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Brief personal details:
Born and brought up in Gurgaon, I did my Bachelor’s degree in arts from Punjab University and did my MBA from Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi (IGNOU). I have three brothers and three sisters. I am married to Chander Kiran Choudhry who has done Masters Degree in Sanskrit. I am blessed with a son, K Rajesh Chaudhary. Rajesh is a Fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, an MBA from IGNOU and above all an author and astrologer. Rajesh is married to Tanisha and is blessed with a son (Vishnu Kant) and a daughter (Vrinda). I joined a spiritual organization in my childhood with my father at the age of 10 years. This organization aimed at preaching the teachings of Ramayana for peace, spiritual attainment and universal brotherhood.
Brief professional details before entering the field of Astrology.
While working in an international marketing company in the public sector, I was posted to Calcutta for two years in 1983, where I entered in the field of astrology. I took voluntary retirement in 2001 to devote full time to teaching and practicing astrology. At the time of retirement I was working as a Chief Marketing Manager with bright future and eleven years before the retirement. After retirement revised editions for six books have already been released. Now, besides helping learners on SATVA101 & SAMVA Groups at Yahoo Groups, I practice as a professional astrologer.
How I came in contact with astrology:
In 1983 I was posted to Calcutta for two years. On 27th May, 1984, another gentleman, late Dr. Gola from Delhi was posted to Calcutta who came to stay with me in transferee Managers’ accommodation. He was a palmist and was in the advanced stage of learning classical astrology. In the evening when late Dr. Gola was taking a walk with me by the side of a lake he told me that he is an astrologer and not only he will read my chart but also teach me astrology. I told him that I had no interest in astrology and if at the time of the walk he should not talk on this subject. My impression of astrology was because of those astrologers who practice without a deep study and most of the time whose predictions will not come true. Time passed and in his company I slowly started to think that there may be some merit in this knowledge if it is studied thoroughly. I had a great interest in spiritual and good reading material besides visiting temples but not in astrology. I never told Dr. Gola that I was becoming interested in exploring learning of astrology. He was looking for assistance as the calculations in those days were very time consuming. There was no assistance of computers. He tried some persons but could not get a suitable person. On 1st January, 1985, he came to my office and handed me over a new diary for the year 1985. He asked me to write on the first page. I thought he is getting something written for his own use. Then after starting with recitation of mantra for Lord Ganesha he dictated me about rasis (zodiac sign), houses, planets and planetary periods (dasa). He told me that since I am involved in spiritual pursuits I should learn astrology, as well. This is a related field and will enable me to help numerous persons in life. So, the dictation was my first lesson for learning astrology. I accepted and started learning.
Early learning and practicing training:
I started learning through the books on classical astrology available and I used to study for about 6 hours on weekdays and about 12 hours on Sundays and holidays. In six months I got good grasp of fundamentals, the predictive techniques through yogas and dasa results. In July, 1985, one gentleman Mr. Chatterjee (Born 10th August, 1947, 2300 Hrs. 88E29, 22N49, TZ 5.30 Hours.)came to our residence to meet Dr. Gola and Dr. Gola was not available. He asked me to read his chart and whether he will qualify as a chartered accountant in the examinations held in June. I told him that he will not qualify but he can qualify the next time if does some suggested astral remedies. Then he produced a written prediction of Mr. Gola that he will pass in the June examination and wanted to know my reply in the face of prediction by Dr. Gola. I said I stand by me prediction and shortly he will know the results. The difference in our predictions was due to the unclear principles of classical astrology. The gentleman failed in the exam. He passed the exam in the next attempt as predicted with the help of jyotish remedies. This exam is very difficult in India to qualify as Chartered Accountant. Even less than 1 in thousands will qualify. This Mr. Chatterjee visited me last Sunday and refreshed the memories down the lane. So, I just thought of sharing the various milestones with readers. Thereafter Dr. Gola started involving me in all astrological consultations held by him in Calcutta. May be sometime I write details of Calcutta consultation in more detail. My interest for deep study of astrology impelled me to go into the classic studies of Parasara system, Kalidasa’s Uttarakalamrit, Jamini Sutras, Brihat Jatak, Phaladipika, etc. etc.
While back in Gurgaon in 1986, Dr. Mrs. Kaushalaya Batra, Gynecologist, showed deep interest in learning astrology. Teaching her brought rich experience for me case studies pertaining to chronic patients, retarded children and prime sterility.
Then in 1987 a friend introduced me to another classical astrologer, Mr. Gupta, who was residing near my residence in Gurgaon. Mr. Gupta brought to my notice the book, New Techniques of Predictions by Mr. Sheshadari from where I got a wider view of the Divisional charts. Because of the confusions, contradictions and inconsistencies in various classical principles many scholars were exploring various techniques. Besides Mr. Sheshadri I was introduced to the work of Mr. Krishnamurthy. Mr. Gupta suggested me to write articles for astrological journals. Our co-written first article as a debate appeared in Astrological magazine around October, 1987.
In 1986, few months after me Dr. Gola also returned to Delhi and started teaching at Bhartia Vidya Bhavan in the classes organized by the Indian Council of Astrological Studies. He suggested me that I should write articles as I was raising thought provoking issues and was having a tremendous practical experience of giving astrological consultations.
Numerous articles were written by me for various astrological journals which were followed by my first book, How to Study Divisional Charts. Later he persuaded me to teach the subject of Divisional Charts at Bhartia Vidya Bhavan.
While teaching at Bhartia Vidya Bhavan I met Shri R. K. Chadha and his wife, Dr. (Mrs. Suman Chadha) who also had great interest in astrology. The proximity of our offices resulted into frequent meetings almost daily where Shri Chadha brought up problematic charts. The application of astral remedies for the persons coming for consultations specially through Dr. Mrs. Chadha, Dr. Mrs. Batra and Shri Chadha and their feedback later became the real backbone for the SA remedial measures of astrology.
In 1990 ICAS started holding weekly consultations clinics in Delhi. Participation in the consultations brought me in contact with another person, Shri Kumar Jhuraney, who was deeply interested in the astral remedies.
The readers gave warm response to this book and I started receiving communications from all over the English speaking countries of the world. This interaction brought the queries of the learners and astrologers regarding the existing missing links, controversies, confusions about conjunctions, combustion, sade sati, manglik dosha, etc. etc. and the functional nature of planets. Studying astrology and trying to share knowledge with those interested became my passion. The study of case studies brought up helped my learning further which eventually resulted into developing the Systems'Approach (SA) and publication of the ten books. The books are continuous updated for keeping those following SA for updating their predicting skills. At one stage one astrologer told me that by educating others I create competitors for myself. My reply was that there are so many sufferers in the world that I alone would never be able to offer personal service to many. So, I developed Self Learning Course in Astrology as a distant learning programme.
In 1996 Mr. Prafulla Gang and Mr. Sharma presented salient features of Systems’Approach on Jyotish list. Many persons took keen interest and started following SA. At Jyotish list I developed close association with Mr. David Hawthorne, Mr. Thor, Ms Mary Ann Cooke, Mr. Sateesh Batas, Mr. Brian Conrad and many others. Thereafter a separate group for SA studies was set up.
Later on to further the cause of predictive astrology the International Institute of Predictive Astrology (IIPA)- www.iipa.net was established. The first International Conference of IIPA members in September, 1999, in Fairfield, USA. The names of some of the persons have not been included to keep away the controversies. They parted ways due to some misunderstandings. They are honorable persons. Let me delve a little deep into the matter of misunderstandings. I received some unappreciable comments against one of the followers of SA. I decided not to humiliate the person but gave a message through the pearls of wisdom. The person got the cue and tried to mend his ways. But unfortunately, another member thought that the message was for him and developed misunderstanding. He never thought of seeking clarification from me. But later during the correspondence I could identify the reason for the estrangement of the said person. Anyway, I still admire the positive characteristics of the good people and specially the followers of the SA.
The software Jyotish Tools by Mr. Brian Conrad became integral part of learning SA astrology. SA is discussed at SATVA101 and SAMVA at Yahoo Groups.
Between 1989 to 1996 my work was recognized by various astrological organizations in India including Indian Council of Astrological Sciences - ICAS, Madras, India, Bharat Nirman, Astro Sciences Research Organization, New Delhi, International Council of Astrological and Occult Studies, Hyderabad, the International Institute of Astrology & Occultism, New Delhi.
The Board of Directors of International Council of Alternative Medicines conferred the degree of Doctor of Alternative Medical Sciences. International Foundation of Peace, Fraternity and Humanistics, Bombay, conferred the title of Dharam Yogi in 1995. International Council of Astrological Sciences, Bombay, conferred the title of Vastu Shastra Samrat in 1996, and Bhartiya Ved Jyotish Vigyan Sansthan, Modinagar (India), conferred the title of Sthapatya Ratna in 1996, for valuable contributions in the fields of Astrology and Vastu Shastra. In 1999 I participated in astrological conferences in London, Paris and U.S.A.
I conducted a workshop for British Association of Vedic Astrologers in a Conference organised by them in UK in September, 1999. The official book seller was out of stock for my books in just half an hour after my lecture. He contacted me and asked for the books I was carrying with me. I gave him 20 books of different titles. Many of the speakers who were authors were sitting in the book selling area after their own lectures to market their books.
The Manager of the Recording Company, which recorded and made available the lectures to the audience told me that they had covered their expenses only through the sale of recordings of my lectures. For most of the lectures by other speakers, it was reported, they could not sell even one tape.
There are suggestion for recommending the books. But I am sure nobody can afford to waste one's time on reading the books which are just making same presentations in their own language. We have to take the matter further and proceed further from a stage which has already been achieved. It is not necessary that each and every person will start from the beginning.
Now, for example we all travel in the airplane. If we say that we will make one for ourselves and only then we will fly it is one's own choice. But wise people will make use of the work done by others.
One of the astrological journal after running for many decades could not survive due to lack of availability of principles necessary for understanding of planetary influences. With SA the publishers, book sellers & modern authors feel threatened and feel that they would find it difficult to sell their products in the long run with SA making things clear to the people who are deeply interested in astrology. It started right from early 1995. However, those who want to remain clung to the confusing material they are welcome to continue to do so.
At SATVA101 and SAMVA groups many more people came into contact. Noteworthy of these are Dr. Jonathan Miller, Mr. Jo Cohen, Dr. Sankara Bhagvadapad, Mr. Satya Gopal Kalluri, Mr. Nicholas Charles Francis, Mr. Remi Penniset, Mr. Ravinder Chunodkar, Mr. Francis de Cruz, Mr. Piotr Tomiac, Mr. Jorge Angelino, Ms Francesca Ates, Dr. Shyan Smith, Ms Branka Bjelajac, Mr. Amit Patnaik, Mr. Jean Bianchi and Mr. Vaidun Vidyadhar.
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