2014 BAVA Conference
Conference Theme: ‘Jupiter and Saturn in honor of their exaltations’
Dates: 24 to 29 April 2014 London, UK.
Venue: 11/13 Mandeville Place, London WIU 3AJ, UK. (nearest tube station Bond Street) Google Map
This is the 16th international BAVA Conference. The Workshops are with Sanjay Rath, Pandit Samavedula, Komilla Sutton and Andrew Foss
The Faculty of Esteemed Vedic Astrologers
Sanjay Rath, Pandit Samavedula, Dr. Andrew Foss, Komilla Sutton, Gordon Brennan, Anna Karlsdottir, Bulbul, Sarbani Rath, Geoffrey Pearce, Vijaya Subramanian, Marianna Polonsky
The Workshops are with Pandit Samavedula, Sanjay Rath, Komilla Sutton and Andrew Foss
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2014 BAVA Conference Programme
Note: A is for Advanced. B is for beginners.
Thursday 24 April
10am-12:30pm Workshop and Puja Pandit Samavedula, Navagraha Participatory Puja with special focus on Jupiter and Saturn, come and be a part of this very special puja (with explanations)
2pm-5pm Workshop Andrew Foss, Pacakadi Sambandha, the awakening of the grahas.
Friday 25 April
9:30am-12:30pm Workshop Komilla Sutton, Sade Sati – Saturn’s Intense and Defining Transit
2:30pm Opening of Conference
3.00pm Keynote address Sanjay Rath, Jupiter & Saturn: The Jovian Years Demystified
5pm B Gordon Brennan, Will the UK break up?
5pm A Andrew Foss, The Arudhas of Jupiter and Saturn
Saturday 26 April
9am B Anna Karlsdottir, Saturn and Jupiters transits through the Nakshatras of their exaltation signs. Their harmony and possible impact
9am A Pandit Samavedula, Nakshatra mantras part 1
11am Plenary Sanjay Rath, Graha Yuddha, planetary war
2pm B Bulbul Barrett, The solar-lunar technique of looking at the annual chart
2pm A Sarbani Rath, Guru Kripa, the role of the grace of the Guru and Jupiter’s transit through Cancer
4pm B Komilla Sutton, Jupiter and Saturn’s role as Bhava Karakas?
4pm A Geoffrey Pearce, Influences of Jupiter/Saturn Conjunctions in the 20th and 21st Centuries
Sunday 27 April
9am Faculty panel plenary
11am B Pandit Samavedula, Nakshatra mantras part 2
11am A Vijaya Subramanian, Avasthas: special states of the planets
2pm B Komilla Sutton,12th house: Vyaya or Moksha?
2pm A Sarbani Rath, Saturn on the Arudha (this will be a discussion on Saturn’s transit on different houses from Arudha Lagna)
4pm B Andrew Foss, The mantras of the Grahas
4pm A Marianna Polonsky,TBA
Monday and Tuesday 28-29 April
10am- 5pm Sanjay Rath, Prashna (Answering queries) Special 2-day workshop.
Monday: Part-1: Praśna Basics
Tuesday: Part-2: Praśna Application
Sanjay Rath belongs to a traditional family of astrologers from Bira Balabhadrapur Sasan village of Puri, Orissa, which trace their lineage back to Shri Achyuta Das (Sri Achyutananda). Sanjay studied under his uncle, late Pandit Kasinath Rath. His grandfather, the late Pandit Jagannath Rath, was the Jyotish Ratna of Orissa and authored many books on Jyotish. He began his studies at a tender age, and received the depth of Jyotish only found among those who have been trained in the ancient traditional way of the parampara. He later became a graduate of mechanical engineering and worked for some time with the Government of India. Leaving government service to devote himself completely to Jyotisha, he has the depth of the ancient knowledge with the ability to communicate it to the modern mind.
He uses Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra, Jaimini Upadesa Sutras, Brihat Jataka and Saravali as the foundations of Jyotisha and teaches from various other Jyotish scripture and sacred literature such as the Bhagavad Gita, Upanisads, Puranas, etc. www.srath.com
Komilla is the co-founder and Chair of the british Association for Vedic Astrology. She is an internationally renowned consultant, teacher and lecturer. Indian born, Komilla Sutton is one of the pioneers in making tis subject more accesible for the Western readers. She is the author of ‘Vedic Love Signs’, ‘Vedic Astrology’, ‘The Essentials of Vedic Astrology’ and ‘Lunar nodes – Crisis and Redemption’.www.Komilla.com
Andrew Foss PhD, is the President and co-founder of the British Association of Vedic Astrology. He has a BA and MA from Oxford University in Physics and an MSc and PhD in Computing Science. He is the author of the leading software for Vedic Astrology, Shri Jyoti Star and the editor of the journal Gochara. He is a Jaimini Scholar and has lectured internationally on Jyotish, Ayurveda and computing and has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals. Web site: www.vedicsoftware.com
Pandit Smavedula is a 6th generation Sama Veda pandit who was trained in the Vedas beginning at age 7. He attended the Shri Sarva Raya Veda Patha Shala school in South India, and after 12 years of study, received his Master’s Degree in Vedic Studies (Ganapati Pandit). Panditji will perform the pujas and homas during the conference. www.vedicyagyacenter.com
Gordon Brennan has studied Vedic Astrology for 20 years and is also qualified in Sanskrit, the language in which it was originally written down. He has a post graduate qualification in astrology from India called Jaimini Scholar and also is the committee member of the British Association for Vedic Astrology responsible for education. www.bava.org/education
Geoffrey is an accredited teacher of Jyotish by the American Council of Vedic Astrology (ACVA). He is a member of the ACVA Council, and Treasurer of the British Association for Vedic Astrology (BAVA). He takes regular weekly classes in London, in particular at the School of Economic Science in London where he is the Head of the Jyotish Faculty.
Besides teaching to over 30 students in London at Foundation and Intermediate levels, Geoffrey devotes a considerable amount of his time giving lectures to the public aimed at persuading them about the validity of the subject. He is also researching the laws and universal forces behind the astrological rules and principles, as well as the relationship between planetary cycles and the rise and fall of nations and civilisations. http://www.vediccharts.co.uk/
In 1998 when Bṛhat Parāśara Horā Śāstra became the principal book on her table she began exclusively studying and practicing Jyotiṣa under the able guidance of Pt. Sanjay Rath. After receiving the Bṛhaspati Gāyatrī in 2002 she has been practising jyotiṣa professionally and teaching as a Jyotiṣa Guru of Śrī Jagannāth Center (SJC). She went on to be the President of SJC in 2008. She continues her passion of reading Vedic literature and after finishing a thorough study of the Garuḍa Purāṇa, is currently working on Sāradātilaka Tantra and Skanda Purāṇa. In 2011 she successfully completed the 5-year long Jaimini Scholar Programme (2007-11) and is a certified Jaimini Scholar of the First Himalaya Batch of Devaguru Bṛhaspati Center (DBC). On the directions of the DBC-Institute she is currently a teacher and Course Co-ordinator of the 2nd Himalaya Batch of the Jaimini Scholar Programme. As the Managing Editor of Sagittarius Publications, she oversees the publication of the quarterly jyotiṣa journal The Jyotish Digest and other astrology books. She has presented papers at various Jyotish conferences in India, USA, London and Serbia. She is a member of the British Association of Vedic Astrology (BAVA). www.sarbanirath.com/
Co-founder and chairperson of the Spiritual Association of Seydisfjordur, established in 1993, Anna has been involved in various projects and extensive spiritual work throughout the years, and also organised a national convention on spirituality in 2006. Anna had been independently studying the fascinating subject of Vedic astrology for over a decade when she found her teacher Komilla Sutton, and has studied with her since 2003, participated in her workshops in the UK and her webinars, as well as pilgrimage trips and workshops in India. Anna is currently based in Seydisfjordur, Iceland. firstname.lastname@example.org