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Bio: Sat Siri Khalsa Biography:
Sat Siri Khalsa is a student of Jyotisa since 1985 as well as a teacher of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, and a practitioer of Sikh Dharma. An honors graduate of Harvard University, Sat Siri has lectured around the world and written on topics including financial astrology, nakshatras and prediction, relationships and compatibility, chakra energetics and healing. She was named a Jyotish Kovid by the Indian Council of Vedic Astrologers under Dr. B. V. Raman. As well as teaching as a Jaimini Scholar under Pandit Sanjay Rath, she is Vice President of the Council of Vedic Astrology and has served on the faculty of the American College of Vedic Astrology. Currently she is the Provost for CVA certification.
Background: At Harvard, I studied the History of Science, trying to find the roots of knowledge in the medieval doctors’ studies of celestial patterns. Needless to say, this was not a very supported field. I began on my own with Western Astrology, and once my spiritual trek brought me to an ashram and the path of Sikhism, things started happening. A house guest handed me a copy of Varaha Mihira’s Brihat Jataka, and further developments ensued.
Yogi Bhajan encouraged me to study Jyotish or astrology and I have been fortunate to encounter so many fantastic people who helped expand my thinking in every direction. An early Jyotish teacher was Hart DeFouw and so many others, too many to name, have led me along until I met Pandit Sanjay Rath, who is the exponent of a great lineage descending from masters of over a thousand years ago. He has accelerated my learning and has labored to open up so many students all around the world to the vast and ancient Vedic knowledge in terms that are unforgettably significant, useful, and mind-altering.
Students should realize that Jyotish is a vedanga, a sacred pursuit that demands that you efface your own preconceptions and presumptions so that your mind can develop a sensitivity to intuition and higher guidance. It is a tool that changes you as you use it. The higher levels of knowledge only open with spiritual practice, meditation, mantra, yoga.
Jaimini is a great Maharishi who elaborated on the tradition of Parasara as his most distinguished disciple. His Upadesa Sutras are a dazzling multidimensional spinning ball of skeins of truth which remind me of string theory in particle physics. Each sutra is a packed-up world. I feel truly fortunate to have found the guidance of a trained master such as Pandit Sanjay Rath, who was born into a lineage of pandits going back generations and yet can translate these sutras into modern language and can understand their gnomic implications. He has about 25 students who are studying Jaimini in depth over a five year course, and now that our final year is here, will be certified to share the knowledge with any qualified students who want to approach this. Jaimini “does a Ketu” on the brains, we joke, because his deep meld of logic and intuition can drive one to distraction on the way to enlightenment.