Spirituality and the Modern Family

I am blessed to be involved in a study of Gita with very intelligent and sincere participants. As we studied chapter three, one of them asked these questions: Q: Buddha renounced his family, kingdom etc and went away to get enlightenment. Was he running away from Karma Yoga? Adi Shankaracharya left home at 8 yrs….

Are Planets GODS? Mistakes in an English Edition of BPHS

Philosophy in Bṛhat Parāśara By far the most popular English translation of Bṛhat Parāśara Hora Śāstra is by Girish Candra Sharma. Unfortunately it is not very good. The opening two chapters concern Vedic philosophy, and connect it to astrology – but the translation terribly mangles the concepts elucidated clearly in Sanskrit. For many astrologers from…

Is It “All One”?

Monism (“Oneness”) is basically a positive outlook on life, because it is aditi – unifying – and therefore results in peace and love. Dualism (“Twoness”) is basically a negative outlook, because it is diti – dividing – and therefore results in competition and violence. What is surprising, though, is that either outlook is very destructive if taken to its…

Confused About “Vedic” Astrology?

Question 1: Lately I can’t get past the fact that you pointed out: Vedic astrology was originally just time keeping for Vedic rituals. So, does that mean that we aren’t really even using astrology correctly, with all this psychological or predictive stuff attached to it?   Keeping track of time means keeping track of cause and effect, because…

The Stars of Truly Vedic Astrology

Here is a playlist with all the videos I’ve done describing the 27 sidereal constellations of truly Vedic Astrology (the nakshatra). Check back often or subscribe to my YouTube channel to keep up to date with new videos. The playlist goes all the way back to Kṛttika, in order. The explanations are based on my book,…

New Course: Definition of Reality

What is reality? What is consciousness? What is God? How are they all related, and how can we realize it all, firsthand? In this class we explore practical, deep, inspiring answers to these questions from Jīva Gosvāmī’s brilliant exposition on Bhāgavata, the Tattva Sandarbha. We will see the vision of reality Vyāsa himself saw in…

My Video on Hasta Nakshatra

The Vedic star of skill, dexterity, and refinement – all rooted in the awakening of consciousness. Vic DiCara illuminates the nature of Hasta Nakshatra’s devatā-god, Savitā, and brings out the essence of the famous gayatrī mantra.

Reality is Beautiful. Misalignment with Reality is Ugly.

Reality is not a malevolent force. It cannot be. Reality is a sustained existence, and can not be the product of malevolence. Destruction is the produce of malevolence.  If we contemplate this deeply, we will stop assuming anything that happened, is happening, or will happen is really “bad” for us. Of course, many very very painful and…

Magic Spells from Atharva Veda

QUESTION: I want to practice the magic spells from Atharva Veda, can you advise me on a good translation that’s really simple and explains things “for dummies.” You might benefit from doing Atharva Veda spells, but the benefit would be mainly due to psychological and psychosomatic effect. The real, practical magic wouldn’t happen in any profoundly tangible…

Radically Deep Fundamentals of Astrology

Radically Deep Fundamentals of Astrology Planets, signs, and houses… You’ve never learned about them in such radically sensible, memorable, and useful depth! Vic DiCara reveals the clear and threadbare logic behind why the planets, signs, and houses represent the things they do, bringing the occult mysteries of astrology into rational and systematic clarity. Based on…

Predictions of Liberation or Enlightenment Are a Bogus Hoax

Astrologers can be extremely pompus at our worst moments, but never are we more presumptuous, over-adoring of the potentials of astrology, and under-aware of its limits, than when we claim to state on the basis of astrology whether or not a person will attain mokṣa (emancipation from the cycle of birth and death). Emancipation is beyond matter. It…