BAVA 2017

B.A.V.A 2017 Conference and Workshops

27 April to 2 May 2017 London, UK.
The Workshops are with Pandit Samavedula, Komilla Sutton, Andrew Foss, Sanjay Rath
B.A.V.A 2017 Conference WebPages

Pdt Sanjay Rath, Sarbani Rath, Pdt Samavedula, Bill Sinclair, Keiko Ito, Bulbul Barrett, Vijaya Subramanian, Komilla Sutton, Andrew Foss, Julie Swietlik, Geoffrey Pearce, Gordon Brennan. A brief biopic is included below.

Workshops on Thursday, Monday and Tuesday
The Theosophical Society, 50 Gloucester Place London W1U 8EA. Nearest tube station Baker Street.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday Programme
11/13 Mandeville Place, London WIU 3AJ, UK. (nearest tube station Bond Street) Google Map

2017 BAVA Conference Programme
A is for Advanced. B is for beginners.
Thursday 27 April at 50 Gloucester Place
10am-12:30pm – Workshop and Puja. Pandit Samavedula. Navagraha Puja and presentation on the Devatas of the Graha.
2pm-5pm Workshop – Komilla Sutton. Karma, the 10th House, Saturn, Dashamsha and Amatyakaraka: truly understanding what karma is about.

Friday 28 April at 11/13 Mandeville Place
9:30am-12:30pm Workshop – Andrew Foss. The Dharma Trikona, the key to understanding human life and its transformations.
2:15pm Opening of Conference
2:20pm Gordon Brennan. Latest books available at the BAVA Bookshop.
2:30pm Plenary Sanjay Rath. Graha Acchadana.
Even though lagnesa represents his wisdom, each graha defines a peculiar intelligence of the individual. And intelligence is a ‘lagna’. This is the principle used in some of the nadi books like Guru nadi or Sukra nadi where the pulse of the planet is seen the permeate through all bhava. We examine the acchadana of the six graha – their benediction.
4:30pm B Komilla Sutton. The importance of the 2nd house
4:30pm A Bill Sinclair. Three Ramas, unlocking the inner planets.
6:30pm Visit to Shri Vallabh Nidhi Temple (shared travel cost)

Saturday 29 April at 11/13 Mandeville Place
9.00am A Sarbani Rath. Vivaha Anubhava: The eighth house of mangalya sthana (experiences of marriage)
11.00pm Plenary Sanjay Rath. The rajas of Venus.
Our birth is caused by unbridled desires from a previous incarnation – and Venus is this desire. We examine the rajas of Venus and see how this desire manifests in various dasa-antara.
1.00pm Lunch
2.00pm A Bulbul Barrett. Techniques for using the Purusharthas
2.00pm B Pandit Samavedula. Mantras for Dharma.
4.00pm B Andrew Foss. Bondage and liberation
4.00pm A Vijaya Subramanian. What is my Being or What is my Dharma ?
6pm Shri Jyoti Software Presentation with Andrew Foss
7.15pm Dinner

Sunday 30 April at 11/13 Mandeville Place
9am Faculty panel plenary. 2017 Eclipses and other topical issues
11.00am B Steve Hubball. Moksha and Karmic Debt
11.00am A Keiko Ito. Understanding the Kama archetype in the light of the 3rd house
1.00pm Lunch
2.00pm B Sarbani Rath. Prarabdha Diksha: Carrying forward spiritual initiations from a past life.
2.00pm A Julie Swietlik. Palmistry and the four aims of life.
4.00pm B Geoffrey Pearce. Moksha houses, 4, 8 and 12
4.00pm A Gordon Brennan. Dharma, Numerology and the Perfection of Number Nine

Two Day Workshop with Sanjay Rath at 50 Gloucester Place
Monday 1st & Tuesday 2nd May
10am-5.00pm Sanjay Rath. Navamsha and Purusartha
Dharma (agni), artha (prthvi), kama (vayu) and moksha (jala) in the nakshatra pada forms the impulse of the manas (mind). Puruṣārtha is being discussed by other scholars during the conference – so we shall really not be talking on that. Instead we shall use the four aims to study some dictums of Parāśara and other classic texts. Here is a gist of what we discuss –
① Kārakāṁśa and Lagnāṁśa – to see the functioning of śubha yoga – how this works in the charts of royalty, other people as well as criminals. Śubha kendra helps the aims while aśubha spoils them – implications.
② Money Matters – what the ‘artha puruṣārtha’ shows and how can this can show major setbacks or rise in life. If navāṁśa does not support, dasāṁśa cannot give results – after all, navāṁśa really controls karma manifestation.
③ Marriage, relationships and celibacy. How to judge the character of people – these are some of the points related to kāma. It’s all about your emotional life.
④ Mokṣa dictums and some secrets about the devatā that really matters for your spiritual path. We will examine Ketu as mokṣa kāraka in great detail.
⑤ āruḍha: How does the āruḍha fit into all this? Importance of the Āruḍha Lagna in allowing manifestation. Maybe you have a great dhana yoga in rāśi/navāṁśa, but will the āruḍha allow this to function? How does the āruḍha connect to the navāṁśa? This is a dictum of Parāśara related to ‘āruḍha kendra-nātha’ – that’s the clue.
⑥ nāḍi navāṁśa: If time permits, I will teach the nāḍi navāṁśa also.

Comprehensive Vedic Bookshop by Gordon Brennan

Conference Speakers

rath_sqAbout Sanjay Rath
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.
Komilla SuttonAbout Komilla Sutton
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’
Andrew Foss PhDAbout Andrew Foss PhD
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:
Pandit SamavedulaAbout Pandit Samavedula
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.
Gordon BrennanAbout Gordon Brennan
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.
Geoffrey PearceAbout Geoffrey Pearce
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.
Sarbani RathAbout Sarbani Rath
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).
About Barry Rosen
Barry Rosen has been practicing Vedic astrology since 1987 and has done hundreds of consultations. He has visited and studied in India on 3 occasions and has spoken numerous times at the American Council of Vedic Astrology Conferences and also the British Association of Vedic Astrologers. He has been involved in Vedic culture since 1973 and is a long-time meditation and yoga teacher and a published poet. Professionally, he has applied Vedic astrology to predicting financial markets since 1987 and has published numerous articles in leading journals including the NCGR journal and Trader’s World and the Trader’s Astrological Almanac
Vijaya-SubramanianAbout Vijaya Subramanian
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bulbul_barrettAbout Bulbul Barrett
Bulbul was introduced to vedic astrology at an early age whilst growing up in India, and those early experiences sowed the seed for her later interest in learning and applying the subject herself. She has now been practising astrology for the last 12 years with the British Association of Vedic Astrology, where she has lectured at their annual conference and has also been featured in Daily Candy, an online guide to London. She has also attended psychic development classes at SIH for some years to hone her intuitive abilities and feels that integrating these modalities gives a more profound and complete picture when applying astrological techniques. 07950 701129 or

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