May 4th was a very memorable day. There was an incredible Ratha yatra at Clearwater Beach in Florida. For those of you who don’t know what a Ratha yatra is, it is the Festival of Chariots! It is the day Lord Jagannath, his brother Balaram, and their sister Subhadra leave the temple and go out among the people. They shine their mercy on everyone and grant bliss and happiness. This festival, dating back thousands and thousands of years, is originally from the town of Puri in India. Now it is held all over the world! This beautiful red, green, and yellow cart, 30 feet tall with wheels taller than most men, beautifully decorated was pulled by the devotees and everyone around the beach who wanted to, across the sand and water at Clearwater Beach. Hundreds of people were singing beautiful kirtan and pulling the ropes to move the cart. Everyone who saw Jagannath was amazed, many beachgoers joined the kirtan and danced in bliss for Jagannath. Afterward, there was a wonderful free vegetarian feast for all, along with entertainment at the pavilion.
I had an astrology table set up as part of the program to give anyone interested a glimpse of how our life is really predestined through our past actions and a window into who they really are. The response was phenomenal! My wife, aka, my secretary, spoke to all the passers about perhaps getting an astrological reading done. So many stopped in for readings.
This was so exciting for me. I really love helping people and this was an opportunity just for that. A young man, about 25 years old came by. He was not too interested but decided to give it a try. The first thing he said when he sat down with me was that he was incredibly skeptical and didn’t believe in this stuff — not too a surprising! I hear that all the time and I always say, “try it, you will be very surprised.” As I began interpreting his chart, I told him his personality, his past chaotic life, his current dilemmas, and what the future held for him. He sat silent the whole time. I always tell people to please stop me if they have any questions. So it was unusual that he was silent. When I was finished he said, “I am just stunned! You are really freaking me out. You have told me my exact personality and entire past exactly.” This boy was just exploring spiritual life and I was so glad to give him this insight to help guide his very bright future on the spiritual path.
A lady in her 30s sat down for a reading, very pleasant and never had a reading done before. Naturally, she was unsure of what to expect. She asked a few questions about karma then we began her reading. The first prominent thing I saw in her birth chart was that she was deeply estranged from her daughter and told her this. Shocked that a total stranger would know this, tears began to flow, she opened up and explained her family difficulties. I shared the philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita with her and she left with tears in her eyes, grateful to have some deeper understanding of this material world and our place in it.
Another astounding story is of these two ladies, of which one wanted a reading and the other was very skeptical. They were actually sisters. As I studied her chart, the one very important thing I noticed was that her other sister might have colon cancer. They both were shocked. They said that just recently their older sister was complaining of stomach issues. I told them that they really need to ask her to check the issue out soon. The skeptical one was convinced. She also wanted her chart read. It’s such a good feeling as a physician to be able to use this science to find an illness that may be fatal, shedding some light on it, early enough, so that people can look into it and take care of it. Praying that all goes well!
Amazing day. We had a program in Orlando with Kim. She runs a non-profit named Willowhaven. This incredible lady works with cancer patients and survivors teaching them veganism, meditation, and yoga, to help the healing process and improve their overall health. She hosts these programs at her home twice a week, cooks all the meals, serves everyone, and shares the newest information about alternative and integrative cancer treatments. All at no cost to anyone.
We had the great honor to present Astrology and Meditation to this fabulous group. Amongst the group was my co-worker, Dr. Winters and his son, Zach, and friend, Fox. We had the audience of a holistic doctor, Shahnaz, a lovely lady. This group showed a great interest in alternative approaches to treatment.
I shared the story of the disciple of Parasara who went into the mountains of Tirupati to get his question answered, “What are the qualities of a noble person who is dear to God” and came back with the answer “Salt, A chicken, a crane, and you.” This story was enjoyed by everyone, created a lot of laughs, and a discussion on the topic of astrology, spirituality, and karma. The questions were wonderful and enlightening. It was a time of sharing some of their own experiences, seeing astrology, perhaps for the first time, as a guidepost in their life.
There was a wonderful Indian vegan meal prepared by my wife, Premanjali, who is, by the way, a gourmet cook. The meal included coconut Moong dal, a beautiful sabji, salad, and rice. We had a meditative call and response kirtan on Kim’s patio. Thanks to our dear friends Shyam and Bhishma for leading such a wonderful kirtan putting everyone in bliss! This was another great day of sharing the joy of astrology, meditation, and kirtan with an incredible group!
On April 17 I had the great privilege of giving a talk at the Florida College of Integrative Medicine. This is an amazing and very busy acupuncture practice and school that is run by the children of its founders. The two sisters who run the school have completely followed in their parent’s footsteps and taken on the family business. They have a wonderful group of students and teachers, all of who were just so dynamic and with great questions. Halfway through my talk, one student wanted to know when I could start giving private lessons. So many people asked wonderful questions about karma and free will, which lead to a long discussion on these topics. Scotty, one of the instructors told me that the weak planets seen in Astrology can be connected, through acupuncture, to particular points on the body and treated. We both agree this is such a nice way to combine the knowledge of astrology and acupuncture, and expect to work together on patients in the future. So many of the students, teachers, and administrators wanted to get astrological readings. I accommodated as many as I could with short 20 minute readings. Each reading was personal and private but gave them so much information to help guide the future and have some insight into past events. I offered to scheduled full readings in the near future. We are planning a seminar in August so these folks can learn more. It was a great first meeting and I’m looking forward to working with them as we move ahead.
This was a medical conference in which people came from all over the world to show alternative ways of healing. There was an energy healer from Columbia who taught us how to read auras and use our positive energy to heal weakened areas within our aura. It was a really neat exercise and he had examples of how this affects our physical health. There was a nice presentation on pure essential oils and the health benefits of oils. I did a poster presentation titled: Medical Astrology: A Perspective on Your Health Through an Ancient Science. It was a big hit. I did not have any spot to speak, but the topic was so enlivening, everyone wanted to hear about it. They asked me if I would speak even for 5 minutes. I was so happy to present this knowledge. I have an article on my website pertaining to this poster at medicalastrology108.com. You are more than welcome to visit it. It was wonderful to meet new people who are also looking at alternative ways of healing.