Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami's Death and
BY: DHARMAPAD DAS
Apr 09, 2011 BRAZIL (SUN) Much has been written and debated about the suspected murder of HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Personally, I never really felt too comfortable with the evidence, basically because there hasn't been an autopsy. I know that there have been recordings in which Srila Prabhupada supposedly makes some comments about being poisoned, but I don't understand Bengali, I don't have the recordings in my possession such that I could find a Bengali to translate them to my satisfaction, and if there really were recordings as good as the ones that they're supposed to be, I don't understand why there hasn't been a police investigation based on them. Still, I have always guarded a certain suspicion about his being murdered and poisoned.
And then, when I wrote my essay on the horoscope of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, which was published in the Astrological Magazine and in the Sampradaya Sun last year, I noticed something. Bhaktivedanta Swami had his Moon, which is the lord of the house of death, encompassing the source and nature of death, in the house of sickness together with the angry and truculent Mars, lord of the fifth house; which is well documented in the Vedic astrological literature as the house of disciples. This is a rather obvious indication that a disciple of martian qualities was responsible for his sickness and death.
So when I recently came across a picture on this website from London, I decided to investigate a bit further.
I heard one of the film tapes that had some English in the background whispering, "put the poison in the containers," but how can I know that the recording wasn't doctored? And it is hard for me to imagine a conspiracy to murder Srila Prabhupada because, in these film tapes, Brahmananda prabhu was present, and he wouldn't go along with anything like that because he was so fond of Srila Prabhupada. In the typical evidence presented, there is still incongruent evidence.
Even so, I saw a picture of Srila Prabhupada on the site, sitting on the Vyasasana, with a swollen hand and wearing sunglasses (scroll down the site's homepage). Well, the swelling and sensitivity to light certainly are symptoms of arsenic poisoning, i.e., they could be indicative of this.
The ones being accused of a conspiracy to murder A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami are basically among the original eleven gurus who followed him. Since I have the horoscope of nine of them, I decided to examine them to see if such a conspiracy were astrologically justified. (Read on, not all is good.)
First of all, I considered the horoscope of Hridayananda Swami, since I already had it on my computer. The factors representing the guru are the ninth house, which is the house of guru, the lord of the ninth, and Jupiter, the permanent indicator or karaka for guru.
In Hridayananda's horoscope, the Moon, the indicator of his emotions and feelings, sits in the pious fifth house with Jupiter, the guru planet. The sign Sagittarius is a very benefic one, and this combination tells us that Hridayananda's mind was/is disposed towards his guru in a positive way, that there were positive feelings and attachment. This combination, involving the Moon, is so central to the horoscope that it is enough to dispel any thoughts of Hridayananda being involved in any conspiracy to murder his guru.
Some people think that I am biased towards Hridayananda Swami, but the truth is, I'm not. When I look at his horoscope, I just try to be objective and give him a fair shake. Even the Devil gets his due, so why not Hridayananda Swami?
In the case of Tamal Krishna Swami, we have a rather bright and benefic Moon casting its glance over the house of guru. In turn, the Moon receives a glance from Jupiter, the greatest benefic. This tells us that Tamal Krishna's mindset towards his guru was positive and nourishing. Granted that Scorpio and the fiery Ketu in the ascendant, along with the aspect of Mars upon the ascendant, indicate an inflexible and sensitive personality with flashpoint anger, a truculent personality, but towards his guru his feelings were rather specific, as we have just described.
In addition, we can make note of the fact that his next destination is a pious one; the twelfth house is indicative of his next destination, and its lord, Venus, occupies the house of dharma and receives the full glance/aspect from that benefic Moon. So he didn't have the kind of hellish destination waiting for him that we would expect for one who murdered his own guru, either.
Bhagavan's coldness and coarseness is obvious in his chart. His ascendant sits in the sign of Saturn, as well as his Moon, and Saturn directly influences his Moon by its glance. B.V. Raman was India's most noted astrologer of the 20th Century. His description of Saturn begins with the words "mean, cruel, undignified and sinful." I'll spare the reader from hearing the rest. Also, the aggressive Mars sits right in a cardinal house and is very influential. I don't know which is worse in his chart, Saturn's coldness or the martian aggression. But the truth be told, there are no direct links connecting Bhagavan himself, his emotions or actions, to the murder of his guru.
The house of his next destiny is occupied by the lord of the sixth house, the Moon. The lord of the house of destiny, in turn, occupies the sixth itself, i.e., the two lords switch. In this way, there is an overwhelming influence of the sixth house over his next destiny. The sixth is the house of obstacles, enemies, debt and litigations, so this description characterizes Bhagavan's next destiny. This is the kind of destiny one generates when the collection from book distribution ends up in one's personal pocket.
In Rameswara's horoscope, the real connection that we see between Rameswara's self and his guru consists of the influential glance that the Moon casts on the guru planet, Jupiter. But the Moon does so from a pious sign, Pisces, and is favorably influenced by Jupiter otherwise, such that we don't see anything evil about this lunar-jovian connection. Rameswar did not conspire to murder his guru.
In Jayapataka Maharaj's chart, the lord of the house of guru is Mercury. Both Mercury and Jupiter, the permanent planetary indicator of one's guru, are subject to a few afflictions, but again, but we don't see a direct connection between any factors representing the Maharaj's direct will and actions upon the factors representing his guru.
Granted that Venus is the ascendant lord and represents Jayapataka, and is also the lord of the house of death, the eighth. But Venus is a benefic in a pious sign which is also the best sign in the zodiac for Venus, a sign that brings out all the goodness in Venus. Thus, even though eighth-lord Venus sits next to the lord of the house of guru, Mercury, we can't interpret murderous actions caused by Venus. If every time a planet who is the lord of the eighth house directly caused a murder, we would be living in a different world! All factors have to be taken into consideration, not just one.
Any aggressions towards his godbrothers requires a slightly different analysis, and is beyond the scope of this article. We'll leave it at that.
In Hansadutta's case, the guru planet, Jupiter, sits in the house of death, an evil house, with the Sun, Moon and Venus. We can zero in on the fact that Venus is the ascendant lord and thus represents Hansadutta very directly. We can also note that the venusian influence is positive because it sits in its own sign, Taurus. This rules out any idea of murdering his guru; given the nature of that particular Venus, it just wouldn't have happened.
Besides, his next destination is fairly pious and positive. Sure, Rahu sits in the house of his next destination, but Rahu occupies a sign which makes him helpful as well as powerful, Virgo, and the lord of the house of his next destination, Mercury, occupies the house of dharma. The benefic Jupiter aspects the house of his next destination. The murderer of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami doesn't have such a nice destination after his death.
In Bhavananda's horoscope, the lord of the house of guru is the guru planet itself, Jupiter. Thus, Jupiter becomes the sole representative of the guru. The only planet influencing Jupiter is the Sun, who casts his glance. The Sun does directly represent Bhavananda's will. But the Sun glances from Virgo, a sign represented by a young virgin maiden, who is motherly and altruistic. It suffices to say that there is nothing in Bhavananda's chart which would suggest that he was ever violent towards his guru, not through his actions or emotions.
Let's just skip any analysis of the horoscope of Satsvarupa Prabhu. There is nothing there to suggest that he conspired to murder his guru, and most of the readers are familiar enough with his personality to imagine that he wouldn't have been involved with something like that, anyway.
I don't have the horoscope of Kirtanananda or Jayatirtha in my possession, which brings us to the last of the eleven gurus -- Harikesa.
Harikesa requires special scrutiny because his rising sign is a martian sign, Scorpio. Tamal Krishna was the only other guru with a martian rising sign; it was Scorpio, too. But the case of Harikesa is special, because not only is his rising sign martian, but Mars itself sits in the rising sign, the ascendant, the house which most represents the individual and his personality. Indeed, even the secondary navamsha chart has Scorpio rising. This man has a martian personality through and through. The reader may remember that there were indications in the horoscope of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, to the effect that aggressive disciple(s) of martian qualities would be instrumental in bringing about his death.
To begin with, the martian Scorpio suggests a touchy and truculent personality, so much so that the Scorpio nature has been described as "destructive towards those that desire to have a loving relationship with it." (Vipin Behari) To make it simple, we can say that it was chiefly Mars that caused Bhaktivedanta Swami's death.
Remembering that the sign Scorpio belongs to Mars, the reader may know that it is a venomous reptile sign, represented by the scorpion, a poisonous creature.
In the horoscope of Harikesa Prabhu, the lord of the house of guru is the Moon, who sits in the eighth, the house of death. The ascendant lord Mars, who is made ever more poisonous by occupation of the sign Scorpio, fully glances at the Moon, thus establishing a link from Harikesa to his guru -- a link which we could interpret as indicating an aggressive, truculent attitude.
The eighth is also a house of secrets and the unknown. And by sitting in Scorpio, Mars sits in the eighth sign, a sign of secrets and the unknown. So in the case of the Mars-to-Moon glance in Harikesa's horoscope, any martian aggression towards Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, would have been something shrouded in secrecy.
There is nothing positive or good humored about this Mars-to-Moon glance as there is in, for example, the horoscope of Hridayananda Maharaj. In Hridayananda's horoscope, where the good humored Jupiter sits with his Moon, the idea is that Hridayananda's guru truly inspired Hridayananda's mind with happy and positive feelings.
It is true that in the horoscope of Harikesa, Jupiter casts his glance at the Moon, the planet that represents his guru. Granted that, for some reason he initially engaged in devotional service, and this has to have a parallel planetary indication in his chart. But Jupiter doesn't directly represent Harikesa as Mars does, not at all.
Furthermore, the Sun represents one's consciousness, instincts and willpower. When the Sun occupies the evil twelfth house, these tend to become defective. This is all the more so when the Sun occupies this negative house in the sign Libra, the worst sign of the zodiac for the Sun. This is a placement that contributes to a dissimulative nature and arrogance.
What to speak of when the Sun sits next to the Rahu-Ketu axis! Rahu and Ketu grip the Sun with abnormal psychology, with an accent on paranoia and suspicion. When the affliction is extreme, as it certainly is in this case, the combination is directly indicative of emotional instability, if not bouts with insanity.
His Moon does not lend Harikesa much in the way of mental stability because it sits in the evil eighth house, the worst house of a horoscope for the Moon to occupy. The classical literature mentions that when the Moon sits in the eighth house under the glance of an evil planet, insanity results. The glance by his Mars-drenched-in-truculence-in-Scorpio brings this statement to life although, in this case, the brightness of the Moon and Jupiter's glance hold insanity at bay; that is, insofar as the Moon itself is concerned.
But given this position of the Moon, the debilitated Sun in the evil twelfth house with Ketu would need very little to tip the scales; unfortunately, the Sun's affliction is more than very little, it is very weighty.
And the twelfth house represents his future destiny, such that the solar situation just described calls to mind a royal tour of the Patala Lokas, which is what we might expect were Harikesa involved in the murderer of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
None of the other eleven gurus have a horoscope with such indications, nothing like this at all.
Let's compare the long term, post-Prabhupada behavior and perspectives of Harikesa with the behavior and perspectives of the other original gurus.
Generally, they feel loyalty towards their deceased guru. They validate him and his presentation, his actions and his writings. They tend to diminish their own positions, they feel that they have fallen short, and apologize for their mistakes and faults.
On the other hand, Harikesa has recently come out on his site saying that the "original presentation, values, philosophy and founder" were all "erroneous." Harikesa is the only one of the eleven that came to the point of disapproving of Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, and over the long run of time. Could it be interpreted that he is trying to justify something that he did?
I think that, after this analysis, the least that we have to do is stop thinking in terms of a large scale collusion. It would be hard to believe that a group of eight or nine devotees would collude to murder their spiritual master in order to get something that would probably come their way anyhow, and that later on they would carry on without really feeling any remorse over it. They would all have to be psychopathic personalities for something like that to happen, i.e., beings who have no feelings of human affection, guilt, or anything, i.e., no feelings, period. How could a group of insane psychopaths just happen to have assembled as the Hare Krishna Movement GBC and original eleven gurus? (Well, the more I think about it …)
We should start thinking along the lines of a lone murderer, or just a couple of individuals, who secretly stalked his/their prey.
By the way, this is actually more in line with how the Scorpio personality functions. Scorpions do stalk, and the scorpion is a loner; it doesn't function in family units, and has no social life or love. For example, after copulation, the female of the species tries to kill her mate. And we know that Scorpio certainly has reference to secrets!
I will stop short, though, of actually accusing Harikesa of being involved in the murder of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. After all, nobody is a perfect interpreter. But according to the generally accepted principles of Vedic astrology, a case can certainly be made against him.
I am not a biologist and I am not familiar with how poisoning acts on a body, but I can imagine a scenario in which Srila Prabhupada's inner circle became aware that he was being poisoned and actually rallied around him and tried to protect him. And that this protection was misinterpreted as trying to separate him so that they could murder him. By such a time, it could have been too late and the poison could have already degraded his internal organs and bodily functions to the extent that, shortly thereafter, his material body just gave up.
This is a more plausible explanation than having people who used to really be fond of Srila Prabhupada and who, even with all their faults and defects, had lined up on his side, and had gone to bat for him again and again.
I thank the assembled devotees for their attention and I request that they come forward to engage in useful dialogue on the matter, especially those that know astrology.
By Dharmapad das / Dean Dominic De Lucia