Many markets abound in a plethora of books on vedic astrology in which the primary focus is on interpretation of the birth horoscope for its genetic promises and tendencies.
There are virtually no standard works giving statistically tested, replicable, predictive techniques illustrated through case studies.
For the first time, this book not only presents the precise and subtle understanding of the secret predictive principles of vedic astrology but also illustrates the successful and replicable application of these so as the dispel all doubts nursed by the critics of this super-science.
The techniques given here have been tried and tested on thousands of horoscopes in K.N. Rao’s astrological laboratories, at his residence as well as at the school run under his guidance at the well known Bharatiya vidya Bawan ( New Delhi)
The criticism of physical scientists that astrological techniques are not replicable is very well met in this book
In this backdrop, the reader would systematically learn the synergistic significance of operating yogas, dasas, and the double-transit of Jupiter and Saturn to determine the vicissitudes of career
K.N. Rao (Kotamraju Narayan Rao)-has been a prolific
proponent of Vedic astrology as a super-science in the new
age, the twenty-first century, in India as well as abroad. Deeply
indoctrinated and immersed in the traditional knowledge of the
subject through his revered mother, he is equally modern and
innovative in his attitude and approach, reorganizing astrology
through discovering the old and extending it? frontiers through
studies and research according to the needs of the times,
His first two books - The Science of Astrology and Applied
Astrology - published a few years ago were pathfinders, with
many political predictions made for most countries as well as
for public men. His new work Successful? Techniques of Vedic
Astrology has been published in the United States. His systematic
work on the monsoons and weather, diseases and health, careers,
etc., has drawn wide attention and proclaim.
A Master of Arts in English literature, K.N. Rao, started his
career as a lecturer in English, but soon he joined the Indian
Audit and Accounts Services. He retired as Director General
with the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
He now devotes all his time to Vedic astrology, by writing,
teaching, guiding research as well as counseling. The School
of Astrology run under his guidance at the Bharatiya Vidya
Bhavan, New Delhi, is making tremendous progress with many
hundred students From elitist classes taught by sixteen teachers
every year. He is also the Vice President of the Indian Council
of Astrological Sciences.
He Learnt astrology from his mother, K. Sarasvani Devi and
The art of writing from his father, K. Rama Rao, the founder editor of The National Herald, the daily newspaper started by
Later, his mantra-guru, Swami Paramanand Saraswati and
Jyotish guru, Yogi. Bhaskaranand asked him to do original and
fundamental research in astrology which is a Vedic tradition
since times immemorial.
The revised and enlarged edition of Ups and Downs in Career
had become overdue in 1994 when its first edition, published in the
middle of 1993, was sold out much faster than expected.
The book in its first edition contained the articles which had
appeared in the Astrological Magazine only over a period of time
and received very wide applause from the readers, while some old
writers reacted jealously. The new features of the writing were: all
these were the predictions given in advance and were narrated in
a story-telling fashion. An astrological prediction is an intense human
drama which can never be related in words alone. Yet when
narrated as stories, they sustain the interest both of the astrologer-reader and the layman who wants to know what was the prediction
given and what happened. It hurt the dull and morose writers who
wrote in ponderous and soul-less style revealing neither tested
techniques of prediction nor had any case studies or research to
offer. One writer wrote an article on what he termed new yogas
and tried to prove that in whichever case Rahu was behind the
Moon, it became a Mahashakti Yoga. It was ludicrous because
every month Rahu would be behind the Moon for at least two
days. His research was confined to the horoscopes of Pt. Jawaharlal
Nehru the first prime minister who had his Moon in Cancer and
Rahu in Gemini, Indira Gandhi who had her Moon in Capricorn and
Rahu in Sagittarius and Rajiv Gandhi who had his Moon in Leo and
Rahu in Cancer. No mass testing was done. This combination
has a definite meaning but not in terms of power giving
propensities. It has a very different context which the writer
never knew. A self delusion that he discovered a new yoga could bring down on him either ridicule or criticism, neither
of which he can stand because he does not have the scientific
Such a piece which cannot be proven through replication has
ruined astrology and misled many young astrology enthusiasts.
On the other hand in Ups and Downs in Career the dasha periods
have been used consistently with the double transit of Jupiter
and Saturn to prove how astrology is a replicable science. This
enlarged edition is more attractive with the addition of:
(a) Two illustrative examples have been given to show how to
understand the working of the principle of replication. After
that there are detailed discussions about the horoscopes. In
that sense the revised edition almost becomes an original book.
(b) The horoscope of President Clinton is discussed in much
greater depth and covering many events through the use of
the varga charts, dashas and the double transit of Saturn
(c) The lost Kingdom of a real Maharaja is again dealt with
in detail, the dasha and the double transit being the
replicable technique again.
(d) A spectacular rise of an officer of the government who
wanted to retire prematurely. I advised him not to do so
as I foresaw spectacular rise in his career. Here too the same
technique with an in-depth analysis has been given.
(e) The case of the boy who ran away is given as an example
to follow the next case of the kidnapped ambassador, which
had created international sensation in 1991.
(f) Then there is the case of an ambassador whose birth time
was unknown and how the birth time is fixed, a risk taken
and prediction given, has been explained.
(g) Lastly there is an in-depth case study of three predictions
in the case of NT Rama Rao, the colourful Chief Minister
of the state of Andhra in south India.
Thus there is an addition of as many as seven new pieces.
More techniques of predictions have been revealed and greater
in-depth analysis has been made in the revised and enlarged edition.
In the last chapter to this monograph is given a note on Astrology
and Science which we, the upholders of the great astrological
traditions of India and believers in Vedic Astrology armed with
deep researches into the statistical methods of astrological
investigation, make use of, briefly in our astrology classes to prove
one vital point; why astrology has all the discipline of any
physical science, with one significant difference - we show
the results of astral influences from effect to cause
methodologically through replicable techniques.
There are very old and respectable astrologers in India who
have never felt the need to prove astrology to be a science, or
something more than any other science. Their high percentage of
success in predictions, given to persons from various walks of life,
is enough to convince them that astrology is not merely a very
disciplined method, systematized knowledge, a sacred tradition
which has to be learnt in a worshipful mood, but imparted only to a
person of high intellectual calibre and, with moral excellence. In
their search for right disciples they have felt, often, disappointed.
Combination of high intellectual calibre with moral excellence is
purely an Indian demand, rather the Hindu demand, a pre-condition
which can rarely be fulfilled. It is easier to get people with high
intellectual calibre who are larger in numbers. It is very difficult to
get men with moral excellence who are fewer in number. It is most
difficult to get men who have both.
Even those, who have the requisite qualification and the
demanded combination of high intellectual calibre and moral
excellence, may not be willing to learn astrology. Such has been
the case most often. In this way there has been gradually a diffusion,
disintegration and now, the disappearance of the worthy guru-
shishya parampara (teacher-pupil tradition).
Life's uncertainties increase as society begins to grow more
complex; as men have more aspirations which must create more
uncertainties. Fear-psychosis, neuroses, personality disorders,
infractions of moral code even of criminal code are inevitable
expressions, cathartic in nature, of all these. The cure of these, not
always successful, is treatment, psychological mostly, medical
sometimes. More than mere cure, the need is for guidance, wise
counseling, and of course, sympathy. Traditionally the astrologer
has done all this, starting with a horoscope and its readings done by
Even as a piece of pure bluff, astrology therefore will survive
and has survived. The critics of astrology pick up this point, the
element of bluff, which is so blatant in the mercenary approach of
most practicing astrologers. These mercenary astrologers have
fragmentary, superficial and shallow to adequate knowledge of
astrology. The superficial ones prescribe 'remedies' at the first
instance; the more knowledgeable do so discriminatingly. The wise
old astrologer predicts properly, counsels with his moral sense kept
effulgent, but counsels according to his own background, which
may be out of tune with times we live in and the background of the
Knowledge of astrology having spread fast through cheap books,
badly written, wrongly interpreted through the help of distorted
commentaries on astrological texts of ancient classics, has led to a
menacing growth in the number of astrologers all over the world. It
cannot be checked any more. As life's uncertainties increase in
geometrical proportion the number of practicing astrologers is bound
to increase in arithmetical proportion.
So two problems arise: the first is the critics of astrology drawn
from more organized disciplines like science, psychology, and the
innumerable number of those as have sometime or the other been
cheated by fraudulent astrologers. Those unfortunate persons have
not had the luck of getting at least some, correct predictions ever,
may be because they had wrong horoscopes.
An accurate horoscope cast on the basis of correctly noted
birth time, the day, the month, the year and the place of birth is a
rarity. Such horoscopes have to be rectified, which is a time-consuming process even at the hands of birth-time rectifier-astrologer.
There are horoscopes with incorrect birth time but correct
ascendant and correct planetary positions.
Given correct horoscopes with wrongly noted birth time with
wrong Vimshottari dasha balance, could we still proceed to give
dependable predictions, was the problem, we a team of non-
professional astrologers faced many times.
We solved our problem by working on the transits first, of Saturn
and Jupiter, later we added the transits of Mars and Moon - the
two slow moving planets, the two fast moving planets to time events.
Our search led us into spectacular results in terms of percentages,
which became the best replicable astrological techniques of the
world, ever to be published.
The first among us to us to publish such researches was K. N. Rao which has remained unparallel and unchallenged and is the
most satisfying statistical research published to date. A team of seven
astrologers under the guidance of K. N. Rao produced a research
on Timing Marriage with one hundred horoscopes, one hundred
navamshas and the double transit of Saturn and Jupiter. 'The
success of this was ninety eight percent. This can be extended to
answering questions about relationships also.
Then a team of seven, including myself produced the series,
Broad Timing of Marriage and Close Timing of Marriage
Till I was dragged out of my astrological obscurity in December
1982 to introduce Dr. B. V. Raman to the Delhi audience in an
astrological conference, which was so over-publicized, I was known
only to my circle of friends and colleagues in the Indian Audit
Department as an astrologer, keeping out of limelight. I did it for
two reasons mainly: as a government officer of the central
government with a sufficiently high rank, I did not want to get
bracketed with the racketeers in astrology in Delhi about whom I
have expressed my opinion in my article. The Pain of a Prediction
on Morarji Desai (Prime Minister of India, March 1977 to July
1979). The second, more important, reason was that if more and
more people came to consult me in the evenings and nights, the
only time I could be available to them, I would have been over-burdened, with no time left for my own astrological research.
In 1982 when I met Dr. Raman for the very first time I was
aware that his reputation as a predictor of mundane events was its
lowest ebb because his predictions about India's national events
had failed successively for nearly two decades. Yet he had made
his best predictions during the second world war. To defend him, I
spoke for the first ever time on astrology from a public stage.
The conference over, anti-astrology tirade in the Delhi
newspapers continued in the spate of letters published both in the
Hindustan Times and, also, the Indian Express then edited by
B.G. Verghese, who had enjoyed a better reputation as an editor.
Not a single letter sent to these two editors in defence of astrology
was published! Such is the ethics of the so-called national
newspapers of Delhi, particularly the English newspapers.
Not one of the important persons who had benefited from
astrological predictions from time to time ever even wrote a letter
in favour of astrology and astrologers. But the international
newspapers, particularly the New York Herald Tribune (6th
January, 1983) gave a very balanced and favourable coverage to
the Astrological Conference with a paragraph about me.
It was my speech which impressed the foreign press in the
audience during the conference and they decided that if I, a civil
servant, was doing astrology, as I was, I was more newsworthy
than other astrologers. Since then I became a regular target of
attack by such Indian Astrologers as produce some pseudo-
astrological journals, with predictions which have no astrological
basis. It is the worst type of quackery which flourishes in Delhi
and, is mistaken for astrology. Since then these malicious astrologers
whom India's famous avoid have made it something of an annual
ritual to write against me abusively. Astrologers with such low tastes
degrade themselves and succeed in revealing only their animal
Impelled mainly with a desire to defending astrology, I wrote
out some pieces giving the names of the big and mighty persons
who had consulted me sometime or the other, and who even after
benefiting from my predictions, had never come to the defence of
astrology, openly. Need existed for me to "prove" to the astrological
community that I was doing astrology with time-tested techniques
of Vedic Astrology.
Some initial hesitation on the part of Dr. Raman was clear when
he had asked me whether the famous persons whose names I
mentioned in my articles would deny that they ever got prediction
from me. I told him that I would neither take their permission nor
would expect them to have the courage to deny the predictions
they got from me. In the articles I wrote, I furnished enough internal
evidence which would make them look helpless, was my answer. I
was asked to send as many articles as I had and was told that they
would be published. I had originally intended to write only three
and stop. The reason for this demand was, as became clear later,
the magazine gained in some credibility when proofs of
predictions given to living and famous personalities were given.
The sales of the magazine -went up enormously. In my fan mail I received many letters in which some readers said that any
issue of the magazine without my article had appeared
unattractive to them.
I am grateful to those thousands of readers. My prodigious case-studies since August 1983 (these twelve
years) now numbering over one hundred, created intense jealousy
among astrologers who were well-established, but brought me
admiration from other astrologers and astrology-lovers.
Then started another line of attack on me, strangely, from the
community of astrologers that I had no consistent approach to
astrological prediction. It was the most misplaced criticism as I
had consistently adopted standardized, replicable techniques.
It was time to disclose it, to invite these jealous astrologers to attack
me on technical grounds and, show defects in my statistical-replicable researches, which I had been doing for many years,
quietly, having got a clue about them from my late mother, Smt. K,
Sarasvani Devi, my astrology-guru.
Not one astrologer has been able to find out a single technical
flaw in my statistical-replicable researches published since 1985 to
Some of them have stolen my researches and have either
passed them on as theirs or, even used them in their books without
even referring to my published researches.
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