Paramahansa Yogananda’s Chart
Paramahansa Yogananda – a huge, rich and cosmic soul
by Calodagh McCumiskey
“It is never a question of BELIEF; the only scientific attitude one can take on any subject is whether it is TRUE. The law of gravitation worked as efficiently before Newton as after him. The cosmos would be fairly chaotic if its laws could not operate without the sanction of human belief.
“Charlatans have brought the stellar science to its present state of disrepute. Astrology is too vast, both mathematically and philosophically, to be rightly grasped except by men of profound understanding. If ignoramuses misread the heavens, and see there a scrawl instead of a script, that is to be expected in this imperfect world. One should not dismiss the wisdom with the ‘wise’.”
I love to read … it seems fitting to write my first blog about the author of a book that has deeply touched me and millions of others around the world.
A big fan of Paramahansa Yogananda, I love his Autobiography of a Yogi. This book was designated one of the `100 Most Important Spiritual Books of the 20th Century` by a panel of theologians. It continues to inspire more and more people as time passes having sold more than four millions copies and counting. Many spiritual people read it every year throughout their lives and get new inspiration from it on each read. So touched by it was Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, that he arranged for a copy of it to be given to everyone who attended his memorial service in Stanford University.
Every time I read something by Yogananda, I feel automatically connected and grounded in myself, in my soul, in the present. When I have a challenging moment, he helps me makes sense of things.
In honour of launching my astrology website today, September 16, 2015, I am writing this blog – the first of many – combining two passions of mine: Vedic Astrology and Yogananda, someone I deeply admire for his wisdom, spiritual curiosity, focus, knowledge and incredible legacy.
Paramahansa Yogananda’s chart
He was born in the Ketu Sun Dasha planetary period – a clear indication that he was very spiritual from a previous birth and had strong leadership capacities.
A Leo rising sign with Moon in the first house gave him a plumpish look – and a captivating face, with strong eyes. Saturn in his second house gave him excellent speaking power. Venus in his fourth house in Scorpio gave him a great depth of sensitivity and also enabled him to work from home. Sun Mercury in the fifth house in Sagittarius made him a visionary thinker, with a tremendous ability to focus, create and achieve his objective with precision, reaching far-flung targets. One such as him must have had strong creative powers, given the legacy of his autobiography which has achieved recognition in the mainstream as well as among the more spiritually inclined.
The Jupiter and Mars combination in Pisces owned by Jupiter gave him the ability to go very deep into things and understand the hidden aspects of life – mysterious and occult power.
His arrival in the US in September 1920 in Sun Jupiter Dasha created a strong foundation for a long-lasting legacy of leadership and spiritual transformation.
Profound transformation and healing
He published Autobiography of a Yogi in 1946 in the Rahu Saturn period. Rahu is well placed in his house of dharma, Guru and followers. Saturn is lord of his sixth and seventh houses, and placed in the second house. These placements created a robust platform for him be a spiritual master, guide and inspiration to people from all traditions and beliefs, promoting profound transformation and healing, and communicating practical wisdom to people all around the world far beyond his death.
His twelfth lord Moon placed in the ascendant brought him outside of India for most of his life and gave him the potential for self-mastery and non-attachment.
A “remarkable, deep, sweet, poetic, ecstatic man”
Quincy Howe, Professor of Ancient Languages at Scripps College in California said: “Paramahansa Yogananda brought to the West not only India’s perennial promise of God-realization, but also a practical method by which spiritual aspirants from all walks of life may progress rapidly toward that goal … Yogananda has placed within the reach of all the most exalted methods of contemplation.”
And Robert Ellwood, chair of the School of Religion at the University of Southern California, said: “Yogananda has become an image – a remarkable, deep, sweet, poetic, ecstatic man enraptured of cosmic life – who has changed the map of American religious life.”
He strongly influenced people such as Mahatma Gandhi, Elvis Presley, George Harrison, Mariel Hemingway and botanist Luther Burbank.
Clearly, Yogananda left a remarkable and vast legacy. He used his creativity in a visionary way and inspired and still inspires people in a very practical way.
A wider, richer, more ‘cosmic’ view of reality
How did he do this? One way of answering that is this: yoga and meditation are not just methods to exercise and relax; their deeper purpose is self-realization, but it’s not about strengthening the little self of the individual ego and its attachments; it’s about dissolving that small self, which is blocking the view, and enabling a wider, richer, more ‘cosmic’ view of reality to take its place.
Yogananda was a huge, rich and cosmic soul. That’s why he was able to leave behind him such a huge, rich and cosmic legacy. We all start with a seed of potential in us, with the capacity to leave a legacy behind us. As Yogananda said: “All souls are equal. The only difference between you and me is that I made the effort. I showed God that I love Him, and He came to me … The soul always remains unpolluted, like age-long buried gold. All one has to do is wash off the dirt and spiritual rays will shine forth through one’s joy.”
The richness of our legacy depends on how far we “wash off the dirt”. Yogananda did it, making his soul sparkle, and his spiritual rays are still shining brightly.
In my next blog post, I’ll look into how we can wash off the dirt that obscures our souls!
Calodagh McCumiskey works in the field of personal development. She offers