary cause of the re-birth. To resolve them we need to understand their inner message. Their secret lies within the varga charts about the influence of Rahu and how it creates its block in a secret hidden way. There are 7 varga charts where Rahu Ketu come together and create area of influence that needs to be unraveled if we are to make spiritual progress. Komilla will discuss of how to work with these vargas where Rahu Ketu can give their most obscure message, however if we understand them and do the right yogic remedies we can find enlightened by their message.
Seeking the Purity and Sattva of Jupiter
Jupiter is the guru, the planet of wisdom. We all want to understand his message and experience his blessing in our chart. We need to study Jupiter’s role in our Rashi and navamsha chart, know the impact of conjunctions. The two main positive Yogas involving Jupiter - Gajakesari and Hamsa Mahapurusha and the negative Yogas – Sakata and Guru Chandala. Digbala position and the first house. Exaltation and debilitation plus why the 3rd house is negative placement for Jupiter. We not only need Jupiter to be pure and sattvic, we need to do use with yogic priniciples to keep the blessings of Jupiter alive and pure. All will be revealed in this lecture.
The Dasha system provides a personalized map of the karma which is being activated in your chart on a daily basis. By understanding the unique role that each planet plays in your chart you can quickly identify times of trials and triumphs.
While the fixed karakas of each planet are widely known, the Shad Bala system provides personalized karakas that identify which planet in your chart is managing your public image, mental outlook, relationships and many other areas of life. These personalized karakas will reveal the structure of your experience in this life and can be used as a tool to develop self-knowledge.
Jyotish Beginners Course is Recommended, but not Required.
Arrival and Departure
Arrival: The Conference will begin at 2pm on the first Date with a class on introduction to Jyotish.
Departure: The Conference will conclude at 4pm on the Final date.
What to Bring
Slip on shoes, loose comfortable clothing, writing materials, meditation shawl or blanket, yoga mat, flashlight. All books and materials are available in our boutique.
Tuition Cost and Accommodation Rates
Conference alone (no master class) = $250
Full Conference (with master class) = $400
Master Classes only = $200 all day tuesday and wednesday.
- Dorm: $65/night per person
- Double: $85/night per person
- Single: $130/night
- Double: $120/night per person
- Single: $170/night
Deluxe Shanti Cabins
- Triple: $120/night per person
- Double: $160/night per person
- Single: $240/night
- Family of two: $280/night per family
- Family of three: $320/night per family
Komilla is co-founder and Chair of the British Association for Vedic Astrology. She is an internationally-renowned consultant, teacher and lecturer. Indian born, Komilla Sutton is one of the pioneers in making this subject more accessible for Western readers. She is author of Vedic Love Signs, Vedic Astrology, The Essentials of Vedic Astrology, Lunar Nodes: Crisis and Redemption and Indian Astrology.
Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar
Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar is a classically trained Ayurvedic physician and a gold medalist from prestigious Pune University. A Rig Vedic Bramhin by tradition and an accomplished Clinician by training adds tremendous value to his clients and students alike. He is an insightful Medical Astrologer and Vedic Counselor.
Bangalore Niranjan Babu is a scholar in Vastu, Astrology, Mudras, Mantra Shastra, Gemstone and Meditation. He is the son of the most famous Vedic astrologer of all times B.V. Raman, who has been chosen as the Jyotishi to explain the science of Vedic astrology to the United Nations. He inherited from his Father the traditions of Jyotish and Vastu and is presently the publisher of Vedic astrology Magazine started by his Father since 1895. He has authored several bestseller books in English and regional languages of India. He has lectured, conducted seminars and given professional consultations to individuals, corporate layouts, temples, etc in India, North America, Europe and other parts of the world that include Russia, France and Belgium. Niranjan Babu has the intuition of an expert and will teach you not only the sciences of Vastu but the insights that will make this vedic science accessible to all, not only for life enhancement but also for Self Realization.
After studying western astrology from a young age, Tokyo-based Keiko started learning Jyotish in 2003 with her teacher, Komilla Sutton. Traveling regularly to India with Komilla to deepen her Vedic knowledge, Keiko is a regular faculty at the "Fresh Talents of Vedic Astrology" in India, at the “BAVA Conference” in London and at the "Annual Vedic Astrology Conference" at Yoga Farm in California. She also holds Jyotish-themed classes and workshops at Sivananda Yoga Tokyo Center, is a full-time translator in four languages and a part-time Vedic astrologer with clients in Japan and worldwide.
Bill began studying Vedic Astrology in 2002. He began his studies under Ronnie Dreyer andcontinues his studies under the guidance of Komilla Sutton. Bill holds a Level 1 Jyotish Certification from the American College of Vedic Astrology. This certification requires a minimum of 600 hours of accredited training in addition to passing comprehensive written and oral examinations. He also holds the Jyotish Shastri Diploma from Komilla Academy of Vedic Studies in Chandigarh, India.
Swami Sitaramananda is a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, who is a direct disciple of Swami Sivananda. She was nominated acharya by him in 1989 and is presently acharya of US West coast Centers and Ashrams as well as Asia, especially Vietnam and China. She has been director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm for more than 20 years and has taught many international Teachers Training Courses in California, Vietnam, China, Taiwan and India and is also teaching regularly at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau Bahamas. She is the author of Positive Thinking Manual, Essentials of Yoga Practice and Philosophy (translated in Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese) and Swamiji Said, a collection of teachings by Swami Vishnudevananda in His Own Words as well as two poem books. She is responsible for the Vietnamese translation of The Completed Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnudevananda. Some of her audio lectures on Yoga Life, articles and webinar presentations can be found on the website.
Pandit Samavedula is a 6th generation Sama Veda pandit who was trained in the Vedas beginning at age 7. He attended the Shri Sarva Raya Veda Patha Shala school in South India, and after 12 years of study, received his Master's Degree in Vedic Studies (Ganapati Pandit). Panditji has been coming to the Yoga Farm and Vietnam since 2009 performing pujas, homas, and giving workshops on mantras and rituals. He has a very powerful voice and when he teaches he uses humor to keep everyone engaged and inspired.
Lina Elisabeth Preston
Lina has been providing astrological consultations for over 20 years. She has studied with many teachers including Dennis Flaherty at Northwest Institute of Vedic Astrology, Komilla Sutton at Komilla Academy of Vedic Sciences and astrologer James Kelleher. She also holds a level II certificate in Vedic Astrology with the American College of Vedic Astrology. Lina, originally from Sweden, moved to the United States 30 years ago. She lives at Ananda spiritual community in Northern California which is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.
Bangalore Sureshwara, Dr.
Dr. Bangalore Sureshwara has been involved in the study of the application of Ramayana, Mahabharatha, Bhagavad Gita and Vedic Astrology in modern life. His lectures and writings have been well received. Dr. Sureshwara studied Vedic Astrolgy under his illustrious father Dr. B.V. Raman. He was the principal speaker on Vedic Astrology at The Second Parliament of the World’s Religions held in Chicago in August-September 1993.He has been a distinguished contributor to The Astrological Magazine, Asia’s leading Vedic Astrology journal .Dr. B.V. Raman was its Editor from 1932 to 1998. He successfully predicted the victories in the USA Presidential Elections of President Bush and President Obama.