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Dr. Bangalore Sureshwara

By Vachaspati Christina Collins
Interview Date: 07/20/2016

Christina Collins: Thank you for making time in your busy schedule and granting the Jyotish Star an interview!

Dr. Bangalore Sureshwara: It is a great privilege and pleasure to talk to you and Jyotish Star. I find the interviews in Jyotish Star of astrological scholars most fascinating, enjoyable and a great learning experience. I wish scholars like you could have done interviews of my father, grandfather and great grandfather.

Christina: As the son of the great Dr. B. V. Raman you must have had a very interesting childhood growing up! Understand that your great grandfather was a well-known astrologer for kings in India.

B. Sureshwara: It was interesting growing up with a yoga expert mother and a renowned father. But at the end of the day it was also a normal loving and happy relationship between a child and parents. It was a daily routine to see people from every section of the society come to meet my father and seek his advice and blessings. My father welcomed all the visitors with a sweet smiling face, regardless of whether the person was a national/international leader (governor, chief minister, prime minister, etc.), leading business person or anyone. Every person that visited our home felt that he or she received a VIP treatment at our home “Sri Rajeswari”. Father positively influenced the lives of people who came in contact with him. He was a great role model for so many people. My father, grandfather (Pandit Nanjunda Rao) and great grandfather (Professor Suryanarain Row) belonged to three extraordinary Dr. Bangalore Sureshwara
generations and came from a simple and happy village (“Hunasamarana Halli” or tamarind tree village) located near Bangalore. Professor Row started The Astrological Magazine, an English astrological periodical, in 1895, when English was slowly becoming the primary medium of education in India, then a major colony of the British Empire. Professor Row became a well-known royal-astrologer. His clients included maharajas or kings, prime ministers of various kingdoms in India and even senior British authorities. Great grandfather wrote many authoritative books on Vedic astrology and even today many of them are used by students and practicing astrologers.

During the first world war, his advice was sought on various matters by the British. My grandfather dedicated his life to “spiritualism”. My father became great grandfather’s “man Friday” at a very young age. At age ten, it is said that he would cast a detailed horoscope in fifteen minutes, when only lengthy hand calculations were possible. My great grandfather was asking his teenage grandson to review the horoscopes, before his discussion with VIP clients.

Father became the Editor of “The Astrological Magazine” in 1936. Great grandfather passed away in 1937. Father drew the attention of senior British authorities for his accurate and extraordinary astrological predictions related to Second World War, British Empire colonies around the world and Europe. Independent India began the wave of national and regional leaders seeking father’s advice on personal and state related matters. Many consider father as the greatest Vedic astrologer of the twentieth century. Thanks to the initiative of many of the Vedic astrologers of USA, father inaugurated American Council of Vedic Astrology in 1992. Today the two sister organizations - Council
of Vedic Astrology (CVA) and American College of Vedic Astrology (ACVA) - and others are doing wonderful work through many ways, including education, conferences and seminars. It is a great honor and recognition to the astrological world that Dr. David Frawley (Sri Vamadeva Shastri), one of the founding members of ACVA/CVA and our distinguished colleague, was the recipient of the prestigious award “Padma Bhushan” given by the Government of India in 2015.

Christina: Did you study astrology at a young age under your father’s tutelage?

B. Sureshwara: By the time I was ten, my father was already well-known nationally and internationally. I was very fortunate to have my schooling at Bishop Cottons’ Boys School. The European school was very well known for its academic standards. Father regularly played tennis. I used to ride in the car with father from tennis courts to home. During the drive to home, we used to talk on practically every topic under the sun. It was the beginning of lifelong conversations covering astrology and other topics. Those were the days of typewriters, shorthand and stenographers. I used to be “man Friday” to father on days when the regular staff was on-leave. As I typed father’s letters and articles, I soon became quite familiar with astrological terminologies and technical aspects. As a curious teenager and a novice in astrology, I used to ask many astrology related questions. Father would patiently answer them. After I located to USA, I had regular conversations on astrology with father. It was also an education that I could not have received from any other teacher or institution.

My father authored a large number of books on Vedic astrology that are widely used by students and scholars. I believe the books must be a part of the library of every student of astrology and astrologer. I found many “gems” of information in father’s book My Experiences in Astrology.

Christina: You studied engineering in the States, were you also doing Vedic astrology or Jyotish during that time?

B. Sureshwara: During my education at University of Notre Dame, I focused primarily on engineering studies and performed well enough to see bright smiles from father and mother. As father had provided me with many astrological books, astrology never left me during my studies in USA. My mother’s Yoga book enabled me to give yoga demonstrations in and around the campus.

I have been involved with research and study of Vedic astrology for many years. Astrology has always been a passionate subject for me. My articles on astrology and other subjects in The Astrological Magazine (AM) began in 1970’s. I look at Vedic astrology from the perspective of presenting the information in a way that it can complement or positively reinforce an individual’s free-will or human effort. In recent years, my articles have been published in The Astrological eMagazine (TAeM) and other journals/publications.

Christina: Are you still active as an engineer, or are you focused on writing more books?

B Sureshwara: My extensive engineering career was mainly in USA. It included teaching undergraduate and post-graduate engineering courses at various institutions and I also worked as an engineer (civil, structural, mechanical, fire protection and aero-space) in well-known organizations. In recent years, I have taught “Ramayana and Management”, “Ramayana, Bhagavad Gita and Management” and related courses to MBA students. I feel I have inherited “DNA “of writing from my great grandfather and father. I look forward to continue to write on various topics.

Christina: You are an expert and author on the Ramayana when did you first begin that research?

B. Sureshwara: I am humbled by your using the word ” expert”. I am a simple devotee. There is a temple of Sri Rama close to the home that I lived in Bangalore. Even today, I make it a point to visit the temple during my visits to India and have “darshan” of Sri Rama. My father and I shared the same passion when it came to reading the great epics Ramayana and Mahabharatha. On one bright sunny day in 1989, when we were, as on many occasions, were talking about Ramayana, father suggested that I should write a series of articles on Ramayana in the columns of The Astrological Magazine. Out of this discussion, came the idea of looking at Ramayana as not only a theological and historical story, but more importantly as a “values” guide for the entire family. A significant portion of the material contained in the book (Ramayana: Values, Then and Now) was first published in a series of articles under father’s guidance. A research article covering the date of birth of Sri Rama and discussion of Rama’s horoscope (Chapter 19) is covered in the book.

Christina: Are the younger generations in India interested in taking Vedic astrology as a career or profession?

B. Sureshwara: Before father’s time, many qualified astrologers were incorrectly considered as “fortune-tellers”. One of the objectives of my father was to educate the general public to recognize that astrology was a subject that was of practical utility in life as engineering, law, medicine, accounting, etc. He lived to see his tremendous efforts to ensure astrologers were properly recognized by the society were very successful. Today in India and possibly other countries, college educated persons have no hesitation to opting for careers in astrology. We already see around us new generations of well qualified, enthusiastic, energetic and successful astrologers. The popularity and wide recognitions of organizations like ICAS, CVA and ACVA in various countries confirm the fulfillment of father’s vison of an extended family of world-astrologers. The future of Vedic astrology looks brighter by the day.

Christina: What do you envision for the future? I know you have been very accurate in your predictions of the USA presidential election outcomes, correctly predicting George W. Bush and also President Obama. Who do you predict will be the next elected president for the USA?

B. Sureshwara: Thank you for your kind words. I see there is a lot of excitement among the people for the coming Presidential elections. I have not yet studied the horoscopes.

Christina: Yes, it is an interesting study, do let us know in future what you think! Are there any aspects of Vedic astrology that your recommend we should focus on or pay more attention today?

B. Sureshwara: My father often emphasized that practically everything shown in a horoscope/chart is indicative (not deterministic) and that the astrological conclusions are subjected to the influence of human effort or free will.

A lot of scholars and experienced astrologers have significantly contributed to the current state-of-the-art of Vedic Astrology. Research and continuing evaluation and evolution of new ideas in any field, including astrology, is desirable for the welfare of the society.

There are some areas that astrologers may need to focus in the future. As a beginning, we can start focusing on the two areas shown below.

1. Technical terminology: Revisit the nomenclature of technical terms. For example, today terms like “malefic”, “benefic”, etc., are no longer appropriate since no planet (graha) considered in astrology is entirely “bad” or “good”. Depending on the geometrical locations and mutual relationships of planets, etc.,
a planet in a certain horoscope may indicate “challenging” or “encouraging” characteristics. Since free-will/human-effort is a significant part of human life, I feel any terminologies used or defined in astrology are to be positive worded.

2. Intuition: Astrologers may need to consider the role of “intuition”. My father emphasized the significant role of intuition in every one’s life. Ninth house is an indicator for intuition. Intuition encourages thinking “outside the box”. The life experience

s of Genius Mathematician Ramanujan and PC inventor Genius Steve Jobs have shown that intuition had positive roles in their lives. Ramanujan believed that his extraordinary ability to understand complex and advanced mathematics was due to the Blessings of Goddess Lakshmi. “Blessing” is a spiritual word and “Intuition” is a commonly used word to describe decisions and conclusions that are made outside the use of routine commonsense and logic. Steve Jobs was attracted by Zen Buddhism’s spiritual emphasis on intuition. Author Issacson indicates that Steve Jobs believed “Intuitive understanding and consciousness was more significant than abstract thinking and intellectual logical analysis”.

Christina: Thank you, that is very helpful advice! And thank you so much for granting us an interview on this auspicious 104th anniversary (August 8, 1912) of your illustrious father’s birth!

B. Sureshwara: I appreciate and thank you for the opportunity provided to share my humble views. I am delighted that you and a large number of people remember and recollect father’s remarkable life and his immense contribution to Vedic Astrology. Thank you, again.

Dr. Bangalore Sureshwara Biography:

Dr. Bangalore SureshwaraDr. Bangalore Sureshwara has been involved in the study of the application of Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagavad Gita and Vedic Astrology in modern life. His lectures and writings on Ramayana, Mahabharatha, Bhagavad Gita, Hinduism, Vedic Astrology, "Ramayana, Bhagavad Gita and Management" have been well received.

Dr. Sureshwara studied Vedic Astrology under his illustrious father Dr. B.V. Raman. He was the principal speaker on Vedic Astrology at The Second Parliament of the World's Religions held in Chicago in August-September 1993. Dr. Sureshwara successfully predicted the victories in the USA Presidential Elections of President Bush (2000 and 2004) and President Obama (2008 2012).
He has been a distinguished contributor to The Astrological Magazine, Asia's leading Vedic Astrology journal founded in 1895 by Professor B. Suryanarain Rao. Dr. B.V. Raman was its Editor from 1936 to 1998.

Dr. Sureshwara has taught "Ramayana, Bhagavad Gita and Management" and "Ramayana and Management" for MBA classes.

Dr. Sureshwara obtained Master's and Doctorate in Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, USA. He has taught various subjects of Civil, Structural and Mechanical Engineering at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at various universities in USA. His varied and extensive industry experiences cover Civil, Structural, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Christina Collins Biography:

Christina CollinsChristina Collins, Jyotish Visharada, CVA, Jyotish Kovid, ICAS and CVA, Jyotish Vachaspati, ICAS ,Jyotish Medha Pragya, ICAS, Jyotish Mahasagara from Raman and Rajeshwari Foundation 2013, Jyotish Navaratna ACVA, 2014 is a third generation Astrologer specializing in the Vedic system.

She received her honorary titles from the late Dr. B.V. Raman, former President of the ICAS (Indian Council for Astrological Sciences) in New Delhi and Bangalore, India, from CVA (Council for Vedic Astrology, USA),from the ICAS in Bangalore 2012, from the Raman and Rajeshwari Foundation in 2013 and from ACVA (American College of Vedic Astrology) 2014.

As a founding member, she currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American College for Vedic Astrology (ACVA online), and was former
Editor of the ACVA News. President of Celestial Resource (The Timing Coach) she serves corporate and private clients from students to celebrities. For the Jyotish Star you can reach her in Boulder CO at editor@jyotishstar.com:

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