Chakra Announcements

New Book Links Devotion, Astrology

by Mohini dasi

Posted December 22, 2005

The Spiritual Dimensions of Vedic Astrology
Paravidya Publications, Bend, Oregon
by Robert A. Koch (419 pages, $33.00 US)

Patraka das, a.k.a. Robert A. Koch, has recently released a book on sidereal (Vedic) astrology. A disciple of His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedenta Swami Srila Prabhupada, Patraka das served for two decades as a sincere and dedicated pujari in Canadian and American ISKCON centers, often exhibiting apenchantfor scholastic and intellectual pursuits, initially glimpsed through his discourses and classes, then followed by tireless studies of sidereal astrology under the guidance of Jyotish Pundit Sanjay Rath for over 15 years.

Now, Patraka's passionate dedication and mission has been confirmed:establishing spiritual links between the sacred writings of the four original Vedas, jyotish and its influence on advanced transcendentalists,whichhas become his tireless seva. His devotion to Srila Prabhupada's writings is obvious on every page of this presentation, and his painstaking research focuses on delineating this connection in a clear, easy-to-assimilate format.

Patrakadas's immaculate writing attempts to establish jyotish as one of the four original cornerstones of human existence, declaring that Vedic astrology, cosmology and other disciplines handed down from Sri Krishna Narayana Himself are the oldest system of knowledge used by mankind before the advent of modern science. Backed with copious scriptural references, logic and page after page of succinctexamples, including a tightly condensed and easily consulted version of the Creation and Vedic Cosmology and Vedic theology, this generous work of over 400 pages, focuses on the importance of transcendental spiritual existence, theonlygoal of human life.

Complete with excellent study graphs,and accompanied with chart analyses of exalted saints, sadhus and devotee associates within our sampradaya, this book will likely become a textbook requirement in the study of astrology. It is a delight fordevotees, informative for scholars and compelling for intermediate jyotisha practitioners or anyone interested in the study of the stars and planets and their possible spiritual effect onall ourlives. For further information please visit