2015 Conference and Workshops
23 to 27 April 2015 London, UK.
The Workshops are with Pandit Samavedula, Komilla Sutton, Andrew Foss, Sanjay Rath
B.A.V.A 2015 Conference WebPages
The Faculty of Esteemed Vedic Astrologers: Pdt Sanjay Rath, Sarbani Rath, Pdt Samavedula, Lakshmi Ramesh, Komilla Sutton, Andrew Foss, Geoffrey Pearce, Gordon Brennan, Keiko Ito, Gary O-Toole. A brief biopic is included below.
Workshops on Thursday and Monday:
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
2015 BAVA Conference Programme
A is for Advanced. B is for beginners.
Thursday 23 April at 50 Gloucester Place
10am-12:30am Workshop and Puja. Pandit Samavedula, Navagraha and Brihaspati (Jupiter) Puja Workshop focused on Jupiter and the guru.
2pm-5pm Workshop Komilla Sutton, TBA
Friday 24 April at 11/13 Mandeville Place
9:30-12:30 Workshop Andrew Foss, The fundamental flaws of all the Ascendants and their remedies
2:30pm Opening of Conference
2:45pm B Gary O’Toole, Compensating for Debilitated Planets
2:45pm A Lakshmi Ramesh, The Varnada, our natural flavour
5pm B Gordon Brennan, How to understand the Yoga in the Panchanga
5pm A Komilla Sutton, The Trimshamsha (D30), the sources of Good and Evil
Saturday 25 April at 11/13 Mandeville Place
9am B Gary O’Toole, An Astrological Guide to Fitness
9am A Pandit Samavedula, Mantras and remedies for relationships
11am Plenary Sarbani Rath, The Neshta Graha, finding a mate
2pm B Geoffrey Pearce, A systematic approach to chart interpretation
2pm A Komilla Sutton, TBA
4pm Plenary Sanjay Rath, Nara Chakra – the body and its weaknesses
Sunday 26 April at 11/13 Mandeville Place
9am Faculty panel plenary
11am Plenary Sanjay Rath, Income Generation
2pm B Keiko, What is Shakti and how can it be indicated in a chart?
2pm A Andrew Foss, Using the Special Nakshatras
4pm Plenary Sarbani Rath, TBA
Monday 27 April Workshop with Sanjay Rath at 50 Gloucester Place
10am- 5pm Sanjay Rath, Relationships and Marriage
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/
He was first introduced to Vedic astrology in 1996 by Pearl Finn, a Vedic astrologer based in Galway, Ireland where he lives. Since that time he has studied with many Vedic astrologers worldwide, including Komilla Sutton in recent years. He has studied Ayurveda with the American Institute of Vedic Studies, through which he was granted the title ‘Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor’ and spent time studying at the International Academy of Ayurved in India. www.timelineastrology.com
BioPics of Keiko Ito and Lakshmi Ramesh coming shortly …