Here is a short sketch of Jayananda’s Vedic astrological chart:
April 27, 1939
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Jayananda’s astrological chart is very powerful, which comes as no surprise to us. Almost as if it was personally handcrafted by Lord Krishna. This is just a thumbnail sketch, and it’s obvious to anyone with a little knowledge of Vedic astrology, that this is the chart of a great devotee. He has Jupiter in own house of Pisces in 9th house of Dharma, which is Hamsa yoga and the best place for Jupiter (in Cancer rising) for spiritual success. We find three natural benefic planets in the house of Dharma, namely Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury. He has Cancer rising with Lord Moon in her own 1st house. Jayananda’s Moon and 1st house is aspected by two Yoga-karakas, Mars and Jupiter, thus causing Raj yoga, or “Kingship yoga” in the 1st house. Nalini-kanta Dasa said that “Jupiter and the waxing Moon, are both in brahmana signs and in their own signs, they influence the lst house, indicative of one of very pious mind, compassionate work for public welfare, and dedicated to the service of his guru.” So, Jayananda had a certified Brahminical mind by dint of his well placed Moon and Jupiter in Brahmana signs with influence to houses 1st and 9th, and his exterior appearance, (his body) was spiritually attractive by dint of his Sun placed in Aries with digbala strength. Venus is exalted in Pisces in 9th house of Dharma, and conjunct with Guru planet Jupiter, which denotes a very spiritual personage. Sun is exalted in Aries in 10th house of honor and fame and occupation. That’s 2 exalted planets, both in 9th and 10th houses, and 2 planets, both in own houses, in 1st and 9th, all planets in trines and quadrants, except Mars, simply amazing. His career in KC was mostly in Sun maha period, exalted sun in 10th, in Aries, with digbala strength, which explains his great energy and leadership and success in serving Prabhupada. Of course, planets or not, Jayananda was definitely transcendental to the planets, by strength of his surrender to Krishna and Prabhupada. Still, this is definitely the chart of a great and famous person, especially in the area of Dharma, as seen by auspicious planets in the 9th house.
Comments on Vedic Horoscope of Jayananda Prabhu by Nanda-lal Dasi:
If it seems that this chart so far is too good to be true, we are just explaining that actually Jayananda has a very powerful chart. To be powerful a chart has to have most of the planets in angles and trines, and with the exception of one planet, all of Jayananda’s planets are in angles and trines. And the other thing is the only planet that isn’t is Mars. Mars is the yoga-karaka in the chart, which means that it owns the best houses in the chart, which are an angle and a trine. Mars is in the 6th, which is a difficult house, but there are certain houses in the chart, which can handle difficult planets like Mars, and the 6th is one of those houses, so it helps him to overcome obstacles, and in that sign it also helps him to inspire others. … So Srila Prabhupada was not just being courteous or complimentary when he said that Jayananda was a great devotee - he has all the prerequisites for being a great devotee.
Comments on Jayananda’s birth chart, by Srikara Dasa-
In Jayananda’s birth chart the 9th house is ruled by the sign Pisces, and all the (natural) benefic planets (Jupiter, Venus and Mercury) are positioned together in this most auspicious house of Dharma. Jupiter (commonly referred to as Guru) owns this sign and is therefore in its own sign in the main birth chart as well as 5 times in the sub-charts. Venus is exalted in Pisces, and Mercury achieves Raja Yoga, or an exalted position, due to its association with the other benefic planets, Jupiter and Venus. This combination forms several auspicious and powerful Yogas (planetary combinations), three of them being most prominent - Sarasvati Yoga, Laxmi Yoga, and Gauri Yoga. The person born with just one of these Yogas is highly blessed and highly respected. Since these planets are prominently placed in the 9th house (the strongest of the spiritual houses) from the ascendant and Moon ascendant, it endows this combination with great spiritual significance. Other powerful Raja (royal) and Dhana (wealth) Yogas are also present in this chart. Moon is in the first house in its own sign aspected by Jupiter and Mars (both Raja-Yoga Karakas). This confers a strong Dhana or wealth-giving combination as well as strengthening the ascendant, revealing strong self-determining abilities.
Here is some information of Jayananda’s chart from Vedic astrological treatise: Bhrigu Samhita Paddhati, by Bhagwan Dasa Mital (This book is dedicated to the sacred feet of Lord Krishna)
Jupiter in Pisces, in the 9th house from Cancer rising- “Is very fortunate and gets great respect; gets influence in physique; works with great intelligence; gets a symmetrical stature; gets the power of children; gets the power of education, discernment and speech; rears up good dharma with some escaping attitude; gets victory over the enemies through the power of destiny but faces some hindrances in the house of destiny; does not like difference; possesses fortunate maternal grandfather’s family and is very clever to rear up the selfishness in the house of dharma and gentility.” [more insights on this subject]
Venus in Pisces, in the 9th house from Cancer rising- “Is very fortunate; secures much progress of gains and happiness due to the power of destiny; gets the advantage of some virtue and of the house of dharma through great cleverness; get great advantage of mother and the house of mother; gets the power of land and property; gets the conjunction of some weakness and some carelessness in the power of energy and vigor; is of broad forehead; has great reliance on God; gets the increase of gains with ease and sometimes get sudden excessive advances.”
Moon in Cancer, in 1st house from Cancer rising- “Is of fair complexion and symmetrical body; is of delightful mind, and determined will; can control the desires: is a philosopher: has self-respect: pays full attention to his family circumstances, day to day affairs and occupation; wants and gets pleasures; is respected and has comfortable physique; does according to his own will; lives independently; gets some insipidness in the house of wife; is famous and is of stable mind.”
Sun in Aries and 10th house from Cancer ascendant, “Is the owner of the power of influence; is a bit careless about land and property: gets the grandeur of wealth; gets the progress of the house of wealth; gets respect and honor in the house of father; earns much wealth through trade or some other respectable job; gets some hindrances in the house of mother; gets some obstacles in happiness and peace; does influential deeds; gets huge power of wealth and respect from government and society: is dignified and influential.”
Mars in Sagittarius, in 6th house from Cancer rising- “Is very brave and influential; maintains his dignity and glory by intellectual and political devices; gets victory over enemies and diseases; experiences some troubles in his body on account of practicing rudeness wrongly but does not care for the troubles; gets some weakness in body; gets purpose served by talking bravely and through the complex intellectual devices.”
There are negative factors in Jayananda’s chart, but these are mostly relegated to his material life, which enhanced his spiritual life. Saturn and Mercury are debilitated, which Nalini-kanta Dasa says, “Saturn or Mercury, which are debilitated … in the sense of breaking longevity and causing some disturbing relationship-karma.” We have seen the truth of short longevity, which is due to Saturn, which is extremely malefic, in several ways, and Jayananda was in sade-sati, and Saturn directly afflicted his Moon in 1st house, which deals with the body. And perhaps there was some relationship karma, but then again, this was on the material platform. Spiritually speaking there was no negative relationships with Jayananda and other people. But materially, Jayananda said “I didn’t fit in with the upper crowd.” With the case of Mercury debilitation, it is somewhat absolved due to the association of Jupiter and Venus in Pisces, and Srikara Dasa said that Mercury “Achieves Raja Yoga, or an exalted position, due to its association with the other benefic planets, Jupiter and Venus.” Nanda-lal Dasi said that “Mercury is debilitated in Pisces, sign of religiosity, but combined with the other planetary influences upon Mercury, Mercury debilitation here also makes a person a servant. And since Mercury is in the 9th house, sign of a Vaishnava, or worshiper of Krishna, it would give him a strong realization of himself as a servant of Krishna. Exalted Venus in 9th gives a strong sense of love and devotion (bhakti).”
We see that with Cancer rising, Venus and Mercury are functional malefics, although they are normally natural benefics. This is because they are Lords of bad houses, in a chart with Cancer rising. But we find the problem with Venus and Mercury somewhat absolved, due to their association with a strong Jupiter in Pisces and ninth house. Dr. L.R. Chawdhri says that “When a natural or functionally benefic planet aspects an ill placed planet, the latter is absolved of its weakness or a considerable part of it. This is a well recognized principle.” We may well apply this principle to the conjunction of Venus and Mercury with a very strong Jupiter, thus absolving or neutralizing some negative aspects of Venus and Mercury. We also see that in Jayananda’s life, (exactly like his spiritually powerful Piscean Jupiter!), he was able to elevate other debilitated persons, (such as myself), all due to his exalted association, much in the same way that his Jupiter elevated Venus and Mercury, despite their ownership of bad houses.
Dr. L.R. Chawdhri also says in his “Conjunction of Planets;” of the three planets of Jupiter and Venus and Mercury being in conjunction - “One will be ruler, endowed with plenty of wealth, wide fame, courteous, and comfortable life like a king. Much respected, victory over enemies.” This conjunction is enhanced and made more fortunate and made spiritually powerful by the combination being placed in the 9th house of Dharma.
In conclusion Srikara Dasa says; “This is obviously the chart of a very extraordinary person; someone not concerned about insignificant materialistic possessions. He is blessed by Guru and achieves true spiritual understanding and realization of the real purpose of human existence. He is and will always be remembered as a great saintly person concerned for the welfare and happiness of all living beings. To have known such a saintly person would be a great boon for an ordinary person.”
More insights on Jayananda’s Vedic astrological chart:
Here are some more insights on Jayananda's astrology chart. This astrology page gets many more hits than all of the others. This might be because there are many Vedic astrologers who search on Google and Yahoo for key words and they often find this page. Devotees also find this page interesting.
Here is more information from the Vedic astrological treatise: Bhrigu Samhita Paddhati, by Bhagwan Dasa Mital. I'm not sure how old this book is. The sages of antiquity hve discerned the personality traits of Jayananda from these readings of every planet in a particular sign, of a particular rising sign.
Bhagwan Dasa Mital says about Jupiter in Pisces, for Cancer rising chart-
"Jupiter in Pisces, in the 9th house from Cancer rising- “Is very fortunate and gets great respect; gets influence in physique; works with great intelligence; gets a symmetrical stature; gets the power of children; gets the power of education, discernment and speech; rears up good dharma with some escaping attitude; gets victory over the enemies through the power of destiny but faces some hindrances in the house of destiny; does not like difference; possesses fortunate maternal grandfather’s family and is very clever to rear up the selfishness in the house of dharma and gentility.”
Jupiter is guru planet, 9th house is dharma house, and Jupiter in Pisces is strong, being Jupiter’s own sign. This reading is saying that Jayananda’s chart, specifically Jupiter in Pisces, in the 9th house from Cancer rising, predicts certain attributes, certain destinies-
a. [Jayananda] Is very fortunate and gets great respect-
“After Jayananda's passing away, Srila Prabhupada confirmed that he went back to Godhead. He was considered ISKCON's first saint -- an average American who perfected his life.” RDV
“The fame of saints like Jayananda Thakur increases like a swelling crescent moon, increasing more and more after their disappearance from the mortal world. The fame of saints only increase as days go on, yielding compounded daily spiritual interest, expanding exponentially like the waxing moon.” JT
Only the pure devotee of God achieves lasting fame. Lord Chaitanya said a man is famous when he is known as a great devotee. This is real fame, as Srila Prabhupada says in his purport to Bhagavad-Gita 10.4-5:
"Yashah, fame, should be according to Lord Chaitanya, who said that a man is famous when he is known as a great devotee. That is real fame. If one has become a great man in Krishna Consciousness and it is known, then he is truly famous. One who does not have such fame is infamous." JT
b. Gets influence in physique-
Srila Prabhupada - (chuckles) Jayananda looks like Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. (laughter) Yes. He was tall and stout and strong, Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
c. Gets a symmetrical stature;
Jayananda’s face had a symmetrical charm and warmth, and he always looked you straight in the eye, and he made you feel at home, secure and reassured in whatever we were talking about.
“Jayananda was the all-American boy. Handsome, strong, intelligent, born in a more than middle-class family.” RDV - Heartfelt gratitude
d. gets the power of children-
We felt like kids and Jayananda was like a father to us, [like our mother too].
“Accepting Jayananda like a father, Beaverchief agrees to come to the temple.” RDV
“Jayananda was too busy being our father and mother and doing all the needful things. He deserved our worship, but would have none of it.” - “He was sort of like our mother, always doing the things we were too lazy to do.” JT
e. gets the power of education, discernment and speech
“Jayananda (Jim Kohr) took a degree in mechanical engineering from Ohio State University. With a background like that, it is surprising that Jayananda ended up as a cab driver in San Francisco. Karandhara once asked him why he didn't get a better-paying job. "I didn't fit in with the upper-class crowd," he said. – from Remembering Jayananda by Kalakantha Dasa.” JT
f. rears up good dharma with some escaping attitude-
Here I interpret “escaping attitude” as escaping from material life, humble, renounced, not caring for any position, only wanting to serve.
“As I remember him, Jayananda, too, had a personality that evoked seemingly contradictory feelings. On the one hand, he was as humble as a person could be. Especially among younger devotees, he was as gentle as a kitten. He was the kind of guy you would find working under a truck or taking out the garbage, even though he was given a position in a major ISKCON temple as temple president.” RDV: Foreword
“Sometimes you would find Jayananda underneath a car changing the oil, and so forth. Is this not a strange position for one so advanced? That is the whole point – position. Jayananda was not desirous of any particular position or post. Any position was fine for him, if it served Krishna. Servant means no position, only service. He did not care anything for pratistha or distinction. He desired only to be the servitor of Krishna, and thought all others were Krishna's eternal servitors. This was his vision. This is ekatvam, or oneness of vision.” JT
“And when Jayananda Prabhu sought permission to give up his post as temple president and become the driver of our sankirtana van, Prabhupada consented, stating that any position on the sankirtana party should always be given priority over all other engagements.” SOS 2: Becoming Prabhupada's Man
“When he understood that Prabhupada's strong desire was to expand the sankirtana movement, without hesitation be gave up his position as temple president to become the sankirtana party driver. It was also with Jayananda's help that Prabhupada was able to publish the Teachings of Lord Caitanya: Jayananda financed the printing with his life savings, which he gave as his guru-daksina. After the book was printed, Srila Prabhupada gave half of the copies to Jayananda, with the instruction that he personally sell them. This was actually the most important work, and he gave it to his most sincere disciple. Up to that time, no one besides Srila Prabhupada had seriously attempted to sell big books.” SOS 5: Preaching in Separation
On the disappearance day of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur, as Prabhupada is about to begin the program in his newly refurbished La Cienega temple, he notices that Jayananda is absent. All of a sudden, Jayananda comes in and offers his obeisances. "Hare Krsna. Come on. I was thinking, ‘Where is Jayananda?' Now immediately he has come." Everyone turns to see Jayananda, in his usual humble manner, bringing an enormous tiered cake intended for Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur. The devotees gasp in wonder, and Srila Prabhupada looks very pleased. He instructs Jayananda to offer it directly to his Guru Maharaja, adding, "Take care it may not fall down. All right."
This is a special rapport with the spiritual master. Jayananda has imbibed the concept of devotional service so perfectly, and as a result, the devotees observe that Srila Prabhupada is always thinking of him. Everyone is happy, because they know that Jayananda deserves this extra mercy. RDV
g. gets victory over the enemies through the power of destiny
Jayananda’s name suggests victory, blissful victory. Jayananda’s life was blissful victory over all enemies of Bhakti, such as greed, selfishness, and so on.
“Transcendental power is always superior to the power of the materialist. Depending on the mercy of the Supreme Lord, one must fight one's enemies even though one may not be equipped with modern weapons. Therefore Krsna instructed Arjuna, mam anusmara yudhya ca: [Bg. 8.7] "Think of Me and fight." We should fight our enemy to the best of our ability, but for victory we must depend on the mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.” > SB 9.10.20P
“wherever there is Jayananda and his ragtag band of merry street urchins (and discount parts and lumber laying about), there will certainly be opulence, victory, and extraordinary power.” JT
“May the spirit of your name, Jayananda – the victory of spiritual bliss – come back to conquer the great arrogance of this world.” JT
h. but faces some hindrances in the house of destiny
Nalini-kanta Dasa says, “Saturn or Mercury, which are debilitated … in the sense of breaking longevity and causing some disturbing relationship-karma.” Mercury was also in the 9th house.
i. does not like difference; possesses fortunate maternal grandfather’s family and is very clever to rear up the selfishness in the house of dharma and gentility.”
Jayananda does not like difference, in other words, he did not like anything different from Krishna Consciousness and devotion to Srila Prabhupada. He did not like duplicity, but was always straightforward.
In this connection Svami Sridhara comments that satyena means niskapatena, "without duplicity." The impersonalists are full of duplicity. Sometimes they pretend to execute devotional service, but their ultimate idea is to become one with the Supreme. This is duplicity, kapata. The Bhagavatam does not allow this duplicity. In the beginning of Srimad-Bhagavatam it is clearly stated, paramo nirmatsaranam: [SB 1.1.2] "This treatise Srimad-Bhagavatam is meant for those who are completely free from envy." The same point is again stressed here. Unless one is completely faithful to the Supreme Personality of Godhead and engages himself in the process of hearing and chanting the glories of the Lord, there is no possibility for liberation. >>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 3.27.6