Prominent astrologers Gayatri Devi Vasudev and Chakrapani Ullal comment on the important work being done by CVA and its members.
It is a matter of great joy that the Council of Vedic Astrology under the Presidency of Mr. Dennis Flaherty and his dedicated team guided by its Chairman Mr. Chakrapani Ullal is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a conference June 19 to June 23, 2014 at Seattle which will see participation by the cream of scholarship from the international community of astrologers. This conference, I believe, marks a significant milestone in the Council's contribution to the cause of Jyotisha as envisaged by the Father of Modern Astrology Dr. B.V. Raman. Delivering the keynote address at the historic First International Symposium on Vedic Astrology at San Rafael, California on October 2, 1992, Dr. Raman shared his dream of propagating and promoting Jyotisha in the United States with the participants inspiring the emergence of organized teaching activity in Jyotisha in the country.
The Council under its past Presidents Dr. David Frawley and Mr. Gary Gomes and now the third term-President Mr. Dennis Flaherty and his team has, I am glad to note, worked assiduously since 1993 in making Dr. Raman’s dream a reality much in the same way as the Indian Council of Astrological Sciences has done, since 1984 under its founder President Dr. Raman and after his passing away, under its former National President Justice S.N. Kapoor and now under its National President Mr. A.B. Shukla in our own country. That the two organizations, one inspired by and the other founded by Dr. Raman, are allied in their goals and are coming together at this conference is truly a major step in fulfilling Dr. Raman’s dream.
The Council must be congratulated on setting exemplary standards in providing education and certification of Vedic astrologers. I wish the Council greater success in its efforts to spread Jyotisha in its pristine form in the West.
The work being undertaken by the Council of Vedic Astrology is vital to the future of Vedic astrology in the West. Under the capable guidance of Dennis Flaherty and a committee of experienced astrologer and leaders within community, I am confident that the study of Vedic astrology will flourish. Recent years have born witness to a remarkable renaissance of the ancient wisdom of India, through the Vedic sciences like Hatha Yoga and Ayurveda have become a part of mainstream culture. Truth may go in and out of fashion, but ultimately survives time, and is intended for the benefit of all peoples regardless of distinction. Likewise, Vedic astrology has been slowly reaching the ears and hears of the true seekers of knowledge across the globe.
It is a spiritual study, and, as such requires that the aspirant approach the subject with reverence and discipline. For Jyotisha to survive intact, true to its ancient roots, all efforts must be made to insure that the Vedic practitioner receives proper training and that he or she is imbued with an attitude of serve such that they may go forth and use this knowledge for the benefit of others. Traditionally, in India this process was facilitated by the personal student/teacher relationship and was conducted in the context of a culture which reinforced and validated the study and values that it promoted. In the context of modern times such a relationship is often not possible. This makes it all the more critical that there be a governing body to oversee the dissemination of that knowledge and practice. I am confident that the Council of Vedic Astrology is up to the task of supervising the training of qualified astrologers by establishing methods and standards of certification and monitoring the process by which the Vedic astrologer receives training.
I am grateful to them for this important work in support of Vedic astrology which can do much to help alleviate suffering and promote happiness amongst all peoples of the world. It has been my privilege to be the honorary chairman of the Council of Vedic Astrology these past 20 years, and I congratulate the Council on its 20th anniversary.
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