Book Review: "The Autobiography of a Vedic Astrologer" by B.V. Raman
Review by Michael Laughrin, Michael@jyotish.ws
The Autobiography of a Vedic Astrologer by B.V. Raman is a perfect book—at least for me. It reads like a novel. It's fun. It's interesting. And it's chock full of real life Jyotish information, from progressed charts to Nadi leaf readers. Also one imbibes a good deal of South Indian Vedic culture just from passing one's eyes over the pages of this little gem of a volume.
The fact that this was the third time I have read this book should tell you something. I never read any book more than once except (Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and Autobiography of a Yogi AND) this most wonderful of astrological tomes.
B.V. Raman, virtually single-handedly, revived the sinking reputation of this most ancient knowledge. Of course, it helped that his grandfather was one of the most highly respected astrologers of his day. It further helped that Dr. Raman lived with his grandfather and that his grandsire was his Jyotish guru.
There are sections on astro-numerology, astro-palmistry, Western astrology, a huge section on Mundane Astrology (including Dr. Raman's numerous successful predictions concerning World War II) and many, many wonderful thumbnail sketches of a variety of colorful clients (and their charts) who made Dr. Raman's life so interesting. I would venture to say that anyone who is serious about gaining deep skill in Jyotish should read this book at least 10 times and learn all the techniques that it offers. This will probably be equivalent to paying at least $3,000 in astrology lessons in today's market.
This book was also published under a different title, "My Experiences in Astrology."
(c) copyright 2007 Michael Laughrin
From the August/September 2007 issue of Michael Laughrin's North American Jyotish Newsletter. Click to subscribe to this free Jyotish newsletter.
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